Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
May 21, 2017

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Happening Today

Motorcycle Ministry: May Ride—TODAY, Sunday Ride; leave Our Saviour’s at 12:30 p.m.

Little Dresses Dress Sale—TODAY, between services. Dresses will be available for purchase with proceeds going toward the purchase of supplies and shipping of the dresses. To date, this sewing group has sent out 1670 dresses to the Little Dresses for Africa mission.

Spring Fling Thing - TODAY, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All are welcome for this last hurrah of spring! Games will be available around the church and music will fill the air. Beginning at 10:30, the Jesus Refills team will be here, serving food from the truck used to serve the homeless in St. Paul. All proceeds from food sales will go toward the purchase of food/paper products for the Jesus Refills Ministry. No cost for the event but, a freewill offering will be collected for the meal.

Endowment Scholarships - Would you like to be considered for a college scholarship from the Our Saviour's Endowment? The committee will be awarding five $500 scholarships in June. The scholarships are for pursuing an undergraduate degree or for education to grow in Christian faith. Applications are due in the Endowment Committee mailbox TODAY! Applications are available at the Reception Desk.

Happening This Week

13 Reasons Why and Mental Health Discussion - Mon., May 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m., for middle & high school youth and parents. You have either seen or heard people talking about the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. This show brings to light the reality of what happens in high schools across the country. OSLC is hosting a youth and parent discussion about this series and the topics addressed within. How can our faith help us through struggles like these? We will cover what to look for and how to respond. There is no need to have watched this before attending and we will not be showing any clips of the show. This discussion will be beneficial to BOTH youth and parents!  We sincerely hope you will attend this free discussion and invite your neighbors.

Mixed Golf League—Wednesdays at Hidden Haven Golf Club; tee times start at 5:30 p.m. Join this fun group for golf and fellowship. ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! Contact Ben Bjornson; cell 612-802-6282 or e-mail benhrt591@live.com.

Little Dresses for Africa—Thursday, May 25, 9:00 a.m-2:00 p.m., at Glen Cary. 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.

Dinner’s at 6:30—Fri., May 26, join this fun group for dinner and fellowship at Running Aces Dining Room, 15201 Zurich Street, Columbus (no races). Bring a friend or two. Sign up on the Small Group board. Questions? Contact Elva Vietzke, 763-571-2960.

Our Saviour’s Preschool

Preschool Registration—planning on registering your child in Our Saviour’s Preschool for the 2017-18 school year? Registrations are at an all-time high and near capacity. Don’t miss out! Get your registration in soon! Brochures and registration forms are available by the Children/Youth board or at oursaviourslc.org. Questions? Contact Preschool Director Michelle Bauer, 763-434-6117 ext. 123, or mbauer@oursaviourslc.org.

Preschool Summer Camp—Aug. 14-17, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., for children age 3 by May 1, through 5 (pre-kindergarten). Join Our Saviour’s Preschool as we dive into the world of Dr. Seuss!  Each day will be filled with stories,  art activities, and games based on a different Dr. Seuss book. Day 1- The Cat in The Hat; Day 2- Green Eggs and Ham; Day 3- One Fish, Two Fish; Day 4- Fox in Socks. The cost is $55. Please bring a bag lunch with your child’s name on it each day. Register today! Forms are available at the Children/Youth board and online at  www.oursaviourslc.org.

Children, Youth, Family


High School Graduate Honorary Service—Sun., June 4, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. High school seniors, plan on attending this service to receive recognition and a special gift.  Please RSVP to Christina Verbick, 763-434-6117 ext. 131, to let her know which service you will be attending. Your name will be read, and you will come forward to receive your gift and a special prayer. 

Pizza Ranch Youth Fundraiser—Mon., June 12, 5:00-8:00 p.m. EVERYONE is invited to come out to Pizza Ranch in Andover to help support Our Saviour’s Youth summer mission trip! The youth will receive 10% of the evening’s sales…and ALL of the tips!  There will also be a balloon twisting artist in the building, providing entertainment for all ages! You won’t want to miss this! Invite family, friends, and your neighbors.

