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Last Updated, Wednesday March 17, 2021

[Updated Wednesday, March 17, 2021]

Dear Members of Our Saviour
In 2 Corinthians St Paul writes, "besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches."  Our Lutheran heritage refers to pastoring as "cura animarum" or "soul-care." As your pastor, it is one of my responsibilities to care for the souls and spiritual health of the congregation. I believe congregational singing is an important part of our worship and a blessing to our spiritual health as a church.  After many months of prayer and speaking with other pastors I brought to the Leadership and Spiritual Care teams a plan for re-introducing congregational singing in our Sunday morning worship. 
After meeting and praying together, Leadership and Spiritual Care agreed upon a plan for re-introducing congregational singing in our Sunday morning worship. 
 
The plan for congregational singing (as was shared in worship on March 14) is as follows:
 
-Congregational singing will return on Sunday, March 21
-For now, will have one hymn at the end of service following the benediction. We want to give members the opportunity to worship according to their conscience and Christian freedom. This will allow anyone who is uncomfortable with singing at this time to worship with their family of faith, receive the gifts of God in worship, and depart in the peace of the Lord.
-We will continue to practice social distancing and mask-wearing
-As vaccines become more prevalent/available and according to the comfort of the congregation we will add more hymns and liturgy into the worship service over time.
 
I also want to inform you of the other announcement that was made during worship on March 14 with regards to congregational singing. The pandemic has disrupted many things in life and caused all of us to consider how we navigate and work through those changes. During the process of developing our plan for re-introducing congregational singing, our beloved Music Director, Theresa Ruperd voiced her concerns and informed us that she was not comfortable with this plan at this time. Because we love Theresa and she loves our congregation we worked together to find a way to keep partnering together in ministry for the long term while respecting her position and conscience. As a result, as a Leadership and Spiritual Care team, we offered and Theresa accepted to go on an unpaid leave of absence until the fall. We greatly appreciate Theresa, her ministry with our congregation, and look forward to serving Jesus together again in the future.
 
I want to leave you with two Scripture passages as we move forward together in mission and ministry.
 
How delightfully good when brothers and sisters live together in harmony! Psalm133:1
 
Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭5:18-20‬  

Grace + Peace
Pastor Mark


Our in-person Ash Wednesday service has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Dear Members of Our Saviour

Ash Wednesday is a solemn and holy day in the Church year. It is the day that we begin the season of Lent - a time where we take a reflective look at the life and suffering of Christ on our behalf. Ash Wednesday begins this season of reflection, contemplation, and repentance by bringing into focus our own sinfulness, mortality, and need for salvation found in Jesus. 

It is always a joy and special to be able to gather together as God's people. However, due to dangerous road conditions and extreme cold we are going to have online worship only for Ash Wednesday this year. I love you and I am praying for your safety and look forward to gathering together again on Sunday.

Our online worship for Ash Wednesday as with other services will be posted on our website, YouTube, and Facebook.

Our in-person Ash Wednesday service has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

We will have the Imposition of Ashes on Sunday February 21 during service for those who wish to receive them.

Grace + Peace
Pastor Mark


Updated Monday, Feb 15, 2021

Dear Members of Our Saviour

Ash Wednesday is a solemn and holy day in the Church year. It is the day that we begin the season of Lent - a time where we take a reflective look at the life and suffering of Christ on our behalf. Ash Wednesday begins this season of reflection, contemplation, and repentance by bringing into focus our own sinfulness, mortality, and need for salvation found in Jesus.

Our current plan is to have both in-person and online worship for Ash Wednesday. Our online worship as with other services will be posted on our website, YouTube, and Facebook.

The current plan is to have in-person worship at 7pm with communion and the Imposition of Ashes.

However, given the current severe weather conditions and the forecast of more snow on Wednesday, we may need to cancel in-person worship due to inclement weather. We will keep you updated on in-person worship plans via our website, Facebook, and email.

Grace + Peace
Pastor Mark


December 24, 2020

We will be having in-person Christmas Eve worship this evening at 6pm. Join us as we celebrate Jesus through prayers, hearing God's Word, and receiving communion.
There will also be an online service for those staying home or traveling.
Christmas Day worship will be online only this year.

