Posts from 2021

Posts from 2021

The Messenger: August 2021

Revival     ◊     Renewal    ◊     Renaissance    ◊     Restoration    ◊     Rebirth It is time for a change.  COVID-19 forced many unwelcome changes upon people of faith. Gatherings have been difficult and rare. Although we at OSLC have managed to continue the bare bones of our ministry — weekly worship, community service, even some Bible study — this has been a dark age for our church. But after the darkness comes light. As vaccination rates…

Temporary Pause on Live Streaming Worship Services

(Starting next weekend, July 17-18, and lasting until a yet to be determined time but likely by late summer/early fall) The worship team has asked to put a temporary hold on live streaming our worship services. In the interim, services will be uploaded to YouTube for later viewing. This is good news! It will help with our OSLC Renaissance Period coming in the fall. We are doing this hold so that we can create a short-term project to purchase, install,…

2021 OSLC Directory – with Photos!

The Evangelism committee is adding Household photos to the OSLC directory to help strengthen connectivity and we need a photo of your household! A photo directory helps people put names to faces. No matter a congregation’s size, remembering who everyone is — and who “belongs” with whom — can be challenging. A compilation of faces, names and contact information is especially useful for people who are new to the congregation and learning lots of names is much easier when a…

The Messenger: July 2021

Keeping It Weird Like many Millennials, Rachel Held Evans was raised in the Christian faith; and like many of our children and grandchildren, she abandoned it in young adulthood.  Later, when she found her way back, it was not to the Evangelicalism of her childhood, but to a branch of Christianity deeply shaped by ritual and tradition, by sacraments and a sense of mystery.  Reflecting on this, Evans wrote: “[A] church can have a sleek logo and Web site, but…

Add Your Voice to VoP for a Summertime Service

Voices of Praise is still hoping to add your voice to our song over the summer months. If you would like to join us for a song or a service, please contact Rhoda Thompson through the church office (540-347-3224 or office@oslc-warrenton.org).  

Power in the Spirit
Virginia Synod

Power in the Spirit is an inspirational conference for people of all ages who wish to explore God’s call to service through joyous worship, Bible studies, keynote addresses, workshops, games, and fellowship. In addition, congregational leaders—teachers, music directors, choir members, council and committee members, family life consultants, deacons, pastors, and others—will find Power in the spirit nurturing and challenging as they consider their mission and ministry. Check out the upcoming July 11-15, 2021 Power in the Spirit (Online) on our…

Christian Education Working Group — Forming Now!

Help Plan Our Saviour’s Faith Formation Structure for the Future! As we prepare for the start of the 2021-22 school year, the Faith Team leaders are gathering a few dedicated folks to plan the schedule and programs for faith formation for all ages. If you know someone who would be a good candidate for this project, want to volunteer, or just want to submit some input, let us know. See “Growing Younger—An OSLC-wide Book Study” event here for a broader…

Personal Hygiene Kits as part of Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition

As part of the food distribution effort for FCFDC, it has come to our attention that the cost of personal hygiene items is not covered by SNAP (i.e., food stamps). This includes daily essential items for basic hygiene such as bath soap, hand soap, shampoo, tooth paste, toothbrushes, etc.—anything that is not food. We are asking folks at OSLC and from other churches in the area to donate these things to be given out at the June food distribution on…

Social Ministry – Summer 2021 Project

Children’s Summer Meals At last report from Department of Social Services (DSS), over 3,000 Fauquier County children receive breakfast and/or lunch through the School Nutrition Program. While on summer vacation, there may be only a limited program. Please help for the months of June and July by purchasing some or all the items listed below, placing them in a bag marked “Children Summer Meals”, and dropping them off at OSLC by Sunday, June 13 AND/OR Sunday, July 11. Additionally, you…

The Messenger: June 2021

On the Feast of Pentecost, we heard the wonderful story of the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples of Jesus, and giving them the power to proclaim the Gospel in every language.  That story is a sign of the essential unity among all Christians.  Whether Greek or Jew, as Saint Paul says – or Phrygian or Cappadocian, or American or Korean, Lutheran or Presbyterian – we are all one in Christ. Over the past year, we have been separated by…

Continuity of Ministry Update: Masks

Updated Gathering Guidelines Based on the CDC and Virginia State guidelines, people coming to OSLC are not expected to wear a mask in the building if they ARE fully vaccinated. Based on those same guidelines, we do ask that you please wear a mask if you are NOT fully vaccinated. Of course, feel free to wear a mask if it makes you more comfortable. During worship, separate areas have been set apart for those with mask and those without. Please…

Worship During COVID (3)

Updated as of May 19, 2021 Welcome to Worship — In Person and Online!     … and no masks if you are fully vaccinated. Please see the Continuity of Ministry Committee’s update as of 5/19/2021 on gathering guidelines and masks here. We have in-person and online worship for both our contemporary service (with Voices of Praise) on Saturdays at 5:30pm and our traditional service on Sundays at 10:00am. When you arrive Keep 6 feet apart and wear your mask.…

Call for Names of 2021 – AND 2020 – Grads!

