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    •   1 Our Saviour Lutheran Church 120 S. Henry Street Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54302 (920) 468-4065 September 2013 MEET WINIFRED “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Meet Winifred. He’s all bent over. What hair he does have, is grey and as wild as the wind that blows through it, if it dares. Winifred has a scowl so large, he has to carry it in a wheel- barrow in front of him. Winifred is so cantankerous the dogs run when they see him wobbling down the sidewalk. The sidewalk would run too, if it could! You see, Winifred is a collector. He collects complaints. He packages comparisons in pickle jars; contentions in cigar boxes; criticisms in milk crates. He stores them on the broken shelves on every level of his mind. He doesn’t just collect complaints, he hoards them. There are only tiny footpaths in his mind between all the complaint containers. Throughout his whole life, so far, he “got this” or “did that”, all in search of “something better”. These things satisfied him for a time, but then they quickly turned into burdens or disappointments. He has collected so many regrets and dead-end decisions in his Yesterdays and worries about his Tomorrows, he trips over them as he ambles along his Todays. Winifred did not know this, but the “something better” he was searching for was an intangible, something called contentment. After never reaching contentment, and collecting only complaints, Winifred became disillusioned, One day Winifred got out his big family dictionary and crossed out the word “Contentment”. Winifred doesn’t believe Contentment exists. We may not see ourselves as extreme as Winifred, but we can understand him. We, too, know how to complain. Like Winifred, we mortals can fritter away many hours spinning about what only belongs to the past: “the good old days” or second- guessing our decisions and reliving old events. Equally, we can squander many hours [and much energy] turning over our imagination on how things will be better [or worse] in the future. These thoughts can paralyze us, and we surrender to gloom. We Are Not Alone Wasting our lives in complaint is an all too common human theme. It happened in the first family - look at Cain and Abel. One was discontent with their circumstances and wasted his, and his brother’s, life. Discontentment, often caused by comparisons, can be wasteful. Discontentment is defined as “Lack of contentment; dissatisfaction with one's circumstances.” In the 1973 film, Papillon, a man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison-island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. During a dream, Papillon, played by Steve McQueen, is accused by a judge of a crime. The selected dialog from the script is simple. Our Saviour’s Voice
    •   2 (continued from page 1) The judge says to Papillon: “I accuse you of a wasted life!” Papillon responds: “Guilty... guilty... guilty...” When we look deep, this tendency to waste our lives in compliance is caused by a sin- sick soul. Which Do You Pay Attention To – Burdens or Blessings? We might feel content one moment and distressed, anxious or worried the next. Some would say that their “burdens shout louder than their blessings”. Similarly, our focus often is more attracted to what is wrong than what is right. That brings us to comparison, depression and perhaps resignation. That thinking instills the tired old lie, “I will be [or I was] happy when…” Might this collection of complaints be called discontentment? But What About Contentment? But what about contentment? Is it possible? Yes, for the long run. Remembering that the New Testament was written in Greek will assist us in mining for some wisdom here. The Greek word used in the New Testament for contentment, or being content, is “Autarky”. That word means “self- sufficient”, or free “from external dependencies”, “free internally, even from external circumstances”. This is the word that St. Paul uses here… Philippians 4:11 – “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content [to have autarky, self- sufficiency, to be free of external dependencies].” And Paul goes on to explain this deeper, in verse 12: “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” And the secret is revealed, that real “autarky” is the life centered in Christ. See verse 13: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Simple Advice From The Scriptures Hebrews 13:5-6 – Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” I Timothy 6:6-8 - Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. Leaving with Empty Pockets You may recall, we have spoken of the early church guys, and especially the men called “The Desert Fathers”. These are men who, during the early days for the faith, often under great duress and persecution, often in crucible circumstances, described an inner contentment not found in external objects or situations. That is what St. Paul is talking about, “I have learned the secret of contentment…” As we mentioned in the recent article about the Oregon Trail, some of the early church folks talk about leaving here with “Empty Pockets”. They would bury their loved one in Baptismal garments that had no pockets. In reality, we leave here with no pockets at all, “Naked we came into the world and naked we shall leave…”
