Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

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Sunday August 9th, 2020 – Live Broadcast

Please listen to the radio on WMFG 1240 AM Sunday mornings at 9:00 am or tune in to our TV Broadcast—channel 5 Tuesday’s at 6 pm or Wednesday’s at 8 am.  You may also follow us on Facebook and You Tube.  

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August office hours will remain the same, Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.

COVID Projects

What a difference a year makes!  As I look at last year’s August Voice newsletter we were gearing up for a Capital Campaign entitled: Keeping the Home Fires Burning, planning for our Sixth Annual Worship & Service Sunday entitled: God’s Work/Our Hands, and we were making plans to kick-off another Sunday School & Confirmation Ministry beginning in September. 

Obviously in the midst of the COVID pandemic we are figuring out a “new normal”, and we will have to adapt to a new rhythmic in how our congregational life functions.  We continue to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we virtually gather through virtual worship.   Moreover, we will have to continually strive for creative ways of doing “God’s Work/Our Hands” while still abiding safe, social distancing. 

 Living with the threat of what COVID might do to us as we “hunker down”, preparing for the worst but hoping for the best, many within our land have pursued COVID Projects.  The collective rationale seems to be that since social distancing has kept me locked away from the broader community, I might as well get at some much needed “differed maintenance” around the house! 

We at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church have been working on our own COVID Project, and I write to tell you that it is humming along quite nicely as it nears completion!  It’s no secret that we have been undergoing a major construction renovation converting from steam heat to natural gas, and the fruit of that Capital Campaign: Keeping the Home Fires Burning, announced a year ago last August, is coming to fruition.

We owe a great deal of debt to our Property Committee Co-Chairs, Mike Stavnes and Joe Arthurs, who have donated over 500 hours of volunteer labor serving as “site supervisors” most days, AND serving as “sub contractors” as needed (sheet rocking and painting repurposed rooms, building new closets, repairing walls, etc.). 

 Mike and Joe have ALWAYS kept the leadership at OSLC informed as to what is going on, and Joe’s many years of experience as building supervisor at the school has helped us make wise decisions when not everything falls into a nice, neat plan.

In addition to Mike & Joe, our hats go off to Scott Fawkes who has donated his time and talent with the architectural design of the heating project.  Scott also serves on our Church Council, and like Mike and Joe has served as a conduit to “gett’er done!” 

Thanks and gratitude for this project swell in many different directions. We are blessed by quiet, yet significant, contributions from Terry Lee who has donated hundreds of dollars in paint from his painting business, and Larry Schmelzer who joined with Mike & Joe in putting the paint on.  We have had a steady array of OSLC members joining with our custodian, Travis Odegaard, to help keep the church “construction clean” these past 18 weeks.  (We will be looking at a major over haul cleaning shortly before the heating system is fully operational.)

There is no limit on the thanks to those who have made our COVID Project a reality: Julie Jordan and the Church Council, Kathy Anderson and the Capital Campaign Committee Members, not to mention you, the faithful members of Our Savior’s, who have enabled us to raise the funds necessary so that we have not had to depend on a bank loan to complete this project!  To God be the praise! 

But while we are grateful to God for the opportunity to complete this COVID Project, let us not forget the purpose as to why we did this project in the first place, nor the times with which this project has been completed.  As I pen these words to you, we are still in the throws of a terrible pandemic, and may be so for quite some time.  Perhaps now more than ever the purpose as to why we are doing this COVID Project rings crystal clear.  Quoting from the Voice Article from August of last year…

For over 100 years, Our Savior’s has been a beacon of hope, transforming lives through the warmth of Christ’s love in Hibbing and throughout the world.  To assure that we can continue our mission and ministry, Our Savior’s 67-year-old heating system must be replaced in the Spring of 2020.  

 God’s blessings to us all!           Pastor Kevin

“KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING”

While we are still not able to physically gather within the walls of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, our Church is still doing so much work to carry on our mission, which is to be “A community transformed by Christ, to be Christ in the world.”  We are so blessed to have these dedicated people on all of our committees to continue our work in the safest way possible.  Kudos to our Pastor and staff, and the Church Council for keeping all these gears greased.  Additionally, our Property Committee is doing some amazing work.  Besides overseeing the installation of our new heating system, they are restoring all the areas touched by construction.  They are so very talented and dedicated.

