Category Archives: Outreach

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN Outreach

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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!

Way to go, Joe!

Joe Dennie with his gift of appreciation from VLM for his years as a board member.
Joe Dennie with his gift of appreciation from VLM for his years as a board member.

At its annual meeting on Feb. 2, Voyageur’s Lutheran Ministry recognized longtime OSLC member Joe Dennie for serving on the VLM board. Joe served six years (two three-year terms), and helped guide the organization through a period of significant transition, including selection of new executive director Joel Abenth. Thank you, Joe — Our Savior’s applauds your faithful service to this camp ministry that has touched the lives of hundreds of youth.

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.

VLM

Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry is an  Outdoor Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that provides a variety of year-round and summer programs out of 2 sites in Northeastern Minnesota.

Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion have been providing opportunities for Christ-centered Spiritual Growth, Leadership Development and Outreach in God’s Great Northwoods for over half of a century.  Youth, families, adults and groups from all over the country are part of that rich history.  Our community and our programs are open to all.

 OSCL-ers at Camp 2012

Work Day 2012

Nursing home services

Pastor Loren and  Eucharistic volunteers 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
  • 3nd Tuesday of the month, 2:00 pm, at St. Michael’s in Virginia
  • Sundays at the Virginia Convalescent Center follow the Virginia Ministerial Calendar

Pastor Loren and Eucharistic volunteers also 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.