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 (not at 9:00 am as stated above) 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.  

Please join us on Wednesday evenings as we will be live streaming Holden Evening Prayer at 6:30 pm on Facebook.

Holy Week——Palm Sunday, April 5th, 9 am—–Maundy Thursday, April 9th, 6:30 pm——Good Friday, April 10th, 6:30 pm—–Prayer Vigil–7:30 pm Friday, April 10th – 7:30 pm Saturday, April 11th from home—–Easter Sunday, April 12th, 9 am—–He is Risen! Alleluia

In Response to the Governor’s Executive Order for Shelter in Place…

As we are all “in this together” with respect to our collective battle against COVID-19 (see the Pastor’s article on the next page), we at Our Savior’s will be in acting the following practices beginning Friday evening, March 27th into the foreseeable future.  All of these practices have been made to limit our congregational exposure to COVID-19 while at the same time conduct faithful ministry:

  1. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CHURCH UNLESS THERE HAS BEEN A SPECIFIC TASK THAT YOU NEED TO DO THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY OUR CHURCH LEADERSHIP.  WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE CALL (218) 263-7422. 
  2. New business office hours have been set at OSLC: the building will be open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday, March 30th.
  3. The Food Shelf will remain open on Thursdays and Fridays, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with strictly enforced sanitary and social distancing protocols in place.     
  4. Governor Walz’s Executive Order DOES ALLOW for religious leaders to lead and conduct worship, AND the support staff to conduct said worship.

Easter is a Way of Life! 

It is no secret that the normal comforts of life’s routines, and the liberties that we all enjoy, have been dramatically altered for the foreseeable future.  If it is true that our response to the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be treated as a “war time response”, then phrases such as: social distancing; self-quarantine; lock down; shelter in place; sanitary wipe, wash and rinse (with soap for at least 20 seconds!), are the battle tactics that are used to potentially mitigate the would be casualties that could be inflicted by this invisible enemy.  

             We might bristle under the restraints that have been put under us, and we may differ in our opinions on the strength of this invisible enemy, and the damage the enemy might cause.  But out of love for the neighbor, and duty to our country, we are ALL A PART of a civilian militia following the orders of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  If we want to put the wartime metaphor in its proper perspective, many of our parents and grandparents laid down their lives on distant battlefields in Europe and SE Asia, we are being asked to lay down our lives by staying home and practicing social distancing.  We can do this!  But we need to do this TOGETHER! 

          When I met with the leadership of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Monday, March 16we were in unanimous agreement that OSLC should “curtail all ministry and fellowship gatherings for at least the next eight weeks” in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations.  While that decision was being made I counted off eight weeks on a desk calendar, and was met with the difficult reality that the EARLIEST we would gather under this mandate would be Sunday, May 17th.

     Needless to say, our hearts grieve the prospect that all indications at this time point to the fact that we will not be gathering for public worship during the highest and most holiest time of the church calendar, Holy Week and Easter Sunday.  As tempting as it might be to hold out the possibility that returning back to corporate worship with… “life as normal” with Easter being a “beautiful time” and a “beautiful timeline,” to do so may very well endanger your life, and the lives of those around you; and may in the long run sabotage the heroic battle which has been raged up to this point against COVID-19. 

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, your Lord and Savior rose from the dead on Easter so that you can have life, not an arbitrary timeline as to when the grip of a pandemic would loosen.   

     Easter is not so much a Sunday, nor a holiday, nor a season, Easter is a way of life!  My friends we will celebrate and gather for Easter worship this year, but we will do so with prudence and responsibility.  As we have proven to ourselves several times, perhaps we are no closer together than when we are standing six feet apart.  There will soon come a time when we will no longer sing our Alleluia’s over a virtual camera screen but face-to-face.  I pledge to you that when the day comes that we can finally gather together for public worship that THAT will be the Sunday that we celebrate Easter!   And while we wait for that day let us comfort ourselves with this promise…

  He has risen. He has risen, indeed, Alleluia!  Pastor Kevin

       What’s So Amazing About Grace? Author Philip Yancey. We have a few copies of this book in the church office for anyone wanting to pick one up. There is a $15 charge. I hear it is a very good read.

As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic puts a unique stress and challenge on our ministry and worshiping community, a faithful financial stewardship response within our church and the broader community is even more critical.  Now more than ever we need to respond to the call in the prayer: “we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first give us – our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love.”  Although circumstances prohibit us from physically taking an offering for gathered Sunday morning worship, please take the effort to mail your offering, drop it by the church office (practicing safe social distancing) or contribute on line.  God’s blessings to you for your generosity!           Pastor Kevin

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

Musical Notes           
Who would have imagined being where we are today?  There were obviously many experts that knew something like this virus was waiting in the wings.  It is sad that after watching what was happening elsewhere that we didn’t act sooner to prepare.  We do have this opportunity now to look more carefully at what really matters in this world so richly blest.  There was always a part of me that would accept those times in which we are ‘stopped in our tracks’, fully realizing that we are NOT in control.  It has never been as drastic as this for me in the past.  It is hard to be so humbled by a tragic event.  There is no doubt that we will come out of this with many changes forced upon us.  We need to help businesses in our community as much as possible.  Sadly, some have little hope of surviving this disruption.  Others, once recovered will possibly be much stronger.  Now, as far as our faith is concerned, we need to search for answers, solutions and reach out with love to our neighbor.  This is a great opportunity for community connection and growth.  Christ gave us such wonderful examples of compassion and service. Though we cannot diminish the tragedy set before us, we can choose to help everyone around us to move forward.  We are blessed to live in an age that can bring us so much closer together without compromising the ‘social distancing’ that is so important to our survival.  I know in the coming weeks I will use my musical library to listen to the message of Lent and Easter.  Music will remain an important part of healing.
            We have been meeting as staff to seek ways to reach out to this wonderful congregation.  With all of the planning for services complete, it will be hard not to share in person the message we were working so hard to deliver.  I can promise you that when we come together in the future, I will relish the opportunity to lead in music worship.               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 Arthurs, Mike Stavnes, 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.

