And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)
What many Christians may not understand, is just why the apostles were “all together with one accord” on this particular day, and why pilgrims from all over the world had come to Jerusalem.
Pentecost – called Shavuot in Hebrew, “The Feast of Weeks” – is one of the great Jewish festivals. Originally, it was a harvest festival held fifty days after the Passover seder (the word “Pentecost” is Greek for fifty). Over time, it became a chance to celebrate the gift of the Ten Commandments.
This was an auspicious time for God to act. People had come to remember God’s mighty deeds of old. Now, in their midst, God worked another mighty deed. With the rush of wind and tongues of fire, God came among the followers of Jesus, and gave them a new gift.
Let us come together as they did, with one accord, on June 9, and trust that God will give us a taste of spiritual power.
“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 94:6)
This Pentecost, June 9, we will confirm a group of young people who have spent two solid years studying the Bible and the catechism.
This year’s confirmands are:
- Abbie Breeding
- Josh Quinones
- Matthew Fuerlinger
- Kyle Crowne
- Tekla Tucker
- Colin Ashby
- Camille Mallam
Because the Spirit gave the apostles the gift of speaking different languages, one beloved custom is to proclaim the story in foreign languages. If you speak a foreign language, and are comfortable reading the Bible in public, you can help! Just talk to Pastor Michael..
The Holy Trinity
On June 15th and 16th, we will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity. This is our chance to rejoice in the church’s unique vision of one God in three persons: Father, Son and Spirit.
Our observance is modest. At the Sunday services, we will recite the Athanasian Creed, a very thorough statement of the church’s faith that originated in 6th-century Gaul.
Historically, Lutherans have done far more with this holiday. Johann Sebastian Bach composed a number of cantatas for Trinity Sunday. Three of them are extant, including O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165, Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding, BWV 176, and Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, BWV 129.
Brothers and Sisters:
Our church needs your help leading Sunday worship . Please prayerfully consider participation in 2019 in one or more areas below.
All of our worship leaders have times when they cannot serve, and of course, we respect that. All are scheduled on a rotating basis, so the more participants we have, the less frequently each needs to serve.
Please check all that apply, providing your name and email address for follow-up, and return this slip to the church office, or simply place it in the offering plate.
“Wisdom is a fountain of life.” (Proverbs 16:22)
VBS June 17-21
Come to Vacation Bible School, June 17-21, to find out! VBS registration is now open, more information is on OSLC’s website and Facebook page. Make sure to sign up before space is gone! (Registration deadline is May 31.)
VBS needs volunteers & donations. Links to register and to sign up to help or donate are on the website.
Please contact Abby Compton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-897-7215 with questions or to see how you can support this year’s VBS! Thank you!
YOU CAN CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE!
Be a VBS Family Leader
Our Saviour’s Vacation Bible School program is much more than a summer day camp. It is a true faith formation program, that reaches roughly 100 children each year with the Word of God.
More than half the kids we reach are not part of OSLC, and many have no church home at all. This may be their ONLY chance to learn how much God loves them. VBS Family Leaders are the way that message is shared.
How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help? (1 John 3:17)
Home Visitation Ministry to Form
Comfort and Connect
Can you spare an hour each week to sit with an old friend, or read the Bible to somebody ravaged by Alzheimer’s Disease?
Our Saviour is forming a new Home Visitation Ministry. The mission of this group will be to visit our shut-in members in their homes (which includes nursing homes). Pastor Michael will coordinate and provide training – contact him at email@example.com or (540) 359-2826.
Each person has different needs, and so each visit may be a little different. Some people enjoy a good chat; others can’t talk very well, or even speak at all. Some want to know what they’re missing at church; others may not remember the church very well. But they are all part of our community, and each one needs a connection.
To be clear, this is not a Eucharistic ministry – our pastors prefer to handle sacramental duties by themselves. This is a ministry of visiting, listening, caring and reporting back to the pastors.
If you feel a call from God to care for your sisters and brothers in Christ, please contact Pastor Michael.
In the Mail
About the 30 Hour Famine
Thank you for your congregation’s gift of $9074.27. Churches like yours enable World Vision to provide essential care, encouragement, and hope to hurting children and their families.…
Edgar Sandoval, Sr.
President, World Vision U.S.
OSLC Social Ministry Activities
These are some of the ways that our congregation has served the poor this past month.
Food baskets filled: 4 (April)
- 94 households
- 174 individuals
- 38 under 18, 70 over 60 (April)
People Helping People:
- $6,830 for rent and utilities
- $21,851 total income
- 31 families
- 26 individuals
- 20 children
- OSLC volunteer hours, 56 (April)
PHP received $3,800 in donations from the May 7 Give Local Campaign.
May activity: Fauquier Health and Rehab Center; 5 OSLC volunteers served a lunch, May 14. Next luncheon will be in September. Contact Elfie Schmid, 540-937-5315, for information.