    •   3 (continued from page 2) Living with Empty Pockets Now, we take that thinking back to the daily life. Nothing we have is ours, it is God’s, and it is on loan to us, entrusted to our care for a time. Our parents and grandparents could take nothing with them, neither can we. No matter if we store up barns full of provisions and treasures for the future, we are not even guaranteed the next day. See what Job, a mighty sufferer said of life with no pockets… Job 1:20-21 - Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” In Philippians chapter 4, St. Paul talks about being internally content no matter the external circumstance. That is an intriguing concept. Winifred would trip over that one, for sure! There are key words he uses in those verses: “Secret”, “Contentment”, “No matter” and “Circumstance”. Wowsers! Let’s look for those words… Philippians 4:11-13 - Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” But there is another key word, “Learned”. St. Paul, like us, matured in his faith over time. His hardships [Recall the words, “Tentatio” and “Anfechtung” = Suffering] were his instructors. This contentment did not come instantly for St. Paul. He had to learn it! And it does not for us either. See St. Paul’s use of the word “Learned” in the same identical text… Philippians 4:11-13 - Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Paul tells us that his suffering has been a teacher, an instructor. We talked about this in last month’s article that “Suffering Sharpens”. It would seem very apparent that Paul’s “learning the secret of contentment” was indeed learned, the instruction of the School of Hard Knocks. We know this again as Anfechtung and Tentatio [German and Latin, respectfully] for suffering. Look how St. Paul describes sufferings as humbling, faith-producing experiences… Romans 5:3-5 - More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Ok, so Paul suffered. Everyone does. Well said. Yet I think we would agree, Paul’s suffering was extraordinary, exceptional and excessive. Here what he tells us…
    •   4 (continued from page 3) 2 Corinthians 11:23b-30 – “…with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. Does being content come fast to us? Probably not. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:11-13 that he had to learn it. Wowsers! That is a revelation! The bottom line? Know that if you find yourself discontent and complaining, you are a mortal. Know that the closer you get to Christ, by faith, the more content you will find yourself. Know that, like Paul, your struggles can be used as instructors to teach you to rely on Christ and build your faith, and contentment will follow. We learn contentment is not the goal. A deeper relationship with Christ is the goal, and contentment comes as a byproduct. Struggles keep us humble and that humility keeps our faith dependent on Him. An exercise in learning contentment is to do what our Lord suggested, go into a room alone, away from everything and everyone and pray. In this setting, you are free from distractions except those your mind stirs up. To be alone, with nothing, and focus on deep prayer with Christ, that is the secret of contentment. Paul, in prison, had plenty of time to do just this. Next time we begin to resemble Winifred, collecting complaints, let’s take those crates of bitterness to the curb and start to give thanks in all circumstances. Then we are trusting Christ, no matter what is going on around us.   Pastor Dave SEASON ENDS WITH CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP The Division 3 Our Saviour Softball team beat Peace Lutheran in the Consolation Championship game on August 4. After a 4-3 regular season, they lost their first playoff game to Calvary (Abrams), but then beat Spring Lake/Resurrection and Peace Lutheran in the Consolation bracket. In the Championship team picture: Back Row-Cory Merryfield (manager), John Chamberlain, Paul Cantwell, Tony Teebo, Steve Rusch / Middle Row-Michelle Burhite, Tony Cantwell, Mike Hinz, Joe Ramel / Front Row-Paul Kuehl, Jacob Merryfield (batboy), David Cantwell, Aristana and Maise Hinz Missing-Tyler Chamberlain, Courtney Peterson, Sara Merryfield
