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Youth Announcements – Autumn is Here!

Happy November OSLC!

I want to start off by thanking everyone again for going above and beyond in welcoming me to our church! After a very wet start to Autumn, I’m actually looking forward to some drier weather in winter, but I hear I may be the only person who thinks that way!

I have had an incredible amount of fun learning and meeting our youth over the past two months, and I’m excited to start new events with them this month! Sunday school will begin with practice for the Christmas program on Nov. 2nd. December 9th will be our program in which we will provide the message for the service as well as praying for the Congregation in  a variety of ways. The program will include songs and a skit! I am hoping to have as many children as possible partake in the joy of this event, as well as any parent volunteers who  want to be apart in some way, shape, or form! Again, we have Sunday School from 10:45-  11:30 every Sunday, with a variety of ways to worship God! I have had an amazing time                  so far with the children who have shown up, and I’m excited to meet any new faces!

Our older youth are in full swing of Confirmation classes in which we are strengthening our faith through fellowship. We are taking on the complex subject areas of Law and Gospel,  The Reformation, as well as getting to know each other as we learn! We have had the opportunity to serve our community through Trunk or Treat, and we celebrated our  fellowship during a retreat at Camp Vermillion! I am excited to continue making connections with our youth, especially through our Middle School Gathering on Nov. 17th and 18th. We        will be going as a Confirmation group and meeting up with dozens of other Congregations  while we are there! We also have a spiral worship service on Nov. 28th, in which all are   invited to attend!

I look forward to what November brings!

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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For surely I know the plans I have for you. . .

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.”

This week, in many homes throughout the country, people are celebrating a graduation. People are graduating high school, college, and even in some homes (like mine) there is even a pre-school graduation party. On graduation there are special moments to reflect upon; a job-well-done, knowledge gained, challenges overcome, and meaningful friendships. There is also a time to look towards the future, and we look forward with a mixture of excitement, mourning, hope, anxiety, and curiosity.I wanted to share this passage from Jeremiah with all the graduates, to remind you that whatever adventure the future brings, you should know that God only wants the best for you and that God has already made plans for your success.

Congratulations and Blessings on your journey- Pastor Erik

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Youth and Family Ministry Update

 

Dear friends,

One of the most exciting parts of working with young people is walking alongside as they mark milestones in their life. In church we celebrate the many gifts children bring to our community—joy, energy, passion, and even noise. What a blessing to celebrate with children as they mark their first communion, learn to acolyte, and step into leadership roles in both worship and our community, especially the last few months as they have offered their energy, strength, and speed cleaning up after each community meal.

Their spirit and joy, in both the momentous and mundane moments, gives me so much life, as has the youth advocacy movement we are witnessing in our country right now.

This month, joining thousands of students across the ELCA as we prepare to journey to Houston, the Sr. High students are “Gathering for Advocacy”. The ELCA has a strong tradition of advocacy, and this month we lift up the ELCA’s initiative called AMMPARO. AMMPARO seeks to accompany children who are “forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement, and lack of opportunities…As brothers and sisters in Christ, the ELCA is called to bear witness to the conditions affecting so many communities and find solutions that will acknowledge the humanity in all of God’s children..”

We invite you to learn more at elca.org/Resources/AMMPARO, and join us as we pray:

Blessed are you, Lord Jesus Christ. You crossed every border between divinity and humanity to make your home with us. Help us welcome you in newcomers, migrants and refugees. Blessed are you, God of all nations. You bless our land richly with goods of creation and with people made in your image. Help us be good stewards and peacemakers, who live as your children. Blessed are you, Holy Spirit. You work in the hearts of all to bring about harmony and goodwill. Strengthen us to welcome those from other lands, cultures and religions that we may live in human solidarity and in hope.

God of all people, grant us vision to see your presence in our midst, especially in our immigrant sisters and brothers. Give us courage to open the door to our neighbors and grace to build a society of justice. “Gathering for Advocacy” from Getting Reading: A Youth Ministry Curriculum for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering)

with love,

Meagan Esterby, Director of Youth and Family Ministry

meagan@oslcmn.com • 218.410.4704

 

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“Jesus loves you…INSIDE OUT!” VBS Recap

“Jesus loves you…INSIDE OUT!” Vacation Bible School — We had so much fun this July at our (very warm!) “Inside Out”-themed VBS! Though we were a small group, we made enough joyful noise to fill the entire church, and were happy to dedicate more time to special crafts and conversations. Creating slime and “God’s Eye” crafts were listed as highlights of the week by most of the group. Thank you to our VBS guides Leah Sirotiak, Laurie Miller, and Amara Wilcox for leading the faith-formation fun all week! And thank you to the many generous souls who helped set up and prepared snack and lunch for us each day: Gloria and Steve Gagnon, Diane Vandervort, Jackie and Nathan LeBeque, Marlene Staudahar, Kathy and Mark Hoppa, Carolyn Flaschberger, Sharon Pernu, and Jesse.

 

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Advent Vespers – Dec. 16

Amid the busyness of this beautiful season, we hope you can join us for this interactive and reflective worship service! All are invited! As we prepare for the coming of Christ, may we find time for prayer, find time for peace, leave the busyness behind us, and reach out to one another in love.

Confirmation students and their families are especially encouraged to attend in lieu of Confirmation class that evening. We will follow worship with a celebration of cookies and hot chocolate in the fellowship hall.

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What an amazing night at the NE MN Synod Middle School Gathering! We had so much fun growing together in faith as we worshiped, played, and studied the 10 Commandments together. During check-in time we listed swimming, “Growing in Grace” GIG’s, Pastor Mike’s message, basketball, family time, and “getting to know each other better” as highlights of the trip! We thank the LYO Board and leaders for putting together such an wonderful event! Click here to view more photos!

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October Intergenerational Fun

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Inter-generational Sunday School this week! We had so much fun working together to decorate pumpkins and exercising our creative muscles after worship! Each table decorated a pumpkin (or two!), running around to different tables to beg, borrow, and bargain for different materials and supplies. The pumpkins were so creative and innovative and it was fun to see the collaboration across different generations. Click here to view more pictures!

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Joint Confirmation Service Retreat at Camp Vermilion with Gethsemane

We had so much fun at Camp Vermilion last Saturday, volunteering with the Confirmation Class from Gethsemane Lutheran Church! Together we built 2 new ball boxes, dug new trenches to divert water on the hill, bud-capped a hill of pines, and enjoyed the fall colors, the lake, and Gaga Ball! Thank you to Andy and Grant for hosting us and to Kai for preparing a delicious lunch for us! Such a beautiful day working and playing in God’s great northwoods! Click here to view more photos!

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Last night Confirmation students and families from across the entire Laurentian Conference (more than 240 people!) gathered together at our church for a powerful message and moving gospel music. We thank Grammy award-winning Gospel singer Billy Steele and Pastor Mike Carlson (confirmed right here at OSLC in 1984 and currently serving as Sr. Pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN) and  for sharing their time, gifts, and message with us! What an incredible evening! Click here to view more photos!