Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
December 10, 2017

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Happening Today

OSLC Kids Christmas Program: Christmas in Black & White - today, during worship Take a visit to the Polar Pet Park along with Miss LaToe from the Blue Spruce Middle School for a fun "holiday" school trip. Find out how the penguins helped the kids understand the real meaning of Christmas.

Blood Pressure Clinic Between Services—Get your blood pressure checked today and on the second Sunday of each month.

Holden Village Trip Informational Meeting—TODAY, 9:30 a.m., in the Gathering Space.

Happening This Week

Seasoned Adult Ministry (SAM) Annual Christmas Potluck Lunch—Mon., Dec. 11, 12:00 p.m. Bring a favorite food and a white elephant gift for the dice game. Sign up on the Small Group Ministry board in the Rotunda. Everyone is welcome.

Faith & Fiction Book Group—Tues., Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m. The group will meet in the home of Ann Dobon to select books for 2018. Maps are available in the F&F box in the church office. Questions? Call F&F Coordinator Elva Vietzke at 763-571-2960.

Fiction Addiction Evening Book Group—Tues., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. The group will pick books for 2018. Come join in good conversation and treats. Meet at Lisa Bigelbach’s home, 3230 195th Ave. NW, Oak Grove. It's open to you, your friends, and neighbors.

Frolic: Child/Caregiver Play Group—Fri., Dec. 15, 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.

Confirmation Age

ULTIMATE LOCK-IN for 6-8th Graders and Friends—Fri, Jan. 19, 2018, 10:30 p.m., through Sat, Jan. 20, at 5:45 a.m., at Maple Grove Community Center. Youth from churches all around the Twin Cities (400+ youth!) attend this great time with the pool, ice skating arena, teen center, GAGA pit, karaoke, and much more. ALL Youth will need off-site registration form turned in by Jan 17, if not already on file. This does NOT include transportation! Sign up on the Children/Youth board and pay with form by Jan 17. The cost is $30 + non-perishable food item. High school youth helpers cost $10; space limited! Adult leaders FREE!

Ignite Wednesdays

Wed. Community Meal—5:00-6:30 p.m. ALL are invited for a meal on Wednesdays. The cost is $4/per person.

December 13 Menu:  Hamburgers, potato chips, and salad

December Happenings

Dinner’s at 6:30—Fri., Dec. 15, join this fun group for dinner and fellowship at Vannelli’s by the Lake, 55 lake St. So., Forest Lake. Bring a friend or three. Note: this is a week earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving. Sign up on the Small Group board. Questions? Contact Mike Richgels, 763-670-8263.

Christmas Eve—Sun., Dec. 24, 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
A New Addition this Christmas Eve! We've always had a candlelight service on Christmas Eve, and this year it's getting a new addition. At 8:30 p.m., a 30-minute prelude will begin! Come and let the variety of beautiful Christmas music wash over you, and sing familiar carols, too. The music will move your soul and set the tone for the 9:00 candlelight service. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day—Mon., Dec. 25, 8:30 a.m. worship at the Chapel in Ham Lake; maps to the chapel are available in the racks across from the Reception Desk. A time for  hospitality is included following this service. Please consider bringing a treat to share with your congregational members.

Open House for Carol Larson—You are invited on Sat., Dec. 30, 1:00-3:00 p.m., at Our Saviour’s, to celebrate Carol Larson's 90th birthday.

Lighting the Candles - continuing your family Advent candle lighting.

Scripture readings for week 2 - Sunday: Mark 1:1-8; Monday: Isaiah 40:1-11; Tuesday: Psalm 27; Wednesday: Luke 1:5-17; Thursday: Habakkuk 2:1-4; Friday: Philippians 3:12-16; Saturday: John 1:6-8, 19-28

~Taken from Sundays and Seasons

Looking to January

Red Cross Blood Drive—Tues., Jan. 10, 1:00-7:00 p.m. The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest blood collection organization, supplying more than 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in our country. The need is constant; the gratification is instant. Give blood.™

Congregational Annual Meeting—Sun., Jan. 28,  immediately following 10:00 a.m. worship. Please plan to attend this very important meeting. The congregation’s annual report will be available for pick up in the church office beginning on Sun., Jan. 14.

Save the Date!

