Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

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Our Savior’s Emergency Food Shelf continues to offer a life line to those individuals/families that find themselves in unexpected circumstances.  We would encourage you to consider the Food Shelf as part of your donation .   Thank you from the Mission Action Committee

In Remembrance of our Veterans on November 11th:
“Father, please turn your gaze to those men and women who in their military service have sacrificed time, comfort, strength, ambition, health  and prosperity for the peace and safety of family and friends and others they’ve never even known. Please reward them a hundredfold for all their sacrifice and service. Bless them far beyond all their expectations. Reward them richly for all they have given.” Thank you for your service to God and Country.

Celebration of Light and Music…at Camp Hiawatha, Sunday, December 8th, from 2-7 pm. Cost is Adults: $15 per person, Children 6-11- $7 per person, which includes all activities and meal.  For more information and to RSVP by December 4th please e-mail vlm@VLMcamps.org or call 800-331-5148.

From the Pastor ……A Sign of the Times… By now hopefully you have all received the letter that our Church Council President, Julie Jordan – representing the Church Council – sent out a little over a week ago inviting your attendance at a Special Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 3rd immediately after worship (start time approximately 10:30 a.m.).

          The expressed – and only purpose – of this meeting is to discuss and vote on the funding of a new electronic sign on the south side of our church property, facing 23rd Street.  This new electronic sign will sit on the repaired brick pedestal of the previous sign first erected about 10 years after the church was built in the early 1950’s. 

         In the Church Council letter that was mailed to you, there is an excellent summary of the need to have a meeting for the approval for an electronic sign, the rationale behind upgrading the present sign that is deteriorated beyond repair, and a transparent summary of the cost in funding a new electronic sign.  If you have not read the Church Council letter, I strongly encourage you to do so; excerpts from that letter, as well as a schematic drawing of what the electronic sign will look like, are in this issue of the November VOICE. 

                  In addition to the salient facts in the Church Council letter encouraging us to consider this new electronic sign, let me add another important dimension – evangelism!  Having an electronic sign will allow us to deftly communicate our mission and ministry at Our Savior’s to the broader community of Hibbing with just a few strokes on a keyboard.  An electronic sign would give us further assets to be able to literally share the good news with words of encouragement, to invite others to our worship and fellowship, and to make important announcements in a busy world that often turns on the head of a dime. (By the way, if you go on line there are several testimonials of churches that have benefitted from investing in electronic signage, and how it has helped their ministry grow.)   

If we ourselves are not already there, our children and our grandchildren will remind us that we live in a cyber-driven, visual world of instant communication where the best messaging is continually reaching out to others.  To simply post the name of our church, together with our worship times (as well meaning as that might be), simply doesn’t cut it.  I strongly encourage us to pursue this expansion of our ministry.  It is… a sign of the times!                        God’s richest blessing… Pastor Kevin      

Thanksgiving Worship – Whether you are traveling this year over the Thanksgiving Holiday, or staying in the cozy confines of home, please know that we at Our Savior’s will have a Thanksgiving Worship Service, Sunday, November 17th at 9 a.m.  A pie social will take place during the normal coffee hour time that morning as well.  If you would like to donate a pie for this special Sunday please call the office at 263-7422 to let us know.  Thank you.

Musical Notes           
        I just know you would never guess what is on my mind these days!  Oh my, you’re way ahead me.  Yes, the answer is Christmas.  But first, let’s look at November.  The Temple Choir sings on November 3rd and we will be singing “Lead Me, Lord” by John Becker and arranged by Mark Hayes.  The text is partially based on the Beatitudes which coincide with the readings.  The sections taken from the Beatitudes are separated by a rousing chorus of “Lead me Lord, by the light of truth to seek and find the narrow way”.  I know you will enjoy this musical setting.  On the 10th, you will have a chance to hear the Handbell Choir for the first time this year.  Our selection will be the familiar hymn “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”.  By the way, there is room at ‘our’ table for more ringers.  Hint, hint!  Then to finish off our offerings for November the choir shares “My Life Flows On in Endless Song” November 17th.  There have been numerous arrangements of this tune and here it is combined with “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”.  I will give you a ‘heads up’ to inform you that Temple Choir will have a special Christmas Music service on December 15th.  This year we will be drawing on the rich variety of Christmas music in our library.  We don’t have much of an opportunity to sing some of these gems.  You will be treated to old and new anthems.                         Roy   

Radio broadcast sponsorships are needed.  If you would like to sponsor a broadcast in memory of a loved one or in celebration of an event, please call the office at 218-263-7422. Weekly broadcasts cost $50 each and will be broadcast live at 9 am. on WMFG 1240 AM.

Confirmation News – Hope to see your family at worship Sundays at 9:00

3rd grade  –  If you did not receive your Bible and copy of Sunday Morning please see Cindy in the office. Participation project:  straighten pew racks beginning Jan. 2020

4th grade  –   Be sure to attend the 4th gr. Fun Evening next Spring . Participation project:  straighten pew racks as scheduled.

