Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

June 24,2016

This Sunday 
OSLC Choir

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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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Traditional Service 9:30 AM
Heartsong Service 10:45 AM

Monday, June 27, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Friends in Grief 11:45 AM

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, July 1, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM

"...He set His face..."  (Luke 9:51)

According to Luke, Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem for the last time.  Along the way, He passed through some "not-so-welcoming" territory.
It was said (verse 53) that Jesus wasn't welcome while entering this unnamed Samaritan village, all because they knew He was heading towards Jerusalem (every Samaritan's "nemesis city").  
Samaritans were not liked by the more orthodox Jew because the Samaritans had, through the years, failed to follow the strict law of keeping one's bloodline pure.  And, because of this, Samaritans were shunned by the greater Jewish community.  Even though Jesus has never given them reason to shun Him-because He is headed toward the great city-He has become an "outsider."
Funny how prejudice, when it begins from one faction of people, eventually becomes a "two-way street."  Jesus was always kind to the Samaritan people, but because He shows some loyalty to His own sector of the race, He has changed; He is no longer welcome.  Because He has now begun the sacred journey that will bring salvation to both the Jew and the Samaritan - He has "somehow changed" and become the "foreigner."
His journey is simply about the love for one another.  Sad as it is, love for another is no longer an acceptable practice since the prejudice of the world questions and doubts the intent of such love.
So, my brothers and sisters, prepare yourself.  Even if you may live by a different standard as another, you will be ridiculed for your faith.  Sometimes you will be no longer welcome in places where, in the past, you were.  No, I agree, this doesn't make sense.  But - I'm afraid that's "the way of the world."
Continue to love your neighbor.  Many of your neighbors will come to love you too.  And yet, this story reminds us of the reality of human love:  sometimes others will NOT love or support your "setting your face" toward the acts of compassion for others.  Be prepared for rejection.
In the "meantime" (isn't it, though?), press onward in Christ's love.  Follow God's heart.  And know this:
God loves you and so do we.
Pastor Jim
Jesus Is Rejected
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, and "Chair Yoga."  

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.

Parents' Day Out:  
Monday & Wednesday, (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Monday, June 27:  
Cover Girls (10 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 28: 
"Friends in Grief" (11:45 a.m.)
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Dennis Hamm; Kasey Sorensen; Joan Blackmer; Steve Sharar; Barbara Gish; Mary King; Margaret Allown; Mary Ostermeyer; Beverly Van Camp; 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

Special Prayers: 
All traveling home from Berry College, GA, from their week long gathering at AFFIRM (Pastor Ed [who has a wedding away to officiate this weekend], Harmoni & Justis Metcalf, and Connor Hall. Also-Dr. Kelly Ballard and Mr. Terry Vail, who will be married at Roan Mtn. this Thursday (Pastor Jim officiating).

Family Members and Friends:  
Bill Reece;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

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

National Women's Health Week was celebrated May 8 - 14. Since I am writing for the June E-news, I went to the National Health Observances list for June and found that National Men's health Week is June 13 - 19. The purpose of both of these weeks is to increase awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage early detection, treatment and participation in lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of a variety of health issues.
Dr. Nancy Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, states that science is always changing but the basics of caring for our health never changes. A few simple steps adapted to age and ability for both women and men can guide us in day to day activities ensuring that we are doing the best that we can to keep ourselves healthy. These steps include the following:

Know what you are eating. Focus on foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein. Read labels and know that the healthiest foods do not come in wrappers. Choose smaller plates making the bigger portion on your plate foods with lots of color; vegetables usually fill this description. Choose whole fruits instead of fruit juice and skip other sugary drinks and sodas. Save sweets and desserts for special occasions. Use mealtime as a time to teach children the basics of a healthy diet.

Kick the sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle can set the stage for weight gain and major health problems. You do not have to go to the gym to get your daily recommended 30 minutes of physical activity. You also do not need to do all of the 30 minutes of daily activity at one time.  Think of ways that will work with your lifestyle to get moving. Increase your steps by parking further away from work or a store entrance. Take advantage of nice days during your lunch hour and walk outside. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Team up with a family member, neighbor, or friend to walk, run or bike several days a week. Walking the dog several times a day can quickly give you the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity.

Reduce your stress. Stress is a big part of our everyday lives. It is how we respond to the stress that affects our health. Long-term stress can increase an individual's risk for depression and anxiety, obesity, heart disease, cancer and many other health problems. Improving nutrition and exercising are great starters for reducing stress. Getting a good night's sleep - recommended 7 - 8 hours for adults - can also help in reducing stress. Some changes that might aid in better sleep could include winding down an hour before bedtime. Replacing electronic devices with a good book at least an hour before bedtime can help you do this. A bedtime that allows you to get the recommended amount of sleep can help you to be more resilient and better able to cope with life's stressors.

Seek assistance from the medical community. Schedule a well visit with your physician insuring that you have received the appropriate age related screenings and vaccines. Share with you physician concerns about your health and ask for referrals for health related problems that he/she is unable to provide when needed.

Make smart decisions. Even what seems to be a small decision can make a big impact on your health. In addition to what has been discussed above, not wearing seat belts and talking on the phone or texting while driving are decisions that could cost you your life or the life of another person. A helmet when biking could save you from life threatening brain trauma.

May and June have been designated nationally as months to focus on the health of women and men. If you have not already done so, pledge to take steps to be the healthiest that you can be throughout 2016.

Lee, Nancy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women, Office of Women's Health, U. S. Office of Health and Human Services, Back to Basics, June 12, 2016,

National Men's Health Week,

Connie Pearson, Chair
Health Ministries Task Force
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
and in honor of their wedding anniversary, by Chris and Wayne Epperson (Heartsong).

Beverly & Tony Gugliotta, and, Pat Parsons Tomita.

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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