Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Meditation Moment
From the Pastor ....
"What does the Lord require of us?  
Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with our God." 
(Micah 6:8)   
In 2012, I was blessed to visit Dr. Martin Luther King's church. This pictureis at a memorial dedicated to Dr. King and his wife Coretta. His epic "I have a dream," message still inspires today. Langston Hughes also expresses: "Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go; life is a barren field frozen with snow."

What are your hopes and dreams for the world? The prophet Micah reminds us to also put those dreams into action: do, love and walk. Let's be the change we wish to see in the world! This can be little or large steps: smile, listen, recycle, advocate, practice hospitality and love without limitation. God's love shines through you! Let that little Gospel light shine for all to see Jesus' love.
Pastor Karna
This Week at Worship

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 
5:00 pm Dinner
Menu: Chicken Enchiladas, Salad and Dessert
5:30 pm Worship in the CLC
Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik
6:10 pm Faith Formation
Time for Parents  
6:15 pm Music Directors 
7:00 pm Confirmation Parents Night 
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Proclaim!

Sunday, January 26, 2020
  Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik 
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: Proclaim!  
9:15 am OSLC Annual Meeting
Faith Formation
10:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary 
Lead by the Praise Team  
11:45 am Jr. High Evolve Youth (Grades 7-9)
4:30 pm Sr. High Activate Youth (Grades 10-12)
7:30 pm AA 
  Volunteering is a work of heart. 
  to greet, usher, read, serve communion  
or serve coffee!

OSLC Annual Meeting - January 26, 2020
The OSLC Annual Meeting will take place at 9:15 am on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Copies of the 2019 annual report will be available on Sunday, January 19, at the Welcome Desk.  

Thank You for 2019 Year End Gifts!
The 2019 budget numbers are in and we made up significant ground in the final two weeks of December thanks to strong end of year attendance and extra financial gifts. We fell short of our giving budget by only 5.7% after several months of double digit deficits. Expenditures also came in 2.4% lower than planned leaving us with a relatively small net loss for the year.  Thank you to all for your generous gifts, especially those who dug a bit deeper to help us gain ground at the end of the year. We look forward to a brighter year in 2020 with the launch of Stewardship for All Seasons; a formal stewardship program for congregations. Stay tuned to hear more!
Care of Creation Tip
In gratitude, caring for God's Air, Water, and Land
Snowbirds and Climate Change
In a time when many "snowbirds" plan to fly south for the winter, air travelers should consider the environmental effects of air travel. Airplanes produce more emissions of the climate-warming carbon dioxide than car travel, totally more than 11 percent of greenhouse gases from transportation. Because takeoff uses the most fuel, the emissions are especially high for shorter flights and flights with extra stops.
So what can you do? You can travel less by air, especially for shorter trips. (On long trips airplanes may be more efficient than driving in a car solo.) If you fly, try to use airlines with newer regular-sized airplanes, which are the most fuel efficient. You can travel by bus or train. You can try to offset the carbon dioxide emissions you create by contributing to programs that replant forests or stop rain-forest destruction. You can buy your home electricity from wind and solar sources that don't create carbon dioxide. You can ride the bus instead of driving in a car. However, most of the options to offset carbon dioxide take time and don't help the immediate need to reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions. So flying as little as possible is the best alternative.
A lot of "just one persons" working together can accomplish mighty things. ~ A message from your OSLC Care of Creation team.

Faith Community Nurse Opening
We are now hiring a Faith Community Nurse for 15 hours per week. If you or someone you know is interested, the job application is available at www.lakeviewhealth.org . For more information, you can talk to Pastor Karna or contact the St. Croix Valley Faith Community Nursing Program Director, Jennifer Agen, at 651-430-8734 or jennifer.y.agen@lakeview.org 
A Day for Making Comfort
January 25 from 9 am -3 pm is the next "Day for Making Comfort" quilting happening here at Our Savior's.  Over the years hundreds of quilts have been completed and given both locally and internationally.  It is a fun day where no experience is needed.  Just bring yourself and enjoy the fellowship while making a difference.  The day is both for those who are experienced quilters and those who know nothing about it.  Come for as long as you can - for an hour or for all day.  Bring your own lunch and bring a friend!  See you there! 
Caucus for Climate: Feb. 3 from 6-7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
One of the five goals of our OSLC Covenant to Care for Creation is to seek to change the systems that foster the degradation of creation and to rectify the injustices that result from it. And we seek to alert our members to environmental legislation that protects creation and to encourage their active participation in the development of public policy.
Our Care of Creation Team will sponsor "Caucus for Climate": February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Learn about MNIPL's 2020 roadmap to make climate a top priority for voters, candidates, and lawmakers in 2020 - and how you and your faith community can play an important role!

