Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

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Please listen to the radio on WMFG 1240 AM Sunday mornings at 10:30 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.  

FYI—please note that the time for the radio broadcast will be changing to 9 am on Sunday, May 30th for the Summer.

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After a Long COVID Winter, Signs of Spring!

To say it’s been a long COVID winter would be an understatement.  We are all anxious to “have our church back”, and to see one another face-to-face on Sunday morning worship.  And Lord willing our prayers might be answered as our COVID Smart Team has put forward a proposed “reopening date” for limited congregant worship on Sunday, May 16th. 

          Your patience has been beseeched several times as the leadership at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has exercised an abundance of caution on when to wisely loosen the disciplined COVID restrictions we have put on ourselves. 

          We acknowledge that “other churches” have opened their doors sooner than we have.  But we have also garnered the counsel of what many experts in the Center for Disease and Control, both nationally and locally, have been cautioning and admonishing for several months. That with respect to the spread of the virus, outcomes could quickly go bad, and all of the hard work that we have done to contain the virus would be for naught.  Ultimately it is out of our “love for the neighbor” that your Smart Team has made the decisions that they have made.

As we are all well aware, last October we did attempt to re-open for congregant worship and were rebuffed by the viruses’ surge.  Should that happen again we would need to once again close the sanctuary doors and rely solely on virtual live stream worship. 

Before we attempted to open last fall a four-page reopening preparedness plan was put in place.  Obviously, we will still be holding to that plan, most notably that we will socially distance ourselves in the sanctuary, wearing masks, with a limited capacity of 60 worshipers in the sanctuary. 

 We ask that you please pre-register to come to worship on the Friday preceding the service.  Pre-registration may be done by calling the church office (263-7422) or by visiting our website (https://oslchibbing.org/).  We will also be doing the ever-popular self-screening prior to the church service! 

 Even with close to a quarter of our population vaccinated (rising by the week!), the spread of COVID is still very real.  Please do not feel like you have to come to in-person worship if you feel vulnerable in doing so, and if you have COVID symptoms please stay home!  Note as well that we will continue to live stream our worship services on You Tube and our Facebook page, as well as the radio and the HPAT outlets. 

It’s been a long COVID Winter; we all get it!  But we always live in the promise of the resurrection and Spring.  Let us cherish this sentiment from King Solomon’s Song of Songs: See!  The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.   Pastor Kevin.

Our Savior’s Emergency Food Shelf — will be changing the days it is open. Starting May 5th, it will be open Wednesday and Friday, 1-2:30pm. Please consider donating to Our Savior’s Emergency Food Shelf as it continues to offer a life line to those individuals/families that find themselves in unexpected circumstances.  Thank you and God bless.

ATTN GRADUATING SENIORS!!!! —– We will be honoring our graduating Seniors on Sunday, May 23rd.  If you would please send your graduation picture via email to: oslchibb@mchsi.com we would like to include them during worship service.  Your quilts and bible will also be available for pick up. If we have a virtual worship service, they will be in the library for pick up the following day.  If we have an in-person worship service, they will be in the narthex for pick up.  More information on that to follow in the weekly bulletin.  Congratulations!!!  May your future be all you have dreamed it to be.

We are still a church in ‘waiting.’  Even as we put dates out there in which we hope to gather, we are ready to respond to any new outbreaks and alter our plans.  We are being controlled by an enemy that is not necessarily going to adhere to our calendar.  We now look to the month of May and hope that things will improve.  I am once again working toward producing another ‘virtual’ choir performance.  Singers have received recordings to help them learn and practice their parts with April 30th being the date I request their recordings.  That will give me time to assemble those videos and present the result this Mother’s Day (May 9th).  The anthem I have chosen is by David Thompson and is titled “We Are Here, Lord.”  We are forced to worship in such a different way, but we are not any less in the presence of God and of one another.  As the text reads, “We are here, Lord, standing in your presence, listening for your message, for the word that makes our spirits new.”  I hope that you will join us on Mother’s Day.
          Also, I have been given permission to begin choir rehearsals Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall masked and distanced with plans to sing at our in-person worship on May 16th.  Now, once again this too is dependent on number of infections and guidelines issued by health experts.
          Each week it is so strange for me to come to church for meetings and have this vibrant Christian church so incredibly quiet.  Many of our normal ministries are reduced or even on pause.  Our facility would be, under normal circumstances, busy and vibrant.  At each Sunday service we would have a chance to catch up on the latest news before service or at coffee following the service.  That is how we have been wired.  I pray that next month we might be able to recapture some of that community spirit.  Please pray for us to find the right time to come together masked but in each other’s company!          Roy

Council Meeting Highlights (April 13, 2021)

  • The council met remotely via Zoom
  • Virtual synod assembly will be held 4/29 thru 5/2
  • Synod led worship planned for Sunday 5/2.
  • We discussed returning to in-person worship. Al L. provided COVID data, 13% positivity rate for our area and 6% positivity rate statewide.  Motion approved to open for in-person worship Sunday May 16 with COVID safety preparedness plan in place.
  • With the above approved, Motion approved to allow quilting to begin May 3 and Roy Berg to have choir practices beginning May 5.
  • White Elephant Sale:  Cancelled for 2021.  Continue finding options to sell individual storage units or separate items.
  • Pastor Kevin is looking for volunteers to help with Vacation Bible School tentatively to be held August 16-20.  Planning meeting held on April 22.  Please contact Pastor Kevin if you are interested.
  • Worship Committee update: Discussed potential purchase and options for video screen(s) in the sanctuary.
  • Property committee update:  Roof repairs to begin weather permitting, sometime in May.  PUC natural gas surge costs discussed and motion approved to use the PUC’s 6 month payment plan.
  • Online, radio, and TV broadcasts of services are continuing to be provided.

