Living Your Thanks
O u r S a v i o u r L u t h e r a n C h u rc h • G re e n B a y, W i s c o n s i n
Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (Vol. 11, Issue 11) November 2009
Christmas does not follow times the redeemed, restored, forgiven children of
God by faith in Christ. We are at all times, whether
good or bad, the heirs of heaven because of the work
of Jesus Christ. We are at all times, whether we are
Sure it does. First comes New Year’s, then Easter, cleaning up in the stock market or wiping up tears
then the Fourth of July, then Labor Day, then from our eyes, the most blessed people in the world.
Thanksgiving, then Christmas. Ask any retailer Our every Sunday worship, our everyday language,
downtown or shopper at the mall, ask any worker who and our everyday attitude ought to reflect that reality!
knows his holidays off with pay, ask any kid who is
waiting for presents under the tree, and they’ll tell you Responding to the invitation to “Come, Ye Thankful
that Christmas definitely follows Thanksgiving. People, Come,” by being in God’s house on the fourth
Thursday of November — that’s Thanksgiving.
So am I missing something? Hopefully I didn’t! Praising the Lord at all times in your life, whether
What follows Thanksgiving is thanks-living! On those times are good or bad — that’s thanks-living.
Thanksgiving, churches will be filled with people
who remember all the blessings that God has Another way we live our thanks is by sharing the
showered on them in the past year — people who message of salvation. King David exclaimed in Psalm
remember to give thanks. But at the same time, 34: “Let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the
churches will be filled with people who forget that Lord with me, let us exalt his name together” (2,3). He
being in church on Thanksgiving and singing “Now was so thankful to God for his blessings that he
Thank We All Our God” is only half the deal. wanted everyone to hear about it and rejoice with him.
Thanksgiving must be followed by thanks-living.
It will be wonderful to see churches filled with
One way we live our thanks is by praising God at people for the holiday at the end of this month. That’s
all times. Psalm 34 says, “I will extol the Lord at all Thanksgiving. Sharing the message of salvation with
times; his praise will always be on my lips” (v. 1). our neighbors, co-workers, friends at school — now
Whether we are in the money or in the unemployment that’s thanks-living.
line, whether we’ve experienced a gain in our stock
portfolio or experienced a loss in the family, whether Christmas doesn’t follow Thanksgiving — thanks-
we’re the picture of health or poster children for living does. May we go home living the thanks that
everything that ails us, we are experiencing God’s we have given God by praising him at all times and
mercy in every moment. sharing the message of Christ with others.
Our financial, physical, or emotional condition
does not change our spiritual condition. We are at all Pastor Greg Hovland
Is This One of Those Services Pastor Dave
Where Everyone Kneels?
Most of us could recite the liturgy service. We can still recite parts of
from the hymnal by heart. After all, we Luther’s Small Catechism [if prompted]
are Lutherans! We have potlucks, drink and pretty much know the answer to, generation of folks who know only
coffee, and fight a nod during the “What does this mean?” We can make that service.
sermons. Even if we lost our sight, we and eat potato salad with our eyes A few weeks ago at a Thursday
know exactly where our pew is, even closed and know that we are Missouri evening worship service one of our
during the darkness of a Good Friday Synod but don’t know where in the young acolytes was sitting on the
Tenebrae or a candlelit Christmas Eve world that name came from. bench near the front of church. The
Nothing much changes for we service was about to begin. They
Lutherans and if it does, we will be the leaned over to me and said, “Is this one
first to wonder why, since if it isn’t of those services where everyone
broke, why change it. We have fond kneels?” Then I saw the liturgical
memories, don’t we, of the old black service with new eyes!
Baptisms and white Luther movie and saw no
need to make a new one in color.
For what was once the one and only
form of worship, liturgical and out of
But sometimes things do change, the hymnal, now for some is something
and for the good even! Up until the they may never have experienced. The
Cole Garrett Hassemer
late 1990s, Our Saviour knew of only same could be said by any other young
Born: August 26, 2009
person who may be at the Praise
Baptized: October 4, 2009
one recipe for worship, one of the
Service for the first time, “Is that one of
Son of Chet and Carrie Hassemer
standard liturgies from the hymnals.
