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Service activities express our most basic convictions as Lutherans.

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August 19, 9am - 5pm. Come for as long as you like. No experience needed.

After Worship, August 13. For more details, read on...

Pastor Martha Schwehn Bardwell is on leave beginning immediately and continuing until about October 16. For pastoral concerns, please contact .

On August 27, Our Saviour's will particpate in the event, Franklin Ave Open Streets Mpls. Outreach Table will be there, and we need you, too. Hours are 11:00am-5:00pm. Help is needed setting up, engaging people in conversation and questions, bringing supplies back to the church after the event, and of course forming a choir.

Click here to sign up.

This Liberian hospital, built in 1924, provides the only critical care for a very large region -- and a great deal more.

Meet July 23 after Worship with our ISAIAH core team...

Please join us for a reception on Sunday, June 18, right after Worship, in honor of our grads.

Blessed 2 Be -- June 19-23 
A progressive ecumenical summer day camp experience in South Minneapolis offering faith formation in a fun, safe, Christ-centered and relational setting. Includes worship, crafts, games, lunch and field trips.

June 4-6 at Augsburg; register by May 24.

Resources for discernment about participation in the military and, should one choose, registering as a conscientious objector, have been posted. Read more here...

Neighborhood Quilting meets once a month over the summer. Learn an new skill or exercise an old one and make someone's world a little brighter. Everyone welcome!

Sunday, May 21, 12:15-1:30pm, at Central Lutheran Church, 3rd Ave and 12th St., next to the Minneapolis Convention Center.

June 4, right after worship -- Liberian/American food and more.

Our Saviour’s Housing (OSH) doesn't just provide housing and meals to our neighbors. What is special about OSH? Please read on...

Spring Adult Forums  are offered now! In addition to reading and discussing The Tears We Cannot Stop, we're discussing our programs for Sunday School and Wednesday Connections, and how to keep faith growing over the summer. Check out the options and schedules here.

All ages are invited to join our annual trek to the Gunflint Trail to help open up the camp at Wilderness Canoe Base. We leave Friday, May 19, and return Sunday, May 21. There will be a variety of jobs inside and outside, and plenty of time for play! Sign up at church and include your email and whether you can drive or need a ride. Cost is $40 for adults and $25 for youth. 

Support the survivors of trafficking by helping create kits of essential hygiene items to be distributed in May... 

The last day of Sunday School for all ages is Sunday, May 21.  See you at church during the summer and we’ll start up again in the fall.

Please let Nancy, Pastor Martha or Deb know of members or friends of the congregation who are graduating this spring -- from High School, college, grad school, a professional program. (If you know what they will be doing next, or where they are headed, please share that, too.)  We’d like to acknowledge their accomplishments and pray for their continued success and well-being as they move on to new challenges.

This week! Music, stories and worship
Maundy Thursday Service -- April 13, 7pm
Good Friday Service -- April 14, 7pm
Easter Vigil Service -- April 15, 7pm
Easter (April 16): Breakfast, 9:00am; Service, 10:30am

After mid-May, Wednesday Connections will go on break for the summer. But there's still a lot of good stuff before then...and don't miss the End-of-Year Party! Check the schedule here.

Cherish All Children is our Mission of the Month for April. Learn more, do more, support critical work to protect children -- for details, click on the link. 

So much more than just our neighborhood food shelf...  Take a grocery bag on Sunday and fill it with non-perishables for the CES food shelf.  This year the FoodShare theme is SQUASH Hunger!

Join us in hearing the testimony of leaders and teachers who have spent time in prison. Sundays, 9:00am. Everyone welcome!

Worship with us during Lent. Opportunities for reflection for all ages...

Mark your calendar for May 19-21 for our annual work weekend Wilderness Canoe Base.  Sign up will start in April.

Participate in the Our Saviour’s Prayer Vigil on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church parking lot (3045 Chicago Ave.) Each Thursday morning in April, a partner church will be hosting a Prayer Vigil on a designated street corner to pray over our neighborhoods and to create a holy presence among our streets and around our city. Between 6:00am-8:00am are busy times of day for trafficking, so together in faith, we will create a positive, prayerful force to support victims and pray for an end to the demand. Contact Amy Hartman if you are interested in being involved in these prayer vigils (Email or call 612.280.1259).

Senator John Marty -- feb 19, 9:00am

Our recent series on Health Care and Education kicked off with a panel of OSLC members who are prefessionals in these fields sharing their perspectives. After discussion, participants prepared postcards to send to our elected officials. It's not to late to get involved...press more below.

Our Saviour's has committed to support "sanctuary congregations" -- churches providing physical sanctuary to immigrants at imminent risk of unjust or inhuman detention or deportation.

Attend the Caritas Vocal Ensemble benefit concert for Cherish All Children at Valley of Peace Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m.  Caritas is an a cappella choral group that performs music from all genres to raise money and awareness for non-profit organizations. A freewill offering will be taken to support Cherish All Children.

Not just our neighborhood food shelf...

   4:30 pm at 100 Oxford St N, St Paul

The Minneapolis and St. Paul synods and the Archdioceses of St. Paul and Minneapolis join in an ecumenical service of Evening Prayer. 

Shining A Light In The Darkness: A Faith-Based Response to Sex Trafficking, will be held on Saturday, February 4, 10am-Noon, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis. Free! Hear from survivors and those seeking a solution. Light refreshments will be served; meal served afterward.  

Share the real meaning of Lent and Easter with your kids through Godly Play.

