"What Else Can We Say?" "I
thank my God every time I re-
member you..." (Philippians 1:3)
What else can Mary Alice and I
say? We are grateful for your
kindnesses and understand-
ingyour notes and cards and
prayersduring the recent fam-
ily experiences of the death of
our father, Virgil Nipper, and
the news about the upcoming
surgeries for our daughter-in-
While we are away, we will con-
tinue to pray for you all, know-
ing that you will be in faithful
and capable hands of Pastor Ed
and our wonderful staff of OSLC
(Cindy, Melissa, and Carolynn).
For them, I am very thankful!
What else can we do but pray?
God is our strength and our ref-
uge. If we do not rely on Him in
every situation, we will fail. But,
with Him by our side, "all things
work together for good to those
who love the Lord." (Romans
8:28) What else is there to say?
We're very appreciative for the
understanding of such a caring
congregation. Because of our
absence you have been very ac-
cepting of changes (worship
times in particular) that we had-
n't thought we would have to
make. It is such a help to our
wonderful leaders (your Con-
gregational Council) that you
are so thoughtful about these
things. How else can we share
our love than saying thanks?
As our family experiences what
lies ahead in the next month or
two, we will try hard to keep
you aware of what is happening.
That way, our prayers together
can be even more helpful to
God and to us as we know what
exactly is needed each day.
How else can we pray together?
God's peace be with you all. We
will miss being with you, but we
will be with you in spirit! God's
love (and our love for one an-
other) has no limits when it
comes to distance. What else
can we say?
We can say this: Remember
God loves you and so do we!
Worship Schedule Starting September 18
9:00 am-Traditional Worship
10:00 am-Sunday School
11:00 am-Heart Song, Contemp.
Pastor Jim Nipper, Senior Pastor
Pastor Ed Myers, Associate Pastor
Carolynn Bailey, Music Director
Melissa Malenda, Parish Nurse
Cindy Watkins, Office Admin.
Tony Mowell, Heartsong Leader
Council and Officers
Mitch King, President
Sean Golden, Vice President
Patty Wessner, Secretary
Richard Koepper, Treasurer
Curtis Van Hooser, Fin. Secretary
Marcy Aaroen, Christian Ed.
Brenda Whitson, Outreach
Tedd Stephens, Property
Jay Stafford, Finance
Nancy Shilling, Social Ministry
Kathy Robinson, Worship/Music
Tom Marshall, Shepherds
Kathy Leonard, Youth Ministry
Lewis Wessner, Youth
Our Saviour Lutheran Church
212 Sunset Drive
Johnson City, TN 37604
News articles are due by September 21 to appear in Octobers New-Sense.
What Else Can We Say?
Pastors Ed and Jim are interested in meeting with
anyone who has an interest in OSLC. We would
love to sit down with all potential new members
and help you get acclimated with this new family.
Send us an email, text message or speak to us in
person and we will set up a time to meet.
Highlights from August 8, 2016
Attendance for July-August:
Date 9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Total
July 31 101 72 173
August 7 103 52 155
August 14 92 51 143
August 21 117 56 173
Average-161 for the last week of July and 3 weeks
Council Highlights August 8, 2016
Nancy Shilling opened with devotions.
Discussed upcoming dates and offered thank you's which are found in this newsletter.
Approved minutes and monthly reports of council.
Tabled discussion on a pictorial directory.
Barry Fetterolf shared architectural drawings for updating the church building. They will be displayed for the congregation to see before the next congregational meeting.
Emergency Plan is being structured. Council to take the lead in this process.
Fall worship scheduled was discussed. It was approved to change the Sunday Schedule to the following:
9 a.m. traditional worship
10 a.m. Sunday School
11 a.m. Heartsong worship
Closed with the Lord's Prayer.
Next council meeting will be September 12, 2016.
