Zoo Day for Friendship Club
OSL’s Friendship Club had a splendid time at the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum at its June meeting. After viewing the newly remodeled exhibits and attractions, the group enjoyed a sack lunch, courtesy of the Senior Ministries Board. Friendship Club is now on summer break, but will be back in September with interesting programs and good fellowship. Watch for details!
Home Medical Equipment
Remember, OSL has various home medical items—walkers, canes, crutches, shower chairs, wheelchairs, etc.—available to check out, through Caring Ministries or the Church Office. Contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942,
ext. 28, or email@example.com, to see what is available.
Caring Ministries may accept certain items, sanitized and in good working condition, depending on need and storage availability. Contact Michelle to discuss.
Our Savior’s has a number of ongoing health ministries that meet on a weekly or monthly basis. Feel free to join any of the following sessions. For more information, contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost is $25 per person. Wednesday, August 2, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call the Church Office, 336-2942, to schedule your appointment.
Hope for Living with
Illness or Cancer
Every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Friendship Room. People and their families who have or are experiencing the challenge of cancer are welcome. If you cannot attend, but would like to be on our prayer and devotional mailing list, contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or email@example.com.
Learn how to knit or crochet prayer shawls (to be given to people to remind them of God’s presence and love in their lives) and mittens and scarves (for missions).
Wednesdays, August 9 and 23, 9:30, 9:30 a.m., Sonshine Rm.
2nd Saturday Knitters, August 12, 9:30 a.m., Sonshine Rm.
Every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 103. Offers support to anyone dealing with loss and crisis in their lives.
OSL-sponsored Pickleball: Mondays, 8:00 a.m. to noon and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Memory Care Support Group
Saturdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Friendship Room or Chapel. For caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the group is a place for caregivers to share and to receive understanding and empathy. Contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Blast Car Show and More
OSL celebrated its first Summer Blast of 2017 on June 15 with a Car Show, games, good food, and an awesome worship service. Over 25 classic cars filled OSL’s south parking lot, and Vacation Bible School kids helped “Peter and Paul” deliver the evening message. It was truly a wonderful evening! The season’s final Summer Blast will be on August 16—don’t miss it, and bring your friends!
All Anew: Ready or Not (Part 3), by Tami Skorczewski
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:1, 6–7
Bible Study. Upending the tables (source: gathermagazine.org): What is our responsibility when the very systems that have been put in place to protect people and make sure justice is done become tools to oppress? Do we just stand by and allow injustice to continue?
Unit Wide Mission Project 2017. WELCA members got together and assembled 40 Comfort Bags, which were delivered to Sanford Oncology. This was in support of WELCA’s 2017 Unit Wide Mission Project, “OSL WELCA Has It in the Bag.”
Coming Up. WELCA Fall Luncheon will be on Saturday, September 30, at 11:00 a.m., in The Gathering Place. The presenter will be Jo Hausman, whose topic will be “Go for It! A Woman’s Guide to Perseverance.” Tickets ($9) will be on sale in mid-September.
“All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.” —August Wilson
Stillness, by Joan Bacon
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
God’s invitation to stillness can be a declaration that there is a calm in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. Often our busy lives are reminiscent of a storm, perhaps a tornado or cyclone. The eye of the storm has been described as a region of calm at the center of a cyclone. So God calls us to seek that calm and quiet center even though our world may be spinning out of control around us; it may truly seem that we’re caught in the midst of a cyclone.
What a powerful notion—that calm and peace can coexist with turbulence, conflict, and frenzy …and that we can tap into that calm stillness by shifting the focus of our attention. How do we accomplish that? Our minds are powerful—what we think and attend to paves the way to our feelings of peace vs. anxiety. When we pray for calm and peace, we can tap into the power of Jesus, reflected in Mark’s gospel about the storm: “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39)
In a contemporary worship tune, “The Eye of the Storm,” Ryan Stevenson captures this same concept of Jesus’ presence in difficult times:
In the eye of the storm,
You remain in control,
And in the middle of the war,
you guard my soul.
You alone are the anchor,
When my sails are torn,
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm.
(You’ll find the song in its entirety on YouTube.)
If you are having difficulty finding the calm in the midst of the craziness in your life, consider having a Stephen Minister to help you find it. Contact Pr. Tim Lemme (336-2942, ext. 19, or email@example.com); Deb Harlan, Caring Ministries Director (336-2942, ext. 48, or firstname.lastname@example.org); or Michelle Anderson, Faith Family Nurse (336-2942, ext. 28, or email@example.com).