Our chancel flowers are donated today to the Glory of God by Karen & Harry Moose and in honor of their 46th wedding anniversary.
Our missionaries who spread God’s gospel throughout the world are sponsored today to the Glory of God by Joyce & Gene Helms and in honor of Gene's birthday and their 51st wedding anniversary.
Thanks to those serving this week: Hospitality Team – 8:30 Tom & Sandy Wise, 11:00 Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton and Elaine Laing; Lay Assistant – 8:30 Chris Strom, 11:00 Charles Compton; Acolyte – Jenna Pilkenton; Counters – Geneva & Bob Larson and Robbie & Tom Rohrer
This week, we remembered in our prayers:
Adam Cerniglia, Anthony Coward, Andrew Laing, and Kevin McKeen serving in the military.
Ellen & Gene Ahlers, Dodie Anderson, Dianna Brown, Ebb & Suzanne Culp, Cyril DeMars, Bill & Linda Dunsing, Mark Fairbanks, Jaime Fivecoat, Vivian and Richard Hiller, Hillary Kingsbury, John Kingsbury, Kristi Kurtz, Bob Larson, Angel Perezhuerta, Sandy Roback, Virginia Simmons, Doris Wooldridge, Nancy York, and Bill Zuber, who are coping with health concerns; and our friends R. W. Helms, Gladys Potter, John Turner, Bradley Cade & family, Grace Paff, Sudy Soltysiak, Debbie Cleveland, Eli Aurand, Taylor Meister, Michael Cooper, Carol Coker, Pat Brennan, Linda Fulbright, Melissa Melton, Steve Flannagan, Clifton Weaver, Pastor Earl Steffens & his wife Kathy, Shirley Knight, Paula Whitley, Emily Ann Kagel, Janet Renna, Kevin Chesebro, Eric Calder, Henrietta Thomas, Pam Glass, John “3:16” Fuller, Eva Gunderson, Eloise Cerniglia, Michael McGrady, Billy, Walter Hoopman, Paula, Hennie Thomas, Russ Long, Mood Williams, Dick Chubb, Jimmy Nix, Lucille Allen, Elizabeth Christian Pope, Ralph Hefner, Asher Tilley, Bob G. Wooldridge, Andie Owens, Lily Hicks, Jennifer Cumberland, R.D. Mundy, and Ivan Parra who are also coping with health concerns. Please also pray for Tobie & Wendy McKeen, Ginger McKenzie, and Anna & Ryan Smith.
We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends,
and all caregivers.
We extend our Christian love and sympathy to the family of Michaela Fortunato (Rosemary Winfield).
May these and all who mourn find comfort in the promise and the power
of the resurrection.
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – TODAY
8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 SCS, 10:00 Confirmation class, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
MON 6/27: 8:00 Summer Arts Program (Fellowship Hall), 6:00 SMART recovery (Parlor)
TUES 6/28: 8:00 Summer Arts Program (Fellowship Hall)
WED 6/29: 8:00 Summer Arts Program (Fellowship Hall)
THURS 6/30: 8:00 Summer Arts Program (Fellowship Hall), 10:00 Prayer Shawl (Library)
FRI 7/1: 8:00 Summer Arts Program (Fellowship Hall)
NEXT SUNDAY, 7/3 – one morning worship service at 10:00
10:00 Holy Communion, 11:00 Red, White & Blue Picnic, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
LCOS bible study classes are taking a summer break
& will resume meeting in September.
Be sure to submit your ballot(s)
for Favorite Hymns Sunday, August 7
Our Summer Arts Camp continues! (June 20 – July 15)
Children from the After School, Preschool, Legacy Charter School and LCOS will learn from professional artists. They are studying dance, drama, music, visual art, culinary arts, poetry and graphic design.
Bereavement Support Group
Are you struggling with loss of your cherished loved one? Are you having difficulty finding companions who really understand? Are you looking for practical tools to help you cope? If so, join the grief support class at the Mackey Mortuary Corporate Office. Class meets each Monday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. through August 29. Participation will help you cope and adjust with the painful reality of your deep loss in the presence of those who are or have been where you are. Co-facilitators are Chris Strom and Dave Gladson.
