Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

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Please note: the church office New Hours starting on January 1, 2022. Monday = closed .         Tuesday – Friday = 9am – 2pm

Looking Back and Looking Forward…Happy New Year!    We get our name for the month of January from the Latin word Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions.  As the god of transitions, Janus is often depicted with two, bearded heads that face in opposite directions, looking to both the future and the past.

Looking back at what has transpired in 2021, and looking forward to what 2022 might bring, there is still much anxiety as we continue to navigate the threat of a COVID virus that has since mutated at least two times since its inception. 

Looking back we are blessed with wonderful assets to help mitigate the most deleterious effects of this virus. Safe, and readily available vaccines are now available, testing for the virus can easily be done within our homes, and as I write this article, pharmaceuticals are being developed to help combat the most virulent of symptoms. 

But in looking ahead to assess the spread of the virus – with its threat of devastating spikes – COVID is still a major threat to public health; and for the foreseeable future we will continue to mask in public places, practice social distancing, and pray for continued patience as we are all exhausted from what COVID takes from us and requires of us. 

Looking back, going on close to two years now, I am incredibly proud of how we have been able to manage the “virtual world” in broadcasting our worship services via live stream and U-Tube.  Zoom and Facebook are no longer intimidating technologies, but useful tools to help us in our mission and ministry at Our Savior’s.  Looking back last year we not only managed to smoothly live stream our worship services, but successfully conducted our Annual Meeting back in January of 2021.     

Looking ahead to this year’s Annual Meeting, to be held on Sunday, January 30th at 10:30 a.m. we pray that it will be possible to have “in person” attendance. BUT WE WILL ALSO dive deep into the skill sets we have learned to live stream the proceedings of the meeting as well.  With the skills we have learned from last year’s virtual Annual Meeting, there will be an option to participate in this year’s Annual Meeting virtually.  As is the case with our Sunday morning worship, the operative word here is “hybrid”: one can attend either in person or via the web.   

As was the case last year, to help us all become more comfortable with what a Virtual Annual Meeting might look like, two practice sessions have been set-up for Saturday, January 15th and Sunday, January 16th, 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 15th. 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 16th.

If our church office DOES NOT have a CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS FROM YOU we will need one in order to send a Zoom link to invite you to the practice sessions, and the actual Annual Meeting.   

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.  Looking back on what we have learned, and looking ahead to how we move forward!

God bless, be well, and a blessed Happy New Year in 2022!  Pastor Kevin 

Save the date:   Annual Meeting – Sunday, January 30, 2022 – Worship Service at 9 a.m. with the Annual Meeting following. Virtual option is available. *Committee Reports need to be completed by Wednesday, Jan. 5th!!*

MUSICAL NOTES — As we ‘close the book’ as they say on this year, I do find much to be thankful for.  As far as the music ministry at OSLC I feel that we did an admirable job of providing music consistently from Fall through Christmas.  Singers and bell ringers were dedicated and worked very hard.  As you come into contact with our wonderful participants, please tell them how much they are appreciated.   I must thank all of the musicians from the bottom of my heart.  I am hopeful that we can move forward from where we currently are and continue to develop our ministry.  We can unfortunately expect some dark days ahead but we are reminded of the light that Jesus brought into the world.  We must focus on spreading that light.  I am often astounded by how the seemingly small gesture of friendship or encouragement has such a powerful effect.  We have been taught to respect people’s space and be socially distanced.  The downside of that has been to become not only cautious but emotionally distanced.  We are given unlimited ways in which we can reach out to others and not put them at risk.  As we move into this new year remember how the shepherds spread the word.  The joy over the arrival of this special infant could not be contained.  I pray that Christmas has changed all of us this year.  Keep Christmas in your heart and bring joy to others.  All of my love to a wonderful congregation.  Thanks to the staff for helping make the rough places plain!      Roy
Please remember our monthly meeting for Women’s Bible Study.  Our January study will be on Thursday, January 13th 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 (December, 2021)

  • The council met in person in room 1.
  • General Fund is still about $1,400 behind (in the red).  Council feels that this is improvement as we reach the end of the year.  Thank you for continued faithful stewardship!
  • Continued discussion on in-person worship and current COVID rates in the area.  Reminder:  Masks will be required until things improve.  Christmas eve services @ 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm.
  • Pastor Kevin will be off December 26th.  Council approved worship service to be led by Roy and Nadine Berg.  It will be a sing-along style service.
  • Reviewed final 2022 budget.  Put January 30th on your calendar for the annual meeting.  The plan as of now is to be in person with an option for virtual attendance.
  • Updating OSLC policy manual continues.  Additional meeting on January 4, 2022.
  • 2022 Church Directory:  OSLC will be forming a committee, so we will be looking for volunteers to move forward.  More to come!
  • Committee reports for annual meeting are due Jan. 5.
  • The next council meeting is Jan. 11, 2022.
Just FYI, we WILL be holding our annual Baby Shower in February. 
More information will be in the February VOICE.
to all who contributed to the Poinsettias and the Mission Project.  These gifts make Christmas beautiful for us and for others.  Your generosity has made this happen!!!        Thanks be to God! 

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. 

7th-10th grades – Wednesday classes resume January 5th -Class dates are Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 … Participation: 10 sermon notes, 10 hours of service

White Elephant Sale – The storage units are 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

Mission Action — We would like to thank all who have supported the Food Shelf and Clothes Closet this past year with either food or monetary support.  Our Food Shelf is currently in great shape.  Participation is actually lower this past year we think because of the Salvation Army and all the other programs out there. The Clothes Closet is full so if you know of any families needing children’s clothing have them contact the church office at 263-7422 to make an appointment.  Thanks to all who have supported the Clothes Closet with either items or monetary support. Thank you for your continued support.

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.

OSLCW UP COING EVENTS — In talking with Sue Stanisich, we decided to have the Gather magazine study on January 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Coffee and goodies will be available. On Sunday January 16th, we will have a brief OSLCW meeting following services.  This is a date change.  If you have ideas of projects we need to tackle or ideas to jump start our group please email me or send a note.  We need to think about keeping the lounge dusted and also the library, chapel and choir loft.  I know sometimes Altar Guild has done some of this but whose real responsibility is it? Think about a date for another pasty bake.  Do we do some work on a Wednesday evening and invite confirmation parents and younger members to learn what goes into doing one? I cannot be as involved right now as we are working our way through Ossie’s diagnosis of congestive heart failure and getting into a treatment routine. I know we are all anxious for some return to “normal” church activities again.  White Elephant Sale will signal a return to “normal”.  Hope to see you all in church, masked if necessary. Happy New Year. The Sue S.’s x2

QUILTING 2022 — CHANGE IS COMING!!!  Since the church office is going to be closed on Mondays, starting in January we will be switching our quilting day to Tuesday.  Time will be 9-12N per usual.    This will enable Travis to be able to clean without distractions.  I know this will not work for everyone.  For me it means one less trip to town and am usually in on Tuesday anyway.  Also, with Ossie having the diagnosis of congestive heart failure I need to be more flexible as we get treatment organized.  We were able to give Salvation Army almost as many quilts as in previous years.  By the end of February we hope to have quilt top kits ready to go out again for those who like to sew at home or are unable to come to quilting.  Thank you for all the effort put into keeping our project afloat. Have a great New Year. Sue Schock

The “Children of Grace” daycare is collecting used shoes and boots.  These used but still useful shoes are sent to third world countries and become someone’s micro business.  All sizes and styles of shoes and boots are accepted.  If you would like to contribute, there is a box in the narthex and another by the office door here at Our Savior’s.  We will collect shoes through the end of January. 

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!