In both the Acts and 1 Peter passages this week we read about a
reference to power: power that God possesses or gives. I have been
giving some thought about power in my own life. The power that I possess
and how it is used. That's tricky because, as a human, I worry about
giving away my power and someone possessing it over me. I want to keep
any power that I possess and use it for my own benefit. Yet, that is not
how God desires that I consider personal power. In these bible passages
this week, it is clear that God's immense power is always used for one
purpose only: love. Love of us, creation, and love itself. We saw this
radical and risky love in action with Jesus, who used his power to love
those whom he rest of society said were unlovable and didn't matter.
In Acts 1, we read that God give us the power that we need to love like
Jesus did. True power is love in action. When I use my personal power
for love, it is the gospel in action. [i] When I use my power to see my
siblings who are black and grown as God sees them: beloved, full of
worth and dignity, that is the power of love. When I use my power of my
voice to speak truth to the systems of racism, to name and give humanity
to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and all
the people who have lost their lives for simply living while black, that
is the power of love.
When I use my power for actions of solidarity and love, to deny systems
that value some lives over others, or say that some are expendable
because of sexism, greed, classism, homophobia, or any or any label that
is meant to denigrate, that is the power of love. When I use my power to
work to free people from what weighs them down and oppresses them, that
is the power of love.
I am called to use my power from God by giving it away. Giving away my
power isn't easy and some will call me a fool, or worse, for ensuring
that all people are empowered to name their truths, their realities,
their suffering, their humanity and their dignity in order to build up
the community of God in the name of love for all people. Giving away our
power allows for healing where there is woundedness and comfort for
those who are afflicted. God gives me, gives us all, as followers of
Jesus, this power. Power to give away for the sake of our neighbor. It
is the power of the gospel: the gospel of truth, the gospel of freedom,
the gospel of love, the gospel that Jesus lived that changed every life
he encountered and cost him his own life. God shares this power with us,
through our baptisms and in the community of followers of Christ, so
that we are empowered to serve our neighbor, to work to free the world
from the systems of sin in which we are all caught and suffering. This
is the power of love.
[i] Rev. Traci Blackmon, reference from her May 18, 2020
sermon, Festival of Homiletics
Please add Pastor Brigette's number to your contact
Contact Pastor Brigette if you or someone you know
is in need of pastoral care.
Please pray this week for:
Bernie, Denny, Katsy, Rich, Alan, Charmaine, Janice, Adam,
Betty, Pat, Evelyn, John, Marty, James, Sam , Zoe, Lisa, and Kathy.
Prayer Request Opportunities
We are a vibrant community of prayer that encourages
opportunities to share requests with each other!
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
by 12:00 PM on Friday if you would like a prayer read out loud
during YouTube worship time on Sunday.
- Contact OSLC
during regular office hours by emailing email@example.com,
or by calling (801) 278-1412.
- The prayer
chain is a way for people to gain assistance in prayer for any
serious and pressing problem. It is also a way for any person to act
on God's command to love one another (John 13:34-35). Many people
cannot engage directly in Ministry, but we can all pray.
- If you desire
immediate prayer support, please contact your friends or small
group. You may also contact Connie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cathy (email@example.com) and
we will do our best to contact appropriate pray-ers (Stephen
Ministers, Prayer Team, specific individuals).
Brigette invites you to contact her at (720) 202-8212 if you or
someone you know is in need of pastoral care.
(Permission should be received ahead of time from
the person for whom we will be praying.)
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor,
Connie Degn, or Cathy Ricci.
OSLC Meetings via ZOOM
Here are all our Zoom connections at OSLC! We look forward
to seeing you online!
There has been some concern on
security and "Zoom bombing" inappropriate material through
this platform. While I cannot guarantee anything, we have taken every
precaution with security settings on our Zoom account. You will notice
"waiting rooms" where you have to be "let in by the
host" (Pr. Brigette) and this assures that people not in our
community can access it. IF you invite a friend to join us to any Zoom,
please simply alert me and I can look for them in the "waiting
room." Try it out! It's easier than you think! Contact me if you
want help or a tutorial.