CONFIRMATIONN —– 10th grade –   Continue to meet with your mentor, 10 sermon  notes and 10 hrs of community service.

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.

News from the Mission Action Committee: The Mission Action Committee met to discuss plans to determine HOW to best serve the needs of individuals in our congregation and community. Going along with the Lenten theme “Random Acts of Kindness”, each household should have received a survey regarding needs and opportunities for volunteering. This survey is a way of “putting people together”. Volunteering to pick up groceries, phone calls, emergency child care are just a few “Random Acts of Kindness” that can be done. Our church Food Shelf will continue to be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1-2:30. As of this writing (March 20) there is enough food on hand to fill 12 food boxes. As we move forward it is anticipated that there will be an ever-increasing need for individuals to utilize OS emergency food shelf. Safety measures regarding the food shelf has been discussed and protocol is in place to ensure the safety of each individual, both volunteers and clients. If you are in good health and becoming restless, volunteering is a way to have a positive impact in helping those who may need a helping hand during this crisis. We thank you for your support as we all maneuver our way through this crisis. God’s Blessings, Mission Action Committee

Heating System Renovation —– Among all the sad news that adorns us the Property Committee has good news in that the Heating and A/C Projects are moving forward. The 2 Contractors that are doing the work have their contracts and have materials on order. On the Heating System, Boiler room work, piping and selective demolition should be underway by early April. Hopes are that the Steam can be shut off May 1st. and completion of this part of the project in early July. On the A/C side once the snow is off the South roof, they will be able to start installation with work completion in June. Mike Stavnes Property Committee Co-chair

February update from the Friberg’s in Tanzania is posted in the narthex.

Dear friends, Greetings from Ketumbeine, north Maasailand, Tanzania.    We plan to be based in Minneapolis Aug-Oct 2020 and look forward to visiting many of you.  Our daughter Shalai graduates from high school in Kenya in July and will attend the University of Minnesota this fall.  Steve continues to respond very well to treatment for prostate cancer.  We are excited about upcoming visits from 2 teams representing supporting congregations.  Their renovations and presence will be an encouragement to medical staff and the local church. With thanks,  Steve and Bethany

White Elephant Sale Update —– Due to the coronavirus and the CDC restrictions, the Hibbing Memorial Building is not available for the Annual OSLC sale. The restrictions are initially in effect until May 17, 2020. After this date there is no available week in the Arena schedule before the end of 2020. We have put Thistledew personnel on hold and are actively looking for available space for even a smaller venue sale event. Many suggestions of venues are being investigated. All pickups have been put on hold, as we are overwhelmed with contributions that fill our 5+ warehouses. We are not looking for additional storage space, as the amount of merchandise we have is more than enough for a one-year sale. More information will be forthcoming if the situation changes. It is unfortunate that this happens at this late date and that Our Savior’s was hoping to use the proceeds toward the Heating System update. Thank-you Mike Stavnes WES Committee lead

“KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING” —– n a desire to keep everybody informed on how we are doing with our Capital Campaign for the new heating system, here is an update as of March 15, 2020:  $217,630.48.  We are still on track to have this project completed this year.  On behalf of myself, and the Capital Campaign Committee, we thank you all for your generosity and commitment to this project.  Please stay safe and take care of yourselves during this challenging time.  I certainly look forward to returning to our regular weekly worship and all the other church events that keep us connected.  Kathy Anderson, Capital Campaign Chair

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God’s blessing to all during these challenging times.  We need to remember that our parents, grandparents and great grandparents survived a way worse depression and Europe has survived the ravages of WWI and WWII.  Yes, it is scary times, but we don’t have a dust bowl but some areas have way too much water! —–To get your mind off all of this maybe you would like to sew quilts squares together or make school backpacks.  I have all the necessary supplies and will make kits for those who want them, plus instructions if needed. —–Also remember to check on your friends and neighbors.  Maybe we can write cards, postcards or notes just because.   Kids, for that matter all people love mail that is not a bill or ad! —– Right now, I am not promoting face masks as some hospitals want very specific types that will meet infectious disease specifications.  I am working on this with members of a local team in this department.  However, if you do have ¼ inch elastic let me know as it will be needed when we do sew masks. —–Decorate your windows using painter’s tape to make a design and then children’s paint and you will get the stained-glass effect. —–Let us make the best of a challenging time, enjoy Pastor Kevin’s messages on FB and learn how to use media to worship with church members in absentia.  Nancy Hukka was able to do this in Alaska last Sunday. —–Remember “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”.  —–In Christ, prayers and peace. —–Sue Schock

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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!