Pastor's Monthly Letter
The Year of Luke
Dear Members and Friends of Our Savior,
Messages to consider...
"If we all use the same Bible, why are there so many different denominations? What makes the Lutheran Church different than my other Church? What about evolution? Isn't it a proven scientific fact? What can we know about the end of time? What about life issues: Infant Baptism, Divorce, Homosexuality, Abortion? Does God still speak to us today? Is His Word reliable? Is it relevant for the 21st century?"
If these are questions that you have asked, then mark your calendar for our next Fit For Life in Christ session.
Fit For Life in Christ is a 10 to 12 week course that presents the Word of God in exciting and meaningful ways. It is a course for those who are interested in membership in our church, or for anyone who wants to know what it really means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
You owe it to yourself and your life with God to register and bring a friend to this enlightening, faith-building opportunity!
Call the church office to register or for more information.
See you in church and at the Bible class!
Pastor Randy Schultz
Meditating on God's Word
Guidelines for Meditating on The Word:
♥ Jan 3-9, Luke 2:40-52
♥ Jan 10-16, Luke 3:15-22
♥ Jan 17-23, Mark 1:4-11
♥ Jan 18-24, Mark 8:27-35 and 36:9-1
♥ Jan 25-31, Mark 1:14-20 or 8:27-35
♥ Feb 1-7, Mark 1:21-28
♥ Feb 8-14, Mark 1:29-39
♥ Feb 15-21, Mark 1:40-45
♥ Feb 22-28, TBA
Connect to Christ: experience MORE
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (Philippians 2:1-2)
These words recorded by St. Paul summarize and empower the theme of our spiritual growth and faith renewal effort now known as Connect to Christ: experience MORE.
At our Leadership Retreat, each director prayerfully shared his/her goal(s) for this campaign. Two themes were repeated and amplified around the table: “more” of the good things (i.e. God things) going on at Our Savior Lutheran; and “unity” of people and purpose.
Truly, we are blessed by knowing Christ and being united (connected) to Him. St. Paul names some of these blessings in the Scripture above: encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, compassion. Connected to Christ, we experience these blessings and MORE. Look around our website and check out what MORE Christ has to give.
Spiritual renewal is the work of the Holy Spirit who connects us to Christ and thereby restores the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).
Because we are “united with Christ,” we also have a connection to each other in Christ. St. Paul records that as we are “like-minded” in Christ and as we show the “same love” as Christ, and we function as “one spirit and purpose,” then our joy is made complete.
May the Holy Spirit restore and complete our joy as we worship, serve, and grow together at Our Savior Lutheran. Let’s Connect to Christ: Experience MORE!
Altar FlowersAltar Flowers are placed to the glory of God for the beautification of our altar in thanksgiving for all His wonderful blessings on our congregation.
A flower chart is posted on the bulletin board. Please sign up now to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special occasion or blessing to honor the memory of a loved one.
The cost for Alter Flowers is $40 for both vases, or $20 for just one vase.
Please sign the chart for the Sunday you wish and fill out the Altar Flowers Information Sheet beside the flower chart. Prior to the Sunday designated, a copy will be mailed to you to assure that the correct information is placed in the bulletin.
Please use the special envelope that will be included with the information sheet and place it in the collection plate or turn it in to the church office.Make checks payable to Our Savior Lutheran Church.