Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

May 27,2016

This Sunday 
OSLC Choir
Celebrating Youth! 
One Service Sunday! 

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer three Holy Communion service at 8:00, 10:45, and Heartsong at 10:45.
A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Traditional Service 8:15 AM
Sunday School 9:30 AM
Heartsong Service 10:45 AM
Traditional Service 10:45 AM

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day
Office Closed

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Chancel Choir 7:00 PM

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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

Friday, June 3, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM

"He said, 'I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.'" (Luke 7:9)

A man, who wasn't a follower like the rest of His entourage, came up to Jesus one day. He had sent word that the man's slave, whom he dearly loved, was ill. He asked if Jesus could heal him.

Jesus immediately got up and headed for this "pagan's" home.
The man came out to Him when he heard that Jesus was coming personally to do this for him.

He didn't expect such service, so much so that he asked Jesus, "Just say the word, and my servant will be healed!"Even our Lord seemed pleasantly surprised! Jesus then quoted the passage printed above.

As Christians, do we think we have cornered the market on faith and trust? Because we "do the things Christians are required to do," does that make us somehow separate and special from others?
He undoubtedly was looking around at His own followers (which included the disciples) when He made this statement about this "outsider's" faith.

How shall we respond this day?
How shall our treatment of people "different from us" change?

In fact, based on this story for Sunday, we're taught that it's not so much a difference between us as it is a difference in us, for, we all fall short of the glory of God....all!

Love your neighbor today, and live!
Remember, God loves you, and, He loves everybody else too! (Equally!) Amen.

Pastor Jim
Jesus Heals The Centurion's Slave
Summer Worship schedule
begins NEXT WEEK, June 5th:  9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship and 10:45 a.m. Heartsong worship
Products of the Month
Family Promise

For the next two months, we have designated Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) our agency to donations. Promise sponsors a network of churches, volunteers and community members to assist homeless familie with children. Through Family Promise, families can remain together while addressing the challenges confronting them to obtain housing. Families receive counseling and assistance to address their particular needs. Visit their website at:

When a family leaves the program and goes to an apartment or a house, they need products to clean and "fix up" their new home. They also need personal items such as deodorant, soap, tooth paste, toilet paper, etc. As the OSLO family, let's put together 3 laundry baskets filled with items to start their homes. Two baskets will be in the narthex and one in the fellowship hall. Let's see if we can give three families a boost and love with a gift from 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."

Softball Tournament:
 begins Monday, June 6 (note-next week). Our first game will be at 9:30 p.m. Winged Deer Park

Parish Nurse "Ministries in Motion":
Fridays, 10 a.m. - Walk/Talk - prayer, devotion, joke of the week and "Chair Yoga."

at this time, our OSLC office hours during the week, Monday through Friday, is 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

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.
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Travis Pennell, Barbara Gish, Mary King; 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; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom.

Family Members and Friends:  
Alice Sulkowski; Jason Rakel; Carey Outen; Sharon Neuhaus; 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; Al Rudolph; Jennifer Bremmermar, (friends of Dale & Joni Cannon); Rev. Jim Simpson (friend of the Peters); Jim Aderhold (friend of Melissa Malenda); Richard Williams (brother of Maggie Flint); Alice Barnett (Mary Alice Nipper's mother).

Special Prayers: 
Melissa Malenda, eye surgery, this past Thursday; SE Synod ELCA Assembly, Birmingham, AL (May 27-29), and on this Memorial Day weekend, for all who have fallen, to give us our freedoms.

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

given today to the glory of God by Stephanie and Brian Patteson and in honor of their 44th Wedding Anniversary.

Joni & Dale Cannon Linda & Gene Maddox 

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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