Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
February 25, 2018

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Happening Today

Acapulco (Ham Lake) Youth Fundraiser—Sun., Feb. 25, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Please come out to Acapulco in Ham Lake to help support Our Saviour’s Youth attending the Youth Gathering, this summer. The youth will receive 30% of your total food and nonalcoholic beverage purchases! This is only valid at the Ham Lake location. You must show flyer (click for flyer) in order for it to apply. Share the flyer and invite family, friends, and neighbors.

Happening This Week

IGNITE Wednesdays Community Meal—5:00-6:30 p.m. ALL are invited for a meal on Wednesdays. The cost is $4/per person.
Feb. 28 Menu: Chili, bread, and salad

Thursday Morning Quilters Needed—training provided! This group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. Presently the group is making quilts for girls in local rehabilitation centers.

Frolic: Child/Caregiver Play Group—Fridays, March 2 and 16, 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.

Walk to Jerusalem—through March 31. Passports will be available on Sundays and Wednesdays in the Gathering Space. Be sure to submit your weekly walking/exercise totals to Norma Munson.


2018-19 Preschool Registration Has Begun—Our Saviour’s 4-Star Christian Preschool program offers children a quality Christian education in a secure, nurturing environment. Brochures and registration forms are available at oursaviourslc.org/preschool.

Silly Science Saturday—Preschool fundraiser event on Sat., March 17, 1:00 p.m. Have fun with edible Play-Doh, static electricity snake charming, Alka-Seltzer rockets, bubble clusters and much more! Admission is $3 per person; $10 per family.

Children and youth

Ignite Wednesday Schedule for Lent through Mar. 21: Connect/JAM/JAM JRs Session 1 meets 5:00-5:30 p.m.; Session 2 meets 7:15-7:45 p.m.

First Communion Instruction—Sat., March 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. These classes are open to any age, including adults. Parents/guardians, please plan to attend the class with your child. First Communion is celebrated on Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. Registration brochures are available by the Children/Youth board. Contact Kate Roettger with questions at kroettger@oursaviourslc.org or 763-434-6117.

Register for Summer Camp by March 15 SEEDS Weekend Camp for grades 2 and 3, June 22-24; Youth Camp for grades 4–9, June 24-29 · Senior High Camp for grades 9- 12, June 24-29 · Servant Leadership Camp for grades 11-12 (application required), June 24-29. All camp registrations are done online at campwapo.org/pages/registration. A postcard with details is available at the Children/Youth board.

Mystery Bus Ride—Fri, Mar. 30, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., for confirmation youth and friends. It’s the annual Mystery Bus Ride! What we can tell you is that there will be fellowship, food, and games. A MANDATORY parents ONLY meeting will be on Wed, March 21, 6:30 p.m. Parents will receive a packing list at the meeting. Please turn in an offsite permission form (if not on file), with payment before Wed, Mar. 21. The cost is $40/person.

For Youth

Endowment Scholarships—Our Saviour's Endowment 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 available at the Reception Desk. Completed application forms must be returned to the Endowment Committee mailbox by Sunday, May 20.

Happening in March

Adult Bible Study: Old Testament Stories with Deacon Glenndy Ose—Mon., March 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. To prepare for March’s class please read Genesis 23-26.

Stamping Card Ministry—Sat., March 9, 6:00 p.m. If you have an interest in making homemade cards, please join this stamping group at Our Saviour’s.  Questions? Please call Cheryl Anderson at 763-434-9457.

New Member Orientation—Sun., April 8, 11:15 a.m. (lunch included) and Sun., April 15, 4:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Dan and Jan Nordin (dinner included). Sign up on the Small Group board if you plan to attend.

Baptism Class—Sat., March 10, 10:00 a.m. Our Saviour's requires that all families wishing to bring a small child or infant to be baptized attend a one-hour baptism class. Please register for this class by calling the church office,  763-434-6117.

Red Cross Blood Drive—Tues., March 13, 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.™ Consider helping with the blood drive by donating treats or helping to serve treats. Contact Carolyn Merk, 763-434-3660, if you are available.

Empty Bowls Soup Dinner—Thurs., March 15, 5:00-7:30 p.m., at St. Pat’s church in Oak Grove. This freewill offering event includes live and silent auction, ceramic bowls, wine pull, kids activities, and more. Mark your calendar for North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf (NACE)’s largest fundraiser of the year!

Little Dresses for Africa—Thurs., March 22, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.at Our Saviour’s. Join this partnership group to sew for mission. A schedule is available at the Small Group board in the Rotunda. Bring your sewing machine, a pair of scissors, and a bag lunch. Questions? Contact Betty Gabrick, 651-462-1573.