On Sunday, March 5, we celebrate the beginning of Minnesota FoodShare Month as our kids decorate grocery bags in Sunday School. Members are invited to pick up a colorful bag, take it home and fill it, and bring it back during March.

According to Kate-Madonna Hindes, 7 out of 10 kids come into contact with pornography online. Check out some of the informative materials provided for two recent Cherish All Children events for youth and their parents on the topic of social media safety.

Presidential Proclamation declaring January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017

This fund is used to help members of our church community.

Bishop Ann Svennungsen's reflections on Standing Rock.  Our Saviours' members Amy and Mike also visited the encampment. They share reflections on their experiences in the current issue of our newsletter.

women's retreatWomen, set aside the weekend of Feb 24-26.

Join us!

What?

Pajamas???

Read on...

Our Saviour's will be the site for a Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the 6th and 3rd Wards (Council Members Warsame and Frey) on Nov 2 at 6:30pm. Free. Open to the public; everyone welcome! The church has very limited parking. Directions and parking info are available here

For newcomers and long-timers --
conversation about faith.
Plus, dinner!

Our Presiding Bishop Eaton invites you to join in "Ecumenical and Interreligious Witness on the Eve of the Reformation Anniversary"...

Small groups are meeting Sunday mornings, 9:00am. Join us for thought-provoking discussion. Check out the list of timely topics and schedule. (And there is education for kids, too.)

The commissioning service and dessert potluck is Sunday, September 25, 2:00pm, at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Godly Play logoOur first Godly Play session is Wednesday evening, September 14. Sunday morning sessions are also offered. Check the fall schedule here.

Watch one of our former young people perform at St. Kate's in a work exploring hope and healing in communities of color.

Classes are at 9:00am for children age 3 through grade 6.

Sat Sept 10, 9-3, at Cross of Glory in Brooklyn Ctr. RSVP requested. (What is ISAIAH? Read more here.)

Join us Sunday Sept 11 as we join with other ELCA congregations in a day of service. Worship, lunch, then choose one or more service projects...

Come help us sew backpacks on Wednesday, August 31, 6-8pm. Backpacks will be filled with school supplies for Lutheran World Relief on September 11 as part of our participation in the ELCA-wide day of service, "God's Work. Our Hands."

September 8, 7:00pm -- a special election year service of prayer.

Sunday, August 28, 4:00-5:30pm. Mark Nickerson, author of The Wounds Within: A Veteran, a PTSD Therapist, and a Nation Unprepared, will speak. His book recounts one vet’s struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and examines how our nation responds to our military veterans.

Join us as we gather from 5-8 pm for wood-fire-baked pizza from our outdoor Neighborhood Oven. Everyone welcome; read more to volunteer...

Can you help us paint, organize, or do yard work to prepare for our incoming LVC'ers?

Are you hungry for these conversations?  Join a small group on Saturday, July 23 from 9-11am at Minnehaha Park (near the playground) to laugh, commiserate and dream!  Everyone welcome!  Please contact the church if you plan to attend or just come.

Looking for a fun and worthwhile opportunity for the whole family? All ages welcome. On Saturday, August 11, 9:00am - 11:00am, help pack groceries for the clients of Community Emergency Services (CES). Contact Maryellen with questions or to sign up, or and we'll forward your query to Maryellen.

Join us to discuss Uprooting Racism; How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel.

Potluck Picnic -- on Fri Jul 15 come to an end-of-year picnic potluck to celebrate the accompliments of outgoing LVC volunteers.  Gather at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center at 4:30pm. Bring a dish to share, and frisbees, etc.

  Peace ~ Salaam ~   Shalom
  June 27 - July 1
  4-year-olds to 8th graders
  Walk-in registrations welcome;
  download the forms.

Our youth and Pastor Laurie had quite the journey down South. Check out their group page.

Volunteers & Donors are invited to join CES staff for a picnic/cookout on Thursday, June 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm, in the CES parking lot, 1900 11th Ave S. (In case of rain, meet inside.) Parking is available along 11th Avenue or in Trinity Lutheran parking lot.

On June 5, we celebrate the graduation (from high school, college and graduate study) of several of our members: Isaiah, Ben S K, Rosie and Ben E. Join us in our prayers for their continued success, and help us eat cake after worship.

A new documentary examines how police and lawmakers combat prostitution by treating young people caught up in sex trafficking as victims, not delinquents. 

Gardening, yard work -- come help us be a good neighbor and a good place to be!  Love painting?  There's a project you can do on your own schedule.  Talk to Jim.

Join us this Sunday morning for a special service planned by and conducted by our youth. Coffee at 10:00, Service at 10:30. Bring Mom!

Join us this Saturday April 30 at 3:00pm for a Service of Lament and Hope, a worship service in which we praise God, bring our laments to God, live in hope relying in God's faithfulness.  We will focus on sexualized violence and its harm on individuals and society.

Weather, parking, getting the kids to school -- go beyond chit chat to what we truly care about. "Uncommon conversation" challenges us to listen deeply to one another and, in this holy act, be bound together as the body of Christ. 

On the weekend of May 13-15, a group of about thirty worked, relaxed, and worshipped at Wilderness Canoe Base in northern Minnesota, adjacent to the BWCA...

On Sundays we continue our study of Luke Bretherton's book, Resurrecting Democracy.

May 18 will be our last Wednesday night to get together until next fall. Dinner at 5:30; Party at 6:30. Don't miss it!

