Wednesday, November 20
Noon- 1:30 pm
The book for this month’s book club is Dear Church: A Love Letter from A Black Pastor to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan.
Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.
Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the church's renewal through racial equality and justice.
It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.
Join us for a discussion of the book in its entirety on Nov 20 in the conference room.
Advent Lunch Bunch
Thursdays Noon-1:00 pm
Dec. 5, 12, 19
Peterson Fellowship Hall Conference Room
Advent for many of us is a hectic time of trying to get things done—decking the halls, sending Christmas cards or e-cards, shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, baking, cooking, attending special events, traveling to spend time with family and friends, and on and on—in four short weeks.
Making All Things New explores God's ongoing work of renewing all things, particularly our stories, our days, our spirits, and our ways. Use the daily reflections on your own or with a friend or family member. Then gather with others once a week, as we discuss the Bible study questions.
Feel free to bring your lunch. Journals are available ($8 suggested donation, see Pastor Karn or the visit the church office) or you may purchase an e-version online at Augsburg Fortress.
Women's Coffee Connect
Fridays at 8:30 am at Luci's at the Orchard
Get your favorite beverage and spend an hour getting to know and deepen relationships with other woman. Drop in or come every week, and feel free to invite your friends.
Serve Pancakes in 2020
OSLC regularly helps to prepare and serve a pancake breakfast at Grace Lutheran in downtown Phoenix, one of our sister congregations. If you would like to help, please sign up with the church office then be at Grace at 6:30 am to begin cooking.
Grace is now officially certified by Maricopa County to serve food to the public! This means they are wanting as many helpers as possible to get a Food Employee Certificate (formerly a Food Handlers Card).The card can be obtained for only $8.00 and it is good for 3 years (for an extra $2.00 you can choose an option to be able to print out your card anytime during the 3 year period.) To take a simple test and receive your Food Employee Certificate go to http://www.azfoodhandlers.com/Register3.aspx.
Help the Piecemakers!
Would You Like To Be Part of A Church Fellowship Quilt Group?
The Piecemakers meet every month to cut, sort, tie and sew. Many hands are needed as we make quits for Lutheran World Relief.
If you are interested, please let Dianne (or contact the church office) and we will add your name to the list.
Hand Bell Choir
The OSLC Bell Choir rehearses on Wednesday at 6 pm to prepare music to enhance worship. Come and find out if you like to ring!
For more information please contact Pastor Karn or the director, Megan Carbiener.
Rehearsals Wed at 7:15 pm
The choir provides special music for worship and special services. They rehearse weekly on Wednesdays (Aug- May) Musical experience appreciated, but not required. This is a group that loves to praise Jesus in song and have a lot of fun, too! We currently have members ages 14-94!
For more information please contact Pastor Karn or Terry Williams.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Do you knit or crochet? Then come to an informational meeting about the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Prayer shawls to be given to people who need to feel wrapped up in the love of Christ and find out how you can help.
Speak with Lennie A. or the church office for more information.
AA Fridays at 7 pm
Need help staying sober? Gather with others in the program to offer support and encouragement. Nursery care is provided. This family-friendly group meets in the Fellowship Hall each Friday.
Thanksgiving Food Distributon
November 26, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Help distribute food (outdoors) at the Saint Mary’s site this Thanksgiving. All volunteers should arrive by 7:00 am at the AZ State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (enter at 17th Ave & McDowell - the parking lot will be on your left) where you will be bused to the food bank. If you prefer to use Uber or Lyft, the food bank is at 3131 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017. Dress attire - all shirts must have either long or short sleeves, and close toed and comfortable shoes are a must. This is a wonderful opportunity to distribute holiday meals to families needing assistance. Questions? Speak with Sally R. who is organizing the OSLC group.
Thursday, November 28
11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Join with other folks from OSLC to celebrate Thanksgiving. There will be games, food preparation and socializing. A tradition dinner will be served, along with pies and other deserts. Please RSVP in the Hall or with the church office by November 22. email@example.com or 602-997-6944
Adult Sunday School
Sunday Mornings at 10:45am
On Sundays after worship, gather with other people of faith after worship to grow in faith together. The group will discuss the readings for the day. Bring your bibles and feel free to grab a cup of coffee and a treat before the class begins. Pastor Bob and Paul are the facilitators.
On Thursdays at 7 pm, sit down with other faithful people and discuss whatever topic is on your hearts and minds. This is an open forum that creates space to share struggles, concerns, and joys with other Christians.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus calls the most unlikely of people blessed: the mourning, the hungry, the persecuted; or, as Simon and Garfunkel sing: “the sat upon, spat upon, ratted on” — those of us who feel God has forsaken them. These Beatitudes are the the most oft-quoted words of the Gospels yet they are also the hardest to remember. When we feel lost, sad or abandoned we don’t feel blessed, we feel forgotten. This November, let us spend time with these loving words: read them, memorize them and reflect on them so that in our time of need, we may be comforted by the knowledge that we are deeply loved.
If you would like to be a part of this journey, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look for weekly posts on Our Saviour’s facebook page.
WELCA Gathering July 2020
July 16-19 in Phoenix
Join with women from all over our nation for the triennial gathering of Women of the ELCA. Since 1988, Lutheran women have gathered to party and act boldly on our faith. Lisa Plorin, president of Women of the ELCA’s executive board, invites you to join us at our 2020 Gathering in Phoenix. View the video.
Registration opens Sept 30.
Living Lutheran Magazine
Living Lutheran is your source for news, reflections and stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its local and global companions. It cover religious news and social issues, congregational life, global and domestic mission, family matters, spiritual practices and resources, and more.
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Would you like to subscribe to Living Lutheran magazine? The cost is $8.95 per year. The magazine features resources to help deepen your faith, monthly reflectionns from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and coverage of religious news, events and social issues. Feel free to Subscribe online.
In addition, you can Sign Up for regular emails from Living Lutheran.
Write a Yelp Review
Did you know that Our Saviour’s is on Yelp? It is one of the most frequently used apps when people are looking for reviews of places they may want to go or experience. If you are on Yelp, please considering writing your own review of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. It may just be the thing that encourages someone to check us out!