Ministry Opportunities

Give it Up for Lent—Welcoming All Neighbors Ministry encourages you to bring in items to benefit the LSS Refugee Services. Paper products, basic household supplies, and particular gifts cards are the most needed items for refugee families. A specific list is available at the Kiosk in the Rotunda and on the OSLC website. Please bring these items in on Sundays, Feb. 18, 25, and March 4.

Give it Up for Lent II—The last three Sundays in March OSLC will be joining with other faith communities, as well as food shelves, businesses, and organizations across Minnesota in the movement to end hunger through the drive for March FoodShare. Please bring nonperishable food or monetary donations to Our Saviour’s on Sundays, March 11-25. All donations will go to the North Anoka Emergency Food Shelf.

Family Promise Week—March 4-11, at Glen Cary Lutheran Church. Consider joining the team of volunteers helping families get back on their feet! Opportunities: drive to and from the Day Center (6 a.m. morning, 5 p.m. evening); make and serve a meal for dinner (serve at 5:30 p.m.); visit with the families (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.); stay overnight (7:30 p.m.-7:00 a.m.). Sign up to help on the Kiosk in the Rotunda. Questions? Contact Jan
Berqual, berqual@msn.com. Future weeks to put on your calendar: May 6-13, August 5-12, Nov. 4-11. To find out more about Family Promise, check out familypromise.org.


Lenten Worship - Wednesdays through March 21: Holden Evening Prayer—5:30 p.m.; Ignite Worship—6:30 p.m.

Lent Drama: The Temptations of Jesus, by Curt M. Joseph—This series focuses on the temptations Satan presented to Jesus. “Jesus was indeed God, but he was also very human, and if the God/Jesus were to ever understand the human condition he had to endure all that you and I have to endure. The joys, the pain, the struggles and the temptations of life. These dramas try to capture the difficulty that Jesus endured.

Holy Week Worship

March 29, 6:30 p.m.—Maundy Thursday Worship with communion and first communion celebrated
March 30, 12:00 and 6:30 p.m.—Good Friday Tenebrae Worship

Easter Worship April 1

Communion served at all services.
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Worship
8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. Easter Worship with children’s message.

Easter Breakfast Served by Youth—April 1, 7:30-10:45 a.m. The Senior High youth are proud to provide this breakfast to you. Proceeds will help send Our Saviour’s youth to the ELCA National Youth Gathering this June. The menu is: pancakes, scrambled eggs with cheese, sausage links, bacon, fruit, juice, and coffee. Suggested donation: $6.00 per person; Family Special, $20 family four pack; $30 family six pack.

Take Note

Youth Gathering Fundraiser Dinner - Sat, March 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Please support the high school youth attending the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering. You will enjoy a delicious meal (Chicken Alfredo for adults and buttered noodles for kids), wonderful entertainment by the youth, and a silent auction. Please pre-purchase your dinner tickets. TICKETS ON SALE IN THE GATHERING SPACE! Tickets will be sold on Sundays and Wednesdays through Feb. 28. Ticket costs: $15/adults; $8/kids (10 and under).

Blue Bird Houses—the Hard Hats will be building blue bird houses early spring. If you are interested in purchasing one or two (two are recommended in case the swallows take over one), contact Chip Nelson, 612-868-2065. The houses will be available on April 29. If you prefer earlier, let Chip know.

Pick up your 2018 offering envelopes. Ask for them at the Reception Desk. Please contact the church office if you are unable to locate your packet.

Simply Giving - Do you give to OSLC through the Simply Giving program and want something to place in the offering basket? Simply Giving cards are available in the Welcome pads for this purpose.

We Have a Tired Server - Our Saviour's computer server was purchased in 2004 and has been limping along for the past year. It is full to capacity, old and cannot be upgraded, so we find ourselves in need of purchasing a new one. The cost to purchase the server, software, and everything else that goes along with transferring all the church records will be over $6,000. The staff is hosting Sunday Hospitality and a craft and bake sale on Sun., March 25, in order to assist with the cost. In addition, we have $1,000 in our technology fund that we are applying to the cost. If you would like to make a donation to help us pay for this upgrade - please make your donation payable to OSLC and include church server in the memo line. The OSLC staff thank you!

Daylight Savings begins on Sun., Mar 11. Remember to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour.

Easter Garden and Gift Form—On Easter Sunday our chancel will be graced with beautiful Easter plants. 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., March 25. The cost is $15.50 per plant. Forms are available at the Reception Desk or online at oursaviourslc.org on the Forms and Registrations page.

Special Gifts

Received the week of February 18, 2018:

  • $335 given to debt reduction (Mortgage to Mission)
  • $100 given for the new church server
  • $204.34 raised for the church server through Sunday Hospitality
  • $25 given to LSS for refugee support
  • $50 given to debt reduction in memory of Laurie and Virginia Anderson

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.