Our Saviour Lutheran Church – 120 S. Henry StreetGreen Bay, Wisconsin, 54302 - 920-468-4065June, 2013“For years, the trail was littered with pianos,grandfather clocks, books, fancy dishes, and otherremnants of a life left behind. “From the Oregon Trail: Our love for stuff sticks to us and it needs to almost be scraped from usbefore we will let it go. Here is an excerpt from a history account of the Oregon Trail, describinghow folks are attached to what they own, and strain to take it with them, until they are finallyforced to let go…“People who move to a new place cannot resist bringing along sentimental items fromhome. These pioneers, many of whom would never again see their families back east,were no exception. Most brought Bibles, quilts, nice clothes, furniture or paintings thatreminded them of the loved ones they left behind. As they got farther West, however, theTrail became more difficult, and most items that were not completely necessary had to bedumped out to lighten the load for struggling oxen. For years, the trail was littered withpianos, grandfather clocks, books, fancy dishes, and other remnants of a life left behind.”Prairie Schooners run aground? If those pioneers did not leave those things behind, theywould have halted their Prairie Schooners at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and played theirOur Saviour’s Voice
piano to the sound of an old clock, read books and died there, being surrounded by what theyloved the most. Stuff. To move forward, they had to let go.“One has to love where they are going more than where theyare and what they own” - AnonymousSprint Storms take things away: By the time the digital ink dries on this virtual paper, thedevastation from the Moore, Oklahoma tornado will be weeks old. When we see the images ofsuch tragic losses, we grieve. We pray that no such suffering ever comes our way or to those welove. Imagine, going home to a concrete foundation and the four corners of your once cherishedhome. More than likely, another dozen or so cities will be impacted by spring storms before thistext makes its way to your eyes. Wow. Some storms force us to let things go.Leaving things behind is hard for us: Just ask a kid from the fifties when he loses his bag ofmarbles; or a teenage girl from the sixties when she accidently drops her favorite record album;or a man in his seventies when the only hair left on his head are his eyebrows; or a person intheir eighties when they have their car keys taken from them; or a person in their nineties when abig trip is to the activities room at the nursing home for a round of bingo, and they cannot hearthe caller or see the bingo card.Hang-on to the good stuff: We have a very hard time letting go of stuff. But let’s not let go ofour faith or our sense of humor!“The reason food prepared in a cast-iron frying-pan tasteslike Grandma’s cooking is that her food is still stuck to the bottom” - AnonymousWe leave this world with empty pockets. Actually, we leave this world with no pockets at all.“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” – I Timothy 6:7.The sooner we grasp the truth of that, the freer we are of the attachments, be they pianos,grandfather clocks or old books.Meet St Ignatius of Antioch (Born 35 AD martyred circa 108 AD). Ignatius was an earlyChristian martyr. Near the end of the reign of the Roman emperor Trajan (98-117 AD), Ignatiuswas arrested, taken in chains to Rome, and eventually thrown to the wild beasts in the arena. Onthe way to Rome, he wrote letters to the Christians. Ignatius knew that he would have to let go ofeverything in this world in his pursuit of the highest love, Christ. Ignatius, perceptive of hisdeath, welcomed it with courage, saying these stirring words…“May I enjoy the wild beasts that are prepared for me; and I praythey may be found eager to rush upon me, which also I will entice todevour me speedily, and not deal with me as with some, whom, out offear, they have not touched. But if they be unwilling to assail me, Iwill compel them to do so… Let fire and the cross; let the crowds ofwild beasts; let tearings, breakings, and dislocations of bones; letcutting off of members; let shatterings of the whole body; and let allthe dreadful torments of the devil come upon me: only let me attainto Jesus Christ.”Some things we let go of are very heavy. Ignatius knew aboutlaying more things aside than pianos and grandfather clocks in hislove of Christ above all things. Ignatius left here with no pockets, in the Arena in Rome, just as
