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Wilderness Escape…

Wilderness Escape is the theme that we will be using for our Vacation Bible School that Our Savior’s will hold the week of Sunday, August 15th through Thursday, August 19th.            Wilderness Escape is a VBS curriculum that we have purchased from Group Publishing House that uses the biblical narrative of Moses and the Children of Israel traveling through the wilderness in the Book of Exodus.  Quoting directly from the Group Publishers, we read:

          Welcome to the Wilderness, where you’ll join Moses as he and the       Israelites escape Egypt and travel to parts unknown – trusting God all          the while! We’re glad that you have chosen this amazing           experience     that will help kids (and adults) explore this incredible journey through the eyes of Moses.  Our team had the opportunity to see this program        in action as we tested it.  All we can say is that you’re in for an         unforgettable time!

I see the theme of Wilderness Escape, and the opportunity for us to host a Vacation Bible School later on this summer, as a metaphor for mission and ministry at Our Savior’s.  We, like the Children of Israel, are traveling through an unknown – but hopeful time – escaping a great wilderness as we move further through the COVID pandemic.  We are living the Wilderness Escape as we… 

  • Continue to gather for in person worship.
  • Reengage our community in Christian service (while listening to CDC precautions).
  • Gather together with other churches for outdoor worship at Bennett Park (three times this summer).
  • Gather to study the promises of God in weekly Bible study. 
  • Plan youth and children’s ministry.

All things that just maybe we took for granted before vaccination, and the journey towards herd immunity.  But we are still in the wilderness, and we are still ever dependent upon God’s provision and guiding hand.   May God continue to bless us all as we walk by faith and not always by sight! 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.

Mission Action — If anyone knows of a family in need of food and/or children’s clothing please let them know our hours of operation for the Food Shelf and Clothes Closet are Wednesday and Friday from 1-2:30 pm. The Children’s Clothes Closet has clothing for children up to age 12.   The food and clothing are free and we can help out those days or the Clothes Closet by appt.   Please call the church office at 263-7422 for an appt. or send people over on Wednesday and Friday.

Having just met as a congregation this last Sunday, I feel very thankful for the opportunity to worship here at OSLC.  I think that all of us at one time or another have not fully appreciated something until it is missing from our lives.  What I sense has been lost, with not rehearsing with choir and handbells, is the growth and development that would have taken place in these last months.  That is something that cannot be made up for.  This is what our students in school are experiencing.  In fact, I do not believe we can really ‘pick up from’ where we left off.  It will take time to clear the cobb webs from our voices.  Time to sharpen our skills so to speak.  We have done all that we can this season since we cease meeting after Memorial Day.
          What I need to do is start planning early for next fall.  It seems to me to be a very good idea to think in terms of using (to our benefit) what we have learned throughout this time period that disrupted our lives.  Some of the technologies which we have and utilized should continue.  Our ability to stream and increase our outreach is so valuable to our church.  Maybe this whole idea of ‘virtual’ isn’t all bad.  Maybe I need for one Sunday every so often to see how many people who have left our region can be part of an anthem on occasion.  In this digital age we can keep more connected and engaged with each other.  I certainly can send out music and practice recordings to singers and ringers ahead of time.  If we do this right, I believe that we can expand every ministry in our church.  This can be the beginning of something fresh and new!  Have a wonderful summer and thanks to all who participated in our music making.  You are treasured….                                   Roy

Father’s Day Prayer— God, bless all the fathers in the world.  Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children.  Help them to be a father like You are.  Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.  Amen! Thank you, Dad for all you do!

Worship in the Park – This Summer we will be worshipping at Bennett Park (North Pavilion until further notice) on June 20th, July 18th and August 22nd.   First Lutheran, Holy Trinity and Our Savior’s will be co-worshipping on these dates at 9 am. Please remember to bring your own lawn chair and umbrella (rain or shine).

Council Meeting Highlights (May 11, 2021)

  • The council met remotely via Zoom
  • We will be returning to in-person worship on May 16. We also approved the return of committees and other groups to meet in-person in the church building, provided masking and social distancing is followed.  The Kitchen remains closed; no food is to be provided or served.
  • Online, radio, and TV broadcasts of services are continuing to be provided
  • A “New Member Brochure” is being drafted; more discussion to follow
  • Vacation Bible School is being planned for Aug. 16-20, evenings; volunteers are needed; hope VBS will be a jump-start to the fall Sunday School program
  • “Worship in the Park” is being planned for 6/20, 7/18, and 8/22; First Lutheran will join us
  • The OSLC Policy Manual will be updated; sections specific to use of the Kitchen (e.g., funerals, receptions, etc.) will be addressed first
  • Authorized the WES group to engage the services of an auction company to auction the contents of our five storage units
  • Received an update from the Property Committee; amazing things continue to happen, for instance, the Sanctuary roofing project is 100% completed
  • Next Council meeting will be in-person on June 8, Room 1

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.

