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Let's all "Fan the Flame" of the Holy Spirit that is burning brightly at Our Saviour's by taking a moment to fill out the online Time & Talents survey.

Your response helps to connect the many gifts of our congregation with the numerous Ministry opportunities available at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.

We, the members, are co-creators with the Spirit, and together we make Our Saviour's Lutheran Church the vibrant community of faith that it is! Get involved to Make Christ Known!

For more information on each of the Our Saviour's Ministries, click on the areas below that interest you most:

Congregational Life Ministries

Health and Care Ministries

Music Ministries

Operations Ministries

Outreach Ministries

Spiritual Growth Ministries

Worship Ministries

 

Adult Education Opportunities

Adult Education

 

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Our Saviour’s Adult Education classes now come in different shapes and sizes!

You can be fed during our one-hour “Main Course” classes - offered during several Sunday worship services or during the week. You can also taste test a “Small Bites” class - offered in between Sunday worship services from 10:10 to 10:50 am. 

Main Course classes are a series of classes focused on one topic.

Small Bites classes are single classes – an interesting topic to learn about during one 50-minute session. There is no need to register for Small Bites classes, just show up!

Note: Sunday School for kids will also be offered during the 10:10 to 10:50 am time-slot, so consider taking your kids or grandkids to Sunday School and then enjoy a “Small Bites” class of your own!

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To complete the online registration for any of the current Adult Education classes, click here

To view the Fall 2017 Adult Education class description booklet, click here

To view a history of all of the Adult Education classes that have been offered at Our Saviour's from Fall 2009 to Summer 2016, click here

 

  

Women's Activities

Women of the ELCA Circles

welcaWomen's Circle Meetings gather monthly and include Bible study, service opportunities, prayer, fellowship, advocacy, and spiritual growth. New members are always welcome! On-site child care in the church nursery is available only during Tuesday Morning Circle. All Circles meet at OSLC. To view a brochure that details the purpose and activities of Our Saviour's W/ELCA Circles, click here.

  • Monday Afternoon Circle, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday Morning Circle, 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday Evening Circle, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday Morning Circle, 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Thursday Evening Circle, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

All women of the congregation (and friends!) are invited to three annual events: the Christmas Luncheon in December, the Retreat in February, and the Spring Dinner in May.

 

Annual OSLC Women's Retreat

2013 Annual Retreat

 

Quilting Circle

OSLC Quilters

In conjunction with Lutheran World Relief, this is a group of women who gather twice a month to design, create and assemble quilts made mostly from donated fabric from the congregation. The quilts distributed worldwide to those in greatest need.

 

Christian Service Circle

In response to the great need worldwide, this group of women gathers monthly to assemble school kits, health kits, and prison kits for people in need throughout the world.

 

Women's Fellowship and Bible Study

Page Turners Book Discussion

A group of women meet the first Tuesday evening of the month at 6:30 pm for a book discussion. The books may, or may not, be spiritually-based, but they're all fascinating reads that are sure to invite thoughtful discussions.

 

Celebrate the Journey

This group of women meets the second Saturday of each month, September through May, from 9:15-10:30 am at OSLC. Women of all ages are invited to experience the benefits of a small group that uses selected books as a springboard to discussion and spiritual growth.

 

Women at the Well

We meet at OSLC on the third Saturday of each month from 8:30-10:00 am to discuss certain books in the Bible to gain further insight and wisdom in a friendly group setting. All women are welcome. Bring your Bible and coffee mug!

 

Tuesday Morning Bible Study (for all women and men)

Tuesdays, from 9:00 to 10:30 am, the upcoming week's Scripture readings are explored with one of the pastors.

 

Men's Fellowship and Bible Study

Men's Fellowship

Men's Bible Fellowship meets at Our Saviour's on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 am for a light breakfast and fellowship (September through May). Beginning on Saturday, September 16, 2017, each session will include a study of "Wild Man to Wise Man". Men often have few guides to lead them on their spiritual journey, but they still do long for guides and mentors. Please join in the discussion! For more information, contact Bruce Cruz at 847-255-3508.

 

Men's Bible Study

Beginning in September the Men's Bible Study meets at Our Saviour's the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 am (September through May).  This year the video study will focus on "Reading Biblical Literature, Genesis to Revelation" by Prof. Craig R. Koester, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. The first meeting will be on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  

Prof. Koester is known for interweaving the study of biblical texts with their impact on art, literature, and music. All participants will get a chance to ponder, reflect, offer thoughts and questions, and learn together, thereby renewing our understanding and experience of Christian community within our wider world. 

All men are welcome, first-timers or veteran. These occasions are an opportunity to make new friendships and renew old ones. For more information, please contact Dan Wertz at 847-398-7755.

 

Tuesday Morning Bible Study (for all women and men)

Tuesdays from 9:00 to 10:30 am, the upcoming week's Scripture readings are explored with one of the pastors.

