Our Savior Lutheran Church is a Christian community that seeks to fearlessly follow Jesus. Rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ, and the Lutheran tradition, we come from diverse places and experiences to grow as Christ’s disciples in faith, hope, and love. We hope you will join us!

Sunday, July 5th – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Blessings, Friends and Family of Our Savior, on this Independence Day weekend.

We have a special treat for our Worship this week at OSLC this Sunday. We are participating in a joint service of the East King County Cluster of the NW Washington Synod. Representatives from the eight ELCA congregations in Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, and North Bend have come together to produce a single worship video for all to view together, tomorrow, July 5th.

This is a “Premiere” release on YouTube, which means the service will first be released for everyone to view at the same time on Sunday morning at 10:00 am. I am told there will also be a place where you can add your greetings and comments live during the viewing. Here is the link to participate in this special worship event:

 Sunday, July 5th – Service Video

If you go to this link before Sunday at 10:00am, you will see a countdown clock inviting you to check back later. After Sunday at 10:00am, the service can be viewed at any time.

Below is the link to a service folder for you to use in following along, and to find out more about the collaboration involved in producing the video.

Sunday, July 5th – Service Folder

You won’t want to miss this experience.

Be Well and of Good Cheer,

Pastor Jim


Flowers for On-line Summer Worship Services at OSLC

Calling OSLC gardeners: you are invited to share some of your handiwork in our weekly on-line worship services in July & August. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up for providing an arrangement of flowers from your garden (a large bouquet works well for the camera). We’ll feature one arrangement per week from different households in our faith community.
  2. The flowers need to be dropped off at OSLC (left by the front door is fine) by 9:15am on a Thursday morning. If using your own vase, the flowers will be returned to outside the front door by 1:00pm that day.
  3. Contact Scott Hafso (bellevuer@gmail.com) no later than Tuesday evening each week to express your interest; this will be on a first-come basis, or a date can be reserved in advance. Questions? Please contact Scott. Thanks for considering contributing a “visual offering” to our worship!

Practicing Responsible Stewardship of Self:  Thank you for wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and washing your hands. As you practice these safety measures you are doing what God has called and gifted you to do in this time and place—you are being a good steward of your spiritual gifts. By adhering to these safety measures you show your love for yourself, for your friends, neighbors and family, and ultimately you show the love God gives you as it is poured out to all those you encounter.

Each time you give your regular offering, you are ensuring support for your church community and the work Jesus calls us to do.  Whether making offerings as you normally would with a check via postal mail, or giving online using the “Electronic Giving” tab above, together we move forward as God’s generous, caring, supportive people—doing the work Jesus calls us to do! Warmest regards from your Stewardship Committee.

From Your Transition Team Next week you will receive a letter from us via email or US mail that will share our thoughts after having reviewed the history and heritage of OSLC. After you’ve read the letter, please respond to the questions that are in the letter. Your insights will help us prepare an accurate description of our congregation. If you not not receive the email letter, please let the office know at office@oslcissaquah.org. Thanks for your help!

From Building and Grounds During the stay-at-home order, B&G’s has cancelled the church cleaning service since the building is not occupied. So, please remove all your trash/recycle items instead of throwing them in the trash or recycle bins. Take your trash home with you please. Thank you.

Community Outreach Committee Thanks You A big “Thank You” to all who supported our first OSLC Drive-thru Food and Clothing Collection on June 27th. The response was wonderful!  The community will benefit so much from your giving. And, “Thank You” to the Community Outreach Committee members for all their work the day of and transporting all we collected to the Issaquah Food Bank and the Community Dinner.  I said “first” Drive-thru Collection as we may hold one or two in the next couple of months. Stay tuned…

Stay Safe Mission: As we prepare for the day we can meet in worship once again, we’re considering what that may look like. Our top priority is to keep our members and guests safe. The Mission Quilters have agreed to make fabric masks available for pick up when large groups are allowed to gather again. The masks will be yours to keep. You will be required to wash the mask as recommended. Any fabric mask will decrease the chances of contracting the COVID-19 virus, but it will not be medical grade. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is recommending the use of face masks while out in public.

Need help getting your groceries after you order them online? OSLC’s Reaching Out program may be able to help. A group of volunteers has agreed to perform grocery pick-up and delivery as needed. For grocery delivery, contact Ken Konigsmark at kenkonigsmark@yahoo.com or (425) 445-8656. To volunteer as a delivery person, contact Rick West at rickjanbecca@comcast.net.

Prayers Your prayer requests are important to us. Requests for prayers continue to be taken by email or phone, and will be added to the weekly worship bulletin, Prayers of the People, and staff prayers. Email office@oslcissaquah.org, or call 425-392-4169 and leave a message with your prayer.


Important Announcement

Beloved Members and Friends of Our Savior Lutheran Church,

Blessings and Peace to all of you as you find ways to stay connected and full of hope during this new and highly unusual way to live.

Starting March 29th, I will be recording the reading of the lessons and a short sermon. You can find these videos by clicking the “YouTube” icon at the very top left of this page. You can also find a copy of Sunday’s worship bulletin by clicking on that Sunday’s post on the right side under “Latest News”.

I encourage you to find ways to connect with others as you work through this material. You are not alone.

Due to the Washington State ”Stay at Home” order, we have closed the office at the church building. Staff continue to work from home and will respond to messages as we are able.

At this point we do not know how long the suspension will be. We will monitor all the available information and resume our on-site ministry activities as soon as safely possible.

Be Well and of Good Cheer,

Pastor Jim Kruse


Emergency Pastoral Care

For emergency pastoral care, please contact OSLC Transition Pastor Jim Kruse at 206-919-9520 (mobile) or JamesKruse814@gmail.com.

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