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This Fourth of July is Different…
I recently received a letter from a pastoral colleague from the Synod Office that began: Have you all tired of hearing the words “unprecedented”, “uncertain”, “unique”, and “uncharted”, to define the times we’re all living in? And I would have to respond by saying, “Yes, I am very tired!” But the mere fact that I am tired of hearing these words doesn’t take away the reality of living in unprecedented, uncertain, unique, and uncharted times; and the responsibilities associated with living in them.
And so, it is on the cusp of a Fourth of July Holiday, when we celebrate our nation’s independence, that I am met with the stark reality that this Fourth of July is going to be different, or at the very least: unprecedented, uncertain, unique and uncharted!
Cornovirus protocols will put a huge damper on civic gatherings, parades, and fireworks. Families will have to make tough decisions to balance their need to gather verse “staying-the-course-in-flattening-the-curve.” And there will be great confusion figuring out what’s open and what’s closed “navigating” (there’s another buzz word!) a Fourth of July summer in the midst of a Covid-19 winter. Hopefully by this time next year there will be a vaccination!
But there is yet another challenge to our collective health and well-being this Fourth of July that will not be easily remedied by a vaccine. To identify this challenge we need to go to the precious creed that was painstakingly word-smithed by a group of patriots, also known as protesters, on a hot summer day in Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776…
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
If the past month has taught me anything at all it is that historically we have fallen far short of the ideal that “all men (and women) are created equal”, and that insidious and systemic racism is measured not only by what I say, but what I fail to say; and that now is the time to repent from the silence that leads to violence; and if I truly do believe that all of God’s children are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights… then I need to hear the silent screams of those who have not been heard.
Yes, this Fourth of July is different as we take an “unprecedented”, “uncertain”, “unique”, and “uncharted” journey of Black lives that truly do matter, of the cries of Indigenous Peoples who search for a dignified sovereignty, the acceptance, safety and equality for the LGBTQ+ community, not to mention that women in our culture still live with the threat of sexual and domestic violence, and still struggle for equal rights under the law.
Yes, this Fourth of July is going to be different. And as we gather around campfires, cabins, and lakes – socially distanced, of course – I invite you to join with me, a 58 year old, white male – who has enjoyed his fair share of white privilege – how can I make this a “more perfect union” by the attitudes I have, the actions I take, and speaking up on behalf of those who have not been heard? These are, after all (do we dare say it again?)…unprecedented, uncertain, unique, and uncharted times.
Have a blessed and safe Fourth of July Holiday! Pastor Kevin
NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Every day I thank God for my blessings, which are still so very abundant, even with all that is going on in this crazy world today. I also take great comfort in knowing that we have such wonderful leadership in our church, making the hard decisions to keep us all safe during this pandemic. I thank you all for your efforts on our behalf. Even with no public gathering at OSLC at this time, we continue to function as a tight knit community, while practicing social distancing. While the work on the new heating systems continues and draws closer to being finished, as of June 9, 2020, another $3,195.00 has been donated to the Capital Campaign, for a total of $296,401.59. Thank you all for your donations and prayers.
2 Timothy 1:6 “…I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you..” The Capital Campaign Committee
It Is A Special Day — Our hearts are moved with emotion on this special day, The courageous stories throw light for us on our way. May this 4th of July be not just another day for us, May it be a day that we remember all year round. Happy Fourth of July!!!!!
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
Property Committee is looking for a couple of additional members. These are some exciting times, with numerous projects in the works. The Church Facility is 60+ years old and in need of some updates and we are looking for additional input and assistance. If you are interested please contact Joe A. or Mike S., Pastor Kevin or the Church Office.
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 at 10:30 am. on WMFG 1240 AM.
Council Meeting Highlights (June 9, 2020)
- The council met remotely via Skype
- As of May 31, the General Fund had a positive balance of $16,151.76. Our treasurer pointed out that this balance includes the infusion of ~$32,000 from the Paycheck Protection Program. Our balance would otherwise be closer to -$16,000. Our remaining PPP funds will be spent by mid-June.
- A reopening plan is being drafted. The “Smart Team” (Council, Worship Committee, Property Co-Chairs) will review, provide input, and finalize the document. We expect in-person worship may not happen until August (or even early September), though we will continue to track guidance from the state and federal governments.