Read an excellent article by  Brenda L. Yoder, LMHC. "Trafficking isn’t something confined to the brothels or slums of southeast Asia. It’s commercial sex with a child, and it’s in high demand in the United States. Victims and consumers are in our neighborhoods. Rural. Urban. Suburban..."

Join Team Cherish All Children for a 5K walk/run on Saturday, June 11 to raise $5,000 to “End the Demand” for trafficked children. Not available that day? You may make a financial contribution anyway. Give online or send a check to Cherish All Children. More details available here.

Caritas Vocal Ensemble Benefit Concert for Cherish All Children will be held Friday, April 15 at 7:00pm.

The Associated Press has revised its stylebook for stories reporting on child trafficking. Additional info, resources, click below...

washing of feetBeginning with Maundy Thursday (Mar 24) through Easter Sunday (Mar 27) we offer four services (and share a fifth service with our neighboring churches) to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus, and explore its meaning for us today.

Schedule and Description of the Services.

An annual tradition we observe with our neighbors -- March 25th, noon. Details on the route and more can be found by clicking "more"...

Lutheran Social Service offers a variety of services to vets and their families. Learn more about their program C.O.R.E. at the Vets Ministry Roundtable on Tuesday, March 8, 12:30 to 2:00pm.

sick workersOur Saviour's hosts a community meeting with Ward 6 Councilmember Abdi Warsame on Thursday, March 10, 7:00 - 8:30pm. EVeryone welcome!

At 6:30 pm, February 26, the English Learning Center screens the highly recommended American Heart, about three refugees in St. Paul  (http://americanheartfilm.com )  Learn more deeply about the refugee experience in the Twin Cities and how the English Learning Center is addressing the needs.  Invite your friends.  This is a booster for the English Learning Center and $5 admission will be charged. Refreshments, including wine & beer, will be sold but popcorn will be free!

Our Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, February 28, after Worship (11:45am).

Men, come for a day of reflection on changing conceptions of gender and spirituality on Saturday, Feb 13.

  • Coffee and bagels at 8:30am
  • Opening prayer at 9:00am

Click below for more details.

 

Join us on March 18 - 6:30pm

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

- See more at: http://therepresentationproject.org/film/the-mask-you-live-in/about-the-film/#sthash.yGpJ4vsd.dpuf

On Friday, March 11 at 7:00pm, explore how media portrayal of women and girls makes it difficult for them to achieve leadership positions. Free! And the popcorn is free, too. Discussion follows film.

Tickets are $5.00 at the door.  Snacks provided.  Silent auction.  Discussion after the movie.

For more information

February 12, 7:00pm there will be a showing of this groundbreaking film on climate change.  There is no charge for this event.  Check back for additional oppportunities.

The Gospels are filled with stories of God's extravagant abundance - the riches of a life oriented toward God and neighbor.  Join us as we consider what "treasures" are worth pursuing..what kind of life we actually value.

Catherine MalotkyOur fourth annual Women’s Retreat will be February 19-21. "Footprints of our Foremothers" features The Rev. Catherine Malotky. Click "more" for details.

On Sunday, March 13, Godly Play will be offered. (9-10 am).

Cherish All Children is our Mission of the Month for January. One thing you can do right now to help: the Human Rights Project for Girls has created an online petition, asking the Associated Press to stop using the phrase “child prostitute.”

quiltingThe Community Quilting group plans to meet every Wednesday. Come any time between 1:00-5:30pm; work for any amount of time that fits your schedule. For more information, please contact LaVonne -- or just stop in.

January 12, 12:30pm. "Bringing Them All the Way Home: Addressing Diverse Needs to Prevent and End Homelessness among Veterans and their Families." Preregistration requested.

Join us Saturday, January 23, 10:30am - 4:00pm for games outdoors and in -- including, of course, experimental baking!

As a part of our adult forum study of Pope Francis' Laudato Si, we discussed our individual response to the global issues around climate change.  Here for download is pdf which lists resouces to inform your actions.

On Christmas Eve we offer two candle-lighting Christmas services, an especially child-friendly one at 4:00pm, and one at 10:00pm. Both feature lots of good music -- and of course, one really good story!

Each year, our youth who are preparing to affirm their faith (that is, be confirmed) write statements of faith. Here are the Statements of Faith written
by our 2015 confirmands.

Check out this schedule of great youth events.

A second book collecting together beautiful prayers for children has been added. Download copies of both the first and second book here.

On January 14 at 8:00pm, join Bishop Eaton for a second webcast exploring the complexity of racism and ways to end discrimination. Got a question? Submit it!

Rico pointed us to a great list of local meals and other resources that are available. If you need a turkey and/or fixings yourself, or know someone else who does, take a look:

Holiday Meal Resources

On Saturday, December 20, as part of our regular 10:30am Worship Service, our youth and children present their retelling -- written by the kids themselves -- of the incarnation. Their version is imaginative and timely, yet faithful to our deepest traditions. Don't miss it!

On November 22 we will celebrate this day.  Young people will affirm the faith into which they were baptized.  Members will offer their many and varied talents in a fundraiser silent auction.  And we will each make our financial commitment to this congregatioon for 2016.

Join us on Wednesday, November 18,  during Wednesday Connections, 5:30pm for supper, 6:30pm for the play. 

On Sunday, November 15, Pam and Sandy will exchange marriage vows during our 10:30AM worship service.  After the service, you are cordially invited to celebrate with them!  A reception will be held in the hospitality room, with desserts and pastries from Butter Bakery.

Read and discuss Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si, on climate change.  The group meets in the Conference Room during our education time on Sundays thru November 22.

