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christmas and thanksgiving

Giving Thanks. . .

 

2 Corinthians 9:11

11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Psalm 107:8-9

8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, 9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Happy Thanksgiving! This week I especially pray for you and all people to experience on overflow of generosity- both generosity from and generosity toward.  I pray for you to have a generous portion of kindness, compassion, quality time, rest and relaxation, love, peace, and good food. Our national day of Thanksgiving is centered on giving thanks to God for all the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Just as God has acted generously towards each of us in our lives and faith, let us reflect God’s generous character to our families and neighbors.

God Bless you~ Pr. Erik

NewYear-NewYou-header

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

 

Don’t say NO until you KNOW

Sunday, March 15; 2-5 pm
Our Savior’s Lutheran, Virginia
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Bishop Patricia Lull from Saint Paul Area Synod will give a keynote presentation on Discipleship Today, then we will move into several practical workshop options that are intended for anyone in your congregation!  There is no charge and of course coffee and refreshments will be served.

  • How to be an effective Council President and Council Member in your congregation – Brenda Wagner, Synod Vice President
    “We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces endurance; endurance produces character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 Are your council meetings an exercise in suffering and endurance? How do you deal with talkers, gawkers, and balkers? This workshop will look at some of the keys to effective meetings, tips for council presidents and council members, and steps to re-frame your meeting time as a time of intentional and joyful ministry.
  •  Financial Nuts & Bolts – Kathy Wimer
    This workshop is for treasurers, financial secretaries, money handlers, both new and experienced, to help you in your work. Expect helpful resources, tips and important information about the financial work and record keeping you do. Bring your questions and receive answers. Money matters.
  • Resources for Synod Communicators – Marilyn Hull
    How well does your congregation communicate, both internally and with those you want to welcome in? Does a paper newsletter still work best or is it time to go paperless? What about Sunday bulletins vs. projection? Does your congregation use Facebook? Twitter? Other Social Media? Come discuss what we do in our congregations and why.
  • Dealing with Conflict in Congregations -Pastor Vicki Taylor
    Does your congregation seem to be in perpetual
    crisis? Is your focus on making everybody happy…or unhappy? Where two or three are gathered…there are differences of opinion/worldview (and Jesus is there). Our time together will help leaders identify potential points of conflict in their own congregation and how to begin a respectful dialogue to address concerns. 
  • Discipleship Today – Bishop Patricia Lull (Saint Paul Area Synod)
  • Working with Congregational Constitutions and Bylaws
    Pastor Rollie Bockbrader, Synod Secretary
    Question:  “Why do we need our constitution and bylaws and keep it updated?”
    Answer:  “Your congregation’s constitution and bylaws provide governance tools for your congregation; they are required by Minnesota state law; but more importantly, they help your congregation to do the work and ministry in your community and around the world!  Constitutions and bylaws are mission documents!” 
  • Bible 101 for Lutherans – Bishop Tom Aitken
    How do Lutherans read and interpret Scripture? What is our understanding of why Scripture is written, what is the heart and core of the Bible for us, how do we use Scripture in ethical discussions and how do we use passages to strengthen faith and witness?
  • Intentional Mission Planners – Pastor John Dietz
    Who are we and what are we called to do? This intentional mission planning workshop will help leaders dig into the work of creating a mission action plan that will work in your congregation. We will explore the biblical foundations of evangelical mission along with resources participants can take home to generate interest in the process of developing or redeveloping an action plan.