Prayer Circle – January 13, 2019

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:3-4

Imagine being buried in the sand at the beach. It sounds like fun until the weight of the sand becomes oppressive. When your friends pull you out, your first inclination is to jump into the water to be washed clean of all that sand. But getting clean on a sandy beach is nearly impossible. No matter how many times you dunk under water, the sand still clings somewhere on your body.

Without the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, our lives would be buried in sin. No matter how hard we tried, no amount of washing would make us clean. Sin would cling to us like that beach sand. But through His sacrifice on the cross we have been given a new life. What a gift we have in Baptism!

Through the water and God’s almighty Word we have been washed clean. Christ died to remove the filth of sin forever. We remember our Baptism daily as we enjoy the new life we have been given. We will never be hopelessly buried in sin again!

CrossWalk, Phoenix, Ariz. – Dear Jesus, the last words you gave before your ascension instructed and entrusted us, your children, to share the good news of salvation with others. We pray for your followers from CrossWalk in Phoenix, Ariz., who have left the comfort of a large church to start a new church. These modern disciples ask your blessings as they go door-to-door, hang flyers, and invite friends to join them. Bless their efforts as only you can, Lord. Amen.

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News & Notes January 13, 2019

From the Board of Stewardship

Somehow a New Year seems to bring revitalization.  We take a deep breath, forgetting all that went wrong in the old year, and start fresh.  For the Christian, this revitalization takes place daily as we remember our Baptisms, for God “has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).  Empowered by this blessing, let us use each day for His glory.  Prayer:  Lord, in this New Year, grant me strength to put You first.  Help me to seek You and Your righteousness.  Thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus, who came to live and die on the Cross so that I may live as a forgiven person who will spend life eternal with You.  In Your precious name I pray.  Amen.

Our Savior Night Announced

The Board of Stewardship is pleased to invite all members and friends of Our Savior to our special annual fellowship and activity night on Friday, February 22, beginning at 6 pm. The primary emphasis is FELLOWSHIP. Basketball, volleyball and the “bounce house” will be available in the gym while ping pong and tables for games will also be played in the lower lobby (byog – bring your own game). Snacks and beverages will be provided. There is no cost to attend. Come one, come all… and enjoy the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ!

9 Pin Tap Bowling Fundraiser

Northside Lutheran Ministries invites you to join them for their 14th Annual 9 Pin Tap Bowling Tournament Sunday, January 27th at 1:30 p.m.  This event will be held at the Riviera Lanes – 8600 W. Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI.  Register on line at https://lyc.ejoinme.org/bowling2019.  Contact Ken Lemke with any questions, 414-534-6311.

January 6th Prayers

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

Psalm 77:11

A miraculous birth…God becomes Man…a star in the East…a chorus of angels from heaven. What wondrous things happened in Bethlehem so many centuries ago! Yet not everyone saw those amazing things, and not everyone believed. Some saw but went about their business as usual. Others never saw because they had no interest in looking.

Miracles today may not seem like the ones the shepherds or the Magi witnessed, but miracles still surround us. We celebrate the love of Almighty God for powerless men, women, and children every Christmas. We rely on His forgiveness, mercy, and compassion every day. Despite the troubles and terrors of the world, God’s church continues to grow. The Holy Spirit still inspires people to selflessly and generously serve others.

At Christmas, we believe. We believe because He has given us the priceless gift of being willing to look. Remember the miracles of long ago, and rejoice in the miracles God continues to work in our lives and in the world around us. Rejoice as we celebrate His love.

WELS ministry in 2018 – Lord God, your presence in guiding the Church is clear as we look back at our blessings in 2018. Our first world mission field on the Apache Reservation celebrated its 125th anniversary. At the same time, you’ve opened new doors with the Vietnamese government inviting WELS to build a theological training center for Hmong church leaders. We thank you for the successful youth rally, media productions, relief efforts for areas of natural disaster, and the large upcoming graduating classes at Martin Lutheran College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. We know you’ll continue to direct our ministry work in 2019. To you be the glory! Amen.

