New to the OSL Community

Welcome these new members, who were received into the OSL church family in May. The next new member orientation will be this fall. Contact the Church Office, 336-2942, for details.

Foundation Notes
Our Savior’s has identified five core values that are woven into our daily lives. Those values are Worship, Service, Learning, Generosity, and Community. The Our Savior’s Foundation clearly delivers the core value of Generosity year-in and year-out. The focus of the support from the Foundation to the congregation falls into the four categories we headline as
• Education
• Mission and Outreach
• Property
• Worship and Arts

From 2012 to 2016 this generosity amounted to nearly $375,000!

How does the Foundation get funds? Generous members give money directly to the Foundation. Cash gifts, memorial gifts, gifts to honor others (all of which are “today” gifts), and gifts from wills, trusts, IRAs, gift annuities, and more (which are “tomorrow gifts”).

These gifts are invested for the long-term. How does the Foundation distribute funds? Each year the Foundation pays a portion directly to Our Savior’s. This support includes confirmation robes; furniture and computers in the Youth area, Gathering Place furniture; Gym sound system; a tabletop steamer for the kitchen; organ repair; clergy stoles; TV cameras for the Sanctuary; liturgical art for the Sanctuary and Celebrate Center. The list is actually much longer, but you can see that the Foundation is indeed generous.

This is an invitation for you to become part of the Foundation’s growth. Talk to a Foundation board member or contact Jon Oien, joien@sio.midco.net. They will help you discover ways for you to be the fuel for propelling OSL forward.

Gifts to the OSLC Foundation
In Memory of Bruce Williams
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Jan and Roy Rogers
Floyd and Carol Prouty
In Memory of Darrell Svendsen
Alan and Arlys Stanga
Debra Merxbauer
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Donald and Gayle Hooper
Wayne and Norma Steinocker
Lloyd and Maxine Leaders
Dennis and Pam Hanneman
Beverly Hallstrom
Jim and Rosalie Ryan
Diane Cramer
Ronald and Martha Rossing
A. R. Villaume
Michael and Deborah Olson
Pauline Buckstead
Ronald and Janet Hybertson
Craig and Sandy Lickteig
Ronald and Valerie Nielsen
Mandeline Gaede
Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy
Mark and Marilyn Schempp
Irene B Peterson
Norman Eitrheim
Donald and Sarah Abbas
Sam and Kari Patranella
James and Carol Oakland
Dennis and Mary Ann Knutson
Robert and Joan Thimjon
Don and Val Koster
Evelyn Trautman and Dennis Olson
Edna Ballard
Ardith Sween and Julie and Gary Steinbeck
Connie Foss
Jan Haugan Rogers and Roy Rogers
Mary Birkeland
In Memory of Steve Gilbertson
Floyd and Carol Prouty
In Memory of Clarence Dedrickson
James and Laura Westby
In Memory of Sally Ahrendt
Robert and Joan Thimjon
In Memory of Darlene Carlson
William and Joyce Schmidt
Robert and Leah Moncur
In Memory of Dab Robar
Conrad and Helen Dice
In Memory of Rich Hanson
Leif and Kathleen Fjellestad
Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy
John and Marcia Kittelson
Steve and Susan Hauff
Rita and Robert Elmen
Wayne and Sandra Mulder
Floyd and Carol Prouty
Jeanne Carter
James and Carol Oakland
Dennis Knutson
James and Rosalie Ryan
Alan and Arlys Stanga
Robert and Joan Thimjon
Marvin and Dawn Jensen
Mark and Marilyn Schempp
In Memory of Cy Binger
Alan and Arlys Stanga
In Memory of Don Hooper
Orley and Viva Rath
Richard and Janice Boe
Robert and Cheryl Kovacich
Floyd and Carol Prouty
Dennis Knutson
Ronald and Martha Rossing
Wayne and Sonja Hughes
James and Jennifer Hesterman
John and Andie Palmer
Gene and Julie Murray
Jean Rosenweig
Terry and Connie Myhre
Steve and Susan Hauff
Charles and Cheryl Havelaar
Helen Madsen
Lois Matson

