Our Saviour's Bell Tower at Sunset

Our Saviour’s Happenings

January 26, 2020

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Happening Today

Congregational Annual Meeting—TODAY, immediately following 10:00 a.m. worship. Please plan to attend this very important meeting. The congregation’s annual report Starting at 11:00 a.m., the 2020 Mission Trip youth will be serving lunch: sloppy Joes, chips, pickles, veggies & dip, dessert. Proceeds will go to 2020 Youth Mission Trip to Charleston, West Virginia.

Happening This Week

Wednesday Community Meal—4:30-6:30 p.m. share a meal with your church family. Suggested donation is $4.00. Menu: January 29: Sloppy Joes, potato chips, and salad.

Bead Ministry—Thurs., Jan 30, 6:45-8:45 p.m. (*Note the earlier start time). Do you love to make things from beads or want to learn to make things from beads? Join this group for beading and fellowship in room 116. Beaders of all abilities welcome! Questions? Contact Karen Bush, bushfamily4@q.com.


Quake Youth Event—March 13-15, 2020, for 6th grade through college-age, at Mpls/St. Paul Airport Mall of America. Quake Speaker: Dan ScharnhorstDan is able to share the power of the Gospel message through stories and humor. Musician: 100 White Flags—has a unique sound that fuses progressive rock with hints of blues and folk influence. Deadline to sign up on the Children/Youth board, Jan. 31, 2020.

Youth Group Lockin—Sat., Feb. 1-Sun., Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.–9:00 a.m., for  9th grade through college-age. Enjoy fellowship, games, food, and more! Cost is $10.00/person to cover supplies and food.

Register for Summer Camp at Wapo—SEEDS Camp (1st thru 3rd grade completed) June 26-28; Youth Camp (4th thru 8th grade completed) June 28-July 3; Servant Leadership Program (9th thru 12th grade completed) June 28-July 3; Senior High at Ox Lake (9th thru 12th grade completed) June 28-July 3. Registration has begun online at campwapo.org (Senior High Ox Lake at campwapo.org/oxlake). Details available in the Our Saviour’s Summer Camps and Programs brochure.


Preschool Registration Begins Jan. 31—Registration for the 2020-21 school year begins on the 31st for current students and OSLC members; on Fri., Feb. 14, for the community. An open house is scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for you to come check out the  program, meet the teachers, and get all your questions answered. Contact Lissa Leebens at 763-434-6117 ext. 123 or lleebens@oursaviourslc.org.

Mark Your Calendar

All Church Bingo—for ALL Ages! – Sun., Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Hosted by CYF (Children, Youth, and Family Ministries) Walking tacos will be served by the 2020 Youth Mission Trip team. Bingo starts at 12:00 p.m., sharp! Costs: $5 suggested lunch donation; proceeds going to Mission Trip; Bingo—$2 per player (with option to purchase additional cards), proceeds going to Children’s Ministry. There will be a Grand Prize at the end that will be worth your time! Help us plan by signing up on the Children/Youth board by JAN 26!

Hotdish Day! Sun., Feb. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Like a bake sale … but with ready-to-bake meals! Support Mission Trip 2020 youth by purchasing ready-to-bake hotdishes, soups, and more. Find the youth at the Hotdish Table in the Rotunda. Different dietary needs and serving sizes will be available.

Souper Bowl of Caring – Sun., Feb. 2. Join young people across America in caring for their neighbors in need. You can help by throwing a dollar into a soup pot on the 2nd, as you leave worship. All of the proceeds will go to the North Anoka County Emergency (NACE) Food Shelf, feeding the hungry in our community.

Family Mardi Gras Celebration—Sun., Feb 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., for ALL AGES.  Pancakes will be served following both services (NOTE: this is a BLUEGRASS SUNDAY!) Pancake proceeds will go to the Music Department for Easter Brass. No Sunday school and Connect. There will be family Mardi Gras Games, Face Painting, Tattoos, and kid prizes following worship. Invite friends and neighbors! Bring your family, or come to be with your church family!

