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Our Savior Lutheran Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
to confirmation camp and the Na- tional Youth Gathering. Then, we take a breath in July for people to travel and rest, and then we pick it up again in August to start all over again with a freshness and new- ness. . . . Missional River keeps on going through the summer. Thank you to so many who have respond- ed and participated in the various focus groups that have transpired over the last month. Beginning the last half of June, the LEAD team will change its attention to begin- ning to listen to the neighborhood. All those listenings – God, congre- gation, neighborhood – will come to a convergence by the final Re- treat in mid-October. We want to get ahead of the process at times and make certain decisions before the listening is completed. But we wait on the Holy Spirit as the disci- ples waited on the power from on high following Jesus’ ascension. And wow, did they get a surprise at
Inside this issue:
LEAD Team 2
New Sound Booth 2
Financial Report 2
Service of Healing 3
Janet’s Jottings 3
Social Ministry 3
Parking Lot project 3
Assembly Report 4
Afghans for Vets 5
Summer Camp! 5
June & July 2018
Greetings in the Name of Christ, our Lord and Savior,
It always amazes me how fast time keeps moving. The end of the school year is upon us and the start of summer schedules. The school year affects our church schedule and vice versa. We are intertwined as church and world. “We are in the world but not of the world.” Our values are different, and we become the leaven in the bread, the salt in the soup, the light in the darkness. The metaphors go on and on. We are aliens in a strange land, but we do not partici- pate alone. We have the Lord with us in His people and in His Spirit. We are the Body of Christ. Be the light. Be the salt. Be the leaven. . . . The first month of June and end of May always lift up our youth and children – from recognizing gradu- ating seniors to first communion classes to hosting summer camp to having a swim party to traveling
Volume , Issue
Our Savior Lutheran Church Living Faith Center
WORSHIP WITH US Worship at 9:30 AM
Coffee & Fellowship after the service. Communion is offered the first & third Sunday
of the month.
MINISTERS ALL PEOPLE OF OSLC
PASTOR STEVEN HERZBERG
ASSOCIATE IN MINISTRY JANET WEST
OFFICE MANAGER SUE WADGYMAR
MUSIC DIRECTOR KENNETH RIVENS
PIANIST RON ACEBUCHE
BELL CHOIR DIRECTOR CONNIE LAUMANN
YOUTH DIRECTOR DAWN EVERSON
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESIDENT JASON MILLIGAN
VICE PRESIDENT MEGHAN CAMPOS
TREASURER BILL MAUCK
SECRETARY VICKI DREWS
BORDER MISSIONS FRED VARNER
FELLOWSHIP JASON MILLIGAN
EVANGELISM LIZ PETERS
LEARNING & YOUTH EDWARD LONG
PROPERTY SAM MILLIGAN
STEWARDSHIP LYNN ENGEL
WORSHIP & MUSIC KELLI VANHEE
Financial reports and minutes are available in the Narthex.
It’s summer so time for good food and fellowship on the first Sundays of June and July! Bring a dish to share and we’ll eat together after worship.
Pastor’s Notes Pentecost! And wow, did the world get a reversal as well! What will our waiting and listening bring? Only God knows that at this point. Stay close to Him in prayer as we wait and listen in- tentively. . . . I want to invite you to participate in the Installation of our new pastor at St. John in San Juan. Following Pastor Sylvia de la Garza’s many years of service, the Pastor Erbey Gonza- les will be installed on Sunday, June 10
th , at 3pm
in the afternoon in St. John. We, as a congrega- tion in the Rio Grande Valley Conference of the ELCA, are invited to participate and walk along- side the congregants of San Juan. It’s also a chance to hear two sermons on that day – Janet West in the morning here and myself in San Juan later. What an offer! . . . Keep our ministries in prayer these next couple of months. Services of worship continue, activities with youth and chil- dren proliferate, the Missional River keeps on flowing! Thanks be to God! . . . Also thanks to many of you for your donations to the parking lot repair. We are about half way home on that part of the project. . . . Yes, time just keeps moving. But God’s love stays the same yesterday, today, and forever. Pastor Steve Cell phone 956-340-0020
June 3 & July 1!!
REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Healing: David Almquist, Duane Bagaus, David Bourbois, Nessa Brooks, Louise Chase, Lena Doering, Don Dunshee, Marsha Erps, Ralland Harrison, Bob & Kay McLaughlin, George Mergler, Jim Offerdahl, Alexa Peña, Pas- tor Sylvia, Irma Shafer, Sally Vis- sering, Frank Zezulka. Family Members: Norma Bilu- nas, Werner Doering. Friends of Congregation: Rene Anliker, Carrie Askins, Brianna Beasley, Levi Bolton, Tracy Cam- puzano, George Convery, Cristy Dee, Ashley Delgado, Julie Erps, Belinda Garcia, Denise Garcia, Pat Garcia, Kali Hassebrock, Gene Haynes, MaryBeth Heikes, Donna Hiltner, Ted Hochenauer, Wes Johnson, Wyatt Kamp, Barry Kelley, Fidel Monreal, Stacene Maroushek, Leann Martens, Mary Louise, John McIntire, Heidi Meerdink, Kellie Meyers, Jeff Oby, Glenn Quizon, Lola Reslow, Michelle Roby, Melissa Rodri- guez, Nancy Sandrock, Merle Thompson, Julie Traina, Valentin Family, Melody Voss, Phyllis Wells, Anne Worske, Andrew Ze- zulka. In military service: Justin Gar- cia, Jason Hiles, Justin Hiles, Bri- an Hovland, Logan McLaughlin, Christopher Otten, Ramiro Sand- oval, Michael Winter. For the Family and Friends of Fred Thunhorst, who passed from life through death to life eternal on May 14.
Financial Review for January-April, 2018 April Income Year to Date 4 months Income
Actual $26,326 Actual $117,799
Plan $30,376 Plan $123,965
Difference $ -4,050 Difference $ -6,166
April Expenses Year to Date Expenses
Actual $23,357 Actual $ 97,977
Plan $21,969 Plan $100,553
Difference $+1,388 Difference $ -2,577
Four Months Actual vs. Plan (cash flow) Income less Expense
Difference Actual $ +19,822 Planned Difference $+24,412
Operating Funds Balance $118,276 Restricted Funds Balance $55,773
Usable Operating Funds $62,503
Income for April was less than our plan by $4,050. Offerings for envelopes and loose checks were less than planned by $1,898. Other income fell short by $2,152. Ex- penses for April was a bit more than budgeted. Year-to-date Income (117,799) less expenses (97,977) is positive though, by $19,822, as we head into the leaner sum- mer months. Offerings are right where they were budgeted for the year so far, but other income is less than expected by over $6,000.
Service of Healing Join us on Tuesday, June 19 and Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This service is open to all who are in need of healing and encouragement, with pray- er, communion, anointing and laying on of hands. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:5b
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES will resume in September. It’s summer!!
THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY will continue June 14th at 10:00 a.m. We’ll take a closer look at the Gospel lessons for the week. Pastor Steve leads.
SCRIP NEWS! This is a quick reminder that our Scrip program will continue through the sum- mer. We will be taking your or- ders on Sun, May 27 and deliver- ing them on Sun, June 3 and in June order on Sunday the 24th for delivery July 1 (in time to pur- chase your July 4th food and par- ty items!). In July the orders will be taken on Sunday the 29th for delivery on August 5. Thank you for your support.
CHOICE DOLLARS: With Thrivent Choice®,
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the Thrivent website, or call 800-847-4836 or visit thrivent.com/thriventchoice. A total of
$3,680 were donated to Our Savior in 2017 through Thrivent Choice. Thank you.
NEW SOUND AND PROJECTION BOOTH!
Thank you Russ Sandry and Les Watkins.
The LEAD team is in the process of finishing up the Listening to our Congregation step. We have discussed what we’ve learned from the survey and assessment with several different focus groups and have a few more groups to meet up with. We are getting ready for the next step—Listening to our Neighborhood. Peace. LEAD Team: Pastor Steve, Janet West, Dona VanRamshorst, Kathy Salinas, Kathy Herzberg, and Mary Lovig
4 Lynn & Edith Engel
5 Duane & Verla Buenzow
5 William & Mary Curll
6 Ron & Roxanne Cheney
7 Bob & Karen Olson
8 Zane & Judy Juncker
19 Edward & Lorrie Long
27 Rudy & Verna Losoya
29 Daniel & Faith Meurrens
30 Gene & Joann Goede