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Youth & Family Events – All are invited

OMG YOUTH AND FAMILY EVENTS

This summer has been busy with wonderful family events, such as the Pentecost Celebration & Bike Blessing, the Laurentian Hog Roast & fundraiser to benefit the Northland Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Vacation Bible School that included at least 4 area churches, and the Minnesota Twins Game trip to Minneapolis August 7th!

We have a community outreach opportunity if you would like to join us for the Welcome Picnic August 17th for the new and returning students of Mesabi Range College. There will be food served from 12:30-1:30pm, various lawn games, and time to meet students and athletes, community leaders, Pastors, and College Staff. Volunteering for set-up, food and clean-up is welcomed, and bringing dessert bars will also be appreciated.

There are 2 upcoming concerts you & your family can enjoy: Concert in the Courtyard, Aug. 21st 6:30pm @ Messiah Lutheran (to help benefit the Make-It-Mondays Program), and the popular Northern Lights Chamber Music Concert Aug. 23rd, 7pm @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church (students from the Northern Lights Institute who attend summer music camp will be performing with accomplished Chamber musicians).

This fall, we will kick off the 2019-2020 School Year with Rally Sunday, September 8th! Join us for the blessing of students, school workers and teachers during Worship, and for fellowship, fun and treats after the service on the grounds of OSLC, rain or shine! There will be a Toy Story themed Bouncy House for the kids in our backyard area, different game tables, and refreshments & coffee for adults to enjoy as well.

Fall will start off with Make-it-Mondays, Confirmation classes and Faith Finders on Wednesdays as well. There are youth ministry registration slips on our kiosk in the Narthex for registering- and you can let Pastor Erik know that you are interested in having your children attend.

Confirmation & Reformation Sunday will be October 27th this year. This will include two joint OMG services, held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. NO SERVICES WILL BE HELD @ OSLC OR MESSIAH LUTHERAN THAT DAY! We will celebrate Confirmation Students with a joined choir and special music and fellowship afterwards.

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Youth Announcements – Winter is upon us!

Happy Holidays!


I am incredibly excited to start the season of advent with you all! The month of November was busy for our youth, and December is going to be even more eventful! Again, our Sunday school will be putting on the Christmas program on December 9th! It will be wonderful telling of Jesus’ birth—performed by all members of our program with some songs mixed in! Our children have been working diligently over the past few weeks, and are excited to show our Congregation! After our program we will spend the last few Sundays of the Advent season going over details in the Christmas story, as well as creating all sorts of crafts!

Confirmation students are in for a change with the season as well! Starting on December 5th Our Savior’s will be hosting Confirmation classes! We have had a wonderful time at Messiah, but I’m excited to bring the joy of our fellowship to our building! We had 13 youth attend the Middle School Youth Gathering at Cragun’s a few weeks ago! We had a blessed time worshipping with youth across our synod, and had a blast with all the fun activities the LYO board had planned for us! On December 12th we will have our Christmas and caroling event, which will include all of our Confirmation students going to Assisted Living Facilities to spread the Christmas cheer that is starting to build up in our hearts! Drivers are still needed for this event to help transport students to each place! Once we have sung our last carol we will come back to Our Savior’s to celebrate in fellowship with Hot Cocoa and snacks!

Our Confirmation program also hosts a meal on Wednesdays before class in which all are welcome to attend, this also means we need volunteers to help with these meals! If you have any interest please reach out to me.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Ben

Confirmation classes will start meeting at OSLC in December on Wednesdays at 6:30pm as usual!

 

 

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Hello from Houston!

Isn’t it wonderful to see the Journey come to fruition? Many of you have contributed to make this National Youth Gathering trip possible; and you are very much appreciated for your thoughtfulness and hard work!

Won’t you continue to pray for the youth and youth workers who have embarked on this important journey to Houston~ Please pray for Hailey, Kelsey, Katie, Ryan, Jace, Jayda, Alex, Eric & Meagan, and all the youth & youth workers from neighboring churches who are also attending. 

You can find updates while they are in Houston on our facebook page (Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Virginia MN) and also at  http://elca.org/gathering.

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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/

 

 

 

 

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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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A New year. . .

 

Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me.