Sunday Morning Coffee Hour
Come with your favorite morning beverage and catch up with
your OSLC family at 11:00 AM!
to join Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 148 834 738
ZOOM Sunday School
For preschool through elementary age children will resume
April 19 at 4:00 PM. Join us for music with Judy, a bible story and fun!
Please note that you will need the password to enter this meeting. I
have the security tight as it is with children. See you there!
to join Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 944 7150 3461
Monday Bible Study
Bible Study continues at 1:30 pm.! We study the upcoming
Sunday lectionary scriptures and connect them to our daily lives.
to join Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 734 218 050
Night Bible Study
Women's Monday Night Bible Study meets via zoom on at 7:00
PM. We are working our way through Luther's Small Catechism and we will
start our study on Baptism this week. Join us!
21 - 31, 2020
Brigette Away (May 24-31)
* Via Zoom
** Via FaceTime
Pastor Brigette @ Festival of
No Chancel Choir Meet-Up
(Resumes May 28, contact Judy
Friday, May 22
Pastor Brigette @ Festival of
No OSLC Coffee Hour May 24, 31
(Resumes June 7)
No Sunday School May 24 or 31*
OSLC Office closed ~ Memorial
No Monday Bible Study May 18,
25 (Resumes June 1)
No Women's Evening Bible Study
May 18, 25 (Resumes June 1)
No Confirmation this week.
May 31 worship will be provided
online by St. Matthew and
Rev. Dana Peterson, Director of
Evangelical Mission for the RMS
No OSLC Coffee Hour May 24, 31
(Resumes June 1)
No Sunday School May 24 or 31*
PM Connor Bishop Graduation Celebration
June 2 6:30
PM Playground feasibility team meeting.
June 3 6:30
PM Christian Education Ministry meeting.
June 9 7:00
PM Worship & Music Ministry meeting.
June 16 5:00
PM Stewardship for All Seasons meeting.
Pastor Brigette's Continuing Education Schedule
positive outcome of the social distancing to slow the spread of the
CoronaVirus is that many events have moved on-line. Festival of
Homiletics was supposed to be in Atlanta May 18-22 but is now FREE and
on-line those same dates. I will be "attending" as it is one
of my favorite continuing education opportunities that originally, I was
going to miss due to other travel in May for family graduations. May
18-22 will be dates that I will be available for emergencies, but I will
be mostly immersed in this learning opportunity around biblical preaching
in context. Thank you!
Pastor Brigette Away May 24-31
Pastor Brigette will be taking time off May 24-31. May 31
worship will be provided via YouTube (link will be emailed) by St.
Matthew and Rev. Dana Peterson, (preaching) the Director of Evangelical
Mission for the RMS on this day. If you need pastoral assistance this
week, please contact Darren in the office firstname.lastname@example.org
OSLC Office Closed May 25
The OSLC Office will be closed on May 25 for Memorial Day.
Please feel free to email email@example.com
if needed. Emails will be responded to the next business day.
Congratulations to Connor Bishop!
celebrate Connor Bishop as he graduates from High School! We will do a
drive-by parade of his home on May 31 at 4:00 PM. Decorate your car with
signs of well wishes and blessings for Connor! Connor's school colors
are blue and gold.
you need the Bishop's address, please contact the office prior to the
event at (801) 278-1412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Chancel Choir Gathering via Zoom This Week
There will be no Chancel Choir gathering via Zoom this
week, though it will resume on May 28 at 7:00 PM. Contact Judy England
if you'd like to participate (email@example.com).