 

Older Adult Ministry

Current Older Adult Ministry News

Click here for the Older Adult Ministry pages from the September Parish Memo. icon

Click here for the Older Adult Ministry pages from the October Parish Memo. icon

 

Older Adult Ministry (for women and men)

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Older Adult Ministry (OAM) is a group of adults (men, women, married or single) of retirement age or older who enjoy spending time together at fellowship events such as the Soup Surprise Luncheon, Oktoberfest, and the Summer Picnic, to name a few. They also participate in Adult Education classes that address subjects pertaining to life changes that they're facing or might face in the future. For more information regarding Our Saviour's Older Adult Ministry programs, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-255-8700, ext 233.

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Lunch, Laughs, and Service - This fun group meets about every other month to share lunch, laughs and to come together to do some sort of service project that helps our community and beyond. Some examples of past service projects are handmade cards for our Military ministry to take to patients at Hines Veterans Hospital and no sew blankets made for LSSI’s Foster Care Program.

 

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New Age Connection - A group for those 50+ who are approaching or in the midst of a new age (whether it be the 2nd or 3rd phase) of life and are looking forward to what’s to come! Join us for theater outings, wine tastings, outdoor concerts and our popular events onsite: Soup Surprise, Summer Picnic, and more! We also help to provide adult education classes that focus on topics which affect these phases of life. Click here for a list of the upcoming events. Look to the "Crossroads" and website for sign ups!

 

Pastoral Care Ministry is wide-ranging in its work, and includes helping members through visitation in homes, hospitals, phone contacts, or through referrals. Weekly visitation schedules are prepared so the Pastors and several lay visitors bring care and concern to those persons who are ill, hospitalized, or who may not be able to participate in the full life of the church.

 

Harper Lifelong Learning Institute at Our Saviour's is one of the satellite locations for the 100+ classes offered through Harper’s Lifelong Learning Institute. Topics cover a vibrant range of educational experiences where a member can explore politics, humanities, current events, or history—with qualified instructors—with no exams! Most classes are completed in one or two sessions. Membership in the Institute is $35 per year, which reduces your fee for any classes for which you register. Anyone over 50 is welcome to join!

 

Chair Exercise

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.

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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.

 

Adult Social Opportunities

Adult Mixed Bowling

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The Mixed Bowling League bowls the third Saturday of each month at a local bowling alley. It is a great activity for fellowship in a friendly and fun and relaxed setting. If you wish to join the Our Saviour's Bowling League, please contact the Congregational Operations Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Bridge Group

The Bridge Group meets on a Friday night for a game of bridge and fellowship.

Adult Education

 

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Our Saviour’s Adult Education classes now come in different shapes and sizes!

You can be fed during our one-hour “Main Course” classes - offered during several Sunday worship services or during the week. You can also taste test a “Small Bite” class - offered in between Sunday worship services from 10:10 to 10:50 am. 

Main Course classes are a series of classes focused on one topic.

Small Bites classes are single classes – an interesting topic to learn about during one 50-minute session. There is no need to register for Small Bites classes, just show up!

Note: Sunday School for kids will also be offered during the 10:10 to 10:50 am time-slot, so consider taking your kids or grandkids to Sunday School and then enjoy a “Small Bites” class of your own!

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To complete the online registration for any of the current Adult Education classes, click here

To view the Fall 2017 Adult Education class description booklet, click here

To view a history of all of the Adult Education classes that have been offered at Our Saviour's from Fall 2009 to Summer 2016, click here

 

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."
–1 Timothy 4:12

 

Youth Ministries and Activities

 

Confirmation Program Documents

Click here for the Confirmation Program Overview.

 

ELCA National Youth Gathering

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Every three years, Lutheran youth from across the country travel to the ELCA Youth Gathering for a week of faith, fellowship, service, and fun. The next Youth Gathering will be held June 27 - July 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

The 2018 Gathering was scheduled to be in Houston before Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast. Now that Houston is in need of our help, this Youth Gathering is not just something our youth should want to attend, it’s a Gathering our youth NEED to attend.

Please read this letter from Pastor Pete about the importance of the service aspect of this Gathering. Imagine the impact 30,000 youth will have on Houston next summer!

For further information regarding the ELCA Youth Gathering, click here which will bring you to the ELCA Youth Gathering website.

To download a PDF registration form for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering and join the group from Our Saviour's, click here.

To view Pastor Pete's "Houston... We Have a Gathering" video, click here.

To view the ELCA 2018 Youth Gathering promotional video, click here.

To view the 2012 video of Rachel Kurtz singing "Hallelujah" that Pastor Pete shared in worship on Sunday, July 23, 2017, click here.

To view a video from Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, book author and blog writer and 2012 Gathering speaker, click here.

