New this week – May 20, 2020

Dear Friends,

You likely recognize the following words from a beloved hymn, “Change and decay in all around I see; O thou who changest not, abide with me!” (“Abide with Me” stanza 2) What a comfort to know that during these times of change, uncertainty and pandemic, our God is with us, our God cares for us, our God is changeless. His love is steady and true. May God give you peace as you maneuver through the changes of life, knowing that you can place your fears on Jesus. Your greatest needs are already supplied when you have faith, forgiveness, and the certainty of heaven. May God give you wisdom as you make decisions and patience as you live under the decisions of others!

Worship Schedule

Join us

  • Special Ascension Service this Thursday, May 21, live streamed at 7 pm (YouTube Channel)
  • Sunday morning onsite worship beginning May 24 at 8 and 10:30 (See more details in the separate Worship Announcement sent to your email or mailbox.)
  • We will continue to live stream our Sunday morning 10:30 service.
  • The first Thursday onsite service will be Thursday, May 28.

Voters’ Meeting Summary

Our Voters assembled this past Sunday, May 17th. Following are some highlights:

  • The Voters extended part-time one-year Calls for the 2020-2021 school year to Mr. Jon Hahm to serve as our school principal and to Mrs. Amanda Gronholz to teach a variety of subjects and grade levels in our school. Mr. Hahm was our school’s principal for the second semester of this past school year. Mrs. Gronholz is a member of St. Matthew in Port Washington. She and her husband, Phil, have three children, all of whom attend our school. She has assisted in our ministry in the past as a substitute teacher, coach, and helper in various areas. She taught previously at St. Croix Lutheran Academy in West Saint Paul, MN and at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI.
  • The Voters extended a pulpit assistant Call to Pastor Mike Hintz. Pastor Hintz retired after previously serving our church body as the Administrator of Evangelism. He has also recently served several congregations on a limited basis.
  • Keep Mr. Hahm, Mrs. Gronholz and Pastor Hintz in your prayers as they deliberate their Calls, that the Holy Spirit would guide them to a peaceful God-pleasing decision.
  • The following elections took place:
    • Andy Koffman: 1-year term as Congregational Treasurer
    • Chad Bloedel: 2-year term as Board of Education Chairman
    • Jimmy Pautz: 3-year term as Board of Education Secretary
    • Jeremiah Backhaus: 3-year term as Board of Elders Member
  • The following appointments were reported:
    • Budget and Finance Committee: Andy Koffman, Dianne Robertson, Craig Shanks
    • Building and Grounds Committee: Ross Duemke, Nathan Grulke, Randy Lippert
    • Outreach Committee: Matt Berger, Joel Fischer, Hilde Miller, Sarah Smith
    • Spiritual Growth Committee: Len Collyard, Andrea Semmann, Stu Stein
    • Stewardship Committee: Jordan Liesener, Scott Martens, Becky Sander, Hannah Wagie
  • The Voters adopted the Ministry Plan/Budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year
  • The Voters authorized the submission of our congregation’s SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan application to assist our congregation with the financial uncertainty resulting from the recent Coronavirus mandatory shutdown. We highly anticipate that this loan will be fully forgiven.
  • The Voters approved the establishment of two Endowment Funds (church and school) and related Bylaws.
  • The Voters received reports concerning our current budget, Long Range Planning and COVID-19.
  • The Voters thanked Mrs. Monica Dierker, who is retiring after faithfully serving in the teaching ministry for 40 years, 30 of which she served here at Our Savior. They also thanked Mr. Hering for his 40 years of ministry service (21 here at Our Savior).
  • The Voters thanked our outgoing board and committee members for their years of service.

“Lord… When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me!”

New this week – May 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

Have you thought much about angels lately? Consider how the Bible describes them: huge in number, spirit beings, holy, powerful. Consider their functions: protect us, serve us, carry out God’s will, gather believers on Judgment Day, deliver messages. When you contemplate angels’ characteristics and actions, you naturally conclude just how important they are – to you and to me! They are watching over you now. While we don’t pray to them or worship them, let us thank God for them! He created them for our good. They love to serve God.

“Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his Word” (Psalm 103:20).

Online Playlists

Have you seen our YouTube Channel?  Watch online devotions, children’s messages and worship at


Thank you for your financial support for Our Savior ministry. We continue to receive offerings by mail, dropped off in the church office, by direct checks mailed from banks, and by online giving through Vanco. You can sign up for Vanco online giving here:

Online Offering

Psalm 91:11-12

“For God will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

New this week – May 6, 2020

Dear Friends,

Do you understand why this is happening? To what am I referring? It could be many things, I suppose. But for now, let’s consider suffering.

There are so many ways in which people suffer, and not just during this global pandemic. Is it loneliness? Is it job loss or downward adjustment? Is it illness? Is it monetary misery? Is it family discord? Is it… Think back to the Old Testament account of Joseph and his brothers. What suffering Joseph endured! There was family mistreatment, a slavery sale, a forced move to a strange land, separation from his father, a false accusation, extended undeserved jail time! I have to believe that Joseph knew about suffering. But you know the ending! If not, take the time to read the last chapters of Genesis, beginning at chapter 37.

There were many years that Joseph did not understand why he suffered so. Ultimately, God made it clear. Joseph himself acknowledged that when he said, “You (his brothers) intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20). Will you some day clearly see why you suffered? Maybe. But, like Joseph, trust that God in still in control. Jesus, as your Good Shepherd, will keep you safe in his loving arms until you finally arrive in his saving arms in heaven.

Greetings from our Principal – School Update (Jon Hahm)

Our classrooms may be empty, but students and teachers are trying their best to continue learning. Their teachers are providing Pre-K through second grade students learning activities, and parents assist by communicating with teachers. Phones and video conversations work well for networking.

Our 3-8 grade students took their Chromebooks and textbooks home on March 13. Other than the week of spring break, teachers have been using technology to provide “virtual” learning. Though it presents challenges when students and teachers can’t meet in person, the Google Classroom and other available technology assist us as we work hard to carry out our purpose.

Thank You

Dear members of Our Savior Lutheran Church,

We want to express our sincere appreciation for your Christian kindness and support to help our family offset some of our medical expenses.  While we recognize this is a long road, right now appointments are on hold until doctors can start scheduling regular appointments once again.  We continue to appreciate all your prayers and encouragement for our family as we wait patiently for the Lord’s direction for our health.

Joel and Amy Grulke and family

Any email address or cell phone updates?

Please let us know.

Psalm 36:5-7

“Lord, your mercy reaches to the heavens. Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is as high as the mountains of God. Your justice is as deep as the ocean. You save both man and animal, O Lord. How precious is your mercy, O God! So all people find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

New this week – April 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

For good reason, many people are offering advice about how to deal with the challenges of the day. We could, I’m sure, create a long list of struggles due to COVID-19, such as illness, loneliness, suspicion, job uncertainty, and on and on. Please consider the following challenge: focus on thanking God! Review and reflect upon the past few hours, or days, and create a new list, a list of reasons for which to thank God! Think big, think small, think generally, think details. And then as you think of reasons to thank God, such as music, a sunrise, a favorite snack, an encouraging word, kindness, technology to share and hear God’s Word, prayer, the Bible…then pause and pray. Even during COVID-19, let us give him thanks for his love, mercy, care, compassion, forgiveness… Consider the last words of Psalm 30, “O Lord, my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

Greetings from our Church Secretary (Sarah Smith)

From the eyes of the church secretary: Howdy!  Things sure have been different the last few weeks, haven’t they? While our office routine no longer includes producing News & Notes and bulletins each week, we are blessed to be able to communicate to all our members by sending weekly letters through 303 emails and 72 home mailings.  I have also been busy getting caught up on some long-term office projects and continuing to prep and plan for our summer and fall calendar activities.

I miss the hustle and bustle of people visiting our campus and office and look forward to when we can all be together for worship in God’s house. Until then, I will keep meditating on one of my favorite Bible verses, Matthew 6:25-34.  Blessings to all of you and your families during this “Safer at Home” order.

