Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

July 1,2016

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. 
For further information 
about OSLC, please 
visit our website at 
or join us on Facebook.
Pastor Eds 
Daily Devotional Blog


Click here or on the picture to go to the daily devotional.

Parents Day Out

Click here or on the picture to go to Parents Day Out.

Join Our Mailing List

Sunday, July 3, 2016

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

Monday, July 4, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Chancel Choir 7:00 PM

Thursday, July 7, 2016

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

Friday, July 8, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM

Have you ever felt "sent"?

"After this, the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place where He Himself intended to go. (Luke 10:1)

As summer moves forward, and as we tend to take a more relaxed view of things-traveling and vacationing-I invite you to think about this Sunday's Gospel:  Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.  What is your "calling"?  I know you have a job, a life's work that you studied so hard for in your life in high school and post high school.  But, what is your "calling"?
What is your spiritual vocation?  How do you live out your daily work in light of God's grace and peace? 
It's hard.  Life doesn't always appear to be filled with grace and peace.  Life is hard.  Just because you "follow Jesus," doesn't mean you are going to have it easy; on the contrary, following God's calling can get you into more trouble than you ever thought was possible!  It can push you further into places and situations that you usually wouldn't want to go or ever thought you would be able to go!
Often, those kinds of situations in daily life can help us decipher the sense of being "sent."
When you and I are "sent," marvelous things seem to happen.  When Jesus sent out the seventy, miracles took place.  The seventy were amazed at what God could do through them.
Nothing has changed.  Today is no different.  As you are "sent," realize that nothing is impossible with God in your life.  That, too, is what it means to "be sent."
I don't necessarily expect miracles every day, but I do realize in my "sentness" that just having the gift of a new day is a miracle.
Give thanks.  Praise God.  And, on this Fourth of July weekend celebration, thank God for the life we have with this great nation.  Americans are "sent" every day.  Follow the call to be sent.  God will show us the way!  Just remember...
God loves you and so do we.
Pastor Jim
Jesus Is Rejected
Products of the Month
Good Samaritan Back Pack Project 

OSLC is now collecting materials for the annual "Back Pack Project."  We also are collecting monetary donations in order to buy all the supplies for these back packs for children who return to school in August.  Money will also be used to purchase clothes for little ones to have at school when "accidents" happen.  Thank you for your support!
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. 
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.

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, Virgil Nipper; JonBradley Ratliss, Melissa Malenda's son. 

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

Jason, Jessica, Payton, & Molly  
Green Diane& Norman Duncan

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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