Serving Up Shenanigans—8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For youth who have completed grades 6-12. Youth participate in service in the morning and shenanigans (fellowship) in the afternoon. Cost of each daily event is $30 (Valleyfair is $40). Sign up on the Children/Youth board a week prior to each event. Plan to pack a bag lunch; extra food may be purchased on your own. 
Wed., June 14—Morning: Bikes for Kids; Afternoon: Wild Mountain;
Wed., July 12—Morning: Vacation Bible School; Afternoon: Tubing down the Rum River and a Movie
Wed., July 26—Morning: Hard Hats/Baptismal Blankets; Afternoon: Bunker Beach
Thurs., August 3—Valleyfair
Wed., August 16—Morning: Global Health Ministry; Afternoon: Vertical Endeavors
Wed., August 30—Morning: Lyngblomsten; Afternoon: State Fair.

Maker Fun Factory: Vacation Bible School (VBS) - July 10-14, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., for age 3 through grade 5. Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors, discovering they are lovingly crafted by God. Maker Fun Factory VBS will transform Our Saviour’s into a place buzzing with excitement! The cost is $35 per child, $80 per family. Registration forms are available at the Children/Youth board.

Happening in May

Ja’afari Islamic Center Invites You for Ramadan Dinner—Sun., May 28, 8:15 p.m. (dinner served at approximately 9:01 p.m.), 10301 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park. RSVP to Glenndy Ose, 763-434-6117 ext. 113, by Mon., May 15. Free for all ages.

Founders’ Day Worship Celebrated Sun., May 28
8:30 and 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel in Ham Lake
8:30 and 10:00 a.m. at Our Saviour's on Jackson
We rejoice in our heritage and celebrate the pioneers who began this congregation in 1872. Worship in Our Saviour’s original building using liturgy and hymns from the green Lutheran Book of Worship, accompanied by the original pump organ. Refreshments will be served between services, and a display of historical church memorabilia will be there for you to enjoy. Or... worship at the Jackson St. site in contemporary style.

Ja’afari Islamic Center Invites You for Ramadan Dinner—Sun., May 28, 8:15 p.m. (dinner served at approximately 9:01 p.m.), 10301 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park. RSVP to Glenndy Ose, 763-434-6117 ext. 113, by Mon., May 15. Free for all ages.

June Sermon Series

The Great Outdoors

Have you felt God’s presence in the great outdoors? Have you heard other people talking about spending time with God in nature, but it didn’t resonate with you? Either way, this sermon series is for you! We’ll spend the month of June exploring how we experience God in The Great Outdoors.

Sun., June 4 and Wed., June 7
When the Wind Blows, Acts 2:1-21
Sun., June 11 and Wed., 14
The Wilderness, Exodus 16:1-5, 9-18, 31
Sun., June 18 and Wed., June 21
The Open Road, Psalm 139:1-10
Sun., June 25 Wed., June 28
Lakes & Rivers & Streams, Oh My! John 21:1-13

Mark Your Calendar

High School Graduate Honorary Service—Sun., June 4, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. High school seniors, plan on attending this service to receive recognition and a special gift.  Please RSVP to Christina Verbick, 763-434-6117 ext. 131, to let her know which service you will be attending. Your name will be read, and you will come forward to receive your gift and a special prayer. 

Summer Worship: Sundays, June 5-Sept. 3—8:30 a.m. Traditional; 10:00 a.m. Contemporary; Wednesdays, June 7-Aug. 30—6:30 p.m. Worship at the Chapel

Mark Your Calendar—On Sunday, July 23, we will thank Brice Bloxham for his time here as our Children’s Ministry Director. More information will follow this summer.

SAM Is Going to the Guthrie—Wed., July 26, 9:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The group will take the bus to the Guthrie Theater to see this dazzling musical. Lunch will be shared at Wilde Café and Spirits. Cost: Guthrie + bus = $31, plus your lunch. Payment is due with signup; signup and pay by June 11. Make checks payable to OSLC with "SAM/Guthrie" in memo. Guthrie tickets are nonrefundable.  

Position Available

Full Time Director of Children and Family Ministries: This position will lead and oversee ministry that excites and inspires faith in kids from birth - 5th grade. The complete position description can be obtained at the Reception Desk. Posting closes on June 4.

Take Note

Many of us spend some time away during the summer: reflecting, relaxing, sight-seeing. Please, remember Our Saviour's while you are gone and continue your generous giving. 

Mid-year offering statements will be mailed the beginning of June.  If you would like your statement earlier, feel free to contact Kim Fread.

