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Weekly Note from Our Savior’s

February 22, 2024

Sharing the peace. This is a common practice at Our Savior’s after we hear the words of absolution, knowing that our sins are forgiven and that we have been restored into fellowship with God and with one another. This Sunday’s Epistle (Romans 5:1-11) identifies this source of peace: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rm 5:1) During this season of Lent we meditate on our Savior’s act of love that has brought us this peace between God and man and among us. How was this accomplished? God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rm 5:8). Amazing grace . . .that saved a wretch like me.

Next Week at a Glance

Sunday, Feb 25: Two worship services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. with Bible Class and Sunday School between services. Vicar Johniel will be preaching.
Grief Share in the Prayer Chapel, 3-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb 27: Elijah House teaching session two - 6:30 in the Fellowship Room Wednesday, Feb 8: Lenten Supper at 5:30 followed by a Lenten Vespers at 6:15

Choir at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb 29: Women’s Bible Class, 10-11 a.m. in the Fellowship Room,
Men’s Bible Fellowship-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Room
Collegiate Day of Prayer - a worship/prayer gathering of leaders and students involved in campus ministries - meeting in our gym, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, March 2: Confirmation instruction, 9:30-10:30 Coming Events

Men’s Breakfast - March 9th Our guest speaker will be Pastor Jordan Peiser, pastor from Zion Lutheran Church, Maywood, NJ who will preach at Our Savior’s on March 10th. Pastor Peiser also serves as a representative of Apple of His Eye Ministry, a ministry outreach to Jewish people. The Men’s Breakfast will be held in the Fellowship Room, 8:30-10 a.m. There is no charge for the breakfast, but please sign up in the narthex or contact Tom Roemke if you plan on coming.

More Information

Vicar Mark Chaffee will be available in the church office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon. You may also reach him by cell phone: 518/763-1085 or via email: mark.chaffee@oursaviors.com

Red Letter Challenge: We are now in the second week of the Red Letter Challenge with an overall focus on Serving. This week’s readings have been about Attitude or Motivation. Next week’s readings deal with Availability for service. The Sunday morning Bible classes along with Small Groups that meet during the week provide opportunities to discuss this 40 day challenge. Red Letter Challenge books are still available for purchase ($12/book).

Lenten Suppers provide a time for food and fellowship each Wednesday from 5:30-6:15 during the Lenten season. These suppers are held in the Fellowship Room. All are invited. Please contact Amy Chaffee if you are able to bring food to share. Sign up in the narthex if you are coming.

Elijah House is a small group based series of classes that takes on those deforming experiences that we have all experienced. When we are trained up, we can assimilate practices and beliefs uncritically that are unbiblical and healthy. There are also times when traumatic things happen that leave their mark. All these things are addressed redemptively in Elijah House. Jesus Christ has purchased the way out of everything that does not conform to His Word and His likeness. How? Join us and see. This is a twelve-week program on Tuesday nights, starting on February 20th. We will be meeting the Fellowship Room starting at 6:30 p.m. The only cost is $5.00 a week for the printed lessons. (led by Peter Kemmer)

Alpha Pregnancy Center has once again provided us with a number of empty baby bottles, ready to be filled with change, bills or checks in support of this ministry to women who are faced with unplanned pregnancies. The bottles are in our breezeway area. Take one (or more) and then return the filled bottle to the table or to the church office by the end of the month. As you put money into the bottle, offer up prayers for this ministry and the people it serves.

PRAYER NEEDS.

-Healing: for Dick Boyer, Barbara Bruso, Debbie Child, Marga Hildenbrandt, Dick Levesque, Phyllis Lubiniecki, Barbara MacGowan, Marge Platt, Pam Reynolds, Lori Smith, George Swint, Eric Unright, Joan & Walter Weiss, Lori Whitehouse, Tim Zuelsdorf

-Homebound: Inge Glidden, Dick Levesque

-in Assisted Living: Beverly Van Wagenen, Dick Boyer, Hazel Gutkoska, Barbara Johnson, Ruth Looman, Ethel Noe, Lois O’Brien, Marge Platt, Jon Ronson, Linda Flynn, Marga Hildenbrandt

-for Cathie Rose Michaud - Director of Our Savior’s Preschool. Pray for grace and wisdom as Cathie guides the preschool teachers and also meets with parents of prospective students. -

United Bengali Lutheran Church, Woodside, NY. Pray for Pastor James Roy as he connects with the Bengali population in the Queens area.

Please contact Tom Roemke if you have announcements or information that could be included in the weekly letter (troemke115@gmail.com or 518/669-0790)

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