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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, September 27th – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Dear Our Savior Family and Friends,

We are facing new challenges as we move into busier autumn schedules under the uncertainty of COVID-19. Yet we have learned new things about how to stay connected through technology. You may use this link September 20th—Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost to find the video of our worship for this Sunday. Please avail yourself of the following service bulletin (available here) to follow along and find additional resources.

You are also invited to participate in our “Drive Through Communion” event next Sunday morning.

Thank you for staying connected in this way as we continue to be the church, active in the world, but without being able to gather in our building during Washington State’s “Stay home-Stay safe” mandate.

Be Well and of Good Cheer,

Pastor Jim

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October 4th – Drive Through Communion & Virtual Communion Next Sunday, October 4th, is “World Communion Sunday.” On that day, OSLC will make our first attempt to celebrate Holy Communion as a congregation in six months. To participate, please view our regular pre-recorded video worship early enough to arrive at the church parking lot by 10:30 am. Then, beginning at 10:30, Pastor Jim will offer a communion kit and blessing to each person in your car as you pass the front entrance. Be sure everyone is wearing a mask when you roll down the windows. For those who are unable to participate in the Drive-Through Communion, a virtual communion will be offered by Zoom at 12:00 noon. (Zoom log-in information will be provided next week.) Let’s do our best to “gather” for The Meal of the Church that day

 Light My Fire Campaign!  Believe it or not, our ‘new’ church kitchen is not so new any longer. Recently the commercial dishwasher failed and had to be replaced; thankfully, extra Raise the Roof funds were available to support that need. Now the big gas stove is becoming difficult (it was purchased used when the kitchen was remodeled). We have a quote for a new stove to replace it, and several of those who regularly use the kitchen for ministry have pledged funds to help. 

Now it’s time to invite others to join us in this effort – if you feel led to help with the cost of replacing the kitchen stove, it would be a huge blessing. We need to raise about $5000 more to accomplish the goal. Any funds received in excess of the need will be returned to the General Fund in support of the OSLC budget. We give thanks for the many people who so generously support OSLC in so many ways. Sincerely, your OSLC Kitchen Committee

Book Study Opportunity There’s still time to join us for a book study on Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith, by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg. The book is available through the En-Gedi Resource Center (engadiresourcecenter.com), as well as Amazon. The study is held via Zoom on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. If it works out, we will continue to meet each Wednesday into the fall and winter. In order to get an accurate list of participants, we are asking people to register, so please contact Pastor Jim at jameskruse814@gmail.com or Jan Hazelton at Musicnotes4jan@gmail.com (phone: 425-868-1851).

How to discern God’s presence from a lawn chair. As you search for where God is leading you or OSLC, and where you or we can plug our spiritual gifts into God’s mission (that’s what they’re meant for), try this!

  • Set up a lawn chair. Sit in it. Commit to a regular practice of just being there.
  • Pay attention. What’s going on around you? Who’s outside? What’s the neighborhood like? Get a feel for its rhythms.
  • Ask questions. Notice God’s activity. What might God be doing right now? Where is the Holy Spirit moving right here?
  • Try variations. Get out and observe. Spend regular time in a coffee shop, library, park or bar, just to see where God might be showing up.

Then talk to us about what you discover!

~ From faith+lead at Luther Seminary and brought to you by your OSLC Stewardship Committee.

The ELCA Church Council has unanimously adopted a new social message: “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy.” This project was called for at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, with an intention that it be ready to read before the national election this fall. The social message defines government as a gift from God that can also be abused and misused. It also delves into how we can view civic engagement as Lutherans. You can find the social message and study guide in English here. A Spanish translation of the message is also available. 

Stay Safe Mask Project Many of you have taken advantage of the opportunity to get hand-made masks from our OSLC quilters. We love that and encourage more of you to call now that mask wearing has become a requirement in public places. If you would like a mask, please contact Alice Lewis at 425-432-0366 or alice@motorplex.comOrders placed by Sunday each week will be ready on the following Thursday. We have both elastic and tie masks with several different designs. In addition, around the head elastic is available, for those using hearing aids. The masks are yours to keep. We are offering 2 per person, one to wash and one to wear.

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.

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 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.

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.

Office Hours The church office remains closed per the Governor’s Stay Safe – Stay at Home order. Staff are working from home and will respond to messages as we are able. 

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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

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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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