Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

Pastor Kevin – Family Faith Formation
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Family Faith Formation

Please listen to the radio on WMFG 1240 AM Sunday mornings at 10:30 am 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.  

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Our Savior’s Emergency Food Shelf continues to offer a life line to those individuals/families in the Hibbing area that find themselves in unexpected circumstances. The Food Shelf hours are Wednesday and Friday from 1-2:30pm.    Thank you from the Mission Action Committee
Our Children’s Clothes Closet is well stocked with good used and some new clothing including shoes, boots and outer wear free to those in need in the Hibbing area.  We also have children’s blankets available.  Appointments are made thru the church office by calling 218-263-7422.

Thanksgiving Worship – Whether you are traveling this year over the Thanksgiving Holiday, or staying in the cozy confines of home, please know that we at Our Savior’s will have a Thanksgiving Worship Service, Sunday, November 21st at 9 a.m

We have been very busy preparing music for our ‘in person” and broadcast services.  This past month the Temple Choir has sung at two services and the Handbells have played at one.  I am trying very hard to rehearse in the safest possible manner.  That means masked and socially distanced.  Let me tell you that it is NOT FUN for any of us.  It is hard to get enough air and sing that way and the mask is very warm often causing glasses to fog.  I still firmly believe that we need to be on the side of safety for our participants.  I wish that I could say that we are back to normal, but at best we are more normal.  I am so thankful for those willing to press forward.
Now that I have gotten that off my chest let us look forward.  We will begin the month singing “Brother James’s Air” in an arrangement by C. Armstrong Gibbs.  It is a pleasure to work with this arrangement because the individual parts are all interesting (which is not always the case).  It is always interesting to hear a different version of the 23rd Psalm. I particularly like the final line which says, “And in in my heart forevermore Thy dwelling place shall be.”  Let us always feel that God dwells in our hearts.  You can hear this anthem on November 7th.
We are tentatively planning for Handbells on the 14th of the month.  The reason I have not finalized the music choice is that we have some fluctuations in personnel now.  But then on the 21st of the month (our Thanksgiving celebration) the choir will sing “Oh, How Wonderful is the Lord” by Jay Althouse.  This is a very energetic expression of praise and thanksgiving.  A wonderful message to bring us into the week of Thanksgiving!  We would all love to see you at morning worship and join in fellowship downstairs.  We have so much to catch up on.  Come when you feel comfortable to do so but do come!             God Bless.  
Please remember our monthly meeting for Women’s Bible Study.  Our November study will be on Thursday, November 11th at 10am in the Fellowship Hall.  The study is printed in the GATHER magazine, but extra copies
are available on the table outside the office.          We’ll be expecting you!!

Council Meeting Highlights (October, 2021)

  • The council met in person in room 1.
  • General Fund is still about $5,500 behind (in the red).  Quarterly statements will be mailed.  The council will include a note of thanks for continued faithful stewardship.
  • Continued discussion on in-person worship. Leaving things as if for now, however we will be posting signs on doors Recommending mask usage.
  • Approved Pastor Kevin’s health care benefits package for 2022.
  • Family faith formation:  youth and family gathering after church service appears to be a success and will continue.
  • Updating OSLC policy manual continues with additional meetings on Oct 19.
  • Approved food policy liability waiver forms.  Thank you Kathy Anderson!
  • Church Directory:  Requested quotes from Express Print for directory.  Research pricing for inclusion to the 2022 OSLC budget.  Photography to be done locally.  More to come!
  • Property Committee update:  Budget for 2022 appears to be less than 2021.  This is good news as it appears we are reaping the benefits of the new heating system!  The council expressed their thanks to Mike Stavnes and Joe Arthurs for their continued dedication to the church property.
  • Personnel Committee meets Oct. 18th.
  • The next council meeting moved to Nov. 16, 2021.

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: Be sure to check out Family, Faith, Formation at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings-In person in the sanctuary or live stream or anytime on Facebook.  (no FFF Nov. 7) This formative time is for the entire family!

3rd grade  –   Soon you will receive your Bible

4th grade  –  Continue to read your Bibles

5th grade  –   You will prepare for First Communion during Lent

6th grade  –   Share a Bible story with your family

7th-10th grades –     Wednesday classes meet at Our Savior’s at 7:00 p.m.                                     Participation: 10 sermon notes, 10 hours of service

Inspirational Calendars, Cards, and Fudge – We anticipate having our Inspirational Calendars here, ready to be sold by early-to mid-November.  You’ll be able to buy yours at church on Sunday mornings, or by contacting the Church Office the same way we did last season.  Calendar costs will remain $8 for 1, 2 for $15, and $5 for each additional calendar. Cards will be available at that same time, at $6 for a pack of 12. Last year we were unable to offer our Christmas Fudge, but we’re looking forward to making it again this season!  We plan to make fudge on Friday evening, December 17th.  It will be available for pickup Sunday morning, December 19th.  Even if you “attend” worship on line, we hope you could be able to come to church to pick up your fudge that morning.  If necessary, we will arrange for pick up at the Church Office.  We’ll be making chocolate, chocolate with nuts, mint, and peanut butter flavors this season.  With support from a Thrivent Action Team grant, we’ll be able to keep the cost at $5 per half pound.  Look for order forms about Thanksgiving time.

Property CommitteeLED Lighting: The 2021 Project on the LED Lighting update has been completed. In 2021, 117 fluorescent units have been replaced with LED fixture units. 72 of those units were paid for out of WES funds, which were okayed during the 2021 Annual Meeting, and 45 units from generous donations to keep the LED changeout going, to reduce our electrical footprint. All rooms and the hallways North of the Sanctuary are done on all floor levels. We can hardly wait for more activities to begin, so that all can enjoy the new look. Thanks to Mike Stavnes, Joe Arthurs, Larry Schmelzer and Travis Odegaard for the help in getting the project completed. Our electrical footprint is being reduced, but the total energy savings will not be realized until we start utilizing those areas converted. Budget: 2022 Budget has been submitted. With the heating project and LED lighting now completed, we foresee a large reduction in the Utility Bills. Committee Members: Looking for members to join our Property Committee. Men and women are welcome. Mike Stavnes and Joe Arthurs Property Co-Chairs

White Elephant Sale – The storage units are being filled with many items that have been accumulating in basements and garages over the past two years of not having our annual sale. 2 units are completely full, 1 unit is about ¾ full and 2 units are in the beginning stages of being filled. Please mark your 2022 calendars with WES activities starting 4/18 and continuing thru 4/23 with the actual WES set for 4/23/2022. Mike Stavnes, WES Committee Member

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

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!