Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

April 23,2016

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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MONDAY, April 24th

9:00 am -2:00 pm - Parent's Day Out
10:00 am - Cover Girls
7:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Coed Softball (Winged Deer Park, Field #1)

TUESDAY, April 25th

10:45 a.m. - Friends in Grief

WEDNESDAY,  April 26th 

9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Parent's Day Out
10:30 a.m. - Katie Circle
6:00  pm - Youth Underground Huddle
6:30 pm - Heartsong Rehearsal

THURSDAY, April 27th

10:00 a.m. - WELCA Packing Health Kits
6:30 pm - Yoga

FRIDAY, April 28th 

10:00 pm - Walk and Talk

SUNDAY, May 1st

8:15 a.m. - Traditional Service
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Heartsong Contemporary Service
10:45 a.m. - Traditional Service
12 noon - Confirmation (Final Quiz) - Library

"How will we know?"
How does anyone know anything about another person?

It's sad to say that often we judge others by their appearance.  I have been "different shapes" (body fat, etc.) my whole life.  I once was very slim and sleek.  It's safe to say that I am no longer those things.
I have noticed throughout my "heavier years" that people's perception of me (those who don't know me/those who I might randomly meet on the street) is different than when I was younger.  I have sensed a little less respect for me since their obvious prejudice is that I must not care for my own body.  Of course, that's not a fair assumption.  However, I've seen it with my own eyes.  I believe other's perception of me to be true.  It is what it is.
In today's society, "to live the life" you have to be slim and sleek and all those other media-induced stereo types of a happy life.  Nothing is further from the truth.
In the Church, based on what Jesus teaches, we need to look deeper at people.  Jesus says in this Sunday's Gospel (John 13:34), "Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."  That's a tall order to be sure.  No one can love the way Jesus loved.
But we can try.
How should look at others...all others?  The simple answer is a hard one:  "You (and I) should love one another."  That means to love with no malice, no distrust, or any prejudice.  Again, it's hard but not impossible.
And what would be the other person's reflection of such love?  If we can truly love and respect others..."by this everyone will know that you are My disciples-if-you have love for one another." (vs. 35)
I could live with that.  If others could see us as disciples of Jesus, wow!  Jesus loved like no other, and, if others saw us as His disciples, I'd say we're walking down the right road of this life.  Oh, we will fall and fail at this a lot, but it doesn't hurt to try and try and try.  God will go with us down that road.
And as you and I travel down that road, 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 
Parish Nurse "Ministries in Motion":

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Yoga - Youth Room - please bring your own mat; Fridays, 10 a.m. - Walk/Talk - prayer, devotion, joke of the week and "Chair Yoga."  

Looking Ahead:  
May 10th - Janey Owns, MSN, CCRN, NP-C, Heart replacement valve coordinator from JCMCH - 6:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall.

Confirmation Class:  
Our last full class of the year is this Sunday- finishing up the Ten Commandments.  Meet in the library after the late services!

First Communion Retreat:  
Sunday from 3-6 p.m.  We'll begin in the library.

Monday, 7:30 (v.s. Gray Un. Methodist) and 8:30 p.m. (v.s. Bethlehem Lutheran) both games will be at Field #1 - Winged Deer.  Y'all come on out!!!

With money donated by our local Thrivent Action Team, WELCA will put together 300 health kits!  Thank you all!  Come Thursday at 10 a.m. and help pack the kits!  We'll be in the fellowship hall.   (You may see people today wearing blue t-shirts provided by Thrivent while working on the Health Kits.)  
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Margaret Allown; Mary Ostermeyer; Erica Dalton; Beverly Van Camp; Trudy Blackmer: Pat Keffer; Otto Zinser; David and Martha Herting; Penny Van Hooser; Barbara Diehl; Tom Loveday; Janet Ecklund; John Stafford; Anne Godsey; Kay Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Betty Marshall; Irene Ackley; Truman Billings; Phoebe Sand; Mary King; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom.

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, Bob Fetterolf, Eric & Chrissy Essmann; Chris Toft; Cameron Crawford; Ben Ivey, Marsha Millhorn, Carmen Yoder, Jessica Mowell; Beth Neas; Karen Winter (Ken Peters' sister).

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


Ann Smith; Dewitt & Patricia Jones

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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