Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

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Save the date…  The Sixth Annual “God’s Work/Our Hands Sunday” Sunday, September 8th, 2019 Before they took their “summer hiatus”, the Mission Action Committee laid out the ground work for our Sixth Annual “God’s Work/Our Hands” Mission Sunday. As the title implies, God’s Work/Our Hands is a wonderful opportunity for the four ELCA congregations in Hibbing/Chisholm area to be the “hands and feet” of our Lord by serving in various mission projects throughout our two towns.  Last year’s observance of “God’s Work/Our Hands” was a great experience, as a sea of “yellow shirts” spread throughout in service of our neighbors; many of you have one of those yellow shirts (they were also worn during the White Elephant Sale this year) but if by chance you don’t have one and would like one… An order will shortly be placed for ample numbers of yellow shirts emblazed with the ELCA logo of “God’s Work/Our Hands.”  Sizes are available in Large, XLarge, and 2XLarge, for a cost of $10 a piece.  If you would like a shirt please contact the church office.       

Save the date: Saturday, July 27th—Bluegrass Festival and Raffle, Camp Vermilion, Cook, MN from 1-7 pm

36th Season ORGANS IN REVUE Summer Recital Series 2019—Wednesdays at noon. July 17th: Justin Rubin at First Presbyterian Church in Hibbing. Lunch following most church recitals for a $7 charge. Donations accepted to Claribel Hamilton Organ Scholarship Fund.

Habitat for Humanity 500 bike riders will stay in Hibbing the night of July 15th & 16th.   Pastors Kevin and Brian are among the many participants.  Volunteers are needed to help serve four meals to the riders.  Blessed Sacrament will be hosting these meals–Monday and Tuesday evenings starting at 4:30 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings starting at 4:45 am.  Please call Sue Schock at 218-929-1892 to volunteer a time or all times.  Thank you.
Musical Notes           
The joys of summer are many.  One that I truly enjoy is the choir gathering which is taking place this evening.  All the singers get along so very well and we do have great conversation not to mention food.  I am busy putting together my resources to help plan next year’s program.   There is a great deal of planning that goes into selecting music to add to our worship experience.  I am also hoping that I will be able to track down potential singers and ringers!  Know that you can contact me about singing yourself or if you know of someone who would be good for the group.  Sometimes it is someone new attending our services, maybe a past member who has returned to the area or maybe a younger member who has an interest in singing.  We try to sing twice a month and have weekly rehearsals.  No member ever makes all of the rehearsals, so we can be flexible with any conflicts that arise.  A choir is a tremendous asset for any church.  We would like to include as many as possible next year!   Roy    

NEWS FROM MISSION ACTION COMMITTEE

Our Savior’s Emergency Food Shelf continues to offer a life line to those individuals/families that find themselves in unexpected circumstances. It provides nutritious food when money is needed for car repair, medical, or a job loss occurs. The Food Shelf is an ongoing mission and continues to be in need of food and monetary donations. With Summer, donations tend to drop off as families are busy enjoying our short season. We would encourage you to remember the Food Shelf in your activities. Ideas may be setting up a “feed” the Food Shelf jar where spare change is collected; have your children/grandchildren help shop for the Food Shelf; match what you spend on a dinner at a restaurant or think BIG, what is spent at the grocery store. Involve your children/grandchildren in these activities, including delivery to the church. The Mission Action Committee invites you and your family to stop in on Thursdays or Fridays from 1-2:30 to tour and learn about your Food Shelf. We would be happy to walk you through how the OSLC Food Shelf works. Thank you from the Mission Action Committee

Come with us to Worship in the Park and potluck! Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, together with our sister ELCA Churches in Hibbing/Chisholm area, AND the Wesley United Methodist Church, AND First Presbyterian Church, TOGETHER WITH whoever else would like to join us, will gather for Worship in the Park, an outdoor worship service held at the Bennett Park Band Shell on Sunday, July 14th at 10 a.m. This year we look forward to worshiping with our brothers and sisters in Christ who share a common Christian heritage with us, but above all love the same Lord Jesus Christ!  Pastor Katie Larson, the Pastor on staff at the First Presbyterian Church in Hibbing will be our preacher for the morning. The Our Savior’s Worship Band will be providing music for our worship service, together with contributions from other churches.     To complete the morning’s festivities, there will be a Potluck Picnic immediately after the worship service.  Please bring a dish to pass as you are able.  And one more important note: BRING A LAWN CHAIR AND AN UMBRELLA (not for rain, but for much needed shade!). In the event of rain (which won’t happen!) the contingency plan is to hold worship AND the potluck picnic at Our Savior’s Lutheran. There will be NO radio broadcast on this Sunday.

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.

Please join us for Worship at the Chapel of the Pines, Side Lake.  Worship time is 11am on Sunday mornings now through Labor Day weekend.  Sunday, July 21st, Pastor Kevin along with Our Savior’s worship band will be leading you in worship. _________________________________

Our August Bible study will be held at 10 am in the fellowship hall on Thursday, August 8th.  The study is printed in the July/August edition of the WELCA Gather magazine, and copies will be available on the table by the church office. We hope you can join us for fellowship and study.

Sharik/Farseth Scholarship applications are being accepted – deadline is September 15th.  Our selection criteria includes the following – Member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church; must have completed 1 year (minimum of 30 credits) of post-secondary education within the past 3 years (include transcript); volunteer activities in school, church and community; and, academic performance.  Applications available in the office, via mail or e-mail.

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!