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Upcoming. . .

  • Wreath Pick-Up Day, Sunday, Dec. 1st after worship, for those of you who ordered wreaths!
  • Mission Jamaica Meeting for the January 2020 trip, Sunday, Dec. 1st at 10:45am in the Fireside Room.
  • Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner, Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 3-7pm. Adults $16, Children 6-12 $6.
  • Spiral Advent Service, Messiah Lutheran Church, Mt. Iron, Wednesday, Dec. 4th, @ 6:30pm.
  • Choralaires’ Concert, Friday Dec. 6th, 7pm @ OSLC, and Friday, Dec. 13th, 7pm @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
  • Date Night & Christmas Shopping, Saturday, Dec. 7th, 1-5pm @ Messiah Lutheran-bring your children for games and activities while you get your Christmas shopping done! Free will offering for youth & inter-generational missions trip in June. 
  • Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner, Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, Saturday, Dec. 7th, 4-7pm. Adults $15, Children 10 & under $6. 
  • Children’s Christmas Program, OSLC, Sunday, Dec. 8th during worship, hosted by our Faith Finders students and Sunday School students!
  • Lessons & Carols, Sunday, Dec. 8th, 6pm at Gethsemane Lutheran.
  • Children’s Christmas Program at Messiah Lutheran Church during worship, Dec. 15th.
  • Hymn-Sing Worship Service, Sunday, Dec. 22nd. During our worship time we will have a service that includes your most loved traditional Christmas Hymns, 9:30am. 
  • Christmas Eve Service: 4pm, Tuesday, Dec. 24th. 

 

VLM EVENTS

The following events are lined up for the Fall at Camp Vermilion & Camp Hiawatha:

>Fall Work Day – Sept. 21 @ Camp Vermilion 

>Family Fall Festival – Oct. 6th @ Camp Hiawatha

Paddle Building – Oct. 11-13 @ Camp Vermilion

Quilting Retreat – Oct. 25-27 @ Camp Vermilion

Celebration of Light and Music – Dec. 8th, Sunday,                                           2:00 – 7:00 P.M.

November 14th: Give to the Max is just around the corner. 
  • Join us to support Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry.  Due to anonymous generosity, there is a $20,000 match available on November 14th which doubles your gift!   
  • HOW TO GIVE?  Go to GiveMN.org (you will need to log in, sign up is easy if you haven’t done it in before, then search for Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry to give). 
  • WHEN TO GIVE? All Day Long November 14th! Select a time (or two) that fits your schedule, log on, and help us reach our goal of $40,000.
  • IS THERE AN “OFF-LINE” OPTION? YES! Simply mail your donation by Nov.14 to VLM. Be sure to write Give to the Max day in the memo line of your check.

Check out their website for more information @ http://www.vlmcamps.org/year-round-programs

 

 

Ecclesiastes 5:18

Ecclesiastes 5:18

This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot.

Wow, it is August! How did that happen? Is it just me or does it seem like the summer has flown by? Last May I wrote a list of all the things I want to do, places to see and house projects to complete during the summer… I still have a long way to go on my list. In reality, I haven’t achieved much on my list because this summer has been quite busy at church. But, busy is generally a good thing. Busy means that the Spirit is active and energized. My busy life received a wake-up call today when I read a daily devotional that my friend sent me. I read the book of Ecclesiastes. (I encourage you to read this book now before continuing with the newsletter. It is only 11 pages)

Ecclesiastes was written by a wise teacher. A teacher who reflects upon their life shares words of advice. The teacher realizes that many years were spent striving after riches, success, accomplishments, and even wisdom is like chasing after the wind. The teacher says that constant striving doesn’t bring fulfillment or meaning to life, and that life is meant to be enjoyed.

In the devotional, my friend reminded me that when I read Ecclesiastes to read it like it was written to me personally from a friend, from someone who knows me and knows what I need to hear. I suggest you do the same. When you read it, take it as encouragement to occasionally step back from the work of life. To take it as permission to leave your work, even if just for a moment, and to step out under the sun – after all it is August and the days are getting shorter every day. Ecclesiastes reminds us to accept God’s invitation to sabbath, as an invitation to rest.

These Holy words have been a major help to me this week and month. Summer is almost over, and it should be enjoyed and spent surrounded by loved ones. September is going to bring lots of exciting youth ministries and other activities, and we are going to need to be well-rested.

Your co-worker in Christ- Pastor Erik

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

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!

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