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.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church offers a variety of educational formats to meet the needs of your child. Most Sundays and Wednesdays from September through May, children ages three to 8th grade can be found everywhere in our Sunday School wing and beyond! Classes are offered for preschoolers who are three years old by September 1st of that school year through 9th grade. Sunday School Sunday School is offered during the 9:00 service. Preschoolers begin the morning in their classroom. Students kindergarten through 8th grade start the Sunday School hour off with the congregation in the “First 15” minutes of worship before moving to their classrooms. Preschool Our preschool teaching teams provide a caring and nurturing environment for your child. Weekly lessons create an engaging and active learning experience so that little ones can learn about their Christian faith. Watch for opportunities to join your child in Sunday School for special milestone events . Elementary Students in kindergarten through 4th grade participate in a rotational education format. Six stations utilize different methods to engage students in a theme or Bible point using mediums like video, art, computers, games, music, and science/cooking! Rotations are designed to run 3-5 weeks, offering a variety of unit topics throughout the year. Intermediate/Middle School Classes for 5th through 8th graders are discussion-based and blend biblical teaching with real life issues. Some classes are grade-specific while others are combined, depending on enrollment. Wednesday School Wednesday School offers an alternative to Sunday School. Students in K-8th grade meet weekly on Wednesdays from 4—5 p.m. Utilizing a large group-small group format, students meet together for the “First 15” minutes before dividing into small age-based groups. For additional events for kindergarten-8th graders, check out other opportunities to Grow .
Worship Children are welcome in worship at Our Savior’s. We offer Busy Bags, books, and activity sheets for your little learners to use during worship services. Please see the display in the Atrium, located just outside the Sanctuary, or ask an usher for assistance. Nursery We understand that sometimes Mom and Dad need to be filled with the Word and worship without the distraction of a little one. That is why we provide a safe, loving environment with a staffed nursery Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings during the program year. Our nursery is located by the North entrance and pagers are available for your peace of mind. Splash! Faith formation begins in the home and our Splash! program equips parents to be their child’s first faith teacher. Tri-annual mailings come directly to you and include parent tips, age-related growth and faith connecting points, and music and age-appropriate books. All of this is designed to nurture the faith of our little ones and to equip parents as the primary faith teacher in every home. If your child is 0- 36 months of age and you would like to receive our Splash! mailings, contact the church office.
Confirmation Sunday marks both the conclusion of an intensive two-year study program as well as the formal Affirmation of Baptism. Weekly Wednesday classes and opportunities to worship, learn, serve, and grow make up this faith-building experience. Students who desire to be confirmed are typically those entering 8th and 9th grade. Confirmands begin a two-year course that includes deeper learning about the 10 Commandments, The Apostles’ Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, and their connection to life as Lutheran Christians. Classes begin every fall, and are weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 8:15 p.m. Students begin together with a large-group lesson, break it down in assigned small groups, then recap and close with prayer as a large group. Fulfilling the Confirmation Covenant includes components that connect with all five ministry areas, giving students not only the depth of understanding of life as a Lutheran Christian but also a glimpse of what it’s like to be an active member of our church. Confirmation classes conclude with the Rite of Confirmation service held on the last Sunday of April each year. For more details about Confirmation classes, contact Marcia Pedersen or by calling the church at 437-4516
Recharge meets from 7:15- 8:15 p.m. weekly on Wednesday evenings in the Youth Room. This is an opportunity for high school students to gather, connect with each other, laugh, serve, play games, and learn how their own desires connect with God’s desires for them.