This non-partisan presentation by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) will focus on how to prepare for and attend one of the political caucuses. We encourage our voting adults to attend but as well as our youth who are also welcome at political caucuses. 
Gratitude Containers
In 2019 the Gratitude Containers collected $710 which was sent to Lutheran Disaster Response to help the many people who have been affected by so many natural disasters. The Gratitude containers will once again be handed out on February 9th and 16th. Those who participate drop a coin in their container when they feel gratitude for the events in their own lives with the purpose of helping those who have been less fortunate. The containers filled with coins are then collected in November. Be sure to pick up a container!
2020 Woman's Retreat
Planning for the 2020 Women's Retreat is underway and registrations forms are on the women's bulletin board. The dates are April 24-25 and we will once again be at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington. The cost is $115 for a double room and $140 for a single room. Those attending will be traveling around the world to every continent with the theme "WonderFull World - Where Women Explore God's Love and Wonder." The weekend is always an inspirational and fun time to spend with our sisters in Christ. Get yourself registered now and bring a friend with you.
Get in the Family Photo! (Picture Directory)
Have you scheduled your photo appointment yet? If not, please sign-up after worship on Wednesdays or Sundays. You can also sign-up online from the church website. Photograph sessions will be scheduled for February 3-8, 2020. Click HERE to sign-up online.  
Won't be here February 3-8 for the photography sessions? You can still be included in the directory! Just email a digital photo file of your household members to the church office or drop off an actual picture. Pictures with a plain background and shaped horizontally will fit best with the other directory pictures. Also, include a list of the names of your household members, household telephone number and mailing address.
Questions? Contact the church office.   
Picture Day Volunteers Needed!  
Greeters are needed to welcome families, assist with check-in, provide coupons, and confirm accuracy of household data on file. Please sign-up to volunteer for a shift(s) at the Welcome Desk in the Gathering Area.
Book of the Month Club
The Book of the Month Club will meet on Monday, January 27th at 1:00 pm to discuss "A Green Journey" by Jon Hassler.
Children, Youth & Family Ministry
Mom's Night Out!  
Our next Mom's Night Out will be Friday, February 7 at 6:00 pm. Bring an  
appetizer to share. All are welcome! Contact Darla Goble if you would like to host.
5th & 6th Grade Spa Day
All 5th & 6th graders and an adult are welcome to attend the Spa Day on Saturday, February 1, from 3-5 pm at the church. Come and enjoy a chocolate fountain and punch, pamper each other and make a spa item to bring home. Feel free to bring a friend with their special adult too!  
Please RSVP to Darla Goble and also let her know if you can bring strawberries, marshmallows, pound cake or pretzels for the chocolate fountain.    

OSLC Missions

Mission Jamaica
Mary Anderson will be leaving on the Mission Jamaica trip on March 14. OSLC is asked to provide the following items for the Trip: 80 large bars of soap and 80 large tubes of toothpaste. Both of these items can be purchased at the dollar store. There will be bags for collecting these in the gathering area beginning Sunday, January 26 through Sunday, March 8.

The Mission Jamaica Team is also purchasing broiler chicks for WestHaven Orphanage with donation dollars. Around 100 broiler chicks are purchased each month and are butchered every 6 weeks. These chicks are raised at WestHaven in the Mission Jamaica built Chicken Coop and provide protein to the residents of WestHaven. Cost per chick is $5 and includes the cost of feed. Please consider supporting this effort. Checks can be made out to OSLC with Mission Jamaica in the memo line and placed in the offering plate or drop box on the Welcome Desk. 
African Ministry Team
The African Ministry Team is excited to share our recent gift of handmadebaskets from our companion church friends in Mlafu, Tanzania. What a blessing it is to have people from across the world praying for us every week and sharing their unending hospitality! We are also happy to have an opportunity to share our support, encouragement and love with them. Rev. Peter Harrits from the St. Paul Area Synod will be traveling to Iringa, Tanzania, and he is graciously bringing some gifts from us to the Mlafu Congregation. The following gifts will be traveling to Mlafu this week:
  •  Personal letters to 37 secondary school scholarship recipients from sponsors and the entire church.
  • Many photos of our Mlafu friends from the 2017 mission trip.
  •   Our 2019 congregation's "Christmas Sweater" photo.
  •   A personal letter from Pastor Karna to Pastor Mpesa introducing herself, including a picture of her and Brian.
  • A set of altar paraments and a personal greeting from our Altar Guild.
  • Bracelets and photos from Vacation Bible School.
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
Simply Giving

A more convenient way to give! In a few short minutes, you can make a one-time gift or set up a donation that will process automatically on a recurring basis. Recurring donations are convenient and provide our church with much needed consistent support throughout the year. To give online, visit our church's website and get set up! 
Stewardship is about love:
serving others through our time, talent, and treasure.