From the Pastor’s Study

As we anticipate Sunday, November 28, 2021


Please consider this as you prepare for worship this Sunday, the First Sunday in Advent:  What do Christmas and Palm Sunday have in common?  Advent is the time when we remember when Jesus arrived at Christmas, accomplished all that is needed for our salvation in Jerusalem, and we anticipate when Jesus will return to take us home to heaven.  Come quickly, Lord!  We gather each week on Sunday and we have an additional opportunity on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. to watch, pray, and joyfully anticipate what is yet to come.


Notes for This Sunday – First Sunday in Advent


  • 8:30 – Traditional worship with Communion

  • 9:40 – Kingdom Kids (Sunday School)

  • 9:40 – Bible studies

  • 11:00 – Contemporary worship with Communion


School Prayer – Chelsea Danei who teaches Middle School Bible

Congregation PrayerThe Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peekskill

Food Pantry – Proteins (dry or canned beans, peanut butter, canned stew, chili, soup, ravioli, canned tuna, chicken, salmon)  Grains (cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta, one-pound bags of rice).


Opportunities This Week (Week of November 28)

We pray for God’s blessings on each of these!



            7:00 p.m. Worship Team in the sanctuary


            11:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion in the sanctuary

            4:00 p.m. Elders at Panera Bread on Wolf Road

            7:00 p.m. Midweek Advent Evening Prayer (45 minutes)


            10:00 a.m. Women’s Bible Study in the Fellowship Room

            6:30 p.m. Thrive Youth Group at the school

            7:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Fellowship in the Fellowship Room


            8:30 a.m. Men’s Gathering in the Fellowship Room

            9:30 p.m. Church and School Fall Clean Up

Sunday, December 4

            8:30 a.m. Traditional worship with Holy Communion

            9:40 a.m. Kingdom Kids (Sunday School)

            9:40 a.m. Bible Studies

            11:00 a.m. Contemporary worship with Holy Communion


News and Updates


  • Wednesday Daytime ServiceDecember 1 at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to our monthly worship service with Holy Communion.  While this is a special opportunity for those who aren’t able to make it every Sunday for worship, all are welcome at this service.  Lunch will be available at the Hoffman’s.  To-go meals will also be available in the Fellowship Room.  For additional information, please contact the church office at 518.459.2248.


  • Men’s Gathering – Men, their sons, their brothers, their guy friends are all invited to attend the Men’s Gathering on Saturday, December 4, at 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room.  Our guest speaker will be former member Tony Torres.  Please consider staying to help with the Church and School Fall Cleanup from 9:30 a.m. to noon.


  • Church and School Fall Cleanup – Saturday, December 4 following the 8:30 a.m. Men’s Gathering.  Cleanup will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Work will include things for men and women (like raking) and younger boys and girls (picking up sticks, branches, and litter).  If you have a favorite rake, snow shovel (for scooping leaves), or tarp, please bring them along.  Sign up in the narthex or contact Brian Dollard  A well substantiated rumor is that there will be refreshments on the parsonage Smurf deck when we are finished.


  • Church Council Election – At the January Voters’ Meeting on January 23, we will elect a council president (trustee) and a member-at-large.  Each is elected for a three-year term.  Please submit the names of possible candidates to Andrew Cross or Brian Dollard or talk to them on Sunday morning.


  • New Members and Transfers – If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of Our Savior’s or would like to transfer your membership to Our Savior’s from the congregation where you are currently a member, please contact Pastor Wrede


  • Giving Thanks – Thank you for your ongoing support of our food pantry.  Because of your generosity, we were able to assist six families during the month of November.  Please remember – members who would be helped with some food assistance are asked to call Heather Baird or the church office at 518.459.2248 to arrange to receive food.  All assistance is given confidentially.


  • MORE Giving ThanksThe Samaritan’s Purse –Operation Christmas Child project was a tremendous success.  The donations from Church and School made it possible to assemble over 260 boxes to bless children around the world.  Thank you for your generous participation.



  • Roessleville Elementary School Christmas – We are collecting Barnes and Noble $20 gift cards to give to the children at Roessleville.  Please consider donating one or more cards.  You may add a children’s book or a package of markers to go with the gift card.  Gift cards can be placed in the offering plate and other gifts may be left in the church office.  Deadline: November 28.  Additional information: Tom Roemke 518.669.0790.


Upcoming Special Services

  • November 24 - Thanksgiving Eve – 7:00 p.m. Worship with Holy Communion

  • First four Wednesdays in December (1, 8, 15, 22) – 7:00 p.m. Advent Evening Prayer (approximately 45 minutes each evening).

  • December 24 – Christmas Eve – 5:00 p.m. Contemporary worship, opportunity for children to participate, candlelight, and Holy Communion

  • December 24 – Christmas Eve – 7:00 p.m. Traditional worship, candlelight, and Holy Communion

  • December 25 – Christmas Day – 9:30 a.m. Traditional readings, hymn singing, and Holy Communion.  Pastor Wrede will have a series of readings and hymns and also welcomes your requests for specific hymns that day.

  • December 26 – First Sunday after Christmas – 9:30 a.m. Blended worship with Holy Communion



Pastor Bill Wrede

Office: 518.459.2248 (option 2)

Pastoral emergencies: 718.902.8114