Category Archives: Outreach

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN Outreach

$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.

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

Food Shelf

Why does Our Savior’s have a grocery cart parked in its entryway? For food shelf donations! Drop off nonperishable items anytime — we’ll deliver them to the Quad Cities Food Shelf.

 

Holiday baskets

Each holiday season, Our Savior’s makes up food baskets for local people in need. You can donate food — or your time to pack and deliver. Watch the church entryway for the food basket poster, then sign up to lend a helping hand to our neighbors.

Clothing and “Stuff” Sales

Virginia and surrounding communities look forward the Our Savior’s sales. They’re usually held twice a year, if donations allow. Proceeds from both sales are returned to the community for projects and programs that help local people in need.

Clothing sales

Everything’s 25 cents! Donations welcome, call the church office before dropping off.

  •  Friday, July 18th, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 19th 8:30 am-12:00 pm
“Stuff” sales

Every kind of household item you can imagine (and a few you can’t!) — priced to sell. Donations accepted, call the office for details.

  •  Friday, August 22, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 23; 8:30 am-12:00 pm