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    "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-

    law, Ashley.

    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!

    Pastor Jim

    September, 2016

    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


    Email: cwatkins@oslc.church

    Web: www.oslc.church

    News articles are due by September 21 to appear in Octobers New-Sense.

    What Else Can We Say?

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    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

    of August.

    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.

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    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,

    Carolynn Bailey

    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.

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    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

    Financial Tellers

    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.

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    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

    and Hebrews.

    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


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    Parish Nurse News


    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...


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