We offer various Bible and book studies where we connect in order to discuss our faith, questions, and doubts. All ages high school and up are welcome. For the most current schedule of study groups, check out our calendar or contact Karen Behling Our more regular studies include: Wednesday evening Bible study Friday morning Bible study Thursday evening book study at a local restaurant Women’s monthly Bible studies at various times Spirituality Untapped (Where Faith is Shaken and Stirred) This collaboration ministry with St. Olaf Lutheran Church meets from 6:00-7:30 pm the third Thursday of each month at Torge's Live Sports Pub & Grill. Questions of faith are asked and pondered over beverages of your choice. Discussions have included the relationship of doubt and faith, religion and science, and faith and the Bible. Wednesday evening Bible study Would you find worship more meaningful if you had time to ponder the sermon text in advance? That’s exactly what this group does, as the preaching pastor invites conversation about the upcoming lesson(s) for worship. Each week is a standalone study so come whenever you can. No preparation is required - we even provide the Bibles. Join us in the Conference Room from 5:45-6:45 p.m. most Wednesdays. Friday morning Bible study “What catches your attention?” “What surprises you or challenges you?” “What questions get stirred up for you?” These are the sorts of questions we ask, as we read through one of the books of the Bible. We are more interested in wrestling with the questions than declaring definitive answers as we consider connections between our biblical ancestors and our own lives in today’s world. This group meets most Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at the church. Thursday evening book study at a local restaurant This is the most diverse small group we offer, as adults and teens gather weekly for 4-6 weeks to discuss a current book in the religious world. The conversation can get lively, and rarely do all agree, but there is always a commitment to speak and listen in an atmosphere of respect for the diversity of who we are as God’s people. Previous studies include Love Wins by Rob Bell, Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Inventing Hell by Jon Sweeney. Women of the ELCA’s (WELCA) monthly Bible studies Each WELCA Circle gathers monthly for Bible study, fellowship, support and service. Deep friendships develop as these circles of women grow in faith together. Meeting time options include morning, afternoon, and evening. Call the church office or contact Karen Behling to find a group that works with your schedule.
We are committed to equipping God’s people to open their Bibles and join in conversation as we learn together what it means to live in faithful service. The Bible is our “Book of Faith” that both comforts and challenges us as we live in relationship with God, with one another, and with all of creation. Here you will find information about learning opportunities for people of all ages. For specific dates, check the Children, Youth, and Family calendar here .
8th Grade Confirmation Report
9th Grade Confirmation Report
Weekly Communion Serving Click here for
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.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church offers a variety of educational formats to meet the needs of your child. Most Sundays and Wednesdays from September through May, children ages three to 8th grade can be found everywhere in our Sunday School wing and beyond! Classes are offered for preschoolers who are three years old by September 1st of that school year through 9th grade. Sunday School Sunday School is offered during the 9:00 service. Preschoolers begin the morning in their classroom. Students kindergarten through 8th grade start the Sunday School hour off with the congregation in the “First 15” minutes of worship before moving to their classrooms. Preschool Our preschool teaching teams provide a caring and nurturing environment for your child. Weekly lessons create an engaging and active learning experience so that little ones can learn about their Christian faith. Watch for opportunities to join your child in Sunday School for special milestone events . Elementary Students in kindergarten through 4th grade participate in a rotational education format. Six stations utilize different methods to engage students in a theme or Bible point using mediums like video, art, computers, games, music, and science/cooking! Rotations are designed to run 3-5 weeks, offering a variety of unit topics throughout the year. Intermediate/Middle School Classes for 5th through 8th graders are discussion-based and blend biblical teaching with real life issues. Some classes are grade-specific while others are combined, depending on enrollment. Wednesday School Wednesday School offers an alternative to Sunday School. Students in K-8th grade meet weekly on Wednesdays from 4—5 p.m. Utilizing a large group-small group format, students meet together for the “First 15” minutes before dividing into small age-based groups. For additional events for kindergarten-8th graders, check out other opportunities to Grow .
Worship Children are welcome in worship at Our Savior’s. We offer Busy Bags, books, and activity sheets for your little learners to use during worship services. Please see the display in the Atrium, located just outside the Sanctuary, or ask an usher for assistance. Nursery We understand that sometimes Mom and Dad need to be filled with the Word and worship without the distraction of a little one. That is why we provide a safe, loving environment with a staffed nursery Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings during the program year. Our nursery is located by the North entrance and pagers are available for your peace of mind. Splash! Faith formation begins in the home and our Splash! program equips parents to be their child’s first faith teacher. Tri-annual mailings come directly to you and include parent tips, age- related growth and faith connecting points, and music and age- appropriate books. All of this is designed to nurture the faith of our little ones and to equip parents as the primary faith teacher in every home. If your child is 0- 36 months of age and you would like to receive our Splash! mailings, contact the church office.
