New this week – December 8, 2019

From the Board of Stewardship

The Rich Ruler was unable to part with his wealth in order to give himself completely to Jesus (Luke 18:18-25). Christ gave up all the glories of Heaven so that He could give Himself completely to us.  The Rich Fool hoarded his wealth and built bigger barns to store it all (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus emptied Himself and gave up everything to save us.  “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for [our] sakes He became poor, so that [we] through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).  This Christmas let us thank God for the Bethlehem-gift of His Son and seek His grace to give as He gave.

VOTERS’ MEETING

There will be a brief Voters’ Meeting held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 11:45am in the church sanctuary to hand out copies of the proposed Church Constitution and Bylaws.  Those unable to attend may contact the Church office for a copy.  A second congregational meeting is scheduled for January 5, 2020 at 11:45am to ratify the proposed Church Constitution and Bylaws.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Join us for Christmas caroling on TODAY, Dec. 8th at 5:00pm.  We will meet in the Church office building and head out.  Please indicate your plan to participate by signing the sheet in the narthex. Continue reading “New this week – December 8, 2019”

New this week – November 17, 2019

FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED!

The Kettle Moraine Lutheran Traveling Choir will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 24. Please consider contributing some items to help us feed the choir between services. You can find the sign-up sheet on the table in the back.

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT

Ladies, reserve the date, Sunday, December 15th to participate in the 4:30 pm Advent by Candlelight at Our Savior.    Sign-up sheets for attending, hosting or making a dish to share are on a table in the Narthex. Advent by Candlelight is an opportunity for women to set aside the hustle and bustle of holiday preparation and focus their minds and hearts on the birth of Christ.  Beautiful decorations and fellowship provide a delightful atmosphere for the ladies to enjoy music and devotional time by candlelight.  Please sign up by December 1st.  Please contact Alison Wolff  if you would like to help with the planning.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Join us for Christmas caroling on Sunday Dec. 8th at 5:00pm.  We will meet in the Church office building and head out.  Please indicate your plan to participate by signing the sheet in the narthex.  Please note that there will not be a chili meal this year.

CHRISTMAS TREE & CHURCH DECORATING

Will be held Sat., Dec. 7th starting at 11:30 am.  We need your help!  We all truly enjoy the beautiful decorations in church at Christmas time.  Please come and help decorate our worship facility to celebrate our Savior’s birth. Continue reading “New this week – November 17, 2019”

New this week – October 27, 2019

VERSE OF THE MONTH

This year’s Spiritual Growth Plan focuses on prayer. Ponder a verse and a comment on the blessing of prayer from your Spiritual Growth Committee: Proverbs 15:8 “The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.”  What an amazing fact to know that God takes pleasure in our prayers.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY – Romans

A Bible study on Tuesday evenings  at 7:00 pm in the church office classroom which is located in the white building. We will meet from 7:00 – 8:30 each Tuesday evening.  Bring your point of view because you will be able to give it during our discussions. Continue reading “New this week – October 27, 2019”

New this week – October 20, 2019

ADVENT BY CANDLE LIGHT PLANNING MEETING

Attention ladies of the congregation, there will be an ABC (Advent By Candlelight) planning meeting, October 27th  at 11:45am .  We are looking to do some brainstorming about this year’s event, we should be done within an hour.  All are invited.

CLERGY APPRECIATION MONTH

October is Clergy Appreciation Month.  Please take this opportunity to thank and encourage Pastor Wagner, Staff Minister Hering, Jeremiah Backhaus, and Seminary Senior Zachary VonDeylen (Pulpit Assistant) for their faithful service at Our Savior.

2020 CALENDARS

God’s Creation Wall Calendars are available for purchase on the back table.  They are $7.00.  There are envelopes on top of the calendars where you can place your payment and then place in the Principal/School Office mail slot.  This is a fundraiser for Our Savior Parents-Teachers-Friends (PTF). Proceeds from this calendar sale are used for a variety of non-budgeted items and events sponsored by the PTF.

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New this week – September 29, 2019

ADVENT BY CANDLE LIGHT PLANNING MEETING

Attention ladies of the congregation, there will be an ABC (Advent By Candlelight) planning meeting on Sunday, October 13th  at 11:45am .  We are looking to do some brainstorming about this year’s event, we should be done within an hour.  All are invited.

SCRIP GIFT CARD NEWS TO NOTE

In addition to linking a bank account (PrestoPay™), families who have access to online payments can choose to pay for gift cards with credit cards.

Important details about this new payment option:

Credit card types: Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
Rebates: The rebate is not impacted—families, and your organization, still earn the same amount. Your organization’s earnings are credited the same way as linked bank account payments.
Purchases: A 2.6% fee is added to a family’s order total each time they pay with a credit card. Your organization does not pay a fee. Credit card payments will be processed immediately.

