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Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

April 2,2016

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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"Give thanks in all circumstances..." (I Thessalonians 5:18)

I am grateful this week.  Lent ended.  Holy Week has come and gone.  Eggs have been hid and found.  Sermons written and delivered.  Worships were remarkable, from Palm Sunday, to Maundy Thursday, to Good Friday, to the Day of Resurrection of our Lord!
Thank you.  Thank you to everyone who had anything to do with our Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday worship experiences.  Thanks to Pastors Smith, DuMond, Nelson, and Myers for making Lenten Wednesdays so special.  Thanks to Angel Holland, for leading our worships in those mid-week times.  Thanks to our music leaders Tony Mowell and Carolynn Bailey for their exemplary leadership.  Thank you to our Heartsong Band and our Chancel Choir; you both are inspirations to us all.
Thank you to Richard Koepper, Prudy Zinser, and Maggie Flint, our leaders with Altar Guild, and all of your helpers.  Wow.  You always do amazing jobs with the preparation of the worships we have planned.  You have been flawless.
Thank you to our office staff.  That would include Pastor Myers, Carolynn Bailey, Joni Cannon, Marcia Peters, Phoebe Sand, and Deb Soike.  We have been blessed with these people who have taken on many, many tasks of the office.  Now that our dear Marjene will not be returning, we will rely on them all a little while longer.  Hopefully we can get to work on finding a new office manager soon.  I thank you, ahead of time, for your prayers about this endeavor.
Thanks to Melissa Malenda, for all that she does day in and day out.  You bring peace and hope to many.  You are a comfort to every heart.
Thanks to all our committees who also took on extra responsibilities during these past seasons with meals and other leadership responsibilities. Thanks to Barbara Diehl for organizing meals after worship services to memorialize many loved ones over the past months.  You and your crew always do the greatest job.
Thanks to the Congregation Council.  They are behind the scene of every task needed to be accomplished and with little fanfare.  They do so much that you might not ever realize!
Thanks to my family:  Mary Alice and the children and grandchildren.  I try to say it as often as I can, but you inspire me every day to go work and serve God in the best way!
Thanks to Our Saviour Lutheran Congregation.  I am proud of the untiring love that you all show in every single way!  I appreciate your every effort in service to Christ through the greater community outside the walls of our church walls.
Thanks to you, Jesus Christ, for you are the ultimate inspiration.  Your life, death, and resurrection leads us every day of our lives.  You are reason for living, the hope of all life, and a cure for all ills.
And please remember, that God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
Jesus Appears To Disciples In Upper Room
Coming Up at OSLC 
We will have a gathering in the Fellowship Hall this Saturday, April 2 from 12:30 - 2 p.m.  Dr. Sara Creekmore will talk to us about Glaucoma in older adults. Bring a sack lunch, drinks will be provided.  This is a free event!  Bring a friend!
The Women of ELCA are putting together Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  We are still seeking these items to be donated:  Light-weight bath towels of a dark color, any brand bath-sized bar soap, adult toothbrushes.  If you can't bring items, you may give a monetary gift!  Checks may be made out to OSLC with "Health Kit" in the memo, and placed in the offering plate.
There is a sign-up sheet on the WELCA bulletin board for volunteers who would be willing to be callers for our Prayer Chain ministry.
First Softball Practice:
- this Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Field #2 at Winged Deer Park.
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Betty Marshall;Laura Arredondo;Trudy Blackmer; Erica Dalton; Berla Smith; Pat Keffer; Otto Zinser; Marjene Chapman; David and Martha Herting; Penny Van Hooser; Larry McCoy; Mike Rice; Barbara Diehl; Tom Loveday; Janet Ecklund; John Stafford; Anne Godsey; Kay Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Betty Marshall; Josiah Flint; Pat Tomita; Irene Ackley; Truman Billings; Phoebe Sand; Mary King; Janice Knipp; Mary Ostermeyer; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom; Debbie Garrison

Family Members and Friends:  
Alice Sulkowski; Jason Rakel; Carey Outen; Jessica Jernigan; Sharon Neuhaus; Lou Fox Baskette; Haskel Sykes; Reese Creasy;  Rev. Willis Bowers; Josh Nunn;  Ann Carter; Bruce and Betsy Shine; Glenn Nutter; Mark Mullinex; Howard Parsons; Brian and Jen Milliken; Linda Linden; Bonita Martin; Taylor Miller; Jim Ackley; Barbara Noe; Rosalina White; Preston Burke; Robin Barnett; Angie and Amber Frazier; Eve Hargrave, Abi Amato, Ashton Drinnon, Mark Singleton, Mark Helton (Pastor Jim's cousin), Bob Fetterolf, Eric & Chrissy Essmann (family of Becky Hamilos); Ray Osejo, Marsha Milhorn (friend of Maggie Flint); Ben Ivey (friend of Brenda Whitson)
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) friend of the Pat Wolf; Jeremy Downes (Navy) cousin of Joni Cannon; Adam Beier (Army) nephew of Carolynn Bailey

"Christ has no body but mine, no hands but mine, no feet but mine.
Mine are the eyes through which we are to see Christ's compassion for the world.
Mine are the feet with which Christ is to go about doing good.
Mine are the hands with which Christ is to bless now. Amen." 
~ St. Teresa of Avila, a prayer offered by Bishop Mark W. Holmerud of the Sierra Pacific Synod as written in the 40 Days of Giving Devotional.

The youth of Messiah Lutheran Church in Madison, Alabama are living out St. Teresa's poetic prayer and finding amazing ways to "go about doing good."Using the 40 Days of Giving
Campaign as a catalyst, the youth of Messiah have responded to the call to end hunger in their community.

Messiah's Director of Outreach Ministries, Claire Strand, reports that the congregation is 'giving generously' in an effort to meet the ELCA World Hunger's challenge to raise $2 million by Easter morning. From the 40 Days of Giving Campaign came the ingenuity to use the hands and feet of Messiah's members to actually provide sustenance to those in their community living in poverty or living with food insecurity.

"Just this past weekend, our youth groups delivered 466 pounds of food to a new local food pantry as part of their service project, 30-Hour Famine," Strand said, "What great kids!"

Messiah is using another program to accompany the 40 days of Giving Campaign called Feed the Need.  According to Feed the Need's Facebook page, the program mobilizes and engages volunteers with hands-on opportunities. Hands on... "Christ has no body but mine, no hands but mine," St. Teresa prays.

The congregation exemplifies the model of the ELCA World Hunger's comprehensive approach. The approach simultaneously addresses issues of hunger domestically and globally. Messiah models this approach by including international needs in its giving.

Strand wrote that a portion of the Lenten offering taken up for both the Feed the Need program and the 40 Days of Giving
Campaign, were designated to build a desperately needed kitchen next to an elementary school in rural Honduras.

"Their original kitchen was adobe and had to be demolished due to termite damage. This [new] kitchen will allow parents to make the school lunches under 
sanitary conditions, as well as save them from trekking the food over the mountainside each day, " she said.

On behalf of the ELCA World Hunger Team, thank you Messiah Lutheran Church for sharing your story and being God's hands and feet in a world of need and hope.

Contact Adrainne Gray - ELCA Southeastern Synod World Hunger Ambassador - with questions or for other opportunities to join the World Hunger Campaign to end hunger.
Thought for the Month
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." ~ Psalm 34:8


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