 

Current Youth News

Click here to view the High Schoolers' Event Calendar schedule of events for August 2017 through May 2018.icon

Click here for the Youth Ministry page from the September Parish Memo.icon

Click here for the Youth Ministry page from the October Parish Memo.icon

  

Youth Schedule of Events

Our Saviour's offers two separate Youth Groups for middle schoolers and high schoolers. All youth are welcome to join the Youth Group appropriate for their age group! Contact Youth Ministry Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to join either the Middle School Youth Group, or the High School Youth Group!

 

Youth Group Survey

Click here to take a survey which will help us determine what changes need to be made to improve Youth Group. This is an anonymous survey to be completed by all Our Saviour's high school-aged youth and current 8th graders as well. Thank you!

 

Middle Schoolers

For more information regarding Our Saviour's Youth Ministry programming for Middle Schoolers, contact Youth Ministry CoordinatorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-255-8700, ext 240.

 

Acolytes

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Young teens beginning at age 12 may participate in the Traditional Worship Service as Acolytes by lighting and extinguishing the candles, carrying the cross in and out of the worship space, and assisting during Holy Communion. Sixth graders attend new Acolyte training sessions.

 

Confirmation Program

Confirmation Confirmation

Confirmation is Christian education for all youth who are in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The Confirmation program meets on Sunday evenings September through May, 7:00-8:30 pm. Our Confirmation program features large and small group learning environments; service requirements, writing sermon reports, as well as fun activities - music, skits, and socializing.

Click here for Children's and Youth Ministry On-Line Registration.

It will open in a new window. When registration is complete, please close that window to return to this page.

 

Confirmation Camp

Seventeen OSLC Confirmation students attended an awesome week at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center in June, 2014. Click here to view the L.O.M.C. photo album from 2014.

 

G.O.D. (Giving Our Devotion) Middle and High School Choir

Giving Our Devotion is our Middle School/High School Choir. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for rehearsal. The G.O.D. Choir sings in Contemporary Worship Services periodically, about once a month, September through May. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Crosswalks

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Our annual Lenten Passion Play is open to middle school and high school actors. Crosswalks feature audience participation in the dramatic account of Jesus’s last hours before the crucifixion.

 

Retreats

  • Youth "Quake" for Middle Schoolers
    A weekend of spiritual growth, learning and fellowship.
  • Lock-in
    Our youth enjoy a night of worship and fellowship followed by a lock-in at E-Skape.
  • Camping and Canoeing
    Two day trip of tent camping and canoeing.
  • Confirmation Camp at Lutherdale
    A two day retreat filled with fellowship, team building, nature walks, and faith formation opportunities.

 

Youth Sunday

Middle School and High School Youth are responsible for the preparation and implementation of a Sunday Worship Service in February. The youth are responsible for the sermon, the children’s sermon, the ushering, and all music throughout the service. This year, Youth Sunday was on February 1, 2015. Click here to view photos from 2015's Youth Sunday.

 

High Schoolers

For more information regarding Our Saviour's Youth Ministry programming for High Schoolers, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-255-8700, ext 240.

 

Youth Group

All high schoolers are welcome to join the Our Saviour's Youth Group which meets on Sundays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Click here to view the High Schoolers' Fall 2016 schedule of events

 

High School Bible Study

High schoolers meet on Sundays at 10:30 am in the Youth Room for a Bible Study, discussion, and fellowship. Contact Mr. Mark Fasick for the current schedule of Bible Study topics and dates, 847-590-5657.

 

G.O.D. (Giving Our Devotion) Middle and High School Choir

Giving Our Devotion is our Middle School/High School Choir. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for rehearsal. The G.O.D. Choir sings in worship services periodically, about once a month, September through May. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

X-Team

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Senior High youth work together with volunteer adults to form the Xteam, which leads the contemporary music and skits for Sunday evening’s Confirmation Program's students. A meal is shared together at 5:00 pm and plans are made for that evening's program. Musicians and skit participants are needed, but sign-makers, prop managers, and collection helpers are needed as well! High Schoolers: please join in for tons of fun!

 

Crosswalks

Crosswalks

Our annual Lenten Passion Play is open to middle school and high school actors. Crosswalks feature audience participation in the dramatic account of Jesus’s last hours before the crucifixion.

 

Retreats

  • Youth "Zone" for High Schoolers
    A weekend of spiritual growth, learning and fellowship.
  • Lock-in
    Our youth enjoy a night of worship and fellowship followed by a lock-in at E-Skape.
  • Camping and Canoeing
    Two day trip of tent camping and canoeing.

 

Youth Sunday

Middle School and High School Youth are responsible for the preparation and implementation of a special worship service on a Sunday morning. The youth are responsible for the sermon, the children’s sermon, and all music throughout the service. This year, Youth Sunday was February 1, 2015. Our youth also participate in the national effort to feed the hungry, known as "Souper Bowl of Caring". Money and food is collected and distributed to those in need both locally and globally. Click here to view photos from 2015's Youth Sunday.

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