Our Saviour's Bell Tower at Sunset
December 16, 2018

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Happening Today

Betty’s Pies Distribution—If you ordered pies from the youth, be sure to pick up your order today, in the coat hallway.

Happening This Week

No Pub Theology December 17. Be sure to join this great group for lively discussion at Hidden Haven on Monday, January 21, at 6:00 p.m.


Christmas Break—There will be no Jesus and Me (JAM), Connect, confirmation, or High School Youth Ministry on December 26 and January 2. There will be no Sunday school or  Sunday Connect on December 23 and 30.

Feed My Starving Children Event: Confirmation Hosted Service Night - Thurs, Jan. 17, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m., for ages 5 to 110! At Feed My Starving Children you’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets, and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world. In two hours you’ll impact hundreds of kids! Kids need to be at least 5-years-old to participate with a parent and at least 6th grade to participate without a parent. This is a great way to volunteer as a family! Registration is open to all. Sign up on the Children/Youth board, 1 person per line, by January 10.

December Happenings

Christmas Eve Worship - Communion served at all services.

12:30 p.m. Band-led, contemporary worship with carols and children’s message
2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Christmas worship with children’s message
9:00 p.m. Candlelight worship

Christmas Day Worship - Communion served
8:30 a.m. Chapel in Ham Lake

Dinner’s at 6:30—Fri., December 28, at Wintergreen’s Golf & Grill, 306 Credit Union Drive NE, Isanti. Bring a friend or three. Sign up on the Small Group board. Questions? Contact Sandy Mickelson, 763-767-1765

Take Action

St. Francis Call to Action—Sun., Dec. 16, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. On the evening of Nov. 20, Kaia and Annie, 8th grade students, were crossing Highway 47 in St. Francis to get to St. Francis Middle School.  They were hit by a car in the crosswalk. Annie has since left the hospital and Kaia remains in critical condition. This call to action will be to write letters to state representatives asking for a walking bridge over Hwy 47, that so many students cross daily. We will also make cards for Kaia and Annie wishing them healing and giving them some encouraging words from our church and their community. Please join us in the Gathering Space. We have some supplies here at church but if you’d be willing to bring markers and/or crayons for making cards, that would be appreciated. This event is open to the entire community. Feel free to share with others who may be interested in joining us. No need to sign up… just show up. Questions: Leisha Tays, Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministries, 763-434-6117 x131 or ltays@oursaviourslc.org.

IGNITE Worship—Come Alive

Message Series—Untold Stories of Advent
As we await the coming of Christmas and prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, we look at the stories that lead up to Jesus’ birth.
Dec. 19  Shepherds & Angels
Dec. 26 & Jan. 2 No IGNITE! No programming.

Join Your Church Family for a Community Meal—Wednesdays, 4:30-6:25 p.m. Menu: Dec. 19 subs, potato chips, and salad; Dec. 26 & Jan. 2 NO Meal

Seasoned Adult Ministry (SAM) Event

SAM Theater Event - Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn—Tues., Feb. 5, arrive at church 10:00 a.m., return at 4:45. Travel by bus to the Mediterranean Cruise Café in Burnsville for lunch and then to the Ames Center for the show. The cost is $42 ($16 for bus + $25.50 for play) plus your lunch. The lunch buffet is $13.99, or you can order off the menu. Sign up on the Small Group Ministry board by Jan. 2. Please pay when you sign up. Make checks payable to OSLC. All are welcome. Questions? Call Susan at 763-434-6995.

Mark Your Calendar

Summer Sunday/Wednesday—January 6 and 9—Believe it or not, summer is coming and Our Saviour's is getting ready! This will be your opportunity to learn all about the summer camps and events that will be available for OSLC kids and youth through Our Savuiour’s.

Women’s Retreat: Weekend—Jan. 11-13, 2019 at Camp Wapo. Camp Wapo is offering the Renew Wapo Women’s Retreat. Details and registration are at campwapo.org/events.  Questions? Contact Kari Anderson at Camp Wapo, 715-268-8434 ext. 131.

Coming Home by Way of the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, with Pastor Tim Tengblad —On Sun., Jan. 13, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Pastor Tengblad will speak on the Aramaic Lord's Prayer. Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer in the Aramaic language. Find out how the meaning differs from what we know. Worship will be followed by a potluck with an additional hour of learning around this prayer. He'll continue this teaching on Wednesdays, Jan. 16 and 23, at 5:30 p.m. This same teaching will be repeated at the Adult Bible study on Mon., Jan. 21.

Women’s Retreat: Laughter Is the Best Medicine—Sat., March 2, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Women of all ages, mark your calendars for a day away just for you. Our speaker is Jean Abbott, a young mom of three kids who has appeared on the TODAY Show sharing her inspirational story, which she’s chronicled in her book Misdiagnosed: My Thirty-Year Struggle with a Debilitating Disorder I Never Had. She is down-to-earth and funny – we are thrilled to have her with us! Cost: $30 early bird special through Feb. 2; after Feb. 2—$35. Sign up on the Small Group board in the Rotunda. Questions? Contact Becky Beck, 612-281-7170.

Take Note

Wanted: Greeters—Our Saviour’s is a welcoming church. Consider being the first welcoming smile to greet visitors. Sign up on the Worship Ministry board across from the Reception Desk or contact Nancy Carpenter, 763-434-6117 ext. 121.

Christmas Poinsettia or Gift Order Form—During the Christmas season Our Saviour’s Worship Space is graced with beautiful poinsettias. If you would like to donate a plant or make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one, please complete an order form and return it to the church office no later than Sun., Dec. 23. The cost is $12.50 per plant. Forms are available at the Reception Desk.

Life Events

Members known to be in extended care: Jack Leipzig, Phyllis Chase

Pastor Dan Nordin
Pastor Maria Pederson
Deacon Glenndy Ose
Interim Pastor Jeff Beebe


8:30 a.m. Traditional
10:00 a.m. Contemporary

Wednesdays through August 29
Chapel Worship - 6:30 p.m.
2200 Swedish Dr. in Ham Lake

Infants and Toddlers

Nursery is provided at the 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. services for children 3 and under, though it is strongly encouraged that children and their parents worship together. The nursery is staffed by caring adults and youth.


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Can’t make it to worship?
DVDs of worship services are available to be checked out. Sermons are available for download on Thursdays, following Sunday’s worship at Audio Sermon.

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church | 763-434-6117 | 19001 Jackson St. NE, East Bethel, MN  55011

OSLC Chapel Swedish Dr., Ham Lake, MN 55304

Office hours: Mon.–Thurs., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Fri., 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat., 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sun., 7:30 a.m.–close

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