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Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN Outreach

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UPCOMING: Fun Events & Bible Study Times

 

This fall is shaping up to be busy as ever! We are sure you have a full calendar as well, so below you will find a few upcoming events to think about . . .

THANKSGIVING BASKET collections will be taken through Sunday, Nov. 18th. The sign-up sheets are in the narthex for the items needed. We will be assembling 10-12 baskets Monday morning (Nov. 19th)! Thank you!

Thanksgiving Dinner at OSLC: We are hosting dinner on Thanksgiving Day at 2pm. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex, please sign up by Sunday, Nov. 18th! It is $8/per person, 12 & under are free. If you have a favorite dessert or relish item you would like to share, feel free to bring it to the dinner.

Christmas Decorating: Everyone is welcome to join us the morning of Monday, Nov. 26th to help decorate the church for Christmas!

Christmas Wreaths: You can make an order at the church on Sundays, or in the office Monday – Thursday, by Dec. 2nd. They will be distributed on Sunday, Dec. 9th. The cost is $20 and the proceeds will go to Youth Ministry.

  • Nov.18th – WELCA Apple Pies will be ready for pick-up if you ordered one. Thank you!
  • Nov. 28th Wednesday, Messiah will hold an Advent Spiral Service, 6:30pm.
  • Dec. 2nd, WELCA Bake Sale in the Fellowship Hall.  Also, in the evening, there will be a Lessons & Caroles Fest @ Gehtsemane 6pm.
  • Dec. 4th, Tuesday, Traditional Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner at Gethsemane, 3-7pm!
  • Dec. 7th  7pm, Choralaires Concert @OSLC, and they will be at Gethsemane Dec. 14th, 7pm.
  • Dec. 9th will be our Youth Christmas Program.
  • Dec. 20th there will be a Blue Christmas Service here @ 5pm.
  • Dec. 23rd there will be a Christmas Music Extravaganza during our regular worship time @ 9:30am.
  • Our Christmas Eve Service will be at 4:00pm. There will be a late service at Gethsemane, 10pm.
  • Messiah Lutheran’s Christmas Day Service will be at 10am.
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Voyageur’s Lutheran Ministry

VLM is  an Outdoor Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that offers summer and year-round camping programs for God’s people of all ages.

Voyageur’s Lutheran Ministry  “provides opportunities for Christ-centered spiritual growth, leadership development, and outreach in God’s great northwoods.”

For yoiuth, spend time at Camp Hiawatha or Camp Vermilion during the summer and you will experience a week of a lifetime!  It’s a chance to try some new things, meet new friends, explore your creative side, learn team work, be silly, sing, laugh, and learn what it means to live as God’s people in the world!

We have programs for all ages – a one day experience for those new to camp, a two night program for those not quite ready for a full week, and week-long programs for elementary, junior high, and senior high campers.  No matter what option you choose, we will work hard to make it a experience to remember.

During the fall, winter and spring, there are various retreats that take place for adults and youth. You can find out more by visiting their site at http://www.vlmcamps.org/

 

 

 

 

Mission Jamaica 2018

Members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church have joined others from various  churches in Minnesota and surrounding states to serve in Jamaica. We provide medical care, help residents build homes, and join them in worship and work.

J’ABODE (formerly Habitat for Humanity) – There’s always work to be done for housing. Mission Jamaica missionaries help make simple, decent and affordable housing a reality for families that are in the greatest need.

What we do-Dig footings, pour concrete and tie steel. The focus in Jamaica is to build 16’x20’ one room homes or add-ons to existing homes. We work side by side with future new owners and the community.

In January of 2018 we had over 20 people go to Jamaica  to continue in the work of building homes, and also assist with in care of children at an area orphanage. This Mission continues to be a big part of OSLC, and the congregants’ lives.

If you are interested in going you may speak with Bob Rutka about joining next year’s team! No matter your skill level, there will be something exciting for you to take part of!

Called to Serve

 

 

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Nursing home services

Pastor Eric, Deb G. and Judy P. of our  Eucharistic Team lead worship services, with communion, at four nursing homes each month. Everyone is welcome to attend! Check the calendar for dates and times. Join us the…

  • 1st Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm, at St. Raphael’s in Eveleth
  • 2nd Monday of the month, 2:00 pm, at the Eveleth Health Park/Fitzgerald Nursing Home
  • 3nd Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm, at St. Michael’s in Virginia
  • Sundays at the Virginia Convalescent Center follow the Virginia Ministerial Calendar.

