From the Pastor’s Study


As we anticipate Sunday, November 20, 2022


The Last Sunday of the Church Year is a time when our readings focus on the coming of Jesus, His death, His resurrection, as well as anticipating His return.  In our Gospel for this Sunday, Luke 23:27-43, we hear about Jesus being crucified with two criminals.  An incredible promise comes when Jesus says to the repentant criminal, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  We have that exact promise from Jesus that we, too, anticipate the day when Jesus returns or when we die and see Him face to Face.  November 27is the First Sunday in Advent, a new Church Year, and we spend much of the year reading the Gospel According to Saint Matthew.


Sermon: Forgiveness and Salvation Sealed


Notes for This Sunday, November 20, Last Sunday of the Church Year


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

9:30 a.m. Fellowship and reception for Pastor Wrede

9:45 a.m. Kingdom Kids (Sunday School), Bible studies (Fellowship Room – Martin Luther and Young Adults in the school – Matthew)

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


A prayer sent to us by the Atlantic District:

Gracious Lord and Savior, this morning we worship together with our brothers and sisters in Christ at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church, Brooklyn.  Come to us again through Word and Sacrament with the assurance of Your unfailing love. Guide the leaders at St. John the Evangelist as they prepare for calling a pastor for their church. Be with all the churches throughout our District that are currently seeking a pastor to serve them. May we all remain faithful, trusting in You, the Good Shepherd, who will never forsake Your flock.  In the Name of Jesus, the Rock of our Salvation.   Amen


Prayer Topics

+   For Pastor Wrede, Our Savior’s, and Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa during this time of transition.

+   For a blessed a blessed and truly grateful observance of Thanksgiving.

+   For the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Life Conference in Saint Louis March 2-3, 2023

+   For Rev. Derek Lecakes


Opportunities This Week (Week of November 20)

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



            7:00 p.m. Worship team rehearsal in church


            7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Worship

Sunday, November 27 – First Sunday in Advent

            8:30 a.m. Traditional worship

            9:30 a.m. Fellowship

            9:30 a.m. Kingdom Kids (Sunday School) and Bible studies (Fellowship Room – Martin Luther and Young Adults in the school – Matthew)

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


News and Updates


Thank You – From Pastor Wrede – I have been blessed to be a pastor among you during my brief tenure as Intentional Interim Pastor here at Our Savior’s.  Thank you for taking the time to talk to me about your faith, about your passion for sharing the Gospel, and your vision for the mission and ministry of Our Savior’s.  While I certainly wanted to speak the truth, I did not always speak the truth in love.  For that, I ask for your forgiveness.  I pray that God continues to bless and direct Our Savior’s to be a congregation that proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ to believers who need strength on their journey and for the lost who need to know the Savior.  God bless you as you begin a new season of ministry here at Our Savior’s.


Help With a Dream – From Nsikak Umoh – Nsikak has a dream of hosting events to draw people to Our Savior’s, that they hear the Gospel, and increase support for the ministry here.  If you are interested in discussing ideas, please talk to Nsikak after the 8:30 service or contact her at


(From last week’s enews)


Prayer Chapel Renovations – From Mark Chaffee – Dear church family: Progress on the project to update the prayer chapel is coming along nicely.  The wallpaper and older furniture was removed. All of the walls and trim within the prayer chapel itself have been painted, as well as the hallway leading to the room, the adjacent bathroom, and the altar guild room.  The electrical outlets and switches have been replaced.  A new bathroom vanity, fixtures and toilet have been installed. Work continues toward making the prayer chapel a comfortable and encouraging space to be used by a few people praying together, or a small group gathering together.  Feel free to stop through the prayer chapel to check the progress to date!

Following are some purchases related to the project.  If you are led, feel free to select an item below and forward an offering to the church labeled "prayer chapel refurbishing project" to cover the cost of that item!

Paint (6 gallons) - $40 each

Ceiling light fixture - $80

Wall sconce lights - $56

Electrical outlets and switches - $40

Side chairs (two) - $246 each

Keurig coffee maker - $99

Bathroom vanity - $268

Bathroom vanity fixtures - $90

Bathroom toilet - $169


Save the Date

November 30            Advent Midweek Worship 7:00 p.m.

December 3              Fall Cleanup 8:30 a.m. to noon

December 7              First Wednesday Worship and Luncheon 11:00 a.m.

December 7              Advent Midweek Worship 7:00 p.m.

December 14            Advent Midweek Worship 7:00 p.m.

December 17            Caroling 3:30 p.m.

December 21            Advent Midweek Worship 7:00 p.m.

December 24            Christmas Eve Worship at 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary)

7:00 p.m. (Traditional)

December 25            Christmas Day Worship at 10:00 a.m.