Join our partner churches this Saturday, October 24, for special Halloween events benefitting all our youth.

In 2015, Cherish All Children introduced a new campaign seeking to end the demand for trafficking. What can you do?  Learn more about it here.

Levi and Hannah will present Roy for Holy Baptism on October 18.  Let's all gather at the font as he is washed in God's Word.

During the worship service this Sunday, October 11, Annie and Emmanuel will exchange vows.    The congregation will celebrate with them as they begin their marriage covenant.

Join us to watch and discuss this powerful video series. The first episode will be shown on Sunday, October 18, at 9:00am. Meet in the Hospitality Center.

Join the call committee and Bishop Ann on Wednesday, October 14, 6:30pm.

Many thanks for OSLC's past and onging contributions to Cherish All Children and the mission to present child sexual exploitation. 

Support the work of Our Saviour’s Housing and the English Learning Center. On Friday, October 2, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, parent organization Our Saviour's Community Services will hold their annual benefit.The benefit includes:

  • live music
  • appetizers
  • raffles
  • live auctions
  • and a lot more.

This year’s event is at the stunning Cesar Pelli-designed Minneapolis Central Library at 300 Nicollet Mall. Tickets $50; underground parking is $5. More details can be found on www.oscs-mn.org.

Our thoughtful, musical and energetic youth will create and lead a special worship service on October 4, 10:30am, which includes Blessing of the Animals. Please be respectful of others in our building -- have your pet secured in a cage or on leash.

"Identity, Theology and Place: Reinhabiting the Mississippi Watershed" will be held from Oct 9 at 1:00pm to Oct 11 at 1:00pm at the Church of All Nations, 4301 Benjamin St NE, Columbia Heights, MN. Featuring theologian Ched Myers, this conference...

Needed: cooking oil, sugar and flour (4-lb bags), fruit cocktail and mandarin oranges, tuna and chicken, brown paper bags (with handles) and reusable fabric/cloth bags (new or used). Donations can be dropped off in the coat room under the rack. Thank you!

Please plan to attend a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 4, after Worship. Issues to be considered include applications for two loans: one to replace interior and exterior lighting with lower-wattage LED lighting, and another to repair to the LVC house bathroom. More information on both of these proposals will be available.

2:00pm, Sunday, Sept 20
Redeemer Lutheran Church
1800 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis
dessert potluck to follow

Food, Education, Music, good company. Check out the new schedule for Wednesday Connections.

Come make a joyful noise. All are welcome! Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00pm. The second rehearsal will be on Sunday, September 13, at 10:00am – and right after that, we will sing for Rally Day worship at 10:30am.

God's Work. Our hands."Sunday, Sept 13, participate in your choice of tasks, suitable for all ages. Some options include:

  • tying quilts for LWR
  • painting and repairing at Calvary House (2301 Chicago)
  • outdoor clean-up
  • binding books for the ELC
  • working at CES

A light lunch will be provided.

 

BreadSaturday, August 22, 9:00am - noon, in the kitchen. Everyone welcome! No experience needed.

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Join us in prayer on Sunday, August 23, at 2:00pm, when we keep vigil at the Davis Center, 1250 W Broadway, Minneapolis.

 

 

As fire threatens Holden Village, we pray for their safety and the safety and care of all cration. Join us for Holden Evening Prayer tonight, Wednesday, at 7:00pm.

At Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church: Cherish All Children Community Forum...

by several women from this congregation has received national recognition...

Support our partner church and have a good time, too...

Thurs Aug 6, 8:00pm -- Join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism.

Sunday, August 2, 9:00am: continuing our conversation about supporting our ministry of community and faith formation and more...

Join people of faith, officers from the Minneapolis 4th Police Precinct, court officials and mediation experts to learn more about juvenile justice. What we can all do to bring radical and redemptive healing to our community and ourselves?

Tuesday, August 4, 5 - 8:00pm. Meet our neighbors and enjoy pizza. Volunteers needed!

Participate in the Gala Dinner and Silent Auction being held in conjunction with the national Reconciling Works RIC Assembly. This event is on Friday night, July 31stbeginning at 5pm, at the Courtyard Marriot. Items for the silent auction are also needed...

One last push for the health of our brothers and sisters in Africa...we can do it!

Next week, July 14, we're sending thirteen youth and four adults to the ELCA Youth Gathering, "Rise Up!" in Detroit. It will be a fabulous experience, sharing prayer and ideas and energy with other young ELCAers from across the country.

Please keep our travelers in your prayers...and look forward to hearing some great stories when they get back!

Read David Brooks' The Road to Character with us! An informal book club is forming.

driveway tour posterPlan to stay after church on July 12 for pizza and a lot more. Do-It-Yourself Pizza starts right after worship. Pizza dough provided; please bring toppings to share. Participate, too, in “The Neighborhood Postcard Project.” We'll fill out postcards explaining what good things we see in this neighborhood. Then, at 1:00pm, enjoy the performance of "Tucker's Robot" by Open Eye. Who is Tucker? Read on...

A recent report highlights the way in which gender-based sexual violence creates pathways for girls into the juvenile justice system.

Learn how men are working to end the demand for sex trafficking by engaging themselves in the fight against sexual exploitation of women and girls...

Youth who have been victims of sex traffickers escape with basic needs like housing, food and clothing, medical care, chemical dependency and mental health treatment, and job training. The organizations in this directory provide services to these children. They welcome your support and involvement.

