Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1600 West Oakland Avenue Austin, Minnesota 55912
507-437-4516
© 2017  Our Savior’s Lutheran Church    All Rights Reserved
We are a Community Centered in Christ, Committed to Equipping God’s People for Life and Service in God’s World.
We   are   a   community.   Relationship   with   God   binds   us   into   relationship   with   each   other   as   we   experience   support   and   encouragement from   one   another.   We   are   committed   to   nurturing   relationships,   new   and   old,   and   especially   appreciate   our   fellowship   times   together on Sunday mornings and over supper on Wednesday evenings.
Life Connection Groups Life   Connection   Groups   are   all   about   relationships   that   grow   in   Jesus   through   community   connection.     A   core   value   for   us   as   Our   Savior’s is   this:      We   shall   be   so   committed   to   forging   life-giving   relationships   in   Jesus   that   every   person   here   will   have   a   connection   to   a   small group/ministry   that   involves   mutual   support   and   encouragement,   connection   to   Scriptures,   and   service   to   others.      Four   new   groups   are launching.  The following Group Leaders can get you plugged in. Men of Faith   Contact Pastor Chad Johnson  or Rick Pedersen Home Based Small Groups    Contact Norma Lindhart   or  Kari Bain   or  Kathy Stencel Men’s Brotherhood Men’s   Brotherhood   is   an   informal   group   which   is   meant   to   include   all   men   in   the   congregation. They   typically   are   called   on   to   help   with lawn   clean-up   and   odd   jobs   around   the   church,   as   well   as   hosting   the   annual   Valentine’s   Day   Dinner   and   one   Lenten   Meal.   There   are   no regular   meetings,   but   notices   in   the   bulletin   and   newsletter   alert   members   when   an   upcoming   project   has   been   identified.   Contact   the office. Women of the ELCA (WELCA) Women   of   the   ELCA   is   an   organization   committed   to   bringing   women   together   for   study,   support,   and   action.   All   women   of   the congregation   are   welcome   to      participate   in   any   of   the   activities.   General      meetings   with   programs   and   refreshments   are   held   on   the first   Wednesday   of   Sept,   Oct,   Nov,      April,   and   May.   WELCA   also   hosts   a   Julefest   holiday   buffet   in   December   and   a   Lenten   meal   on   Ash Wednesday. For more information, contact the church  office or check out the website Shepherding If   visiting   the   elderly   is   your   love,   this   is   for   you.   Members   of   this   ministry   are   blessed   and   are   a   blessing   as   they   befriend   some   of   our senior   members   who   could   easily   be   forgotten.   Visitation   is   expected   at   least   once   a   month   on   your   own   schedule,   but   many   people find it so rewarding they meet much more often than that! Contact Karen Behling Volleyball On   most   of   the   first   and   third   Saturdays   from   October   to   April,   a   group   of   people,   8th   grade   and   older,   meets   to   play   volleyball   and have fun from 10-11:30 AM. Check the church calendar  or facebook page to confirm dates. Yoga A   group   meets   most Tuesday   and Thursday   mornings   from   8:15-9:00   to   do   gentle   yoga   led   by   Christine   Seppanen. All   levels   are   welcome. No charge. Circle of Hope Circle   of   Hope   is   a   confidential   support   group   for   family   members   of   those   with   drug   (or   other)   addictions   that   meets   on   the   1st   and   3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Contact Karen Behling Grief Group This   support   group   is   organized   by   a   local   funeral   home   each   summer   and   winter. A   group   of   local   pastors,   including   Pastor   Karen,   leads the group through five different sessions on coping with grief. Contact Karen Behling Pastoral Care at Our Savior’s Life   is   blessed   and   challenging.      Wherever   you   are   on   the   journey   of   life   know   that   the   Our   Savior’s   staff   is   here   to   come   alongside   you through   it   all.      If   you   have   a   prayer   or   care   need   for   yourself   or   for   family   and   friends,   please   notify   us.      We   are   not   created   to   do   life alone…we   are   better   together.      We   meet   weekly   as   a   pastoral   care   staff   and   spend   time   in   prayer   for   all   of   those   needs.      Remember, during   the   prayers   of   the   church,   our   whole   congregation   is   invited   to   be   in   prayer   for   those   needs   by   saying   names   or   concerns   both silently or out loud.
Wednesday Meals 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. during the school year ($5.00/person or $20.00/family max.) This   popular   meal   is   prepared   in   the   church   kitchen   by   chefs   Dick   and   Pat   Suskovic,   with   volunteers   serving   and   cleaning   up.   For   adults in   choir   and   Bible   Study,   children   in   choirs,   and   youth   in   confirmation   this   is   a   great   time   of   fellowship   and   food   for   everyone   –   and   there is no better deal in town. Coffee Hour Our   Sunday   morning   coffee   and   fellowship   from   10:00   to   10:30   a.m.   is   an   important   time   for   our   congregation,   and   we   treat   it   so.   The     Fellowship   Hall   is   always   buzzing   with   conversation   and   laughter   as   young   and   old   meet   together   between   services   to   enjoy   coffee,   as well as donuts, treats, and juice.
