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FYI—Summer Office hours are Monday – Thursday, 8am – 4:30pm…. We will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day, July 4th
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Milestones —- As I figuratively put pen to paper in this July issue of the VOICE, I have one foot out the door in departure to my daughter’s wedding later on this weekend.
As you could well imagine there are a myriad of thoughts and emotions that are welling up in my heart. Yes, in addition to being the father-of-the-bride, packing and pulling everything together for a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony on the North Shore, I will also be presiding over my daughter’s nuptials as well (I’ll try to hold it together during the service!).
It is a great milestone, is it not, marrying off children we once tucked into bed at night? Where has time gone? In many a wedding homily that I have given over the years I have quoted from the anthem from the musical Fiddler on the Roof – Sunrise, Sunset, and this past week I have been living and re-living the healing sentiment of this reality… Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don’t remember growing older… When did they?
Milestones. At the risk of pointing out not only the obvious, but also the incredibly obvious, a milestone is “a significant event in your life.” A milestone literally refers to a roadside marker that lists the distance to a particular location on the road of life.
Milestones, life is filled with them. Children that are born, baptized, and grow up way too fast; graduations where we marvel at how smart these young prodigies have become; the afore mentioned marriage; and then all of the other joys and sorrows of daily life that lead up to a life well lived before a well deserved retirement; and lest we forget that final milestone of life, death itself, where we transition to… In my Father’s house there are many rooms if it were not so would I have told you that I’ve gone ahead to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2)
Milestones. One of the rewarding responsibilities I have as your Pastor is writing greeting cards to members at Our Savior’s who have reached the… milestone of their 80th birthday, or married couples who celebrate 50 years, or more, of marriage. And as I write those birthday and anniversary greetings to you, it is my goal to encourage us – both you and me – on this road that we call faith.
In addition to the word milestone, there are other lovely words that go into those birthday and anniversary greetings that are sent out. Words such as: love, legacy, commitment, discipleship, promise, perseverance, fidelity, and faithfulness. All of these beautiful realities come together in the relationship that we have with our Lord, and with each other, and all the time we ask ourselves that proverbial question: “Where has time gone?!”
There is a very fine line between the sentiments of what Sandi and I will be experiencing at our daughter’s wedding, and what is written – and will continue to be written – in the birthday and anniversary cards that are mailed out at Our Savior’s. And so let us close with this promise from Psalm 90, and because I’m in a poetic mood let’s take it from the King James Version: *So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. *Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. *Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. *Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. * And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. 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.
Council Meeting Highlights
- The council met in person in the conference room.
- Continued discussion about in-person worship. Church fully open. potential lifting of COVID preparedness plan, but will look at making decisions after July 4.
- Kathy Anderson provided an update to the funeral food policy. See Kathy’s update included in this month’s voice.
- Council given homework to read thru the policy manual and bring any updates to the next meeting to discuss.
- New Member Brochure: John Law provided a mock up sketch for layout of brochure.
- motion approved to allow Nancy S. flexibility to have up to 10 Friday’s off during the summer. This will be added to her job description.
- Worship Committee update: Discussed potential purchase and options for video screen(s) in the sanctuary.
- Property committee update: Need more members as Mike S. and Joe Arthurs will be away during winter. Looking for interested individuals to be on this committee.
- Online, radio, and TV broadcasts of services are continuing to be provided.
- live radio 9am broadcasts during the summer.
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 —– By now we hope that all of our members at OSLC have been informed of the Vacation Bible School (V.B.S.) event Wilderness Escape that is being planned at Our Savior’s in August; the evenings of Sunday, August 15th through Thursday, August 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The purpose of our Vacation Bible School is to have an intergenerational fun, faith formation experience for grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade where children learn to trust God.
To “trust God” is not only a lesson for the children of our community, but also for each and every one of us as we are endeavoring to host a Vacation Bible School.
As of the writing of this July VOICE article, there are 11 volunteers who have come forward to volunteer to make our upcoming Vacation Bible School a faithful success (and we know that more will be forth coming!). Planning is now in the works to put details to five evenings of fun lessons, crafts, and games, not to mention a family friendly fellowship meal to kick-off each evening. This is going to be fun!
In addition to volunteers who will help directly with the V.B.S. Wilderness Escape, we need everyone’s help in promoting this worthy event! Do you know of children in your neighborhood, or perhaps your own grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, who might be blessed by attending our V.B.S.? Please encourage them, invite them, give them a registration form, or help remove any barriers to their participating. Stay tuned for further updates in the weeks ahead. Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides!
Chapel of the Pines at Side Lake is open for Summer worship. The start time of worship is 11:15 a.m.
Confirmation News: (2021-2022 grades)
8th – 11th graders: sermon notes can be taken during any virtual or live services and jotted on any type of paper, please be sure to include your name and turn in at the office to Cindy. Summer is a great time to do service hours.