Music News from Carolynn
Dear OSLC Family,
Its been a hot summer, but with the rain today the temperature
rests now in the 70s and it feels great! The rain knocked many
leaves off my trees making my yard look like autumn has al-
ready arrived! Im not fooled, but I cant help but know that the
season is waning!
I look forward to another year of great choir music, working
with children of all ages, and preparing the programs that
weve come to expect and enjoy. Ive met with our PDO music
team as well as with Marcy, our Christian Ed. Director. I have
also met with Tony and the Heartsong Band as we collaborate on a special 9/11 remembrance.
Our special Reformation worship will be thrilling with brass ensemble and extra choir singers
from our sister congregations in the deanery. Weve got some wonderful plans and I hope that
you will be supportive and pleased.
You, as a singing congregation, were paid the highest compliment by our substitute organists
this summer! I am so very proud of you keep up the good work and raise our rafters in praise
whenever we meet in worship!
The choir door is always open! We need more singers to help share praise through music. We
have plenty of chairs and enough copies of music. Ongoing rehearsals are each Wednesday at
7:00 p.m. Please come the pay is not great but the benefits are out of this world!
Blessings and peace,
10 Commandments for Choirs
I. Thou shalt open thy mouth to sing, and not to complain or bear false witness.
II. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors voice, but neither shall thou become overly impressed
with thine own.
III. Thou shalt not try to steal the show, for it is God thou art honoring and not thyself.
IV. Thou shalt honor practice night and keep it free, for a good choir is made not born.
V. Thou shalt remember where thou art during Sunday worship and keep it holy. A giggling,
chattering choir is an abomination to the Lord, a worry to the
pastor, and an irritation to the choir director.
VI. Thou shalt look up at the choir director while singing not show-
ing hair parts and dandruff.
VII. Thou shalt not put off joining the choir, for it is a service.
VIII. Thou shalt not make a joyful noise unto the Lord with a sour face.
IX. Thou shalt not kill thy choir by competing with the choir director
for his or her job.
Volunteers for September
Lector Schedule for the Month of September September 4, 11Helen Fetterolf September 18, 25Peg Pickens
Ushers for September 4th Peg Pickens, Janeen Pennell, Dee & Parnell Freeman 11th Peg Pickens, Janeen Pennell, Dee & Parnell Freeman 18th Tom Marshall, Dale Cannon, Dee & Parnell Freeman 25th Dale Cannon, Tom Marshall, Dee & Parnell Freeman
1st weekDebbie Seifert, Berla Smith
2nd week-Jean Loveday, David Chalkley 3rd weekChristy Huff, Ken Diehl
4th week-Joe & Lu Mattson
Lay Eucharistic Ministers for September
4, 11thTedd Stephens
18thRichard Koepper 25thPat Wolf
Communion Assistants for September
4th-Mitch King, Patti Neas, Fred & Sylvia Beckelhimer 11th-Mitch King, Patti Neas, Fred & Sylvia Beckelhimer 18th-Ken Diehl, Michael Leonard 25th-Ann Smith, Patty Neas
Altar Guild for the month of September Ann Smith and Berla Smith
September Families of the Week 4th Don & Barbara Clemons; Jenny and Jim Everhart
11th Grady, Mandy, & Caleb Hoyle Parnell & Diana Freeman
18th Matt, Cat, Logan, Easton, Nolan, Maryn Hopper Audrey, Jason, Bailee, Brody Jarrett
25th David and Martha Herting; Bob and Lucy Terry
Altar Flowers for September Traditional Heartsong 11th Ken/Marcia Peters 11thHuffs 25thTom/Susan Marshall
Hospital Visitor List for September 4th Farst 11th Peters 18th Jones 25th Mattson
Library Committee All of September Dorla Brunke
Prayer Shawl Team for September 4thBeverly Gugliotta, Nancy Shilling, Patty Neas 11th-Phyllis Farst, Lu Mattson, Berla Smith, Jan Ecklund 18thCheryl Milliken; Trudy Blackmer, Betty Chalkley 25th-Mary Ann McGaughey, Judi Boebel, Marilyn Proffitt
Nurserywe need volunteers every week, please sign up!
