From the Senior Pastor
Press On

By now you’ve probably heard about this year’s Stewardship Appeal, “Press On.” The theme verses from Philippians compel us to be a people who persevere and lean toward future goals: “…this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13–14

These verses seem appropriate for Our Savior’s especially now in this chapter of our life together. We are living through a season in which we are engaging the hard and not very exciting work of paying off our mortgage and getting out from underneath the burden that it is placing on the rest of our ministry. It is the right thing for us to be doing, but it’s the kind of thing that can often sap our energy and cause our passion for growing our ministry to wane.

That’s why we’ve designed a stewardship appeal this year that’s different. It identifies exactly what we need in additional funding to get us over the hump and well on our way to a place where our mortgage debt is well-managed and our ministry continues to expand to meet the needs of our members and friends and make an impact in the name of Jesus both locally and globally. In a word, meeting the goal of this year’s appeal will allow us to continue pressing on toward the goal of fulfilling our mission of proclaiming Christ and nurturing a relevant faith even as we take care of the business of paying off our mortgage.

Please continue to pray for our appeal. Pray also about what God is leading you to do when your Statement of Intent arrives in your mailbox. And make plans to be in worship on the weekend of November 12 and 13. At the appointed time in each worship service, we will be invited to present our Statements of Intent for 2017 as an act of worship. It will be an important time in the life of this congregation and I don’t want you to miss it.

I am grateful for your partnership in this ministry that we share and I look forward to celebrating with you when we announce that we have surpassed our Press On goal of $240,000 in new contributions for 2017. May God bless us as we serve our Lord with lives that are lived joyfully and generously.

Pressing on for Jesus’ sake,

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Pr. Randy Gehring




September 10, 2016
Lylah Quinn Mathieu, the daughter of Colton and Kayla Mathieu.

September 18, 2016
Gracelyn Mae Matzen, the daughter of Erik and Maren Matzen.

September 25, 2016
Macie Jo Biever, the daughter of Ryan and Heather Biever.

October 2, 2016
Theodore Thomas Steen, the son of Andrew and Kristen Steen.
Gabriel Alexander Lee Tufte, the son of Shawn Tufte and Sarah Tufte.

October 9, 2016
Cameron Andrew Brovold, the son of Troy and Jessica Brovold.

September 25, 2016
Flowers given by Dave and Donna Krueger in celebration of Andrew and Kelly Krueger’s fifth wedding anniversary, on September 30.

October 9, 2016
Flowers given by the family of Terry and Lois Helgerson in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

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 September 30, 2016
Pledged – $1,768,616
Received YTD – $1,413,701
Remaining – $354,910
Projected YTD – $1,394,8472
Ahead/(Behind) – 18,854

Memorials and Honoraria
August and September 2016

In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce
Don and Coryill Weeg

In Memory of LuVerne Hall
Marvin and Virginia Stadum

In Memory of Neal Jacobson
Eldon and Pauline Nelson

In Memory of Larry Kracht
L.P. and B.J. Fossen
Jean Kracht
Elaine Ortmeier
Betty Pfeifle
Terry and Dianne Roisum
Kathlyn Treadway

In Memory of Delores Ness
William and Patricia Arvan
Ensz Neimeyer and Associates PC
Lela Meirose
Geraldine Post
Jack and Marian Shaffer
Dorothy Stone
Charles and Betty Tanck

In Memory of Joan Ness
Garold and Vicki Ketchum

In Memory of Mary Raskowski
Shawn Cronk
Martha Dowd
Meg Flammany
Sarah Larson
Margot Nelson
Heidi Schultz
Arlan Viste

In Memory of Lynn Thormodsgard
Truman and Nancy Phelan
Dennis and Glenda Stene
Jon and Suzanne Veenis

In Memory of Phil von Fischer
Ronald and Debra Kuehl
Ruth Olsen
Elizabeth Swenson
Allen and Phyllis Zumach

In Memory of Marvin Widness
Loren and Mavis Amundson
Ruth Olsen

In Memory of Enola Wullstein
Gary Rosemore

In Honor of Pr. Jared Rakness’s Ten-Year Ordination Anniversary
Don and Coryill Weeg

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