Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Meditation Moment
 
From the Pastor ....
 
"I lift my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth."
(Psalm 121:1-2)
     
On Sunday, OSLC reached out beyond our church walls. As we offered our first livestream video worship on the internet and over 2,000 people participated. We also shared on our Facebook page this powerful quote and picture from Fred Rogers. This picture of Mr. Rogers was shared over 145 times reaching well over 24,000+ people and counting. We are living in a momentous time in human history where demonstrating God's love to all looks very differently than ever before. "Look for the helpers." Here are ways that we as an OSLC congregation will deeply love one another and share this love of God with the world:

1. Out of deep love and concern for our neighbor, we are transitioning all worship, committees and small groups to a "virtual experience," using various technologies.

2. Worship will be offered every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM and Sunday morning at 9:00 AM. The technology team is working toward expanding our outreach in these efforts so that everyone may participate in worship virtually: (through computer or phone).
a. For those who have Facebook, you may easily access the worship experience live or in an archived way.
b. For those who have internet access to our website, after the livestream experience is completed, it will be posted on the front page of our website and on our sermons page.
c. For those who have no computer, we will offer a conference call opportunity for multi-users to call a certain number and listen in on the worship service. We have 25 households from Our Savior's that have no computer or internet.
d. We are also working toward enhancing our worship experience to utilize multiple worship leaders through the comfort of their own homes. The technology team is working on this feature that we hope to make available in one week.  
 
3. For small groups, committees and other gatherings of church: out of love for their neighbor, we will meet through technology (examples: Zoom video conference, phone call conferences and e-mails). 
 
4. We are also exploring other ways to use technology to bring people together, whether this be youth, children, families or others.

You may be wondering, "How can I help?" We will also be offering a "caring tree" where you may intentionally check-in on 5+ members frequently. This includes daily phone calls and discovering if our OSLC friends need any help (groceries, medications, or need for conversation). If you are interested in offering love through the "caring tree," e-mail the church office at info@oslcstillwater.org. We want to ensure that each member still feels socially and relationally connected, even at this time of physical distancing.

We also ask for your continued financial generosity. During this time of history, we remind you that God promises never to leave us or forsake us. Jesus reassures us by saying, "I am with you always." (Matthew 28:20) Research shows that even in difficult times, people still give generously to causes they believe in and that they know are making a significant positive impact in the world. Last month our worship attendance was much higher in February 2020 than it was one year ago. Our giving was on target with the approved significant budget increases. God is at work in powerful ways at Our Savior's as new faces, young families and visitors frequent our doors. Now, our first "virtual church" experience reached thousands, beyond what even an Easter Sunday looks like. On Sunday, I preached that the Chinese symbol for "crisis" holds a two-fold meaning: danger and opportunity. We see the danger in this time. The opportunity remains, trust in the Lord, love God, and love the neighbor in need.

I encourage your strong generosity for the ministry of Our Savior's during this season. If you've considered electronic giving, this is a great time to begin. At the bottom of this e-blast there is more information on giving electronically. If you prefer writing out checks, we will develop a process to safely gather the mail and count these offerings. Jesus has called us to "demonstrate God's love to all," for "such a time as this."

May the peace of God that transcends all human understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Faithfully,
 
Pastor Karna
 
This Week at Worship
WORSHIP SCHEDULE
 

Lenten Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm 
Livestream -- View at www.oslcstillwater.org 
 
No mentee/mentor meetings or Kingdom Choir
 
 
Sunday, March 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am 
  Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik   
Livestream -- View at www.oslcstillwater.org 
 
No Faith Formation, Youth Groups,  
Adult Education or Time for Parents 
 
  Volunteering is a work of heart. 
SIGN UP TODAY
 People needed for both Sunday and Wednesday Worship Services.
 
 
Care of Creation Tip
In gratitude, caring for God's Air, Water, and Land
 
Spring Planting Fever
Less snow, more warmth, longer days often awaken the gardener in many of us. Visions of flowers and vegetables dance in our heads.
 
As you scan the seed catalog for this year's order, consider native Minnesota prairie plants and flowers. They provide food for important insects that pollinate our crops. Native plants also grow deeper roots so they need less watering and tending.
 
Have fun planting a garden that also benefits our environment!
 