Update from our Church Treasurer (Andy Koffman)

“Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”  Proverbs 30:7-9

We live in uncertain times; this year continues to be like no other.  While we don’t know when we can return to onsite worship, we do know how the story ends.  We have eternal life because Jesus died and rose again.  No virus can take that from us.

While expenses continue to be under budget, General Fund income also continues to be less than projected.  We pray God continues to provide for our congregation’s needs.  We look forward to sharing more comprehensive information next month as we discuss our new Ministry Plan (budget).

Psalm 107:1-9

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this, those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness, in the wasteland. They did not find the way to a city where they could live. They were hungry and also thirsty, so their lives were draining away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their distress. He delivered them from their troubles. He led them by a straight way to come to a city where they could live. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy and his wonderful deeds for all people, because he satisfies the desire of the thirsty, and he fills the desire of the hungry with good things.”

COVID-19 update, New this week – April 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

What if Christ never rose from the dead? Isn’t it great to know we will never have that as a concern? He is risen! What if God forgets about me? Again, it’s so reassuring to know that God will never forget about us. God is trustworthy. Our gracious Lord is fully aware of any “what if’s” you may have in your life. Find peace in the right place, that is, in the powerful promises of God. Take your “what if’s” to him in prayer and regularly turn your attention to his wonderful Word. Check out Matthew 6:25-34.

Worship Schedule

Thursday evening devotion at 7 pm and Sunday morning worship at 9:30 am.

Update from our Church President (Steve Wolf)

The Church’s business is essential business!

Our leaders continue to meet utilizing various formats. Some updates

  • After thorough research it was decided to apply for a loan from the Federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as the loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made and employee and compensation levels are maintained. We are thankful for our finance people who spearheaded this effort and to our Lord for blessing it.
  • The Annual Budget is being prepared and almost finalized.
  • The Nominating Committee’s work is complete. Appointed positions were approved by the Church Council and elected positions await congregational approval.
  • Regular Elections and Budget Congregational Voters’ Meeting – We are waiting to schedule until there is more clarity on government-imposed restrictions and their timing.

We can all join together in gratitude to our entire staff and volunteers who, during these different and difficult times, have adapted, used creativity and worked diligently to maintain our ministry here at Our Savior and in ways enhance it.  Praise Jesus!

Greetings from our School Secretary (Jill Klug)

From the eyes of the school secretary: The school office is quiet. School is quiet. The classrooms themselves are “stuck in time” from Friday afternoon, March 13, 2020. Still, there is certainly much activity, in fact the time it takes to prepare and actually teach a lesson and learn from that lesson has drastically increased. Parents and students receive communication in a variety of ways directly from teachers. Families and teachers have creatively set up “work from home stations.” Fortunately, we are blessed with Chromebooks at Our Savior Lutheran School and they were quickly programed and sent home with students in gr. 3-8 on March 13.

Encouragement is our school year theme, and the encouragement one receives from seeing a picture of a student, an email from a parent checking in, a quick wave through a window shows the love of Jesus everywhere. We miss each other. Each decision, idea, or suggestion presents a new set of challenges, however, there are so many reminders of God’s hand in all of this. Students, teachers, and parents are all learning lots. Acting Principal Jon Hahm emails letters to the parents and the Warrior Weekly continues to be published, archiving this most unique time in history.

Update from our Church Financial Secretary (Dale Meyer)

Over the past five weeks (since we’ve gone to online worship services), 116 giving units contributed $53,400 to the OSLC General Fund. Over these five weeks, the number of giving units utilizing online giving has increased from 11 to 36. However, for the same five calendar weeks in 2019, 219 giving units contributed $67,500. I thank the Lord for more members giving online during this time when offerings cannot be physically brought to church. I also encourage you to consider the church’s ongoing expenses when planning your gifts. It’s also not too late to donate to assist the Grulkes with medical expenses. Checks should be made out to OSLC.


We are grateful as you financially support the ministry of Our Savior. You may mail your offering envelopes or drop them off in person at the church office (they will be placed in the safe). Other options include using direct checks from your bank that are mailed to our church, or engaging Vanco, an online giving service, through our church website. See Dale Meyer’s reference above.

