Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
October 15, 2017

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Happening Today

Refugee Sunday - Today is Refugee Sunday. Join us in remembering the many people who are forcibly displaced from their homes, with Lutheran Immigration and Renewal Services recommendation for a "Refugee Sunday."

9th Grade Picture & Practice—Sun., Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Confirmands who will be participating in the Affirmation of Baptism services, please make sure to attend this Picture and Practice.

Happening This Week

Pub Theology at Hidden Haven—Mon., Oct. 16, 6:00 p.m. This discussion is for Christians of any stripe: people who’ve been burned or burned out on church, those who believe in God, or don’t. Come and have a beer/beverage of choice and a lively discussion.

Meditation Garden Team—Tues., Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. Help with the garden planning for the Meditation Garden and path.

Quilting Blocks in Stages—Tues., Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. Join the group to work on mission quilts that are donated to places such as Habitat for Humanity, NACE Food Shelf, Alexandra House, and more.

Thursday Morning Quilters—Thurs., Oct. 19, 9:00 a.m. Help tie quilts to be given to organizations such as Lutheran World Relief. If you can tie a knot, you can be a part of this group.

Soul Sisterhood Summit Girls Day Retreat:  Thurs., Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., for girls grades 6-12 and friends. Join Christina and Kate for a day to be inspired, get creative and explore who God has created you to be! Features: former Miss Minnesota Megan Torgerson, worship leader Autumn Toussaint,  singer/songwriter Rachel Kurtz, USA Kickboxer Lisa Van Ahn. Sign up on the Children/Youth board, fill out an off-site permission form, and pay. Cost is $50.

Frolic: Child/Caregiver Play Group—Fri., Oct. 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Little Steps. Big Faith. This group is for families with children, newborn through age five, who come to grow and play in faith together! You are welcome anytime during the morning and for as much time as your schedule allows. The group will meet the 1st and 3rd Fri., October-May.

Birthday Open House for Irene Anderson—Sat., Oct. 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m., at Our Saviour’s. You are invited to Irene’s 100th birthday celebration. Your presence will be your gift.

Changing the World: Through 145 years

A dedicated group of Swedish immigrants built a church in Ham Lake in 1872. This was the beginning of the ministry we now call Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. We continue to use this chapel for worship and special celebrations. A larger church was built east of Hwy. 65 and the congregation was relocated in 1964.

Our Saviour’s built a third structure and moved to our current site on Jackson St. in 2004. Through all of these changes, God has been at work “changing the world” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your participation and generous donations of time and money are vitally important as we continue to “reach out with a voice of Hope” in our day and for many years to come.

Confirmation grades 6-8

First Communion Class for Middle School Youth—Wed., Oct. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Are you in middle school and have yet to receive Communion? Attend this class with your parent(s) to learn what Communion is all about. First Communion will be received on Wed, Nov. 1, during worship. Sign up on the Children/Youth board.

Confirmation Parent Night—Oct. 25,  during your child's session. Parents of ALL youth enrolled in confirmation (grades 6-8), join your child during large group learning time and small group discussion time. Have a chance to meet your child's guide and the other youth in their small group.

Family Events

Trunk n’ Treat Community Event—Sun., Oct. 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Whatever your age, you are invited to come and have fun. Wear your favorite Halloween costume and trick or treat through the parking lot from trunk to trunk, filling your bags with lots of goodies! Cost: $2.00 plus a nonperishable food donation. Hot dog, chips, and pop will be available for $3. All proceeds will help the high school youth attend the ELCA Youth Gathering.

Feed My Starving Children Family Service Night—Thurs., Nov. 9, 5:45 – 8:00 p.m. open to ALL, ages 5 to 110. Confirmation is hosting this family service night. Need to be at least 5 to participate with parent; need to be at least 6th grade to participate with out parent. At Feed My Starving Children you’ll hand pack meals that will be shipped to the neediest children around the world. This is a great way to volunteer as a family! Or come alone and be with your congregational family! Meet to check-in at 5:45 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Feed My Starving Children location, 401 93rd Ave NW. Sign up on the Children/Youth board, one person per line. Space is limited, so sign up soon! High school students, meet afterwards at Coon Rapids Culvers for ice cream. Please bring money for your treat!

For Children

First Communion Class for Elementary Students Sat., Nov. 11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Parents/guardians, please plan to attend this class with your child. First Communion is celebrated during Thanksgiving Eve Worship, Nov. 22, 6:30 p.m. Registration brochures are available by the Children/Youth board.

For Youth

Wreath Fundraiser Has Begun- all proceeds will go toward the youth attending the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering this summer. Order your holiday wreaths by Sun., Oct. 29. Wreaths will be available for pickup on Sun., Nov. 19, 9:00 a.m. - noon. Order forms are available at the Reception Desk.

Ignite Wednesdays

Ignite Worship: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 18:  MEA Break No IGNITE!  No programming.
Oct. 25 Topic: GOD Can Use YOU with Your Friends ...Through Pain

Wednesday Community Meal—5:00-6:30 p.m. All are invited to for a meal on Wednesdays. The cost is $4/per person.
October 25:  Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and salad

October Happenings

Bead Ministry—Thurs., Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m., in Pastor Maria’s office. Join this fun group in making beaded items for ministry. Beaders of all abilities welcome!