A lot of "just one persons" working together can accomplish mighty things. ~ A message from your OSLC Care of Creation team.
 
Announcements
 
Kingdom Choir (Rehearsal Update)  
 
Due to the COVID-19 concerns, all Kingdom Choir rehearsals are cancelled until further notice. Our primary concern at OSLC is keeping everyone safe and healthy. Stay home, keep singing, and watch your email for future updates.
Mission Jamaica Update 
 
A huge thank you to our generous congregation in response to support for Mission Jamaica. A request for 80 tubes of toothpaste resulted in 133 tubes! The request for 80 bars of soap turned into 164!  
 
Unfortunately, 2 days before I was to leave, the trip was cancelled due to Corona Virus. A country with no previous cases now had 5. There was no guarantee that if we went, we would get back to the US. Also Westhaven Childrens home was now quarantined.
 
The supplies will get to them as soon as possible. Also, there was more than $250 collected towards the purchase of chicks and their feed. A check will be sent to them soon. I 'm looking forward to a trip there next spring. I'll let you know a date as soon as I find out. I would love to have many of you join me! Thanks again for your generosity ~ Mary Anderson
Valley Outreach March Food Drive 
 
TOP 20 IN 2020 - How can you help 'Fill that cart'!  There are many items to choose from that would benefit Valley Outreach's food shelves:  a three pack of tuna; a box of cereal; spices; a package of paper towel; boxes of Mac & Cheese' a bottle of ketchup or mustard; cans of beans, etc.  Check the list and 'fill the cart'!  Financial donations are also accepted. Please consider donating NOW!
Senior Health & Faith Day  (Cancelled) 
 
In following the CDC's recommendation regarding COVID-19, the Senior Health & Faith Day has been cancelled for 2020 but will return next year.
 
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

2/3 Year Old Spark Story Bible FaithMarker (Postponed)
 
The Spark Story Bible FaithMarker which was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22, has been postponed due to the recommended precautions for COVID-19. We will announce a new date later this spring. Questions? Please contact Darla Goble, Children & Family Ministry Director. 
VBS Rocky Railway
 
Registration is now open for VBS Rocky Railway: Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through.  At Rocky Railway VBS, kids discover Jesus' power can pull them through life's ups and downs.  Creative activities, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.
When: Monday-Thursday, August 3 - 6, from 9 am - 12 pm
Who: Children ages 3 yrs (by Jan 1, 2020 AND potty-trained) through Grade 4 (2019-20 school year)
Register online NOW! 
First Communion Class 
 
Who:     1st - 6th graders and a parent / guardian
Date:     Tuesday, April 7, from 6-8 pm (eat before you come)
Where:  Sanctuary at OSLC
What to bring:   Your Bible
To participant, please RSVP by March 22.  Click HERE to RSVP.
6th Grade Lock-in 
 
Who:  All 6th graders and parents! Parents will come for the opening time from 7-8 pm.
What:  We will have an information time with Chad and Darla for students and parents from 7-8 pm. Then students will enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun to celebrate their 6th grade FaithMarker. Students will also learn about the Jr. High Evolve program.
When:  April 17 at 7 pm (eat dinner before you come). Parents pick up students by 8 am on April 18.
Where: OSLC
What to bring: A snack to share - no energy drinks, Sleeping bag/air mattress, Pillow, and any personal items needed
RSVP deadline: April 10 - registration is on the OSLC home page or Register Now! For questions, please contact Darla Goble (651)308-8641.   
 
Prayer
 
Request for Prayers and Support
 
Everyday joys and sorrows...Once in a lifetime joys and sorrows. Your brothers and sisters at Our Savior's want to support you. Email or call Pastor Karna Moskalik with any of your needs.
Board Updates
 
To view church board minutes, please Click Here!
 
Giving Opportunities
Hassle Free, Secure Online Giving

By registering on the Our Savior's Giving Page or by downloading the GivePlus+ mobile app, you can make a one-time gift or set up a donation that will process automatically on a recurring basis. Recurring donations are convenient for you and provide our church with much needed consistent support throughout the year. We work with Vanco Payment Solutions to provide you a secure platform to manage your giving.

     
"Giving is not a debt you owe; it is a seed you sow." -Unknown