Michelle Chronister
Elton and Beverly Budahl
Joan Klock
Matthew Evans and Tiffany Hohwieler Evans
Stanley and Ruby Hippe
Pam Hoiland
Debra Merxbauer
Bill and Lorrae Lindquist
Deb Thormodsgard
Jon and Kathy Hagen
Chad and Suzette Hohwieler
Robert and Lisa Bass
Dennis and Pam Hanneman
Laurel Dose
Norman Eitrheim
John and Carol McGrath
Warren and Arlean Jensen
Sue Loge
Mavis Carl
Margaret Novak
Stephen and Jane Sahly
Donald and Sharon Lehmann
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
David and Beverly Leedom
Shon Cronk
David and Karen Zimbeck
David and Kathy Martin
Robert and Jean Blackman
Alan and Brenda Hodgson
Judy Winter
Robert and Rita Elmen
Alan and Carol Johnson
Michael and Deborah Olson
John and Cheryl Dyvig
Linda Baker
Steven and Connie Salmela
Jacqueline and Howard Wickett
Steffen and Janet Helgaas
Donald and Sarah Abbas
James and Carol Oakland
James and Rosalie Ryan
Leslie and Caroyln Svendsen
Melissa Cooper
Mary Birkeland
Martha Baker
Lowell and Norma Hyland
Joe and Karen Chang
Ann and Brad Randall
Donna Scott
Roger White
Donald and Bonnie McCleerey
Rollyn and Diana Hohwieler
Kevin Chang
Bankers Trust Co
Vicki Madsen
Bill and Elaine Adams
In Memory of Joel Cook
Floyd and Carol Prouty
Jon and Julie Oien
Dennis and Pamela Hanneman
Dennis Knutson
Debra Merxbauer
Alan and Arlys Stanga
Patty Haugen
Marvin and Dawn Jensen
Richard and Janice Boe
Warren and Arlean Jensen
Jan and Roy Rogers
Steve and Susan Hauff
Leslie and Caroyln Svendsen
Jim and Leann Kvernes
Marv and Donna Jensen
Curtis and Lynda Olson
In Memory of Don Dehaan
Dennis and Pam Hanneman
Estate Gift – Thrivent
Joyce E. Profilet Estate
Other Gufts
Sara Anne Ensberg
Don and Sharon Lehmann
Richard and Gloria Landborg
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Jim and Rosalie Ryan
Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy
Dennis Knutson
Donald and Gayle Hooper
Ron Anderson

From the Presiding Bishop
Editor’s note: ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton wrote this in response to an executive order signed by President Trump on May 4. It is reprinted here, in its entirety, to raise awareness of this church’s teaching on matters related to separation of church and state.

May 5, 2017
On May 4, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” The measure addresses the IRS ban on political campaigning by tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, an important protection for houses of worship. That regulation is codified into law, so it would take an act of Congress to reverse, but President Trump signaled his administration’s opposition to the rule by directing the IRS to use maximum discretion to refrain from enforcing it.

The Lutheran Confessions state “the power of church and civil government must not be mixed ... [while] both be held in honor and acknowledged as a gift and blessing” (Augsburg Confession, Article 28). The ELCA Constitution affirms that one of the purposes of this church is to “work with civil authorities in areas of mutual endeavor, maintaining institutional separation of church and state in a relation of functional interaction” (ELCA Constitution 4.03.n.). Our social teaching encourages members and leaders to be politically active as citizens and to provide moral leadership that advocates for just and fair policies. Nothing in the current IRS rules prohibit such activities.

Neither our theological heritage nor our social teaching lift up what we would understand today as partisan activity by church officials by church officials—endorsing or funding specific candidates, for instance—because that confuses the appropriate responsibilities of church and state leadership.

Exemption from taxation is an appropriate benefit granted to churches and other charities. The restriction on endorsement of political candidates in no way restricts freedom of religion. In fact, it allows churches to continue to focus on ministry and protects them from being lured into participation in partisan politics to the detriment of their proclamation and mission. The ELCA provides this guidance to ministries on participation in the electoral process.

Earlier this year, the ELCA joined with 99 diverse faith groups in sending a letter to Congress opposing any effort to undermine the so-called Johnson Amendment—those IRS regulations that protect both the taxpayer and our houses of worship. We do not seek or desire a change in tax law that could prove divisive in our congregations or detrimental to our witness of Christ.

Let us not be tempted to participate in partisan politics, but rather focus on being part of God’s reconciling work through Christ in the world and proclaiming the gospel word.

God’s peace,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop

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