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Prayer Requests

Please let us (Pastor Wagner, Mr. Hering or Sarah in the church office) know of any personal prayer requests.

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Matthew 6:33

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (food, clothing…) will be given to you as well.”

New this week – March 15, 2020

From the Board of Stewardship

Who are you serving? Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Either we follow God’s way or our own. There is no middle ground.  And, of course, God’s way leads to glory everlasting. What’s better than that?
Prayer:  Dear Jesus, You are the King of glory, the Lord over all the universe.  I pray that You will strengthen me to serve you only.  Lead me from the temptation to serve anything other than you.  In your name I pray.  Amen.

Change in Distribution

After considerable discussion, the Pastoral Staff and Elders have decided to change the distribution of the bread (wafers).  Due to health concerns, we will no longer put the wafer directly in a person’s mouth.  Please hold your hand out to receive it. Continue reading “New this week – March 15, 2020”

New this week – March 8, 2020

LWMS Door Offering – Sunday March 22nd

The LWMS spring door offering will go to the Central Africa Medical mission and Hispanic Training Support.  The Central Africa Medical mission was started in 1961 and travels to different villages in central Africa.  They provide spiritual and physical needs to people in Zambia and Malawi.  The  Hispanic Training Support assist congregations in establishing or enhancing Hispanic ministry throughout North America.

Continue reading “New this week – March 8, 2020”

New this week – March 1, 2020

ADULT BIBLE STUDY – Helping Those in a World of Hurt.

March 1 through April 5.  Everyone has friends or family who suffer from sickness, disability, depression, or the loss of a loved one.  Oftentimes, the people who love the hurting also struggle in their own unique ways. They tend to suffer in silence and without much support from others. In this study we will draw on the life experiences of those who’ve helped and been helped, examples from the Bible, and wisdom from Christians throughout history to address the heart and ministry of those who are called to serve others. Our study is taught by our Pastoral Team in the Fellowship Hall.  Childcare is available.


Please check the Welcome Center for the Easter Flowers order forms.  Please place the order and your payment in the church office mail slot.  The cost is $14.00 per plant.  Deadline to order is Sunday, March 29th.   Plants can be picked up after the second service on Easter Sunday.


In our study, we are looking at the Old Testament books of Habakkuk and Malachi during January and February, and then journeying through Acts beginning in March.  Join us as we learn God’s truths and apply them to our lives. The class is taught by Staff Minister Hering in the Church Office Classroom on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. This session runs now through March 31st. Continue reading “New this week – March 1, 2020”

New this week – February 23, 2020


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: Psalm 17:6 “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.” God always answers our prayers and God always hears our prayers.


Please check the Welcome Center for the Easter Flowers order forms.  Please place the order and your payment in the church office mail slot.  The cost is $14.00 per plant.  Deadline to order is Sunday, March 29th.   Plants can be picked up after the second service on Easter Sunday.

Continue reading “New this week – February 23, 2020”

New this week – February 16, 2020

Newly Adopted Constitution and Bylaws

During a special voters’ meeting on February 2, the assembly approved a revised Constitution and Bylaws.  You can find a copy on our church website in the members only section. If you’d like a paper copy, please contact Sarah in the church office and she’d be happy to provide you with one.


In our study, we are looking at the Old Testament books of Habakkuk and Malachi during January and February, and then journeying through Acts beginning in March.  Join us as we learn God’s truths and apply them to our lives. The class is taught by Staff Minister Hering in the Church Office Classroom on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. This session runs now through March 31st.


It is time again for renewals and new subscriptions to “Forward In Christ,” the synod’s monthly news magazine. If you are a current subscriber, please indicate whether you wish to renew or cancel on the renewal form located on the Welcome Center in the back of church.  If you are a new subscriber, please fill out the necessary information on the form for new subscribers.  The cost this year is $13.44 for new or renewal subscriptions.  Please make your checks payable to Our Savior Lutheran Church, insert in designated envelope and place in the church office mail slot.  The deadline is March 15th.

Continue reading “New this week – February 16, 2020”

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