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Winter Adult Bible Study

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Romans 8:5

Can we as Christians seek happiness through self-control? So many self-help books proclaim a perfect method, discovered by the author, that really works. But first, is it truly biblical? And second, does it balance Law & Gospel? Obedience and service to others begins in the Word of God. There are some misbeliefs about self-control that need to be dismantled. Then, “old habits” can be reformed into healthy , new habits. We’ll examine the…

purpose, preparation, plan, and perseverance

for self-control offered by the inspired writers under God’s direction.

New this week – January 6, 2019

SENIOR ADULT BIBLE STUDY Gospel of John 

In our study of John’s gospel, we will take a journey through the life of Jesus. John offers perhaps the clearest reason why the Holy Spirit has given us these inspired writings: “…these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).  We’ll apply our Savior’s teachings to our own lives throughout the study. The class will be taught by Staff Minister Hering in the Church Office Classroom on Tuesdays at 10:30 am, beginning January 8th and continuing through March 19th.

Mercy Ministry Fund

Can Recycling Project – We are collecting aluminum cans. They can be placed in the containers located in the fenced enclosure at the NE corner of the gym.

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New this week – 12/23/18

TEEN OUTING – BOWLING

Please join us for our next Teen Outing  on Thursday, December 27th at Circle B Recreation in Cedarburg from noon to 2pm.  The cost of $5.00 will cover bowling, shoes and pizza.  Sign-up sheet is located on a table in the back.  Contact Mr. Fischer, Mr. Pautz or Mr. Martens if you have any questions.  Don’t forget to invite a friend.

A NIGHT OUT – FELLOWSHIP EVENT We still have seats available!

Please join us for a “A Night Out” on February 16, 2019 at The Bog.  This wonderful night of fellowship will consist of hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, and entertainment by Fish Sticks Comedy.  The cost is $65 per person, payment and RSVP’s can be placed in the black box in the narthex.  Contact Sarah in the church office with any questions.

JOSEPH, CARPENTER OF STEEL

Adult Sunday Morning Study at 9:15am, December  9, 16 & 30.  Childcare provided. What stands out most about Joseph is how common and ordinary he was. You might say he was just an “average Joe,” like most of us. Who expects his or her name to be written in history books, or to have buildings, streets or cities named after them? Joseph never dreamed what God was up to in his time and in his life, until the angel spoke to him about amazing things.  When he discovered his betrothed was pregnant, everything changed and instead of ending in disharmony and divorce, he found this child to be the source of his greatest joy.

Winter Cleaning: School and Church

An Our Savior Lutheran Church & School undecorating/cleaning/work day has been scheduled for Saturday, January 5th starting at 8:30am.  We are looking for help from both church and school families.  Please consider joining us for some fun, fellowship, and cleaning!

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2019 Bible Reading Plan

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our Lutheran heritage celebrates Luther’s emphasis on “By Scripture Alone”.  For too long the common person had had too little opportunity for individual exposure to the Word.  Luther was dedicated to put the Word into the hands of the people and to instruct them in the truths of Scripture. Couple that with Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press and the availability of the Word began to be more common. Today the explosion of Scripture availability is proof of God’s intent to have all men to be saved and to bring the saving gospel into all the world.

Last year your Spiritual Growth Committee encouraged you to read The Daily Bible, a unique chronological arrangement of the Scriptures.  For those of you that followed the readings we pray that you have been blessed by reading.  If anyone might be interested in doing the reading this year read more online or contact the church office and get the short introduction booklets that provide focus on each day’s readings.

Today we have multiple ways in which we can be in the Word.  Using your own Bible and doing some research you can find multiple reading plans.  Online resources and a variety of Bible translations are readily available. Continue reading “2019 Bible Reading Plan”