Come, share the gifts of God with us,
and serve the world together,
OUR SAVIOUR'S LUTHERAN CHURCH,
10 Farrand Street (at River),
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA
Our congregation is located on the traditional territory of the Ojibway of the Fort William First Nation, a signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850.
We invite you to be part of our community of grace and faith, active in Thunder Bay for the past 115 years. We seek to continue to be a place where people can grow in their understanding of God's forgiving love revealed through Jesus. Gathered in to worship, God's Spirit calls us out to share in word and action what it means to be people of God.
"Come share the gifts of God - serve the world"
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The text version of our September 2022 Newsletter is on the page 'Our Newsletter'.
Deadline for October 2022 'Ambassador' articles: Oct. 3
Our Saviour's This Week:
The church is open!
River Street will remain closed between Algoma and College until 2023 while we wait for repairs to the sinkhole over McVicar Creek take place. Farrand Street remains open, with access from cross streets off Algoma St. N., or from Margaret Ave. We will post pictures and updates.
In-person Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. We continue to record the service and upload it to our YouTube Channel later on Sunday ("Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay"). Files for the order of service and sermon are emailed on Saturday and posted to our website.
October 3 - 9
Newsletter articles, please
9:30 a.m. ESL classes
6:00 p.m. Cubs
8:30 p.m. Friendly A.A. Group
9:30 a.m. ESL classes
6:00 p.m. TOPS
9:30 a.m. ESL classes
6:30 p.m. TBay Carvers Board
9:30 a.m. ESL classes
1:30 p.m. Anglican-Lutheran group - Gathering Table
8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A.
Sunday - Thanksgiving
10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Service of the Word
11:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour
Blessing of the Pets
We are holding this annual event, shine (outside) or inclement weather (front hall), on Sun. Oct. 2, at 4:00 p.m. All pets and their humans are welcome, including those from the neighbourhood. There will also be prayers for the pets of our memories ,
VON Exercise and Falls Prevention Class
Hymn books are back in the pews . The words to the songs continue to be in the larger-print version of the bulletin, and in the Saturday e-mail version, and on the website.
Council has decided that we will continue to close off every other pew, unless needed. This is for the comfort and well-being of those attending.
Council recommends that we continue to wear masks in the building when in close contact with others, especially in the sanctuary when singing, and if not fully vaccinated. Thank you for making this what the Health Unit calls a 'mask-friendly space'!
Holy Communion at Our Saviour's
We have resumed sharing both elements.
For those needing gluten-free wafers, please ask Pastor Matthew.
Children and Confirmation Ministry
Our Coordinator is Karen Bishop.
Season of Creation
Bruce Cook elected as Vice-Chair
Over 33 million affected by catastrophic flooding in Pakistan
A Statement from the ELCIC’s National Church Council on Ukraine
MARCH 7, 2022
The ELCIC’s National Church Council met virtually from March 4-6, 2022. As part of their work, they issued the following statement.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) joins the World Council of Churches, The Lutheran World Federation, and the Canadian Council of Churches in calling for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
We denounce any and every use of deadly armed force to resolve disputes that could be resolved by dialogue. We firmly believe that dialogue – based on the principles of international law and respect for established national borders – was and is the proper path for the resolution of tensions surrounding Ukraine. We call for an immediate end to the current armed hostilities, and for the protection of all human lives and communities threatened by this violence.
The ELCIC through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief calls on its members to respond through financial support to the urgent humanitarian needs in Ukraine.
We ask all members, congregations and related agencies to examine their financial investments to ensure they do not support Russian investments.
We urge all members and all people of good will around the world to join us in prayer for peace for the people of Ukraine and the region.
Loving God, you are our peace. We pray for peace between Russia and Ukraine. We pray for the people of Ukraine – those who are forced to flee, those who are trapped and unable to flee, those who are in need of aid, those who have died. We pray for Ukrainian and Russian soldiers, that they may be moved to lay down their weapons. We pray for world leaders, that they would be led into your ways of peace and justice. We pray for our whole world who watches and worries. God have mercy!
ragement from National Bishop Susan Johnson amid these anxious times.
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle
Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela
Thank you for your offerings, sharing the gifts of God so that together we might serve the world!
During our worship, you are able to share your offerings at the entrance to the sanctuary. At other times, and for those unable to attend worship, here are options:
1. Mail envelopes to the church
Mailing address: 10 Farrand St. Thunder Bay P7A 3H5
2. Drop envelopes off at church
You can drop off envelopes in the mailbox beside the parking lot doors. Calling to let us know, 344-1926, is appreciated, so that the offering can be brought inside as soon as possible.
3. E-Transfer online banking
a. If you use online banking, log into your account
b. Add Our Saviour’s as a recipient using our office email address:
c. Enter the desired amount and click ‘send’.
4. Sign up for Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAR)
You are able to have your monthly offerings directly deposited from your financial institution to that of the church. You can designate it 1-3 ways: Weekly, Building, Forward in Mission. You also can receive undated envelopes for other offerings. To sign up, call the office. If you desire to make any changes at any time of the year, or if you have updates on your address or financial institution, please call the church office, 344-1926.
5. Canada Helps
Our regional synod office has set up Canada Helps button link, you can use to donate to congregations. The charitiable donation receipt will be issued by Canada Helps directly. (It is important to note that there is a cost to using Canada Helps as our donation service. Please considering adding 4% to your donation to cover these costs.)
Envelopes for your 2022 offerings are. available. If you wish to sign up for a supply, please contact the office, 344-1926, email@example.com .