Second Saturday Movie
All Saints will be the Second Saturday Movie, on January 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Holy Word Theatre. (OSL will offer a new worship series based on this inspiring movie, starting the weekend of January 21–22 and running through February 10–11.)
Newly ordained pastor Michael Spurlock’s first assignment is to serve All Saints, a struggling church with 25 devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. When All Saints hesitantly risks welcoming a community of Karen refugees from Burma—former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America—Michael feels they may be called to an improbable new mission.
Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property, or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Make a day of it with the movie, followed by worship at 5:00 and dinner afterward!
Monthly Book Club for Adults
The Book Club for Adults meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the OSL Library to discuss that month’s novel. The January 25 selection will be The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish.
Set in London of the 17th and early 21st centuries, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect, Ester Velasquez, an emigrant who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi just before plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph.”
Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
Join this exciting community of readers! A list of the 2018 selections is available in the OSL Library.
Winter One Church One Read Selection
To help make adults aware of some of the outstanding junior novels available, and to encourage families to discuss junior titles, the OSL Library has selected Wonder by R. J. Palacio as its intergenerational Winter One Church One Read title. Copies of Wonder will be available for checkout beginning on January 21, with the book discussion scheduled for March 18, at 10:00 a.m., in the Office Conference Room.
Libby Hintgen was the first to guess the picture in the OSL Library’s Stick Together intergenerational mosaic: it’s a picture of a dove. Over 2,700 stickers have been placed on the mosaic so far. Together we will complete the mosaic, which reveals one of God’s many blessings—peace.
Sunday 8:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.–noon
2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m.–noon and 4:30–6:30 p.m.
New Books for Adults
All Saints by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle. The Library has five copies of this true story, to help members prepare for the sermon series, which will begin on the weekend of January 20–21. Newly ordained pastor Michael Spurlock’s first assignment is All Saints, a struggling church with 25 devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. The best option may be to close the church rather than watch it wither any further. However, All Saints hesitantly risks welcoming a community of Karen refugees from Burma—former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America—and Michael feels they may be called to an improbable new mission.
Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Discover the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers rally to reach out to those in need, yet receive far more than they dared imagine.
Additional New Titles for Adults
• In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury
• Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church by N. T. Wright
• The Baker’s Daughter by D. P. Cornelius
New for Middle- and High-School Youth
Ugly by Robert Hoge. When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes. Amazingly, he survived—with a face that would never be the same.
Strangers stared at him. Kids called him names, and adults could be cruel, too. Everybody seemed to agree that he was “ugly.” But Robert refused to let his face define him. He played pranks, got into trouble, had adventures with his big family, and finally found a sport that was perfect for him to play. Robert came face-to-face with the biggest decision of his life, he followed his heart.
This poignant memoir about overcoming bullying and thriving with disabilities shows that what makes us “ugly” also makes us who we are.
Additional New Titles for Middle- and High-School Youth
• The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
• Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
New Picture, Early Reader, and Chapter Books
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, Sean Qualls, and Selina Alko. Presented as a thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters who don’t realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions, this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we. If the first step toward healing the world is to build bridges of empathy and celebrate rather than discriminate, Why Am I Me? helps foster a much-needed sense of connection, compassion, and love.
Additional New Picture Books
• Most People by Michael Leannah
• Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
New Early Readers
• Morris the Moose by B. Wiseman
• Snug House Bug House by Susan Schade and Jon Buller
New Chapter Books
• Dragon Masters: Roar of the Thunder Dragon by Tracey West
• The Critter Club: Ellie’s Lovely Idea by Callie Barkley