    •   5 THIS NEWSLETTER IS SEEKING AN EDITOR  Do you want to serve our Lord in a creative way? Do you have experience in layout and design and editing? OSLC is seeking someone special to serve as the Editor of this newsletter, The Voice. We want to thank Mark Stone, who did a fantastic job for us. Mark and his new wife have moved and that leaves the Editor position open. Interested? See Pastor Dave or email him at dave@oslc-gb.org. LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE We thought you might be interested to know how much your mites help and where your money goes…here’s a current summary: Where does my mite money go? Mission Grants for 2012-2014  Walking with Victory, Quinn, Mich. PAID $20,000  NWD Professional Church Work Student Grant 1/2 PAID $25,000  Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. PAID $10,000  Every Kid to Camp PAID $10,000  Lutheran Blind Mission, Gresham, Wis. PAID $4,000  Deaf Ministry Needs to North Wisconsin, Minnesota North & North Dakota Districts PAID $15,000  Shipping Medical Supplies, Health Ministries, Minneapolis,Minn. PAID $12,000  Special Times of Need Program – LCFS PAID $10,000  Orphan Grain Train PAID $9,000  N.E.W. Lutheran High School Tuition Assistance PAID $10,000  Bethesda Lutheran Hospital Nursing School, Ambur, India $15,000  Trinity/HOPE – Haitian Feeding Program $5,000  Dream Catcher Youth Group, Lutheran Indian Ministries $2,500  Reaching the Unreached Kazakhs of Mongolia $2,500 CHICKS WITH STIX – All dresses, dolls, tote bags, etc. for Haiti are due on September 8. There are more dress kits in the purple tub; help yourself. We need more people to knit or crochet; we’ll need dolls, plus hats, scarves, and mittens to donate this winter the area’s needy families. Yarn and patterns are available. Contact Caroline Arndt at 468-3140 with questions.
    •   6 SEPTEMBER AND THE FALL/SCHOOL CALENDAR ARE HERE Our annual Fall Rally/Fall Kickoff will be held Sunday, September 8, 2013 and there will be no 10:45am service. Everyone is invited to the gym to learn about volunteer and other opportunities at Our Saviour. Join us for a potluck dinner as well; it all begins at 9:00am. BOARD/COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Make sure you are working with your group to have a table manned and set up with appropriate materials for this congregation wide event! Confirmation classes for 7th and 8th graders will begin on Wednesday, September 11 at 6pm. New students should complete a registration form and return it to the church office before the first day of class. If you did not receive a packet from the church, please call the church office at 468-4065. Returning 8th graders can complete forms on their first night back to class. The first day of Sunday School will be September 15. Sunday school children and their families are invited to the 9:15am Worship Service. After the Children’s Message, the children leave to attend Sunday school classes until 10:30am. Registration forms can be printed from our website or pick one up in the office hallway. Please return completed forms to the church secretary’s mailbox. Our wonderful monthly fish fries will be back in full swing beginning Friday, September 13. A few things may change but the great food, including deep fried perch and baked cod, will remain. To volunteer, talk with Pastor Greg or Kitchen Greg (Ammerman) or call the church office. If you are on the Fish Fry Prep team, plan to meet in the kitchen at 4pm on Thursday, September 12. The home Packer games this season kick off on Sunday, September 15 at 12pm against the Seattle Seahawks. Volunteers are needed to work in a Club Level (temperature controlled 4th floor) food booth. If interested in working, contact Neil Burmeister at 866-9088 for information on training and uniform requirements. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old. We need to bring 21-25 workers per game; additional workers may be asked to work elsewhere in the stadium, resulting in extra funds being earned for Our Saviour. Please consider volunteering for a game or two!    October 2013 OSLC Usher Schedule Day: Date: Service: Lead Usher Team: Thu. 03-Oct 7:00 pm C. Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 06-Oct 7:45 am M. Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph Hoerchler Sun. 06-Oct 9:15 am D. Wians Lonnie Peerenboom; Davis LaMarche; Dan Richer; †UN; †UN Sun. 06-Oct 10:45 am G. Buechner Carmen Leuthner; Lloyd Leuthner; Rich Spangenberg Thu. 10-Oct 7:00 pm P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN Sun. 13-Oct 7:45 am A. Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 13-Oct 9:15 am R. Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany Duff; Brian Duff; Chelsea Vande Hei; Rachel Vande Hei Sun. 13-Oct 10:45 am M. Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft Thu. 17-Oct 7:00 pm N. Krueger †UN; †UN; †UN Sun. 20-Oct 7:45 am J. Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; †UN Sun. 20-Oct 9:15 am D. Bitters Robin Williams; Frank Helebrant; Don Schultz; Shelly Williams; Trey Boerschinger Sun. 20-Oct 10:45 am R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Thu. 24-Oct 7:00 pm C. Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 27-Oct 7:45 am M. Dalebroux Andrew Prescher; Al Brietlow; Barry Dalebroux Sun. 27-Oct 9:15 am W. Chamberlain Randy Dyle; Roxanne Dyle; Alex Chamberlain; Nathan Scholz; Mitch Waniger Sun. 27-Oct 10:45 am G. Buechner Carmen Leuthner; Lloyd Leuthner; Rich Spangenberg Thu. 31-Oct 7:00 pm P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN † UN -Usher Needed: If you'd like to volunteer as an usher; Please contact the Lead usher of the group you'd like to join, Or, contact Rich Spangenberg (920) 857-3014 or email "spangenr.ret@uwgb.edu"
    •   7 OFFICIAL ACTS Baptisms Jase Robert Flynn Born: October 27, 2013 Rededicated: August 11, 2013 Son of Bret and April Flynn Weddings Elizabeth Bruhn and Justin Schuettpelz United at Our Saviour on August 2, 2013 FALL BIBLE SALE The annual Fall Bible Sale from Concordia Publishing House is here. Please check the order form on the office hallway bulletin board; if you have questions about the cover options or the different children’s Bibles available, please contact cph.org or the church office at (920) 468-4605 or info@oslc-gb.org. The order will be placed on September 30, 2013 so please write in your order by Sunday, September 29. THRIVENT COLLECTS ‘TREATS’ FOR VETERANS The Northeast Brown County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will collect items from October 1 to November 10 for the ‘treat cart’ at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI. Aside from the items below, you are welcome to include letters of thanks and encouragement! Please consider gathering some of the following items. Please bring all donations to church and place in the appropriate bins near the coatroom. Facial Tissues Bar Soap Shampoo Lotion Body Wash Conditioner Stick Deodorant Toothpaste Toothbrushes Socks (men/women) Writing Tablets Envelopes Puzzle Books (large print) Word Search (large print) Pens and Pencils Hair Combs Tote bags for wheelchairs (backs and arm rests) COME SEE A COMFORT DOG It’s the LWML Fall Rally at Our Saviour on Saturday, October 19. Join women from other Lutheran churches at the Fall Rally: - Enjoy food and folks - Learn and be entertained by skits - Meet a ‘comfort dog’ and find out what they do For more information, contact Sandy Groth at (920) 468-0665.
    •   8 DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS? Come to “Answers...with Ken Ham” at Our Saviour and you will! This dynamic and challenging 12-part DVD series upholds the authority of the Bible from its very first verse. Powerful, foundational teaching that equips Christians to defend their faith against the onslaughts of evolutionary humanism! Must viewing for every teen and every family leader. Featuring Ken Ham, internationally known speaker and leading apologetics author on the accuracy and authority of the Scriptures, this fast-paced and sometimes humorous series provides solid answers to the most-asked questions about the Bible-particularly the book of Genesis. You'll think more biblically in all areas of life after viewing this Bible- honoring series. These well-illustrated presentations will teach you how to reconnect the Bible to the real world! Specially filmed and formatted to run in 30-minute segments titled: · Is Genesis Relevant Today? · Did God Create in Six Literal Days? · Why Is There Death and Suffering? · Is There Really a God? · Do the Animals "Evolve"? · Where Do the "Races" Come From? · What Is the Only Answer to Racism? · Dinosaurs-In the Bible? · How Can We Raise Godly Children? · Fossils and the Flood-What's the Connection? · How Can We Evangelize a Secular World? (Part 1) · How Can We Evangelize a Secular World? (Part 2) Answers…with Ken Ham will be shown to the Level II Confirmation class on Wednesday nights at 6pm beginning on September 11 with a repeat of the weekly video and discussion on the following Sunday at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to come interchangeably on Wednesday or Sunday as it works in their schedule. If attending the Wednesday class, it is important that you plan to be five minutes early so the class can begin on time. ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ COME ON IN!! During office hours (Monday thru Friday 8am – 4:30pm), please use the South entrance (the triple, handicap access doors off the big parking lot). The east doors (under the overhang) are typically accessible only during service and special event times. Most doors at OSLC remain locked during the day for security reasons. They are not easily monitored by the office. You may use the other doors anytime with a key.  