Sunday, June 14, after worship -- block party with music, food, to benefit the homeless.

Join us for our CYF (Children, Youth and Families) collaborative week at Luther Crest Bible Camp. This is for kids, youth and pastors. Read on for more information and the sign-up link.

Lutheran World Relief needs donations to help meet the even greater need created by a second Nepal quake.

Cook out, "Godly Play", "Hospitality" and more...

On April 29, about a dozen of us gathered for lunch to celebrate the work of our office volunteers.

MN National Guard Chaplain Buddy Winn.

June 22-26, at Bethel. Campers and volunteers needed! Children who have not preregistered will need to bring the registration form (completed and signed) and a check to the first day of camp. Download the registration form and learn more...

Lutheran Night at Target Field -- Tues Jul 26.  Sign up now on the clipboard in the narthex; seats are limited. Tickets are $23.  The Twins host Pittsburgh. Wheelchair seating is available. 

Sign up by May 10 for our annual work weekend at Wilderness Canoe Base.

The ELCA has set up a website describing the need and the ways in which you can help. Read more here. To donate, click here.

Join Team Cherish All Children! You can help raise funds to equip congregations to prevent child trafficking and exploitation. The Team is participating in the Stop the Traffick(ing) 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 13. Go here to join the Team or make a donation. Go Team!

Join Breaking Free on Saturday, May 30, at 3:00pm, to walk a  two-mile route through downtown Minneapolis, highlighting locations where sexual exploitation takes place and work is being done to stop it.

On Sunday, Apr 19, We celebrated those who serve.  Please read on...

Services are held Thursday - Saturday of Holy Week, at 7:00pm.  Easter Sunday service is at 10:30am.  Everyone welcome!

Join us and our neighboring churches as we walk together to honor the way of the cross.

Join us at the Capitol as Our Saviour's participates with other ISAIAH churches

 

Congratulations to all who organized and participated. Our "Share the Love! Valentine's Day Dance" at Bethel raised more than $800 to help fund our youth trip. 

What happened: The retreat—“Be Still and Bake Bread”—was wonderful! We baked bread, reflected on Psalm 46 and wrote our own version of the psalm together, did yoga with Iman, played lots of games, and wrote cards for all of the newcomers in Living Questions.

Check out some of CHC's recent projects and save the date for the next Vets' Ministry Roundtable -- Tues Mar 10. Read more: Coming Home Collaborative.

On Sunday, Jan 24 at 3:00pm, Martha Schwehn Bardwell will be ordained. Come share our community's joy!

Join a deeper engagement with the practice of sabbath-keeping. Three Sundays, Jan 25 - Feb 8, 9:00am - 10:00am, in the Conference Room.  We'll discuss the classic book by Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath. (Books will be available for $10 this Sunday, Jan 15, at church.) Each week we will discuss one of the three sections of the book. For more information contact Paul B or Chris S, or and we will forward your query to them.

We mentioned Day Camp and Summer Camp, right? Here are some additional opportunities for youth:

  • Do Justice Retreat, Messiah Lutheran Church, Saturday, March 7
  • Youth Group -- meets Wednesday evenings
  • July 15-18 – National Youth Gathering

Celebration of the Ordination of Martha Schwehn Barwell is this Sunday, January 24 at 3:00pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.  Bishop Ann Svennungson and Pastor Laurie Eaton are presiding. Pastor Kelly Chatman will be preaching.  All are welcome. Reception will follow.

All day Saturday, January 24, in St. Paul. (If you're not familiar with it already, read our brief description of ISAIAH) To read more about this training event, click more...

Living Questions is a two-month process of intentional study to explore our relationship with God and our Christian community. We welcome newcomers and challenge our "old hands", too. Meets most Sunday evenings at 5:30 now until Easter.

annual meeting postcard

Potluck Meal

Creative Presentations

And more, celebrating our life of ministry over the past year.

More than just our neighborhood food shelf, Community Emergency Service (CES) provides wide-ranging crisis relief, helping clients in South Minneapolis find long-range, comprehensive solutions. On Sunday, January 11, CES Program Director Karen DeClouet will discuss the services CES provides after our 10:30am worship service.

Rev. John Sippola, co-author of Welcome Them Home - Help Them Heal, speaks Tuesday, January 13, noon to 1:30pm. Free, but preregistration requested. Read more here.

Download the pdf here, or visit the synod website for additional options including a video message.

On Sunday, January 4, at 9:00am, we’ll resume our education for all ages with a special all-ages Epiphany Party. Don't miss it!

Gain a deeper understanding of poverty and privilege; explore how better to advocate for those in need.

Photos from Tyler's ordination: click here

Please wear black this Sunday, December 14, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters...

Middle school and high school youth from Our Saviour's are invited to explore our Phillips neighborhood, reflect, share a sleep over, serve together...

As Lutherans, we share a commitment to care for God’s creation. Read what you can do right now.

The Children's Christmas Program will be presented on December 21 as part of our 10:30am Worship Service. Don't miss it!

Advent at Our Saviour's offers a rich and provocative season of preparation: music, candles, worship, meditation and more. Join us for Advent as we pray, Come Now, Prince of Peace!

Support our local merchants and explore ways to make your Christmas celebration greener. Nov 22, 10:00am - 5:00pm, $1 donation requested.

The communities of several south Minneapolis congregations join together in a shared worship service of remembrance and thanks. Tuesday, November 25, 7:00pm, at Calvary Lutheran Church.

