Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

April 8,2016

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.


A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 


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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Traditional/Holy Communion          8:15 AM
Sunday School                                9:30 AM
Heartsong/Holy Communion          10:45 AM
Traditional/Holy Communion         10:45 AM
Confirmation Class                        12:30 PM

Monday, April 11, 2016

Parent's Day Out              9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Cover Girls                                    10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl                                  2:00 PM
Council Meeting                             6:30 PM

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Friends in Grief                              10:00 AM

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Parent's Day Out                              9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LYO                                                 6:00 PM - 7:30      Chancel Choir                                  7:00 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Heartsong Band Practice                    6:30 PM
Yoga                                                  6:30 PM
Lutheran Student Movement               7:30 PM

Friday, April 15, 2016

Walk / Talk                                       10:00 AM

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Traditional/Holy Communion                8:15 AM
Blood Drive                           9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday School                                      9:30 AM
Heartsong/Holy Communion                10:45 AM
Traditional/Holy Communion               10:45 AM

The Bold God!
"Come and have breakfast!"  (John 21:12)

Once Jesus saw a man up in a tree who was there because he was too short to see Jesus walking down the street.  Jesus invites Himself to the man's house for dinner.  How forward!
Just a couple of weeks ago, as Jesus had turned toward Jerusalem for the last time, He sent disciples into the city.  There He told them to be bold and take a donkey that didn't belong to them, and later, to go to a prescribed upper room and fix a meal for Him and for others, thank you very much!
During His three years of ministry, Jesus goes to a Samaritan village, unannounced; He enters into Simon the Pharisee's house (much to the chagrin of His disciples I'm sure), and is willing to enter into a Roman soldier's home to heal someone (much to the dismay of those few Pharisees who were in favor of Him).  Jesus commanded whatever He wanted-after all-He was God!
Sounds rather bold, doesn't it?
After the Lord's death, the tables are turned.  It's just the way of God.  In the story of John 21, this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus helps the disciples as they are fishing.  They have a large catch of fish.  They can hardly bring it ashore.
Once they all arrive - they find that Jesus has fixed breakfast for them.  That's a change!  The One who used to declare things done for Him, now has become the One who serves.
It's been this way ever since.
It's the very reason we offer the Eucharist every Sunday.  We need the real presence of Jesus in our lives; we need the bread and wine - truly the body and blood of Jesus - to help us remain faithful by knowing (being reminded constantly) what Jesus has done for us, His eternal service to you and to me.
Let us react in like manner.  Let us be bold as Jesus.  Let us share the faith in the same way by loving our neighbors as ourselves.  What better way to show the love of God?
Always remember - God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
Jesus Appears To Disciples At Lake Galilee
Products of the Month
Crumley House

The House has been designated for products of the month for April. The Crumley House as provided services to thousands of brain injury survivors and have had over 100 placements in competitive employment since 1992 The Crumley House offers two types of programs for clients.

1)The Day Program offers classes in academic learning, computer training, and physical training. The goal of day classes is to increase cognitive learning as well as increase physical agility. The staff at Crumley House also teach life skills such as household management, budgeting skills, personal hygiene, and time management, as well as many more.

2) The Residential Program is for clients who live at the Crumley House. This is a time to reinforce much of what has been learned during the day program as well as learning independent living skills. 

The following items are needed:
rags,      toothpaste,        tooth brushes,         personal hygiene
products (men's & women's),    clothes hangers,    razors, ibuprofen, flannel sheets OR cash donations may be made to Crumley House through OSLC.
Coming Up at OSLC 
We are now enrolling for Fall 2016, ages 1-4 years old.  For more information, contact Cat Hopper, our OSLC Parent's Day Out Director at 423-232-0077.  Registration Packets are available in the OSLC office.
With money donated by our local Thrivent Action Team, WELCA will purchase supplies for 200 health kits.  We are requesting donations to build another 100 kits to reach our goal of 300 kits for Lutheran World Relief.  You may see people wearing blue t-shirts provided by Thrivent while working on the Health Kits. 
Practice is this Thursday, April 14th, at Winged Deer Park Field #1, at 7 p.m.
Blood Drive:  
Next Sunday (April 17) we will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please consider giving.
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

The Family of Ray Osejo; Margaret Allown; Erica Dalton; Trudy Blackmer: Pat Keffer; Otto Zinser; 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; Sharon Neuhaus; Lou Fox Baskette; Haskel Sykes; Reese Creasy;  Rev. Willis Bowers; Josh Nunn;  Ann Carter; Bruce and Betsy Shine; Glenn Nutter; Mark Mullinex; Brian and Jen Milliken; Linda Linden; Bonita Martin; Taylor Miller; Jim Ackley; Rosalina White; Preston Burke; Robin Barnett; Angie and Amber Frazier; Eve Hargrave, Abi Amato, Ashton Drinnon, Mark Singleton, Mark Helton, Bob Fetterolf, Eric & Chrissy Essmann; Chris Toft; Cameron Crawford; Ben Ivey, Marsha Millhorn, Carmen Yoder, Jessica Mowell

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


Ralph and Patricia Keffer, Nancy McGinty (Nick)

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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