Our Eucharistic Team also has many volunteers who visit congregation members at their homes. Let them know if you or a loved one would like them to stop by  next time they’re there.  Call the church office at 218-741-6207.

If you or a loved one would like to also receive a bulletin to follow along with our Sunday Service that is broadcast on the radio at KRBT 1340 AM,  Sundays at 9:30am,  please call the church office and we will gladly send you bulletins so you can worship with us! Our desire is to serve you where you are, and provide pastoral care and a chance to be a part of worshiping with others, even if you are not able to physically attend OSLC.

 

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Food Shelf Giving Throughout the Year

Our Savior’s raised funds with our Annual S(o)uper Bowl of Caring Day on Super Bowl Sunday! The proceeds we collect for this benefit the Quad Cities Food Shelf to tackle hunger in central St. Louis County.

During the year, we have several events and special  times that we collect funds to give to Quad Cities Food Shelf, like giving in March, when funds are matched in the state of Minnesota through Food Share! WELCA, our Women of the ELCA group also gives regularly to combat hunger in St. Louis County.  We also collect funds during Lent for the local food shelves.

There are many ways you can give, along with others at OSLC, to help families and children thrive in our area and beyond. You will find that people here have big, generous hearts, and are always willing to help area organizations keep food on the shelf for those  who may need that little extra to get through the month.

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Stuff Sale raised $4,000!

 

The “Used-a-bit” Stuff Sale last weekend was another great success, raising just over $4,000!  All the proceeds from the sale will benefit the window fund for the church.

The community has been dropping items off for the sale for months, and dedicated volunteers spent hours sorting and pricing each item. The sale was wonderfully organized and has become a favorite stop among treasure (and bargain!) hunters in the community. We thank the many people who gave their time and energy to make the sale possible. Thank you!

$1,800+ raised at Clothing Sale last weekend

It was a busy weekend at Our Savior’s as dozens of people stopped by for the annual “Used-a-bit Clothing Sale”, a popular tradition since the sale first started in 1985. The clothing donations came from members of the congregation and from 2 local consignment stores. Volunteers spent hundreds of hours sorting and organizing the clothing over the last several months, each item priced at 25 cents. More than $1,800 was raised in the sale, a portion of which will go to support the local Food Shelf.

We thank all the volunteers for giving their time and for helping make the event another great success, and we invite you to join us at the “Stuff Sale” August 22-23!

It’s S(o)uper Bowl time!

The countdown to the Big Game has begun — and Our Savior’s youth hopes they can count on you to “Tackle Hunger.”Souper_Bowl_of_Caring_Logo_with_Web_Address

OSLC Youth will join 573 groups across the nation in the Souper Bowl of Caring, one of the largest hunger-reduction efforts in the nation. Since the “Bowl” kicked off on Jan 21, these groups have raised more than $2 million in cash and food donations for local charities.

Again this year, OSLC’s Souper Bowl collections will go to the Quad Cities Food Shelf. Youth will be at the church doors holding soup pots following the service to collect donations. Just drop your donation in the pot representing your favorite Super Bowl team — and help gain a victory over hunger on the Range.

 

Helping hands for Habitat

A big OSLC crew at the North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity site at 12th Ave. (just north of the church) on Aug. 16, to get the outside of the home buttoned up.

Rick Toole organized the crew, who included Samantha and Troy Caddy, Ben Frey, Jim Ahrlin, Rick Toole, Pastor Bob Simensen, Kim Anderson, Mark Hoppa, Roger Suihkonen, John Elofson, Butch Shaffer, and a friend of Roger’s, John Lund.

Thanks to Diane VanDervort and Joy Toole, who provided a delicious spaghetti luncheon for the crew and fed them here at OSLC.

 

Workin’ hard for Habitat

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A new build on 12th Ave., just north of church

Teller Brevig Mission

securedownload1-4securedownload1-7securedownload2-2securedownload1-5securedownload1-6securedownload1-3securedownload2-3securedownload3Our Savior’s has a special mission relationship with the Teller-Brevig mission churches in Alaska. The Rev. Brian Crockett, who grew up as a member of Our Savior’s, has served as Teller-Brevig’s pastor for more than 20 years. Our Savior’s supports Rev. Crockett’s work through monetary donations, prayer support and supplies. Members of the Teller-Brevig congregation have visited OSLC as part of this unique partnership.