Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Meditation Moment
 
From the Pastor ....
 
"Love your neighbor as yourself.
(Mark 12:31)
 
While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously preached "I have a dream," currently it feels like we are in a nightmare. I heard another inspiring sermon from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal church where he said, "the power of love will save us." That love is none other than the transformative love of Jesus who embraces a hurting world, with arms as outstretched on a cross. The cross itself is God's embrace to hold us in our brokenness and usher in love and restore us to newly abundant and eternal life.

Yesterday I was on the phone with a dear friend and colleague, Pastor Kirsten Fryer from Bethlehem Lutheran on the Midway. She serves at our mission partner congregation there. For the past twenty years, OSLC continually feeds the hungry and homeless at Open Hands, a ministry housed out of Bethlehem. I asked her, "How can we help? We want to be there for you." Kirsten responded, "The needs are on-going. There is now no grocery store within walking distance of our church. We essentially are the store. As soon as supplies come in, they quickly leave. We need everything. A list is continually being updated on our website and our Facebook page."

As you can imagine, the needs are even greater now. As we navigate through the waters of a stormy pandemic, and now the tumultuous crisis of fires, riots and trauma, now is a time more than ever to share the love of Jesus in concrete ways.  We also want to help not only now in the immediate needs, but for the long-haul. As I type this, we are also working on thorough plans for multiple ways for you to be involved in these relief efforts. Stay tuned for an additional announcement detailing ways you can help love the neighbor in need. It is our calling to demonstrate God's love for all and live into our mission as a caring congregation. As Jesus once said, "I was hungry and you gave me food." (Matthew 25:35) Let us love the neighbors before us, Jesus in our midst. Let us also trust and know that Jesus too holds us close to his heart, and holds us in this collective pain. God's love does indeed have the power to redeem and save us all.
  
Faithfully,
 
Pastor Karna
 
This Week at Worship

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Communion)  
Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik  

Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 9:00 am (Communion)  
  Message: Presiding Bishop of the ELCA Elizabeth Eaton    
Special Music: Kingdom Choir  
Charlotte Schuld 
 
Online services found on Facebook or at  
Missed a Live streamed service?  
Watch it later from our website under
"Sermons"    
 
 
Communion on Wednesday & Sunday  

The world is hungry for God. You are invited to use bread or crackers; wine or juice as we celebrate how the Holy Spirit is working in our midst. As a special activity, below is the recipe from our First Communion Class if you would like to make something special for use at communion time during worship. Extra loaves may be frozen for use at another time.  
 
Additional option: We have several loaves in the church freezer. If you are interested in receiving one of those loaves for your communion, please email Darla Goble or call her at (651)308-8641 and she will make sure you receive a loaf.
 
Measure dry ingredients:
2 c whole wheat flour
1 c white flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 ¼ tsp salt
 
Mix wet ingredients together until dissolved:
¾ c + 2 TBS very hot water
TBS honey
TBS molasses
4 tsp oil
 
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Dough should be slightly sticky. Do not kneed. Divide into four balls and flatten each into a ¼ inch thick disk. Lay loaves on a baking sheet. With a knife, score a  V cross onto the loaf. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 
 
Remove bread from oven and brush the tops with oil. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes. Let cool.
 
Conclude preparations with this blessing: Gracious God, you tend and nourish your family with loving care.  You provided bread to the prophet Elijah, bread to the crowd who gathered around our Lord and the Bread of Life in your Son Jesus our Lord. As we offer this bread for a holy meal, we offer our hearts and hands into your service. In your love and care, nourish and strengthen those who eat this bread, that through the Sacrament all may know the comfort of your abiding presence. AMEN.
 
Announcements
 
Coffee with Pastor Karna 
 
Do you miss coffee hour at church? If so, join Pastor Karna on Sundays at 10 am through a "zoom coffee hour."  Enjoy coffee and goodies in the comfort of your home while re-connecting with church friends online. To join us, simply e-mail karna@oslcstillwater.org for the zoom link or call in number.
Sunday Virtual Worship Volunteer Opportunities 
 
Vocalists and Instrumentalists  
Thank you to the many musicians who have blessed OSLC's Online Worship from our beginning in March! If you are a Vocalist or Instrumentalist who might sing or play for the Sunday Worship, please contact Jane Gay . Blessings and Thanks!  
 
Readers
If you would be willing to read the Gospel text for our Online Worship on Sundays, please contact Pastor Karna. Thank you.  
 
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Family Resources 
 
Please see videos and resources for children at our website under Online Worship and Resources and then under For Kids. Also, contact Darla if your child would like to write to an elderly friend from our congregation.
Time for Parents  
 
Time for Parents is a group dedicated to moms and dads sharing their highs, lows, concerns, and triumphs in parenting within the context of our Christian beliefs. We focus on various topics related to parenting and work to support each other in our journey as parents. We are currently connecting through Zoom every Sunday at 10 am. If you are interested in participating and need the link to join us, please contact  
 
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
 
March and April minutes have been added. To view church board minutes, please Click Here!
 
Giving Opportunities
Hassle Free, Secure Online Giving

By registering on the Our Savior's Giving Page, downloading the GivePlus+ mobile app, or texting 833-970-0714, 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