We continue to receive donations to the Capital Campaign.  As of July 24th the total is $300,464.43427.  This includes money from the “JUG” in the amount of $427.84. Originally the “JUG” was to be available at Sunday services through the 4th of July. 

As you know, it wasn’t available due to canceled in house services back in March.  You are awesome! Thank you all as you continue to remember the Capital Campaign with donations and prayers.

2 Timothy 1:6 “…I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you..” Kathy Anderson, on behalf of: The Capital Campaign Committee

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

Notes from Roy               
I very much miss the congregation and my choir members who all brought great joy to me.  I’m sure that many feel that same loss.  I sort of resent the claim that we will get back to normal.  I’m certain that all of us have a very different interpretation of ‘normal’.  I regard that as a pretty meaningless statement.  Things will not be the same for some time and maybe never.  I feel that what we need to strive for is to make things the very best that we can and not fall into the patterns that helped to put us here.  Instead, we are given this great opportunity to rebuild and make things better.  We are created to be flexible and can adapt to this new world.
          For example, I have been tackling projects that have for too long been in the ‘when I get the time’ category.  I have a file cabinet constructed in the kitchen, a new shelf for Nadine’s cookbooks (yummy), reorganized parts of my workshop, built some items to help me make better use of my table saw and, as some have seen on Facebook, I am building a harpsichord and the list goes on.  I don’t think we have to look very far to find big and little projects.  Once we are again operating ‘full speed ahead’ I know these things will be placed on the back burner.
          The one thing that has not changed is my dependence on scripture reading and prayer.  When I joined the Gideon International organization in 2001, there were many members that followed the Gideon calendar for reading the entire bible each year.  I felt that if I was going to be enthusiastically distributing scriptures that I should be an example for others.  I have never regretted that decision!  I also find my prayer time to be of utmost importance.  I do these things first thing in the day so I start by focusing on what is most important and that is my relationship with my God and his beloved Son.  We are so empowered by prayer and the ability to open ourselves to conversation with our Master.
          There are so many ways that we can improve and grow and develop.  I think that we have such a great opportunity to be a church that is regarded as faithful, giving and working to make this world better.  Maybe we can all strengthen our faith as we isolate.   We won’t be able to do it all at once, but this is the very best time to begin.  As we hunger to be together again let us strive to feed and nurture the best of who we are at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.                                   Roy

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 (July 14, 2020)

  • The council met remotely via Skype
  • As of June 30, the General Fund had a positive balance of $16,670.45.  All Paycheck Protection Program funds have now been spent.  To save money, Second Quarter statements will not be printed and mailed, though members may contact the office to request theirs.
  • The draft reopening plan was reviewed; further changes are being made.  The Worship Committee and Property Co-Chairs continue to provide input.  In-person worship is not expected until September at the earliest.  Initially, services will likely be limited to the first and third Sundays of each month.  Preregistration will be needed, parishioners will be asked to self-screen prior to coming to church, and masks will be required.  Seating will be limited to every third pew.  By following social distancing and by allowing only members of the same household to sit together, the maximum seating capacity of the sanctuary is about 50.  The church basement will not open until sometime after the sanctuary opens.  We will continue to track guidance from the state and federal governments.  Detailed information will be sent to all households prior to reopening.
  • Online, radio, and TV broadcasts of services will continue to be provided after reopening.
  • Sunday School: The Christian Nurture team is making plans to put together packets to send to Sunday School students.  We do not expect to have in-person Sunday School this fall.

