From:                                         Our Saviour's Lutheran Church <office@oslcslc.org>

Sent:                                           Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:12 PM

To:                                               office@oslcslc.org

Subject:                                     OSLC Weekly E-News

 

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God who is holy, present and abounding in steadfast love, hold us close in your tender mercies. May we rest confidently in your hands and trust in your care. Soothe our troubled spirits, minds and hearts.

 

Hear our fears and turn our eyes towards what brings life, joy and grace.

Reach our arms toward our neighbors in need so that none are in want, uncertainty or scarcity. Ground our feet in purpose and trust to walk with you one step, one breath, one moment at a time knowing that you are the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow. 

 

We give thanks for our first-responders, hospital workers, for researchers, for farmers and ranchers, for those who continue to work in grocery stores, distribution centers, and all who selflessly offer themselves for the sake of the community.

 

Please guide and grant wisdom to leaders and decision makers in the coming days, weeks and months for your will to prevail. We pray this in the name of your son, Jesus, the one who is, was and is to come, Amen.

 

 

If you, or someone you know, is in any need from the earthquake or COVID-19 please let Pastor Brigette know.

 

 

 

In order to care for and protect vulnerable populations, and in light of recommendations by authorities to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection, OSLC will cancel in-person Sunday morning worship through April 1. We will not hold bible studies at the church during this time, as well.  

 

We pray for those who are at risk, on the front lines of our healthcare systems, and for all who are ill or isolated. We do not live in fear but in God's tender mercies. We encourage reaching out to one another via phone calls, texts and letters.

 

We will keep you updated as we obtain more information. You can also receive information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities by visiting cdc.gov and coronavirus.utah.gov

  

 

See text and announcements below for additional information. 

 

 

Worship:

 

We will be posting a worship link on Saturday evening for Sunday worship. Please look for a simple bulletin on the front page of the website oslcslc.org to follow along. We will also post a children's worship time too!

 

Monday Bible Study: 

 

Monday Bible Study is on-line at 1:30 PM! Join us on Zoom for a time of studying the texts for the upcoming Sunday. "See" you there! Join by clicking here.  

 

Here are important links for faith formation and communication in the weeks ahead:

 

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church YouTube Channel 

 

Pastor Brigette's Blog: "A Lutheran Says What?"

 

 

  

All are welcome at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church!

 

As a member congregation of the Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we pray for all people to experience the fullness of God's love and grace. This invitation is inclusive of people of every race, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental ability, or socioeconomic status. We embrace the teaching of Jesus to love one another as we are first loved by God: wholly, unconditionally and abundantly. 

 



 

Beloved and Awesome People of God! I am so grateful for each and everyone of you! Thank you for your graciousness and prayers as together we navigate these unchartered waters. And we are just that: TOGETHER!

 

Church isn't closed, we're gathering differently and being the people of God, the light of Christ, in new and unexpected ways! And I know that it is difficult and surreal, I understand and share that with you, too. But to wax poetic on what Paul proclaims in Romans 8: 38-39, not even social distancing can keep us from the love of God through Jesus Christ or from being the body of Christ right where we are.

 

I am working on ways to connect with those who do not have technology, and I encourage each of you to reach out and connect with one another and your neighbors via notes, texts, phone calls, emails, social media. A fun social media app for your phone that is sending videos to friends is Marco Polo!

 

As we move forward in the coming days and weeks, know that your council and staff are constantly reevaluating how we connect, how we worship and how we continue to do ministry. Yes, things might continue to shift and know that we will communicate it to the best of our ability as quickly and clearly as we can.

 

In the announcements this week are many ways to stay connected. Look for more to come! Thank you, dear people for being who you are at this time. I am blessed by you and you are a blessing to the community.

 

In the love of Christ,

 

Pastor Brigette

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Please add Pastor Brigette's cell phone  

number to your contact list! 

 

(720) 202-8212

 

 

Sunday Online Worship

 

We will be posting a worship link on Saturday evening for Sunday worship. Please look for a simple bulletin on the front page of the website oslcslc.org to follow along. We will also post a children's worship time too!

 

 

Monday Online Bible Study 

 

Monday Bible Study is on-line at 1:30 PM! Join us on Zoom for a time of studying the texts for the upcoming Sunday. "See" you there! Join by clicking here.  

 

If needed, you can find additional instruction for joining a ZOOM video conference via your web browser by clicking here

 

 

OSLC YouTube Channel

 

We have a YouTube channel! Search for" Our Saviour's Lutheran Church SLC" on YouTube or click here

 

There will be videos for devotions, worship and more each week! Please subscribe and you will get a notice when a new video is posted.

