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Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN Outreach

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He is Lord of All. . .

Acts 10:34-43

34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Have a Blessed Holy Week! And – Happy Easter!

This reading from Acts is our New Testament reading for Easter. Easter is my favorite day of the year. Easter typically occurs when winter has finally released its firm grip, and there are signs of Spring throughout the neighborhood. On Easter, my daughter always wears her lovely Easter dress and my son will wear a suit and there will be family pictures taken that will treasured for years and decades to come. On Easter, we also sing my favorite hymns and the church is filled with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. On Easter, there I also get to enjoy lots of chocolate and other tasty treats. As great as all these things are, I am keenly aware that they are not the reason we celebrate Easter. It is of the upmost importance for everyone to understand the actual meaning of Easter, and Peter’s declaration from Acts does a wonderful job of teachings us. Peter preaches the complete Gospel by telling us that Jesus of Nazareth was anointed and chosen by God. He received the Holy Spirit and with its power he goes around doing good and healing those who were oppressed. He was put to death, dying on a tree. God raised him on the third day and he appeared to a chosen few. Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins.

I also want to point out that a key aspect of Peter’s sermon is that this Gospel is for everyone. Peter declares that God shows no partiality and consistently uses the vocabulary words, “all,” and “everyone.” Professor Kaalund reminds us. “as we celebrate the most holy of our religious observances, the Resurrection of our Lord, let us be reminded that his salvific act was for everyone. Let us remember that the path that Jesus created for us brings us to the presence of a loving God who accepts us all. Let us join with the prophets and testify about the one and emulate his life by living a life where we can be described by others as going about doing good and healing those around us because God is with us. He is not only our Lord; he is the Lord of all.” [1]

[1] [1]https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4027

 

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Summer Evening Services

SUMMER EVENING SERVICES

We will hold additional Sunday Evening Summer Services @ 6pm for the month of June.

Messiah Lutheran Church will hold the Summer Evening Services in July, and Gethsemane Lutheran Church will host them in August.

We are happy to provide these additional services for people who spend time away from home during the summer months, or who spend weekends away and are unable to make it for the morning worship services.

 

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Bike Blessing – Anything on Wheels!

 

After the celebratory service on Pentecost Sunday, we will also hold a “COMMUNITY BIKE BLESSING” in our front lawn & parking lot approximately 10:45-11:00 am. The Christian Motorcycle Association will be here for the special blessing.

Everyone  in the local community &  greater Virginia area  is invited to bring wagons, walkers & wheelchairs, scooters, skateboards & strollers, trikes, bikes & motorcycles – Come rain or shine, our doors will be open!

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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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UPCOMING: Lent and Easter Information

OMG is the trio of three ELCA Churches in the Virginia & Mt. Iron area that are sharing services and events ~                                                    Our Savior’s Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran, and Gethsemane Lutheran churches have teamed up to provide the following services for you to attend during Lent. We hope you find it convenient to come worship with us!

OMG Lenten and Holy Week Services & Events

OMG Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner @ Gethsemane Lutheran:              Address: Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 901 4th St S, Virginia, MN. Time: 5-7pm                                                                                                                     This Dinner is Open to everyone! A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Quad Cities Food Shelf – funds collected are matched by Minnesota Food Share!

Ash Wednesday Services –With Holy Communion & Ashes:
March 6th:  12:00pm, and  6pm Soup Dinner,  followed by                        6:45pm Worship.  At Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia.

Wednesday Lent Soup Dinner  &  Worship with Communion
Each week will host a 6:oopm Meal & 6:45 Worship                               
March 13  – Gethsemane Lutheran (address above)
March  20 – Our Savior’s Lutheran, 1111 8th St. South, Virginia
March 27 – Our Savior’s Lutheran
April 3 – Messiah, 8590 Enterprise Drive, Mountain Iron
April 10  – Messiah Lutheran

Holy Week Services& Events 

April 18th Maundy Thursday:  There will be 2 Seder Meals at Messiah Lutheran- Confirmation students on April 17th, and an RSVP event Apr. 18th, with a Foot Washing service. Call the church for details or to reserve a seat for the Seder Meal.
April 19   Good Friday Services: 12:00pm & 6:30 pm  Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Virginia.

Easter Services:  9:00 & 10:45am  Gethsemane Lutheran                  9:30 Our Savior’s Lutheran  and     10:00 Messiah Lutheran

 

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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!