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, January 24th – Third Sunday after Epiphany

Members and Friends of Our Savior Lutheran Church,

While we continue to stay safe and stay connected using weekly pre-recorded video services, we look forward to the time when we can once again gather at the church building. The Sundays After Epiphany introduce us to the early days of Jesus’ ministry. Here is the link for viewing our worship video for this Sunday, January 24—Third Sunday after Epiphany. Please also use the digital bulletin (available here) to follow a printed version of the service and participate from home.

Be Well and of Good Cheer,

Pastor Jim

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January 23rd – February 5th: Pastor Kruse Pastoral Study Leave Beginning tomorrow, Pastor Jim Kruse will be on Pastoral Study Leave for two weeks. During this time you may contact our Lay Visitation Minister, Kate Gagnon, for pastoral care concerns at (425) 200-0481 or kjgagnon@yahoo.com.

An Exercise in Listening… Reflect for a few minutes on various experiences you have had of being listened to… both good experiences and bad experiences. Remember what it felt like, then ask, “How well do I listen?” Consider how God might be at work and lives might be transformed by such a simple exercise. Good health and joy to all in this New Year from your OSLC Stewardship Team!

An invitation from your OSLC Finance Committee! We want to tell the story of how God is at work transforming lives through the many ways our members support OSLC. Get creative and send us a brief video (3 to 5 minutes max!) telling a personal story about how you or someone you know was helped by an OSLC ministry, program or even individual member(s). Then email your video to Debby at birchtwig@icloud.com, and we’ll take it from there!

COVID Vaccinations Available at Valley Medical Center in Renton Connie Fletcher would like to share information that she was able to schedule an appointment at Valley Medical Center for a COVID-19 vaccination (both the first and second inoculation). The number to call is 425-690-3630. When you call for an appointment, you will need to have your medical insurance information at hand, and may have to wait on hold for a while.

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

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 fletch501c@aol.com and she’ll add you to the list.

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

Pastor Jim Kruse is on Pastoral Study Leave for two weeks. During this time you may contact our Lay Visitation Minister, Kate Gagnon, for pastoral care concerns at (425) 200-0481 or kjgagnon@yahoo.com.

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