he imagined. Letting loved ones go is super difficult, as is leaving them behind for those whoknow they are going to die soon.We moderns may have no genuine concept of the cost of discipleship. In a very real way, welive on Easy Street when it comes to being asked to set things aside to take up our crosses. Noone is asking us to lay down our physical life much these days. Do you agree?We are called to set other things down besides our lives and pianos. Heavier things, likehatred, gossip, lust, envy and so on. As we lead lives that model Christ, that calling may put us insituations where we lay down our self-inflated pride.“I would rather work with broken lawnmowers than broken people” - AnonymousIn working with difficult people, Ignatius saw those beast-like people as a means to improvehis faith and put what he learned into practice. About working with unpleasant individuals, hesaid this…“From Syria even unto Rome I fight with beasts [In this case he meant mean people],both by land and sea, both by night and day, being bound to ten leopards, I mean a bandof soldiers, who, even when they receive benefits, show themselves all the worse. But I amthe more instructed by their injuries to act as a disciple of Christ…”Ignatius teaches us to leave behind grumpiness, impatience, hatred, bitterness and the like, justleave them beside the road, tossing them off. When you encounter someone who is hard to workwith, consider asking yourself, “What is God asking me to use in this situation, anger orpatience?” Until we actually cross over, the Scripture directs us to toss bigger burdens thanpianos and grandfather clocks over the side on our journey.“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw offeverything [sins, bad habits, bad thinking] that hinders and the sin that so easilyentangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes onJesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider himwho endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and loseheart.” - Hebrews 12:1-3Oregon Trail quote source: http://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/researchOTpg4.htmSt. Ignatius quote source:http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0107.htm
July 2013 OSLC Usher ScheduleDay: Date: Service: Lead Usher Team:Sun. 07-Jul 7:45 am M. Dalebroux Andrew Prescher; Al Brietlow; Barry DalebrouxSun. 07-Jul 9:15 am W. Chamberlain Randy and Roxanne Dyle; Alex Chamberlain; M Waniger; N ScholzSun. 07-Jul 10:45 am R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard ChristiansonThu. 11-Jul 7:00 pm C. Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick ZimonickSun. 14-Jul 7:45 am M. Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph HoerchlerSun. 14-Jul 9:15 am D. Wians Lonnie Peerenboom; Davis LaMarche; Dan RicherSun. 14-Jul 10:45 am G. Buechner Carmen Leuthner; Lloyd Leuthner; DeVonte King; Rich SpangenbergThu. 18-Jul 7:00 pm P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UNSun. 21-Jul 7:45 am A. Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenbergSun. 21-Jul 9:15 am R. Vande Hei Walter Juhnke; Tiffany and Brian Duff; Chelsea and Rachel Vande HeiSun. 21-Jul 10:45 am M. Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter AlftThu. 25-Jul 7:00 pm N. Krueger †UN; †UN; †UNSun. 28-Jul 7:45 am J. Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; †UNSun. 28-Jul 9:15 am D. Bitters Robin and Shelley Williams; F Helebrant; D Schultz; T BoerschingerSun. 28-Jul 10:45 am R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson† UN -Usher Needed: If youd like to volunteer as an usher; Please contact the Lead usher of thegroup youd like to join, contact Rich Spangenberg (920) 857-3014 or email"email@example.com" OFFICIAL ACTSBaptisms:Levi Christian PetersenBorn: November 3, 2012Baptized: April 14, 2013Son of Jeff and Victoria PetersenBrayden Joseph LynchBorn: April 21, 2012Baptized: April 21, 2013Son of Frank Lynch and Deedra MelotteMembership ChangesIN: Jack Grant, Profession of FaithGary Brewton, Profession of FaithAmy Brewton and minor, baptized child, Henry, transfer from Grace LutheranChurch, Green Bay, WI (ELCA)OUT: Julianne (Kiekhaefer) Heyroth, releaseReceived their Crown:Judith Mae MuellerFebruary 10, 1962 ~ April 18, 2013Funeral service held on April 25, 2013Robert KeyserOctober 30, 1929 ~ April 30, 2013Funeral service held on May 4, 2013
2013 Confirmation Class - May 5, 2013Our Saviour Lutheran ChurchGreen Bay, WIEricka Brandsma - Philippians 4:13 - I can do everything through him who gives me strength.David Cantwell - Psalm 28:7 - “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts inHim, and I am helped.”Krista Groth - 2 Timothy 1:7 - For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives uspower, love and self-discipline.Hannah Rae Luepke - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a - Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, itdoes not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, itkeeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It alwaysprotects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.Olivia Christine McDaniel - Romans 8:38-39 - For I am convinced that neither death nor life,neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nordepth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is inChrist Jesus our Lord.Kylie Rose Medenwald - Zephaniah 3:17 - The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty tosave. