Farmland around Our Saviour's
October 14, 2018

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Happening Today

Blood Pressure Clinic Between Services—Get your blood pressure checked today. Look for the table in the Gathering Space.

TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP AND TURN IN $50 DEPOSIT: Middle/High School Mission Trip to Lake Traverse Reservation in Sisseton, SD—July 7-12, 2019, for youth having completed grades 6-12 in spring 2019. This mission trip, lead by YouthWorks, will be on Lake Traverse Reservation, approximately a 3.5 hour drive from East Bethel. We will help facilitate children’s programming at the community education/activity center, serve the residents in local assisted living facilities/nursing homes and help out with other work projects in the community. Sign up on the Children/Youth board. Questions? Contact Leisha Tays, or 763-434-6117 ext. 131.

Happening This Week

Pub Theology at Hidden Haven—Mon., Oct. 15, 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 join in the lively discussion.

Descendants of Abraham—Old Testament Bible Study Mon., Oct. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  (first and third Mondays). This Bible study will continue with the stories of the descendants of Abraham. We'll begin with Genesis 32 and 33. These are fascinating stories about complicated characters, and we'll have fun exploring their lives!

Quilting Blocks in Stages—Tues., Oct. 16, 9:00 a.m. This group meets the first Sat. of the month, 9:00 a.m.-noon, as well as the third Tues., 6:30-9:00 p.m. Join the group to work on mission quilts donated to places such as Habitat for Humanity, NACE Food Shelf, Alexandra House, and more.

Thursday Morning Quilters—Thurs., Oct. 18, at 9:00 a.m. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Please join the group in making quilts for mission. Training is provided!

Frolic: Child/Caregiver Play Group Little Steps. Big Faith.—Fri., Oct. 19, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Frolic will be frolicing at Springbrook Nature Center. Have 10/19 off with your child for MEA? Join the Frolic families at Springbrook. Meet inside at 9:30 for some inside nature play and venture out around 10:00 for nature play and walk. Be sure to dress for the weather and pack a stroller if needed. Plan to go rain or shine. Older siblings WELCOME! Don't know much about Springbrook? Check out the website,


2018-19 Preschool Registration—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 by the Children/Youth board or at

High School Lock-in—Sat., Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. through Sun., Nov. 18, 11:00 a.m., for grades 9-12. Come for lock-in fun: games, snacks, pizza, worship, youth room brainstorming, and more! Bring: sleeping stuff (air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow, etc), hygiene products, clothes for worship Sunday morning, snack, and a 2-liter of soda/juice to share. The cost is $10 to contribute to pizza and supplies. Participants must have a permission form on file. Deadline to sign up on the Children/Youth board is Wed., Nov. 14.

Trunk n’ Treat Community Event—Sun., Oct. 28, 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. Cost: $2.00 (goes towards Children’s Ministry program) plus a nonperishable food donation (for NACE Food Shelf). Hot dog, chips, and pop will be available for $3 (proceeds go towards the Middle/High School Mission Trip).

Trunk n’ Treat Volunteers—Your help is needed on Oct. 28. 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.

Communion Instruction Class—Sat., Nov. 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. As your child gets older, has been communing or is choosing to wait to commune, and is able to enter into conversation more deeply, take advantage of the Communion Instruction Class. This interactive class is open to any age, including adults. Parents/guardians please plan to attend the class with your child. Register online at

IGNITE Worship

2018-19 Overarching Theme: Come Alive
Life can be so busy that we feel like we’re plodding along, just trying to get through the day…maybe even a little zombie-like! Being part of the worshiping community on Wednesday nights gives you a chance to worship with friends new and old, rock out and sing praise to God, and hear messages that connect to YOUR life.

Theme What's My Line - Different people will share stories of finding their path in life.

Join Your Church Family for a Community Meal—Wednesdays, 4:30-6:25 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy dinner with your church family! The cost is $4 per person and punch cards are available for purchase. Menu: Oct. 24—Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and salad.

October Happenings

Meet and Greet Potluck Meal for Somali Family—Sun., Oct. 21, following the 10:00 a.m. worship service. You are invited to help us honor the Somali family we have been helping. This is a family of young men who live in St. Cloud.  Thanks to generous donations, we’ve been able to provide housing support for this family. This family is Muslim, so we need to avoid dishes containing alcohol, pork, or gelatin products.

Bead Ministry—Thurs., Oct. 25, 7:00 p.m., the group will be meeting offsite. Join this fun group in making beaded items for ministry. Beaders of all abilities welcome! Contact: Karen Bush,

Little Dresses for Africa—Thurs., October 25, at OSLC, 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.

Dinner’s at 6:30—Fri., Oct. 26, at Hidden Haven Bar & Grill, 20520 NE Polk St., East Bethel. Bring a friend or three. Sign up on the Small Group board. Questions? Contact Mike Richgels, 763-670-8263. The Dinner’s at 6:30 group is looking for a new coordinator. Mike has been coordinator for 5 years and will be stepping down after this outing.

