Want to know where your Tithes, Special Offerings, Donations, and Noisy Sunday change goes? Come to the Congregational meetings to see a copy of the church budget.
Want to donate to a specific group? You can get forms and envelopes in the main hallway.
*Note, all donations are tax deductible.
Giving Year Round
Just as you rely upon receiving income on a regular basis, the Our Savior congregation relies on your regular contributions in order to meet our financial obligations. We appreciate the efforts of congregation members to make consistent donations throughout the year. To assist you, the church provides a convenient electronic giving option for setting up regular contributions. Please contact Kelly James or the church office for more details or to get started. We thank you for your support.
A Message from the Outgoing Director
|Last week the election for the leadership of our church boards was held. In accordance with the bylaws of this church, the results of this election have been posted on the bulletin board in the office hallway.
My thanks to all 28 members who took the time and interest in our church family to vote. I wish there had been more attending, more votes. Twenty-eight is less than 15 percent of our membership. National and state elections typically draw about 4 times that many voters. I certainly wouldn't consider choosing leaders for the mission and work of this church family of Our Lord to be any less important than electing responsible leaders for our community, city, state, or nation. Nonetheless, we continue.
However, among the 28 ballots cast, I noticed responses that I cannot leave without comment.
First, a couple brief reminders regarding our election process, according to the bylaws of our church. Nominees for the leadership positions are selected by a committee of our members in good standing. There are currently 10 Directors and 6 Lay Ministers electable. This year, the nominating committee identified a total of 62 members whom we considered to have exhibited leadership qualities, skills, abilities to do the work of this church.
All 62 members identified were then given a brief summary of the positions for which they had been nominated. Also included was a letter requesting their earnest prayer, consideration, and commitment to... or rejection of... their nomination. Most of the 62 responded. However, far too many did not, for which I was deeply disappointed and saddened. Regardless, only those members who accepted the nomination with commitment were placed on the ballot for election.
Secondly, about two years ago the election of church leadership and boards was modified with the approval of our voting membership. Term limits were eliminated. Also, the membership of the several boards became the responsibility of each leader. Each board director now recruits and staffs their board as they deem appropriate. In the letter of commitment provided to each nominee is the option to commit to serving on a board, assisting in its work, rather than taking a leadership responsibility. Perhaps this last change, not being well understood, accounted for why many ballots had multiple elections for each board, instead of the single choice requested.
Lastly, there were a couple write-in candidates designated by the voting members. While there is no provision in our bylaws for this option on the day of elections, I certainly can understand the well-intentioned desire of a voter. In a couple cases, their write-in candidate had, indeed, been nominated. But, apparently, unbeknownst to the voter that candidate had declined the position.
However, one voter's write-in candidate has, I confess to you, affected me somewhat deeply.
As your outgoing Executive Director, I want you to know that I've enjoyed my time at the helm during the past 4 years. I appreciate the trust, confidence, support, and the encouragement... not unlike that of the apostle Barnabas!...you have given me. Please, now give the same... and more!...to our new Executive Director. I know only too well the somewhat lonely feeling of being the only candidate from among a host of nominees accepting a nomination and going through the election process.
However, to that voting member, I want to affirm that your write-in candidate for Executive Director... THE TOOTH FAIRY... is not now, nor ever has been, acceptable. Every one of our members in good standing deserves fair consideration and support for serving as a leader in our church family. Before God and as a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church can you truly say and believe that... THE TOOTH FAIRY... would exceed the qualifications of any member of this church?
As I spoke God's Word in this morning's Old Testament and Epistle readings, I couldn't help but personally consider what the Prophet Ezekiel and Apostle Paul had experienced. Rebellious people, obstinate and stubborn. Weakness, insults, hardship, persecutions, all sorts of difficulties. I do, indeed, thank Our Lord that his grace is sufficient for every situation... including this slight to our church family. We are stronger than even this through God's power.
I'm not deterred, you shouldn't be either. We have much to do in service to Our Risen Lord here at Our Savior. Pastor and our elected leaders deserve our support. I hope each of you will search your heart and mind, be in prayer, in renewing your dedication to work for the Lord's kingdom. Now our new leaders will be seeking your help for their board's work. Give them your support! Give God the glory he deserves!