High Road, Confirmation Class
10 a.m. Sunday Mornings
Our middle school students, those in 5th-8th grades will be part of our High Road Confirmation Class. This is a shift from a two-year program to a four-year learning peri-od. Time is built in this class for sharing what is going on in life, as well as learning about the Creeds, the Ten Com-mandments, The Lords Prayer, Why and How We Wor-ship, Baptism, Holy Communion, and The Bible. As part of this class we have added some special opportunities and requirements.
* Each student will choose a mentor during their first year. The mentor is typically a member of OSLC.
* Students in 6th grade and up are encouraged to partici-pate in our Youth Group
* Students in 7th and 8th grade are expected to partici-pate in a Summer camp program that is funded by OSLC. We have three excellent camp opportunities that are al-ready approvedAffirm, Lutheridge, and WOW. More information will be provided on these camps in the Spring
* Students in 8th grade are expected to do a service pro-ject that serves either OSLC or their community. This project must receive pastoral approval. Project proposal should be submitted by the Fall semester of the students 8th grade year and completed before Confirmation.
* This class is taught by Sean Golden and Deb Soike with input from the Pastors.
The Underground Huddle
(6th -12th grades)
We meet on Wednesday nights. During Underground Huddle times we check-in on whats going on in life and have some in-depth study and discipleship learning time. Put the dates below on your calendars.
September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th - Dinner at 6 p.m.,
Huddle from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Its right around the corner
Rally Sunday, September 18
Hold on to my teaching. Dont let it go. Guard it well. It is your life. Proverbs 4:13 (NIRV)
Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 18, for a morn-
ing of music and prayer. After a short kick-off service, everyone will move to their
individual rooms to receive and review their class materials as well as enjoy some
refreshments and fellowship. We are asking all parents to attend the introductory
session with their children to fill out paperwork, check out our volunteer op-
portunities, and pick up a calendar. When the kids move to their classrooms, you
will be able to enjoy refreshments and fellowship with the other parents.
We encourage all members of Our Saviour to prayerfully consider joining us for one of
the following classes:
Our adult class will meet in the library. "A Great-Grandma to a King, a King Maker, a King, and a Royal Pain" is the title of the next Bible Study for the Adult Sunday School Class that meets in the library this fall. It's taken from stories about Ruth, Samuel, David, and Elijah. "Ruth: Your God is My God" is the title of the opening chapter and points to the reality that there is one God for all people. The second class is entitled: "Samuel: Hearing God Speak an Unexpected Word." God speaks all the time; are we listening?
All adults are invited to join with Lee Ketner, David & Cassie McAllister, and Pat Wolf as we team-teach these wonderful Old Testament stories.
Our womens class will meet in Pastor Jims office. This class utilizes an informal small-group for-
mat and will begin the year studying the Sovereignty of God and Jesus with scriptures from Isaiah
Our High Road class will use the re:form Ancestors curriculum to explore some of the personali-
ties found in both the Old and New Testaments; they will also be doing an in-depth study of the
Lords Prayer in preparation for Confirmation. This class is for all students in grades 5-8 and will
be taught by Sean Golden and Deborah Soike in the Youth Room.
Our Trailblazers class will use the Sparks curriculum to study stories from both the Old and New
Testaments. This class is for all children in grades PreK-4, will be taught by parent volunteers,
and starts each week with music in Fellowship Hall before moving downstairs
to Room 4.
Our offering for Rally Sunday will be contributions for our own food pantry.
Look for the shopping cart marked Sunday School, and lets try really hard to
FILL OUR CART!
Parish Nurse News
MORE MATTERS MONTH
Sweet Potato and Apple casserole
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 apple, with its skin; sliced (Granny Smith apples taste good in this recipe; however, most any apple except Red Delicious will work in a baked dish)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon margarine
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
In a small sauce pan over medium heat, mix together the orange juice, brown sugar, margarine, cinnamon and dried cranberries or raisins. Heat and continue to stir until the sugar is dissolved and the margarine is melted.
