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Christmas Shoeboxes for Local Children

OSLC and friends have an opportunity to again fill Christmas shoeboxes for children of families who come to Hope Heals on December 17, 2022. (Hope Heals is a non-profit, community freestore.) Here’s how YOU can help: Get an empty shoebox (or purchase a plastic shoebox) Decide if your gift will be for a boy or girl and which age category: 2-3 yrs., 4-5 yrs., 6-10 yrs., or 11-14 yrs. (Note: For some children, this may be the only gift they…

Bring some Christmas Cheer to our Warrenton Manor neighbors

$10 GIFT CARD DONATIONS NEEDED The ECHO (Experienced Christians Helping Ourselves and Others) Ministry invites the congregation to help the senior adults living at the Warrenton Manor apartments celebrate Christmas in a simple way. In addition to hosting our usual monthly event, we want to give every apartment  a $10.00 gift card, tucked into a Christmas card from our ECHO volunteers. Could you help? Please purchase gift cards from Giant, Safeway, or Walmart in the amount of $10, and bring…

Saying Goodbye to the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition

Many in our community have helped feed our hungry neighbors through the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition, but now it is time to say goodbye. This vital ministry, a partnership of many area churches (including ours) and community agencies, has given out boxes of food — both shelf-stable and fresh — from the back door of Warrenton United Methodist Church, on the third Saturday of every month for 19 years. After many long hours of deliberation, they have decided God is…

Vacation Bible School is Back

Vacation Bible School is Back! Vacation Bible School at OSLC will be June 6-10, 2022, from 9am – 12pm each day. Due to the current times, there will be some minor changes or accommodations from previous years. Classes will be for children who will enter kindergarten through fifth grade in the 2022-2033 school year. A special preschool will be limited to younger siblings, children and grandchildren of OSLC VBS staff. Protocols will be in place to assure health and safety…

Fellowship Committee Call for Help

The Fellowship Committee is looking for people interested in participating in fellowship at OSLC. We plan and participate in, among other things, special events and the Sunday Social Hour. We especially have a need for folks to help with the Sunday morning Social Hour. We are always looking for ideas for ways to bring meaningful fellowship to our congregation. If you are interested, have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact Jana Frieslander through the church directory or…

Quilt Ministry Spring Fundraiser

WIN A HANDMADE QUILT! Get tickets while you can for this awesome fundraiser!  To help offset rising costs of sheets, batting and supplies, plans are underway to sponsor a fundraiser drawing for two (2) of our beautiful Quilts in April. Tickets will be available at a table in the Narthex before and after services April 9 through April 30, and the drawing will be after Saturday service on April 30. Tickets will be $5/ticket or $20/5 tickets and participants can bid…

Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition Needs Your Help!

THE NEED IS URGENT! The Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition has been giving away food since 2003 but can no longer continue without new volunteers and a new Board of Directors. The Food Distribution is a 501(c)3 non-profit. It has been one of OSLC’s community ministries since its inception. Help is needed once a month at Warrenton United Methodist Church: Week before Sat. distribution: Order food from Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and submit monthly reports. Thursday, 10am-noon (before the…

Hope Sighting

  Virginia Synod – ELCA Facebook Post December 21 at 5:00 am Each Tuesday in Advent, one of the Virginia Synod Council members shares a “hope sighting,” a place where they have seen God’s hope in the world around them. This week we hear from Dave Raecke of Our Saviour, Warrenton “This week’s lectionary reading from Micah says: Bethlehem, you’re not very important, but someone who will rule in Israel will come from there. He has existed from the beginning.…

Christmas Shoeboxes – Making it Local This Year

Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition is again filling Christmas shoeboxes for children of families who come to the December 18, 2021 food distribution. Here’s how YOU can help: Get an empty shoebox (or purchase a plastic shoebox) Decide if your gift will be for a boy or girl and which age category: 2-3 yrs., 4-5 yrs., 6-10 yrs., or 11-14 yrs. Fill your shoebox with a variety of gifts* and then wrap the shoebox in Christmas paper. Attach a label…

