Welcome to Our Savior’s in Hibbing!

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Update on White Elephant Sale 2019
Income was second highest ever. Expenses were very much equal to previous years. Thrivent Gift Cards helped with the lunch counter expenses. Worker count was up on Saturday, which makes the sale easier.  Ten additional tables have been purchased to replace the 18″ wide heavy tables used in the hardware area. Thanks to L&L Rental, we have new storage buildings  that have no holes in the roof or tripping floor hazards. Mark your calendars for the 2020 WES, Saturday, April 25th. Setup of tables will again start on Tuesday April 21 and main transfer of items from storage April 22-24. Thistledew crew has again been set up. Also the sale will be from 9AM-3PM. See you in the Spring. 
Thanks again,
White Elephant Sale Committee

NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Our Savior’s Lutheran Church:  A Community transformed by Christ to be Christ in the World.  For over 100 years, OSLC has been a beacon of hope, transforming lives through the warmth of Christ’s love in Hibbing and throughout the world.  To assure that we can continue our mission and ministry, Our Savior’s’  67 year old system must be replaced. SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, September 15, 2019, @ 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. We will have details on the scope of the project, along with information on supplemental financing through Security State Bank.  PLEASE mark your calendars as we hope to see you all there!  This project is vital to every member of our Church.

SCHOOL DAYS, SCHOOL DAYS, DEAR OLD GOLDEN RULE DAYS!!! It is time again to ask for supplies to complete school backpacks for Lutheran World Relief.  We need 70 page spiral bound notebooks, #2 pencils-unsharpened, pencil sharpeners, 24 count crayons, child scissors, rulers, and Bic style black or blue ink pens (no click pens).  You may purchase and leave at church office or donate $$ and we can buy tax free.  We will be making 100-150 backpacks this year.   If you are willing to sew a few let me know—we have the fabric. We will be sewing at 9 am on Tuesdays thru Sept 3rd and then return to Mondays at 9 am.  We will clean closets the first two times and then prep quilts for tying on “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday.  We hope you have had a wonderful and memory making summer with family and friends. God’s blessings, Sue Schock 263-4748.

Our Savior’s Emergency Food Shelf continues to offer a life line to those individuals/families that find themselves in unexpected circumstances.  With Summer, donations tend to drop off as families are busy enjoying our short season. We would encourage you to remember the Food Shelf in your activities.   Thank you from the Mission Action Committee

Save the date…  The Sixth Annual “God’s Work/Our Hands Sunday” Sunday, September 8th, 2019
SPECIAL WORSHIP TIME AT 10 a.m. 
For the sixth time in as many years Our Savior’s will participate together with the greater Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in God’s Work/Our Hands, Sunday. 
God’s Work/Our Hands is scheduled for Sunday, September 8th, and we will acknowledge the purpose of God’s Work/Our Hands as a part of our worship, at a specially designated worship service at 10 a.m. 
Immediately after worship there will be opportunity for “in house” service projects and a potluck dinner, the schedule for the morning is as follows:
Celebratory Worship @ 10 a.m.
In House Service Projects @ 10:45 a.m.
Potluck Dinner @ 11:45 am.
Disperse out into the Community to do Service Projects in Hibbing and Chisholm @ 12:45 p.m. 
Tentative plans are being made to have our three other ELCA sister churches, First, Holy Trinity, and Faith Lutheran in Chisholm, join us as well (stay tuned for further developments!). 
God’s Work/Our Hands ALSO serves as our “Rally Sunday” in which children can be introduced to their Sunday School Class, and last minute sign-ups for Sunday School can be processed.  (Instruction for Sunday School begins Sunday, September 15th.)

GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS
I am putting out the call for ALL available singers for the combined choir for this special event.  We have evening rehearsals on August 28th and September 4th,
7:00 PM, Our Savior’s Lutheran in Hibbing.  You are still eligible if you can’t make both rehearsals but try your very best!  We will allow a little time for fellowship and dessert.  In other words, don’t stop at DQ on the way!  Let us call our part of the service “God’s Song, Our Voices”.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a choir fill our balcony!  Spread the word, invite others to join this year and come to join in the joy of combining our voices.                   Roy Berg
 

Confirmation Parent/Youth Info Meeting 
  Wednesday, September 4th @ Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
  Confirmation Meeting for Grades 7 through 10 will take place between 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  The agenda for this meeting will be: Registration, Class Roster Updates, and going over the nuts and bolts of our Confirmation Ministry.   There will be some slight changes to the shared Confirmation Ministry between Our Savior’s and First Lutheran (specifically sharing and pairing of grades meeting on the same Wednesday evening, changes to the 10th Grade Schedule getting them into Mentor Relationships earlier and longer, and beginning this year, ALL CLASSES will meet at OSLC.)  PIZZA WILL ALSO BE SERVED AT THIS MEETING, so don’t miss this important informational meeting.    

Musical Notes           
An article for our newsletter forces me to pin down dates for choir
start-up!  The first order of business is to offer my encouragement for those who have been so faithfully singing and ringing with us.  Do not underestimate the importance of your participation.  Next, for those contemplating whether there is enough time for them to take on something more:  What I have to say here is that it is very energizing to use one’s voice and sing with others.  I find this is a great time of fellowship.  For the rest of the congregation I will tell you that this is ‘your’ choir.  This is something to be proud of, something that has been abandoned in many churches.  Let us begin this year with a new excitement and sense of appreciation for the gifts and opportunities we have been given. Let us move on to our upcoming schedule.  I am calling rehearsals for August 28th and September 4th at 7:00 PM.  The first service we sing for will take place on September 8th at our “God’s Work, Our Hands” combined service.  I hope that we will have a good turn out from our Lutheran community.  I will be sending out material to participating churches.
As for Handbells, our first rehearsal will take place on September 11th.  Let us see if we can add a few more to the choir.  Our rehearsals are scheduled at 6:00 PM.  If you are interested you can just show up.  If you have any questions talk to one of the ringers or myself.  We have such a great time I hate to keep all the fun to ourselves!
Thank you for the distinction of being Director of Choirs at Our Savior’s Lutheran.  Roy    

Radio broadcast sponsorships are needed.  If you would like to sponsor a broadcast in memory of a loved one or in celebration of an event, please call the office at 218-263-7422. Weekly broadcasts cost $50 each and will be broadcast live at 9 am. on WMFG 1240 AM.

Please join us for Worship at the Chapel of the Pines, Side Lake.  Worship time is 11am on Sunday mornings now through Labor Day weekend.  Pastor Kevin will be preaching on Sunday, August 18th._________________________________

Sharik/Farseth Scholarship applications are being accepted – deadline is September 15th.  Our selection criteria includes 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.

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.

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Caring for Creation: What Could It Look Like in Your Congregation? A gathering for lay leaders and ministry staff . Monday, September 30, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (including a simple lunch, freewill) Hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Cook Led by members of the NE MN Synod EcoFaith Network’s Leadership Team Sponsored by the Laurentain Conference Pray – Learn – Imagine – Connect

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Please Read our New Bylaws and Constitution

2018 OSLC Bylaws

2018 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!