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December 22, 2019

Welcome to Our Savior’s!

Announcements for Sunday, December 22, 2019

Picture Directory — Sign-up after worship today in the Gathering Area! Photograph sessions will be scheduled for February 3-8, 2020. Reserve your professional photography session and be included in our new directory this spring. You will receive one free 8X10 standard print, a free printed church directory and as a bonus, a free shutterfly gift with any purchase of additional pictures. Questions? Contact the church office at 651-439-5704 or

Girl’s Night Out: Yogadevotion – Epiphany, The Light , The Dark and Everything in Between.
When: Friday, January 10, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: OSLC Gathering Area
Fee: $5.00 Donation
Come join us for an evening of devotion and insight as we practice the fastest growing form of yoga for everyone – chair yoga. Cindy Senarighi of White Bear Lake is an ordained ELCA pastor and founder of Yogadevotion, a company with a mission to “share God’s presence and love through the practice of yoga.” She will share how yoga, when properly understood, goes beyond the physical to engage all we are: body, mind and spirit. Yoga is about the breath. And, when we connect the breath with the body in our devotional time, it becomes a God breathed experience of God’s Promised Presence. We will conclude our evening with time to share in fellowship with one another. RSVP to the church office at or 651-439-5704.

Cookie Thank You! The Women’s Team wishes to thank all of the bakers, assemblers and purchasers for our 5th annual Christmas Cookie Tray fundraiser! It was another huge success and we appreciate your participation. This fundraiser helps us support women and youth in our church and community. May God bless you for your generosity!

Compassion & Renewal Retreat on January 11, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM — Do you feel stressed and exhausted? Do you need to push the “re-set” button? Join us for a Compassion & Renewal Retreat at OSLC for worship, meditation and learning a new spiritual practice from Pastor Karna Moskalik called, “The Little Way.” To register for this event, sign-up at the Welcome Desk or go to and sign-up online under “What’s Happening.”

No Faith Formation, Confirmation or Youth Group Meetings December 22, 2019 through January 1, 2020

Giving Tree Thank You! Many families in the St. Croix Valley will have a merrier Christmas thanks to the gifts OSLC members contributed to the Giving Tree. Thank you very much for your generosity.

Christmas Program Thank you! Thank you to all the volunteers and students who helped with the Christmas Program! The program and reception was a wonderful celebration of Jesus’ birth!

The 2020 offering envelopes are here. Please pick yours up after worship today at the Welcome Desk. Please print your name and write your NEW envelope number on the sheet(s) provided. Thank you!

The 2020 Altar Flower Chart is now available. Check the bulletin board in the Information Corner of the Gathering Area. Cost is $35.00 for either an altar arrangement or an additional flower arrangement. Payment is requested when you sign-up. Envelopes are provided by the chart for your use. Please drop off payments in the drop box slot on the Welcome Desk. Thank you!

Building (Mortgage) fund revenues now merged into General Fund revenues! In an effort to simplify our chart of accounts and increase the flexibility for the board and finance teams to manage the OSLC finances, the board approved a merge of the mortgage account and revenues into the general fund. Accordingly, The Intent of Giving cards you received in the mail had only one option for your commitment. We still have approximately $400,000 remaining on our mortgage and we hope that you would consider adding your previous commitments to the building fund to your general commitment plus meeting a growth challenge goal. Please call the office (651-439-5704) or email; if you have questions or would like to update your 2020 commitment.

Care of Creation Tip
In gratitude, caring for God’s Air, Water, and Land
Last-Minute No-Waste Christmas Gifts
Manufacturing new products almost always has unseen contributions to pollution of air, water, and land and to climate change. However, there is one category of gifts that avoids almost all environmental costs. These are gifts of time and fellowship spent with friends and family. A simple certificate redeemable for an afternoon visit, a shared lunch, a day learning to make a family recipe, a visit to a state park, working together to building a birdhouse, or an afternoon of snow fort building can be a present that gladdens the heart and creates a happy memory . . . without residual environmental effects.
A lot of “just one persons” working together can accomplish mighty things. ~ A message from your OSLC Care of Creation team.

Church offices are closed December 25 & January 1. Please note that there will be limited staff hours at OSLC from December 25-January 1 as staff enjoy the Christmas season with their families.

Help Us Catch Up and Meet Our Budget Goal! As of Dec. 15th, 2019 we are at $499,833 total giving to the General Fund for 2019. This puts us at 84% of our end of year budget goal of $592,500. Although we are facing a significant budget shortfall, expenses have come in under expectations as well. Still, as of December 1st, unrestricted revenues available to meet operational expenses are short $46,983. Reserves are currently meeting cash flow shortfalls. We ask for your prayerful consideration in helping where you can to meet our budget goal.

December Worship Schedule
• Sunday, Dec. 22, single service at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary. Wear your Christmas sweaters!
• Christmas Eve Worship Services on December 24!
3:00 pm Family Candlelight Worship in the CLC
4:30 pm Candlelight Worship in the CLC
10:00 pm Candlelight & Communion worship in the Sanctuary
• Sunday, Dec. 29, single service at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary.

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