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Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

November 22, 2013

This Sunday 

OSLC Choir


Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer three holy communion services at 8:15, 10:45 AM.


Heartsong is at 10:45.


Sunday School at 9:30 AM.


A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 


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8:15 AM - Holy Communion
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:45 AM - Holy Communion
10:45 AM - Heartsong/Holy Communion
3:00 PM - Confirmation Class
6:00 PM - Annual Thanksgiving Meal & Worship


10:00 AM - Cover Girls


9:30 AM - Bible Study
6:30 PM - Bible Study


Church Office closed


Church Office closed

Christ the King

Pilate said, "So you are a king?"   Jesus responded, "You say I am a king..." (John 18:37)


It was written (much to the chagrin of the Sanhedrin) upon a sign and hung over Jesus' head at the top of his cross.  It said, "This is the King of the Jews."  Even though it was the very thing that got the Lord there to Golgotha, they still didn't like it penned above this waywar

Pastor Nipperd carpenter's head.  He wasn't their king!

The Pharisees and Sadducees had tried other ways to get Pilate to hear their pleas and put this guy out of their misery.  They finally found a way by allowing Him to bear the moniker of "King."  That put Pilate in a bad place because according to Roman law, there was no king but Caesar.  To not respond might cost Pilate his job.  These mean scribes had painted the Pontius into a corner - one he could not escape except to give into their wishes.

One of my favorite hymns, "Beautiful Savior," contains the image:  "...king of creation..."  This Sunday we will sing, "Crown Him with Many Crowns," a hymn appropriate for the final Sunday of the Church Year.  The cross that hangs above the altar at Our Saviour Lutheran Church is NOT a crucifix but rather a "Christus Rex."  Jesus is decked out in all his finery, in all his priestly garb, signifying not a dying king but one who now was alive and ministering to all who come to worship him.  If you look closely the Lord's hands are outward and alongside the crossbeam of the cross but they are no longer bound there by ropes and nails.  He is set free, and, as I have often said to the children who gather for their little sermon-that Jesus is holding out his arms and is about to reach down and scoop them all up in his arms!

As the first season of the church year quickly approaches (Advent), take a moment to think, pray, and give thanks that the Son of God - the Savior of the Nations - the King of all glory, seen and unseen - did suffer, he did die, but he was raised to life by his father to proclaim his priestly and compassionate victory over all things, even death!  In this we have hope.  In this we should live each day with boldness and no fear.  God is alive, and like the children, he is ready to reach down and scoop all of us into his loving arms!

Christ is the King.  Alleluia!  Celebrate and praise God!

And remember that God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim



The Sheep and The Goats
Jim Flints Web Journal

To See Jim's web journal from Vanderbilt click on this link. 

Time and Talent Survey


Carefully consider your talents and skills, and think about ways you can contribute to the activities of the church. Please complete the Time and Talent survey on line or pick up a paper copy at the church. Let us know what you would like to share with the church in the new year.


The online version can be found on the web site: www.oslc2.cc .

Click on the Time and Talent announcement to go to the link.

The password will be DuncanIdaho with both D and I uppercase.  

When you reach the last page of the survey, it will be automatically saved.  


Note for those using Internet Explorer


In internet explorer there is a function called compatibility view settings.
You may access this by right clicking on the top of the browsers screen and choosing menu bar.
This will bring up the standard Microsoft menu bar at the top right of the browser screen.
one of the option will be tools click it and a dropdown menu will appear.
about two thirds of the way down is compatibility view settings choose it and a window will pop up.
at the bottom of the pop up  window check box that says show alll sites in compatibility view.
then close the window and go to the website it will work.
November New Sense Available Online

The November edition of OSLC's monthly New Sense newsletter is available online, at the OSLC web site.

You may view the current New Sense edition by   
Coming Up at OSLC 


Remember!  Blood pressure checks are available every third Sunday after worship services in the north narthex.



Pastor Jim is planning to start a study in November.  There is a sheet for your suggestions of a book of the Bible you would like to study on the board in the library hallway. 



BLESSED are we when you join us for Sunday School.  We will begin a new course next week based on J. Ellsworth Kalas' take on "Beatitudes from the Back Side".  It all begins at 9:30 AM in the library.



Monday, November 25, 10:00 AM in the fellowship hall. 



Advent Service of Lessons, Carols, and Communion  (Our Saviour Lutheran Church and St. John's Episcopal Church).  A covered dish meal will follow in the fellowship hall.


                                 UPCOMING EVENTS



Next Sunday, November 24, 6:00
PM, in the fellowship hall. We are asking each family to bring one main dish and either a vegetable,
salad, or dessert. Drinks will be provided. Worship will follow in the fellowship hall.



"Deck the Halls" Christmas Brunch, Saturday, December I, 9:00 AM, OSLC fellowship hall. Bring a favorite brunch dish to share. Coffee, juice, egg casseroles, and pancakes
will be provided. 