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over youwith singing.Morgan Lorann Meerstein - 1 Corinthians 9:24 - Do you not know that in a race all the runnersrun, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.Devin Parks - Philippians 4:13 - I can do everything through him who gives me strength.Samuel Pinchart - Psalm 23:1 - The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.Tiffany Rose Polzin - Psalm103:11 - For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great ishis love for those who fear him;Taylor Ann Steffel - Philippians 4:13 - I can do everything through him who gives me strength.Deborah Clara Watt - Isaiah 42:16 - I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, alongunfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make therough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
IT WON’T BE LONG NOW – That is what the dog said when he got his tail cut off by thelawnmower. Depending on personal financial gifts toward the Audio-Visual project, it won’t belong now until we are up and running with our visual learning tools in the sanctuary. Our advantage in worship with these tools will be numerous, including learning morethrough visuals and enjoying new worship formats. We are seeking gifts for a projector, connection boxes and installation. Considerable time and energy has been given toward the decisions of equipment and theinstallation. We are receiving quotes from two vendors. One of those quotes is not in yet, but will beshortly. The best probable quote for the initial setup comes in about $24,503.99. The other quote,we are confident, will be close to this same number. Gay Pivonka, Treasurer, reports, "We currently have $11,067.30 [unspent accumulatedgifts]". That leaves outstanding needed gifts approximating $13,436.69. There are some memorial monies tucked away from one of our late members that may betapped into. However, before we use those funds, again we are seeking gifts from themembership. There will be a second phase to the equipment, with the hoped for installation of severalflat screen monitors at a later date. Should you or your family be willing to make a gift toward the $13,436.69, pleasecontact either of the pastors or place your gift, of any amount, in an envelope in thecollection plate clearly marked, "Audio/Visual Fund."
VBS TO BE HELD JUNE 24-27! - Registrations would be appreciated by June 3 but pleaseDO register your child even if you are late! Wewant everyone to have fun with us this year atVacation Bible School. Registration forms can befound at the Welcome Center at church or onlineat www.oslc-gb.org. The cost is $10 per child witha maximum of $20 per family. VBS will be heldfrom 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each day.Prekindergarten (must be 3 by September 1, 2012and potty-trained), kindergarten and first grade students will use the “Kingdom Rock” theme ledby Our Saviour volunteers. Camp Luther will lead our children in second through fifth grades.If you have any questions, please call Mike Charles at 337-0940, send him an email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the church office at 468-4065 or email@example.com.DONATION ITEMS NEEDED FOR VBS: This years VBS will keep with the tradition ofconnecting the snacks with the Bible theme for the day (most of the time). Below is a list ofitems needed this year. Descriptions and quantities needed for each item will be posted in theWelcome Center. Please write in your name and the amount of each item that you can donate;after purchasing the items, please place them on the cart by the elevator coat room no later thanThursday, June 20.Sliced bread Strawberry jelly Paper platesRaisins Mini-marshmallows Mini-pretzelsM&Ms Snack-size zipper bags Plain bagelsBlueberry cream cheese Ice cream cone cupcakes Cool WhipYellow sprinkles Capri-sun drinks Plastic wareFresh blueberries or raspberriesTAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME! - On Sunday nights, the Christian Softball Leaguewill play at three times – 4:15, 5:30 and 6:45pm – at theAshwaubenon Sports Complex. With four ball fields, there isenough room for all 24 teams in Division I/II and Division III toplay in those three time slots!We are off to a great start with both teams holding a 1-0 record. Weboast the same great fellowship as before and there is room formore onlookers. For a schedule of times, dates and opponents,check the office hallway bulletin board or call the office.Come to cheer us on…with two teams, it’s twice the fun!! Sorry, no pets are allowed on thegrounds so leave Fido and Poopsie at home.