Family Promise Volunteering
There have been many
challenges and changes as the Family Promise staff follow precautions
and guidelines while still trying to assist a very vulnerable part of
our population: families experiencing homelessness.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church's next hosting week is May
31-June 7. Although we will not host guests in our building, we will
recruit volunteers to provide meals, food, supplies and overnight hosts
at Christ United Methodist Church
2375 E 3300 S, Salt Lake
City (just north of Our Saviour's).
Please click on the link
below to view the online sign up sheet. Details are listed in the
description for each volunteer sign-up opportunity. You may discover
that you can help in a new, creative way this time!
Further details and guest information will be emailed as
they become available. In the meantime, feel free to contact Cathy Ricci
with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Ministers & Visiting Angels
OSLC has Stephen Ministers and Visiting Angels available to
offer a listening ear, share a prayer, or engage in friendly
conversation. Contact the church office email@example.com
or (801) 278-1412 if you would like to receive a personal phone call.
This week's e-news article about "Thank You Therapy" is also a
Thank You Therapy is a Prescription for Worry
Do you get overwhelmed
by worry because you've forgotten God's faithfulness through the years?
In a COVID devotion entitled "The Antidote to Worry",
Christian author Lee Strobel talks about the current "virus of
worry" pandemic. Strobel's assessment is that "we get
anxiety-ridden over our future because we have forgotten God's track
record of helping us in our past." He calls this spiritual
amnesia. The Bible gives a prescription for overcoming spiritual
amnesia. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us not to worry, but rather to pray
with thanksgiving and praise.
Strobel gives us an
effective strategy: practice author Don Baker's "Thank You
Therapy." Focus on God's promises and faithfulness - then we will
be less consumed with worry. Try starting your prayers by thanking God
for knowing what is best for you, committing to meet your needs, causing
all things to work for a greater purpose, and promising to always be
with you. Specifically acknowledge the ways God has helped you in the
past. When we start our prayers with "thank yous", we honor
God for who He is and what He does and we refocus our thinking from
dwelling on worries to being filled with the knowledge that His promises
can be trusted!
Small Group Ministry Opportunities
We know that it's easy to feel disconnected right now.
Please know that you are wanted to any existing bible study, small group
or meeting that you would like to attend. AND if you have an idea for
another type of Zoom/digital small group opportunity, please contact Pr.
Brigette and we can help you get it going. You are not alone! We are
here together and here for you!
New Worship Component
Generosity" is a new worship component that we will be experiencing
beginning this week, May 17. We want to hear from you! Please submit to
Pr. Brigette your experience of God's generosity or gratitude for what
God is up to in your life to share with OSLC in worship. Submissions
should be 100 words or less. Children and youth, we want you to share
with us where you see God in your life too! This is for all ages!
Summer Worship Series
Summer Worship Series is "I Love To Tell The
Story!" beginning June 7 and running through Sept. 6. We will read
beloved stories from the Bible that we don't always get to explore in
worship, beginning with Genesis 1 and going through to the book of Acts.
We will celebrate Christmas in July, on July 26, with the story of
Jesus' birth and singing Christmas carols! BUT WE NEED YOUR INPUT! We
want to know your favorite hymns to add to these favorite stories!
Submit hymn requests all summer long to Pastor Brigette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Gardens COVID-19 Precautions
Gardens are open with precautions (see below). Contact Kathy Joffs for
more information. Be well, eat well and stay well!
We want everyone to enjoy their time in their garden plot
and stay safe this summer. Please adhere to these precautions to help
minimize and the potential spread of COVID-19. Kathy Joffs will contact
you for a rotation schedule of utilizing the gardens. Thank you for
following our precautions.
- Do not visit
the OSLC community gardens if you are feeling ill or showing signs
- IF you are in a higher risk
category, please take extra precautions or choose to not
- Bring your own tools and please
take them with you each visit.
- Follow all new and existing
- Maintain social distancing ( a
minimum of 6 feet between individuals)
- Limit interactions and time spent
in the garden
- Minimize contact with surfaces
- Wear a mask
- Wear gloves when handling the
hose or other communal items
- Wash your hands and any produce you bring home to reduce
- DO NOT go into the building.
