Keeping the Home Fires Burning: Look How Far We’ve Come!
It was a year ago at this time – in the writing of the January Voice Article of 2019 – that we unveiled in earnest our Capital Campaign, Keep the Home Fires Burning: a Capital Campaign for a New Heating System at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
At the risk of redundancy, let me restate our mission and purpose yet one more time: 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 throughout the world. To assure that we can continue our mission and ministry, Our Savior’s 67-year-old heating system must be replaced.
When these words were first penned, there was more will than wallet, more dreams than reality in accomplishing our goals. But in one year’s time my dear friends we have accomplished so much! Let us review where we are up to this point:
- An accomplished and talented Capital Campaign Committee of 12 of Our Savior’s Members has been formed, chaired by Kathy Anderson. They have met every other week since April, and have led in a fund raising effort which to date has raised over $130,000! As we continue to raise funds for this needed upgrade, we are blessed with existing funds that can be drawn from our White Elephant Sale Fund that will help us tremendously in reaching our fund raising goal.
- In addition to revenue raised, the Capital Campaign Committee has guided us in the Construction Phase, and a plan is in place to begin construction in the spring of this year with a very reputable, local contractor.
- The Capital Campaign Committee, working closely with the Church Council, has secured financing for a loan to cover construction costs (should that be deemed necessary) through Security State Bank. It goes without saying that the more money we can raise on the front end of this project would lessen the burden on the amount of money we would have to borrow, and the subsequent interest that would be paid.
- A huge assist in assuring that this project will be affordable – and has the best chance of coming under budget – has been the sacrifice and generosity of skilled members of Our Savior’s who have donated their time and talents to this endeavor. To this end we extend a huge thank you to Joe Arthurs and Mike Stavnes who spent seven weeks of over 200 hours of accumulated labor to remodel Room 18 and our new “Boiler Room.” Joe and Mike were joined by Larry Schmelzer, Paul Ronning, Mitch Cook, Jim Christian, and Stan Koskela, and paint supplies for the project were donated by Terry Lee Painting.
- Finally we are blessed by the added synergy, energy, and passion that has been displayed as we pull together in fellowship for our fundraising efforts. To that end our next dedicated fundraiser is the Chili Cook Off & Chocolate Extravaganza, scheduled for Wednesday, January 22nd (see the accompanying article in this issue of the Voice.)
Needless to say we are launched and well on our way to achieving our objective of an upgraded heating system at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church! At the Annual Meeting this year, scheduled for Sunday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m., an updated report will be given with the latest in revenue raised, construction costs, and projected financing that may be needed. Please make every effort to be at this meeting!
A blessed New Year to you! See you in church… Pastor Kevin
Please note: the church office will be closed on Monday, January 20th in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
The Quilters Christmas Party has been postponed to January 21st. We will have an Epiphany Party! For more information or questions please call Sue S at 929-1892.
Calling all Chili Chefs and Chocolate Makers & Bakers !!!!! We have sign-up sheets in the narthex starting today for both the chili and any decadent chocolates you would like to make for everyone’s sweet tooth. Our annual Chili Cook Off will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 5-7pm. Bring your best chili and chocolate recipe! The winner earns bragging rights till next year. Let the competition begin.
Family Rejuve at Camp Hiawatha on January 17-19th. The retreat begins Friday evening and runs through Sunday. Cost: $100/adult, $75/youth (ages 4-17). For more information please call 800-331-5148 or email www.VLMcamps.org.
Mark your calendar: Annual Meeting – Sunday, January 26, 2020 — Worship Service at 9 a.m. with the Annual Meeting following — *Committee Reports need to be completed by Monday, Jan. 6th
Our Savior’s is ready to accept e-donations. It’s easy and secure. To get started download GIVE+ app for free in the App Store or Google Play or Click Here
Our Savior’s Emergency Food Shelf continues to offer a life line to those individuals/families that find themselves in unexpected circumstances. We would encourage you to consider the Food Shelf as part of your donation . Thank you from the Mission Action Committee
Property Committee is looking for a couple of additional members. These are some exciting times, with numerous projects in the works. The Church Facility is 60+ years old and in need of some updates and we are looking for additional input and assistance. If you are interested please contact Joe Arthurs, Mike Stavnes, Pastor Kevin or the Church Office.
Thank you all for your generous gifts to the Women of the ELCA via your Thankofferings. Your contributions help us provide studies, programs and assist our operations. Your help is greatly appreciated. Sue Stanisich, Congregational Care & Life
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.
3rd grade – If you did not receive your Bible please see Cindy in the office. Participation project: straighten pew racks beginning Jan. 2020
4th grade – Be sure to attend the 4th gr. Fun Evening next Spring. Thank you for straightening pew racks during 2019.
5th grade – Please deliver Jan./Feb./March devotionals – they are ready . Your class will study Communion during Lent. Celebration of Communion on Maundy Thursday, April 9th. Participation: Deliver devotionals
6th grade – We will study the Lord’s Prayer at our retreat . Participation: Acolyte throughout the year as scheduled
7th-9th grades – Wednesday classes meet at 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s. Class dates are Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 . Attend midweek Lenten services. Classes resume (7-9th gr.) April 22, 29 and May 6 . Participation: 10 sermon notes, 10 hours of service. Acolyte as scheduled (7th, 8th gr.)
10th grade – Continue to meet with your mentor, complete sermon notes and community service.
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.
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!