In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, apples and orange juice mixture.
Transfer to a casserole dish. Bake, covered, for one hour or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Stir the mixture before serving to coat the sweet potatoes and apples with the juices accumulated at the bottom.
Spiritually speaking, Matthew 22:37 also requires a lot of FOCUS! I made up an acronym that helps us to remem-ber that with Gods help we can stay focused on whatever we need to in order to stay physically and spiritually healthy. Staying focused requires strength higher than our own to accomplish Gods will.
F-Favor, O-Of, C-Christ, U-Uncovers, S-Strength (FAVOR OF CHRIST UNCOVERS STRENGTH). When we dont think we canGods favor provides us with His strength. Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Go God! Melissa Malenda, RN~parish nurse
Matthew 22:37Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind. Sounds easy enough, right?
As children of God, sometimes it is just as difficult to follow Christs instructions as it was to follow the in-structions of our parents!
EAT MORE VEGGIES.I heard this a lot when I was growing up. Little did I know, mom knew what she was talking about! I dont know about you, but for me, this required and still does requireFOCUS!!!
Fruits & Veggies--More Matters is a health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit & vegeta-ble consumption for better health. (fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org)
I encourage this website as a resource that will help you discover ways to stay focused on obtaining enough fruits and vegetables to help make a difference in your life. On here you will find things like:
Tip of the Day: Bring the kids along to the supermarket and have them pick out one fruit or vegetable that is of interest to them and prepare a meal around that selec-tion.
You can also check out their awesome recipe ideas. (fruitsandveggiesmatters.org) Check this one out:
Parish Nurse Happenings at OSLC in September:
September 2ndWomens Self Defense Class; 10am during walk/talk- being taught by Johnson City Police Dept. to elderly ladies. Resources will be provided on how to defend yourself even when you are physically weak. Wear comfortable clothing. Open discussion. All are welcomed! No cost to take the class. Contact Melissa Malenda to register for the class.
September 6thHealth/Wellness committee will meet in the Library at 7:00pm.
September 13thFriends in Grief- OSLC library. 10:00-11:00am
September 18thBlood pressure clinic-free to anyone who wishes to have their blood pressure checked. Very im-portant and encouraged!
September 27thFriends in Grief will meet for lunch at 11:45am. Place TBA.
Ministries in Motion:
Thursday'sYoga at 6:30pm-meets in the OSLC youth room. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it with you.
Friday's Walk/talk (Chair Yoga) at 10:00-11:00 am. Devotion, prayer, "joke of the week in the fellowship hall.
Care Bears are available to all parishioners to take to family members, friends, or just anyone in need of TLC from OSLC. Please participate in this ministry because testimonies have proven that it is touching hearts!
Note to all parishioners:
Special thanks to the PDO staff for eagerly participating in the CPR class provided in August. You might just save a life!!! All of you did a great job and I appreciate the opportunity to teach this class.
Special thank you to all the participants of the Care Bear ministry. Lives are being blessed because of your will-ingness to serve and be Christs hands and feet. God bless you!
Special thanks to everyone who offers their time and effort in supporting the parish nurse program at OSLC. If you have ideas or certain classes that you would like to see offered, please call or email me so that I can best serve and meet the needs of OSLC parishioners. Also, you are never being a burden by asking for my help or assistance in any way. I love serving this congregation and pray that somehow God uses me to help you! It makes my job easier if I know what you need! If I cant answer your question immediately, I will find the answer and or resource needed to help you.
I have posted a sign out sheet in the storage room where the medical supplies are. Please fill out your name, date, and equipment borrowed to help me keep track of all medical supplies. If you move any medical supplies, for stor-age purposes please do the same except add the location of where you moved it to.
Thank you so much!
