Fall Theme: “Come and See. Go and Do.”
Sunday, September 17: Guest Speaker, Matthew Hand, from Lutheran Mideast Development (LMD). Matthew will share the LMD story. LMD has served in the Middle East since 1910 and has met the needs of earthquake victims, established self-sustaining businesses, provided hundreds of scholarships, built community centers and served as peacemakers. Our Savior’s Mission and Outreach Committee has supported LMD over the last several years.
Sunday, September 24: ISAIAH – Faith In Democracy – Guest Speaker, Tammi Thompson, ISAIAH Sanctuary Organizer. Tami will speak on Immigrants and the Role of Sanctuary in Minnesota.
Sunday, October 1: Looking back before looking forward: Review of 2013 OSLC Church Assessment Tool Survey in preparation for 2017 resurvey. Guest Speakers, Ray Valley, OSLC President and John Lasswell, Board Member. In 2013, OSLC undertook a comprehensive survey designed and analyzed by Holy Cow Consulting called “Vital Signs” The Church Assessment Tool (CAT). Members were asked many questions that provided important information on the “pulse” of OSLC and what defined us in 2013. Holy Cow consulting scored the survey and published several standard metrics. This 2013 survey serves as an important “benchmark” for a similar re-survey later this fall by Holy Cow. Ray and John will review results from that 2013 survey and facilitate an open discussion about where we think OSLC is today in preparation for the forthcoming 2017 Survey.
Sunday October 8: Open Hands Ministry, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Paul Midway, Guest Speaker.
Sunday, October 15: Church History 101 – Part 1 – Guest Speaker, OSLC member Dave Shaw. An overview of the events and personalities that formed the core doctrine of the Christian Church.
Sunday, October 22: Living Your Strengths – Guest Speaker, Keri Bischoff, M. Ed. and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community. How can you use your innate talents to enrich Our Savior’s Lutheran Church? The Clifton StrengthsFinder language teaches you to identify and affirm your talents, and how to use them for growth and service. Every member plays a role in energizing and shaping the congregation. When you discover your strengths, it will inspire you to discover your true calling and empower you to be the ‘you’ God created you to be.” We will explore the 34 StrengthsFinder themes and how we can use our unique combination of talents to best serve our church community while creating a strengths-based culture. Together, our strengths will determine how we will get it done.
Sunday, October 29: Church History 101 – Part 2 – Guest Speaker, OSLC member Dave Shaw. An overview of the events and personalities that formed the core doctrine of the Christian Church.
Sunday, November 5: The State of the ELCA and the Saint Paul Area Synod – Guest Speaker, Bishop Patricia Lull
Sunday, November 12: Racism Workshop — Guest Speaker, Carolyn Farmer Sampson, has studied racism and racial justice at St Catherine University and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her presentation includes insights gained through her experience as a white female business woman and suggestions for concrete actions every white person can take to be an effective ally with people of color.
Sunday, November 19: Union Gospel Mission – Guest Speaker, Todd Shannon.
Sunday, November 26: The Missional Church (Part 1) – Led by Pastor Dale – A summary of his doctoral dissertation and how his research can apply to congregations and OSLC specifically.
Sunday, December 3: The Missional Church (Part 2) – Led by Pastor Dale – A summary of his doctoral dissertation and how his research can apply to congregations and OSLC specifically.
Sunday, December 10: The Missional Church (Part 3) – Led by Pastor Dale – A summary of his doctoral dissertation and how his research can apply to congregations and OSLC specifically.