On November 23rd, we celebrate the abundance given to us by making a commitment to give back to the church. Enjoy a silent auction, pizza and good company. Items donated so far include hotel points, homemade goodies and goods, and much more...

On Sunday, November 23rd, we prepare for Advent with an all-ages special event at 9:00am. Read more about this and other seasonal events...and watch for more.

Committed peace activist Marie Braun will visit Our Saviour's.

Creating Your Own Inner Peace as a Veteran” will be the topic at the next Vets Ministry Roundtable, Tuesday, November 18, 11:30 to 1 pm. Click "more" for details and a flyer you can share.

Snoopy -- The Musical is being presented by our partner church, Calvary Lutheran Church, 3901 Chicago Avenue S, Mpls, on several dates in November. Take this opportunity to support a pal and have fun, too. Click "More".

Make your own pizza in our wood-fired outdoor oven on Nov 2 and/or Nov 23.

BYOT...

crust, sauce and cheese provided. Check the details...

This six-week process of intentional study and preparation begins this Sunday evening. We welcome newcomers and challenge our "old hands", too.

We're reading The Muslim Next Door by Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Download the reading list here. Learn more about this adult discussion group and other opportunities for adults here.

Sunday, October 26: rally with people of faith, march to the Hennepin County Gvmt Ctr, and vote. Starts at 2:00pm.

This Saturday (Oct 18) from 9am to Noon there are two opportunities to serve at church.  One group will be baking communion bread and another group will be restacking the wood for the bread oven.

Wednesday, October 1, at 6:30pm, we will bless animals. Read more...

Check out this photo of Nathan, Amy and Mike -- and read Amy's article about The People's Climate March in the upcoming Sentinel.

Confirmation classes begin Sept 28. We'll team once again this year with partner churches Bethel and Calvary. Read more here.

Our Saviour’s Housing, our Mission of the Month through September and October, provides shelter, comfort, hope and community for people who are homeless. Support OSH with a contribution and/or by participating in their parent organization's two October fundraising events. Check out their new video. Recogize anyone?

On October 19,  come to worship, then share a potluck. Afterward, from 1:00 to 4:00pm, participate in your choice of several service opportunities. Let's carry God's love out to our community!

Beginning September 21, a new book study group will discuss Questions of Jesus by John Dear. The group will meet Sunday at 9:00am for five Sundays.  Information on Adult Forum #2 book study.

Read a draft article regarding this central concept and add your own thoughts.

Join us Sunday, August 24, after church, for a cookout and raffle fundraiser. Fun, good food, Twins tix!

Martha S BMartha Schwehn Bardwell has joined us as Minister of Faith Formation. Welcome, Martha and family!

 

 

As you travel this summer, share your "Living Water" sights and sounds with your faith community back home. To see some of the photos which members and friends have shared, click here.

In late July and early August, young people and chaperones traveled on a mission trip to New York City. To check out the photos and read Pastor Laurie's report, click here.

"Second Saturday Work Day" for August will be delayed to August 16th.  Tasks in the job jar for August are cleaning the pews, kitchen sinks, wood work in the entry ways, staining exterior wood work and (of course) weeding.

Our August Mission of the Month is Curran Lutheran Hospital, Liberia...

Our new Minister of Faith Formation will be announced shortly, and a new schedule of youth and family opportunities is in the works -- stay tuned!

On Saturday, June 28, Minnesota’s prophetic communities made history. People of faith -- Latin American, African-American, white -- urban, suburban, and rural -- gathered to unite in a new covenant of love to transform our state. Our Saviour's was well-represented. If you weren't able to attend, here's your chance to catch up. (Even if you did attend, you'll want to review this, too -- check out the video.)

Can't travel to  Washington State? Enjoy a Holden Village sampler during a weekend retreat at South Haven, MN. Cheaper costs have just been announced -- read on for details.

During Ramadan, Mosques and Muslim Community Centers throughout the Metro area will be welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal.

Live Theater Performance and Pizza

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Live performance of
"Molly and the Magic Boot" 
and Pizza! 

On Sunday June 29, following church, join us for potluck. Afterward, we will have an "All Tables" meeting to coordinate our plans for the fall.

Thursday, Jul 10, 6:30pm at Lake Nokomis Lutheran -- pasta dinner benefits the 2014 triathlon team.

This Sunday we blessed 5 campers who are attending camp this week.  Click here to see pictures of week 2 campers.  Watch for week 3 pictures to see our campers. 

Public Meeting, 1:00-4:30pm at the Mpls Convention Ctr. Read more and register here.
 
 

The ELC offers free classes for adult immigrants and refugees -- not just English, but also math, computers, and citizenship preparation.

This Sunday, June 29, is the last date to sign up. Can the Twins catch Cleveland?

Gratitude from a member for our community gatherings on Wednesday evenings...

Join us for summer camp at Luther Crest! Our week will be June 15 - 20. Sign up now -- forms are available on line!

POSTPONED. The second session of "Weeds and Treats" will be postponed. Watch for a further announcement.

The artisits who created the steles adorning our halls will be here after church on Sunday, June 22.  Mara Pelecis of 8030project.com will be joining them to introduce her project to lift up the veterans' lives that are lost to suicide -- 22 deaths every day, or 8030 each year.

Day Camp begins Monday, June 23. Sign up now!

Sign up now to join us at the BWCA May 16-18!

carrying the crossJoin with our neighbors at Noon on Good Friday, Apr 18, for a shared service in remembrance of Jesus' passion. Meet at the Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S, Minneapolis. The procession ends at Our Saviour's. Read more here.