Dinner’s at 6:30—Fri., Oct. 27, join this fun group for dinner and fellowship at Hidden Haven Country Club, 20520 Polk St. NE, East Bethel. Bring a friend or three. Sign up on the Small Group board. Questions? Contact Mike Richgels, 763-670-8263.

Reformation Celebration Worship - Sat., Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. Martin Luther’s wife, Katie Luther (portrayed by special guest Mary Helene Rasmussen Jackson), will be here to tell us about the early days of the Reformation. Join us for a mass choir, directed by  Eeva Savolainen, brass accompanying Organist Judy Blomgren, Reformation hymns and Holy Communion. Ms. Jackson is the author of Daughter of the Reformation: A Historical Perspective of the Life and Times of the Wife of Martin Luther. Invite your friends and neighbors!

Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism—Sun., Oct. 29, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Be in worship with 38 of our young people who will affirm their baptism in the Rite of Confirmation. When they were baptized, we promised to nurture them in the faith. Both services will feature the contemporary music and beautiful traditions that have been part of AOB at Our Saviour’s for years.


Library Book Sale—Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, 9:00 a.m.-noon. The Tree of Life Library, in conjunction with the Red Balloon bookstore, will be hosting this sale. Books that will entice all ages to read, will be available for purchase. This will be a great opportunity to check off some items on your Christmas shopping list! Proceeds from the book sale will support the Tree of Life library.

Little Dresses for Africa—Thurs., November 21,  9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., at Our Saviour’s. Join this Our Saviour’s and Glen Cary church partnership group to sew for mission. Bring your sewing machine, a pair of scissors, and a bag lunch. Questions? Contact Betty Gabrick, 651-462-1573.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship—Wednesday, November 22, 6:30 p.m. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to worship, giving thanks to God for all good things! Enjoy pie and conversation following worship. Please bring a pie to share with your church family.

Save the Date!

Women’s Retreat—Ladies, mark your calendar for a day of inspiration and fun on February 10, 2018. It will be divine!

Take Note

High School Youth to Pack College Care Packages—The high school Youth Ministry group will pack up care packages to send to college-aged youth from Our Saviour’s,  just in time for finals. We are looking for a few items to be brought in (see wishing well). Please bring in items no later than Sun., Nov. 5. If you have a college-aged child and you’d like us to send them a package, please email Christina your child’s name and mailing address no later than Nov. 5.

Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Benefit for Luke Bonte—Sat., Oct. 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at American Legion Post 622, St. Francis. Luke, a St. Francis football player and wrestler was diagnosed with stage 3 T-cell Luymphatic Lymphoma. The cost is $10 for dinner; $10 for beer wrist band. Proceeds from the benefit will go toward relieving the stress of medical bills.

Alex Mealio’s New Address
FA Mealio, Alexander B.
PO BOX 700 #10
Naval Submarine School
Groton, CT  06349-5700
FA Mealio, Alexander B.
BLDG 499, RM 141 #10
Naval Submarine School
Groton, CT  06349-5700

Ministry Opportunities

Trunk n’ Treat Volunteers—Your help is needed on Oct. 29. Consider signing up to:

  • be an adult volunteer from 3-5 p.m.
  • be a youth volunteer from 3-5 p.m.
  • bring a trunk filled with treats to hand out to the tricksters 3-5 p.m. (arrive no later than 3:00)

Sign up on the Children/Youth board located in the entryway rotunda. Questions? Contact Christina Verbick cverbick@oursaviourslc.org or 763-434-6117 ext 131.

Family Promise—Our Saviour's will be partnering with Glen Cary hosting families from Family Promise the week of Oct. 22-29. Strengthen lives and build community through cooking a meal, driving the van, chatting with the guests, and sleeping overnight for security. We're going to leave days open for everyone (i.e. no designated days for Our Saviour's or Glen Cary people) so it's important that you sign-up on-line so everyone can see what's filled/still open. If you can't sign up on-line, please contact Sandy Forrest (Glen Cary), granny4now@msn.com. Sign up online at http://signup.com/go/CQNpFDy. God's Blessings, Jan Berqual

Life Events

Altar Flowers are given today by Archie and Jo-ann Wyatt in celebration of their 65th wedding anniversary.

Baptisms at 10:00 a.m.
Daniel Russell Schoening
Parents: Mariela Alicia Floe and Terence Robert Schoening
Sponsors: Sarah Schoening and Ricky Ward

Nolan Martin Montroy
Parents: Amanda and Jason Montroy
Sponsors: William and Zachary Day and Heidi Johnson

Congregational Sympathies are extended to Dino and Karla Perfetti and family as they grieve the death of Dino’s nephew, Antonio Perfetti. May the promise of the resurrection embrace this family with a hope beyond grief.

Special Gifts

Received the week of October 8, 2017:

  • $36.37 raised for Heifer International through Sunday school offering—last week they were able to purchase a sheep
  • $678 given to Mortgage to Mission
  • $100 collected for Hurricane Relief
  • $244.27 raised through Sunday Hospitality by youth going to the 2018 Youth Gathering in Houston
  • $10 given as a gift to Children’s Ministry
  • $100 given towards building a home in Guatemala

Pastor Dan Nordin
Pastor Maria Pederson
Deacon Glenndy Ose


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

6:30 p.m. IGNITE!

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

Please Note: Our Saviour’s may take photographs, slides, audiotapes and/or videotape during worship services and special events. These materials may be used for the promotion of Our Saviour’s ministries, recruitment and fund-raising. If you have questions, please contact the church office, 763-434-6117.