Correction: But then… change! Like taking rich the services with guitars?”
dark coffee, we poured that same Should you and your family be in a
pattern of attending one form of
Drea Lee Vincent, who was baptized
traditional message we know and love
worship at OSLC, we encourage you
in September, is the Daughter of
so well into a new colorful mug. By
Jerry and Stacey Vincent.
that I mean, the Praise Service. I’d to mix it up a bit. Consider coming to
Weddings have to check but I think we have long one of the other services, just for the
experience. There is outstanding
passed the ten-year mark since the
guitars and drums, electronic music at each, whole other mini-
congregations and new folks you will
Received their Crown
keyboards and wind instruments have
accompanied the singers at the middle meet at each service. God has blessed
service on Sundays. us richly here at Our Saviour. We’ll
That service was a hit from day look forward to seeing you in
Membership Changes one, and continues to warm the hearts worship… where every service will
of worshippers to this day. Every once be, “One of those services where we
None in awhile I realize, there is a whole hear the Good News of the Saviour”.
Our Saviour Lutheran Church– Missouri Synod Senior Pastor David H. Hatch
120 S. Henry Street email@example.com
Green Bay, WI 54302 Associate Pastor Greg Hovland
(920) 468-4065 (920) 544-3614
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Operation GOT NEWS? – Adeline, your Roving
Reporter is on the hunt for the latest scoop!
Call: 468-2061, E-mail: email@example.com
Shoe Box Collection Begins Lia Sophia Jewelry Fundraiser
“Jesus said, Let the little children come to me and do A Lia Sophia Jewelry Sale Fundraiser to benefit Our
not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to Saviour will be held in the OSLC Conference Room on
such as these.” Matthew 19:14. Sunday, November 22, from 8:30am until 12:30 pm.
Member, Maggie Hinz, will host the event. View an
Samaritan’s Purse, the sponsor of Operation Christmas online catalog at liasophia.com/mhinz.
Child, is an organization dedicated to bringing hope and
the Good News to those in desperate need around the
world. We will collect shoe boxes until the morning of Again?
November 18th. They can be dropped off at Our Saviour A minister is driving to New York from New Jersey to
until that date and then will be taken to Green Bay see a show and he’s stopped for speeding. The state
Community Church on Cardinal Lane. From there they trooper smells alcohol on his breath, sees an empty wine
will be sent to one of five U.S. Processing centers - then bottle on the seat next to him and politely asks, “Sir, have
shipped all over the world. By participating in this mission, you been drinking?” The minister replies, “Just water.”
in five easy steps, you can help bring joy and hope to The trooper asks, “Then, sir, why do I smell wine?”
children in difficult situations. The minister looks at the bottle on the seat and exclaims,
“Oh, my Good Lord, He’s done it again!”
Step 1 - find an empty shoe box or clear plastic shoe box
size box, pray for the child who will receive it God Can Make Something
Step 2 - decide on the child’s age (2-4; 5-9; or 10-14) and of Nothing
gender (boy or girl). Keep in mind, children most Once upon a time, a man went for a ride out in the
overlooked are in the 2-4 or 10-14 age groups. country with a good friend. They drove off the main
Step 3 - fill the box with a variety of gifts (see below) road and through a grove of orange trees to a mostly
uninhabited stretch of land. The driver stopped the car
Step 4 - on a piece of paper, write the age group and sex and began to describe vividly what he was going to
and lay it on top of the gift items (include a build here. He wanted his friend to buy acreage.
check for $7 payable to Samaritan’s Purse with “I can handle the main project myself, but it will
OCC in memo line) take all my money, and I would like you to buy the
surrounding acreage because in the next five years it
Step 5 - place a rubber band around your shoe box and will increase in value hundreds and hundreds of times.”
