Dear 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.
Pastor David Tryggestad
Meagan 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!
Pr. 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