Welcome

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, August 2nd – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Dear Our Savior Lutheran Family,

As we continue to seek relief from the summer heat, and restrictions on gathering for worship, we also continue to produce weekly on-line Sunday services for you to participate with at home. 

Below is the bulletin for this Sunday’s service:

Sunday, August 9th – Worship Folder

In addition, here is a video link to the recording of the service:

Sunday, August 9th – Service Video

We continue to monitor the Washington State “Stay Home, Stay Safe” guidelines for controlling the spread of COVID-19. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, for each other and for the people of OSLC. As always, your financial support of the congregation during the summer is greatly appreciated. 

Be Well and of Good Cheer,

Pastor Jim

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Congregational ZOOM with the OSLC Transition Team: 11:00 am on August 16th The Transition Team has been receiving responses to the letter they sent out at the beginning of July. (If you have not yet sent in your thoughts, please do so whenever it is possible.) Now the Transition Team is inviting the whole congregation to join them for an on-line conversation on Sunday, August 16th. They will summarize their ideas for the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) that will be used to identify pastoral candidates. This will be an experiment of sorts, as we prepare to elect the Call Committee at the official Congregational Meeting on September 13th. Have your coffee and cookies ready to join the ZOOM call at 11:00 am.

Wonder As a person who belongs to God do you ever wonder, as we are wondering, about how we regard all we are and all we have? Even about where the power of the Holy Spirit is at work in the dollars that pass virtually through the chip reader when we buy groceries, clothes, gas and so on? About what God is up to far across the ocean when we buy a piece of clothing manufactured in China? Or, what God is up to in our investing?  Where is God stirring when we put our money in the stock market? What God might be up to when we are tipping our hair stylist or the single-mother waitress who hustles tables all day or the Uber driver who isn’t supposed to accept tips?  God doesn’t only care about the widow’s mite, the tiny coins given to the temple treasury by an impoverished widow (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4). Our entire family budget says something about our faith in Christ. Consider for a moment that our entire stock portfolios may be something through which God is up to good work in the world!  Holy Spirit, guide and bless us as we wonder. Amen. 

~ by Rolf Jacobson in Luther Seminary’s Stewardship 101 and your OSLC Stewardship Committee

Update! 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.com. Orders 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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