*Please remember that our building is not cleaned daily. To
allow outside access puts all people (including staff) at higher
risk. Thank you for understanding and remaining outside the
Project Linus Update
The project is still in full swing. No, we don't meet
for blanket making day. Yes, we do make blankets constantly and we
are ready to distribute 175 blankets next week to those children
who need a blanket hug (even though we can't physically be close to
Blanketeers have been busy working at home. I have
been shopping on-line for materials that have been delivered.
I have been dropping off fabric and yarn to my workers' front
porches and have been picking up finished blankets from their
porches. We are careful not to be too close physically - but are
in touch regularly. The work goes on!
Utah Quilt Guild Face Masks
Hook is working with Utah
Quilt Guild to make 10,000 cloth face masks for care center
staff and home health agencies. If you would like to join the effort
please email Carole for the pattern at email@example.com
New Sky Ranch Coloring Book & VBS Date
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp has provided a Coloring Book! This
is an easy and fun resource for anyone who may need a mental break! If
you need a copy and/or crayons, they will mail you a copy!
Vacation Bible Study with Sky Ranch will be moved
to the week of August 3rd. Please save the date!
Recruiting Parish Life Ministry Personnel
soulfully spirited individuals to participate in OSLC Parish Life
ministry functions & events. Contact council member Chris Entzel
(801) 7502128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. Ministry meetings tentatively set for 1st Tuesday
of the month to discuss upcoming calendar events.
& VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
OSLC COVID 19 Community Support Initiative
In my Easter Sunday sermon, I mentioned the OSLC Community
Support Initiative that the council has constructed. This initiative is
phase one of how we are tangibly going to be the hands and feet of
Christ for our community in the wake of the pandemic. Visit OSLC.org to
find more information under the "Community
Support Initiative" tab.
Please contact Tristan Abbott (email@example.com)
or Pastor Brigette (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with any questions.
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the
mission and ministry at OSLC! You are a blessing! Christ is risen!
Supply Delivery Volunteers
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.
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.
A friend of
the Bakers is in need of a bed. If you have a spare bed that you would
like to donate, please call Steve Baker at (775) 219-6300.
As Family Promise navigates
COVID-19, we've been reminded that some people are not in stable and
secure environments. Our program looks very different right now, but we
are still committed to continuing our mission to provide safe and
compassionate resources for families with children who are experiencing
Hard decisions have been made to
protect our churches, volunteers and staff. Until the end of 2020,
Family Promise guests will be hosted at Christ United Methodist Church.
We are so grateful for this church's commitment to be available for an
extended period of time! Churches that were scheduled to host, will
support CUMC by providing volunteer assistance that focuses on dinners
and overnight host responsibilities. Food can be dropped off at the door
for no-contact delivery and interactions with families can be kept to no
contact or minimal contact. We will also help provide other supply and
OSLC is scheduled to help May
31 - June 7. A SignUpGenius volunteer sign-up link will be sent to
previous volunteers, or you can contact email@example.com.
Thank you for your continuing support and prayers!
We are limiting
admission to the building and reducing volunteers so it may take longer
than normal to receive food and other services but we are committed to
not turn anyone away.
Our thrift store and our pantry
located at 1358 West Indiana Street are both closed and will remain
closed until further notice. Our food pantry located at 347 South 400
East is no open Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
We still need food donations, particularly
nonperishable food items that do not require cooking since most of the
people we are serving during this crisis are homeless. To learn how to
safely make a donation call (801) 364-7765, Monday-Friday between 9:00
AM - 2:00 PM.
More info at crossroadsurbancenter.org
What can you do to support and contribute to Project
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 out what to contribute and see blanket patterns visit
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
or simply forgot your
checkbook, you can now give your offerings online.
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!
There are many
options to donate and help others around the country and world through
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If you notice you
are no longer receiving OSLC emails, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to review your