Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Meditation Moment
 
From the Pastor ....
 
"Taste and see that the Lord is good." 
(Psalm 34:8)    
 

Recently, our OSLC staff enjoyed a late "Christmas lunch" at the Lake Elmo
Inn. As this was my first time there, mid-way through dessert Darla said, "did you know there is another entire table of dessert in the back?" Just
when I thought this meal was beyond amazing, I was surprised to find even more options!

Like a buffet, the faith life offers a multitude of spiritual practices to connect with God: prayer, scripture, meditation, exercise, yoga, silence, nature walks, fasting, tithing, serving, worship and more! My spiritual director, Terry Whalling, introduced me to yet another devotional resource: The Blue Book by Jim Branch. This covers prayer, scripture, readings and music in one! Every day is a great opportunity to find ways to connect with God. May each of us continue to be amazed at God's sweet buffet. 
 
Eternally,
 
Pastor Karna
 
This Week at Worship
WORSHIP SCHEDULE
 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 
 
5:00 pm Dinner
Menu: Ham & Noodle Hotdish, Bread, Salad and Dessert 
 
5:30 pm Worship in the CLC
Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik
 
6:10 pm Faith Formation
Time for Parents  
7:00 pm Confirmation 
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
 
 
Sunday, February 2, 2020
  Message: Guest Pastor Justin Grimm 
 
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: Kingdom Choir  
   
9:15 am Adult Education
Faith Formation
Time for Parents 
 
10:30 am Contemporary Worship in the CLC 
Led by the Praise Team  
 
 
  Volunteering is a work of heart. 
SIGN UP TODAY
  to greet, usher, read, serve communion  
or serve coffee!
 
 
Adult Education at 9:15 am in the Sanctuary 
   
February 2:  Rev. Justin Grimm, assistant to the Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod, will preach and lead the adult forum today. During the education hour, he will offer updates on mission opportunities in the synod.
 
February 9: Carolyn Healy and Joanne Corlett from Be SMART. The Be SMART program focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.   
 
 
Care of Creation Tip
In gratitude, caring for God's Air, Water, and Land
 
New Earth's Resolution
Many of us make New Year's resolutions to improve ourselves in the coming year. Try adding a resolution that improves our environment.  Here are some easy possibilities. 
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Recycle glass, metal, paper, cardboard, and plastic wastes from your home and workplace.
  • Take reusable bags with you whenever you go shopping.
  • Take shorter showers to conserve water.
  • Combine errands to reduce car trips and air pollution.
  • Find out where election candidates stand on clean air and water, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and climate change . . . and vote for ones who will work to help us be good stewards of God's creation.
A lot of "just one persons" working together can accomplish mighty things. ~ A message from your OSLC Care of Creation team.
 
Announcements

Graduate Care Packages -- Cookies Needed!
 
It is time for the mailing of graduate care packages on February 10 and we are in need of cookies to go in the boxes. If you are able to make cookies, please let Nancy Fjestad or (651-439-4535) know and package them in groups of 4. We are mailing to 20 graduates. Thanks in advance!
Property & Grounds Committee
 
The Property & Grounds Committee will meet at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 3, in the Fireside Room. All are welcome. 
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 
Caucus for Climate: Feb. 3 from 6:30-7:30 pm
 
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 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 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.    
 
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.
Camp Wapo: Hope Full - God's Unwavering Promise
 
Registration is now open for summer 2020 dates at Camp Wapo. Come join us at Camp Wapo this summer and build friendships, engage in praise and worship, play crazy fun games, and much much more! OSLC spots will be held until March 15 and will then be opened to other churches. Students should register for the grade they will complete this year. OSLC camp dates are:
  • Seeds (Gr. 1-3) Weekend, June 26-28
  • Youth Week (Gr. 4-8), June 28-July 3
  • Sr High (Gr. 9-12), June 28-July 3
Register NOW! Questions? Please contact Darla Goble
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.  
 
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
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.