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Pastor's Monthly Letter

Pastor Randy Schultz

Changing of the Leaves

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Dear Members and Friends of Our Savior,

October has arrived, and with it comes the cooling of the weather, the changing of the leaves (God’s beautiful handiwork), and a mental attitude shift which takes us from the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” to the reality of Fall and the anticipation of winter.

And with October comes for you and me, as Lutherans, a wonderful festival - the celebration of Reformation. This festival almost gets overlooked by our world now - no Reformation cards published by Hallmark, no Reformation sales being touted at Art Van (50% off for all card-carrying Lutherans would be nice), no Reformation parade and polka band, even in Frankenmuth! And yet it is a festival that gives us reason to rejoice, as we stop to think of the wonderful importance of it.

The Reformation is a restoration of the Good News that God loves and forgives us, not because of anything that we do, but simply because God is a wonderful and loving God who “by grace” says to us that through Jesus our sins have all been forgiven.

The Reformation is a reassurance that the Bible is God’s Word and that only that which is taught in the Scriptures needs to be believed by God’s children.

The Reformation is a reminder that it is only by Faith in Jesus Christ that we are granted entrance into heaven, and that our works cannot earn our entrance but can only be used to say “thanks” to God for the Fact His Holy Spirit has given us our faith.

The Reformation is a renewal of the battle cry “faith alone, grace alone, scripture alone”, which makes us what we are - Lutherans. Don’t let it pass you by this year. Take time to think about it. Take the time to read some scriptures and reflect on God’s great love. Take the time to express a cherry “Blessed Reformation” to someone. You just might be surprised at what a great celebration we could turn this Reformation into once again.

And to help you appreciate and prepare for the Reformation this year, join in the Bible Study: Martin Luther: The Man… Sundays 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., October 4 through November 1, or Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., October 7 through November 4.

These classes are free and there is no formal registration, but please call us at (810) 789-1361 to let us know you are coming so we will have enough materials for you. Also, bring your Bible.

See you in church and at the Bible class!

Pastor Randy Schultz

Pastor Randy Schultz

P.S. Bring a friend.

Meditating on God's Word

Guidelines for Meditating on The Word:

Choose an appropriate time and place to meditate in which there will be complete quiet. Pray to the Holy Spirit that He would enable you to understand what you read from the Bible. Read through the given passage of Scripture 3 times in one setting.

Spend at least 10 minutes pondering what you read, then answer the following questions about the passage:

♥   What do I learn about Jesus?  
♥   What does God want me to believe or do?  

Write down your thoughts so that you do not forget them and can ponder them at a later time.

Pray to God about the content of the passage.

Each day of the week, meditate on a phrase or sentence from the given passage. If possible memorize it.

    Here are the suggested readings for September:

    ♥   Sept 27 - Oct 3, Mark 9:38-50  
    ♥   Oct 4 - Oct 10, Mark 10:2-16  
    ♥   Oct 11 - Oct 17, Mark 10:23-31  
    ♥   Oct 25 - Oct 30, Mark 10:46-52  
    ♥   Nov 1 - Nov 7, Matthew 5:1-12  
    ♥   Nov 8 - Nov 14, Mark 12:38-44  
    ♥   Nov 15 - Nov 21, Mark 13:1-13  

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  • 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 Flowers

    Altar 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.