 

Speaking of videos... We want to see your face! If you're ok with it being posted to Facebook or YouTube, send a short video about what is bringing you joy, or what you do when home alone to pastor@oslcslc.org. Please avoid including your name or the names of children in your videos for online safety. 

 

 

Prayers of the People 

 

Please email your prayers that you would like read out loud during our worship time to pastor@oslcslc.org by 5:00 PM each Friday. I will pray them as part of our prayers of the people. 

 

Connecting and Praying for One Another

 

This week you will all receive an email with a page of parishioner  names and contact information. We are asking you to connect with EACH person on that page during the week.  

 

You can email, text, call or write a letter to each person on your list each week. It's a great way to get to know people whom you may not know! Please also pray for each person on your list each week.   

 

Please let Pastor Brigette know if anyone on your page is in need of a pastoral call. 

 

 

Lenten Small Group Worship 

 

Please see the front page of the oslcslc.org or click here download the booklet.  

 

This week our spiritual practice is hospitality. Ironic now that we are all social distancing, correct? Or maybe there is more to it than physical presence? We can still offer hospitality and care for each other's safety.  

 

This week the practice entailed writing encouraging words on small rocks to leave in neighbor's yards. We can still do that! The rocks will be available in the food pantry bins (double duty of being a weight with the wind!). Come by and pick up a couple of rocks to take home. With a permanent marker, write a word such as: love, peace, belong, friend, encourage, be well, breathe, faith, joy, etc. and then go for a walk (fresh air is still good for us!) and leave the rock in a place in a neighbor's yard where it won't be a hazard but might be seen. What a powerful witness to connection when we are disconnected! 

 

 

Emergency Pantry

 

In anticipation of the possibility for supply and distribution chain disruption, we are collecting surplus items for those who might need them in the future.  

 

We will have plastic containers by the east (near community garden) and the west door (by the round room) where you can leave items to be shared. These containers will be checked, and items stored, on a daily basis.

 

If you find you need a basic item, please know that this resource is here for you! It's also for those you might encounter in your daily life who may have a need. Call Pastor Brigette at (720) 202-8212 to pick up items. 

 

Here is a list of items we will collect and offer:

 

Toilet Paper or Paper Towels 

Canned Goods (soups, beans, fruits & veg, tinned meats, etc.)

Dry Goods (beans, lentils, rice, dehydrated potatoes, etc.)  

Pasta

Spaghetti Sauce (canned or sealed jars) 

Granola Bars 

Boxed Mac & Cheese 

Canned Chicken or Tuna

Plastic Shopping Bags

 

 

Supply Delivery Volunteers 

 

The COVID-19 virus can infect persons of all ages though older people are at higher risk for severe illness, especially those with underlying medical conditions. According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years old and older.   

 

While efforts are currently underway to develop one, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Therefore, health professionals strongly advise that all persons practice "social distancing", remaining indoors and away from public spaces to avoid infection.

 

While we hope that everyone has the resources and social network to successfully manage a quarantine scenario, it may be necessary for healthy volunteers to deliver critical supplies to individuals in need.  

 

If you are between the ages of 18-59, and otherwise healthy, please contact Pastor Brigette if you would be willing to help make deliveries to identified individuals unable to leave their home.

 

 

Electronic Giving

 

OSLC is an important community partner for agency in SLC. We will continue to support those agencies as it's now more important than ever.  

 

If you already have electronic giving enabled, thank you! If you are not currently set up to donate electronically, you can do so by completing the electronic giving authorization form at oslcslc.org on the "Online Giving" tab. You can also access a copy by clicking here

 

Send the completed form to finance@oslcslc.org for processing by our Financial Administrator, Debi Giles. You can also leave a physical copy with Darren Saunders, our Office Administrator. Office hours are 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday-Friday. 

 

If you prefer, you can also mail in your giving. Darren or Pastor Brigette are around to bring in the mail. OSLC thanks you and our community partners thank you!!!

 

 

Recruiting Parish Life Ministry Personnel

 

Seeking soulfully spirited individuals to participate in OSLC Parish Life ministry functions & events. Contact council member Chris Entzel (801) 7502128 or centzel@msn.com for more information. Ministry meetings tentatively set for 1st Tuesday of the month to discuss upcoming calendar events.  