Community Emergency Service (CES) provides vital services to our community. Here's a list of volunteer opportunities.

Washing of feetThere is no Wednesday Connections this week, but join us Thu Apr 17 7:00pm for our Maunday Thursday service, the first of several services offered during "The Three Days." Holy Week culminates in our Easter Festival Service on Sun Apr 20. Read more HERE.

Check our Lenten Schedule for special opportunities to worship and reflect throughout Lent.

Mr. warsameOur history-making new city council rep speaks March 16.

Download a free, printable copy of Luther Seminary's 2014 book of Lenten devotions, “Let Us Hold Fast!" Please visit the Luther Sem page with more information if you want to subscribe to the email version or would like a large print copy. 

Congregation members are asked to complete the ISAIAH "Turning Back to God" survey by Feb 28.

A copy of our Annual Report is available as a pdf here.

The middle-school mission trip to New York City will be July 26 - August 1.  Contact Pastor Laurie for more information.

Daily Work workers need winter gear!

Read more about this unique "in-reach" mission, an opportunity to practice beloved community in Christ.

The Young Adult Winter Retreat will be January 17 - 19. Read more here.

Join us in a procession of prayer and song to celebrate Epiphany -- the revelation of Christ to all people -- on January 5. All welcome! Bring a star!

Birthday cupcake   Our Saviour's celebrates 144 years on Friday, Dec 6. Read a little more about our history here.

Set aside time to remember those in the state of Minnesota who have died while homeless this past year.


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with us during Advent and Christmas.

Cornucopia"All Our Relations", an ecumenical service of remembrance, lament and communication, will be held at 7:00pm at First Congregational Church on November 27, the evening before Thanksgiving.

GingerbreadSunday, December 2, from 2:00 to 4:00pm, we join our partner churches at Calvary, 3901 Chicago Ave S, to celebrate St. Nicholas. Children of all ages are invited!

Here's your chance to try your own dough in our outdoor wood-fired oven.

Our Christmas Pageant this year will be presented as part of the 10:30 Worship Service on December 22. Don't miss this fabulous experience! Pictures from last year's pageant are shown here.

Who was St. Nicholas? How do our youth look in hard hats (and why were they wearing them, anyway?) Check out the new  Children, Youth and Families Ministry December newsletter.

Our Saviour's Housing is our Mission of the Month for November and December.  

The November newsletter features Thanksgiving Dinner for the 8th-12th Grades Dinner club on Nov 17, and a service opportunity for 5th-8th graders on November 23.

Our Saviour's members are featured in several recent YouTube videos. Check out these short videos showing worship, service and more in the community of Our Saviour's

The Jungle Book,S'mores and More...

Bible & Brew, a gathering of young adults, meets two or three times a month in a coffee house or bar. Next meeting is Oct 16.

Friday, October 25, 5:30-7:30pm, at Brave New Workshop, 824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Read more here.

Remember Francis of Assissi and celebrate all of God's creation in a special service to bless pets and other critters. (Bring your critter -- and don't forget your little blue bags!)

  • Thursday Sept 19th, 11am to 7pm
  • Friday Sept 20th, 9am to 3pm
  • Saturday Sept 21st, 9am to noon 

Click "more" for a list of some great stuff available for your
rummaging pleasure!

Rummage Sale Clip Art

Sunday, October 27, we celebrate "Affirmation of Baptism" -- sometimes called Confirmation.

Pictures of the recent youth mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are displayed in the Hospitality Center. 

Gather at 9:00am for an all-ages discussion of service. Worship at 10:30. After Worship, a light lunch will be provided. Then help complete one of several service projects. What to bring? Read on...

This event for kids of Confirmation age and their families is Wednesday, September 11th, 6:30 pm at partner church Calvary. 

Community Sing 2012Join us for a community sing and a blessing of our new bread oven Weds Sept 4. Everyone welcome! We'll start at 5:30pm. Check out these photos from last year's event.

A little rain couldn't dampen our spirits...check out these photos by Dorea R. posted on Facebook by Bill R.

Communion Bread will be baked this Saturday, 9:00am until about 11:00am in the kitchen. Questions? Check with Jeanne A.

The community bread oven is almost done! Come for National Night Out and enjoy wood-fired pizza in Our Saviour's "back yard," then follow the alley a few short blocks to our neighbors at Normandale House and Normandale Lutheran Church. Volunteers needed.

Check out a good photo and story by Ricardo Morales in the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

On August 18 after the worship service, our ISAIAH coreteam is hosting a lite lunch for all who are interested in hearing more about current ISAIAH activities. ISAIAH is a social justice initiative -- read more about it here.

Join us after church (about 11:30am) on Sunday, August 4, for a silent auction and cookout. A free will donation benefits our "Living Our Vision" goals. 

Summer and fall events support church goals. Help plan an event, work an event, or just plan to attend:  August 4 – Cookout and Silent Auction; Sept 19-21 – Rummage Sale; November – OSLC 2014 Calendar. Click below for details.

Van pickup is offered every Sunday. If you would like to ride the van to and from our service, you should contact our van driver, Tim, for more information. Please call the church office (612-871-2967) for Tim's cell phone number.

Have you noticed something happening in the back yard? 

Bike Ride, Sunday July 7, following the worship service.

Friends. Fire. Food. Faith. Fun. All in one place.

Sign up now for the August 12 game.  

On June 4, the Church Council voted to recognize, host, and support its ordained clergy in presiding at same-gender marriages.

