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.

<p><span style="color: #3594bc; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><strong> Foundation Notes</span></strong><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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 <br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->• Education<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->• Mission and Outreach<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->• Property<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->• Worship and Arts <br><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->From 2012 to 2016 this generosity amounted to nearly $375,000!<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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”).<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->This is an invitation for you to become part of the Foundation’s growth. Talk to a Foundation board member or contact Jon Oien, <a href="mailto:" shape="rect"></a>. They will help you discover ways for you to be the fuel for propelling OSL forward.
<p><span style="color: #3594bc; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><strong> Gifts to the OSLC Foundation </span></strong><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Bruce Williams</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Gerald and Brenda Beninga<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jan and Roy Rogers<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Floyd and Carol Prouty<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Darrell Svendsen</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Alan and Arlys Stanga<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Debra Merxbauer<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Gerald and Brenda Beninga<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Donald and Gayle Hooper<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Wayne and Norma Steinocker<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Lloyd and Maxine Leaders<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis and Pam Hanneman<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Beverly Hallstrom<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jim and Rosalie Ryan<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Diane Cramer<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ronald and Martha Rossing<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->A. R. Villaume<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Michael and Deborah Olson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Pauline Buckstead<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ronald and Janet Hybertson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Craig and Sandy Lickteig<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ronald and Valerie Nielsen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Mandeline Gaede<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Mark and Marilyn Schempp<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Irene B Peterson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Norman Eitrheim<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Donald and Sarah Abbas<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Sam and Kari Patranella<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->James and Carol Oakland<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis and Mary Ann Knutson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Robert and Joan Thimjon<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Don and Val Koster<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Evelyn Trautman and Dennis Olson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Edna Ballard<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ardith Sween and Julie and Gary Steinbeck<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Connie Foss<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jan Haugan Rogers and Roy Rogers<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Mary Birkeland<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Steve Gilbertson</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Floyd and Carol Prouty<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Clarence Dedrickson</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->James and Laura Westby<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Sally Ahrendt</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Robert and Joan Thimjon<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Darlene Carlson</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->William and Joyce Schmidt<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Robert and Leah Moncur<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Dab Robar</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Conrad and Helen Dice<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Rich Hanson</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Leif and Kathleen Fjellestad<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->John and Marcia Kittelson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Steve and Susan Hauff<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Rita and Robert Elmen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Wayne and Sandra Mulder<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Floyd and Carol Prouty<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jeanne Carter<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->James and Carol Oakland<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis Knutson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->James and Rosalie Ryan<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Alan and Arlys Stanga<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Robert and Joan Thimjon<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Marvin and Dawn Jensen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Mark and Marilyn Schempp<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Cy Binger</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Alan and Arlys Stanga<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Don Hooper</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Orley and Viva Rath<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Richard and Janice Boe<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Robert and Cheryl Kovacich<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Floyd and Carol Prouty<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis Knutson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ronald and Martha Rossing<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Wayne and Sonja Hughes<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->James and Jennifer Hesterman<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->John and Andie Palmer<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Gene and Julie Murray<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jean Rosenweig<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Terry and Connie Myhre<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Steve and Susan Hauff<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Charles and Cheryl Havelaar<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Helen Madsen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Lois Matson<br>
<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Michelle Chronister<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Elton and Beverly Budahl<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Joan Klock<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Matthew Evans and Tiffany Hohwieler Evans<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Stanley and Ruby Hippe<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Pam Hoiland<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Debra Merxbauer<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Bill and Lorrae Lindquist<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Deb Thormodsgard<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jon and Kathy Hagen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Chad and Suzette Hohwieler<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Robert and Lisa Bass<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis and Pam Hanneman<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Laurel Dose<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Norman Eitrheim<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->John and Carol McGrath<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Warren and Arlean Jensen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Sue Loge<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Mavis Carl<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Margaret Novak<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Stephen and Jane Sahly<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Donald and Sharon Lehmann<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Gerald and Brenda Beninga<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->David and Beverly Leedom<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Shon Cronk<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->David and Karen Zimbeck<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->David and Kathy Martin<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Robert and Jean Blackman<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Alan and Brenda Hodgson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Judy Winter<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Robert and Rita Elmen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Alan and Carol Johnson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Michael and Deborah Olson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->John and Cheryl Dyvig<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Linda Baker<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Steven and Connie Salmela<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jacqueline and Howard Wickett<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Steffen and Janet Helgaas<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Donald and Sarah Abbas<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->James and Carol Oakland<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->James and Rosalie Ryan<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Leslie and Caroyln Svendsen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Melissa Cooper<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Mary Birkeland<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Martha Baker<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Lowell and Norma Hyland<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Joe and Karen Chang<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ann and Brad Randall<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Donna Scott<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Roger White<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Donald and Bonnie McCleerey<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Rollyn and Diana Hohwieler<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Kevin Chang<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Bankers Trust Co<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Vicki Madsen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Bill and Elaine Adams<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Joel Cook</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Floyd and Carol Prouty<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jon and Julie Oien<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis and Pamela Hanneman<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis Knutson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Debra Merxbauer<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Alan and Arlys Stanga<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Patty Haugen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Marvin and Dawn Jensen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Richard and Janice Boe<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Warren and Arlean Jensen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jan and Roy Rogers<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Steve and Susan Hauff<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Leslie and Caroyln Svendsen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jim and Leann Kvernes<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Marv and Donna Jensen<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Curtis and Lynda Olson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>In Memory of Don Dehaan</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis and Pam Hanneman<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>Estate Gift – Thrivent</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Joyce E. Profilet Estate<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><b>Other Gufts</b><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Sara Anne Ensberg<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Don and Sharon Lehmann<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Richard and Gloria Landborg<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Gerald and Brenda Beninga<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Jim and Rosalie Ryan<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Dennis Knutson<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Donald and Gayle Hooper<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Ron Anderson<br>
<p><span style="color: #3594bc; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><strong>From the Presiding Bishop</span></strong><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><i>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.</i><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->May 5, 2017<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br> <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br> <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br> <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br> <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br> <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br> <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->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.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><br> <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->God’s peace,<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Presiding Bishop
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