Special Reformation Celebration Worship - Sat., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. Special guest Mary Helene Rasmussen Jackson will share Things You Don’t Know About the Reformation, including people you may not have heard of who were instrumental in the Reformation taking place. Our music staff is preparing wonderful music, including organ and choir. Holy Communion rounds out this festive worship service. Ms. Jackson is the author of Daughter of the Reformation: A Historical Perspective of the Life and Times of the Wife of Martin Luther, and has done first person presentations here as Katie Luther. This year we’ll get to hear things Katie wouldn’t have been privy to! There will be time for Q&A after worship. Invite your friends and neighbors!

Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism—Sun., Oct. 28 at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Be in worship to celebrate with 41 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. By holding this event during our regularly scheduled Sunday worship services, we all get to celebrate with them as they pledge to continue on this path. Both services will feature the contemporary music and beautiful traditions that have been part of AOB at Our Saviour’s for years.

Take Note

Preschool Teacher—Part-time—We are hiring a part-time teacher for our preschool. If you or someone you know is interested, the posting and application for this position is available at the Reception Desk. For more information contact Jennifer Schlief, 763-434-6117 or

Thrivent Members with Choice Dollars—If you’re an eligible Thrivent member with Choice dollars available to designate, you can help by directing your choice dollars to work at Our Saviour’s and in our community. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, visit, or contact your local Thrivent Financial representative.

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE OPEN HOUSE—Some of you know that Jim Nelson has terminal cancer and has a few months life expectancy.  There will be a Celebration of Life Open House at Our Saviour’s Church on Friday, Oct. 26, 4:00–6:00 p.m.  Please join Jim and Donna for a time of reminiscing and sharing. Light refreshments will be served.

Mark Your Calendar

Dedication of OSLC Columbarium—Sun., Nov. 4, following the 10:00 a.m. worship service. You are invited to share in the dedication of this meaningful place to honor the memory of loved ones who have been cremated. If you are interested in information about purchasing a niche, contact Lori Vickstrom, 763-434-6117 ext. 133.

Men’s Group—Mon., Nov. 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. TAKE NOTE: This group has moved to the first Monday of each month. Men, join us for an evening of fellowship in the spirit of Christian male-bonding. We are a group of OSLC men who meet and share an open connection in a safe and friendly environment. Bring your Bible, a friend, and some personal learnings to share. Sign up on the Small Group Ministry board or call, text, or email Jason Lance, 612-250-6007,, for more info.

All Church Turkey Bingo—Thurs. Nov. 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m., for ALL AGES, birth-105. You are invited! This ALL age event is a fundraiser for Children’s Ministry. There will be BINGO, treats, prizes, and plenty of fun to go around. Bring $2 per person/ $10 family max, and a Turkey Basket donation item for NACE (list available on the Kiosk in the Rotunda). Grand prize will be a frozen turkey. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! Be sure to sign up on the Children/Youth board.

Military Care Package Assembly—Sun., Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m. Please submit names and addresses of troops serving in Iraq and Afghanastan for this mailing to the church office no later than Nov. 15. Once again, donations of items for these packages are needed. Please consider donating any of the following items by Nov. 15. Items are needed in advance, so inventory can be taken and additional needed items can be purchased prior to package assembly. A list of items needed is available on the Kiosk in the Rotunda.

You Can Help

Wanted: Greeters—Our Saviour’s is a welcoming church. Consider being the first welcoming smile to greet visitors. Sign up on the Worship Ministry board across from the Reception Desk or contact Nancy Carpenter, 763-434-6117 ext. 121.

Collection for Turkey Baskets—October 21-November 7. For Thanksgiving, Our Saviour’s Confirmation Youth will be assembling Turkey Baskets for North Anoka County Emergency (NACE) Food Shelf. Our goal is to assemble 20 complete baskets to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need. Can you help by contributing one or more of the needed items?  A list is available on the Kiosk in the Rotunda. Please drop items off in front of the Children/Youth board in the Rotunda.

Military Care Package Assembly—Sun., Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m. Please submit names and addresses of troops serving in Iraq and Afghanastan for this mailing to the church office no later than Nov. 15. Once again, donations of items for these packages are needed. A list of items is available on the Kiosk in the Rotunda. Items are needed by Nov. 15, so inventory can be taken and additional needed items can be purchased prior to package assembly.

Life Events

Altar Flowers are given today by Kim Fread in memory of parents and husband.

Altar Flowers are given today by Jeff and Kelly Swanson in celebration many family members’ birthdays.

Members known to be recently hospitalized and going into an extended care facility: Harley Hansen, Jack Leipzig

Pastor Dan Nordin
Pastor Maria Pederson
Deacon Glenndy Ose


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

6:30 p.m. IGNITE Worship

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

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