Weekly Update

July 2, 2020


Dear Family of God at Our Savior’s, 

            As a capable crew of volunteers have been actively engaged in renovating the parsonage in anticipation of housing our next pastor, it reminds me of our Lord’s frequent words about making all things new.  God, the Divine Designer, is constantly involved in reshaping, renovating and renewing lives.  Thankfully He never give up on us, but promises to make us new creations:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me!

            Note about the Parsonage Renovation (from Mark Chaffee): Renovation of the church parsonage continues with much progress restoring this lovely home!  With the “demolition” complete, including removal of paneling and carpeting, as well as two interior kitchen walls, old bathroom fixtures and kitchen cabinets, the “replacement’ process is now well under way.  New sheetrock has been put up and/or repaired; walls, ceilings and molding have been repainted; new kitchen cabinets, counters and windows have been installed. The exterior of the house has also been repainted.  Work still to be completed includes additional painting, installation of the new tub, toilets and såink fixtures, new light fixtures and vinyl plank flooring.  To see progress photos, go to the following church website link:  https://www.oslalbany.com/parsonage-renovation.  Please consider participating with a financial contribution.  Items to contribute toward include:  Electric stove-$600, Dishwasher-$450, Microwave-$175, Refrigerator-$1100, Toilets $189 (x’s 3). Bathroom tub and surround $400, Kitchen faucet $210, Lighting Fixtures $55 (x’s9), Paint-$700, Vinyl Plank flooring material $3500.  Donations may be mailed to the church office.  If you are interested in helping with the renovation work itself, contact Ralph Coon  rcoon32@verizon.net or Mark Chaffee mec518@yahoo.com  

             This Sunday’s Service will be again be held outdoors (weather permitting) by the main entrance to Our Savior’s Christian School.  The service, led by our Elders, will focus on prayer and praise as well as providing times for testimonies.  (If you have a testimony to share with our church family, please contact one of the Elders). “Guidelines for Outdoor Worship” are again included with this letter.   Please note that this service will also be livestreamed on the church website (oslalbany.com) for those unable to attend in person.  You may also access the service by phone: Call 1-646-558-8656 at 9 a.m. on Sunday and then enter the access code:  819 7713 4531.

            From the Call Committee and Church Council:  There will be a Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, July 19, immediately after the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service.  The meeting will be held outside in the school parking area following the guidelines set down by our reopening committee. We will hear a presentation from the Call Committee concerning the unanimous recommendation they have put forward. Subsequent to the presentation and the question/answer period, a congregational vote will be taken to determine whether the congregation will extend a Call.  If you are unable to attend and need an absentee ballot, please call Linda Swartz at the church office (518/459-2248) or email Linda at osloffice@aol.com  This is an important decision in the life of Our Savior’s and we ask for your continued prayers.  

           Friday evening worship led by Jon and Peter Belschwinder will continue tomorrow beginning at 7 p.m.  This time of praise, prayer and meditation is livestreamed on the church website (oslalbany.com) and available later in the week on the church facebook page. 

            In the Word:  Please note the following Bible Studies that are offered during the week:  

-Women’s Bible Study through ZOOM meetings led by Lori Whitehouse on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Contact Lori if you are interested in participating.  (518/874-1571)

-Women’s Bible Study on Thursday mornings, 10-11:30, led by Cheryl Pangburn outside at Our Savior’s.   Bring your own chairs and face masks. 

-The Men’s Bible Fellowship  on Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., at Ray Hoffman’s back patio (allowing for social distancing).  Ray’s address is 37 Van Buren Ave, Colonie.  The MBF is studying the book of Hebrews.  All are invited. 

Portals of Prayer, a daily devotional booklet, containing devotions for July-September will be available at Sunday’s Worship Service.  During the week, Portals of Prayer will be available on a table outside the exterior door by the church office.  Help yourself! 

            Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 27-31. This year’s VBS will be on line.  Lessons will be presented over the internet and student projects and learning packets for children who have pre-registered will be available for pick-up or will be dropped off at their homes.  Registration for participants and volunteers can be made through the church website (oslalbany.com).  Contact Jon Belschwinder to see how you can help. 

            Family Promise:  Over the past few summers, Our Savior’s has provided housing in our facilities for several homeless families in partnership with Family Promise Ministry.  While we are not making our facilities available for housing this summer, we have been asked to provide and deliver meals for several families for two weeks this summer:  July 19-25 and August 23-29.   These families will be housed at the Bethany Day Center on New Scotland Ave in Albany.  If you are willing to provide meals for several days during those weeks, please contact our Family Promise church coordinator: Ashlyn Chaffee (518/709-3847 or a.chaff91@gmail.com Ashlyn can give you more information, particularly relating to food allergies, once the families are identified.  

              Cleaning of the Church:   Our facilities have essentially been shut down since mid- March, however, the church area needs a thorough cleaning.  If you can help with this cleaning (at your convenience), please contact Tom Roemke. 518/669-0790 or troemke@nycap.rr.com.   

               100th Birthday Celebration.  On July 13, Marguerite Zimmermann, one of our dear sisters in Christ, celebrates one hundred years of a wonderful, healthy life with the Lord by her side.  She is still doing quite well, continuing to help others. We know of nothing that would please her more than to receive cards from her OSL church family.  Currently she is living near her son in Florida.  Marguerite’s address is Oakmonte Village Assisted Living, 1001 Royal Gardens Circle, Apt 221, Lake Mary, FL  32746.  We ask for God’s continued daily blessings for Marguerite.     


              In Our Savior’s Name,             

                             Tom Roemke, Ministry Coordinating Board

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