"What Else Can We Say?" "I
thank my God every time I re-
member you..." (Philippians 1:3)
What else can Mary Alice and I
say? We are grateful for your
kindnesses and understand-
ingyour notes and cards and
prayersduring the recent fam-
ily experiences of the death of
our father, Virgil Nipper, and
the news about the upcoming
surgeries for our daughter-in-
While we are away, we will con-
tinue to pray for you all, know-
ing that you will be in faithful
and capable hands of Pastor Ed
and our wonderful staff of OSLC
(Cindy, Melissa, and Carolynn).
For them, I am very thankful!
What else can we do but pray?
God is our strength and our ref-
uge. If we do not rely on Him in
every situation, we will fail. But,
with Him by our side, "all things
work together for good to those
who love the Lord." (Romans
8:28) What else is there to say?
We're very appreciative for the
understanding of such a caring
congregation. Because of our
absence you have been very ac-
cepting of changes (worship
times in particular) that we had-
n't thought we would have to
make. It is such a help to our
wonderful leaders (your Con-
gregational Council) that you
are so thoughtful about these
things. How else can we share
our love than saying thanks?
As our family experiences what
lies ahead in the next month or
two, we will try hard to keep
you aware of what is happening.
That way, our prayers together
can be even more helpful to
God and to us as we know what
exactly is needed each day.
How else can we pray together?
God's peace be with you all. We
will miss being with you, but we
will be with you in spirit! God's
love (and our love for one an-
other) has no limits when it
comes to distance. What else
can we say?
We can say this: Remember
God loves you and so do we!
Worship Schedule Starting September 18
9:00 am-Traditional Worship
10:00 am-Sunday School
11:00 am-Heart Song, Contemp.
Pastor Jim Nipper, Senior Pastor
Pastor Ed Myers, Associate Pastor
Carolynn Bailey, Music Director
Melissa Malenda, Parish Nurse
Cindy Watkins, Office Admin.
Tony Mowell, Heartsong Leader
Council and Officers
Mitch King, President
Sean Golden, Vice President
Patty Wessner, Secretary
Richard Koepper, Treasurer
Curtis Van Hooser, Fin. Secretary
Marcy Aaroen, Christian Ed.
Brenda Whitson, Outreach
Tedd Stephens, Property
Jay Stafford, Finance
Nancy Shilling, Social Ministry
Kathy Robinson, Worship/Music
Tom Marshall, Shepherds
Kathy Leonard, Youth Ministry
Lewis Wessner, Youth
Our Saviour Lutheran Church
212 Sunset Drive
Johnson City, TN 37604
News articles are due by September 21 to appear in Octobers New-Sense.
What Else Can We Say?
Pastors Ed and Jim are interested in meeting with
anyone who has an interest in OSLC. We would
love to sit down with all potential new members
and help you get acclimated with this new family.
Send us an email, text message or speak to us in
person and we will set up a time to meet.
Highlights from August 8, 2016
Attendance for July-August:
Date 9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Total
July 31 101 72 173
August 7 103 52 155
August 14 92 51 143
August 21 117 56 173
Average-161 for the last week of July and 3 weeks
Council Highlights August 8, 2016
Nancy Shilling opened with devotions.
Discussed upcoming dates and offered thank you's which are found in this newsletter.
Approved minutes and monthly reports of council.
Tabled discussion on a pictorial directory.
Barry Fetterolf shared architectural drawings for updating the church building. They will be displayed for the congregation to see before the next congregational meeting.
Emergency Plan is being structured. Council to take the lead in this process.
Fall worship scheduled was discussed. It was approved to change the Sunday Schedule to the following:
9 a.m. traditional worship
10 a.m. Sunday School
11 a.m. Heartsong worship
Closed with the Lord's Prayer.
Next council meeting will be September 12, 2016.
Music News from Carolynn
Dear OSLC Family,
Its been a hot summer, but with the rain today the temperature
rests now in the 70s and it feels great! The rain knocked many
leaves off my trees making my yard look like autumn has al-
ready arrived! Im not fooled, but I cant help but know that the
season is waning!
I look forward to another year of great choir music, working
with children of all ages, and preparing the programs that
weve come to expect and enjoy. Ive met with our PDO music
team as well as with Marcy, our Christian Ed. Director. I have
also met with Tony and the Heartsong Band as we collaborate on a special 9/11 remembrance.
