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About Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN


A New Year. . .

Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me.

Happy New Year! I hope this newsletter finds you all well. I hope everyone had a Christmas filled with wonder, peace and cheer. Last month, the church was busy and full of activity. I want to send a special thank you to all of you for your prayers, participation, generosity and faithfulness during the Christmas season. The things you do and the love you share are very much appreciated.

Even though I am a bit melancholy because I must wait and entire 11 months until Advent/Christmas comes again, I am excited about events that are coming up this next year. Specially, welcoming new members on Jan. 20 and making congregation plans at the annual meeting on Jan 27th. Also in January, we are going to start fund raising for a renovation project in the West Wing Conference Room. Currently, there are over a dozen groups that meet in the west wing during the week. All these groups are focused on helping others flourish in life and making the world a better place. I counted all the people who participate in these groups and I found that the West Wing Conference Room is the most used room in our building (including the sanctuary on Sunday morning). Given the high use of the room and the positive impact of the groups who use the room, the church council and I thought it would be an effective use of God’s resources to show the individuals who use the room how much they are cared for by making it more functional and intentional. Specifically, we plan on putting in new upper and lower cabinets and a countertop. There has already been some needed and appreciated plumbing work done.  Please consider making a donation to help with this project. Designate your giving, “West Wing Conference Room Renovation.” Thank you.

This January I am also celebrating our amazing confirmation program. OSLC is hosting confirmation for the month. If you would like to help prepare the Wednesday evening meal for the kids, your participation is welcome and needed. There is so much positivity, learning, and relationship building happening with our young people.

On January 10th at 2 PM there will be a meeting in the fireside room for anyone interested in joining the next Honduras trip. The trip will be a week after Easter for 8 days. I am really looking forward to the next trip, we are going to be focused on visiting as many of the worshiping communities in Honduras (and eating lots of tamales). I am very proud that OSLC reflects in our church constitution our passion and commitment in supporting local, state, national, and global ministries.

I also want to update everyone about what the OMG (Our Saviors, Messiah, Gethsemane) committee has been discussing lately. Now, we are just looking at our calendars to find times and ways to worship and enjoy fellowship with each other. We anticipate a shared mid-week Lent and Holy Week (week before Easter) worship.

Your co-worker in Christ- Pastor Erik


Advent Candles in the snow with evergreen branches red berries and a snowy forest in the background. Christmas Eve all five candles lighted.  The Prophecy, love,   rose or joy,  peace, and central white "purity"   candles are lit.

Youth Announcements – Winter is upon us!

Happy Holidays!

I am incredibly excited to start the season of advent with you all! The month of November was busy for our youth, and December is going to be even more eventful! Again, our Sunday school will be putting on the Christmas program on December 9th! It will be wonderful telling of Jesus’ birth—performed by all members of our program with some songs mixed in! Our children have been working diligently over the past few weeks, and are excited to show our Congregation! After our program we will spend the last few Sundays of the Advent season going over details in the Christmas story, as well as creating all sorts of crafts!

Confirmation students are in for a change with the season as well! Starting on December 5th Our Savior’s will be hosting Confirmation classes! We have had a wonderful time at Messiah, but I’m excited to bring the joy of our fellowship to our building! We had 13 youth attend the Middle School Youth Gathering at Cragun’s a few weeks ago! We had a blessed time worshipping with youth across our synod, and had a blast with all the fun activities the LYO board had planned for us! On December 12th we will have our Christmas and caroling event, which will include all of our Confirmation students going to Assisted Living Facilities to spread the Christmas cheer that is starting to build up in our hearts! Drivers are still needed for this event to help transport students to each place! Once we have sung our last carol we will come back to Our Savior’s to celebrate in fellowship with Hot Cocoa and snacks!

Our Confirmation program also hosts a meal on Wednesdays before class in which all are welcome to attend, this also means we need volunteers to help with these meals! If you have any interest please reach out to me.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!


Confirmation classes will start meeting at OSLC in December on Wednesdays at 6:30pm as usual!



2018 Church Council

As Our Savior’s enters into a time of transition please take note of your current council members and know they are available to you.  If you have questions, comments, concerns, please feel free to ask any of the council members and if they can’t help you, they will find someone who can!

President:  Nathan LeBeque

Vice President: Dawn Matschiner

Secretary: Jackie LeBeque

Treasurer: Charlie Baribeau

Shelley Svatos

Kristi Ongalo

Judy Peliska

John Elofson

Matt Louks



pastor david

Welcome Pastor David!

pastor davidDear Members and Friends of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church,

It is my great privilege and pleasure to be with you, a co-worker in Christ, during these few months during this “bridge” time in the life of the congregation. With the fine work you have completed during the year of interim ministry with Pastor Loren, you are now prepared to launch into the call process. Meanwhile, your many and various lay-led ministries are equipped and commissioned to carry out the ongoing vital ministry of the congregation, including education for various ages, homebound and hospital visitation, and service in the community.