2020 CALENDARS

God’s Creation Wall Calendars are available for purchase on the back table.  They are $7.00.  There are envelopes on top of the calendars where you can place your payment and then place in the Principal/School Office mail slot.  This is a fundraiser for Our Savior Parents-Teachers-Friends (PTF). Proceeds from this calendar sale are used for a variety of non-budgeted items and events sponsored by the PTF.  Continue reading “New this week – September 29, 2019”

New this week – September 22, 2019

VERSE OF THE MONTH

This year’s Spiritual Growth Plan focuses on prayer. Ponder a verse and a comment on the blessing of prayer from your Spiritual Growth Committee: Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Keep praying, whether times are happy or sad, easy or difficult, prosperous or wanting. Stay close to your Father in heaven and open your heart to him often.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS STUDY – September 8 to November 17

As disciples of Jesus, our lives are designed by and dedicated to the glory of God.  The goal of this study is to examine the biblical blueprint for Spiritual Gifts in the body of Christ, and the discovery of our own personal gift makeup.  Each of our members has one or more special gifts from God with which he/she can express appreciation to our savior for all that he has done to save us.  Starting on Christian Education Sunday (September 8th at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall), we will look at the Foundational Gifts upon which the church was established.  Our study will tie together with a special service on October 3 & 6 to engage, involve and train our members in meaningful and rewarding service to God and to our neighbors (FRANS).  Nursery care for small children and Sunday School for older children is available.

Attention Parents!

A 10-week parenting Bible class entitled “Family Balance” is being taught by Tom Hering on Sunday’s through November 10.  This series is for all parents. There are many aspects of trying to find and maintain balance in a family. This discussion-based class ncludes Biblical principles and guidance to help work through the challenges of family balance on many different fronts, such as the use of Law/Gospel, discipline, technology, worship, family time, work and play, etc. The class meets in the classroom off the fellowship hall during the regular Sunday morning Bible class hour. Child care is provided. Continue reading “New this week – September 22, 2019”

New this week – September 1, 2019

THANK YOU

THANK YOU to the many people who helped with this year’s picnic! Your assistance with setting up, providing food, preparing food, helping with games, serving food and ice cream, tearing down and cleaning up was truly appreciated. It was great to have so many together to enjoy the food, games, fellowship and fun on such a beautiful day for a picnic!

ADULT BIBLE STUDY – Romans

A Bible study on Tuesday evenings will begin on September 10th at 7:00 pm in the church office classroom which is located in the white building. We will meet from 7:00 – 8:30 each Tuesday evening.  Bring your point of view because you will be able to give it during our discussions. Continue reading “New this week – September 1, 2019”

New this week – August 25, 2019

August Sermon Series

Isn’t summertime, sunshine and the green growth in Wisconsin amazing?  From the rain and rays (actually, from the Creator) comes a growing plant. As summer progresses we witness the cycle of life, from start to finish, from little to big, from seed to fruit.  This same cycle occurs in the life of a believer, as faith is planted by the Gospel, it is watered and nurtured and then comes the abundant fruit.  God loves to gather his children together and raise a garden of good things.  Seeing this cycle reminds us that we can’t rush the process by which fruit appears in our lives.

Love Lifts Us Up

Summer Sunday Adult Bible Study.  August 11 – September 8th at 9:15am each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.  Our English language is complicated by context – especially when it comes to love. We use the same word to describe our passion for food (tacos or hamburgers), our adoration (worship) for God, the attraction and affection between a husband and wife. While we simply have one word for love, the ancient Greeks used several, all of which are illustrated in Scripture.  In this late summer study we’ll discover why love is central to all aspects of life and how having love lifts up our spirits.  John says it so well, “We love because he first loved us.”  “God is love.”  “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

Attention Parents!

A 10-week parenting Bible class entitled “Family Balance” will be taught by Tom Hering and begin on Sunday, September 8.  This series is for all parents. There are many aspects of trying to find and maintain balance in a family. This discussion-based class will include Biblical principles and guidance to help work through the challenges of family balance on many different fronts, such as the use of Law/Gospel, discipline, technology, worship, family time, work and play, etc. The class will meet in the classroom off the fellowship hall during the regular Sunday morning Bible class hour. Child care is provided. Continue reading “New this week – August 25, 2019”

New this week – August 11, 2019

From the Board of Stewardship

When things start possessing us, God is moved to the periphery, and things we want to possess prohibit our spiritual growth.  Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Is there truth in the following? Things we may earnestly pursue and believe we need for our welfare, once attained, turn out to be the cause of growing emptiness. Dear Lord, Bless me with true godly contentment and a growing desire for more and more of You and Your Word. Amen.

PTF Social Hour

Please join us as we kick off the 2019-20 school year with a fun, and informative social hour for the adult Parents, Teachers, and Friends of Our Savior Lutheran School. We will meet on August 27th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Galioto’s Twelve21 located at 1221 N. Wauwatosa Rd., Cedarburg, WI.    You will have an opportunity to meet with this year’s PTF Board Members, as well as getting to know other parents in a more casual setting.  We will have a brief overview, with Q&A on exactly what your PTF does, and how you can help! FREE APPETIZERS!!!  (no beverages will be included. There will be a full list of options for you to purchase)

*Childcare will not be provided during this meeting, so please make necessary arrangements.  There is a sign up on the table in the back.  All members of Our Savior are welcome to come.

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