The July issue of Interacts,  our MInneapolis Area Synod newsletter, has several news items of interest to Our Saviour's.

Saturday, June 29, Our Saviour's will serve the evening meal at the Our Saviour's Shelter. Volunteers needed!

Volunteers needed; supplies needed; prayers needed -- read our most recent update.

hammer on ladderOn Saturday, June 8, volunteers are needed to help with various repairs and upgrades both outside and inside our building. Sign up at church for either inside work or outside work.

Alfred and Gertrude Flomo invite the congregation to join them in celebration of their grandson's baptism on Sunday, May 26 at 10:30am.  A potluck meal will be held after the service in the Hospitality Center.  Please bring something to share and join us for this joyful day.

"Forget about overreach; legislators should do now what we know is right" -- read this article by Rev. Mark Vinge regarding lifting up the poor and lowly NOW. Rev. Mark Vinge is the senior pastor at House of Hope Lutheran Church, New Hope.

Here's the May CYF newsletter -- day camp, camp pen pals, preparations for the South Dakota Mission Trip and much more. Volunteers needed for day camp!

Join us Sat May 11, 7:00pm for what promises to be a fabulous, diverse concert. It's a benefit for the Malaria Campaign.

Note change in schedule! Because of the late spring, our annual work weekend at Wilderness Canoe Base has been rescheduled to May 17-19. 

CES provides vital services to our Phillips neighborhood. Learn more about their work and ways to support it in this overview, or visit the CES Website.

The family service project, "Fill Their Plate", previously announced for Sunday, May 5, has been canceled. Fill Their Plate discovered a scheduling conflict, and could not host us on our planned date...

Sunday April 21, 12:30-2:00pm, Central Lutheran Church. Learn how “Respectful Conversations” build empathy among people who disagree about significant issues and more...

Photos and news from the Women's Retreat have been posted.

This message is available in several media. Here's the YouTube version.

What is your Hunger IQ? Quiz

June 24-28

No kids were left locked in! Sandy's blog gives an account with pictures of the progressive lock in. For more information about events for kids of all ages and their families, check our CYF page.  

Join us at 9:00am Sunday mornings in Lent. On March 24 Pastor Laurie will facilitate a conversation on our study of Turning Violence to Peace.  See our Adult Forums for more information.

April 10: (6:30pm) Godly Play - Circle of the Holy Eucharist

As part of Our Saviour's participation in ISAIAH's vigil at the Capitol, OSLC Members met with State Senator Jeff Hayden and other legislators. Great photo!

Girls at Summer CampJoin us for Summer Camp at fabulous Luther Crest July 7-12. Sign up with deposit by March 10 in order to get the discounted price. More info.

Twin Cities Peace with Justice Forum Series from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at Central Lutheran Church, 3rd Ave and 12th St., Minneapolis, next to the Minneapolis Convention Center.

We recommend two sources for daily Lenten devotions.

"Moral injury brings a rupture of relationships in all that matters (community, loved ones, God) along with a numbing and estrangement from one's own soul." Our Saviour's member Amy Blumenshine makes available her article, published  in Caring Connections. Download the Winter Issue.

Our Annual Meeting is this Sunday, Feb 17, after Worship. Copies of the Annual Report were made available Feb 10 -- if you didn't get yours, pick up a copy at the meeting, or download a copy here.

Learn more about our Children, Youth and Families Ministry -- see our CYF page. There's a link to the new February CYF Newsletter.  

Jesus Calms the StormWomen's Retreat -- February 8-10. 

Participate in a joint retreat hosted by Pastors  Laurie Eaton and Chris Bellefeuille. Topic: “Calming the Storm: God Speaks to an Anxious World"

Godly Play logoHave kids age 3-12? Learn more about Godly Play. Family Gathering Sunday, Jan 27, at the Lind home. Kids welcome!          

Bishop Ann Svennungsen's Annual Report looks at the past year since her election. She talks about our shared mission and commitment for excellence in the future. Download the report.

Red CarpetHelp extend our hospitality. Those who are already ushers and those who would like to become ushers, please plan to attend a short training session on Feb 10.

January 10, 5:15-8:00pm. OSLC Member Amy Hartman and others who work to end sexual abuse offer an interactive worshop. Learn the signs; discuss strategies.

St. NickSt. Nicholas Festival 9:00am Dec 1 at Calvary for children of all ages. Lefsa, ya you betcha, and a whole lot more.....

Racial disparities in education -- an issue of faith and justice. Meet with parents, teachers and faith leaders at a meeting hosted by ISAIAH on November 29.

OSLC Votes No Check out a couple of great election night photos.

Sermon Discussion Group meets offsite November 18.

Help make a difference -- we'll create birthday bags, tie fleece blankets, and write letters.

Congratulations to Isaiah, who reaffirmed his baptism on October 28! His Statement of Faith was presented to the congregation in several works of art. Shown here are Mary and Sonja hanging Isaiah’s works of art in the Sanctuary .

Watch this video created by Our Saviour's member Nathan Blumenshine. Please vote No on both constitutional amendments in Minnesota November 6, 2012.

Collaborative Halloween Party and Potluck. Join us Sunday October 28, 4:00 – 6:00pm in the Calvary Fellowship Hall, Calvary Lutheran Church, 3901 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis. Wear a costume! (Adults, too.) Bring a potluck dish; beverages provided. Various stations will be set up for the kids to have fun and get to know others.

Our confirmation classes are shared with two partner churches. Most classes meet Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. Check out the schedule...


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