Posts by OSLC

Posts by OSLC

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…

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…

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.)

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…

The Messenger: January 2021

NEW YEAR’S DAY IS A SIGN OF HOPE FOR PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. That is why we wait with eager anticipation for the clock to strike midnight and the ball to drop; why we kiss with joy and raise a toast when the hour comes: because we need hope to live. Curiously, our church calendar identifies January 1st as a lesser festival dedicated to “the Name of Jesus.” On one hand, it makes sense to dedicate each new year…

Calendar for December 26, 2020 – January 10, 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…

Calendar for December 19, 2020 – January 3, 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: Click here for information on Christmas eve and day services Saturday services are on hiatus from 12/19 (this weekend) through 1/17/2021 Sunday services will be offered ONLY on Facebook livestream…

Calendar for December 12-27

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Christmas Message from Presiding Biship Elizabeth Eaton

(click HERE for printable pdf) Precisely in our distress, in our dislocation, the Lord shows up. Emmanuel—God with us—makes his home in the very places we find foreign or isolating. The room was spare and dimly lit. We sat on folding chairs in a circle—young Honduran women and some of us from the ELCA. We had come to Honduras to observe the work of AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities). This is the ELCA’s strategy to…

FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 Offering Envelopes

Pick Yours Up at Church Now! 2021 Offering Envelopes are now available for pick from tables in the church narthex. There is also a sign-up sheet for anyone who wants an offering box who does not see a box with their name on it. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Benfit.

FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT: End-of-Year Giving

To those who make a special year end donation, these must be deposited in our bank by December 31. While the office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s (more on that in next week’s news e-blast), Sandy Benfit will check the mailbox periodically that week and make an in-person deposit at PNC Bank on December 31. If you have questions, email Sandy Benfit. If it is easier for you, this donation can also be made online.

Calendar for December 5-20

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The Messenger: December 2020

ADVENT — TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE COMING OF CHRIST The first mechanical clock on record was built for Dunstable Priory, a monastery in England, around the year 1283. The monks used it to announce the hours for daily prayer. Christianity has always been interested in marking the passage of time. In the 1600s, four church buildings were the best solar observatories in the world. Built to fix the date of Easter, they also housed instruments that threw light on…

Calendar for November 28 – December 13

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Christmas for Warrenton Manor Senior Angels

Echo and Social Ministry are making Christmas plans to adopt all the seniors living at Warrenton Manor (low income housing). If you would like to help out, we are collecting monetary donations and Thrivent Grant money to put together a small gift for each resident. Please donate online (select “Warrenton Manor Sr. Angels” from the Select Fund drop-down menu) or if you are dropping off a check, write ‘Sr Angels’ in the memo line by 3pm on Wednesday, December 16. For…

Calendar for November 21 – December 6

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News Update for Saturday, May 30 – Friday, June 5

Weekly Worship for Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, Come to 10:00 am Worship on Sunday, June 14! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, or the seats of your cars to worship TOGETHER live! We will broadcast the service through speakers onto the property, through our new FM radio transmitter, and on Facebook live. Can’t wait to see you all! Receive the Body of Christ Starting June 2, the pastors will…

News Update for Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, August 2

Weekly Worship for Saturday, July 25 & Sunday, July 26 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, Come Worship Together Back Inside!  Our Saviour is thrilled to have you join us back inside for Saturday services at 5:30 pm and Sunday services at 10:00 am. Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details including how to reserve your spot, which will better enable to keep all who wish to worship together in person safe.…

News Update for Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 26

Headlines:  Death Announcements Drive-In Movie Night at OSLC Welcome the Guest Pastors Calendar Weekly Worship for Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, Come Worship Together Back Inside!  Our Saviour is thrilled to have you join us back inside for Saturday services at 5:30 pm and Sunday services at 10:00 am. Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details including how to reserve your spot, which will…

News Update for Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 19

Weekly Worship for Saturday, July 11 & Sunday, July 12 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, Come Worship Together Back Inside!  Our Saviour is thrilled to have you join us back inside for Saturday services at 5:30 pm and Sunday services at 10:00 am. Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details including how to reserve your spot, which will better enable to keep all who wish to worship together in person safe.…