    •   9 The Truth Project Returns    In the film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the story begins with Dr. Jones, a well‐known adventurer‐ archeologist, directing his college students to two vastly different classrooms. He says, “Archaeology is the search for fact... not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall. If you want the facts, follow me.” Here, we want to focus on Truth. “What is Truth?”, asked Pontius Pilate to Jesus. And that is the question of most philosophers.     For a world without Christ, truth changes with the winds of opinion, culture and perception. For the Christian,  Christ is Truth and His Word is Truth. Christ brings us unchangeable Truth.    Our Saviour will, once again, offer a special class called The Truth Project.  It was created by Focus on the  Family. It is not for everyone, but it may be for you.  It is for you if:     You like to learn and you would enjoy some studying at home between classes   You wish to commit to something that can have a deep stretching change in your thought‐life and world  perspective   You long to have a deep discipleship with Christ   You wish to interact with other Christians and build life‐long friendships    We will offer the classes this year on Wednesdays from 6‐8pm. The first class will be on September 11 meeting  weekly thru December 11 (no class on November 27 due to Thanksgiving).    This class is offered to members of Our Saviour and other congregations. If you would like to commit to this  class, enroll today by calling the church office at (920) 468‐4065 or sending an email to info@oslc‐gb.org. If  you want more information, visit the Truth Project website at http://www.thetruthproject.org/    ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪   CHOIR RETURNS IN SEPTEMBER Get your voices ready to sing to the Lord! Choir practice returns on Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm. This session will run through Christmas, and then another session will pick up in January for the remainder of the school year. Want to join? It’s easy. Contact Judy O’Grady, Music Director, at 469-0948, or just show up at the first practice. Samuel 22:50 - “For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations, and sing praises to your name.         KIDS ONLY SALE, JUST EIGHT MONTHS AWAY!  As summer winds down, and you prepare the kids’  wardrobes for the cooler weather and back‐to‐ school, I bet you’re shaking your head as you realize  just how much the munchkins have grown. The  good news? You can make a real difference by  giving that old wardrobe a new life! It’s never too  early to donate items for the Kids’ Only Sale! Each  year, proceeds from this sale are donated to Our  Saviour’s Sunday School and Preschool programs.  We accept anything  kids‐related, baby through  high school, as well as maternity clothing.  Items  can be brought to church M‐F, 8‐4pm, and placed in  the hall by Michelle’s office.  Please “like” us and   share our page on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/OSLCKidsSale.  You  can contact Maggie Hinz at 920‐265‐6432 or  laughterandblessings@gmail.com with questions or  to receive an email invitation to the  Facebook page.   
    •   10 Our Saviour Lutheran Launching Groundbreaking Bible Reading Campaign Join Thousands Nationwide Participating in The Story The Bible is central to our faith, but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. The Story gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 weeks so everyone understands God’s story and how their story intersects with it. The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people are actually reading it? A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day. We are hoping to reverse this trend. Your pastors believe that The Story, a Zondervan best-seller, is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God’s. Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel. We want the people at Our Saviour, as well as the region around us, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story. The Story Church Campaign is a unique program providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and up to 31 weeks of corresponding sermons. When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. With thousands of participating churches nationwide, The Story is becoming a movement that is bringing wide- ranging benefits to local churches. Many have reported increased community outreach, increased Biblical literacy, congregational growth and a greater understanding of how God’s story reveals the reasons for the things that happen in man’s story. YOUR INVITATION TO THE STORY Join us and experience The Story. Come at 7:45am (before the 9:15am service) on Sunday mornings or join us at 9:15am (after the 7:45am service/before the 10:45am service) beginning on Sunday, September 22. Sermons will follow the topic of each week’s message of The Story.
