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Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Virginia, Minnesota News

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Core Values – Relationships

OSLC Core ValuesWhen Jesus comes into your life, a friend of mine is fond of saying, he brings others with him – and you do not get to decide on the guest list. I look down the hall toward our West Wing, where we host and welcome people from all walks of life, whose stories are broken and troubled and full of grace, who have something to teach us. I think about the people whose grief brings them to our sanctuary and fellowship hall, where, for a moment, we provide solace and sustenance. I see our tables and chairs, where room allows people to build, strengthen, and renew connections with one another – and with God. I watch cars turn into our parking lot so they can come in our doors and speak to someone who can be of help. I see people walking, people with whom we are called to walk, with whom to listen. Relationships are a core value of ours. In and through them, Jesus is with us.

Pastor Lutter

 

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Call Committee update

The OSLC Call Committee has met several times already. We have 6 members that represent our congregation well and will soon interview a good candidate for our Pastor.    Pastor Amy Odgren from the NE Minnesota Synod office is working closely with us. The Ministry Site Profile, which describes our congregation, has been updated by our Church Council.  It is available for prospective pastors to review and consider us as a co-partner going forward doing God’s Works, with Our Hands.  We ask for your continuing prayers as the Holy Spirit guides us through this process.

Bob Rutka, chairperson

 

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Mission of the month—Renewing the Promise

At the 2015 Synod Assembly, the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA voted overwhelmingly to support the Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA and set a goal of $1 million from our Synod. Voting members at the assembly also approved a parallel campaign to strengthen the unique ministries of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod. Renewing the Promise, The Synod Campaign, seeks to raise $200,000 to support 5 main priority areas within the synod, including: Our relationship and ministries with our global Companion Synods (The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia, The South Andhra Lutheran Church in India, The Iglesia Cristiana Luterana Church de Honduras), Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Minnesota-Duluth, The Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, The School of Lay Ministry of the NEMN Synod, and Seminarian Scholarships and the Seminarian Debt Relief Fund.

We are invited to support the “Renewing the Promise” campaign through donations to the NE MN Synod, and also by attending and volunteering at a Hog Roast and Concert Vespers Benefit this summer.  This Benefit, called Freed from Debt for Vocation, will take place on Wednesday, July 19, held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron, from 5:00 – 7:30p.m. This event is sponsored by the churches of our Laurentian Conference of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). It will bring people from many congregations and communities together for a memorable mid-summer evening of sharing food, live music, and worship.

The goal of the benefit is to support one of the projects of our synod’s Renewing the Promise appeal, which is to offset the tremendous debt that many of our first call clergy accrue while pursuing ordained ministry within the ELCA. This debt can limit the effectiveness and availability of many first call clergy, particularly in underserved areas of the church. by supporting this cause we assist our clergy to be Freed from Debt for Vocation, many who are faithfully serving in our Laurentian Conference and other places in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, as well as future pastors yet to come.

From 5 to 6:15 p.m. a delicious Hog Roast – with complementing sides – will be served (a suggested donation of $15 is asked). Local church bands will be providing music for our entertainment.

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. a Concert Vesper Worship Service will be held, featuring a mass choir and special music (offering from the Worship Service designated towards “Seminarian DebtRelief.”)

A “Laurentian Conference Choir” will be singing the anthem“God Has Work For Us To Do” by Mark Miller as a part of the Vesper Service. If you would like to participate in the choir please come early for a rehearsal beginning at 4:30 p.m. Patti Stoddard, from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing, will be directing the choir. Please contact OSLC Choir Director, Mark Ongalo, if you are interested in singing in the choir. We are also seeking musicians from various congregations who would offer special music. For special music, contact Pastor Kristin Foster,revkristinfoster@gmail.com, (741-7057). Volunteers are also needed to assist with the meal. Please contact Gloria Gagnon if you can share your gifts and time in this way.

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A Time to Breathe

1502435_488720847898065_5065822072428423218_o (1)Over the course of the last several months, I’ve immersed myself in poetry to pray. Whether I’m writing or reading, poetry has caused my imagination to open to the ways of God in the world, including my life. I wanted to share a poem I have come back to several times. If it’s difficult to read, say it out loud, like a prayer, because that is what it is.

Every day I want to speak with you. And every day something more important

calls for my attention – the drugstore, the beauty products, the luggage

 I need to buy for the trip.

Even now I can hardly sit here

 Among the falling piles of paper and clothing, the garbage trucks outside

already screeching and banging.

 The mystics say you are as close as my own breath.

Why do I flee from you?

 My days and nights pour through me like complaints

and become a story I forgot to tell.

 Help me. Even as I write these words I am planning

to rise from the chair as soon as I finish this sentence.

(Marie Howe, “Prayer,” The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems, p. 27)

In the summer months, when schedules loosen from around our calendars, where there are moments when you can breathe, inhaling and exhaling deeply, take this prayer with you, read it, pray it, and listen deep within to what it’s saying to your life. Let it help write your life differently, more freely opening you to what God is calling you toward in your life. Listen for the Spirit’s breath as it resuscitates you, calling, equipping, and sending you forth into the world to serve.