News Update for Saturday, July 4 – Sunday, July 12

Weekly Worship for Saturday, July 4 & Sunday, July 5 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, Worship is back in da house!  Our Saviour is thrilled to have you join us back inside for Saturday services at 5:30 pm and Sunday services at 10:00 am. Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details including how to reserve your spot, which will better enable to keep all who wish to worship together in person…

The Messenger – July 2020

I HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT THE LITTLE graphic on this front page changes from month to month? It reflects the season of the church year: a dove for Pentecost, a triangle for Trinity. And this month, as we plunge into summer, it is the Tree of Life. This is the tree mentioned in Revelation, whose fruit Jesus promises to all who stay faithful during hard times. It is also a symbol of growth, as in summer the trees are full and green. The Tree of Life is a…

News Update for Saturday, June 27 – Friday, July 3

Weekly Worship for Saturday, June 27 & Sunday, June 28 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, Worship is back in da house!  Our Saviour is thrilled to have you join us in worship back inside starting this Sunday, June 28 at 10:00 am. And the joy continues on the following weekend when both Saturday evening (5:30 pm) and Sunday morning (10:00 am) services will be celebrated inside once again. For those who prefer to stay safer at…

Worship Back Inside – Saturdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 10:00 am

Woohoo! Do we have news for you! You can reserve your pew! The Continuity Committee and the Worship Team are excited about our next steps back together! Our Saviour has resumed indoor worship and reserving your spot is how you can join us. Many hours of prayer, research, conversation, and technical learning have gone into these decisions, and although it is obviously safer to stay at home, we are so pleased to have implemented this new way to worship together again! Keep…

News Update for Saturday, June 20 – Friday, June 26

Weekly Worship for Saturday, June 20 & Sunday, June 21 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, It went so well the 1st time, we’re doing it again! Our Saviour is excited to hold our 2nd live in-person worship on Sunday, June 21 at 10:00 am — Father’s Day — rain or shine! The worship service will take place outside of Our Saviour’s building on the lawn and parking lot. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, or you…

News Update for Saturday, June 13 – Friday, June 19

Weekly Worship for Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, Worship Together Live & In-person Our Saviour is excited to hold the first live in-person worship since early March on Sunday, June 14 at 10:00 am — rain or shine! The worship service will take place outside of Our Saviour’s building on the lawn and parking lot. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, or you can stay in the safety…

News Update for Saturday, June 6 – Friday, June 12

Weekly Worship for Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7 To be taken to our Worship & Sermons page, Come to 10:00 am Worship on Sunday, June 14! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, or the seats of your cars to worship TOGETHER live! We will broadcast the service through speakers onto the property, through our new FM radio transmitter, and on Facebook live. Can’t wait to see you all! Receive the Body of Christ Pastors Michael and Terri have begun…

The Messenger – June 2020

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! Nearly every service at Our Saviour begins with this invocation. It is the name in which we wash new Christians, and when we hear it, many of us make the sign of the Cross in remembrance of our baptism. Yet, when we pray, how rarely do we address our prayers to the Trinity? How rarely do we call God by this full, revealed name? For…

News Update for Saturday, May 23 – Friday, May 29

Weekly Worship for Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24 God truly does provide! Our Saviour is blessed to be able to offer a “Virtual Church” experience during COVID-19. This is a way for us to come together in worship while remaining safe and healthy at home. And starting this week, there will be a Saturday evening contemporary service (with Voices of Praise!) in addition to Sunday morning service. Saturday 5:30 pm Contemporary Service Virtual Saturday Potluck (Zoom, 6:30 pm) After service,…

Pandemic Hope: A Family Devotional for Life During COVID-19

Built around “Faith 5”, Pandemic Hope is a Devotional for families that focuses on the new realities we are all living in each day. It provides daily readings and activities for 8 weeks to work along side those who you are isolating alongside. To read and download this devotional, click here.

