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Program for the Week of October 15 – October 22, 2017

Sunday:
8:00 Worship with Communion
8:03 Sunday Matins on KTOE
8:45 Coffee Time
9:15 Sunday School
9:15 Youth Bible Class
9:15 Parent Group
9:25 Adult Bible Class
10:30 Worship with Communion
5:45 Sunday Matins on KTOE
6:00 Youth Group
Monday:
6:30 Early Bird Bible Study
Tuesday:
10:00 Staff Meeting
6:30 LWML Quarterly Meeting
7:00 Worship Service on KTV
Wednesday:
2:00 Worship Service on KTV
Thursday:
10:00 Cancer Companions
6:30 Stephen Ministry
Friday:
4:00 The Voice Deadline
Saturday:
6:00 Worship with Communion
Next Sunday:
8:00 Worship with Communion
8:45 Coffee Time
9:15 Sunday School
9:15 Youth Bible Class
9:25 Adult Bible Class
10:30 Worship with Communion
4:30 Book Club
6:00 Youth Group

About the Cover: God had chosen the children of Israel to be His people, and He would be their God. He invited them to love Him as He loved them. But His chosen people refused to come to the salvation banquet He had prepared with His Son, Jesus. After that rejection, God then invited the entire world to come to the wedding feast of His Son, Jesus, our Savior.

Our Parent Group will be meeting for the first time this morning. We’ll be sharing some of the joys and challenges of parenting. If you have kids or grandkids, you’re welcome to join us in the East Room (off the back parking lot door) at 9:15am.

Mite Sunday Today The large Mite Box is waiting to receive the Mites you have collected at home.

Attendance last Saturday, 40; Sunday 8:00, 131; 10:30, 139; Sunday School, 47.

Samaritans Purse – Operation Christmas Child: Please pick up a starter box in the narthex. (Each box contains some things to “get you started.” ) Fill the box with items listed in the brochure on the table and return by Sunday, November 12th. What goes in the box is fun – but what can come out is Eternal!

LWML Quarterly We invite you to be with us for the meeting on Tuesday, October 17. Dr. Steven and Carol Anderson will be with us to speak on the theme “Give Me Eyes to See God in Everything”, taking from their experiences and knowledge as physical and spiritual missionaries around the world. Mission service donations of eyeglasses can be donated now, to the local Lions Club or the optical at Ophthalmology Associates. The primary focus for the 2017-2019 Biennium for Lutheran Women in Mission will be nurturing faith in Christ, making our faith meaningful, and sharing encouragement. Now for 2018, it is time for us to vote for the Evening Guild LWML President and Secretary. We will also need a Vice President to fill a one-year term. Looking forward to seeing many new faces on the 17th.

Wednesday Night Meal/Devotion and Choir Rehearsals do not meet this week, Wednesday, October 18th.

Cancer Companions meets Thursdays at 10am in the Library (please use the back parking lot door). The reading for this week, October 19th, will be #28. For more information, contact Lisa Brand (507-385-2185) or Mel Hendrickson, [email protected]

The Voice Deadline: Articles for the November issue of the monthly newsletter are due by Friday, October 20th at 4pm. Please drop off any submissions at the church office or e-mail to [email protected] Thank you.

Attention readers! Our Savior’s book club continues October 22nd from 4:30-6 p.m. We will discuss chapters 6-10 in A Skeleton in God’s Closet.

Rebekah Circle Bible Study will meet Tuesday, October 24th at 1pm in the Fireplace room. Hostess: Marcella B. Eilders, phone 388-9185.

The Fall Festival is only two weeks away! Do you have a costume picked out or an idea for decorating your trunk? If you would be willing to help in any way such as providing a trunk, talk to Deaconess Lisa Brand 507-385-2185 or [email protected] Supper and games begin at 6:00pm, Friday October 27. Trunk or Treating at 7:00pm. Hope to see you there!

“Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World” will be shown on Sunday, October 29th at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. The film follows the great adventure story of Luther’s life, packed with political intrigue, kidnappings, secret hideouts, and life-or-death showdowns. At the same time, it’s a story about the most important questions of life including “Who am I?” “What is my purpose” and “How do I get right with God?” Learn about this world-changing event that has shaped the Christian Church for five centuries, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Popcorn and Root beer floats will be provided. Bring a snack to share if you wish.
The LWML Fall Quarterly and Fall Women On a Mission is here. Pick up a copy. Visit the LWML websites.

Did you know? If you are over 70 1/2, you can donate your IRA’s Required Minimum Distribution to Our Saviors at any time during the year. This provides a tax benefit to you and helps Our Saviors spread the Good News. The process is fairly straightforward, but talk to your tax advisor for specifics of your situation.

Anyone interested in placing flowers for our worship services in October, please contact Kristeen Asleson, phone 947-3535.

Our Savior’s Worship Service is aired Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. on KTV, Charter Cable channel 181; Consolidated Communications channel 7.

Sunday Matins can be heard on radio station KTOE (1420AM) every Sunday at 8:05 a.m.
and 5:45 p.m. If you would like to sponsor a broadcast in memory of a loved one, or in celebration of an event, contact the church office at 385-2180. The cost is $14 for each week.

Save the Date! November 12th, that is! We will be having an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party following the 10:30 service. Rhonda Rastedt will still be accepting filled shoeboxes in the narthex. But for those of you who want to participate, but don’t want to pack a box alone, this is for you! We will be accepting donations of items for packing shoeboxes and our Sunday School children are also invited to bring in donations to their Sunday School classrooms. On November 12th, we will have a pizza lunch followed by our packing party. This is a wonderful way to be the hands and feet of Jesus and bring the Good News for those who are less fortunate, both in physical needs as well as spiritual needs. Don’t know what to buy? Check out this link for suggestions: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions We are also in need of people to sponsor each box. Shipping to a foreign country is expensive if you ship it yourself, but for just $9/box, Operation Christmas Child can put a box full of love in a child’s hands. Last year, Our Savior’s packed 131 boxes including the filled boxes placed in the narthex and the boxes packed at the packing party. This year, we hope to top that number! If you have any questions about the packing party and donations, please contact Kay Hislop, 507-524-3210, [email protected], and for filled boxes, please contact Rhonda Rastedt, 389-9726. We hope to see you there!

MN South District Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack. Registration is now open to help pack 750,000 meals to feed 2,000+ children for one year. November 9 – 11 at Hosanna Lutheran Church, Mankato. Sign up or donate at https://give.fmsc.org/lcms.

National Mission Grants in September and October recognize Providing Food and the Gospel to Starving Children and the Mercy House for Women and Children. Mercy Meals of Siouxland began packaging fortified rice/soy meals in 2012. They donate all packaged meals to Orphan Grain Train for Christian organizations in India, Haiti, Romania, and Ecuador, as well as to Navajo reservations in the Southwest and Ysleta Mission in El Paso, Texas. Children and families receive food and hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An LWML grant will feed from 50,000 to 75,000 hungry children. The Franklin Avenue Mission has purchased a residence to be used as a Mercy House for housing women and children in a safe, caring, Christian environment, where the best practices of parenting and relationship building can be modeled and taught.

From the Stewardship Committee: Matthew 22:5 – ‘But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business.’ The invitation to join God in His feast and in His work is easily ignored. The rest of life seems so much more pressing, and we always think that there will be another time when we can catch back up with God. But what joys are we missing when we set aside God’s invitation to join Him in His plans and purposes? What inheritance are we trading for the world’s bowl of pottage?

Listen to KFUO.ORG, your radio station for news, talk, and sacred music with a cross-focused, Christ-centered Lutheran worldview. All programs are archived at KFUO.org for 24/7 on-demand listening. Have a question or comment? Find us at @KFUOradio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This week we complete our study of the Gospel of Luke on Thy Strong Word (weekdays @ 11am), hear from a Chaplain at Tyson and a missionary in East Africa (Faith & Family 10/17 @ 10am), and continue studying the Gospel of Matthew on Sharper Iron (weekdays @ 8am).