Happy New Year! I hope this newsletter finds you all well. I hope everyone had a Christmas filled with wonder, peace and cheer. Last month, the church was busy and full of activity. I want to send a special thank you to all of you for your prayers, participation, generosity and faithfulness during the Christmas season. The things you do and the love you share are very much appreciated.

Even though I am a bit melancholy because I must wait and entire 11 months until Advent/Christmas comes again, I am excited about events that are coming up this next year. Specially, welcoming new members on Jan. 20 and making congregation plans at the annual meeting on Jan 27th. Also in January, we are going to start fund raising for a renovation project in the West Wing Conference Room. Currently, there are over a dozen groups that meet in the west wing during the week. All these groups are focused on helping others flourish in life and making the world a better place. I counted all the people who participate in these groups and I found that the West Wing Conference Room is the most used room in our building (including the sanctuary on Sunday morning). Given the high use of the room and the positive impact of the groups who use the room, the church council and I thought it would be an effective use of God’s resources to show the individuals who use the room how much they are cared for by making it more functional and intentional. Specifically, we plan on putting in new upper and lower cabinets and a countertop. There has already been some needed and appreciated plumbing work done.  Please consider making a donation to help with this project. Designate your giving, “West Wing Conference Room Renovation.” Thank you.

This January I am also celebrating our amazing confirmation program. OSLC is hosting confirmation for the month. If you would like to help prepare the Wednesday evening meal for the kids, your participation is welcome and needed. There is so much positivity, learning, and relationship building happening with our young people.

On January 10th at 2 PM there will be a meeting in the fireside room for anyone interested in joining the next Honduras trip. The trip will be a week after Easter for 8 days. I am really looking forward to the next trip, we are going to be focused on visiting as many of the worshiping communities in Honduras (and eating lots of tamales). I am very proud that OSLC reflects in our church constitution our passion and commitment in supporting local, state, national, and global ministries.

I also want to update everyone about what the OMG (Our Saviors, Messiah, Gethsemane) committee has been discussing lately. Now, we are just looking at our calendars to find times and ways to worship and enjoy fellowship with each other. We anticipate a shared mid-week Lent and Holy Week (week before Easter) worship.

Your co-worker in Christ- Pastor Erik

 

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Back to School Bonfire

8 On one of the last perfect nights of the summer OSLC families gathered in the church backyard for fun and games, s’mores and songs. Nuke ‘Em was perhaps the most popular activity of the evening, although frisbees and bags were also thoroughly enjoyable. We ended the night with a campfire. Carolyn led us in camp songs, and the Sr. High youth shared a skit for our message. What a wonderful evening!

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July 11-20, 2014

Every three years, ten’s of thousands of high school students gather together for the ELCA’s Youth Gathering. This year we invite our 9-12 grade students to journey with us as we travel from Minnesota to Michigan to…

DIG DEEP and RISE UP:

KNOW the Story . BE the Story . TELL the Story

Please prayerfully consider if this is a journey you want to take, too! For more information, join us at an informal Information Session Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00 pm at OSLC or contact Meagan (Director of Youth and Family Ministry) at 218.410.4704 or m.esterby@gmail.com.

Full Time Director of Youth and Family Ministry Hired

MeaganforwebsiteMeagan Esterby will be joining Our Savior’s staff on July 1 as its new, full-time Director of Youth & Family MInistry.  Meagan comes to us from the staff of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry.  She has worn many hats at the camp as she grew up there!  She has experience as a camper as well as serving as a camp counselor and just prior to receiving a call from OS, served as Guest Relations Coordinator.  Meagan’s educational & vocational background includes: Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College with Majors in Religion and Art and a Minor in Women and Gender Studies.
Meagan spent 4 years teaching social studies, English (and Canadian History!) in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China; AmeriCorps*VISTA with North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity; and worked extensively with college ministries at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.   Meagan shared, “Faith is more than just what we do Sunday morning and Wednesday night.  When students see how God’s call to serve has led them to volunteering in IRYA, when the Bible is the lens by which they understand a news article or a novel they are reading in school, when the life of Jesus shapes their interactions with both colleagues and opponents on the court or in the classroom, suddenly we see how active and relevant God is in our lives.  There is a greater purpose behind every decision we make and everything we do.  I believe that I can help students make those connections both at church and as a supporter in their activities in the community.”  We are excited to welcome Meagan as our Director of Youth & Family Ministry!