Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Meditation Moment
 
From the Pastor ....
 
"The light shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:5)
     
Last night I had a great opportunity to reconnect with pastor colleagues via zoom. It was an alumni gathering of a leadership cohort called "Shape." We spent an intense year learning and growing alongside each other. Since pastors have the gift of "gab," one of our friends said, "tell us how you are doing today in five words or less." I paused and admitted, "five words is not enough." In that particular moment, I was flooded with joy, hope and optimism. Last week, I felt the overwhelm of grim and dark news due to the pandemic.
 
It's easy and natural to find ourselves in waves
of emotion
s. One day can be filled with immense joy followed by fear or sorrow. As I look at my home for inspiration, I'm reminded of how the beautiful sunflowers on my kitchen table are constantly drawn to sunlight. In fact, the morning sunrise beams through our kitchen and living room providing brilliance and warmth. Our cats are also drawn to basking in the glow of sun rays. While we do live in a challenging time, I also find comfort that Jesus is the light of the world. God's light holds greater power than any darkness. May we too be drawn to the light of Jesus that offers joy, resiliency, hope and peace. On the dark days, know too that Jesus meets us in our sorrows and uncertainties. God is with us always.
      
Faithfully,
 
Pastor Karna
 
This Week at Worship

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm 
Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik  

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 9:00 am 
  Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik  
Special Music: David Plante
 
Online services found on Facebook or at  
Missed a Live streamed service?  
Watch it later from our website under
"Sermons"    
 
 
In Remembrance... 

Thursday, May 14, will be the 1 year anniversary of the death of Ray Ross. Please remember this anniversary in prayer as we ask for personal strength for his family.
 
 
Care of Creation Tip 
In gratitude, caring for God's Air, Water, and Land

Be Kind to Your Bees    
As you are outdoors in your yard planting flowers or wondering what you could do instead of mowing grass, consider helping the pollinating insects that are essential to our food crops. You can grow flowering plants that help these pollinators thrive. Check out the University of Minnesota's pollinator web pages for a list of plants.
 

A lot of "just one persons" working together can accomplish mighty things. ~ A message from your OSLC Care of Creation team.
 
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  
 
Mlafu Tanzania

Update from Pastor Mpesa at Mlafu    
 
Hi,

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I and my family are doing good. Pastor Karna how are you doing in this difficulty season? How do your members worship? I am writing to let you know that we are praying for you and all members at Our Savior's.

Thank you for your letter which was written in January 2nd 2020. Congratulation for completing your studies.

Here at Mlafu everybody is aware with this pandemic. So we are trying to distance from one another. No hand shaking, Members are still coming to church but there are so many restrictions like everybody has to wash her/his hands with soap at the church door before and after worship service. Social distancing even in the church no touching each other. No holy communion no baptism until when it will be announced different.
 
My whole family is doing well and I am continuing with my pastoral duty. We thank God who is protecting us. This is my twelfth year at Mlafu, thanks be to God and my wife who has been of good help. In my family we have seven children. Three boys and four girls. Our first born is a teacher, second born is married, Third born is an entrepreneur, fourth born is done with form four studies, she would like to study cooking and decorations. The fifth is a tailor, The sixth is still form four in the secondary school, and the seventh is in primary school, he is in standard five.

My family deals with animal keeping, farming of beans and corn. This year we have more than enough rain. It is good for trees but not very good for corn and beans.

Let us keep on praying for each other. Flp. 4:21 We promise to keep you all in our prayers.
 
Its me Pastor Daison Mpesa and my wife Tulla.
  
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!
 
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