As “bridge” pastor, I will be with you almost every Sunday through November (unless you have a new pastor in place before then). In addition, every Wednesday will see me poking my nose around the hallways, meeting with staff and the executive committee, helping to teach confirmation, leading worship, checking out the goodies the quilters have brought, as well as basking in the glorious music coming from the choir loft at the end of the evening. In addition, I will meet with the church council each month.

This particular time in the life of Our Savior’s is highly charged in a very positive way. I sensed it meeting with the executive committee and the staff, and I felt it during the special worship, “The Music of Forgiveness,” held at Our Savior’s August 19. You are excited about your ministry, individually and collectively, and there is great anticipation about your future! Perhaps a potential and unintended consequence of this “bridge” time might be a tendency to look to me to assume the responsibility of your ministry, which could result in a cooling of your white hot energy and expectation, a relaxing of your sense of urgency about your ministry.

I was deeply touched during “The Music of Forgiveness” worship at Our Savior’s when there was an opportunity for individual prayer at four stations in the sanctuary. Two adults and a confirmation youth laid hands on me while one of them prayed aloud for the issue I had brought to them to be lifted to our Lord. I was blessed by your ministry of intercession. I expect I will continue to be blessed in your midst during these few months together.

In Christ,

Pastor David Tryggestad


Full Time Director of Youth and Family Ministry Hired

MeaganforwebsiteMeagan Esterby will be joining Our Savior’s staff on July 1 as its new, full-time Director of Youth & Family MInistry.  Meagan comes to us from the staff of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry.  She has worn many hats at the camp as she grew up there!  She has experience as a camper as well as serving as a camp counselor and just prior to receiving a call from OS, served as Guest Relations Coordinator.  Meagan’s educational & vocational background includes: Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College with Majors in Religion and Art and a Minor in Women and Gender Studies.
Meagan spent 4 years teaching social studies, English (and Canadian History!) in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China; AmeriCorps*VISTA with North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity; and worked extensively with college ministries at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.   Meagan shared, “Faith is more than just what we do Sunday morning and Wednesday night.  When students see how God’s call to serve has led them to volunteering in IRYA, when the Bible is the lens by which they understand a news article or a novel they are reading in school, when the life of Jesus shapes their interactions with both colleagues and opponents on the court or in the classroom, suddenly we see how active and relevant God is in our lives.  There is a greater purpose behind every decision we make and everything we do.  I believe that I can help students make those connections both at church and as a supporter in their activities in the community.”  We are excited to welcome Meagan as our Director of Youth & Family Ministry!

Our Savior’s welcomes Intentional Interim Pastor

PastorLorenPr. Loren Anderson-Bauer will join Our Savior’s on June 15 as our Intentional Interim Pastor.  Previously, Pr. Bauer has served St. Andrew’s Lutheran in Grand Rapids, MN and Grace Lutheran Church in Hermantown, MN as an Interim.  He and his wife Judith also co-pastored the tri-parish Lutheran Churches in Bovey, Warba and Jacobson from 1995-2009.
His educational background includes a Master of Divinity with emphasis on Pastoral Theology from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN;  a Mastor of Arts in Speech from Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, KS and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa.
Pr. Bauer specializes in helping congregations with strategic mission planning and stewardship as well as preaching and leading worship.  He has a passion for teaching and social justice issues.  He states that his personal vision of his calling and passion for ministry is “Grounded in the grace and love of God, I seek, in my ministry, to be a messenger and instrument of that love, working with the congregations I serve to embdoy that love in their mission, so that they can welcome all into the community of God’s love and become instruments of the joy and peace and hope and love and life that God desires for all.”  We are pleased to welcome Pr. Loren as our Intentional Interim Pastor!


Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has a great staff!


Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer



Youth & Family Ministry

Meagan Esterby, Director of Youth and Family Ministry


Youth and Family Board

Kristi Ongalo, Steve Carlson, Nathan & Jackie LeBeque, Nicole Miller, Bob Bjorum


Parish Secretary

Amanda McMillen




Office Hours

Tuesday – Friday day 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(**Closed Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.)

Closed Mondays — but you can always leave a message. Call 741-6207 for Amanda, Meagan or Pastor Loren.


Synod Assembly this weekend

The 2012 Synod Assembly gathers in Grand Rapids April 27-29. This “annual meeting” brings together the more than 140 ELCA churches from Pine City to Grand Portage, and Ball Club to Duluth. Pastor Bob, AiM Brenda and representatives of our congregation will participate in business sessions, worship services and community projects in the Grand Rapids area. Watch for notices in coming weeks for assembly recap presentations.