Come, share the gifts of God with us,  

and serve the world together,

at

OUR SAVIOUR'S LUTHERAN CHURCH,

10 Farrand Street (at River),

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA

807.344.1926  osimm@tbaytel.net 

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.

Welcome!

We invite you to be part of our community of grace and faith, active in Thunder Bay for the past 117  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.

OUR VISION:

"Come share the gifts of God - serve the world"

Our Facebook page is 'Our Saviour's Thunder Bay'

Our  YouTube channel is Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay.

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Recorded Services:

Our services, are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel.

New -  February 25 - Second Sunday in Lent (Worship with the Band)

https://youtu.be/QOjVF6ZzcLU

February 18 - First Sunday in Lent (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/kddoFGMpNm8

February 11 - Transfiguration of Our Lord (Service of the Word)

https://youtu.be/yKqeJgqnnV4

February 4 - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/bdJXOl9mA9U

January 28  - Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Worship with the Band)

https://youtu.be/6jSSxfDVyLw

Newsletter:

To receive a copy of the monthly 'Ambassador' by email, please send a request to osimm@tbaytel.net.  

The text version of our FEBRUARY 2024 Newsletter is on the page 'Our Newsletter'. 

Deadline for March 2024 'Ambassador' articles:  Feb. 26.

What's Happening? 

February 26 - March 2

Monday 

Newsletter articles, please!

9:30- 2:00 ESL classes (Monday - Friday)

2:00 p.m. Quartet + practice

6:30 p.m. Confirmation

6:30 p.m. Cubs

8:30 p.m. Friendly A.A. Group

Tuesday 

5:45 p.m. TOPS

Wednesday 

6:30 p.m. TBay Carvers

7:00 p.m.  Midweek Lenten Series

Thursday

10:30 a.m. LCC Chapel service, Hogarth

8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A. 

Friday

World Day of Prayer

Saturday

Sunday - Third Sunday in Lent

10:30 a.m.  Holy Communion and Sunday School

11:15 a.m.  Fellowship


World Day of Prayer

A 58-minute video of the World Day of Prayer 2024 service to be held March 1, with participants from across Canada, has been created to view at home.

The free video is based on the worship service prepared by Palestinian Christian women, and then presented and produced by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.

To watch this full-length service video, visit wicc.org/world-day-of-prayer/how-to-participate/ .


Pancake Supper

Thank you to all volunteers, singers, and participants on Feb. 13. The proceeds from the freewill offering, now standing at $1,010 is being given to the Infrastructure Fund campaign of Luther Village, our church’s outdoor ministry near Kenora. A special thank you to Retired pastor, Rick Sauer, a member of the LV board, and retired Bishop, Elaine Sauer, who were our special guests! 

Worship

We gather each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., celebrating Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and festivals. Other Sundays are Service of the Word. Worship with the Band next happens in April, date tba.

   As we meet, we record the services. They are uploaded later on Sunday to our YouTube channel, ‘Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay’.  

Closed captions are available on the video – corrections and song lyrics are added as time allows.

   Texts of the bulletin and sermon are also mailed out on Saturday: sign up for our enews: osimm@tbaytel.net. They are posted on our website on Saturday: www.oursaviourstbay.org .


Holy Communion at Our Saviour's

Holy Communion is being shared in both kinds. We continue to receive a ‘wafer-in-a-cup’ as we enter the sanctuary. At the time of the Communion we eat the bread while sitting in the pews. (Gluten-free wafers are available – please see the usher. You may also bring your own bread.) Then we are invited to come up the centre aisle to receive the wine/grape juice. Prefilled glasses in trays are on a table at the foot of the chancel stairs. After taking a glass, please go off to the side and drink. There is a receptacle for the used glasses as we go back to our seats via the side aisles.

  If watching online, when the presiding minister says, ‘The body and blood of Christ given and shed for you’, we welcome all to take and eat a piece of bread, and then to take a glass of wine or other beverage, remembering and giving thanks for the promises of grace, forgiveness, love, new life, and community given us in Christ Jesus.

 The Health Unit continues to recommend the wearing of masks in public areas when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

The Congregational Council endorses this for those who wish to wear masks, and continues to make masks and hand sanitizer available in the front hall and Immanuel Hall.

Learning:


Children:

Our Sunday School classes normally are twice monthly, on the first and third Sundays. Our next classes: March 3 and 17.

The sessions, for children in JK – Gr. 6, begin downstairs in Immanuel Hall at 10:30 a.m. for Bible stories, crafts, and other activities. Then those in the class come up to share Holy Communion.

See Karen Bishop, co-ordinator, for more information.