    •   11 ** HELP WANTED ** Want to serve the Lord? Want to share your talents with our youth? Want to be part of something EXCITING, FULFILLING AND REWARDING? Want it to be FUN, EASY and PART-TIME? If you said YES, then we have the place for YOU!! Come join a very special group of people as a ** Volunteer Sunday School Teacher ** We need Sunday School Teachers in almost all grades (pre-K thru grade 6). What we need:  A willingness to share your time with our youth.  Bible knowledge is NOT required What can we offer?  All lessons are pre-planned; materials and planning are provided  Work in teams so you are not required to teach EVERY Sunday This is so rewarding not only for the youth but also for those who teach. Our teachers can share with you their many stories of how they too have been rewarded. Teachers (age 18 and older) and helpers (jr. high and high school) are welcome!  To volunteer, please contact: Julie Rusch, Sunday School Director, (920) 406-9077   SUPER SALE A HUGE SUCCESS    Wow, that was a lot of work but, thankfully, there  were many hands to help!    A very heartfelt thank you to everyone who  donated merchandise, contacted volunteers, set up  tables, loaned us tables, brought merchandise up  from the basement storage, examined, washed and  tagged the merchandise, made cinnamon rolls and  sloppy joes, worked in the kitchen, cashiered,  bagged, carried out, roamed the gym and closely  watched the shoppers, set out and took down signs  and flyers, entered sale information on the internet,  boxed remaining merchandise, took down tables  and swept the gym. And all those who shopped and  ate, too! Hope I didn’t forget anyone!    All remaining merchandise was donated to  Bethesda Thrift Shop, so your donations will go on  to continue to raise money for Bethesda Lutheran  Homes and we start with a clean slate.     Our combined efforts brought in approximately  $4,700.00!  As important as the money we earned,  is the friendships that were made and the good will  we spread in the community.    Over and over again we heard compliments on  what a clean and well organized sale we have.   Many people look forward to our sale every year.   With that in mind, please begin saving for next  year’s sale.   Remember, all merchandise should  be clean and in good working order.  We do not take  clothes, TV’s or computer monitors (except flat  panel), cribs, mattresses or encyclopedias.    Your donations can be brought down to the large  basement storage area. Boxes are available near the  door so that you can box your donations so they are  stackable. This saves room for more items to be  brought in throughout the year. You can also store  it at your home until next summer when we set up  the gym again! The date of the sale will be Saturday,  August, 16th, 2014.  Mark your calendars now! 
    •   12 OSLC THANKS OUR SPONSORS! Advertisements in the business directory help Our Saviour defray the cost of ‘The Voice” each month. If you would like to advertise, please contact Michelle in the Church office at (920) 468-4065 or info@oslc-gb.org. Please support the sponsors who help support us. “Our Saviour’s Voice” is published monthly by Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Vacancy Editor, DH Hatch. Please feel free to contact the church office with constructive suggestions and/or comments at info@oslc-gb.org. Thanks to those who have already commented! We are always seeking more congregational input and submissions. Staff Senior Pastor – David H. Hatch (920) 609-0248 dave@oslc-gb.org Associate Pastor – Greg Hovland (920) 544-3614 greg@oslc-gb.org Church Office – Michelle Burhite (920) 468-4065 info@oslc-gb.org Preschool Director – Christina Scholz (920) 468-3596 christina@oslc-gb.org