- Our online worship has proven to be a significant outreach, and we will continue to provide these services after reopening. A “Tech Team” has been assembled and will manage projects including our website, Facebook, and virtual worship services.
Dear Friends, I want to let you know that your church council has been praying for you and our church during these difficult times. The council continues to meet monthly, though we are connecting via Skype. The format is not ideal, compared to meeting in person, but we still manage to address needs of our church and keep pace with activities that are still happening.
Mike S. and Joe A. gave me a tour of the construction project the other day. The progress is exciting, and we are eager for the rest of you to admire the work. Additionally, Mike, Joe and others on the Property Committee have been putting in uncounted hours of labor, scraping, patching, constructing, mudding, concreting, pulling wires, replacing outlets and light fixtures, painting, and myriad other industrial efforts to maintain and improve our facility. Mange Tusen Takk! (Many Thousand Thanks!)
Our stellar worship team has been going above-and-beyond to provide us weekly services, online, on the radio, and on public access television. This team (Pastor Kevin, Roy and Nadine B., Linda S., and Dustin D.) have been selflessly, thoughtfully, and prayerfully leading us in worship since March 17 (note that this also includes our Lenten and Holy Week services!). Several others have stepped forward to sub as needed. We are grateful for all of you!
We are also grateful for the office and custodial staff, who have adjusted their hours and work schedules in efforts to maintain social distancing while maintaining the day-to-day functioning of the church. Thank you to the many who are working behind-the-scenes (members with Mission Action, Congregational Care, Christian Nurture, Worship, Foundation, etc.) and to Chris M. for maintaining our Facebook site and offering Zoom services to the Confirmation class.
Finally, I know we all miss each other. We long for the handshakes, the hugs, the in-person greetings. Smart people at the State, the CDC, the ELCA national and synod offices, and our own local health advisors have provided helpful, life-saving guidance during these times. We at Our Savior’s are taking this guidance and personalizing it to our own congregation setting. We expect to have a reopening plan drafted soon, though the timing of when we will actually reopen is as yet uncertain. When completed, we will provide the plan to all of you. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and God’s blessings!
Julie J., Council President
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.
Heating System Renovation — Christmas came early on the Heating Project. The fintubing, covers, and bracketing which was supposed to ship 6/19/2020, arrived on 6/12/2020. Nine large pallets and 72 cardboard boxes. Following unpackaging, inventorying, inspecting for damages, and placement close to where each part goes, work began assembling and installing. As of 6/19 close to 40% of the sanctuary installation is complete. It will take approximately two weeks to get all the parts crimped and soldered. Pressure checking will be followed by insulation installation. The exhaust for the new boiler has been installed up thru the closet of Pastor Kevin’s old office and sealed from the elements on the roof. Yes, Kevin was evicted from that office, but he has wanted to move over one office anyway. The new parament closet is nearly complete, with only some floor painting remaining. The old steam room is gutted and the sumps in the floor, which are no longer needed, have been filled with dirt and cemented over. We still remain on track per our project schedule and on budget with few contingencies. Social distancing remains in effect, even with various new sub-contractors on site. We again would like to thank those who have had to visit the Church for staying out of the construction zone. It prevents distraction of the contractors and helps in not tracking dust everywhere in the facility. Mike S. and Joe A., Property Committee Co-chairs
White Elephant Sale Update —- With the announcement by the City of Hibbing that the Memorial Building would not open until at least September 1, the 70th Annual White Elephant Sale is totally cancelled. We now have 5 storage units at L&L Rental completely full of merchandise and we are not accepting new items, which is unfortunate. However, thru donations made prior to the Covid-19 virus, we have some items stored in various parishioners’ garages, which is taking up space that could be used for personal purposes. Out of these garages we have sold a couple of larger items and have a couple more which we would like to sell. These are being offered to OSLC Members first. WES Organizing Committee
