Celebrating New Beginnings: Blessings on New Member Sunday
by Our Saviour Lutheran Church on September 22nd, 2023
We're excited to celebrate the recent growth in our faith community, with 18 new members joining us on Sunday, September 17th, bringing our total to 21 new members since June. This joyful expansion reflects the welcoming and inclusive spirit that defines OSLC.
Exploring the Kingdom
by Rev. Frank Waugh on July 13th, 2023
This summer as we are enjoying the stories of the Kings of Judah during our weekly worship services, I've been doing a lot of reflection on the kingdom of God. Many of us have heard these words for a lifetime - Kingdom - of - God and have perhaps not given much thought to what these three words mean. It's churchy sounding stuff that may not resonate with us very deeply, if at all. Some among us bristle at the masculine sound of the words as though it is simply one more example of the perpetuation of the deep-seated patriarchy that clutters the inclusiveness of the gospel. Since we live in a country that liberated itself from the far reach of British monarchy in the 1700's, the fact that we even continue to mention kings at all seems out-of-sync with our culture despite the popular American fascination with the lives of people like Prince Harry and Megan Markle. So just what is the kingdom of God?
by Rev. Frank Waugh on May 18th, 2023
The quest for answers to life questions lies at the heart of every human being. What's the meaning of life? What are our origins? Who am I? What is my purpose? and Where do I belong? When explored deeply, these questions often lead us to other questions, such as "Where is God in all of this?" or "Does God even exist?"
Walking in Jerusalem
by Rev. Frank Waugh on March 16th, 2023
Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the holiest city in the world. On the top of the holy mountain that is Jerusalem three Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam have coexisted uncomfortably since the fifth century. Evidence abounds in this historic city of the diverse ways people of faith have sought to approach God. Not surprisingly, on the site of major events of the Bible and Koran churches and mosques have been built as shines. Places like the Temple Mount sport Jewish, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim structures. The evidence of classical Western religion is everywhere in this high place. Walking the streets of Jerusalem, one is constantly reminded of the power and abiding presence of God. That said, it seems impossible that anyone visiting Jerusalem could come away unmoved in their faith. The pilgrimage was a high water mark in my faith journey and has left me forever positively changed.
Pastor Frank Returns from Israel
by Our Saviour Digital Ministry Coordinator on March 9th, 2023
Pastor Frank traveled to Israel February 20th - March 2nd for a pilgrimage of study along with 29 other pastors of various theological traditions from across the United States. He was the only Lutheran and one of two pastors from North Carolina on the trip. During his journey, Pastor Frank visited the holiest sites of Christianity, including the mount of transfiguration on Mount Tabor as seen in t...
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
by Our Saviour Digital Ministry Coordinator on February 22nd, 2023
Our awesome confirmation students hosted a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper this week. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to serve and build relationships with the congregational members. We can’t thank our members for coming to uplift these young people who are doing such important work as they build their faith! We also thank all those who contributed to providing the delicious food. The only ...
Council Corner - Activate God's Kingdom
by Our Saviour Digital Ministry Coordinator on February 15th, 2023
Friends In Christ,I write to you as the newly installed President of our church council. I feel blessed to be apart of this congregation as it looks forward to Re-Forming itself as each generation sinceMartin Luther has done. Each generation has made the Gospel anew in the context of theworld’s current moment and communicates in a language for others to hear the YES of Godin Jesus for the world. O...
Generosity Stories: Helping in the Blackout
by Our Saviour Digital Ministry Coordinator on December 15th, 2022
By Barbara Vainio In the middle of the Moore County blackout last week, when most of the congregation members and Our Saviour itself were without power, the Matthew 25 Ministry still found a way to package and deliver meals to our partner in Robbins. Although Robbins never lost power, the people who depend on us for lunch each week still needed to be fed. Matthew 25, led by Amy Hill, contacted th...
Sharing the Joy of Christmas
by Our Saviour Digital Ministry Coordinator on December 13th, 2022
The Preschool Christmas Dinner & Program was a huge success! We celebrated with over 200 friends and family the true meaning of Christmas. As always the wonderful preschoolers delighted the crowd! Our OSP staff does such an amazing job helping them to feel loved and shine! Many thanks to all those from Matthew 25 in helping provide a special meal, the proceeds of which were split between the Presc...
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
by Our Saviour Digital Ministry Coordinator on November 22nd, 2022
It’s the most wonderful time of the year….….or so the old song goes. Yet it doesn’t always feel that way. Sometimes it is marked with loneliness or missing a loved one who has passed on. And the often-hectic nature of the season can pile on more challenges and stress. The good news is – there is hope.Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace – to be exact.Let’s make this Advent season one to set aside time to pr...
Generosity Stories: A Front Row Seat to Generosity
by Our Saviour Digital Ministry Coordinator on November 3rd, 2022
By Amy HillInvolvement in Matthew 25 has given me a front row seat to witness the generosity of our Our Saviour. The ongoing volunteer and financial support of our feeding ministry has filled my heart with pride and joy. Matthew 25 began in early 2015 as we started providing weekly lunches to food insecure individuals in the Robbins community. During the past 7 years teams of OSLC disciples have p...
How to Be Lutheran Without Worshiping A Tradition
by Rev. Frank Waugh on October 26th, 2022
So, I'm a life-long multigenerational Lutheran. What that means is I can trace my North Carolina Lutheran ancestry in Caldwell and Catawba County back six generations to the time when white settlers arrived on the occupied lands of the Cherokee and Catawba. Knowing that my ancestors were a part of the movement of Europeans into Western Carolina that displaced native people is not something I'm particularly proud of, but knowing that I stand in the line of over two hundred years of Lutheran presence in North Carolina gives me great joy. For ours is a rich and important story about the arrival of the gospel of Jesus Christ to American soil.