No Bead Ministry in May—Be sure to join this fun group when they meet again on the last Thursday in June.

Would you like to volunteer at the Food Shelf? The fourth Monday of the month, from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. is Our Saviour’s day at the North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf (NACE). Four OSLC volunteers help with food distribution to clients. The work and the fellowship are guaranteed to be rewarding. Interested? Contact Jan Green, 763-434-6117 ext. 122 or jgreen@oursaviourslc.org.

We are grateful that you attend Our Saviour’s and ask that when you come for worship or education that you remember that Jackson Street is a neighborhood street with a speed limit of 40 miles per hour. Neighbors have voiced a concern about the safety of their children on that street due to some people exceeding the speed limit. We have also been asked that we do not use 192nd Street as a cut through to Viking Blvd. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Our Saviour’s wants to be a good neighbor.

Aluminum Can Youth Fundraiser—Do you have aluminum cans sitting around your house? Would you like to help the youth at Our Saviour’s? Consider bringing them to church and dropping them off in the pop can trailer located in the parking lot near the driveway. Please no tin cans or bags. Empty your aluminum cans in the trailer and dispose of your bags in the garbage can attached to the trailer. Funds raised will go toward the High school summer trips. Thank you for your support.      

Donate a Tree—The Hard Hat team is busy working on the church grounds now that the weather is nice. They have found that some of our trees did not make it through the winter. If you would like to donate a tree or funds to purchase a tree, please contact Jerry Ryding at 763-434-6384

Life Events

Baptized at 11:00 a.m.
Cole Buonfiglio
Parents:  Heidi & David Buonfiglio
Sponsors:  Scott Levang, Tammy George, Tracy Boylan, and Kristi Walker

Baptized Following Worship

Nicholas John Braski
Christine Schreiner and John Braski
Jenna Friton and Zachary Klein

Makayla Sue Allan
Galen Allen and Bruce Paul Allan
Dale Keis Kumiko Giustina Jon and Holly Oachs

Naomi Lee Braski
Christine Schreiner and John Braski
Jessica Friton and Jordan Kliein

Congregational Sympathies are extended to Jennifer Hohn, and Carter and Madison and family as they grieve the death of Jennifer’s grandfather, Pat Whiteford; the family and friends of Gwen Jesinoski as they grieve her death. May the promise of the resurrection embrace these families with a hope beyond grief. 

Special Gifts

Received the week of May 14, 2017:

  • $385 given to the Mortgage to Mission
  • $150 given to the Discretionary Fund
  • $100 given to the Hard Hat ministry
  • $100 given to the Reserve Fund
  • $100 given to the Military Care fund
  • $100 given to Jesus Refills
  • $300 given as a special gift to Mortgage to Mission
  • $100 given to Habitat for Humanity

Jesus Refills Needs your help

Jesus Refills is a mobile kitchen which brings lunch to the St. Paul homeless community, serving more than 250 people a day, three days a week; and the numbers are increasing! Every Thursday at least two volunteers from our Saviour's drive to St. Paul—usually with a vehicle full of clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, plates, water, and snacks. Donations to support this ministry come from the generosity of Sunday Hospitality, individuals, and its volunteers. Consider serving on a Thursday, 12:30-3:00 p.m. (which includes travel time down and back). You will find that you are the one who is blessed. Sign up to help on the Small Group Ministry board in the Rotunda. Contact Karen Bermel, 763-434-2554, with questions.

Jesus Refills Ongoing Need: sturdy styrofoam plates (sectional plates are handy); plastic forks and spoons; napkins. Approximately 15,600 plates are used each year. Donations may be left in the Jesus Refills Donation Box in the coat hallway.

Pastor Dan Nordin
Pastor Maria Pederson
Deacon Glenndy Ose


Sundays through May 21
8:00 a.m. Traditional
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Contemporary

Summer Worship

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

Wednesdays, June 7-Aug. 30
6:30 p.m. at the Chapel in Ham Lake

Infants and Toddlers

Nursery is provided at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. service Sept-May; at the 10:00 a.m. service June-Aug. 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, 19001 Jackson St. NE, East Bethel, MN  55011; OSLC Chapel, Swedish Dr., Ham Lake, MN 55304; Phone, 763-434-6117.

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.