bring to church with you by the morning of The man mumbled something about a tight money
November 18, 2009. situation, some deal he was in the process of making,
while thinking: who in the world is going to drive 30
Gift wrap your box if you wish, but please wrap the miles for this crazy project? This isn’t common sense –
top and bottom separately as all boxes are opened at the this is idiocy.
processing center where the checks will be collected. The He said he’d think about it for awhile. Disappointed
money included helps defray the cost of shipping and the driver started up the car, “If you don’t move right
other expenses. Your gift is tax-deductible; please now, you’re going to be sorry.”
include your name and address if you’d like to receive And so it was that Art Linkletter turned down the
the proper form. opportunity to buy the land that surrounded what is
now Disneyland, the land his friend Walt Disney had
You may also include pictures of your family. If you
encouraged him to buy.
include your name and address, the child may write back. Likewise, when you and I are faced with what
Once the boxes are collected they are labeled and taken to appears to be “nothing”, God’s creativity can make
a nearby shipping center. From there they are sent to one something wonderful from what appears to be
of five centers in the country for the final processing and emptiness. That is just what He did at creation, and He
Continued on back page will do that in your life too, no matter what you face.
OSLC 2009 as altar guild, worship / music, youth, education,
Annual Budget Update • 2009 OSLC Giving through September (see Charts
3 and 4) – Actual year to date giving through
September is 9% short of budget (approximately
The OSLC boards and committees have submitted $37,000). The shortfalls will likely increase during
their budget requests for 2010. Our Treasurer, Gay October and
Pivonka, is assembling the expense data along with a November,
forecast of receipts into a budget format. Over the based on the
next month, Gay will work with the Board of monthly
Personnel & Finance and the Church Planning shortfalls
Council to prepare a balanced 2010 budget for over the first
presentation and approval at the Annual Voters’ 9 months.
Meeting in December. Some
The following update on the 2009 budget provides a be made in December, but not enough to make up
glimpse of what to expect in 2010: the total difference from the budget for the year.
• 2009 OSLC Budget
Receipts (see Chart
#1) – The total
budget for 2009 is
sources for receipts
are the traditional
making up 81% of
the total receipts,
sources (such as the
kitchen / coffee bar services and rentals), making
up the other 19% of the total receipts.
You can make a difference!
• 2009 OSLC Budget Expenses (see Chart #2) –
Close to 80% of the total budget expenses come It appears that meeting all of our needs in 2010 will
from the following three areas, i.e., staff salaries be a challenge based on the actual receipts so far this
and benefits (39%), mortgage payments (23%) and year. Increasing your traditional giving may be
trustee expenses (17%). Missions (9%) provide to difficult at this time. However, maybe support
the LCMS through non-traditional sources is something you
District, NEW haven’t thought about. For example, Packers servers
Lutheran High earn $50 per server for each home game. (OSLC is
School, Trinity short of servers almost every game.) Attend a Friday
Lutheran School Fish Fry. (You won’t find a better meal and service.)
and missionary Use Scrip. (It costs you nothing.) Please contact
work. The Michelle in the church office at 468-4065 for more
remaining 13% information on non-traditional sources.
of the budget
expenses come The annual voters’ meeting to approve the 2010
from the other budget will be held at 10am on December 6. Please
traditional plan to attend. Copies of the proposed budget will be
services (such available for review by November 22.
1 ALL SAINTS DAY 2No Trinity
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7:45am Trad. Worship 5:30pm Youth Board 7:00am Bible Study 3:30pm Youth Night 11:00am Bad Girls Bible 8:00am Yard
9:15am Praise Worship 9:00am Bible Study 6:00pm Praise Band Study Cleanup
9:30am Adult Confirm. 6:30pm Cub Scouts 6:00pm Confirmation 12:15pm Brown Bag 1:00pm Gym
10:30am Adult Confirm. 6:30pm Financial 6:00pm Bad Girls Worship, Parlor Rental
10:45am Trad. Worship w/ Peace Univ. Bible Study 12:45pm Staff Meeting
Holy Baptism 7:00pm Choir 7:00pm P&F Meet. 7:00pm Trad. Worship
1:00pm Gym Rental Practice Pastor Greg Vac. 8:00pm Elders Meet.