November 5thkeep this Saturday open for Lunch/Learn starting at 10:00am. Kristie Golden will be presenting a program on Medicare open enrollment, prescription drug plans, and answering any questions that you may have. Please be there at 10 because she will be using a computer laptop to demonstrate how to navigate the medicare website and how to choose prescription drug plans that best meets your needs. All are welcome to attend. Bring your own bagged lunch. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.
RALLY DAY is fill the shopping cart day! Our food pantry needs to fill its shelves again. You can
help by bringing one or more items from the list below.
Thanks for your participation.
Food Pantry Monetary donations are always welcomed. Your generous
donations to our food pantry have made a difference in
many lives. Food items needed:
Crackers Soup Dry beans Cornbread Cookies Spaghetti
Remember to check product dates for expiration.
Grocery bags given in August10 bags
Macaroni & cheese Canned veggies Peanut Butter Canned fruit Spaghetti sauce Canned meat
Rice Raisins Jello/Jello pudding Apple sauce Cereal Cake mix
News from Social Ministry
We will prepare and serve a meal at the Melting Pot on
September 14. If you would like to volunteer, please
sign up on the list located on the bulletin board near
Melting Pot served 146 meals on August 10, 2016.
Charity of the Month
Safe Passage is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization serving Washington County, TN and surrounding counties as a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The services provided include: a 24-hour hotline, 24 hour shelter intake, collaboration with legal services and court advocates, counseling, emergency lodging, follow-up services for prior clients, outreach to at-risk individuals, goal planning, referral services, and trans-portation.
Cleaning supplies Paper Towels/napkins Hairbrushes/combs Deodorant Shampoo Backpacks Band-Aids Paper goods
Congratulations to a Great
When everything was finally count-
ed, you gave close to $2000 towards
the Book Bag Project. Thrivent Fi-
nancial for Lutherans gave part of
that with $350 as matching funds.
Good Samaritan is able to put a book
bag together for $35 with clothing
and school supplies. Amazing!
Thanks for being caring Christians.
On Wednesday, September 7 at 11:00 pm, the Primetimers will meet at
Habachi Grill, 205 E. Mountcastle Drive, Johnson City, TN. Larry and
Janet Ecklund are the hosts.
Blood Drive On August 17, 13 units of blood was collected by Marsh Blood Mobile. Thanks to everyone that donated.
Our next blood drive will be October 19 from 4 to 8 PM. Please mark your calendars.
Zip Lock bags Toothpaste Toothbrush School Supplies Hairspray Razors Hair dryers Whistles
Womens Grief Group meets at 6:00 pm on Friday, September 30 at Faith Akins home, 2907 West Walnut Street, JC. All wom-en are welcome! Please call for more information to Faith at 737-2434.
2 Sean Smithgall
4 Ella Estep
6 Pam Alexander Kathy Kelley
10 Bob Terry 11 Scott Greene
13 Barbara Clemons
14 Cody Ryans
15 Grady Hoyle John Stafford Lori Markstrom
16 Kay Scheurer
17 Beverly Gugliotta
18 Curtis Van Hooser
19 Rebecca Morgan Debbie Garrison
21 Marcy Aaroen Ryan Pritchett 22 Our Saviour
26 Ava Heber Zoe Hebert Betty Marshall
28 Linda Maddox
29 David Herting 30 Gene Maddox 30 Kevin Schutt Frank Cunningham Samuel Akin
Prayer Shawl Group will meet on Monday, September 12 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
The Cover Girls The Cover Girls meet the second and fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. The Mens
Prayer Break-fast meets on the first Satur-day of each
month at Golden Corral at 8 am. Hope to see you on September 3.
DID YOU KNOW?...that our synodical bishop,
The Rev. Julian Gordy, will be at OSLC on
Reformation Sunday to help kick off the 500th
Year of the Reformation? Mark your calendars
September 18, 2016
Our annual celebration of the anni-versary of OSLC will take place this year on Sunday, September 18 at 4 p.m. at the Lion's Field Pavilion. This is the pavilion at Lion's Field Little League baseball field just behind the Johnson City Country Club. (The Harris pavilion where we usually meet is undergo-ing renovations and is unavailable.)
