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, November 29th – First Sunday of Advent
Dear Our Savior Family and Friends,
With this worship video for Sunday, we are entering Advent and the beginning of a new Church year. This Sunday we lift up Bible readings that call for God to enter our lives and act in decisive ways to make our future better, an apt message for our times. You may use this link to view the worship video for this day: November 29th — First Sunday of Advent. And please follow along in the bulletin (available here) so that you can more fully participate at home.
Be Well and of Good Cheer,
Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm: Midweek Community Prayer on Zoom in Advent Join us Wednesday evenings in Advent for 15 minutes of contemplative readings and prayer – a brief pause in the midst of our busy lives to hear a word of encouragement, and to pray together. Midweek Community Prayer begins Wednesday, December 2nd, and continues through December 23rd. Zoom link will be provided Wednesday mornings. Service begins at 7:00pm.
Saturday, December 5 from 10am-1pm: OSLC Drive-Thru, Eastside Baby Corner Toy Collection and OSLC Giving Tree Gift Card Collection Our Drive-Thru Collections were such a success that we are doing one again! Saturday December 5, from 10am-1pm, the Community Outreach Committee will hold a Drive-Thru Eastside Baby Corner Toy and Giving Tree Gift Card Collection. Eastside Baby Corner is in need of 3000 Toys for Kids this Christmas. Also, we are not doing our usual Gift Card Giving Tree Collection in the Narthex for use during the year by the Community Outreach Committee. In the past, these gift cards have helped both church members and the community at large. This is a great way to donate gift cards for this purpose.
- New Toys, Games or Books for Kids 1 year and Up (see attached flyer)
- Gift Cards to Safeway, Target or Fred Meyer in $25.00, $50.00 or $100.00 values
You can pull up to the front of church and drop off your items for donation. There is so much need in our community. Please donate…we look forward to seeing you!
December 6th: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting The Church Council has set Sunday morning, December 6th, as the date for our required Congregational Meeting for the purpose of electing congregational officers and Council members. We also expect to hear updates on the call process and finances. Mark your calendar for Dec. 6th at 11:00 am so you don’t miss out.
Important agenda items include:
- Introduction to upcoming changes to the OSLC Constitution & By Laws
- Report from Call Committee
- Finance Update
- Intro to the Site Strategic Planning Team
- Council Elections
Zoom Link and Log-in Information:
Meeting ID: 881 7035 4541
Or Call-in To Participate:
Meeting ID: 881 7035 4541
Need help logging on? Contact: Marilyn Carlson at email@example.com or (206) 499-9601.
Are you waiting? A woman named WAITING-IN-STILLNESS sat with Jesus at the well. She looked at His face. She said nothing. She held her heart in readiness. “Give me your heart,” Jesus said. “I want to fill the emptiness. I want to mend the brokenness. I want to give it the shape of my own.” ~ Excerpt from “The Woman at the Well” by Rachel Doerfler, CSA. Peace and joy to you all from your OSLC Stewardship Committee!
Add Your Voice to OSLC’s Christmas Eve Celebration You are invited to participate in the singing of two carols for OSLC’s Christmas Eve service. A number of familiar carols will be featured throughout the services of the Christmas season – including two sung by a “virtual congregation” Christmas Eve. Dave Carlson has graciously agreed to gather our voices, as we herald together the birth of the Savior. For more information – including instructions about how to participate – please contact Dave directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you enjoy kitchen fellowship? The team that cooks the Issaquah Community Meal at OSLC each month (second Tuesday) could use a few more hands available to help prepare and pack meals. We meet monthly in the OSLC kitchen (masked, of course), and enjoy good fellowship while preparing a delicious meal for a thankful bunch of folks. If you’re interested, please reach out to Connie Fletcher at email@example.com and she’ll add you to the list.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or (425) 445-8656. To volunteer as a delivery person, contact Rick West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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.
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