1. Masking Update
On April 5th, 2022, the church council unanimously agreed to suspend the requirement to wear a mask during church services making masks optional. As always, please remember to socially distance and cover coughs and sneezes. If you are feeling sick, please remember to keep others safe by staying home as we continue to navigate Covid.
2. Announcement regarding worship services
The annual meeting of OSLC was January 16, 2022 where those present decided and voted to continue worship services at Our Savior’s on the first, second and third Sundays of each month. This schedule will continue through July 2022 and hopefully be less confusing. Please join us at 11:00 am on the first, second and third Sundays of each month for worship and fellowship. Our Intern Pastor, Amanda Snyder, looks forward to meeting you! We have a spacious sanctuary that provides easily for social distancing. Other precautions we're taking to prevent the spread of illness: Communion is offered in single serve prefilled cups. Touchless offering. We would love to see you but ask that if you aren't feeling well, please stay home until you're feeling well again.
3. OSLC Church Council
The church council has regularly met over this past year to conduct the business of the church, including frequent discussions about returning to weekly worship services. The two main reasons we are only having Sunday Worship on the first, second and third Sunday of each month have been: (1) concern about the ongoing health risks associated with COVID-19 virus, and (2) the need to ensure that we have enough volunteers for all that goes into having weekly worship. The council has had many discussions about how to move forward in a way that is both safe for the health of all who attend worship and realistic about the resources needed for Sunday worship. In addition to relying on a small pool of volunteers to assist, our Intern Pastor, Amanda Snyder, can only offer the sermon twice a month, due to time limitations. (Amanda is a fulltime school teacher and is also taking classes towards her ordination as an ELCA pastor.) The council is working towards finding additional resources for delivering the sermon on a weekly basis and also monitoring the situation with the virus spread in our community. Given what we know today, the council believes it is realistic to plan on returning to weekly worship services at the start of Advent. At the next few council meetings (October 4th and again in late October or early November), we will revisit these questions and determine whether we can return to weekly worship starting on Sunday, November 28th. We very much hope this is possible! Congregation members who have ideas on this or wish to help with Sunday worship are encouraged to talk with Pastor Amanda or a council member. These continue to be uncertain times, please keep our church in prayer!
4. Announcement regarding offerings
Thank you to everyone who has generously shared their time and talents with the church and in our community! Sharing of our time is one of the most important things we can each do to sustain our church and for the health of our community. The church relies heavily on offerings to meet expenses such as our heating bill. Know that your offerings --- even small amounts --- are very helpful. Your offerings also help support the ELCA, the Nome Emergency Shelter, and other organizations in need. This year our church is assisting Zoe Okleasik with her tuition expense at California Lutheran University. The church is giving $625 towards her tuition and invites congregation members to make designated contributions totaling an additional $625. The University will match up to $1,250 so this is a wonderful opportunity to assist in her education.
-Offerings may be given at Sunday worship, mailed to the church, or made online with a credit card at our website, www.oslcnome.org.
-This year the I.R.S. has announced a special tax provision that will allow individuals to deduct up to $600 in donations to Our Savior’s. According to their website, individual tax filers can claim a deduction of up to $300 ($600 for married individuals filing jointly) for cash contributions to qualifying charities in 2021. If you are considering taking this deduction and would like a written statement, please include a note with your offering or send an email to the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all you give and all you do to support our ministry!
“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
5. Online Giving
***Exciting News at OSLC now has an online giving option available for all to use. Please click on any of the 'ONLINE GIVING' tabs to give.