Confirmation Sunday marks both the conclusion of an intensive two-year study program as well as the formal Affirmation of Baptism. Weekly Wednesday classes and opportunities to worship, learn, serve, and grow make up this faith-building experience. Students who desire to be confirmed are typically those entering 8th and 9th grade. Confirmands begin a two-year course that includes deeper learning about the 10 Commandments, The Apostles’ Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, and their connection to life as Lutheran Christians. Classes begin every fall, and are weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 8:15 p.m. Students begin together with a large-group lesson, break it down in assigned small groups, then recap and close with prayer as a large group. Fulfilling the Confirmation Covenant includes components that connect with all five ministry areas, giving students not only the depth of understanding of life as a Lutheran Christian but also a glimpse of what it’s like to be an active member of our church. Confirmation classes conclude with the Rite of Confirmation service held on the last Sunday of April each year. For more details about Confirmation classes, contact Marcia Pedersen or by calling the church at 437-4516
Recharge meets from 7:15- 8:15 p.m. weekly on Wednesday evenings in the Youth Room. This is an opportunity for high school students to gather, connect with each other, laugh, serve, play games, and learn how their own desires connect with God’s desires for them.
We offer various Bible and book studies where we connect in order to discuss our faith, questions, and doubts. All ages high school and up are welcome. For the most current schedule of study groups, check out our calendar or contact Karen Behling Our more regular studies include: Wednesday evening Bible study Friday morning Bible study Thursday evening book study at a local restaurant Women’s monthly Bible studies at various times Spirituality Untapped (Where Faith is Shaken and Stirred) This collaboration ministry with St. Olaf Lutheran Church meets from 6:00-7:30 pm the third Thursday of each month at Torge's Live Sports Pub & Grill. Questions of faith are asked and pondered over beverages of your choice. Discussions have included the relationship of doubt and faith, religion and science, and faith and the Bible. Wednesday evening Bible study Would you find worship more meaningful if you had time to ponder the sermon text in advance? That’s exactly what this group does, as the preaching pastor invites conversation about the upcoming lesson(s) for worship. Each week is a standalone study so come whenever you can. No preparation is required - we even provide the Bibles. Join us in the Conference Room from 5:45-6:45 p.m. most Wednesdays. Friday morning Bible study “What catches your attention?” “What surprises you or challenges you?” “What questions get stirred up for you?” These are the sorts of questions we ask, as we read through one of the books of the Bible. We are more interested in wrestling with the questions than declaring definitive answers as we consider connections between our biblical ancestors and our own lives in today’s world. This group meets most Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at the church. Thursday evening book study at a local restaurant This is the most diverse small group we offer, as adults and teens gather weekly for 4-6 weeks to discuss a current book in the religious world. The conversation can get lively, and rarely do all agree, but there is always a commitment to speak and listen in an atmosphere of respect for the diversity of who we are as God’s people. Previous studies include Love Wins by Rob Bell, Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Inventing Hell by Jon Sweeney. Women of the ELCA’s (WELCA) monthly Bible studies Each WELCA Circle gathers monthly for Bible study, fellowship, support and service. Deep friendships develop as these circles of women grow in faith together. Meeting time options include morning, afternoon, and evening. Call the church office or contact Karen Behling to find a group that works with your schedule.
We are committed to equipping God’s people to open their Bibles and join in conversation as we learn together what it means to live in faithful service. The Bible is our “Book of Faith” that both comforts and challenges us as we live in relationship with God, with one another, and with all of creation. Here you will find information about learning opportunities for people of all ages. For specific dates, check the Children, Youth, and Family calendar here .
8th Grade Confirmation Report
9th Grade Confirmation Report
Weekly Communion Serving Click here for