August 8, 2020

Beginning August 9, 2020 we will be returning to one physical worship service.

This one service will be at 9 AM on Sunday mornings.

We will continue practicing proper safety precautions (as outline below).

We look forward to being able to gather together again as one family of faith in Jesus.


May 19, 2020

Dear Members of Our Saviour,

Grace, mercy, and peace in the name of Jesus Christ our risen Savior!

Psalm 122:1 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

After much prayer, study, and discussion we have decided to move forward with in-person worship in our sanctuary this coming Sunday, May 24.  We will have two shortened and simplified worship services this coming Sunday morning, May 24th at 9 am and 10:30 am.

We join in the praise of Psalm 122 and rejoice that we will have the opportunity to gather together as a family of faith for prayer, worship, communion, and God’s Word.

As a congregation, we love God’s Word and seek to obey it in all circumstances. Out of a desire to obey God’s commands to love our neighbor and honor authorities placed above us, we will be making adjustments to the format of our worship during this time.

We are delighted to worship together, but we must also be responsible and mindful of the continuing pandemic.  This means we will be making adjustments in order to love our members and care for their safety by following social distancing, contact, and medical guidelines. While some changes will be disappointing and things won’t be exactly the same as before we must remember the words of the Apostle Paul: “in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Below are changes we are making to our worship and Sunday morning routine during this time:

  • We have removed hymnals, Bibles, and other paper items from the pews.
  • The liturgy will be shortened during this time. (The liturgy will be provided so you can participate in the service and we invite you to bring your own Bible.)
  • Communion will be prepared with all sanitary precautions (washing of hands, wearing of masks and gloves).
  • Communion will be served as safely as possible. Those serving communion will be wearing gloves and masks. We will not be going up to the altar railing to receive communion. Ushers will guide you in the new format for receiving communion during this time.
  • During this time there will not be congregational singing. (It has been shown that professional singers may project aerosol droplets up to 13 feet.  Please consider foremost the safety of others.)
  • We will not be shaking hands or hugging. We will also not have a social gathering time. After worship is concluded please do not congregate inside the building - this will allow us to clean surfaces in between services. If you wish to visit with appropriate social distancing, please move to the parking lot and visit safely.
  • When coming up for worship, please enter through the front double doors facing Rainbow Blvd.  Do not enter the lower level side door facing north. We will guide people as we exit the sanctuary to make sure we avoid congestion and close contact.
  • Both the 9 am and 10:30 am worship services will be identical. We are offering two services during this time to allow for safe social distancing in our sanctuary.

Other notes to keep in mind:

  • We will continue posting worship resources online during this time for those who are not able to worship in person.
  • We encourage our elderly, sick, and at-risk members to remain at home and minimize their risk. Please know that staying home to care for yourself or someone else is not a sign of weak faith.
  • We strongly encourage wearing face masks. When both parties are wearing simple masks this has been proven to markedly reduce the risk of spreading infection.
  • We will continue to be in constant prayer regarding our worship and ministry as a church. We will modify and update the worship service in accordance with safe practices.

 We look forward to seeing you, being with you in worship, and praying together this coming Sunday, May 24th with worship services at 9 am and 10:30 am. 

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." 2 Corinthians 13:13

Pastor Mark Wood
Lou Wetzel, President
Jane Wetzel, Spiritual Care
Spiritual Care Team
Leadership Team


Until we can have a physical gathering, our Sunday worship service will be moving to an online-only format. Our weekly worship services will be recorded and available for you to watch on Facebook, Youtube, and our Website.

Our Food Pantry will remain open (we are taking careful precautions for the health and safety of both patrons and volunteers). Food Pantry hours are Monday - Wednesday from 9 am to 11:15 am.

We will also be providing additional prayer, devotional, and Bible study resources for all ages.

During this time and afterward, many people are going to have great spiritual and physical needs. As a church, we want to be a source of Good News and hope in our community. Your generosity and faithful giving help meet spiritual needs with the sharing of God's Word and physical needs through various ministries such as the Food Pantry. You can make your tithes and offerings online, helping us to be prepared now and in the coming months to meet the spiritual and physical needs of our members and our community.

You can give online to support the mission and ministries of Our Saviour Lutheran Church by clicking the button below and following the instructions.

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