Our special Reformation worship will be thrilling with brass ensemble and extra choir singers
from our sister congregations in the deanery. Weve got some wonderful plans and I hope that
you will be supportive and pleased.
You, as a singing congregation, were paid the highest compliment by our substitute organists
this summer! I am so very proud of you keep up the good work and raise our rafters in praise
whenever we meet in worship!
The choir door is always open! We need more singers to help share praise through music. We
have plenty of chairs and enough copies of music. Ongoing rehearsals are each Wednesday at
7:00 p.m. Please come the pay is not great but the benefits are out of this world!
Blessings and peace,
10 Commandments for Choirs
I. Thou shalt open thy mouth to sing, and not to complain or bear false witness.
II. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors voice, but neither shall thou become overly impressed
with thine own.
III. Thou shalt not try to steal the show, for it is God thou art honoring and not thyself.
IV. Thou shalt honor practice night and keep it free, for a good choir is made not born.
V. Thou shalt remember where thou art during Sunday worship and keep it holy. A giggling,
chattering choir is an abomination to the Lord, a worry to the
pastor, and an irritation to the choir director.
VI. Thou shalt look up at the choir director while singing not show-
ing hair parts and dandruff.
VII. Thou shalt not put off joining the choir, for it is a service.
VIII. Thou shalt not make a joyful noise unto the Lord with a sour face.
IX. Thou shalt not kill thy choir by competing with the choir director
for his or her job.
Volunteers for September
Lector Schedule for the Month of September September 4, 11Helen Fetterolf September 18, 25Peg Pickens
Ushers for September 4th Peg Pickens, Janeen Pennell, Dee & Parnell Freeman 11th Peg Pickens, Janeen Pennell, Dee & Parnell Freeman 18th Tom Marshall, Dale Cannon, Dee & Parnell Freeman 25th Dale Cannon, Tom Marshall, Dee & Parnell Freeman
1st weekDebbie Seifert, Berla Smith
2nd week-Jean Loveday, David Chalkley 3rd weekChristy Huff, Ken Diehl
4th week-Joe & Lu Mattson
Lay Eucharistic Ministers for September
4, 11thTedd Stephens
18thRichard Koepper 25thPat Wolf
Communion Assistants for September
4th-Mitch King, Patti Neas, Fred & Sylvia Beckelhimer 11th-Mitch King, Patti Neas, Fred & Sylvia Beckelhimer 18th-Ken Diehl, Michael Leonard 25th-Ann Smith, Patty Neas
Altar Guild for the month of September Ann Smith and Berla Smith
September Families of the Week 4th Don & Barbara Clemons; Jenny and Jim Everhart
11th Grady, Mandy, & Caleb Hoyle Parnell & Diana Freeman
18th Matt, Cat, Logan, Easton, Nolan, Maryn Hopper Audrey, Jason, Bailee, Brody Jarrett
25th David and Martha Herting; Bob and Lucy Terry
Altar Flowers for September Traditional Heartsong 11th Ken/Marcia Peters 11thHuffs 25thTom/Susan Marshall
Hospital Visitor List for September 4th Farst 11th Peters 18th Jones 25th Mattson
Library Committee All of September Dorla Brunke
Prayer Shawl Team for September 4thBeverly Gugliotta, Nancy Shilling, Patty Neas 11th-Phyllis Farst, Lu Mattson, Berla Smith, Jan Ecklund 18thCheryl Milliken; Trudy Blackmer, Betty Chalkley 25th-Mary Ann McGaughey, Judi Boebel, Marilyn Proffitt
Nurserywe need volunteers every week, please sign up!
High Road, Confirmation Class
10 a.m. Sunday Mornings
Our middle school students, those in 5th-8th grades will be part of our High Road Confirmation Class. This is a shift from a two-year program to a four-year learning peri-od. Time is built in this class for sharing what is going on in life, as well as learning about the Creeds, the Ten Com-mandments, The Lords Prayer, Why and How We Wor-ship, Baptism, Holy Communion, and The Bible. As part of this class we have added some special opportunities and requirements.
* Each student will choose a mentor during their first year. The mentor is typically a member of OSLC.