 

 

Worship Leader Volunteers

 

Worship is a meaningful and important weekly gathering for us at OSLC and we need your gifts! We are looking for readers, ushers, acolytes, greeters, communion assistants and A/V for both worship services, but particularly the 11:00 AM. You will be trained AND you can opt to try it out a time or two and see what you think. Contact Diana Baker, Steve Kiger or Pastor Brigette for more information.

 

 

OSLC Garden Plot Planning

 

Once again it is time to start planning for the operation and maintenance of our church garden plots. Your ideas, suggestions, and concerns are valuable for a successful, joy-filled and productive gardening season. Please contact Mary Bowman (mjbowman@gmail.com) or Barbara Braeden (bcbraeden@yahoo.com) with your thoughts during the month of march.

 

 

OSLC Easter Garden

 

OSLC is holding a fundraiser to create an "Easter Garden". Your donations will help us create a beautiful space for the chancel area beginning March 8. They can then be taken home after the 11:00 AM service on Easter Sunday, or starting April 3 during normal office hours. Plants are $15 each. Make checks out to OSLC with "Easter Garden" on the memo line. They can be placed in the offering place or given to an usher. The order deadline is Palm Sunday, March 25.

 

 

OSLC Baby Bottle Campaign

 

Pregnancy Resource of Salt Lake City provides caring, confidential and free services, resources and referrals to those confronted with unplanned pregnancies. OSLC will be holding a fundraising event the month of March.  

 

We will have a baby bottle campaign starting Sunday  

March 1, 2020. Please pick up a baby bottle in the round room and fill with loose change or donation. Bottles should be returned to OSLC by March 31st. Bottles can be returned to the church office. Questions contact Arleen Barrell (801) 694-1283

 

 

 

Save the Date: Day Camp

 

Sky Ranch will be facilitating our day camp from June 14-19,

between 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (Ending at noon on Friday). The theme is Peace Works! Look for more information to come as we will need hosts for three counselors, volunteers for each day, as well as kids!

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY  

 

 

 

 

 

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." 

 

Romans 15:13

 

 

 

 

DONATION & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

 

Visiting Angels 

 

We are looking for volunteers (especially men) who would be willing to occasionally visit shut-ins.
For more information, please contact  

Cathy Ricci at (801) 557-2032 or  

Connie Degn at (801) 558-6158

 

 

Stephen Ministry 

 

As a Stephen Ministry congregation,  

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church is part

of a worldwide network of care. 

 

 

 

Day Center Wish List:

Gift cards in any amount for gas stations, grocery stores, Home Depot or Lowe's - New Pillows - Laundry baskets & detergent - Baby items: diaper wipes, diapers (all sizes) - Garbage cans and trash bags (13 gallon and smaller)

 

Place donations in the barrel outside the Pastor's office or contact the Family Promise Office at (801) 961-8622. 

 

For in-kind donation info click here 

Or visit familypromisesaltlake.org/donation-information/ 

 

 

OSLC Family Promise Guest Needs:  

New and gently used wash clothes and hand towels, large pump-style shampoo and body wash, new and gently used toys (esp. foldable walkers and activity centers), and art supplies for teens.

 

Place donations in the baby crib in the South Wing. Thanks to everyone who has given us donations!

 

 

April Donation Requests: 

 

Food Pantry: Juice boxes, snacks like granola bars and other easily carried food items.

 

Thrift store:   Summer clothes and men's shoes.   

 

There is a barrel for non-food donations & a wooden cabinet for food donations outside of Pastor's office. A complete list of needs is on the wall above the wooden food cabinet.   

 

   

 

Project Linus: 

   

 

What can you do to support and contribute to Project Linus? Our volunteers hand-make new blankets for children from birth to 18 years old.  

 

The blankets are given to children who are ill, or in other ways need of a security blanket hug. Blankets can be flannel, fleece crochet edges, quilts, knit, crochet, or fleece fringe (made by specific pattern). Child friendly patterns and colors are preferred. Also, cash donations can be made directly to OSLC. To find outwhat to contribute and see blanket patterns visit

 

 

Ronald McDonald House

 

Please save the "pop-top" from cans and leave them in the jar on the table in the Round Room. Dorothy Purdie will bring them to Ronald McDonald House.  

 

 

 

Online Giving

 

If you are on vacation,
or simply forgot your checkbook,
you can now give your offerings online. 
Go to our website,
www.oslcslc.org,
below the CONTACT US tab, click ONLINE GIVING and make your donation using Pay Pal.  There is a drop down menu so that you can designate where your gift will be applied. 
Click here to check it out!

 
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