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.

NEEDED:  Altar Guild is in need of 1 person for July and 1 person for August. If you would like to participate please call Suzanne 218-262-2122

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL @ OUR SAVIOR’S! —-THEME… Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides & Provides —- WHEN… Sunday, August 15th through Thursday, August 19th —- TIME OF DAY… Evenings, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. —– WHERE… Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 501 East 23rd St.  —- WHO… Kindergarten through Fifth Grade —– Hosting a Vacation Bible School (V.B.S.) experience at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in mid-August?  Yes, we can do this!  —– For many years we (Our Savior’s & First Lutheran) have relied on the Camp Staff from Camp Vermilion to come and host a V.B.S. experience for our youth known as “Day Camp.”  This venture served as a win/win for all parties involved as we had highly energized Camp Counselors lead, teach, and play with our kids in faith formation, while VLM benefited from promoting the Bible Camp. —– Due to COVID, and other challenges, the VLM Day Camp option is no longer available to us.  BUT WE CAN HOST A SAFE, FAITH-FILLED VBS EXPERIENCE OURSELVES! —– Planning is still in the works, and more information will be forth coming in the July and August VOICE, but here is the vision as it now stands…

  • Wilderness Escape VBS will be held Sunday evening (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.), August 15th through Thursday, August 19th.
  • The latest in CDC precautions will be put in place (we might be wearing masks inside, while taking them off outside).
  • A light meal will be served each night.  Lisa Pastika has graciously consented to lend her skills in this regard!  
  • First Lutheran is invited to join with us in hosting (other churches will also receive an open invitation to join as they are able).
  • We are now actively recruiting volunteers for many different tasks: teachers, helpers, staffing for games and crafts, plus the possibility of building “sets” out of cardboard.  Please prayerfully consider participating if asked!
  • Registration forms, and other promotional materials, will soon be made available.
  • Last, but certainly not least, encourage any child that you might have influence over, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, to participate in the Wilderness Escape VBS!   

Congratulations High School Seniors – Class of 2021! — We are very proud of you and your accomplishments.  Good luck to you in your future endeavors.   May God keep you in the palm of His hand

Beginning May 30th, Chapel of the Pines at Side Lake is open for Summer worship. The start time of worship is 11:15 a.m. On July 4th, worship will start at 8 a.m. to accommodate the parade. 

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  – Welcome to the Communion Rail — 6th graders please let Cindy know if you are available to begin serving as acolytes and she will arrange for training.

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

9th grade– Participation:  10 sermon notes, 10 hours of service,

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

Property CommitteeSanctuary Roof Replacement: Complete!!! Range Cornice completed the project about 3 weeks ago. Work was done in about 5 days, with no weather delays and “No Contingency Funds” used. The roof was replaced last back in the early 1980’s, so this one should last us a long time, going forward. A shout goes out to Range Cornice. LED Lighting Project: Spring 2021 LED Lighting Project is complete. All 72 lights that were ordered came in and have been installed. Thanks goes out to Joe Arthurs, Larry Schmeltzer, Travis Odegaard, and Mike Stavnes for making quick work of the installation. A special thanks to Lowes for letting us use bulk buying to get 72 lights for the budgeted funds instead of 61, like originally thought. “the more you buy the more you save”. We have also received monetary donations toward the project to go beyond what we anticipated to do in 2021. We will be using Lowes bulk buying power to hopefully complete all the fluorescent changeovers in the Church before years end, utilizing these donations. Thanks for the donations. Security System: The new system through ESC Systems (Endresen) out of Proctor MN is up and running. It appears that the System glitches are caused by the concrete and rebar super structure of the 60+ year old building. OSLC Hibbing was literally “built solid as a rock”. The problem with the glitches is being worked on and will be resolved. Handrail at door 9: There will soon be a handrail at the office door for safety and user assistance. Thanks to Jim Perry and Furin & Shea Fabricating for donating time and materials to make this Safety item a reality. Mike Stavnes and Joe Arthurs Property Co-Chairs

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 on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10am. The summer study is entitled “Just Love” and is written by Rev. Angela Khabeb, the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran in Minneapolis. 

