Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Meditation Moment
 
From the Pastor ....
 
"Love your neighbor as yourself.
(Matthew 22:39)
   
What an incredible opportunity we had on Saturday to extend love to our neighbors at Bethlehem Lutheran in St. Paul. After fires ravaged this area from the civil unrest, there are now no grocery stores within walking distance of this church. As our mission partner congregation, we rose to the occasion to live into our mission to "demonstrate God's love to all." Many of you individually gave of your time and treasures. Several of you went on your own in the past week to Bethlehem on the Midway. Here is also a recap of our collective efforts on Saturday, June 6th:

OSLC Efforts Included:
  • 18 Households from OSLC came for the prayer send off to Costco on June 6th
  • $2,000 from Mission and Outreach was spent on relief aid at Costco
  • $400+ extra dollars also came in for these efforts and were also spent on relief aid
Four huge palates of supplies were distributed to Mission Midway including:
  • One palate of toilet paper
  • One palate of non-perishable food items, soap and diapers
  • Two palates of bottled water
Volunteers from all over the metro also helped in these efforts including:
  • 60-80 volunteers during a shift at Bethlehem
  • 5,000 families in the neighborhood served
  • 500 deliveries from various individuals and churches
  • 3,000 volunteers total
  • 1 week of outreach
Here is a video recapping the events of our service day:

Bethlehem Lutheran in the Midway
Bethlehem Lutheran in the Midway

Unfortunately, a volunteer serving at Bethlehem (not an OSLC member) tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, they have temporarily suspended onsite relief efforts this week following CDC and MN State health guidelines. This neighborhood still needs our prayers and help. We will keep you posted on future opportunities to serve at Mission Midway, Bethlehem Lutheran. If you would like, you may still offer financial support as indicated on our online giving at OSLC or notate this in the memo line of a check to Our Savior's. We also remain committed to dispersing 10% of all of our general offerings to Mission and Outreach to bless the world in need.

This was truly a moving experience to be a part of these efforts to extend compassion to our neighbors. We are truly living into our mission as a "caring community, called by Christ to serve and live in faith." Thank you for demonstrating this transformative love of Jesus! We are making a difference.
     
Faithfully,
 
Pastor Karna
 
This Week at Worship

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Communion)  
Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik  

Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 9:00 am (Communion)   
  Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik     
Special Music: Lauren Olson 
 
Online services found on Facebook or at  
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Care of Creation Tip
In gratitude, caring for God's Air, Water, and Land

Plants Feeding on Plants      
No, this is not the latest horror film title. This is what happens as dead and decaying plant flesh decomposes into humus, the brown or black part of soil made of organic matter. This is the part of the soil that provides nutrients for new plants to grow. It's natures recycling of organic material to create new organic material.
 
You can help this process and reduce the amount of waste you discard by composting your plant wastes. Plant wastes include leaves, plant prunings, mown grass, and the trimmings from plants you eat, such as the peels of squash, apple cores, corn shucks, pea pods, watermelon rind, and anything that was a plant. You just make an outdoor pile of these wastes with a little top soil. Mix them up with a shovel or pitch fork occasionally to speed the composting. You can use the final compost to put nutrients back into your flower bed or garden.
 
To get a neighbor-friendly compost bin that will keep critters out of food scraps, go to this website:
 
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 (From Darla Goble) 
 
Hi Friends,
 
I hope you are enjoying summer and I pray you are well. I have been working on ways we can still connect and wanted to share them with you.
  • Soon I will have resources for your family on The Fruit of the Spirit. These will be at home lessons that are easy and fun. I have videoed our high school students reading the stories that go with the lessons and I will post them online for your family to watch as you go through the lessons. 
  • Another fun project for the summer is "Flat Jesus!" I have copied and laminated Jesus so that you can bring Him wherever you go!
    Take pictures of your family with "Flat Jesus" and post them on our facebook page at:
    It will be fun to see everybody and a good reminder that Jesus is with us always!
  • Our online services are continuing on Sundays and Wednesdays. We have started having virtual Communion during the service. Please let me know if you would like a loaf of communion bread or the ingredients to make a loaf at home. I have made 20 loaves of bread that are in the freezer and I have bags of ingredients prepped.
  • Our high school students and I have had fun visiting some of you at home! Please contact me if you would like a social distancing visit! 
  • Please let me or Pastor Karna know if you or your child would like to be a reader or perform special music for our virtual services. We would love to have more of our young people involved.
  • Time for Parents continues to meet on Sunday mornings at 10:00. All are welcome. Let me know if you would like the link to join us.
  • Just a reminder we still have elderly friends who would love a card or note. Please let me know if you would like the link with the addresses of our older friends. This is a great way to connect with people from our church and brighten the day for someone who may not have much social interaction.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your family. I miss all of you so much and can't wait to be together again!
 
Darla Goble, Children & Family Ministry Director
Click HERE to email Darla  
 
Special Message

Hello Our Savior's Lutheran Church and its members:  
 
This is Abang, Gillo, Omot, Mara, and Kathy.  
 
At this time, we would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to Our Savior's Lutheran Church members for praying for our family since May 20th when three of our family members tested positive with Covid-19. It is not an easy journey, but with God's help and all your prayers, we are getting better now.  
 
Like I said, we would like to thank all members for their prayers, phone calls, messages and cards. However, I would like to mention some member names for going the extra mile for my family. Thank you to our pastor, Karna Hagen Moskalik, for praying everyday for our family and she even offered what she could do for us. I would also like to thank my Godparents Kathleen and Orv Johnson for everything, Darla Goble for grocery shopping, Dan Stoffer for continuously checking up on us to see how we were doing, Becky Maier for organizing some members to bring meals, and thank you to those who brought meals like Marilyn Meier, Maxine Enfield, Ellie Zanieuski, Andrea Valley, and Sandy Fabio.  
 
Again, thank you to all the OSLC members for your support. May God bless you all!  
 
Sincerely ~ Abang Akway and Gillo Madho 
 
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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"Giving is not a debt you owe; it is a seed you sow." -Unknown