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.

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

3rd grade  –   If you did not receive your Bible see Cindy in the office 

4th grade  –   Plans are being made to enjoy some time with Pastor Kevin and learn about Family Devotions and receive your own devotional

5th-6th grade  – God’s Blessings to the 5th and 6th Graders who completed Communion Instruction and received First Communion on Maundy Thursday.

7th-8th grades –    End of Year Celebration. Participation: 10 sermon notes, 10 hrs. of service, Acolyte

9th grade– Confirmation End of Year Celebration. Participation:  10 sermon notes, 10 hours of service,

10th grade– Confirmation End of Year Celebration. Participation:  10 sermon notes, 10 hours of service, complete any incomplete work, meet with your mentor.

Property Committee

New Heating System:  The System is working great. The outside ambient temperature sensor and control system has gotten a workout the past couple of weeks. You say, “How does that work”? A brief description is: we have a preset temperature monitor on the outside of the building. If the outside temperature is higher than the preset, then the boiler shuts down. When the outside temperature drops below the preset, the boiler system turns on and the zones will heat up when the zone t-stat calls for heat. No more adjusting t-stats, depending on temperature each day. All construction bills are paid, and we only used just under $ 3,000.00 of the White Elephant Sale funds. Donations are still being accepted toward this project and also future capital projects. Utility Costs: Yes, we got hit with a Hibbing PUC Purchase Gas Adjustment, because of the Feb 2021 Polar Vortex. I can only imagine what our Steam heat costs would have been, if we were still on steam. We continue to monitor the Hibbing Public Utilities usage and costs and are comparing them to 2018, 2019, 2020. For winter months Dec, Jan, Feb, & Mar we are still ahead of each of the 3 previous seasons by $3,000-$ 6,000, even with adjustment added in.    Kitchen: The new Formica countertop replacements and a new kitchen sink on North end of the kitchen, are being readied for installation. Thanks again to Rick and Kathy Koschak and the Oak Shop.      Security System: The new system through ESC Systems (Endresen) out of Proctor MN is up and running. It appears that the System glitch issues have been resolved. Sanctuary Roof Replacement: : Range Cornice has all the materials and work will start as soon as weather permits. LED Lighting Project: All the ordered lights are on site with installation to begin soon. We have also received a monetary donation toward the project to go beyond what we anticipated to do in 2021. Thanks for the donation. Mike Stavnes and Joe Arthurs Property Co-Chairs

QUILTING—YES, YES!  —–We will be starting on Monday, May 3rd at 9:30 a.m. and go til noon.  Yes, this is slightly shorter time.  When June comes we will reevaluate and decide which day of the week to quilt and which hours.  I would like to quilt thru the summer to get caught up somewhat as we have about 300 tops on hand right now!  First order of restart will be to get quilts ready for the church high school seniors for their appreciation Sunday on May 23rd.  On September 11th, the synod WELCA will have a truck in Grand Rapids for us to bring our LWR boxed items.  COVID guidelines will be in place and this means wearing a mask until we can determine how everyone feels about our ability to space out well enough in the fellowship hall.   We will ask you to bring your own snack, but will have coffee available.  We have paper coffee cups available for your use. We will have both the tower and handicapped doors open and the elevator available for those who choose to use it. I look forward to seeing everyone and any new quilters are welcome.  You will like the new look in the kitchen and the freshly painted fellowship hall! May God bless us as we start again and pray we help keep each other well. Sue S.  –questions—call me 263-4748.

OSLCW updates.  The women of the church invite our new members to join us this summer, starting in June, when we are planning to resume our women’s Bible study that comes to us from W/ELCA.  We meet once a month. The summer study is entitled “Just Love” and is written by Rev. Angela Khabeb, the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran in Minneapolis.  Information as to dates and time will be in the June Voice and also church bulletin.

Clothes Closet — Please help pass the word about our Clothes Closet which is open every day by appointment. We serve newborn to children’s size 14.  Please call 263-7422 for assistance.  Sharon C. and the Mission Group

News from Camp

Camper Registration– please register your camp age kids by going online at VLMcamps.org or call the camp office at (218) 666-5465 for paper forms and assistance.  OSLC will pay the cost of camp for our members.

Help camp welcome back the campers!  VLM Program Staff are scheduling interviews for summer staff applicants.  More information at www.vlmcamps.org/summer-employment.

Camp Hiawatha Work Day – Saturday, May 1 ——Camp Vermilion Work Day – Saturday, May 15 —- Join other camp supporters for a day of fun and fellowship while we get camps ready for the summer. Registration happens between 8-9:30am and then we jump into projects and cleaning tasks until lunch time at 12:30pm. Projects continue into the afternoon as long as people have the energy. Lunch and morning snacks are provided. Bring your works gloves and a smile!  Visit www.VLMcamps.org/work-days for more information and for site specific projects.

Mother’s Day BrunchMay 9, 2021 – 10am-1pmCamp Vermilion—Enjoy a wonderful northwoods brunch experience on Mother’s Day! Our menu will include a variety of fresh baked goods, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit, and beverages. (Special dietary options are available with advanced notice.) Table reservations are required. Cost: $15 per adult, $7 for youth ages 4-11 (under 4 are free). Reserve your table here: www.VLMcamps.org/mothers-day

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.

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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!