White Elephant Sale — We were all disappointed that we were again unable to hold the Annual WES in 2021. The WES Steering Committee and the Church Council all put on our thinking hats, in a conscience effort to both have a sale and to also purge the 5 storage lockers full of sale items. We looked at alternative sites and facilities, mini sales, outside buyers, courtyard and tent sales, and even later dates, once Covid-19 restrictions ended. Thoughts of sorting through the lockers and selling high value items were also investigated, along with workers availability with Covid-19 restrictions. In the long run, obstacles were too great or overwhelming to have the sale. We presently have 5 storage lockers (3 are 10’w x 20’d x 10’t and 2 are 10’w x 30’d x 10’t) and are full to the rafters and out to the door openings. Most items have been stored since mid-2020. The merchandise has seen no sunlight, endured the heat of summer and cold of winter and possibly dampness. It is compacted, has been scrunched, crushed, and wedged in a tight space for far too long. With what is in those lockers, is enough material for a pretty good sale, and with church members holding on to new materials, we felt combining for 2022 would be overwhelming, plus who knows what condition the stored items would be in. Discussions were held by the WES Steering Committee and the Church Council and we are trying one last ditch effort to purge the lockers of the merchandise, most which has been stored since mid-2020. We have contacted Oberfoell Auctions/Do-Bid to do an on-line auction of the 5 lockers. Each locker is a lot and has a number assigned to it. Pictures were taken and will be posted along with a brief description of contents. Bidders can come and look at contents if they wish, but “No Rummaging”. Cost to the Church by Oberfoell is waved. Oberfoell controls the sale, we control the keys, and advertising. There is a minimum bid on each locker and a means to ensure that buyers take everything in each locker. Oberfoell makes their money on a buyers bidder fee added to the sale price. Legwork has been completed and sale will be in early June (Watch OSLC Facebook for Chris M updates). Once lockers are empty, we will be able to refill them with fresh items. We know we will not make the money we would be able to with a full WES Sale, but the sale is not only about the money we make. The sale is Fellowship, Comradery and Community Service. The money made is a benefit whether large or small amounts are made. I hope that this explains what we are trying to do. We are also being transparent with our intentions. 2022 WES Sale date is April 23, 2022. A special thanks goes out to the Cliff Lind Family and L&L Rental for their continued support and understanding on the WES endeavor. Mike Stavnes, WES Committee Member

News from Camp

Summer Staff – We are still hiring! Positions for counselors, health care at Camp Hiawatha, lifeguards, and kitchen staff are the main need. Lifeguards and kitchen staff could be hourly positions for those who might live close to Camp Hiawatha or Camp Vermilion. And if you know someone who would make a stellar staff member but perhaps are not able to commit to a full summer, we still want to talk to them! Learn more at www.VLMcamps.org/summer-employment, or contact Brett@VLMcamps.org or Richie@VLMcamps.org.

Bluegrass Festival – We are still finalizing the exact schedule for our 10th Annual Bluegrass Festival on July 31, but we look forward to gathering virtually and in person across the region. The Church Basket Challenge was a great success last year, and we hope your congregation will consider participating in this part of our event. More information is attached on how your congregation can participate in this popular part of our Bluegrass event. 

Bluegrass Raffle – We have brought back the raffle this year, and will have tickets available soon. Let us know if your congregation would be willing to sell tickets for us and we’ll make sure to get tickets to you. First prize this year is an 18ft Wenonah Kevlar canoe; Second prize is an 11-inch iPad Pro; Third prize is $500

PRAYER FOR SUMMERTIME –Loving God, Creator of all times and places, we thank you for the gift of summertime, the days of light, warmth and leisure. Thank you for the beauty that surrounds us everywhere we look: the multi-colored flowers, the deep blue of the sky, the tranquil surface of lakes, the laughter of children at play, people strolling in parks, families gathered around picnic tables and the more time to spend with family and friends. As we open our eyes and ears to the landscape of nature and people, open our hearts to receive all as gift. Give us that insight to see you as the Divine Artist. Help us to realize and appreciate that you are laboring to keep all in existence. Warm our souls with the awareness of your presence. Let all the gifts we enjoy this summer deepen our awareness of your love so that we may share this with others and enjoy a summertime of re-creation.   AMEN.

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!