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.
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:
The Backpack Buddies ministry provides elementary school children, who are food insecure, a grocery bag of healthy and easy-to-prepare foods. For many of these children, school meals may be the only reliable meals they eat during the week. Our Saviour's works with School District 59 to help feed students who need assistance on a weekly basis for the school year. We provide three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, and various snacks for the weekend when the children are not in school.
To view a list of the necessary food items for Backpack Buddies, click here for a PDF list.
Number of grocery bags filled with food donated to date: 390
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 #11.
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 #11.
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.
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 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.
Sit and Be Fit
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.
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.
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!
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. Pastor Rhonda Pruitt 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.
Click here for comprehensive information regarding the Stephen Ministry process of care and compassion here at Our Saviour’s.