Pastor Greg Vacation Pastor Greg Vacation Pastor Greg Vac. Pastor Greg Vacation Pastor Greg Vac.
Trinity Dismiss No Trinity
8 COMMUNION 9 10 11 12 at 11:30am 13 Classess 14
7:45am Trad. Worship 7:00am Bible Study 3:30pm Youth Night 11:00am Bad Girls Bible 5:00pm Fish 1:00pm Gym
9:15am Praise Worship 9:00am Bible Study 6:00pm Praise Band Study Fry Rental
9:30am Adult Confirm. 6:30pm Financial 6:00pm Confirmation 11:30am Trinity Dismiss
10:30am Adult Confirm. Peace Univ. 6:00pm Bad Girls 12:15pm Brown Bag
10:45am Trad. Worship 7:00pm Choir Bible Study Worship, Parlor
1:00pm Gym Rental Practice 12:45pm Staff Meeting
7:00pm Council Mtg 7:00pm Trad. Worship
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7:45am Trad. Worship 6:30pm Board of Ed 7:00am Bible Study 3:30pm Youth Night 11:00am Bad Girls 1:00pm Gym
9:15am Praise Worship 9:00am Bible Study 6:00pm Praise Band Bible Study, Rental
9:30am Adult Confirm. 6:30pm Cub Scouts 6:00pm Confirmation 12:15pm Brown Bag
10:30am Adult Confirm. 6:30pm Financial 6:00pm Bad Girls Worship,
10:45am Trad. Worship w/ Peace Univ. Bible Study Parlor
Holy Baptism 7:00pm Choir 12:45pm Staff Meeting
1:00pm Gym Rental Practice 7:00pm Trad. Worship
22 COMMUNION 23 24 25 26 NO SCHOOL 27 28
7:00am Lia Sophia Jewelry 7:30pm Trinity 7:00am Bible Study 7:00pm Thanks- 9:00am Thanks- No Preschool 1:00pm Gym
Fundraiser School 9:00am Bible Study giving giving No Trinity Classes Rental
7:45am Trad. Worship w/ Board 5:00pm Gym Rental Worship Worship
Holy Baptism Meeting 5:30pm Praise Band
9:15am Praise Worship
9:30am Adult Confirm.
10:30am Adult Confirm. Peace Univ.
10:45am Trad. Worship PS Parent/Teacher 7:00pm Choir Pract.
1:00pm Gym Rental Conferences PS P/T Conferences PS P/T Conferences Office Closed
29 30 MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DECEMBER EVENTS:
December 6 – Annual Budget Voters’ Meeting at 10 am
Stewardship December 13 – Children’s Christmas Pageant at 10:45 am
7:45am Trad. Worship 5:00pm Board of
December 11 – Monthly Fish Fry
9:15am Praise Worship
December 17 – Soup Supper & Live Nativity at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 pm
10:45am Trad. Worship w/
1:00pm Gym Rental December 24 – Christmas Eve Services at 3:30 (Praise), 5:30 and 7:30 pm
December 25 – Christmas Day Service at 10:00 am
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Service at 6:00 pm
Trinity News Just for Laughs
Thank You – The Christian’s life is one of continual
thankfulness. At Trinity, we give thanks to the Lord
Sisters, I Sure Admire
for providing a safe place for children to study, grow, Your Faith!
and fail. Yes, fail. We all fail in our walk with God
every day. Praise be to Jesus, that he has taken that Two nuns who worked as nurses were coming
failure on Himself and made it possible for us to live back from a trip to an ill member when they
a life of service to Him. ran out of gas. Helplessly, they were standing
beside their car when a truck approached.