Men's Winter Retreat—February 2-4, 2018, in Pequot Lakes. Fishing, snowmobiling, reading, relaxing, meaningful discussions, and worship are all included. The cost is only $25. Sign up early on the Small Group board. We will be home in plenty of time to watch the Super Bowl.

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

Take Note

Toothbrush/Toothpaste Collection for “Corner Care Kits” - through Jan. 17. The Confirmation youth are attending an Ultimate Lock-in with 400+ youth from area churches on Jan. 19. These youth will be doing a service project assembling 650 “Corner Care Kits” to be distributed amongst the 15 churches so they can be given to the homeless in our areas. The kits will include granola bars, socks, tissues, hand sanitizer, toothbrush/paste, and information on locations to go for help or a warm meal. Our Saviour’s is in charge of collecting donations of NEW toothbrushes and travel size toothpaste (full sized paste is okay, too). Individually wrapped toothbrushes are preferred, but will accept bulk. Items will be collected in the Rotunda until Jan. 17. Thank you for your support!

Holden Village Trip—July 15-22, 2018. Are you looking for a vacation with adventure and meaning? Join your friends at Our Saviour’s on a trip to Holden Village, a Lutheran Camp in a former copper mining community located in the beautiful Cascade mountains of central Washington. It is a place of spectacular mountain beauty with programming for ALL ages (special age appropriate opportunities for children and teenagers), optional classes, discussions, Bible studies, hiking, weaving, ceramics and lapidary classes, and plenty of time to sit on the porch swing to read. Registration with deposit is due by December 20. The deposit is $65/adult; $45/youth (age 6-17). For more information contact Pastor Dan, 763-434-6117 or Karyn Berg, 612-750-2075.

2018 Offering Envelopes are ready for you to pick up across from the Reception Desk. Please contact the church office if you are unable to locate your packet.

Fair Trade Products will be available in the Gathering Space next Sunday, between services. A variety of coffees, teas, chocolate, and more are available. Your purchase will help ensure that more of the money you spend on these products reaches the farmers who grow it.

Prayers for Wholeness and Healing will be available next Sunday, during the 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. worship services.

Where to Find Christmas Books in OSLC Library: For our youngest “readers,” Christmas board books and picture books are on one of the low movable carts  labeled Christmas Books.  Books with Advent/Christmas activities for the family and stories for older readers, including adults, are found on the book cart in the NE corner of the library on a larger movable cart labeled Christmas Books for Families/Adults.  Please be sure to sign out any book you wish to take home.

Thank You—Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent those beautiful flowers, that we saw sitting there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend could say. Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day. Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much for whatever your part. We appreciate so much your thoughts, prayers and support during this difficult time. The family of Tom Hamilton, Karen (Don) Mickelson's Father

Blessed to be a Blessing

Gifts for Alexandra House—Be sure to check out the mound of gifts given for the Alexandra House. You are invited to place your hands on the gifts and pray for those who will be receiving them. Thank you for sharing so generously your blessings with others this season.

Christmas Gift Bags for the Homeless—400 adult and family gift bags have been assembled by the confirmation youth, ready to be distributed to the homeless in St. Paul. These are on display in front of the wall of windows in the Gathering Space.

Life Events

Member known to be recently hospitalized: Gary Nelson

Congregational Sympathies are extended to Koreen Gerdin and family as they grieve the death of husband, Don Paulson. Don’s funeral is scheduled at Calvary Lutheran Church, Mora, for Fri., Dec. 15, 11:00 a.m. with a 10:00 a.m. visitation. May the promise of the resurrection embrace this family with a hope beyond grief.

Special Gifts

Received the week of December 3, 2017:

  • $565 given to debt reduction
  • $43.50 raised through Sunday School offering going to Heifer Int’l– they are working toward the purchase of a water buffalo
  • $525 raised by the Gathering Youth through their bake sale
  • $191.95 raised by the Hard Hats through Sunday Hospitality
  • $ 384.50 of Fair Trade products were sold
  • $640 raised by the Hard Hats through a handcrafted items sale
  • $965 given to Jesus Refills.
  • $100 given to Endowment in honor of Irene Anderson’s 100th birthday.
  • $100 given to Endowment in memory of Dennis Munson.
  • $140 given to the Discretionary Fund in honor of Keith Hammerbeck’s birthday.
  • $25 given to debt reduction in memory of Joanne Sletten.

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.