Everyone is invited to bring a main dish, and either a salad, vegetable, or dessert. Drinks and utensils, etc. will be provided.
Please come out and celebrate
OSLC's 59th birthday! Belated birthday wishes to Emersyn Ebarb who turned 1 on
August 6. Emersyn was left off the August list.
After taking the summer off, the Hannah and Katie Circles will resume in September all WELCA mem-bers are invited to attend one (or both) meetings!
* Hannah Circle will meet on Monday, 9/19 at 1pm. They will begin studying Traveling Light by Max Lucado. Please watch the Sunday bulletin for de-tails on location of meeting.
* Katie Circle will meet on Wednesday, 9/28 at 10:30 in the Church Library. Lu Mattson will present the program and Martha Montgomery will be host-ess.
WELCA Sunday coming
Members of OSLC WELCA will lead the traditional service and preach at Heartsong on Sunday, Septem-ber 25. Dont miss the opportunity to hear our own Pat Wolfe give an inspiring message WELCA exem-plifies John 3:16.
Quilts and Personal Care Kits Ladies of OSLC packed 59 quilts into 5 boxes and 300 Per-sonal Care Kits into 12 boxes. These boxes will be sent for distribution to needy areas around the world. Stay tuned for their destinations.
Around the Parish
Thank you to.. Dear OSLC, Pastor Ed and Pastor Jim, The entire Beuttel family would like to thank all of you for the outpouring of love that was shown to all of us at the time of Lauren and Jacobs death. I think we are all somewhat still in shock, but are slowly coming back to reality. Many thanks to all who helped us thru this very difficult time. May God Bless you All, The Beuttel family
Sincere condolences to Twila Sharar and family for the death of her husband Steve.
Karen Wilson and family for the death of her son-in-law Glenn Nutter.
Pastor Jim Nipper and family on the death of his father, Virgil Nipper.
Mary Ann and Don McGaughey for the death of Mary Anns brother Tom Auvinen.
Kandess, Andrew, Lillie, and Liam Acuna welcome baby daughter and sister to their family. Kennedie Isobel was born on August 5, 2016. Proud grandmother is Shirley Boyle.
On Sunday, August 21 we celebrated the baptism of Gracelynn Joy Drin-nin, great niece of Carolynn Bailey.
Blessing of the quilts
on Sunday, August 14.
Thank you to
...Cover Girls for their amazing work on quilts that go all over the globe.
...Joe and Lu Mattson, Betty and David Chalkley who packed up the 60 quilts and many health kits to be shipped to LWR.
...WELCA for their sponsorship in this project of quilts and health kits.
...all the ladies to reorganized the fellowship hall closet where the table cloths are kept.
...those who help collate the monthly newsletter.
...all our worship leaders: soloists, musicians, communion assistants, lectors (scripture readers), acolytes, ush- ers, altar guild, and worshippers.
...Ann Smith (and all who helped her) for her work on the grief meals that were needed in the past months.
...everyone who works with the "Melting Pot" meals each month.
...Faith Akin and Melissa Malenda who help lead our two grief groups that meet each month.
...our PDO teachers and staff for a wonderful beginning to the fall term.
...everyone who takes part in the Yoga classes and "Walk and Talk" classes each week.
...Melissa Malenda for leading a CPR class for the PDO staff
...Tom, Betty, and Susan Marshall for organizing OSLC's part in the Thrivent sponsored "Lutheran Night" at Cardinal Park.
...all our volunteers who visit folks while they are in the hospital
...the staff of OSLC for stepping up in so many ways during Pastor Jim's absence
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212 Sunset Drive
Johnson City, TN 37604
Purpose statement: Make disciples, and grow in grace.