Coffee Servers Coffee    and    treats    are    served    by    4    or    more    people    from    the    current    month’s    Hospitality Community.   Volunteers   arrive   in   the   kitchen   at   8:15   where   instructions   for   serving   and   cleanup can   be   found   on   the   front   of   the   refrigerator.   The   volunteers   attend   the   9:00   service,   leave   a little   early,   and   work   through   the   coffee   hour   until   about   10:45   or   11:00,   after   everything   is cleaned up. Contact the church office Wednesday Supper Servers This   popular,   family-friendly   meal   is   served   weekly   during   the   school   year   from   the   church kitchen   by   Dick   and   Pat   Suskovic. Teams   of   five   help   Dick   and   Pat   by   serving   and   cleaning-up   from 4:45-7:00. Serving sign up can be found at the Hospitality Desk.
Welcoming   people   and   connecting   people   to   the   life   of   the   church   is   the   role   of   the   Ministry   of   Hospitality. All   members   belong   to   one of   thirteen   Ministry   of   Hospitality   Communities    which   were   formed   to   give   more   of   you   the   chance   to   serve   in   hospitality   roles   - Sunday   Greeter,   Hospitality   Desk,   Coffee   Servers,   Wednesday   Supper   Servers   -   and   to   meet   and   get   to   know   other   members   and   visitors in   the   process.   Working   as   a   hospitality   community   volunteer   or   a   Hospitality   Community   Steward   is   a   fun   way   to   meet   lots   of   people at church. Contact the church office
Greeters These   volunteers   greet   people   as   they   arrive   for   worship   before   each   service,   assisting   with doors,   and   directing   them   to   the   sanctuary.   Greeters   are   the   first   people   to   welcome   visitors and members alike on Sunday mornings. 
Hospitality Desk Those   who   staff   the   Hospitality   Desk   answer   questions,   especially   for   visitors   and   individuals   with specific   needs.   They   offer   large   print   bulletin   folders,   hearing   assist   devices,   and   can   direct families   to   children’s   bags.   The   Hospitality   Desk   also   serves   as   a   hub   for   information   and   sign-ups for all ages.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1600 West Oakland Avenue Austin, Minnesota 55912
507-437-4516
© 2015  Our Savior’s Lutheran Church    All Rights Reserved
We are a Community Centered in Christ, Committed to Equipping God’s People for Life and Service in God’s World.
We    are    a    community.    Relationship    with    God binds   us   into   relationship   with   each   other   as   we experience    support    and    encouragement    from one    another.    We    are    committed    to    nurturing relationships,     new     and     old,     and     especially appreciate    our    fellowship    times    together    on Sunday   mornings   and   over   supper   on   Wednesday evenings.
Life Connection Groups Life   Connection   Groups   are   all   about   relationships   that   grow   in Jesus   through   community   connection.      A   core   value   for   us   as   Our Savior’s   is   this:      We   shall   be   so   committed   to   forging   life-giving relationships    in    Jesus    that    every    person    here    will    have    a connection    to    a    small    group/ministry    that    involves    mutual support    and    encouragement,    connection    to    Scriptures,    and service   to   others.      Four   new   groups   are   launching.      The   following Group Leaders can get you plugged in. Men of Faith   Contact     Pastor     Chad Johnson  or Rick Pedersen Home Based Small Groups    Contact   Norma   Lindhart      or  Kari Bain   or  Kathy Stencel Men’s Brotherhood Men’s   Brotherhood   is   an   informal   group   which   is   meant   to   include all   men   in   the   congregation.   They   typically   are   called   on   to   help with   lawn   clean-up   and   odd   jobs   around   the   church,   as   well   as hosting   the   annual   Valentine’s   Day   Dinner   and   one   Lenten   Meal. There   are   no   regular   meetings,   but   notices   in   the   bulletin   and newsletter   alert   members   when   an   upcoming   project   has   been identified. Contact the office. Women of the ELCA (WELCA) Women   of   the   ELCA   is   an   organization   committed   to   bringing women   together   for   study,   support,   and   action. All   women   of   the congregation   are   welcome   to      participate   in   any   of   the   activities. General      meetings   with   programs   and   refreshments   are   held   on the   first   Wednesday   of   Sept,   Oct,   Nov,      April,   and   May.   WELCA also   hosts   a   Julefest   holiday   buffet   in   December   and   a   Lenten meal    on    Ash    Wednesday.    For    more    information,    contact    the church  office or check out the website Shepherding If   visiting   the   elderly   is   your   love,   this   is   for   you.   Members   of   this ministry   are   blessed   and   are   a   blessing   as   they   befriend   some   of our   senior   members   who   could   easily   be   forgotten.   