5th grade  –   The Fall/Winter devotionals are ready   You will study Communion 3 Sunday evenings during Lent. Celebration of Communion on Maundy Thursday, April 9th Participation:  Deliver devotionals

6th grade  –  Class Retreat at church Friday, March 13th-Saturday, March 14th. We will study the Lord’s Prayer Participation: Acolyte throughout the year as scheduled

7th-10th grades –    Wednesday classes meet at 7 pm at Our Savior’s. Class dates are Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 Attend midweek Lenten services. Classes resume (7th – 9th gr. ) April 22, 29 and May 6. Participation:  10 sermon notes, 10 hours of service. Acolyte as scheduled (7th & 8th gr) 

11th grade – Blessings on your Confirmation on Sunday Oct. 27th!

2 Timothy 1:6 “…I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…”

To all of you that helped to make our first official fund raiser a success, for our “Keep the Home Fires Burning” campaign, Thank you!  Your prayers, donations, labor and participation all came together to make it possible, and bring in a total of $6,421.00.  That is $696.00 from bread and jam, $2,745, from Silent Auction and $2,980.00 from Spaghetti Feed. We still have a ways to go to reach our goal, but it is a very worthy goal. We are a beacon of hope, transforming lives through the warmth of Christ’s love in Hibbing and throughout the world. Capital Campaign Committee

Our Holly Days Bazaar this year will be held on Saturday, November 9th, from 11-2pm. As always, we are looking for donations and volunteers to work.  We are asking for Christmas cookies, bakery/deli and pies.  We will also be needing volunteers the week of the bazaar to help with the lefse, doughnut making and preparing the turkeys and vegetables for our delicious turkey salad.  Thank you in advance. If you have any questions, please contact one of the co-chairs: Patty at 263-4519 or Laurie at 262-1798.

Your help is needed:  Pastor Kevin is composing a friendly letter to the “Sons and Daughters”  (adults that grew up in this congregation but are no longer in the area) of OSLC.  However, the office is in need of their addresses, please list those you know on any piece of  paper or complete a coral colored form, found in the narthex, office table or in the fellowship hall and return it to the office. If you prefer, send an email to oslchibb@mchsi.com.  Thank you in advance of your help.

The Columbarium at Our Savior’s offers perpetually endowed care for the remains of those who choose cremation.  It is a place of peace, solitude, and prayer restoring the ancient practice of church burial.  If you would like to learn more about the Columbarium, please make an appointment with Cindy in the church office by calling 218-263-7422.  An optional payment plan is available.

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Please Read our New Bylaws and Constitution

2018 OSLC Bylaws

2018 OSLC Constitution

Welcome to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (OSLC)! Upon entering, you will notice the beautiful sanctuary with stained glass windows depicting parables of Christ and the large crucifix hanging above the altar. Friendly congregational members will greet you, and as you sit in the pews, our music will fill your soul! We have an active Temple Choir and also a worship band for a more contemporary sound. Music is emphasized within each service, and the sermons will speak to your heart and feed your soul while creating a deeper relationship with God.

Our church’s mission is A Community transformed by Christ, to be Christ in the World. We invite you to join us to become “the hands and feet of Christ”. Our ownership of this mission is shown in outreach through our Food Shelf, Clothes Closet, Habitat for Humanity, and God’s work. Our hands. Sunday. The Food Shelf is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00-2:30. Our clothes closet can be accessed through appointment only by calling the church office.

Our worship service provides opportunities for you and your family to grow in your Christian faith. Children of all ages are welcome during worship and are invited to join Pastor Kevin for a Children’s Message each week. After service, during the school year, children may attend Sunday School while you enjoy coffee, goodies and fellowship with parishioners downstairs. We partner with First Lutheran (another ELCA church in Hibbing) in our Confirmation and Youth Ministry, as well as some congregational worship and seasonal events through the year. Baptism and First Communion are joyous events which precede Confirmation. Students in grades 3-11 are involved in our Confirmation program. Youth have opportunities through our church to participate in Bible camps, vacation bible school, BWCA canoe trips, national youth gatherings, church services…. On average, OSLC sends over 70 youth to Bible camp each year.

OSLC has a long and rich history of service to the community of Hibbing and the world. Both young and old participate in potluck dinners, Lutefisk suppers, pasty bake fundraisers, the fall bazaar with much of the profits benefiting ministries such as the Salvation Army, Lutheran Social Service, local Bible Camps, and worldwide missionary support.

For over 60 years, we have held the White Elephant Sale in the spring, which provides clothing, furniture, appliances, sporting goods, tools, bicycles, and many other items for inexpensive prices to our community and the surrounding communities.

OSLC is a “community safe space” offering the use of our facilities to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Lutheran Social Services, Advocates for Family Peace, among others.

OSLC was formed in 1903 by Norwegian immigrants under the name “Tabor” with 23 members. It officially became known as Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in 1904. The church held a groundbreaking ceremony in July of 1952 with the cornerstone of our present church laid in October of that same year.

Please call our church office with any questions you may have. Our staff is pleased to help you!