Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

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Sunday School Christmas ProgramSunday, December 8th, 9am Worship

Grace Circle Christmas PartyThursday, December 12thGrandma’s in the Park at 11:30

Temple Choir Worship Christmas CantataSunday, December 15th at 9 am Service

Voices of Reason performance “Songs of Angels”Sunday, December 15th at 3pm

Worship Band Sing-AlongWednesday, December 18th at 6pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship ServicesTuesday, December 24th3:30, 5:30 and 11:00 pm(Holy Communion at 11:00 pm)

Keeping the Home Fires Burning: Avoiding Robbing Peter to Pay Paul!

          No doubt you have heard the saying, Robbing from Peter to Pay Paul, but did you know that one explanation of this saying has its origins in refurbishing a church? 

          Historians tell us that the saying to rob from Peter to pay Paul was coined when, in the reign of Edward VI (1537-1553), the lands of St. Peter at Westminister were “appropriated” to raise money for the repair of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

          Edward VI, also known as “the boy king”, took the throne when he was nine years old in January of 1547 until his untimely death at the age of 15.  The son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward VI the only legitimate heir to King Henry VIII tortured quest to secure a successor.

          Short of being the first monarch to be raised Protestant – creating a further legacy for the Anglican Church – there is little to measure Edward’s brief tenure as king.  But Edward will be forever tagged with the metaphor: robbing Peter to pay Paul, literally taking the money one would pay off one debt, in order to pay off another. 

          My dear friends in Christ, as we approach the end of this calendar year – on the cusp of celebrating our Savior’s birth – we face a year-end shortfall in our 2019 Operating Budget.  As of the writing of this December Voice Article we are $13,692 in the red as of October 31st.  That’s the bad news. 

          The good news is that during this same calendar year of 2019 over $125,000 has been raised for our Capital Campaign Keeping the Home Fires Burning, and funds continue to grow from week-to-week to meet the challenge in refurbishing our heating system.  Needless to say, thanks be to God! And our gratitude goes out to so many who have given so much!

          It might be predictable, and almost expected, that as we continue our drive in our Capital Campaign Keeping the Home Fires Burning, that funding might fall short in our monthly operating budget. 

          Moreover, it might be tempting to follow the immature example of Edward VI taking from one designated church fund to balance another.  But we will not make the same mistake as Edward!  By the grace of God, with the gifts of God, we will balance our year-end budget while continuing to repair our cathedral that we have come to know and love as Our Savior’s.  For we follow the example of another “Boy King”, born in the backwaters of Bethlehem.  To quote from the fourth stanza of the ancient hymn Of the Father’s Love Begotten…

Let the heights of heav’n adore him; Angel hosts, his praises sing; Pow’rs, dominions, bow before him And extol our God and King! Let no tongue on earth be si-lent, Ev-‘ry voice in con-cert ring Ev-er-more and ev-er-more.  Amen. ——– Pastor Kevin

In support of “The Giving Tree,” our Campership Fund, OSLC youth are selling fudge, inspirational calendars, and cards again this season.  Calendars are available today in the narthex.  A fudge order form is included in today’s bulletin. —- Thank you for your continued support.

The Quilters Christmas Party has been postponed to January 21st.  We will have an Epiphany Party!  For more information or questions please call Sue S at 929-1892.

The Foundation Committee would like to thank Pat V for allowing the funds donated to the Church in Bruce’s name to be used for the newly purchased and installed Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  An AED is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. The device has built-in computers that assess the victim’s heart rhythm, judge whether defibrillation is needed, and then administer the shock. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.  Please make note that the AED is located against the wall across from Pastor Kevin’s office. After the New Year, the Foundation committee will arrange for a seminar in the Fellowship Hall explaining how to use the device and also giving instruction on CPR which generally is used in conjunction with an AED.  The training session will be put on by Tom K., Training Officer at the Hibbing Fire Department.

