I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
–John 13:34

Children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And this is his commandment: that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
– 1 John 3:18,23

We believe that Christians are called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life of service. Through acts of love, justice, worship, and witness we share God's boundless love with the world. Through our Ministries, members live out the commandment to love one another. The following Ministries are significant to the members Our Saviour's Lutheran Church:

Caring Hearts

Caring Hearts logo

The purpose of the Caring Hearts ministry is to offer short term assistance to those in need. For a detailed description of the Caring Hearts ministry please click here.

If you have the time, ability, and interest in helping and caring for others, please download the Caring Hearts Inventory PDF fill it out, and return it to the church mailbox #56.

If you could use assistance from the Caring Hearts Ministry, please download the Caring Hearts Referral PDF fill it out, and return it to the church mailbox #56.

Any questions may be directed to Lois Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 847-255-8700, ext. 233.

 

 

Global Missions

The Global Missions Committee hosts an annual Fair Trade Holiday Market; sponsors "Movie Nights" that educate, entertain, and inform; and plans an annual Global Missions Sunday, designed to educate and enlighten the congregation regarding global concerns and initiatives. 

The Fair Trade Global Market was held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.  Shoppers "shopped around the world" for fashion accessories, giftware, toys, woven goods, olive oil, coffee, tea, and chocolate! A large variety of vendors who feature exclusively Fairly Traded items displayed their goods throughout the Entryway, Gathering Space, and Fellowship Hall. Look for the Market to return in 2018!

The Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has unanimously passed a Resolution to “accept the challenge to raise one million dollars for ELCA World Hunger between June 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017.” Bishop Miller has prepared a video highlighting the Metro Chicago Synod's Million Dollar ELCA World Hunger Challenge and invites you and your congregation to participate. Click here to watch the Synod's Million Dollar ELCA World Hunger Challenge Video (2 minutes and 45 seconds long).

To view the most recent "ELCA Global Links" newsletter, click here.

To view the September Newsletter from Pastor Carrie Ballenger Smith, an ELCA missionary in Jerusalem who is supported in part by the Our Saviour's congregation, click here.

 

 

Green Team

OSLC Green Team

2014 Parade

The Green Team's mission is to help the congregation to be an intentional community celebrating and restoring creation and to actively promote ecological justice. God is present and active in the ongoing creation of the world, and the Bible tells us that our responsibility is to care for and protect the planet. Events include our recycling collection (with our own marching band) in the Arlington Heights 4th of July Parade, Green Sunday, and Green Festivals which are held here at Our Saviour's. Contact Mr. Jim Valentine, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 847-255-8700, ext. 229 for more information regarding the Our Saviour's Green Team.

 

Healing Worship Services

The 5:00 pm Worship Service on the first Saturday of each month is a service of prayer for healing. In addition to sharing the Word and Communion, this Service offers the option of individual prayers for healing and help. A Blessing of the Senses is offered in the Prayer Room following the worship service. Healing Touch sessions may also be scheduled for that day.

 

Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry

Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry at Our Saviour's is a sacred healing art that flows from the laying-on-of hands found within our Judeo-Christian tradition. Through prayer, centering, and healing intention, specially trained ministers use their hands as instruments of God's grace to enhance the body's capacity for healing and well-being.  

Click here for the  Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry brochure.

For additional information regarding Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy, click here. 

 

Health and Wellness

Chair Yoga
If you can breathe, you can do chair yoga! Inhale, exhale, stretch and bend as you release your stress with this yoga practice! This class is done seated and/or standing up, holding onto your chair. You do not have to go down to the floor. You will notice improved flexibility and increased mobility of stiff joints. Chair yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. This is a drop-in class; no registration or prior experience is required.  Wear comfortable clothes (the class is usually done without shoes) and bring a water bottle.  Mats are provided, but you may bring your own if you prefer. A $3 free-will offering is suggested for each class. Chair Yoga meets from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Wednesdays–check the church calendar! Contact Lois Nelson for more information about Chair Yoga, 847-255-8700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chair Yoga class Chair Yoga