There is comfort in knowing youre not alone.Thats the reason for GriefShare, a 13-week Christ-centered group forpeople grieving the loss of a loved one. The group is lead and attended bypeople who understand the experience of a loss and want to offerencouragement to one another. Previous cycles of GriefShare have goneover well. People leave feeling better about their situation.Each session of the program includes a video seminar and group discussion.GriefShare videos feature interviews with authors, counselors, speakers andpastors with expertise in grief recovery. Participants also receive aworkbook with devotionals and weekly journals. GriefShare is anopportunity to move through the pain and go forward.Rather than focusing on the "Why?" questions after a loss, GriefShareencourages participants to ask "Whats next?" Thats where healing startsto take place.GriefShare caters to people experiencing all levels of grief. The loss doesnthave to be recent for individuals to benefit from the group. It is best suitedfor teenagers to adults dealing with the death of loved ones.GriefShare will be offered beginning June 5, 2013 in the parlor at OurSaviour Lutheran (120 South Henry Street, Green Bay.) The group willmeet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekly on Wednesday evenings for 13weeks. There is no cost for attendance, but there is a suggested donation of$20 to cover the cost of the GriefShare workbook. GriefShare is part of theWhole Man ministry of Our Saviour Lutheran Church and is sponsored bythe Board of Evangelism.For more information, contact Pastor Greg at 468-4065 firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, contact the church office at468-4065 or email@example.com. You may register directly orwatch a promotional video at http://griefshare.oslc-gb.org.
June 2013Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday13:30pm Open Gym2 Eliot and SerenaDerricks Missionaries7:45am Trad Worship9:15am Bible Study9:15am Praise Worship10:30am Bible Study10:45am Trad Worship4:15pm Softball3 47am Bible Study9am Bible Study512pm Staff Meeting6pm Praise Band6:30pm GriefShare612:15pm Worship6pm Aumann/Brzezinski WeddingRehearsal7pm Trad Worship76pm Aumann/Brzezinski Wedding83:30pm Open Gym9 MITE BOX SUNDAY7:45am Trad Worshipw/Holy Baptism9:15am Bible Study9:15am Praise Worship10:30am Bible Study10:45am Trad Worshipw/Holy Baptism6:45pm Softball106pm P&F6:30pm ChurchCouncil117am Bible Study9am Bible Study129:30am Chicks w/Stix12pm Staff Meeting6pm Praise Band6:30pm GriefShare7:30pm Youth Board1312:15pm Worship7pm Trad Worship14 158:45am Youth Service– Paul’s Pantry3:30pm Open Gym16 FATHER’S DAY7:45am Trad Worship9:15am Bible Study9:15am Praise Worship10:30am Bible Study10:45am Trad Worship4:15pm D1 Softball6:45pm D3 Softball177pm Board ofEducation187am Bible Study9am Bible Study1912pm Staff Meeting6pm Praise Band6:30pm GriefShare2012:15pm Worship7pm Trad Worship21 223:30pm Open Gym237:45am Trad Worship9:15am Praise Worship10:45am Trad Worship4:15pm D3 Softball5:30pm D1 Softball249am VBS6:30pm GBLSA7pm Board ofStewardship257am Bible Study8am OLM Meeting9am Bible Study9am VBS269am VBS12pm Staff Meeting6pm Praise Band6:30pm GriefShare279am VBS12:15pm Worship7pm Trad Worship28 29NYG Leaves Today3:30pm Open Gym307:45am Trad Worship9:15am Praise Worship10:45am Trad Worshipw/Holy Baptism5:30pm SoftballJune 2: Eliot and Serena Derricks, missionaries to Macau, SAR, will join us for the morning to share their work with thecongregation. Please plan to stay after the service to visit with them.June 5: Beginning June 5 for 13 weeks, GriefShare will meet in the parlor. To register, contact the office (468-4065).June 12: Chicks with Stix needs more members to do more projects. All levels welcome. Contact Caroline (469-3140).