Sign-up lists are posted on the bulletin boards.  Please list your name and the dedication you desire (use one line for each poinsettia you order).  The cost is $12.00 each.



A sign-up list for September/October is posted on the bulletin board near the nursery. Please sign up!



A sign-up list for September is posted on the bulletin board.  Please sign up!  We need your help!



The flower chart for 2013 is posted on the bulletin board near the fellowship hall. 


Two families may sign for any Sunday, if mutually agreed (PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK WITH THE PREVIOUS SIGNERS.  They may be celebrating a special occasion and want to give both flower arrangements on that day).



There is a new password for getting into the Member Directory and other protected areas on the OSLC web site (oslc.cc). The password is: os123321 (lower-case letters 'o' and 's' followed by the digits 123321).  




October / November

for Haven of Mercy 


For October-November, our focus will turn to Haven of Mercy of Johnson City. 

Haven of Mercy offers nutritious meals, hot showers, and a warm, safe place to sleep for men who come to their doors during their most desperate points in life.  They don't stop with food and shelter as Haven of Mercy seeks to minister to the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional needs of these men.  It is their goal to foster an atmosphere of trust, accountability, and responsibility according to the Gospel.  They have a thrift store on Broadway for donations of clothing and furniture.



Deodorant                    Shampoo                     Soap

Shaving cream             Razors                         Combs

Paper Towels               Toilet Paper                 Kleenex

Brushes                       Pillows

Twin Bed Sheets and Blankets


Designated boxes are located in the hallway and the fellowship hall for your donations.


The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Roger Bailey; Tony Bowman; Chuck Hudson; James and Maggie Flint; Fred Beckelhimer; Jesse Wolf;  Janice Knipp;  Brenda Snyder;  Jim Koller; Sonja Dalton; Truman Billings; Willie Weems; Barbara Willis; Mary Ostermeyer; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison 

Family Members and Friends:


Alice Sulkowski; Jason Rakel; Nancy Bollinger; Rosemary Beier  Doug Beier; Anita Jones; Linda Wright; Betty Essmann; Nina Winger; Julianne Sneckenberger; Mark Mullinex; Zane Williams; Byrum O'Guin; Esther Hasselbeck; Rev. Reece Harris; Rebecca Smith; Sarah Brandt, Dick Firth; Pat Morgan; Melissa Hager; Janet Harvey; Kristen Stanford; Barbara Franklin;  Gary and Kim Townsend;  Rev. Willis Bowers;  Donna and Jeff Stout; Arlene Toft;  George and Beth Abel;  Steve Smith; Angie, Bailey, and Eric Moore; Carey Outen; Taylor Moore; Kara Tippetts; Bob Sutton; Pam Reed; Virginia Creasy; Haley and Cody Grissin; Dennis Bird; Don Newland.  SPECIAL PRAYERS for the people of the Philippines.



for the people of the Philippines. 


Military Service - Members:

Marie Strait(MC USN, Walter Reed National Medical Center, Bethesda, MD); Nick Harris(Air Force; Salt Lake City, UT).

Military Service - Friends and family:
Nick Hodge (Air Forceiend of the Flints;Chase Estep(Marines) brother of Clint Estep,Kevin Phillipps(Army) friend of the Wolfs; Alycia Horvath (Marines, Quantico, VA) great niece of Thomas Simonson;Matthew Sibenaller(Army, Afghanistan) godson of Ed Wolff;David Guck(Marines, King's Bay, GA) friend of the Wolfs;  Michael Hudson, (US Coast Guard, Kittery, ME) son of Charles and Carol Hudson;  Nick Vogt(Army,Walter Reed) friend of Larry and Inez Glauer; Stephen Miller (Army, Afghanistan) friend of the Goldens
ELCA disburses $1 million 

One of the most powerful storms recorded, Super Typhoon Haiyan, struck the central Philippines on Friday, November 8. Approximately 9.5 million people have been impacted by the storm, and local officials estimate that up to 10,000 people have died in the Leyte Province city of Tacloban alone.


The ELCA provided $1 million towards relief efforts for survivors.  One hundred percent of the funds are being disbursed through Lutheran Disaster Response to Lutheran World Relief to help those impacted.   As individuals and congregations, we can continue to respond by offering our prayers and financial assistance.  Click here to make a donation. Use the  bulletin insert to encourage support from your congregation.

Thought for the Month


YOU are the church.

 Think about how you wish your church were different.

Now, BE the difference!








are given to the glory of God by 


Sean, Kristie, and Aubrey Golden in memory of Theodore and Ann Golden.

Families of the Week                                     




                                                                                                             Chuck and Kay Scheurer

                                                                                                                   Kathleen Lowry





Our PurposeMake disciples, and grow in grace.

Our Vision
We love God and neighbor, so that all people will be disciples.