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February 2, 2020

Welcome to Our Savior’s!

Announcements for Sunday, February 2, 2020

Flowers today are given by Lori Linquist in loving memory of her mother, Mabel Linquist.

Adult Education at 9:15 am in the Sanctuary
February 2: Rev. Justin Grimm, assistant to the Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod, will preach and lead the adult forum today. During the education hour, he will offer updates on mission opportunities in the synod.
February 9: Carolyn Healy and Joanne Corlett from Be SMART. The Be SMART program focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.

Final Day to sign-up for the Pictorial Directory. If you have not yet signed up for a photo session, please do so TODAY! Photograph sessions begin on Monday, February 3!

Mom’s Night Out: Our next Mom’s Night Out will be Friday, February 7 at 6:00 pm. Bring an appetizer to share. All are welcome! Contact Darla Goble if you would like to host.

Graduate Care Packages — Cookies Needed!
It is time for the mailing of graduate care packages on February 10 and we are in need of cookies to go in the boxes. If you are able to make cookies, please let Nancy Fjestad ( or 651-439-4535) know and package them in groups of 4. We are mailing to 20 graduates. Thank you!

We are now hiring a Faith Community Nurse for 15 hours per week. If you or someone you know is interested, the job application is available at For more information, you can talk to Pastor Karna or contact the St. Croix Valley Faith Community Nursing Program Director, Jennifer Agen, at 651-430-8734 or

The Property & Grounds Committee will meet at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 3, in the Fireside Room. All are welcome.

Gratitude Containers — In 2019 the Gratitude Containers collected $710 which was sent to Lutheran Disaster Response to help the many people who have been affected by so many natural disasters. The Gratitude containers will once again be handed out on February 9th and 16th. Those who participate drop a coin in their container when they feel gratitude for the events in their own lives with the purpose of helping those who have been less fortunate. The containers filled with coins are then collected in November. Be sure to pick up a container!

2020 Woman’s Retreat — Planning for the 2020 Women’s Retreat is underway and registrations forms are on the women’s bulletin board. The dates are April 24-25 and we will once again be at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington. The cost is $115 for a double room and $140 for a single room. Those attending will be traveling around the world to every continent with the theme “WonderFull World – Where Women Explore God’s Love and Wonder.” The weekend is always an inspirational and fun time to spend with our sisters in Christ. Get yourself registered now and bring a friend with you.

Camp Wapo: Hope Full – God’s Unwavering Promise Registration is now open for summer 2020 dates at Camp Wapo. Come join us at Camp Wapo this summer and build friendships, engage in praise and worship, play crazy fun games, and much much more! OSLC spots will be held until March 15 and will then be opened to other churches. Students should register for the grade they will complete this year. OSLC camp dates are:
• Seeds (Gr. 1-3) Weekend, June 26-28
• Youth Week (Gr. 4-8), June 28-July 3
• Sr High (Gr. 9-12), June 28-July 3
Register at Questions? Please contact Darla Goble.

Sonshine Card Club
If you’re looking for a “behind the scenes” volunteer opportunity where you can make a difference in someone’s life, this is it! The “Sonshine Card Club” is looking for volunteers to join us for the April 2020-March 2021 season. On behalf of the church, we send cards and notes of encouragement to people in need. This outreach is a service of the Health & Caring Ministry Team. If you might be interested, please contact Cindy Gackle at, 612-751-7921. Thank you.

St. Paul Area Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) will sponsor its annual Soup Luncheon on February 8 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 2855 47th St. E, Inver Grove Heights, MN. Our featured speaker will be Sandy Iverson; she will be sharing the experiences at St Paul Reformation Lutheran Church as they declared themselves a sanctuary congregation 2 years ago. Speaker begins at 10:00 am followed by good conversation, hot soup, breads and dessert.

We welcome Jen Seckora as our new Kingdom Choir Director here at Our Savior’s. Jen joined our staff on January 6, 2020.

Mission Jamaica
• Mary Anderson will be leaving on the Mission Jamaica trip on March 14. OSLC is asked to provide the following items for the Trip: 80 large bars of soap and 80 large tubes of toothpaste. Both of these items can be purchased at the dollar store. There will be a container for collecting these in the gathering area through Sunday, March 8.
• The Mission Jamaica Team is also purchasing broiler chicks for WestHaven Orphanage with
donation dollars. Around 100 broiler chicks are purchased each month and are butchered every
6 weeks. These chicks are raised at WestHaven in the Mission Jamaica built Chicken Coop and
provide protein to the residents of WestHaven. Cost per chick is $5 and includes the cost of feed. Please consider supporting this effort. Checks can be made out to OSLC with Mission Jamaica in the memo line and placed in the offering plate or drop box on the Welcome Desk.

Care of Creation Tip
In gratitude, caring for God’s Air, Water, and Land
New Earth’s Resolution
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to improve ourselves in the coming year. Try adding a resolution that improves our environment. Here are some easy possibilities.
• Turn off lights when you leave a room.
• Recycle glass, metal, paper, cardboard, and plastic wastes from your home and workplace.
• Take reusable bags with you whenever you go shopping.
• Take shorter showers to conserve water.
• Combine errands to reduce car trips and air pollution.
• Find out where election candidates stand on clean air and water, waste reduction, energy
efficiency, and climate change . . . and vote for ones who will work to help us be good stewards of God’s creation.
A lot of “just one persons” working together can accomplish mighty things. ~ A message from your OSLC Care of Creation team.

Caucus for Climate: Feb. 3 at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary
One of the five goals of our OSLC Covenant to Care for Creation is to seek to change the systems that foster the degradation of creation and to rectify the injustices that result from it. And we seek to alert our members to environmental legislation that protects creation and to encourage their active participation in the development of public policy. Our Care of Creation Team will sponsor “Caucus for Climate”: February 3 @ 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Learn about MNIPL’s 2020 roadmap to make climate a top priority for voters, candidates, and lawmakers in 2020 – and how you and your faith community can play an important role! This non-partisan presentation by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) will focus on how to prepare for and attend one of the political caucuses. We encourage our voting adults to attend but as well as our youth who are also welcome at political caucuses.

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