Category Archives: Outreach

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN Outreach

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VLM

Thank you for supporting VLM Camp Vermilion & Camp Hiawatha at our Annual Camp Sunday!

We are once again sending many of our youth to camp this summer, and if you want to support this important ministry, you can designate your giving at anytime toward our cost of sending youth. We want to be able to help every family send their children if they have an interest in attending camp. It is a wonderful experience, and a great way to assist in the spiritual formation of a young person as they grow in their faith. Thank you for considering~

Now Hiring Summer Staff!!!

The privilege to change our world by investing ourselves in the lives of children is the best way to spend a summer.

We are seeking college-aged adults to be part of our summer community. Not only will you impact the life of our campers, but you’ll also gain skills in leadership, problem solving, small group development, worship planning, and more. You’ll also grow in your own faith as you dig into what it means to Weave JOY. And all of this as you enjoy the beauty of God’s great northwoods!

In addition to counselors, we are also seeking kitchen staff (head cooks and assistants), waterfront directors, health care managers, canteen managers, maintenance assistants and leadership staff.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more, go to our Summer Employment page. You can also find the application there.

 

 

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Youth Ministry

 

Happy February OSLC!

Pastor and I had a meeting sometime this last month in which we were recapping all the events that had transpired over the season of Advent. We shared all the joys we had with the season, as well as the busyness of it all! We came to the conclusion that the busyness has simply just carried over to the New Year, as we see our building being oh so active every single day! As I get to know our members on a deeper level with the more time I spend here, I am continually surprised with the generosity that our Congregation has to support our mission and outreach we have. On January 20th, I became a member of Our Savior’s, and it brings me joy to be connected with our members on a new level!

Sunday School will be back in full swing for the month of February! After meeting with parents and our Sunday School volunteers, I’ve decided we are going in deep to explore some of our biggest Bible stories! From Noah and the Ark to the parables that Jesus told, we feel the need to revisit these important Biblical stories to really give our students a foundation for greater learning possibilities in future. Our lessons will change depending on the particular story, as I work with our volunteers to determine the best ways we can get the message to our students. I am excited to start this new unit with our students, and learn what our students already know!

Confirmation classes are now at Gethsemane for the remainder of the Confirmation year! We had a glorious time at Our Savior’s which included meeting seven times for class, our caroling event, as well as a fellowship movie night! As we look ahead to February and beyond our students will continue to tackle complex subject areas crucial to our faith. Our 6-8th graders will explore Holy Baptism, Communion, Confession, Forgiveness, and Daily Prayers. Our 9th grade class will go into detail about the Two Kingdoms, Vocation, Worship, and Doubt before we get into Ash Wednesday and Lenten Worships. Members of each congregation are currently meeting to plan Lenten Worships, so more information about how our Confirmation youth will involved in those services will be released shortly! We have a retreat opportunity towards the end of February on the 22nd and 23rd at Camp Vermillion! As always if you have any questions about our youth programs or would like to get involved, please let me know!

Ben

 

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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!

$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.