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 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 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.