The Foundation Committee would also like to acknowledge that at its last meeting, and with the approval of Roberta L’s family, the $470 donated to the Church in Roberta’s name will be used to help defray the costs of the heat conversion project.     Darrold

  

Congratulations to our 2019 Sharick-Farseth Scholarship Recipients: Madeline G, Sara H, Michele P and Lauren S — Thank you so much to our scholarship committee.  Your time and commitment is very much appreciated!

         

          As in past years, members and friends of Our Savior’s are being offered the opportunity to donate funds for the Christmas season to poinsettia plants and/or the “Mission Starts at Home” (OSLC Food Shelf) mission project.  Please make checks payable to OSLC. Envelopes are available in the narthex or the church office.   This year two plant sizes are available: 2 qt. plant for $6.00 or 3 1/2 qt. plant for $13.  Deadline for listing donors’ names in the Christmas Eve bulletin is Tuesday, December 17th.  Thank you for your support of this mission project and cheering our homebound and nursing home residents.

Chili Cook-Off & Chocolate Extravaganza Fundraiser — Start thinking about your favorite Chili recipe and get your team together as the competition will take place on January 22, 2020.  We will also need Chocolate goodies to sell. 

Children’s Quilt Project  2019 Update — It has been another amazingly productive year for the children’s quilt makers at Our Savior’s.  With joy and amazing team work, we were able to make and donate 161 quilts this year.  All of these quilts were donated locally.  50 quilts will be given to the Salvation Army for Christmas gifts; 50 quilts were given to the local hospital for newborns; 23 quilts were put into our church clothes closet; St. Louis County Public Health nurses received 33 quilts; and our local public schools received 5 quilts.  We received generous funding this year from OSLCW and some very kind and generous individuals.  We also received some beautiful fabric donations.  — Thank you all.  “God’s Work, Our Hands”

It’s the “7th on the 7th”…Yes, it’s Trinity Lutheran Cook’s 7th Annual Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner, 231 2nd St SE, on Saturday, December 7th from 4-7 pm…It’s a time when devoted lutefisk & meatball lovers across our great Northland and beyond hunger for their favorite, traditional meal.  The cost is Adults – $15, Children under 10 – $6.  Take-out meals are available. — You’re most welcome to join us for this wonderful delicacy and fun atmosphere along with many other lutefisk and meatball connoisseurs.

Mark your calendar:  Annual Meeting – Sunday, January 26, 2020 — Worship Service at 9 a.m. with the Annual Meeting following — *Committee Reports need to be completed by Monday, Jan. 6th

The OSLC Monday quilting group donated 50 adult and 4 youth quilts to the Salvation Army.  We have also donated 6 quilts to the three schools for students & families who lost their homes in recent fires.

Grace Circle of OSLC will have their annual Christmas lunch/meeting on Thursday, December 12th at Grandma’s in the Park at 11:30.  We will be ordering off the menu and signing up for 2020 assignments.  Members are reminded to bring mittens and/or hats for chilly children in the school system. 

Our Savior’s is ready to accept e-donations. It’s easy and secure. To get started download GIVE+ app for free in the App Store or Google Play or Click Here

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

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.

Musical Notes           
As I look forward to time with family this Thanksgiving I have to keep my focus on upcoming musical events.  The choirs at OSLC work very hard to prepare our music for this special season.  On December 1st, the first Sunday of Advent, we sing “Advent Prayer” by Willliam Sissson.  I often think that writing an ‘inspired’ anthem about waiting must seem very strange a task indeed.  Certainly much easier to write about the birth of Christ.  This composer did a wonderful job of expressing this anticipation.  As you listen you will hear the sopranos singing an obbligato of “What Child is This”.  And then on December 15th the Temple Choir will enrich the service with our annual “Cantata”.  This year, rather than using a published work, I am drawing from the music in our music library.  There is so much music that we have little chance to sing because the season is so short.  The seven anthems interspersed with readings will tell the wonderful story.  You will hear familiar and new arrangements.  Of course, you will help us by singing familiar carols as well.  Before I draw this conversation to a close, I also want to share that our Handbells will assist on the December 8th service.  Take advantage of these opportunities to welcome Christmas!                 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 – Wishing your family a Blessed Christmas!

3rd grade  –  If you did not receive your Bible 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 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 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). 

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!