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Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

February 27,2016

This Sunday 

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Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer three Holy Communion Services 8:15 traditional, 10:45 traditional and Heartsong 10:45.


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10:00 AM - Holy Communion


11:00 AM - Malting Pot


Church Office closed


8:00 AM - Men's Prayer Breakfast
"Open My Life, Lord"

Our mid-week Lenten series this year has been focusing on ways that God is active in our world and in our lives, opening us up to God's vision of grace. Each week biblical passages continue to cast light on the ways in which God opens our eyes, hands, ears, heart, and life as we live out our baptismal calling. The service is shaped by prayer, music, and time for reflection in a very unique way this year with a "paperless liturgy" led by Angel Holland. A simple supper will precede each Lenten mid-week service.

This next Wednesday, Rev. Jim Dumond, from Reformation Lutheran Church, Greeneville, TN will offer the sermon "Open My Hands, Lord."  I hope you will come at 6:45 p.m. for this special worship and proclaiming of God's Word. The meal is set at 6 p.m.

We have experienced Valentine's Day this month; it is also "Heart Health Awareness Month" throughout the United States.  Can you find it in your heart to be opened by God in some special way to help someone else?  As the season of discipline is closing in on the half-way point, can we still start anew with hearts of gratitude for what God has done for us through Jesus Christ, and mirror that grace with everyone else we might meet this week?

Here's a passage for each day to help you "use your heart" in your way of thinking and doing:

Matthew 6:21 - "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Proverbs 3:5 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."

Proverbs4:23 - "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

Proverbs 23:26 - "My child, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways."

Psalm 51:10 - "Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

Psalm 73:26 - My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which passes all human understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

And remember - God loves you with His whole heart, and so do we!
Your friend in Christ,

Pastor Jim      

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Noon - Brief Holy Communion in the nave
6 p.m. - Lenten Meal
6:45 p.m. - Lenten Worship
A Nursery is provided for the 6:45 p.m. service.
Hope to see you there!
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Our deepest sorrow continues for the families of Clint and Jennifer Estep in the death of Clint's mother, Susie Estep, and for the families of Faith Akin and Gary Shealy.  Gary passed away this past Tuesday.  His Memorial Service is Saturday, February 27 at 11 a.m.
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Special prayers this week:  Mickey Leonard, who underwent heart catherization and had stints put into his heart; he is doing well; Penny Van Hooser, having a procedure, out patient, to deal with kidney stones; and Tim Boebel, hernia surgery on Friday.
Luke 13: 1-9
Coming Up at OSLC 
 for 2016 are available in the hallway.  Please call the church office if your name has been inadvertently omitted.
  for the new year are posted on the bulletin board near the fellowship hall.  Cost is $35.00 per vase.  
Please sign the list on the bulletin board near the nursery! 
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

David Grazier; Pat Wolf;Pat Keffer; Marjene Chapman; Otto Zinser; Berla Smith; David & Martha Herting; Larry McCoy; Mike Rice; Penny Van Hooser; Barbara Diehl; Tom Loveday; Janet Ecklund; Gary Shealy; John Stafford; Anne Godsey; Kay Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Barbara Willis; Betty Marshall; Josiah Flint; Irene Ackley; Truman Billings; Phoebe Sand; Mary King; Willie Weems; Janice Knipp; Mary Ostermeyer; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom; Debbie Garrison

Family Members and Friends:  
Alice Sulkowski; Jason Rakel; Caray Outen; Jessica Jernigan; Sharon Neuhaus; Lou Fox Baskette; Haskel Sykes; Reese Creasy; Rev. Willis Bowers; Scarlet Garman and parents; Josh Nunn; Ann Carter; Bruce and Betsy Shine; Glenn Nutter; Mark Mullinex; Howard Parsons; Brian and Jen Milliken; Linda Linden; Bonita Martin; Kyle Lively; Taylor Miller; Jim Ackley; Barbara Noe; Rosalina White; Preston Burke; Kyle Cannon; Robin Barnett; Eve Hargrave, (Travis Pennell's aunt). 

Military Service - Members:
Chance Johnson (Army); Nick Harris (Air Force); 

Military Service -
Friends and family:
Nick Hodge (Air Force), friend of the Flints; Chase Estep (Marines), brother of Clint Estep; Matthew Sibenaller (Army), godson of Ed Wolff; David Guck (Marines), friends of Pat Wolf; Jeremy Downes (Navy), cousin of Joni Cannon; Adam Beier (Army), nephew of Carolynn Bailey
Resolve to Eat These 10 Healthy Foods Often in 2016!

If you are in need of a New Year's resolution, here is an option that could potentially help you to become healthier if you are not alr eady taking advantage of these wonderful sources of nutrition. These 10 foods are some of the healthiest because they meet at least three of the following criteria:

Excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients;

High in phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds such as vitamins A, E, and beta
May help to reduce the risk of heart disease and other health conditions;

Low in calorie density, meaning you get a larger portion size with fewer calories;

Are readily available.

Almonds are packed with nutrients - fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium.  Almonds have more calcium than any other nut. Also one serving of almonds provides half of your body's Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamin E. Like all nuts, almonds are good for your heart.

Apples are an excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Apples can push the production of the "memory chemical" acetylcholine. Apples are also a good source of vitamin C which serves to protect the body's connective tissue from damage.

Blueberries, along with cranberries, are a rich source of phytonutrients - a group of compounds that may help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. These plant compounds may also improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.

Broccoli - the champion of green vegetables -  is a great source of calcium, potassium, folate, fiber and phytonutrients. It also gets the award for being a great source of vitamins A and C.

Red beans - including small red beans and dark red kidney beans - are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin. They are also an excellent low-fat, low-calorie source of protein and dietary fiber and contain phytonutrients.

Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that makes your blood less likely to form clots that may cause heart attacks. Omega-3s may also protect against irregular heartbeats, lower triglyceride levels and blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.  Salmon is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and is a good source of protein.

Spinach is an excellent source of riboflavin, vitamin B-6, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A and C and folate. The plant compounds in spinach may help keep your hair and skin healthy and boost your immune system.

Sweet potato, full of beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A in your body when eaten, may help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of some cancers. Sweet potatoes are also good sources of fiber, vitamins B-6, C and E, folate and potassium. Sweets are fat-free and relatively low in calories - one small sweet potato has just 54 calories. Of course, that is without the butter, brown sugar and nuts!

Vegetable juice is an easy way to include vegetables in your diet because it has most of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients found in the original vegetables. Juices that include tomatoes are good sources of lycopene, an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of heart attack, prostate cancer and possibly other types of cancer. Be sure to choose the low-sodium varieties.

Wheat germ, the center of a grain of wheat, does for humans what it does for the new wheat sprout.  This small part of the wheat seed is a highly concentrated source of nutrients including niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc. It also contains protein, fiber and some fat.

What better way to start the New Year than with a resolve to be healthier.  Include these good foods in your daily diet and you will reap the benefits.  Stay well as you look forward to a healthy 2016! 

Reference:, 2016.

Connie Pearson, RN, MN
Chair, Health Ministries Task Force 

Thought for the Month


Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)


The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love. 
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in self-forgetting that we find;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life.









in the chancel today are given to the glory of God by
Carmen and Mary Jane Paulson in honor of granddaughter Sophie's 13th birthday.

Families of the Week                             
                                                                 Mary Ostermeyer
                                                                 Kevin and Linda Schutt


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Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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