For information, contact Chris Strom at 864-982-3683. To sign up, please contact Tonya Taylor at 864-627-7049 or email@example.com or online at www.hospicegriefsupport.com.
Pat George invites you to join her in the fight
to end childhood cancer through the Great Cycle Challenge
This June, I am participating in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer. My goal is to ride 250 miles throughout the month. I am doing this because cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in the US – 38 children die of cancer every week. My little brother died from leukemia so this is very personal to me. Thank you for any donation you can give. Pat George
Please support my challenge and join me in the fight to end childhood cancer by making a donation through my fundraising page. Here's the link to my page: www.greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/PatriciaGeorge
Register for 2016-17 school year
NOW is the time to sign up for the 2016-2017 school year at the LCOS Preschool!
We are registering 2, 3 and 4 year olds for our preschool program.
Call Our Saviour Lutheran School at 268-4714 to schedule an appointment.
Tell your friends and neighbors who have young children: Our caring staff provides an excellent foundation for your child’s education!!
See pages 15-17 of your June Messenger for more information!
Our Saviour Lutheran School
Our Saviour Community Ministry Pantry
(formerly known as God’s Pantry II at LCOS)
LCOS and friends are now stocking our food pantry to serve our neighbors in need. We will need a continual supply of shelf-stable foods, including pasta (1 & 2 lb. packages), soups & ramen noodles, canned vegetables and any low-sugar, high-protein item such as baked beans, mac & cheese, etc.
Each week of the month, OSCM Pantry will focus on collecting a Weekly Food Item to expedite this process:
This is a suggested guide; however, we will accept any shelf-stable item at any time. A great asset will be store sale items and buy one, get one free foods: buy one for you, give one to God via OSCM. Our goal is to develop our bargain shopping skills so please feel free to pass along “great buys”! So far, the lowest price & sugar content found for dry cereal is Aldi’s at $1.19 per box while Wal-Mart has the lowest price for grits at $0.88.
At this time, our pantry days and hours remain the same: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30–2:30 p.m.
We need a minimum of 20 bags for 1 person in household, 20 boxes for 2 people in household and 20 boxes for 3 people in household to “OPEN” each Tuesday and Thursday.
Four volunteers are needed to pack our bags/boxes in the Parish Nurse office once or twice a week to ensure OSCM is “ready” for our clients. This is currently a work in progress, complicated by “buying” excursions. Are you eager to help anyway? Call me, email me or sign up on the form provided on the Parish Nurse Office door. It’s FAST fun…really!J
In today’s gospel, Jesus puts on his game face. He is strongly determined to move toward what is coming. “He set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Luke’s narrative shifts here, as Jesus moves his ministry from the countryside of Galilee to the big city of Jerusalem, where he will meet his death.
Between Galilee and Jerusalem lies Samaria. The Samaritans and the people who live in Jerusalem don’t think much of each other. Jesus and his followers are rejected by the Samaritans because they are heading to Jerusalem. The disciples want to call fire down upon the Samaritans for this rejection. Jesus responds by rebuking his own disciples. Jesus has not come to condemn the world, but to save it.
Others want to follow Jesus. The message of these next few verses seems clear. If you follow Jesus in his itinerant earthly ministry, you may not have anywhere to hang your hat. “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). If you follow Jesus, you may not be around when loved ones die or get to say good-bye to family. You will need focus.
Yogi Berra once said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Jesus always invites us to follow him—to keep the main thing the main thing. He points us to the greatest commandment, love of God and neighbor, upon which rest all the law and the prophets. He invites us to follow him to Jerusalem, where the cross and empty tomb await.
The good news is that we are invited on the journey. We are called to be part of Jesus’ focused ministry. We are freed to let go of distraction, fear, anxiety, and the disdain of others to focus on what really matters in life.