Sit and Be Fit
This fun, low impact class will keep your muscles and joints moving. It will incorporate chair exercises that will help make your everyday activities easier. You will work on posture and core strength as well as muscle strength and endurance, flexibility, coordination, circulation and reaction time, all while sitting in or standing next to your chair. Come join this fun class! This is a drop-in class; no registration or prior experience is required. Wear comfortable clothes. Gym shoes are preferred. Bring a water bottle. A $3 free-will offering is suggested for each class. Sit and Be Fit meets from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursdays–check the church calendar! Contact Lois Nelson for more information about Chair Yoga, 847-255-8700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lutheran World Relief

Our Saviour's supports Lutheran World Relief, an organization that supports and assists communities that are struggling worldwide. One weekend a month, fairly traded coffee, tea, and cocoa is sold by members of Our Saviour's Women of the ELCA. Additionally, health kits, midwife kits, and school kits are prepared by our own Christian Service Circle for shipping and distribution through LWR. Our Quilting Circle creates quilts using donated new or used fabric, blankets, and remnants. The quilts and the kits are distributed by LWR to refugees and other people in need.

 

Military Support Ministry

The mission of the Military Support Ministry Team is to support our church members and friends who are serving in the military. The Military Support Ministry Team also sponsors occasional special guest preachers to raise awareness of the need for ministry in the military.

 

Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)

Each Saturday evening to Sunday morning, from October to April, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church provides critical services for the local homeless community by providing overnight shelter, showers, laundry facilities, a hot dinner, breakfast, and a bag lunch in a warm, safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere with respect and dignity for all.

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church is one of 18 faith-based shelter sites that is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. With close to 900 shifts to fill each season, we are always in need of new volunteers.

If you are looking for direct interaction with guests during shelter hours, consider serving dinner or breakfast. If you like to see the immediate fruits of your labor, then consider working the clean-up shift. Are you unable to contribute during shelter hours? Consider helping with food donations, or sorting clothing donations. Those who like to provide or prepare food might consider donating lunch ingredients, preparing dinner or breakfast entrees. PADS always needs more 2nd & 3rd shift volunteers!

The requirement for becoming a volunteer is attendance at a PADS training session and an orientation / tour at Our Saviour’s. PADS is a ministry of giving where each volunteer also receives. We serve God by serving others in thankfulness for all that we receive through this ministry! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry brings together members who pledge to either knit or crochet a shawl, and while they are creating it, they pray their strength into that shawl in the hopes that the recipient will physically feel the prayer of the person who created it. Shawls are presented by the pastoral staff to anyone needing the comfort of constant prayer and expression of love and concern by others. Contact Pastor Gail Heidtke, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 847-255-8700, ext. 225 if you would like to join the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

 

Social Ministry

Social Ministry is the voice of the OSLC congregation in the areas of Community Development, Social Advocacy & Justice, Food & Shelter issues and Community Education & Support. Debbie Cline is the chairperson of the Social Ministry Committee.

Click here for comprehensive list of the Social Ministries that are supported by Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.

 

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a ministry of outreach to members and friends of Our Saviour’s in times of loss or transition. Training for Stephen Ministers involves 50 hours of classroom education, which is offered once a year. Contact Pastor Gail Heidtke, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 847-255-8700, ext. 225 for more information regarding the Stephen Ministry Committee.

Click here for comprehensive information regarding the Stephen Ministry process of care and compassion here at Our Saviour’s.

 

Summer Supper Program

Fifteen volunteers staff our program on the first Wednesday of each month, June thru September from 5:30 to 8:30pm. We supply a hot supper for the homeless community, hosting generally 30-60 guests each summer month. Our menus feature the culinary talents of Our Saviour’s members, ranging from BBQs, Italian, or Mexican cuisine. Volunteers set up and prepare the meals and interact with guests. We also offer showers, clothing, and supplies to the homeless community. Our Saviour's is a part of 25 churches that supply a hot meal to the homeless in the summer months. No training is necessary. All are welcome to help serve. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

 

Worship Ministry

Members may choose to participate in the worship services as their gifts and interests allow: Altar Care members; Banner or Parament designers; Communion Assistants; Drama Team members; Greeters; Lay Readers; or Ushers. Contact Barbara Kudirka, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 847-255-8700, ext. 234 if you wish to be involved in any of these Worship Ministries.