Property Committee Report — Fireside Room Area: With the building of a Parament Closet in the Fireside Room, and the installation of the new heating system main piping, we have been doing some repairs to both the Fireside Room and to the area that the Youth Director occupies. The Fireside Room needed some TLC, to make it somewhat useful again. We have scraped the walls and window openings of bubbled paint and plaster, filled the remaining holes, and prepping for a new coat (2) of paint. Also, the oldest light fixtures (fire hazard) have been replaced with LEDs. All the 2 prong outlets (fire hazard using adapters) have been replaced with 3 prong outlets. We have used minimal maintenance funds thus far and it all looks great. Thanks to Jim Perry of Furin & Shea for the new sump cover. All labor by Church Members. We would like to replace the worn out, filthy carpet soon as well, but do not feel maintenance funds should be used for this purpose. We are looking for a benefactor to help in some way. Youth Director Storage Area: With all the old heating piping removed from this area and the cleanup of old wiring and removal of old phone systems, we have removed a makeshift wall, and made a new permanent wall and shelf area. All materials that were left over from the heating system demo and reconstruction, and the old wall demo were used to build a more respectable area. Again 2 prong outlets were replaced, extension cords eliminated and LED light bulbs installed in a still useful ceiling light. Painting will be done soon with paint donated by Terry Lee Painting. Floor will be painted with epoxy paint. All labor by Church Members. Nursery: Two weeks ago, following a 2-1/2” rainfall overnight, the battery-operated sump failed and yup, you guessed it, the Nursery flooded again. Battery has been replaced and the system appears to be operating properly again. However, the carpeting took a hit, “again”. We replaced a couple of worn out dehumidifiers, with one paid for by a benefactor, and are in the process of drying things out. But this carpet, dirty and filthy as it is, needs replacement also. Mike S. and Joe A. Property Committee Co-Chairs
Confirmation News: (2020-2021 grades)—– 8th – 11th graders: sermon notes can be taken during virtual services and jotted on any type of paper, please be sure to include your name and turn in at the office to Cindy. — 5th graders: I plan to communicate with you soon regarding Family Devotions. I find it easiest to communicate by text, for identification and questions my number is 218-245-1068. Please be sure the church has a cell number for your family. Enjoy the summer and stay safe. God’s Blessings on Your Home, Cindy, Confirmation Coordinator
SHARING OUR FAITH AND RESOURCES.
After the rioting in Minneapolis, etc, I received a request from a friend about quilts/bedding for her brother’s friends that had been burned out when the Foot Locker store was looted and burned—yes the one shown on TV. Two families lived above it including a single mother with three children ages 3-10. Two of us went into our quilting supply stash and the clothing closet and sent sheets, pillows and cases, towels and quilts. Last week I received the following thank you, via my local friend, from the mother of the children: “I wanted to say thank you again for the blankets, towels, pillows and sheets. I finally got to have my kids over this weekend and my daughter started crying when I told her you (our church) had given them to us and the blanket was made just for her. I tried to take the tag off and she said she wanted to keep it because it was so special to her. So thank you again for brightening up their lives. They lost so much and it made a big impact on them, especially Gloria (her daughter).” The quilt with the tag comes from Pam Rundell and her group. We never know for whom, where or when we will make a difference. Fortunately these children happened to be with their dad away from that area when the rioting started. The tag on the quilt reads “This quilt was made as a gift for your child by the people of Our Savior’s Lutheran in Hibbing, MN. It comes with our prayers for health, safety and comfort of this child.” All three children received quilts with this tag. This puts into some perspective why we quilt and the fruits of our sharing. I will continue to work with one other individual once a week keeping our quilting moving forward til we can meet again in person. God’s blessings for a healthy and safe summer. Sue S.
NEWS FROM MISSION ACTION COMMITTEE
Thank you—Despite social distancing, our food shelf continues to be open Thursdays and Fridays. Behind the scenes, groceries are being purchased, shelves stocked, boxes of groceries packed and food boxes are being distributed. A HUGE shout out to all the helping hands, the monetary donations and grocery items. Your time, monetary support and grocery donations make it possible for this mission to continue to serve those needing help in putting food on their table. God Bless.
Mission Action Committee
Sharik/Farseth Scholarship applications are being accepted – deadline is September 15th. Our selection criteria would include 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.
Prayer for a Pandemic—–May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
Please Read our New Bylaws and 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!