Visitation   is expected   at   least   once   a   month   on   your   own   schedule,   but   many people   find   it   so   rewarding   they   meet   much   more   often   than that! Contact Karen Behling Volleyball On   most   of   the   first   and   third   Saturdays   from   October   to   April,   a group   of   people,   8th   grade   and   older,   meets   to   play   volleyball and   have   fun   from   10-11:30   AM.   Check   the   church   calendar    or facebook page to confirm dates. Yoga A   group   meets   most   Tuesday   and   Thursday   mornings   from   8:15- 9:00   to   do   gentle   yoga   led   by   Christine   Seppanen.   All   levels   are welcome. No charge. Circle of Hope Circle   of   Hope   is   a   confidential   support   group   for   family   members of   those   with   drug   (or   other)   addictions   that   meets   on   the   1st   and 3rd   Monday   of   the   month   at   6:30   p.m.   in   the   Fireside   Room. Contact Karen Behling Grief Group This   support   group   is   organized   by   a   local   funeral   home   each summer   and   winter.   A   group   of   local   pastors,   including   Pastor Karen,   leads   the   group   through   five   different   sessions   on   coping with grief. Contact Karen Behling Pastoral Care at Our Savior’s Life   is   blessed   and   challenging.      Wherever   you   are   on   the   journey of   life   know   that   the   Our   Savior’s   staff   is   here   to   come   alongside you   through   it   all.      If   you   have   a   prayer   or   care   need   for   yourself or   for   family   and   friends,   please   notify   us.      We   are   not   created   to do   life   alone…we   are   better   together.      We   meet   weekly   as   a pastoral   care   staff   and   spend   time   in   prayer   for   all   of   those needs.      Remember,   during   the   prayers   of   the   church,   our   whole congregation   is   invited   to   be   in   prayer   for   those   needs   by   saying names or concerns both silently or out loud.
Wednesday Meals 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. during the school year ($5.00/person or $20.00/family max.) This   popular   meal   is   prepared   in   the   church   kitchen   by   chefs   Dick and   Pat   Suskovic,   with   volunteers   serving   and   cleaning   up.   For adults   in   choir   and   Bible   Study,   children   in   choirs,   and   youth   in confirmation    this    is    a    great    time    of    fellowship    and    food    for everyone – and there is no better deal in town. Coffee Hour Our   Sunday   morning   coffee   and   fellowship   from   10:00   to   10:30 a.m.   is   an   important   time   for   our   congregation,   and   we   treat   it   so. The        Fellowship    Hall    is    always    buzzing    with    conversation    and laughter   as   young   and   old   meet   together   between   services   to enjoy coffee, as well as donuts, treats, and juice.
Coffee Servers Coffee   and   treats   are   served   by   4   or   more   people   from   the   current month’s   Hospitality   Community.   Volunteers   arrive   in   the   kitchen   at 8:15   where   instructions   for   serving   and   cleanup   can   be   found   on the    front    of    the    refrigerator.    The    volunteers    attend    the    9:00 service,   leave   a   little   early,   and   work   through   the   coffee   hour   until about   10:45   or   11:00,   after   everything   is   cleaned   up.   Contact   the church office Wednesday Supper Servers This    popular,    family-friendly    meal    is    served    weekly    during    the school   year   from   the   church   kitchen   by   Dick   and   Pat   Suskovic. Teams   of   five   help   Dick   and   Pat   by   serving   and   cleaning-up   from 4:45-7:00. Serving sign up can be found at the Hospitality Desk.
Welcoming   people   and   connecting   people   to   the   life   of   the   church is   the   role   of   the   Ministry   of   Hospitality.   All   members   belong   to one   of   thirteen   Ministry   of   Hospitality   Communities    which   were formed   to   give   more   of   you   the   chance   to   serve   in   hospitality   roles -    Sunday    Greeter,    Hospitality    Desk,    Coffee    Servers,    Wednesday Supper   Servers   -   and   to   meet   and   get   to   know   other   members   and visitors    in    the    process.    Working    as    a    hospitality    community volunteer   or   a   Hospitality   Community   Steward   is   a   fun   way   to meet lots of people at church. Contact the church office
Greeters These   volunteers   greet   people   as   they   arrive   for   worship   before each    service,    assisting    with    doors,    and    directing    them    to    the sanctuary.   Greeters   are   the   first   people   to   welcome   visitors   and members alike on Sunday mornings. 
Hospitality Desk Those   who   staff   the   Hospitality   Desk   answer   questions,   especially for   visitors   and   individuals   with   specific   needs.   They   offer   large print    bulletin    folders,    hearing    assist    devices,    and    can    direct families   to   children’s   bags.   The   Hospitality   Desk   also   serves   as   a hub for information and sign-ups for all ages.