Survey Says…
by Susan Eichacker, OSL Call Committee

Editor’s note: Pr. Randy Gehring is in Germany as The Intercom goes to press.

A sincere thank you from the Call Committee to everyone who completed our recent survey. We gathered a lot of helpful information that will be used in completing the Ministry Site Profile, which the synod office relies on to help determine suitable candidates for OSL to consider in searching for the next Pastor of Outreach and Communication. As a summary of what we at OSL feel are the characteristics of our ministry, the Ministry Site Profile also serves as a first impression of Our Savior’s ministry for prospective candidates.

There were 143 responses to the survey, which was divided into four main categories. Here are the results by category:

As a Community

“A little like us” – We tend to be formal and programmatic
“A lot like us” – We have clearly defined goals and plans for our future
“A little like us” – We are demographically homogeneous

Our Leadership Style

“A little like us” – We welcome ideas that are provoking and challenging
“A little like us” – We rely on our leaders for directions
“A little like us” – We have learned how to use conflict constructively

Our Programming:

“A lot like us” – Our facilities are often used by community groups
“A little like us” – We train people to minister outside our walls
“A little like us” – We focus on ideas and beliefs

Our Theological Perspective:

“A lot like us” – We are obviously Lutheran in identity and practice
“A lot like us” – We participate in synod and ELCA activities
“A lot like us” – We focus on biblical studies and doctrine

Please continue to keep the call committee in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to work through the process and follow the Spirit’s direction for our next pastoral call. Your Call Committee members are Paul Egland, Susan Eichacker, Paul Konz, Jennifer Lunder, Mary Jo Matzen, Randy Ruud, Elle Weg, Charlie Nesdahl (Executive Committee), and Pr. Randy Gehring (Senior Pastor).

Summer Worship Services
(through Labor Day)

Saturday Evening
Festive Worship – 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Sunday Morning
Celebrate Worship – 8:45 a.m., Celebrate Center
Festive Worship – 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Celebrate Worship – 10:30 a.m., Celebrate Center

Summer Blasts Return!

It’ll be a hot time at Our Savior’s when the annual Summer Blasts come back, bringing food, fun and games, and outdoor worship to OSL members, neighbors, and friends! Summer Blasts will kick off on Thursday, June 15. Food will be served starting at 5:00 p.m., with a car and motorcycle show and fun and games at 5:30. A simple worship service will follow, at 6:30. Subsequent Summer Blasts will be on Wednesday, July 12, and Wednesday, August 16—stay tuned for more details!

Baptisms
April 15, 2017
Vail Elizabeth VerDouw, the daughter of Tom and Paula VerDouw.
Vada Mae Brinker, the daughter of Jason and Samantha Brinker.

May 6, 2017
Hudsen J Wolfe, the son of Damian Wolfe and Tina Bye.

Flowers
March 26, 2017
Flowers are given by Don and Shireen Levsen in thankfulness for 60 years of marriage, which was celebrated on March 29.
May 14, 2017
Flowers are given in memory of Mary Ann Knutson on the occasion of her birthday and Mother’s Day, May 14, by her husband, Dennis D. Knutson.
May 28, 2017
Flowers are given in honor of Laurice Iseminger’s 80th birthday, on June 1, by her family.

Telecasts
March 19, 2017
Telecasts sponsored in memory of Donald and Leora Jensen, from their family.
April 16, 2017
Telecasts sponsored in memory of Kenneth A. Weber.

Your Offering Makes a Difference
Your generosity is making a real difference in people’s lives through the mission and ministry of OSL. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving and your passionate commitment to God’s work through this congregation. Your continued generosity helps us reach our congregational goal of fully funding our ministry of connecting faith to everyday life.

Ministry Support through April 30, 2017

Annual Giving
Pledged $2,008,616
Received YTD $632,429
Remaining $1,376,187
Projected YTD $666,458
Ahead/(Behind) ($34,029)

Memorials and Honoraria
March–April 2017

In Memory of Joel Cook
Don and Sarah Abbas
Richard and Gladys Ambroson
Mark and Merri Anderson
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Stanley and Kirssten Biondi
Jerry and Suzi Blake
Becky Bray
David and Jean Brunkow
Tracey Butler
Shon Cronk
Climate Systems
Bob and Luann Decker
Jack and Cheryl Dyvig
Larry and Nancy Elverud
Jerry and Jill Franken
Brad Green
Jim and Marilyn Green
Leroy and Armena Green
Beverly Hallstrom
John Hegg
Mark and Janelle Hoven
Ronald and Janet Hybertson
Kenneth and Laurice Iseminger
Del and Arlys Johnson
Bruce and Dianne Mair
Lynette Matzen
Dennis and Anne Rieck McFarland
Kenneth and Sheryl Mielke
Gary and Darlene Murra
Mike and Kathy Nelson
Carol Peterson
Janiece Peterson
Muriel Resick
David and Tammy Ryan
Curt and Elaine Sandvall
Wayne and Norma Steinocker
Arlen Viste
Don and Toady Weeg
Gregg and Judy Welch
Dean and Tammi Welch
Judy Zueger

In Memory of Steve Gilbertson
Julie Dresbach
Jim and Marilyn Green
Larry and Andra Kallhoff
Barbara J. Peterson
Wayne and Norma Steinocker

In Memory of Rich Hanson
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Carol DenOtter
Eloise Elmen
Richard and Barbara Friess
Jim and Marilyn Green
Lynn and Beth Hanson
Phyllis Harmsen
Kayln Johnson
John B. Jones
Robert and Lynda Johns
Susan Knudson, SLK Training and Consulting LLC
Edward and Eunice Mansfield
John and Marlene Norberg
Ruth Olsen
Barbara J. Peterson
Irene Peterson

In Memory of Don Hooper
Lynn and Diane Anderson
Bill Baker, First National Bank
James and Cele Baker
Kathy Briffett
Ralph and Lynne Brown
Tracey Butler
Diane Cramer
Virginia Edwards
Martina Ferguson
J. W. and Mary Freeman
Richard and Barbara Friess
Jim and Marilyn Green
Bruce and Debra Harlan
Doretta Helgerson
Shirly Hillgren
Howard and JoAnne Hillman
Kenneth and Donna Jipp
Dan and Elizabeth Koch
Pamela Lowe
Eugene and Susan McGowan
Larry and Dorothy Meyer
Gary and Darlen Murra
Ruth Myhre
Rob and Angie Oliver
Gary and Linda Pashby
John and Jane Paulson
Michael and Karen Pekas
Howard and Sandra Peterson
Laird and Kris Gannon-Raschke
Margot Hood-Rogers
Roberta Romstad
Paul and Judith Rud
Curt and Shirley Schafer
Mary Alice Smith
Dave and Linda Stadheim
Doyle and Arlene Stern
Robert and Patricia Swanhorst
Dave and Carol Thomason
Myron and Joan Van Buskirk
Glenn and Cindy Wika
Karel Williams

In Memory of Louis Knutson
Kenneth and Laurice Iseminger

In Memory of Joyce Pederson
LeRoy and Janet Halstenson
Jean Kracht
Kenneth and Laurice Iseminger

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