Please share with us who it is that we can celebrate! Our Saviour Lutheran Church wants to celebrate all those who, in the years 2020 or 2021, graduated high school, college, or higher education, as well as those who completed a trade school program or military service. (However, we will use terms traditionally related to graduation and school.) Please use the comments to fill in any gaps or share appropriate information. Click HERE to Submit Name(s) and Pertinent Information. Unless…

Voices of Praise Special Guests

Voices of Praise, the house band for Saturday evening worship, would love to have special guests join them! We know there are musicians among us who don’t have the time to commit to weekly rehearsals. Will you share your talent during a single worship service or a single song? We’ll be your back-up band if you’re a singer! If you play an instrument, play with us! This is a great way to share your talent during the summer without a…

Social Ministry – May 2021 Project

Social Ministry is collecting essentials to be provided to Fauquier Family Shelters. (See supplies wish list below.) Please bring your donations with you to service any weekend in May to place in the collection tub in the narthex. You can also drop them off during the week Tuesday through Friday between 9:30am and 2:30pm. All collected items will be picked up from the church and delivered to Fauquier Family Shelters on June 5. Please contact Fred Koozer through your church…

OSLC College Student Challenges Bishop

Our Saviour is proud of the accomplishments of all of our children, youth, college students, and young adults as they engage with the world around them. One example came to our attention last week as Bridget Shorey (daughter of Charity and Allen Shorey) challenged the bishop of the Virginia Synod and all pastors, to speak up for the earth. Here’s the news item from the Virginia Synod newsletter as well as her entire letter. Thank you, Bridget, for speaking up…

The Messenger: May 2021

YOU ARE WORTHY.  That is not a message that the world gives many of us. On the contrary, most of us have been told, in one way or another, that we are not worthy: not good enough, or pretty enough, young enough or thin enough. That, for whatever reason, we do not deserve to be loved. To this message, the Resurrection of Jesus gives a resounding “NO.” “Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain,” we sang on Easter Sunday,…

Upcoming Events In and For Our Community

What: Vietnam Veteran Town Hall sponsored by Capital Caring Health Where: Online (http://bit.ly/VietnamVeteranTownHall2021) When: Monday, March 29, 10am-12pm Contact: Corie Bacher at cbacher@capitalcaring.org for questions / additional info Please join Capital Caring Health, The United States of American Vietnam War Commemoration, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs in honoring and recognizing veterans who served during the Vietnam War — and in learning of the unique health issues and benefits available for those who…

The Messenger: April 2021

THE TOMB IS EMPTY.  This is the first and most basic statement of the Christian faith: that the tomb in which Jesus was laid is empty, because he is no longer dead, but lives. The Cross is easily the most recognizable symbol of our faith – the instrument of death by which Jesus surrendered himself for our sake. But if empty tombs were easier to draw, it is almost certain that we would identify ourselves by drawing those instead.  After…

Holy Week and Easter Worship Services – 2021

(See our Upcoming and Past Worship Services page or click on each day below for more information.) Palm Sunday (March 28) We commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem We will gather in our cars at 10am on March 28th, to remember the entry of our Lord into Jerusalem. Park facing the church, and greet your neighbors. If the weather is nice, bring a folding chair. Honk if you love Jesus! (FM station will be announced on site.) Maundy Thursday (April 1)…

OSLC Prayer Shawl Ministry

As our lives slowly return to normal (or something like it!), the Prayer Shawl Ministry is planning to do the same. We are excited to reconnect with existing members and always enjoy welcoming newcomers to the group. The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides handmade blankets and shawls for the pastors to use in baptisms and to give to those in need of comfort during care visits. The knotted or crocheted items are tangible reminders of God’s love and of the recipients’…

OSLC Quilt Ministry Recognizes National Quilting Day

The Quilt Ministry at Our Saviour began in 2007. Since that time our Ministry has completed more than twenty two hundred (2200+) quilts for Lutheran World Relief! The men and women of our Ministry begin anew meeting on the 2nd Saturday and following Tuesday of each month March through September. (So, for March, that’s this Saturday, 3/13 and Tuesday, 3/16.) Come join us for fellowship, fun and a worthy mission. To learn more, click the following link to be taken…

Transportation for Senior Adults in Our Community

Please join the conversation about transportation for senior adults in our community, hosted by the Regional Transportation Collaborative (RTC). The virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 31, from 2-3:30. A variety of links to the event are on this flyer. This is open to community partners like Our Saviour as well as all interested individuals. (click on image of flyer below to access a PDF of this flyer)

The Messenger: March 2021

WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD.  Not literally, thank heaven, with cars whizzing by at full speed. That’s a scary place to be. We are in the middle of journey through Lent.  The middle, that is, of our 40 days of fasting, prayer and alms-giving – a much safer place than Route 66. But there are dangers even for spiritual travelers. As Hebrews says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”…

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity –
Partnership Applicant Info Session

Would you like to learn how you could own an affordable home or do you know someone in your church, family or neighborhood who may be interested? Fauquier Habitat for Humanity is hosting two applicant information sessions for individuals and families to learn more about our partnership program and receive an application to partner with us on the journey toward homeownership. Participants must complete the Eligibility Questionnaire to receive link to virtual applicant information sessions or call 540-341-4952. Sessions will…

30 Hour Famine

Games, friendship, feast, learning, worship, making a difference, telling the story! 30 Hour Famine is one of the highlights of the church year at Our Saviour.  If this were a normal year, we would have already fasted the last weekend in February. World Vision developed an option for a virtual famine and it looked like a good option. However, upon further reflection, because we can’t be together, it seemed best to postpone the famine until later in the year. A date…

OSLC Quilt Ministry – Resuming Activities!