    •   13 HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE? COMING SOON: How Should We Then Live? classes to be held on Wednesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 10:30am, beginning January 8. The idea of the project, How Should We Then Live?, both as a film documentary and as a book, was conceived in 1974 and completed in 1976. In the Acknowledgements, Francis Schaeffer writes about the idea behind the project: “Using my study, over the past forty years, of Western thought and culture as a base, we could attempt to present the flow and development which have led to twentieth-century thinking and, by so doing, hope to show the essential answers.” The subtitle to How Should We Then Live? is “The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture.” Starting from ancient Roman times, tracing man’s development throughout the Middle Ages, going to the Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment, he shows the steps which led to the modern era. (Review by Jacob Schriftman, Author of The C.S. Lewis Book on the Bible: What the Greatest Christian Writer Thought About the Greatest Book) Those of you that participated in The Truth Project will find this series to be similarly thought-provoking as you develop a world-view. This series will expand our understanding of how we got where we are politically, socially and culturally. No sign up necessary. Don’t miss it!  EASY TO USE CALENDAR FOR BUSY DAYS AT OUR SAVIOUR Wednesdays (beginning September 11)** 6:00pm – 7:30pm Level I Confirmation – Classroom 1 6:00pm – 7:30pm Level II Confirmation – Fellowship Hall 6:00pm – 7:00pm Answers…w/Ken Ham – Fellowship Hall 6:00pm – 8:00pm The Truth Project – Nursery 6:00pm – 8:00pm Praise Band Practice – Sanctuary Sundays (beginning September 15) 7:45am – 8:45am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary 7:45am – 8:45am Bible Study: The Story – Parlor 9:15am – 10:15am Praise Worship – Sanctuary 9:15am – 10:15am Bible Study: The Story – Parlor 9:30am – 10:30am Sunday School – Education Wing 10:30am – 11:30am Answers…w/Ken Ham – Fellowship Hall 10:45am – 11:45am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary ** Youth night and meal information is not yet available; check weekly bulletins for more information coming soon.
    • September 2013 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 7:45am Trad Worship 9:15am Praise Worship 10:45am Trad Worship 2 Labor Day Office Closed 3 7am Bible Study 9am Bible Study 3:30pm V-Ball Games 7pm Elders 3PK – 1st Day 4 12pm Staff Meeting 6pm Praise Band 4K – 1st Day 5 12:15pm Worship 7pm Trad Worship 6 7 8 MITE BOX SUNDAY 7:45am Trad Worship 9:00am Fall Rally-Gym 9:15am Praise Worship 9 6pm P&F 6:45pm Council 10 7am Bible Study 9am Bible Study 7pm Choir Practice 11 3:00 pm Youth Night 6pm Praise Band 6pm The Truth Project 6pm Confirmation and Ken Ham Series 7:30pm Youth Board 12 12:15pm Worship 4pm Fish Fry Prep 4pm V-Ball Games 7pm Trad Worship 13 5pm Monthly Fish Fry 14 15 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sun School 10:30am Ken Ham 10:45am Trad Worship 12pm Packers HOME 16 7pm Board of Education 17 7am Bible Study 9am Bible Study 3:30pm V-Ball Games 7pm Choir Practice 18 12pm Staff Meeting 3:00 pm Youth Night 6pm Praise Band 6pm The Truth Project 6pm Confirmation and Ken Ham Series 19 12:15pm Worship 7pm Trad Worship 20 21 22 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sun School 10:30am Ken Ham 10:45am Trad Worship 23 6:30pm GBLSA 7pm Stewardship 24 7am Bible Study 8am OLM Meeting 9am Bible Study 3:30pm V-Ball Games 7pm Choir Practice 25 12pm Staff Meeting 3:00 pm Youth Night 6pm Praise Band 6pm The Truth Project 6pm Confirmation and Ken Ham Series Trinity Picture Day 26 9am Preschool and 4K Picture Day 12:15pm Worship 7pm Trad Worship 27 3:30pm V-Ball Games 28 29 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sun School 10:30am Ken Ham 10:45am Trad Worship 30 6:30pm Altar Guild SCRIP SALES/VACATION NOTICE – Michelle will be out of the office on Friday, August 30 as well as Monday, September 9 thru Friday, September 13. SCRIP will not be available for purchase or pick up on these days. *THE STORY – Beginning September 15, join us for this 31-week series during the 7:45am or 9:15am Bible study times on Sunday mornings. The sermons will follow The Story topics for each day. PACKERS – Volunteers are needed to work at Lambeau Field for all Packer home games. If interested, please contact Neil Burmeister at 866-9088 or call the church office at 468-4065.