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 — The dust has finally settled and yes, the end of the heating project is “really in sight”. Total system piping has been air pressure checked at 40 PSI and held for 24 hours. Zone and balance valves have been installed on all radiator units. Organ pipe area radiators and temp sensors are scheduled to be installed. Thermostats are being installed by Hart Electric for all units. Estimate of work completion is August 1. System will be filled with water and the pumps and valves will be tested, however we will not fire up the boiler and do a complete load test until mid to late September. It should be noted that some radiation covers were damaged during shipment and will be replaced once new ones arrive. Project expenses are still on budget with only 3 contingency line items to date.      Pastor Kevin has been utilizing the air conditioning for the Sunday services, as it is a welcome relief to these hot and humid days.      We again would like to thank those who have had to visit the Church for staying out of the construction zone.   

Mike S. and Joe A., Property Committee Co-chairs

Property Committee Report

Many projects are coming to an end.

Fireside Room: New LED lights are installed, wall repairs made and painting complete. New carpeting will be installed on August 10th.

Nursery: During an early Summer storm, the Church experienced a power failure and subsequent flood in the Nursery. The Church has a battery operated backup pump system, however it failed also. Source of the failure was found to be a failed auto size battery. The battery was replaced and system checked out. Attempts to dry out the wet smelly carpet were fruitless. The old carpet has been removed and new carpeting to be installed Aug 10th. Carpet was worn and has been through many floods.

Fellowship Hall: Walls have been repaired, following heating renovation. Painting of this room is scheduled, and new bulletin boards will be installed.

Church Office: Flaking walls and ceiling are being repaired and will be painted and the worn-out carpet will be replaced. Completion in September.

Mike S. and Joe A. Property Committee Co-Chairs

Confirmation News: (Grade as of September 2020 – May 2021)—–

4th grade  –   If you did not receive your Bible see Cindy in the office. 

7th – 10th gr.   10 sermon notes, 10 hours of service each year

11th grade –  Participation:  complete any incomplete work, meet by phone or social distancing with your mentor throughout the summer. 

Blessings on Your Home, Cindy, Confirmation Coordinator

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.

Quilting, when we do resume (September?), will be by protocol guidelines:  1) You will need to sign up so we know how many are coming.  2) Bring your own coffee and snack. 3) Monday’s-9:30-11:00 am 4) 12-14 people

FYI—127 quilt tops have been put together by our awesome quilters!!!

If you have any questions or need more info, please call Sue S. 218-929-1892.

A Note from the Financial Secretary—–Friends and Fellow Members of OSLC—— you are an amazing group of people.  You have been regular and generous with your contributions and prayers.  Thank You! Time seems to be flying, even during this unusual period, and the second quarter of the year is complete.  In order to be good stewards, the council and I have agreed to forego printing and mailing quarterly statements.  If you would like to know the up to the minute status of your giving please call 263-7422 or email me at oslchibb@mchsi.com.  I will have a private conversation with you or mail your statement to you. There are various methods for giving, let me know if I can help you find the best method for you. Thank you for remembering our mission.

Blessings to All!   Cindy

The following is from “Jesus Calling”:      Thankfulness opens the door to My Presence.  Though I am always with you, I have gone to great measures to preserve your freedom of choice.  I have placed a door between you and Me, and I empowered you to open or close that door.  There are many ways to open it, but a grateful attitude is one of the most effective.       Thankfulness is built on a substructure of trust.  When thankful words stick in your throat, you need to check up on your foundation of trust.  When thankfulness flows freely from your heart and lips, let your gratitude draw you closer to Me.  I want you to learn the art of giving thanks in all circumstances.  See how many times you can thank Me daily; this will awaken your awareness to a multitude of blessings.  It will also cushion the impact of trials when they come against you.  Practice My Presence by practicing the discipline of thankfulness.

Would you like our congregation to pray for any issues, problems, or health concerns you have?  We believe in the power of prayer and know that our petitions are heard and answered. Please call the church office at 218-263-7422 and we will pass your request on to the Prayer Chain.

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 remember the Food Shelf in your donations.  Approximate cost of 1 box of food is $30.00.

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins.  Save us from the fires of Hell.  Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy.    Amen. Oh my Jesus, forgive me my sins.  Cleanse my soul, help me to walk in Your ways more and more every day.  Amen

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Please Read our New Bylaws and Constitution

2019 OSLC Bylaws

2019 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!