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September 24, 2017

Welcome to Our Savior’s!

Announcements for Sunday, September 24, 2017

Altar Flowers today are given by Meredith & Jeffrey Noggle in celebration of their 17th wedding anniversary on September 25. The additional arrangement is given in honor of Kathy Johnson’s 80th birthday on September 28 by her children & grandchildren who are also sponsoring treats for the coffee hour today.

Adult Education today at 9:15 am in the Family Room: Guest Speaker, Tammi Thompson, ISAIAH Sanctuary Organizer. Tami will speak on Immigrants and the Role of Sanctuary in Minnesota. Next Sunday, Oct. 1: Guest Speakers Ray Valley, OSLC President and John Lasswell, Board Member. Looking back before looking forward: Review of 2013 OSLC Church Assessment Tool Survey in preparation for 2017 resurvey. For a listing of Adult Education sessions during Sept.-Dec., please check out the flyer on the Welcome Desk.

Interested in becoming a member at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church? Please attend one of the New Member Orientation sessions today, Sunday, Sept. 24, at 11:45 am or Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 pm. New members will be received on Sunday, Oct. 8.

Time & Talent Survey! If you have not already done so, please fill out a time & talent survey found in your bulletin today. Additional copies are found on the Welcome Desk or go online and fill it out at Please do it today!

Support for the Mlafu Mission Trip: Pastor Dale, Cindy Gackle and Sue Hedlund will be traveling to visit our Mlafu companion congregation in Tanzania October 23-November 3. They will be bringing gifts and offerings from our congregation to share with our brothers and sisters in Africa. There are 3 ways that you can help:
1. Drop your coins in the offering today for a “noisy offering” collection that will be used to off-set costs of the gifts.
2. Donate 2018 wall calendars that have photos of places and people in the US and Minnesota. Please leave the calendars on the welcome desk.
3. Donate up to 3 large, sturdy suitcases that can be left in Tanzania. They will be used to transport our gifts. Please leave them in the church office.
Thank you for your support!

Congregational Opportunity: On the evening of October 18th, OSLC has the opportunity to attend a Red Carpet Premier for the release of a new movie “Same Kind of Different as Me.” This is a story of homelessness, hunger, helping hands, and hope in today’s society. For this event, we will have an entire screen set aside just for OSLC at the White Bear Lake Cinema. Two days after the premier, the movie will be released nationally. This special premier is being sponsored by the Union Gospel Mission, Twin Cities. Save the date, more information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks!

Today we welcome Willow Jade Hart into the Kingdom of God through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism! Willow is the daughter of Alexandra Hanson & Jeffrey Hart. Her sponsors are Saundra Hanson & Brett Hadd. Willow will be baptized at the 10:30 am service today.

The “Walk & Talk” group will walk from the Autumn Hills Park shelter on Monday, September 25 at 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The park is located on Norwich Parkway in Oak Park Heights. Questions? Contact Sue Hedlund at for additional information.

WOW! What an amazing response to the first week of the Valley Outreach ‘Undies’ campaign. There is still time to donate to this worthy cause. New in the package undies and socks are needed. Last day to accept donations is Wednesday, October 3rd. Please drop off your donations in the laundry baskets located in the Gathering Area. Thank you.

Our Savior’s Book Club will meet tomorrow, Monday, September 25 at 1:00 pm in the Family Room to discuss the book The Well by Stephanie Landsem.

Looking for a couple of leaders & assistants for “Jesus and Me”! Jesus and Me happens during the 10:30 am service on Sundays. Children ages 3 years old through 3rd grade are invited to leave the service during the sermon to play a game or do an activity with a couple of volunteers. Please contact Darla Goble at or 651-439-5704, ext. 32 if this is a ministry you would be willing to assist with. Thank you!

Faith Formation All Worship Sundays. Interested in providing special music or would you like to participate in our skits for our All Worship Sundays at the 10:30 am service? We need people of all ages to participate! If interested, please contact Darla Goble at 651-439-5704, ext. 32 or

Children’s Choir — This fall we will be bringing back a children’s choir to OSLC! This will give kids (1st-6th grade) who want to sing an opportunity to be active participants in worship, offering the gift of music. The plan is to practice on the all family worship Sundays at 9:15 am when there are no regular faith formation classes (Oct. 8, Nov. 19, Jan. 7, Feb. 11 & Apr. 8). You may sign kids up through the church website under Children, Youth & Family Ministry. Questions? Please contact Meredith Caskey at (651)491-7255 or

October Ushers and Greeters Needed! Please consider signing up to usher or greet at one of our services. There are greeter openings on Oct. 1, 15, 22, and 29. There are usher openings at the 10:30 service on Oct. 1, 22 and 29. Instructions are available (usher instructions are also posted in the narthex and CLC). On-the-job training is available. Please consider serving once, or even more, and join us in sharing hospitality! You can view the openings and sign up from our church website under “What’s Happening”

Audio/Visual Technicians Needed: We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to assist running the sound booth and screens for the Sun. 10:30 am or Wed. 5:30 pm worship service. Training will be provided. If interested, please contact Chad Larson at or Tony Urban at Thank you!

OSLC members, we are inviting you to complete the Church Assessment Tool (CAT), an on-line instrument that will help leaders gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church. The information gained from this assessment will be valuable in helping the Our Savior’s Church Board as they make decisions about the future of the congregation. Later this week you will receive an email with a unique link to the CAT. Beginning October 1, we are asking you to go online by clicking on the link provided and tell us about your experiences in and priorities for our church. If you are unable to complete the on-line version, paper based versions will be available at that time. Also, opportunities to complete the survey including assistance using the tool will be available between services and on Wednesday evenings during the month of October. If you have questions, please contact Ray Valley, John Lasswell, or any other member of the Board.

Many thanks — Your Board of Administration

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