News Update for Saturday, May 16 – Friday, May 22

Big News Coming This Weekend – Stay Tuned! Please look for an email, webpage update and Facebook post over the weekend. We are proud to announce some exciting news about services, small groups and fellowship. OSLC is expanding your opportunities to connect. Of course, like any good teaser, we aren’t going to spill it all just yet. One spoiler, though …  So you aren’t disappointed, while we would love to have everyone back in the sanctuary, we won’t be announcing in-person services…

News Update for Friday, May 8 – Thursday, May 14

Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition Needs Your Help Our Saviour is asking for help in providing non-perishable food for Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition’s quickly approaching Food Giveaway. Hardships caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic have made the need for assistance greater than ever! Please consider donating to this very worthy cause. Non-perishable food (see list of most-needed items below) should be dropped off in the narthex at Our Saviour by Wednesday, May 13. Days & hours to do so are Tuesday-Friday between 9:30…

News Update for Friday, May 1 — Thursday, May 7

We’re So Happy FCCC Is Here to Help! Our Saviour continues to be delighted that we partnered with Fauquier Community Child Care (FCCC) to provide day care for children of essential personnel. This critical need created by COVID-19 presents our church with the opportunity to demonstrate God’s Work, Our Hands! If you know of any essential personnel needing child care, send them to us and our long-time partner FCCC.  See this Fauquier Now article  for more information: Weekly Worship for…

The Messenger – May 2020

  CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! This is the shout of triumph with which Christians greet the feast of the Resurrection. It is a reminder that our fears and hopes lie equally in the hands of a mighty God. This Easter more than most, we need to hear the promise and take it to heart. This is a difficult time. People, especially in hospitals and nursing homes, cannot be together as they would like. Children cannot gather around…

The Messenger – April 2020

Coming together is an essential part of the Christian life. Every week since the first Easter, we have gathered as a community, sharing a meal and a message of hope, trusting that Jesus is there among us. The Bible drives this home. The New Testament word for “church” is ekklesia, which means “assembly.” St. Paul says that this assembly – this gathering of people in one place – is Christ’s body on Earth. But today, gathering together in one place…

News Update for Friday, April 24 — Thursday, April 30

Check out our news highlights reel! Results of April 22 Congregational Meeting: Resounding Approval! At a special meeting of the congregation, Our Saviour Lutheran Church used the quite-unusual format of a Zoom Poll (plus message and phone call), to vote in favor of applying for a loan made available through the CARES Act. For more info, read the motion put forth by the Finance Committee and Council. Many thanks to Bonnie McQuillan, Tom Bartkiewicz, Bob & Betsy Springman, Sandy Benfit, Rod…

Prayer at Home

by Tina Korte Prayer at home #10 Dear God, Lord of the Universe,                                                                                                                                                Teach me how to pray in the good and fruitful times and the hard and devastating times. I hear the birds singing.  I see the sunrise and that perfect pink zinnia growing in the pot on my patio. In the morning after last night’s needed rain, I smell the clean fresh air on the lawn. And that first taste of coffee in my mug goes down with…

News Update for Friday, April 17 — Thursday, April 23

Congregational Meeting on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm As announced last Friday, Council has called a special meeting of the congregation for the purpose of considering application for a Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection loan. Click here to be taken to this event for more information and how to “attend” this virtual meeting. Your voice and vote matter! Weekly Worship for Sunday, April 19, 2020 To keep our members and neighbors safe, Our Saviour is not holding in-person worship services…

News for Good Friday and the week of April 12

Breaking News — Congregational Meeting on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:00pm Council has called a special meeting of the congregation for the purpose of considering application for a Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection loan. Click this event for more information and how to “attend” this virtual meeting. Your voice and vote matter! Weekly Worship for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 God truly does provide! Our Saviour is blessed to be able to offer a “Virtual Church” experience during the stay-at-home…

The Messenger – March 2020

I SAID:  I WILL CONFESS MY TRANSGRESSIONS TO THE LORD. Years ago, that verse from Psalm 32 was sung as part of the Brief Order of Confession in most Lutheran churches. It still echoes in many of our ears, reminding us of God’s call to be honest with him and with ourselves, to lay open our hearts. This openness, this unflinching acknowledgment of our own failures, is an important part of Lent, the season of penitence and self-denial. But the…

The Messenger – February 2020

BEHOLD, SAYS THE LORD in Revelation, I make all things new. So he does. As the first apostles were called and immediately left their nets to follow Jesus, so we are called to live a new life when we follow him. Our Saviour has begun a process of congregational renewal called THRIVE. We have good leaders and good ideas. But we need something more – we need help from God, who makes all things new. Each season during this process, we will share a common prayer, for members to use…