Our Saviour’s Quilt Ministry is delighted to share that in-person work sessions will be resuming next month (March 2021). In doing so, we ask that the church family lift up in prayer all who participate in this very important ministry — for not only a successful quilting season but a safe and healthy one. Some more good news is that church storage shelves are packed with Quilt tops ready to be assembled thus we’re hitting the ground running! Thanks to…

Thanks Without Ceasing

The pastors and leaders of Our Saviour invite you to join us as we dig deeper in prayer this Lent. We may not be able to have soup together, but we will truly connect over our online Wednesday services with both familiar and unique offerings. The Thrive Team is building a lovely prayer walk in our Fellowship Hall, and they are eager to introduce you to this aid to prayer. Also, take a look in the At-Home Lent Devotional Kits…

Prayer Walk / Labyrinth at Our Saviour

The prayer walk has been set up in the back half of Our Saviour’s Fellowship Hall and will be accessible the following days and hours: Tuesdays 9am-3pm  ⁄  Wednesdays 9am-5pm Thursdays 9am-7pm  ⁄  Fridays 9am-3pm Sundays 30 mins. before and after service Specifics:  It will be available during church office hours, which are Tuesday-Friday from 9am-3pm, and will extend until 7pm on Thursdays in order to accommodate those who need or prefer evening hours. Please note that March 16 and April…

OSLC’s Continuity of Ministry Committee: How It Works and What’s Been Done

Greetings from your Continuity of Ministry Committee, This group is comprised of our pastors and members of our church from various backgrounds such as business, education and the medical field that are volunteering to help make as much sense as possible of all the information coming our way regarding COVID-19. We are not experts in epidemiology or infectious disease, but we do listen to those who are, and we are working our hardest to represent the best interest of our…

Lenten Wednesdays by Zoom

Although we aren’t able to share Soup Suppers the way we might like, we can join our hearts and voices in prayer at 7pm each Wednesday throughout Lent. Feb 17: Ash Wednesday Feb 24: Commemoration of Elizabeth Fedde, Deaconess Mar 3:  Commemoration of John & Charles Wesley Mar 10: Commemoration of Sojourner Truth & Harriet Tubman Mar 17: Commemoration of Patrick, Missionary to Ireland Mar 24: Commemoration of Oscar Romero, Bishop Join 7:00 pm Zoom Session each Wednesday in Lent…

The Messenger: February 2021

“…FEBRUARY MADE ME SHIVER,” SINGS DON MCLEAN IN HIS CLASSIC SONG AMERICAN PIE.  “With every paper I’d deliver – bad news on the doorstep.” It has been a difficult year for many Americans, as our lives have been disrupted by COVID, by our nation’s politics, or by the emotional and spiritual challenges personal to each one of us. Sometimes, it does seem like every morning brings more bad news. (There’s even a word for searching your Internet news feed for…

Calendar for January 16-29, 2021

Please note that meeting/event may be occurring in person and/or online. Please check to confirm! (Click image of calendar below to be taken to downloadable/printable PDF.)

COVID Vaccine Survey for Age 65+ and/or 16-64 with Underlying Medical Condition

We are sharing this information as it was provided by the Population Health Coordinator of our regional Rappahannock Rapidan Health District, part of the Virginia Department of Health.  Governor Northam identified which essential workers will be receiving the vaccine in Phase 1B and Phase 1C. When Phase 1B is launched, it will include frontline essential workers, such K-12 teachers and staff, grocery store workers, migrant farmworkers, corrections facility employees and people who are incarcerated, and those working or living in…

Fearful to Fearless

To kick off 2021, the Mental Health Association and PATH Foundation are partnering to host a virtual community presentation by motivational speaker Darryl Bellamy on Thursday, February 11th from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Individuals of all ages are welcome to join us for this FREE virtual event. Darryl is a public speaker out of North Carolina and has analyzed over 50,000 fears from students all over the country. He focuses on helping his audience identify the fears that are…

Calendar for January 9-22, 2021

Alert–read for IMMEDIATE changes in worship and small-group activities! Due to the increased risk of infection from the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Continuity of Ministry Committee, in consultation with the pastors and music leaders, have made the following changes to our worship services from now until at least January 17, 2021: Saturday services are on hiatus from through 1/17/2021 Sunday services will be offered ONLY on Facebook livestream (with video posted to the website at some later date) through 1/18/2021 All…