This summer, this poem, this prayer is one of many I carry with me as I listen for the work of the Spirit in my life. I hope it may do the same for you as you take time to breathe.

Pastor Paul Lutter

 

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Job Opportunity – OSLC Secretary

Guided by love, grace, compassion, relationships, and community, the OSLC Church Council is seeking applicants for a job opening as the Church Secretary. The position is 24 hours per week. Click here to view the job description: OSLC Church Secretary Job Description

To apply to this position, please send your resume and a cover letter, by July 8th, to council@oslcmn.com or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Attn: Church Council 1111 8th St S Virginia, MN 55792.

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Quad Cities Day Camp – Registration open!

August 6-11 at OSLC

Mark your calendars and save the date for the Quad Cities Day Camp, open to PreK-6th grade students! This year we’re exploring water and the role water plays in the Bible, in our faith lives, and in the world! This week of fun and faith is a collaborative ministry of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry. Registration forms are available in the church narthex and office.

It is also our congregation’s responsibility and joy to host the Camp Staff for dinner and provide breakfast, lunch, and housing. If you are interested in helping host or provide a meal for the camp staff, please email Meagan!

 

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Core Values – Compassion

Our new Church Council gathered recently for an excellent all-day retreat. One of the results of the retreat was that we developed five core values around which everything we do, everything we are, everything revolves. In the next several newsletters, I will write a brief reflection on each of the five core values.

Compassion is one of our core values. At its heart, compassion is about kindness, care, mercy, and invitation. Compassion is the answer we give as a congregation when people wonder why in the world we’re doing things that seem altogether counter-cultural. Because it is rooted in the power of transformational love, compassion is radical. Compassion, writes Frank Rogers, Jr., is the heartbeat of humanity. (Frank Rogers Jr., Practicing Compassion, p. 9)

Compassion is humanity’s heartbeat.

Here’s a question I’d like you to reflect upon in these next weeks: How is our heart? How are we generous, loving, caring, and inviting others into the pool of God’s mercy? In what ways could our heart yet grow?

Pastor Lutter

 

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Lutherans in the Park Wednesdays at 6:30pm

Lutherans in the Park — Compassion: Learning to Love like God”

Wednesdays at 6:30pm June 14th-August 16th near the greenhouse

A fun, interactive, cross-generational outdoor worship in Olcott Park, brought to you by the ELCA Congregations of the Quad Cities! All are welcome!

*All are invited to bring a camp chair or picnic blanket, and to come early and enjoy the park! In case of rain worship will be held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

 

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“Freed from Debt for Vocation” Hog Roast and Concert Vespers

Wed. July 19th at Messiah Lutheran Church

A Hog Roast & Concert Vespers Benefit, Freed from Debt for Vocation, will take place on on Wednesday, July 19, held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron, from 5:00 – 7:30p.m. This event is sponsored by the churches of our Laurentian Conference of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). It will bring people from many congregations and communities together for a memorable mid-summer evening of sharing food, live music, and worship.

The goal of the benefit is to support one of the projects of our synod’s Renewing the Promise appeal, which is to offset the tremendous debt that many of our first call clergy accrue while pursuing ordained ministry within the ELCA. This debt can limit the effectiveness and availability of many first call clergy, particularly in underserved areas of the church. by supporting this cause we assist our clergy to be Freed from Debt for Vocation, many who are faithfully serving in our Laurentian Conference and other places in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, as well as future pastors yet to come.

From 5 to 6:15 p.m. a delicious Hog Roast – with complementing sides – will be served (a suggested donation of $15 is asked). Local church bands will be providing music for our entertainment.

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. a Concert Vesper Worship Service will be held, featuring a mass choir and special music(offering from the Worship Service designated towards “Seminarian Debt Relief.”)

A “Laurentian Conference Choir” will be singing the anthem “God Has Work For Us To Do” by Mark Miller as a part of the Vesper Service. If you would like to participate in the choir please come early for a rehearsal beginning at4:30 p.m. Patti Stoddard, from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing, will be directing the choir, Patti can be reached at (218) 929-3214 (call or text) email: pattstod@msn.com. We are also seeking musicians from various congregations who would offer special music. For special music, contact Pastor Kristin Foster, revkristinfoster@gmail.com, (741-7057). Volunteers are also needed to assist with the meal. More information about who to contact will be available very soon.  

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Volunteers Needed for Summer Sales!

The 25 Cent Clothing Sale will be Friday, July 14 and  Sat., July 15.

The “Used-a-Bit” Sale will be Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5.

Gently used clothing and “used-a-bit” items for the sales may be left in the West Wing of the church.

Volunteers are needed the Thursday before each event to help set up, sort, and organize items for sale. Volunteers are also needed throughout the day Friday and Saturday to collect money and to put everything away Saturday afternoon. Please contact Diane Vandervort if you are able to volunteer. Thank you for giving your time so generously to support this important community outreach ministry!