Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

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And Now… A Virtual Annual Meeting! 

Having successfully figured out how to do virtual worship in the COVID world we inhabit, we now rise to another challenge: A Virtual Annual Meeting! 

          Yes, that’s right!  The Annual Meeting for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – scheduled for Sunday, January 31st at 10:30 a.m. (after worship) – will be conducted virtually using the tools of You Tube Live Stream and Zoom.  If for some unknown reason we need to reschedule this meeting, we will reschedule to Sunday, February 7th.

          We have proven to ourselves that we can do this!  We leave the planning details of “hosting” a Virtual Annual Meeting to our cracker jack, self-taught Information Technology Committee of: Dustin Davidson, Chris Magnusson, John Law, Roy Berg, and myself, but with a simple email address WE CAN ALL connect to virtually participate in our Annual Meeting via Zoom.   

What is Zoom?  Zoom is a computer program that we have accessed that connects people with computers and phones from almost any location.  Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has purchased a Zoom account, and we have already been using Zoom to teach Confirmation, and to conduct various church meetings throughout the pandemic.  

The challenge of living in the “lock down” of a COVID world may have already introduced many of you to “Zoom Family Meetings;” although you may have left the details of getting on said Zoom meetings to your children or grandchildren!   But with a simple email – and a little bit of patience (on both ends!) – we can schedule a wonderful Our Savior’s Family Zoom Meeting on Sunday, January 31st.  But to assure our greatest success we need your help. 

          If our church office DOES NOT have a CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS FROM YOU it would be helpful for you to provide one to us. With your email on record at OSLC, we can then send you a “Zoom Invitation” linking you to the Virtual Annual Meeting.  Many of you already connect to OSLC through email, and with your email in our church records we intend to send you the link inviting you to the meeting without any action on your part.  

        To help us all become more comfortable with what a Zoom Annual Meeting might look like, two practice sessions have been set-up for Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th, BOTH to be held at 10:30 a.m. 

If you will be using a cellular phone or ipad to participate in the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to participate in the practice session scheduled for Saturday, January 16th. If you will be using a desk computer or laptop to participate in the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to participate in the practice session scheduled for Sunday, January 17th.  

Finally, we give our thanks to Chris Magnusson who is available to work one-on-one with anyone who would like further assistance in learning the ins and outs of getting on Zoom.  Chris can be reached at (218) 969-7137.  Once again, we can do this! 

God bless, be well, and a blessed Happy New Year as 2020 has tempered us for better things yet to come!       Pastor Kevin

Our Savior’s Emergency Food Shelf –Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  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.

Virtual Meeting with a New Member Class….Thursdays, January 7th, 14th  and 21st, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.……New Member “Reception”, Sunday, January 24th

When the grip of the COVID pandemic hit beginning last March, we were in the midst of our New Member Classes at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Hitting the proverbial pause button, we waited for “things to get better” so that we could resume face-to-face meetings, and welcome our New Members as a part of our worshipping community.       As we continue to eagerly wait for better days of gathering for worship and fellowship, perhaps with the turning of the New Year we need to further live into the reality of gathering in virtual fellowship, worship, and Christian instruction fulfilling our Lord’s mandate to go make disciples of all nations… 

To help fulfill this mandate, Pastor Kevin will be offering a New Member Class through Zoom Meeting/Chat on Thursday evenings, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on January 7th, 14th & 21st.   To join in on these New Member classes it will be important for participants to submit an email address in order to connect through cell phone, computer, or another mobile device.   If you were already participating in the New Member Class last March, we at Our Savior’s will be reaching out to invite you to these meetings, BUT THIS OFFERING IS ALSO OPEN TO ALL AND ANYONE; COME ONE, COME ALL!   

In these three, hour and half sessions, Pastor Kevin will be going through the basics of how Lutherans understand the Christian faith focusing on: Baptism, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, Holy Communion, and Confession & Absolution. 

For those attending these Virtual Zoom New Member Classes who would like to become members of Our Savior’s, we will receive new members (virtually) on the worship service scheduled for Sunday, January 24th.   Questions?  Contact Pastor Kevin at the church at (218) 263-7422.

It is a NEW YEAR!  Most of us won’t want to remember 2020 for numerous reasons.  But as we move forward, what have we learned in the past year, what will we change or are we willing to change in the future?  I believe we have a certain amount of control when it comes to improvement.  I am working to do any number of things differently.  I need to re-envision what choirs will look like at OSLC.  People have to get back to singing and ringing even if it means doing it in a distant fashion.  As I tried to call some singers back together virtually they found that voices were extremely ‘rusty’.  We all need to develop a strategy that involves some daily vocal and musical activity.  Do we have the discipline to do that?  We will have to find that in ourselves.  I will try to help by creating either videos or recorded music files to take singers through exercises.  I still continue to work on a system for virtual performance.  But we need to be in better vocal shape to find success in this adventure.  I am upgrading my equipment at home to try and make this more workable.  At first, I did not succeed so we try again.
We also need new ways to stay connected as a church body.  I often think of those who are isolated both in the physical sense and the technological sense.  I am so afraid that a certain number within our congregation have no way to connect through the media that we are working so hard to make available.  Now is a time that not sharing an email address with the church leaves members stranded.  Many of us have been able to have contact with family through Skype or Zoom or some other manner.  So even if it isn’t the HUG that we need, at least it gives us some ‘face time’.  As a church we need to search our membership and try to reconnect by whatever means possible.  The way to start our new year is to reach out as never before and recognize that we have not prepared ourselves for this kind of disaster!  More than ever our prayer needs to go out to our members.  As people talk of new normal I can only hope that what we end up with is much better than that!  Out with the ‘old’ as they say.                              Roy

Council Meeting Highlights (December 8, 2020)

  • The council met remotely via Skype
  • As of November 30, the General Fund had a positive balance of $469.70
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: virtual service at 3:30 PM; candles and communion elements for the service are available for parishioners to pick up at the church office vestibule
  • 2021 Spending Plan was discussed; further clarifications will be made for final plan
  • Pr. Kevin and Chris M. will meet with the Synod re. conducting our Annual Meeting virtually
  • White Elephant Sale was discussed; the Memorial Building may still be unavailable by April
  • Motion was passed allowing in-person funerals, but with limited attendance
  • 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 please pick up your Bible from the office hallway shelf. 