Again, thank you... and be blessed... in all ways.
| Ken Demming |
Parish Planning Council
The Parish Planning Council (PPC), which includes board directors, board members and potential board members, are urged to attend our monthly meetings. Your input and opinions are important to us.
At our meetings, in addition to covering board reports, budgets and plans for future events, we share how God is working in our lives and enjoy fellowship with one another.
Me? Serve on a Church Board?
Did you know... that every two years Our Savior holds elections to fill director positions?
Did you know... that as a member of Our Savior, you are invited to serve one or more boards?
Did you know... that the best way to get to know other parishioners is through fellowship (that can come easily from serving on a board)?
Did you know... that if you have any questions about any of the boards, the directors or the Pastor would be happy to answer them?
We would like to invite you to Get Involved.
Did you know... it could change your life?
Our Savior Lutheran Church Staff and Leaders
Pastor - Rev. Randy Schultz
Executive Director - Debra Deming
Asst. Exec. Director - Thomas Roberts Jr.
Treasurer - Kelly James
Worship Director - David Greeson
Office Assistant - Mary Broomfield
Office Assistant - Jan Krapohl
Organist - Debra Deming
Director of Lay Ministers - Herman Gant
Lay Minister - Wayne Bailey
Lay Minister - Ken Deming
Lay Minister - Thomas Roberts Sr.
Lay Minister - Thomas Roberts Jr.
Lay Minister - Ben Roof
Lay Minister - James Stewart
Director, Board of Christian Outreach - Jan Roberts
Director, Board of Church Properties - Debra Demming
Director, Board of Parish Fellowship - Minnie Rembert
Director, Board of Education - Jean Shipley
Directors, Board of Young People's Work - Kelsey Christensen and Sarah Roberts
Parish Nurse - Jan Roberts
Webmaster and Social Media Manager - Angel Roberts
Board of Stewardship - Helen Thorn, Minnie Rembert,
Beverly McIntosh, Ben Roof
* Find contact information for church leaders in the front of weekly bulletins
Serving and StewardshipSundays - Sunday School classes and Bible Study groups meet every week at 9:15 a.m.
Tuesdays - Rock-on Tutors meet after school hours to help kids with homework
Tuesdays - Property Board meets to clean and do maintenance around the church.
Wednesdays - Youth Conformation Classes at 6:00 p.m. with servant events monthly
Thursdays - Choir and musicians meet for rehearsals.
Saturdays - Blind Ministry group meets monthly
Have you been thinking about getting involved in your community, volunteering and/or increasing your stewardship activities lately? Well, we can help you get started. We have plenty of opportunities for you to do all of those things here at Our Savior.
Here is a list of a few of our regular activities where volunteers are always needed and welcomed.
* Check the back of the bulletin each Sunday for activity details and more up-coming events.
* All activities are held at Our Savior Lutheran Church unless otherwise specified.
PPC Monthly Meeting
Attention All Board Directors: Please make plans to attend our next regular meeting.
July 11, 2015
at 10:00 a.m.
Every meeting is very important as they help us prepare for upcoming congregational meetings.
Please make plans to attend our next meeting. This meeting is very important as we will be electing new board directors and board members.
at 11:45 a.m.
Our Youth will prepare refreshments to tie us over during the meeting.
Meets every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. to clean and work around the church. New helpers are always welcome. Contact Tom Roberts Sr. or Wayne Baily for more information.
Chior & Music
Can you play a musical instrument? Do you enjoy singing? Contact The Music and Choir Director, Debra Demming, to see how much more fun you can have during worship services when you help lead them. You can even invite your friends; new singers and musicians are always welcome.
The Board of Education meets the first Sunday of every month after church to discuss Sunday School curriculum and to plan events for the children of Our Savior. Contact Jean Shipley for more information or to join this board.
The Youth Group (ages 13 to 19) meet every Sunday at 9:15 a.m. for fun-filled Bible studies and other activities. Friends of Youth Group members are welcome to join us. We will also try to do a fun activity at least once a month outside of church.
Contact Youth Director, Angel Roberts for more information or to help with the Youth Group.