Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

June 11,2016

This Sunday 
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer three Holy Communion service at 9:30 and Heartsong at 10:45.
A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Traditional Service 9:30 AM
Heartsong Service 10:45 AM
Vac Bible School 5:00 PM

Monday, June 13, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl 2:00 PM
Vac Bible School 5:00 PM
Council 6:30 PM

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Friends in Grief 10:00 AM
Vac Bible School 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Vac Bible School 5:00 PM

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vac Bible School 5:00 PM
Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, June 17, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Path Class (DCS) State of TN 9:00 AM

Champion of All Sinners
"...and He went into the Pharisee's house and took His place at dinner..." (Luke 7:36)
Jesus was invited to dinner.  Not by one of His friends, but rather by one who had resisted His ways of a new style of thinking.  Simon was a Pharisee, and, even though Jesus had friends with the Sanhedrin, of which the Pharisees had clearly populated, He also had enemies.
To go to dinner with an opponent was something that many people certainly didn't understand and most did not appreciate.  His numerous altercations with the Pharisees made it difficult to see why He would go and sit at table with any of them.  But, He did.
Even more, during the meal a "sinful" woman of the city came in-uninvited-seeking the Lord's peace and forgiveness.  In this case, the sin of this woman was "prostitution," although it is never fully disclosed.  Whatever it was, it was very bad!  She should have not been welcome there.
Read the Gospel for this Sunday for yourself (Luke 7:36-8:3).  
Read and see that Jesus is confronted from one end of society to the other:  from the high end of the faith to the lowest of the low in the world.  And yet, the Lord seems at peace with both.  He is very welcoming to both.  The prejudice that surrounded Him in the world in which He lived did not influence Him to be like everyone else.
On Friday, "The Greatest," Muhammad Ali was laid to rest in Louisville, Kentucky.  The eulogies on his behalf was not so much about his boxing prowess (although it has been clear for years that he was the best there ever was), as much as it was about his humanitarian ways and his love for others.  Some spoke of how he was a shining light in some of the darkest days of America.  He helped move us forward in love and compassion where we needed to move.  He was brash in his own right, and yet, he nver looked away from someone different from him.  He always tried to find a way to reach out and show the equality of the person or the situation.
As we look at the Gospel for Sunday, realize we all have the ability to make changes in the world around us as Mr. Ali did.  We just have to put our differences aside and live together.  Be proud of one's heritage but don't let that get in the way of our God-given brother/sisterhood of humanity.  From the prestige of high society (Pharisee) to the notoriety of the downtrodden (the woman with the alabaster jar), let us see Christ in everyone we meet.  Let us mirror His love and respect for all people. 
Somehow, it will help make this a better world.

Remember - God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
Jesus Perfumed By Women
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."

7:30 p.m. - Tournament Game Winged Deer Park, Championship! 

Vacation Bible School:
 (June 12-16, 5-8 p.m.)  PLEASE pre-register your children for VBS if you have not done so yet!  This helps us greatly in our planning!  Speak to Marcy Aaroen or Sean Golden if you have questions!

"Fill the baskets" for Family Promise!:
  We are collecting cleaning supplies for families when they are able to move into their new homes!  We will collect these supplies all month!

WELCA Opportunity:  
The SE Synod WELCA Annual Convention is being held in Atlanta on September 16-18.  If interested in attending, please pick up an application on the WELCA bulletin board.  (Costs increase after June 15)   Contact Judi Boebel with any questions.
Blood Drive:  Coming up....Wednesday, June 15, 4-8 p.m.
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Steve Sharar; Rev. Dennis Hamm; Barbara Gish; Mary King; Margaret Allown; Mary Ostermeyer; Beverly Van Camp; Trudy Blackmer: Pat Keffer; Otto Zinser; David and Martha Herting; Penny Van Hooser;  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:  
Family of Bridget Watts, who father, William McClure, passed away (friend of Christy Huff); Bill Reece, brother of Sue Reece;Melissa Malenda;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; Rev. Jim Simpson; Jim Aderhold; Richard Williams; Alice Barnett

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 N/A.

Tom & Marianne Simonson; Duane Williams & Alice Slkowski.

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Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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