4th grade  –   Continue to view the Children’s talks on YouTube

5th grade  –   Hope you were able to pick up your copy of “Little Visits with God” from the office hallway shelf.

6th grade  – Blessings to Each of You in the New Year!

7th-9th grades –     Wednesday classes meet at 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM…Class dates are Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17

10th grade– Thursday, Jan. 28th meet with Pastor Sarah…Parent/Mentor meeting

Property CommitteeHeating System Renovation: The 9-item hit list of items for Iron Range Plumbing & Heating and Hart Electric has been completed. The “Keep the Home Fires Burning” renovation project is complete. We await final billing from Iron Range Plumbing & Heating and Hart Electric. We completed the project within the original budget estimates and very little contingency funds were used. Final numbers should be available soon. Donations are still being accepted toward the project. Miscellaneous repairs around the Church: The heaters at door 4 and door 7 have new Fintube, control valves and relief valves. (not part of renovation). Programable t-stats have been installed on the Library and Chapel heating system branches. Kitchen: Oak Shop and Rick Koschak continue to work on the refurbishment of the kitchen cabinet doors and fronts. Following that work, he will begin on replacement of three Formica counter tops. Thanks again to Rick and the Oak Shop.  Boy Scout Room: The Boy Scout closet now has new ceiling tile and is empty.  Rearranging of closet space usage and occupancy is in progress. Many of the Boy Scout material type items are being relocated to the Methodist Church Troop storage. A bit of upgrading and TLC of this room will need to be done for other groups to utilize this space. Please Note: We continue to follow covid-19, State and CDC guidelines. We are utilizing as few people as possible in cleaning. If we need more help, we shall contact people to help. Again, great job by all! Mike S. and Joe A.

Clothes Closet — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has a Children’s Clothing Closet with sizes up to 12-14.  It is free to use.  Usually you can receive two to three outfits, one of which is new.  Shoes, boots, winter outer wear, under garments are also available most of the time.  Children’s quilts are also available and sometimes twin bed sheets.  You must call 263-7422 to request an appointment time to meet with a committee member to help you.  Church office hours are Monday thru Friday 8am – 4:30pm.

BLESSINGS UPON BLESSINGS! … You just never know when an opportunity presents itself to put our church’s mission focus into action.  I made a simple post to Facebook on Saturday about a family needing beds.  They only requested one, though need six, so the dying grandfather would have a bed and not a beach lounge chair for his bed.  She said the rest could still sleep on the floor.  Our community stepped up right away thanks to a school secretary spreading the word to her groups and others who read the posts. 

As of today, Monday, I know of four beds for sure and two pending plus they received a couch and love seat also.  We have been given new ideas of access to helping others in our community through groups I never knew existed, but friends use to help others in need.  Also, the family will get gifts through one of the groups and gas cards from another person.  One church member donated 12 pillows.  The grandmother who is raising these four children and caring for the dying husband could not say enough “Thank You’s” to all who have helped.  It all started with a request for copies of a legal paper and a Children’s Clothes Closet need.  Each family member also received an age-appropriate quilt. Thank you to all who helped in any way.

Food shelf usage continues and thanks to a generous donation we were able to purchase extra items for the boxes for December.  A bottle of laundry soap may not be much to most of us but to some it is a gift of having clean laundry. Extra items were also shampoo, hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap and body lotion.  Ham was also purchased and MA committee members added canned chicken and hot cocoa mix. A big high five and thank you to all who support these efforts.

The two church quilting groups gave over 100 quilts to Salvation Army for their Christmas boxes.  We also took pillow cases and bath towels to them, gifts we received when a hotel changed hands last spring.

God’s blessing on a heart filled Christmas even though we cannot gather so we may do so next year with the whole family.   Thank you to our church members who continue to bless others as they have been blessed. Sue S.

News from Camp

Attention Pastors and Delegates – The VLM Annual Meeting Is Online This Year!  You will be receiving an email with information on how to register and attend the 2020 Annual Meeting and Celebration on February 6th.  We will be on a Zoom Meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will be using this opportunity to help churches update the contact information of their rostered leaders and voting delegates.  We are working to gather the board nominees, budget and annual report information now.  The finished report will be released in January.  Add the meeting to your calendar now! And there should be no weather issues this year! 

Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion Summer Registration is now open!  Learn more about our programs, and check out the summer calendar and registration information online at www.VLMcamps.org/summer-schedule.

Does your household need to get out of the house? Cabins and lodge rooms are available for rent at both Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion.  Please contact us to schedule a family getaway, or to simply spend an afternoon outside, playing, skiing or sledding.  Food options available for overnight stays. Visit the new retreat website for more information www.NorthwoodsRetreatsMN.com.

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

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.

Prayer for the New Year… Thank You Lord for giving me the brand new year ahead. Help me live the way I should as each new day I tread. Give me gentle wisdom that I might help a friend, give me strength and courage so a shoulder I might lend. The year ahead is empty, help me fill it with good things. Each new day filled with joy and happiness it brings.     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!