Bluegrass Sunday – Sun., Feb. 23, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Are you ready for more Bluegrass fun? Join us in worship on the 23rd, featuring the Cornerstone Band and local fiddler Tessa Alzen. Get ready to dance and sing to your favorite old-time gospel hymns—maybe even clapping, if the Spirit leads you! Invite your friends and family to join us in this joyful worship experience!

Dinner’s at 6:30—Thurs., Feb. 27, at The Tavern, 10950 Club Parkway NE, Blaine. Join this fun group on the fourth Thurs. of the month for dinner and fellowship! Sign up on the Small Group board. Contact Sandy Mickelson, 763-767-1765.

Women’s Retreat: Are We Ready for a NEW BEGINNING? Sat., March 14, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Women of ALL AGES… we are so excited about our March 14th retreat at Our Saviour’s!!  It will be an adventurous day for us to learn more about ourselves and our relationship with Jesus Christ. So many times in life, we face a new beginning – whether it’s positive or negative, it can be scary! Together, we’ll discover tools to help us with our new beginnings. We’ll also make new friends, sing, laugh hysterically, eat awesome food and decadent desserts, and leave with JOY in our hearts!! Cost: $30 early bird through Feb. 16; $35 after Feb. 16. Sign up on the Small Group board in the Rotunda. Questions? Contact Becky Beck (612-281-7170).

Red Cross Blood Drive—Thurs., March 17, 1:00-7:00 p.m. Save your blood for the Red Cross Blood Drive at Our Saviour’s. 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.™

You Can Help

Our  Saviour’s is in need of a new security system. The cost would be $20,000. Please consider giving a donation. Checks can be written with “Security System” on the memo line. Your help is really appreciated. Thank you in advance! Questions? Contact Michele Kolodjski, 763-434-6117 ext 111 or mkolodjski@oursaviourslc.org.

Andrew’s Bravery Box – Feb. 1 – 28, a congregation-wide collection. Join Our Saviour’s youth in collection toys, games and other fun items for children who are inpatient in the hospital. Nurses and parents can use the toys as rewards for children who bravely endure the day to day not-so-fun things that happen in the hospital.  

In July 2019, dear friends of Leisha’s lost their 6.5 year old son, Andrew, to a congenital heart defect called Aortic Stenosis. While in the hospital, his parents found it increasingly difficult to keep Andrew’s spirits up. He developed fears about what you and I might think of as simple. During his final hospitalization, his parents stocked up on small toys that they knew he loved and put them in a brown paper bag. They called it the Bravery Bag. Each time Andrew faced his fear and showed how brave he was, they let him pick an item. After a few days, he was asking the nurses to flush his IV and removing tape and leads from his skin like a champ. The Bravery Bag made life in the hospital just a little more bearable.  

All toys must be new and in their original packaging. Due to the risk of infection and exposing patients to germs, used toys cannot be accepted. Toys should be small and cost under $10. Get a complete list of toy suggestions on the Children/Youth Board in the Rotunda. Donations can be placed in the collection bin in front of the Children/Youth Board in the Rotunda throughout the month of February. Read more about Andrew’s Bravery Box at: andrewsbraverybox.org.

Life Events

Altar Flowers are given today by Terri and Paul Kirkham in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Congregational Sympathies are extended to Ellen and Gary Larson and family as they grieve the death of Ellen’s sister, Carolyn Hendersen; Judy Dusterhofter and family as they grieve the death of husband, Wayne; Becky and Al Beck and family as they grieve the death of the father of their grandson, Jon Manasil. May the promise of the resurrection embrace these families with a hope beyond grief. 

Interim Pastor Bruce Arnevik
Pastor Maria Pederson
Deacon Glenndy Ose


Sundays 8:30 a.m. Traditional 10:00 a.m. Contemporary
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. Revelation Worship


Ways to Give at Our Saviour’s

  • In person through Sunday offering
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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

Office hours:
Mon.–Thurs., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fri., 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sun., 7:30 a.m.–close

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