Calendar – Seeing the sisters in distress he stopped to
Nov 6 Spaghetti Dinner at Faith help. They explained the problem. The truck
Nov 7 Sing at Hope’s Auction driver said he would gladly give them some
Nov 12 Parent Teacher Conferences gas from his tank, but he didn’t have a bucket.
Nov 13 Parent Teacher Conferences One of the nurses dug out a clean bedpan and
Nov 24 Kindergarten-2nd to lead chapel for NEWLHS the helpful driver drained a couple quarts of
gas into the pan. He waved goodbye and left.
Annual Fund Appeal – This is one of the two major The nuns were carefully pouring the precious
fund raisers that we have every year. We are thankful fluid into their gas tank when a Highway
to the Lord that He has provided funds for us to help Patrol Officer arrived. The trooper stopped,
families that could not watched for a moment and shook his head in
amazement. “Sisters,” he said, “I sure do
Athletics – Boys and girls in grades 4-8 are admire your faith, this I gotta see!” The car
competing in basketball. started right up while the officer’s eyes nearly
School email – The new email address for the school
Wish list items – A sixteen year old got his driving permit. He
Portable PA System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $500(?) asked his minister father if they could discuss his
Science Models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30 each use of the car. The pastor thought for a moment,
Air Quality Test Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $27.50 then said, “I’ll make a deal. You bring your
Geology Field Trip in a Bag. . . . . . . . $40 grades up, study the Bible at least one day a week
Listening Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300 and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about it.”
Discover America Carpet. . . . . . . . . . $500 A month later the boy again asked if they could
Wall Mount for Television . . . . . . . . . $150 discuss his use of the car.
Scrip – Trinity is selling Kwik Trip Scrip. The “Son,” said the father, “I’m really proud of
school earns $0.10 for every dollar of scrip that is you. You brought your grades up, I’ve seen
purchased. The cards can be used at the pump or in you studying the Bible, but you didn’t get your
the store and can be used to purchase any Kwik Trip hair cut.”
product. Contact Ken Baumann, 655-4673, if you
would like to help the school in this way. The school The young man replied, “Dad, I’ve been thinking
has raised over $20,000 so far! It is possible for a about that. Samson had long hair, Moses had
business to purchase Scrip and still receive its long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had
rebate from Kwik Trip. long hair!”
120 South Henry Street, Green Bay, WI 54302 To which his father replied, “You are right! And
(920) 655-4673, www.greenbaytrinity.org they also WALKED every where they went!”
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The Big Picture Operation Christmas Child
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During World War II parachutes were then are sent to children. Examples of items to include:
constructed by thousands of women working in TOYS - small cars, trucks, trains, balls, dolls, stuffed
factories across the United States. The job was animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, toys that
tedious, requiring stitching endless lengths of light up or make noise (extra batteries), slinkys, crafts, etc.
colorless fabric, crouched over a sewing SCHOOL SUPPLIES - pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons,
machine eight to ten hours a day. The result of markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads/paper, solar
their work was a formless, massive heap of cloth calculators, coloring and picture books - no liquid paints.
with no visible resemblance to a parachute. To HYGIENE ITEMS - toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap
keep the women motivated, a manager in one (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc. - no lotions, liquids,
factory met with his workers each morning. medication or vitamins please.
They were reminded how many men had OTHER - T-shirts, socks, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry,
jumped to safety because of their work. He watches, flashlights (extra batteries), tools, etc., hard candy,
suggested they keep a mental picture of a family lollipops, mints, gum, - (no chocolate, tootsie rolls, gummy
member who one day might need a parachute bear-like soft candy or food items such as granola bars).
and he thanked them for their dedication. Please double bag all candy.
Don’t let the tedium of the day’s chores wear
DO NOT INCLUDE used or damaged items, war-related
you down. Keep your eyes on the big picture. items (toy guns, knives or military figures), any kind of
You may not have the answers to “Why am I snake, breakable items (snow globes or glass containers), or
here?” But you can rest assured the Lord does! aerosol cans.