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, February 28th – Second Sunday in Lent

Members and Friends of Our Savior Lutheran Church,

We are continuing into Lent this year under that same gathering restrictions that were in place when Lent ended last year. Living under the health risks associated with COVID-19 has caused us to gather for worship through recorded videos for a year now. Thank you for your creativity as you find ways to stay connected. This is the link for our service on Sunday: February 28th—Second Sunday in Lent. And please follow the digital bulletin (available here) to enhance your worship experience.

May you have a blessed season of contemplation and prayer.

Pastor Jim Kruse

Our Savior Lutheran Church

Issaquah, WA

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Midweek Community Prayer on Zoom in Lent Join us Wednesday evenings in Lent for 20 minutes of contemplative readings and prayer – a “rest along the way” on our Lenten journey to Easter to hear a word of encouragement, and to pray together.

Zoom room opens at 6:55pm; service begins at 7:00pm. A Zoom link will be provided each Wednesday prior to the service.

Wednesday, March 3rd, First Corinthians: A Study of the Nature of the Church For the five Wednesdays in March, Pastor Jim will use Zoom to lead a general discussion on the nature of the church as it is presented in Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. The series begins at 7:30pm on March 3rd, following the Midweek Community Prayer for Lent. This will be an opportunity to talk about how OSLC can build on the biblical model as we continue through a period of transition. A Zoom link will be provided prior to March 3rd.

Saturday, March 6th Food Drive at Our Savior Once again the Community Outreach Team is planning a food drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, to help their effort supporting hundreds of families each week. The Food Bank now offers case management, youth feeding programs, Groceries to Go delivery, toiletries and more to local families. The date for the next drive is March 6 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Our Savior. A list of items most needed by the Food Bank is available here. Stop by and say Hi!

Let’s keep it going OSLC’s first ever Call A Friend Round Robin is the easy as pie, join the fun, each one calls one telephone chat that’s not a robo call, not a call routing distribution campaign, not a gossip grapevine, not a massive tournament. Just pick up your phone and call a friend, enjoy a friendly chat about old times, current news, concerns, joys, etc., then invite your friend to call one of his or her friends, and so on, until everyone at OSLC gets a chance to touch base with an old or new(!) friend.  When do we start?  Ready….set….GO! Blessings and happy chatting from your OSLC Stewardship Team  

WANTED! Seeking low-cost resource for 50+ new polo shirts (“seconds” okay but must be new), plus someone with professional embroidery skills and equipment to embroider a logo design on the shirts. If you have contacts, please email Debby at birchtwig@icloud.com. Members of OSLC will be able to purchase shirts and wear them when working on church projects or when volunteering on Issaquah area community projects. Your Stewardship Team hopes the shirts will help OSLC develop new connections with our neighbors, as well as show the many ways our church supports our local communities!    

COVID Vaccine Information Wendy Winslow would like to share the following Facebook group that she found useful in locating vaccine opportunities: findaCOVIDshotWA. You can search the group in Facebook or click https://www.facebook.com/groups/findacovidshotwa/ .

The page is run by a volunteer group that is helping people find appointments. Once you sign up on the group page, you will get notifications and links to places that have appointments available.

2021 Offering Envelopes If you’re a regular user of offering envelopes, a new set has been mailed to you, along with your 2020 financial statement. If you have not received your envelopes, or are not a regular offering envelope user, and would like some envelopes mailed to you, please email Lena Schaper at oslc_financialsecretary@hotmail.com.

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.

Since March 29th, 2020, we are recording our worship services to be watched online. 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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