School Kits for Lutheran World Relief

Imagine going to school without paper or a couple of pencils. That’s a daily reality for children living in poverty or emergency situations all over the world. You’re all familiar with LWR personal care kits (soap, towel, comb, etc.) that we collected last month. Those kits and school kits are the top 2 kits that LWR distributes throughout the world. This year, LWR is trying to make up for a shortfall of kits caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In their…

Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief

When natural disasters or political conflicts strike, families have little chance to gather belongings before fleeing the danger. They arrive in a refugee camp scared, vulnerable, and dirty from travel. The fresh scent of soap and softness of a towel are reminders of someone’s concern for them. We will collect items for the kits during September. Please bring your items to the church by September 26 to be assembled into kits. To make up a full kit, please provide all…

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…

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…

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…

“Reverse” PieFest for Fauquier Habitat Homeowners

Help us “break bread” with our local Habitat homeowners this Thanksgiving!We may not be able to come together to eat each other’s delicious baked pies this year, but we CAN help others enjoy the holiday. Our goal is to create four large baskets filled with breads, baked goods, and of course, PIES! Each basket will go to a different homeowner to help us connect with them. When you select a slot, please briefly describe the item(s) you are donating in…

Thanksgiving Turkeys Social Ministry Project

Help our neighbors have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with your donations for Turkeys! The Social Ministry Committee and Caring Team are asking for your support to help our neighbors celebrate Thanksgiving. Please donate money (by mail, in person drop off or online) to Thanksgiving Turkeys for Head Start families and First Responders. Please donate by the end of worship service on Sunday, November 15. Our Social Ministry Committee will use some of the money to purchase turkeys for them.

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2020

Help us spread the Good News and great joy to children in need around the world! We are so excited to continue packing Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes this year. With the pandemic, the need has never been greater.  OCC blesses children around the world with gift-filled shoeboxes that become opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. The boxes contain items like toys, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and clothing.  The boxes are shipped to over 100 counties…

2020 Quilt Year Tally

Challenges and change did not deter our Quilters from successfully completing and presenting one hundred and thirty one (131) Quilts for Blessing at last weekend’s services. Hopefully you had a chance to view the Quilts and listen to the wonderful sermon in person and/or via Facebook. Heartfelt thanks to the Church Council and the Congregation for the generous financial support and spiritual support that makes our Mission possible!  Blessings!

OSLC Adapts to Coronavirus Restrictions

Updates as of Friday, March 20, 2020 Trying to communicate effectively in this crisis has been like hitting a moving target. We are trying to keep everyone informed, provide pastoral and worship services and plan the way forward—all at the same time. We ask for your prayers, your patience, and your support.   Remote Worship Our Saviour is excited to offer a “Virtual Church” experience this weekend. This is a way for us to come together in worship while remaining safe…

World Quilting Day – Quilt Raffle

World Quilting Day is Saturday, March 16 To raise awareness and celebrate World Quilting Day we will sponsor drawings for two (2) of our beautiful Quilts!  Tickets will be available before and after services on March 16th and 17th @ a table in the Narthex.  $5/ticket or $20/5 tickets.  Slight change in plan was adding a 2nd Quilt with the ability to bid on either one or both of the Quilts.  Drawings will be afternoon of the 17th. Proceeds will…

Quilting Ministry Gears up for 2019

Our 2018 Fabric Donations Exceeded All Expectations! Steadily throughout the year we have received exceptional quantities (boxes and boxes and bags and bags full…) of quality fabric donations from members of our Ministry, the Congregation and the Community. It’s exciting to know we are well positioned for 2019 and beyond!! Let us give thanks for the blessing of fabric and the generous providers!   Getting Ready for 2019… We will continue to meet on the 2nd Saturday (9am-noon) and following…