Kindergarteners – 5th graders: VBS is scheduled for the evenings of Sunday, August 15 – Thursday, August 19 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Come One, Come All!
Enjoy the summer and stay safe. God’s Blessings on Your Home, Cindy, Confirmation Coordinator
Property Committee — 1. Handrail at door 9 ready to install. 2. Security System false alarms have been resolved. System fully on line and paid for. Fellowship Hall area had to be hard wired in, rather than using radio signals, thus there was some additional expense. 3. Thanks to a couple of generous donations toward additional LED lights, we have ordered enough lights from Lowes bulk ordering system to complete all Sunday School Wing Rooms. When completed all 4′ fluorescent tube lights in the church will be LED lights. Once the Church fully opens our light energy footprint costs will be fully realized. Delivery of the lights is 6-8 weeks, and installation will begin in the Fall. 4. We are looking for additional members to join our Committee as a couple of our members are “snowbirds”. It is not all work, we have fun too. You do not have to be retired to join. Mike Stavnes and Joe Arthurs, Co-chairs Property
OSLCW updates. We are seeing the light at the end of a long struggle with an unforgiving Covid virus. As more and more people are vaccinated, we are starting to come together to work on church projects. On Sunday, July 11th, after worship we are having a meeting of the women of the congregation to discuss items such as the bazaar, pasty bakes, proposed changes to how food is prepared and served at funerals, on-going Gather magazine Bible studies and current LWR projects being accomplished. We will also have a financial report for OSLCW and a kitchen update. Grab a cup of coffee and we will meet probably in sanctuary or room one. As of now service groups are kind of out of touch so we are asking people to sign up to help with coffee fellowship after services thru the month of August. Coffee will be ready and pots, paper cups, and cookies ready for you to set up to serve. Of course, if you want to use the new cups and wash them that is your choice. Tea and decaf are also available. SCHOOL KITS: We will be assembling school kits in early September as the truck for our synod will be in Grand Rapids on September 11th. Items needed are rulers, child scissors, pencil sharpeners, Bic style pens, 24 count Crayola crayons, 2-inch erasers. For sure we have enough notebooks and pencils for about 200 kits. We received a Thrivent grant from the Brunettes that has enabled us to buy about 150 very nice waterproof cinch style backpacks. QUILTING: We are back to normal routine and will go thru August 9th, take a break and resume again on Sept. 7th (a Tuesday due to Monday being Labor Day) and back to Mondays on Sept. 13th. Come join us for good conversation, quilt tying and of course, coffee and goodies. PERSONL CARE KITS: A couple of us will go through what we have on hand and get them ready for the truck. We will continue this project throughout the year and publish a list of items used in another Voice later on. SEWING KITS: There are 24 packed and ready to take to the truck. This is the equivalent of 144 yards of fabric and about 50+ spools of thread plus ribbon or lace to tie bundle. LAYETTES: Items on hand will be gone thru and as many kits as can will be assembled and the rest of the items saved for the baby shower in February. This project has become too expensive to continue in lieu of all the other LWR projects we do.
Those heading these projects have decided to narrow our focus and do a better job on the three remaining kits with school and personal care plus quilting being the most important. Sewing kits use two three-yard pieces of fabric in each kit and when we get these, we put them aside for the project. We continue with both quilting groups (Children’s and LWR) to accept any and all fabric and determine how to best use or donate it. If you of know anyone cleaning out a fabric stash, let us know.
White Elephant Sale — We have auctioned off the contents of all 5 storage lockers. We anticipate being able to accept new donations about mid-July. Mark your calendars “2022 WES will be April 23, 2022”.
News from Camp
10th Annual VLM Bluegrass Festival – July 2021 Featuring week-long on-line “Fund-a-Need” giving campaign Online Church Basket Challenge and Silent Auction beginning July 29 (To participate, sign up at bluegrass2021.givesmart.com) Come to Camp Vermilion for live music and food on Saturday, July 31 Bluegrass Worship at Camp Hiawatha on Sunday, August 1 Raffle Tickets $10 Raffle prizes First Prize – Wenonah 2020 Minnesota II Kevlar Ultralight Canoe Second Prize – 11-inch iPad Pro Third Prize – $500 cash.
OSLC “Baskets” – Church Basket Challenge Bluegrass Festival – Camp Vermilion This year we have chosen to have two not quite so large “baskets.” We plan to enter two smaller – but still good-sized – collections. One will be called “Good Morning!” and will feature some of the same items that we offered last year. The other will be called “Back to School.” If you would like to contribute any items that would work well with either of our “baskets,” please bring them to the OSLC Office by July 18. Last year your contributions went a long way toward making ours a very popular basket. Please consider participating in this year’s “baskets!”
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.
Please Read our New Bylaws and 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!