June activities: Food collection for Summer Food Program. Lists available at church in the Narthex.
Work/Study Ministry at OSLC
Have you noticed recently how the pew racks are fully stocked and the pew pouches are current? That’s no accident. On Friday’s during the past year, Our Saviour has welcomed a group (dubbed “Friday Friends”) from Kettle Run High School to use OSLC as a “workplace environment”.
Earlier this year, we were approached by the Fauquier County Public School system about our participation in a progressive school program for physically capable/mentally challenged students. The program’s purpose is to enhance the group’s education with the experience of functioning in a workplace environment.
At OSLC, their “jobs” were to restock the pews, fold and stuff the bulletins with announcements, organize books, help the quilters, plant flowers and make silverware packets for ECHO to name just a few.
Marian Rognlien is OSLC’s team leader and she, along with Carole Zeiher, Donna Bartkiewicz and Andrea Mutterer, has devised a list of tasks for them to do each week. School is out now, and we look forward to seeing them again next fall.
If you have any small tasks you would like them to do in the fall, please contact Marian Rognlien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Finance Corner
Will Be Back Soon
Our monthly financial report is on temporary hiatus, as our church treasurer takes a much-needed vacation in the Big Sky Country.
Until then, remember that, even as people travel during the summer and worship attendance goes down, our finiancial needs remain the same. Please give gerously!
Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
Junior High Servant Event
Parents! Why does your youth who just completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade need to go to JHSE at Virginia Beach for the week of July 21-26 this summer? To help ignite their passion for service, to help them learn that the world is a bigger place than themselves, and to have them think about their relationship to God in a new way! Best of all, the cost is $110.
For more info, call or text Tom Bartkiewicz at 540-270-8120. Registration is open at https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/632658
Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. (Acts 2:46-47)
Fifth Sunday Brunch
Sunday, June 30
Come one, come all to our 5th Sunday brunch on the last day of June!!!
The brunch will be held on Sunday, June 30 between services (9:15am), so please bring a breakfast dish to share. Invite your friends and family members and enjoy a morning of good food and fellowship.
Contact Sandy Benfit: email@example.com.
Power in the Spirit
VBS – For Adults! (And Kids, Too)
Join us July 11-13 for a weekend of worship, learning and fun. Our theme this year is “Children of the Same Heavenly Father.”
Hosted at beautiful Roanoke College in Salem Virginia, Power in the Spirit is an inspirational conference for everyone who wishes to explore God’s call to service through joyous worship, Bible study, keynote addresses, workshops, and fellowship.
In addition, congregational leaders—teachers, organists and choir directors, choir members, committee or council members, family life consultant, pastors, and others—will find Power in the Spirit nurturing and challenging as they consider their mission and ministry.
Our 2019 keynote speaker will be Dr. Dawn Rundman, developer of faith formation resources for Sparkhouse and Augsburg Fortress.
Our Bible Study leader will be the Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson of Luther Seminary, returning to Power in the Spirit as one of our most popular presenters.
Music will be led by the terrific George Donovan, a longtime member of the Power in the Spirit team and a music ministry leader in the Virginia Synod!
To learn more, ask Pastor Michael, who helps organize Power in the Spirit worship. To register, visit the synod website: www.vasynod.org/ power-in-the-spirit/
Mutual Ministry Committee
A Note from the Council and Pastors
Recently, the Congregation Council and pastors have appointed new members to the Mutual Ministry Committee.
Our Saviour has a Mutual Ministry Committee to serve and to build up the joint ministry of the congregation and its pastors. Its purpose is to serve the greater health of the church by strengthening the ministry of the professional leadership and thereby the mission of the congregation.
The Mutual Ministry Committee is made up of 4 congregation members and the pastors. Returning members of the committee are Deborah Hoke and Mark Scheffel. New members are Andrea Mutterer and Brad Stewart. Members are selected by the pastors (2) and the Congregation Council (2), each member serves a 2-year term appointed in alternating years.
The main purposes of the committee, in accordance with guidance from the ELCA:
- Listening and Clarifying –find ways for the congregation and pastors to listen to one another; clarify roles and responsibilities; pick up early warning signs; and providing a sounding board for new or creative ideas.
- Sharing and Communicating – provide an opportunity for the pastors to share joys and frustrations in a safe and confidential setting. Anonymous concerns are not brought to the committee and notes from the committee are not shared (other than mutually agreed upon public comments).
- Reviewing and Revising – assist in the review of personal and professional priorities with the pastors, including continuing education, personal time, and individual goals.
The committee meets quarterly or as needed. Congregation members should feel free to direct questions or comments to any of the Mutual Ministry Committee members at any time by phone, email or in person. For contact information of the members of the committee please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, at 7pm, but there is no need to wait to reach out to committee members.