* Students in 6th grade and up are encouraged to partici-pate in our Youth Group
* Students in 7th and 8th grade are expected to partici-pate in a Summer camp program that is funded by OSLC. We have three excellent camp opportunities that are al-ready approvedAffirm, Lutheridge, and WOW. More information will be provided on these camps in the Spring
* Students in 8th grade are expected to do a service pro-ject that serves either OSLC or their community. This project must receive pastoral approval. Project proposal should be submitted by the Fall semester of the students 8th grade year and completed before Confirmation.
* This class is taught by Sean Golden and Deb Soike with input from the Pastors.
The Underground Huddle
(6th -12th grades)
We meet on Wednesday nights. During Underground Huddle times we check-in on whats going on in life and have some in-depth study and discipleship learning time. Put the dates below on your calendars.
September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th - Dinner at 6 p.m.,
Huddle from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Its right around the corner
Rally Sunday, September 18
Hold on to my teaching. Dont let it go. Guard it well. It is your life. Proverbs 4:13 (NIRV)
Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 18, for a morn-
ing of music and prayer. After a short kick-off service, everyone will move to their
individual rooms to receive and review their class materials as well as enjoy some
refreshments and fellowship. We are asking all parents to attend the introductory
session with their children to fill out paperwork, check out our volunteer op-
portunities, and pick up a calendar. When the kids move to their classrooms, you
will be able to enjoy refreshments and fellowship with the other parents.
We encourage all members of Our Saviour to prayerfully consider joining us for one of
the following classes:
Our adult class will meet in the library. "A Great-Grandma to a King, a King Maker, a King, and a Royal Pain" is the title of the next Bible Study for the Adult Sunday School Class that meets in the library this fall. It's taken from stories about Ruth, Samuel, David, and Elijah. "Ruth: Your God is My God" is the title of the opening chapter and points to the reality that there is one God for all people. The second class is entitled: "Samuel: Hearing God Speak an Unexpected Word." God speaks all the time; are we listening?
All adults are invited to join with Lee Ketner, David & Cassie McAllister, and Pat Wolf as we team-teach these wonderful Old Testament stories.
Our womens class will meet in Pastor Jims office. This class utilizes an informal small-group for-
mat and will begin the year studying the Sovereignty of God and Jesus with scriptures from Isaiah
Our High Road class will use the re:form Ancestors curriculum to explore some of the personali-
ties found in both the Old and New Testaments; they will also be doing an in-depth study of the
Lords Prayer in preparation for Confirmation. This class is for all students in grades 5-8 and will
be taught by Sean Golden and Deborah Soike in the Youth Room.
Our Trailblazers class will use the Sparks curriculum to study stories from both the Old and New
Testaments. This class is for all children in grades PreK-4, will be taught by parent volunteers,
and starts each week with music in Fellowship Hall before moving downstairs
to Room 4.
Our offering for Rally Sunday will be contributions for our own food pantry.
Look for the shopping cart marked Sunday School, and lets try really hard to
FILL OUR CART!
Parish Nurse News
MORE MATTERS MONTH
Sweet Potato and Apple casserole
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 apple, with its skin; sliced (Granny Smith apples taste good in this recipe; however, most any apple except Red Delicious will work in a baked dish)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon margarine
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
In a small sauce pan over medium heat, mix together the orange juice, brown sugar, margarine, cinnamon and dried cranberries or raisins. Heat and continue to stir until the sugar is dissolved and the margarine is melted.
In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, apples and orange juice mixture.
Transfer to a casserole dish. Bake, covered, for one hour or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Stir the mixture before serving to coat the sweet potatoes and apples with the juices accumulated at the bottom.
Spiritually speaking, Matthew 22:37 also requires a lot of FOCUS! I made up an acronym that helps us to remem-ber that with Gods help we can stay focused on whatever we need to in order to stay physically and spiritually healthy. Staying focused requires strength higher than our own to accomplish Gods will.
F-Favor, O-Of, C-Christ, U-Uncovers, S-Strength (FAVOR OF CHRIST UNCOVERS STRENGTH). When we dont think we canGods favor provides us with His strength. Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Go God! Melissa Malenda, RN~parish nurse
Matthew 22:37Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind. Sounds easy enough, right?
As children of God, sometimes it is just as difficult to follow Christs instructions as it was to follow the in-structions of our parents!
EAT MORE VEGGIES.I heard this a lot when I was growing up. Little did I know, mom knew what she was talking about! I dont know about you, but for me, this required and still does requireFOCUS!!!
Fruits & Veggies--More Matters is a health initiative fo...