  Activity sheets for each Sunday are available in the front hall and are also emailed on Thursday. To sign up for these:

osimm@tbaytel.net

  There are Adventure activity bags under the mailboxes inside the entrance to the sanctuary, for children to enjoy during worship. 

    The seasonal activity pack for Lent/Easter/Spring will be available in March for pick-up or drop off. For the latter, email osimm@tbaytel.net.

Confirmation:

This ministry of the church helps youth to continue in the promises made at Baptism. All youth Grade 7 and older are welcome. We will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., with the next class Feb. 26.

Classes will be offered mostly in-person. We hopefully also be gathering from time to time with the Confirmation youth from Hilldale Lutheran Church.


Food Collection 

Food donations received in the wicker basket in the front hall are being given to the Gathering Table’s food bank and to those in need. Thank you!

ELCIC Emergency Appeal for our partners in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

At the beginning of November, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada launched an appeal to support our partners in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).

To date, ELCIC support for this appeal has enabled the goal of $263,000 to have reached past the half-way point.

“I am absolutely delighted with the support of our ELCIC members,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson. “I urge you, if you haven’t already made a donation yet, please do so.”

The ELCJHL Appeal was launched following an update ELCJHL Bishop Dr. Sani-Ibrahim Azar shared on the impact of the Israel-Hamas war with the ELCIC.

Bishop Azar noted that due to the increase in violence, schools have had to close; checkpoints between the West Bank and Jerusalem and between areas such as Ramallah and Bethlehem have been nearly completely closed off, preventing many people in these communities from being able to travel to and from work; and there has been a devastating impact on families whose livelihoods are connected to the tourism and hostility industry. Bishop Azar asked for support in helping to cover one month of salaries of teachers at ELCJHL schools and half of the salary for ELCJHL pastors, which amounts to $263,000.

“These are our sibling Lutherans,” Bishop Johnson noted. “I spoke to Bishop Azar recently and he told me what a difference this is going to make in people’s lives at a time when the local church is needed more than ever.”

To assist in reaching the ELCJHL emergency appeal donation target, the ELCIC’s National Church Council approved a one-time contribution to the appeal for $100,000. The Eastern Synod – which serves as a companion partner of the ELCJHL – has provided another $25,000. Direct donations from individual ELCIC members is over $20,000, with more yet to come in from congregational giving.  

You are invited to help support our partners through a financial contribution to the ELCJHL Appeal. 

Midweek Lenten Series

Once again this year we have opportunity during the season of Lent for reflection and renewal. The next sessions are on Feb. 28, and Mar. 6 and 13, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

They each will feature devotions/Bible reflection, a short presentation on one of the topics below (including perhaps a local speaker), and discussion. Come to all, or as many as you are able.

The sessions address topics from last summer’s national church convention. Possible ones include the Framework of Reconciliation, Addressing the Climate Crisis, Dismantling Racism, Addressing Human Trafficking, Poverty and Housing, and Peace in Palestine and Israel. Invite those who might be interested or curious!


Diaconal Ministry Sunday

Diaconal Sunday – February 25, 2024

Celebrating witness expressed through service (diakonia) and leadership offered by the ELCIC’s diaconal ministers.

The last Sunday of February is Diaconal Ministry Sunday, the day the ELCIC celebrates the witness expressed through service (diakonia). Through our baptism all Christians are called to share God’s word and to serve our neighbours in Christ’s name. It is also a day to recognize and give thanks to God for all of those who serve in official calls as deacons in our church. 

World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle 

Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands

25 February - 02 March 2024

Give thanks for:

the important roles political leaders here have played in European integration.

how people here have led in creative solutions to environmental, economic, and cultural challenges.

how churches here have overcome barriers and reached out to assure a good life for all.

the ecumenical contributions that have come from this area, and their continuing support.

Pray for:

overcoming cultural, linguistic and political barriers and suspicions that remain divisive.

the haunting legacies of colonization and quests for economic gain.

immigrants who are alienated or marginalized in these societies.

greater tolerance and solidarity with all in these societies and around the world.

Prayer for Faith, Hope and Love

Let us pray for Faith:

That it will be the fruit of right hearing. 

That at all times there will be people with an open mind and open ears who will listen sharply to your word and pay attention to the needs around them.

Let us be such people.  

Let us pray for Hope:

That it will be the fruit of a living faith.

That at all times there will be people growing towards the light, continuously filled with courage and never cease being hopeful.

Let us be such people.  

Let us pray for Love:

That she is the fruit of a living faith and hope.

That at all times there will be people never giving up being alarmed about the continuing existence of the earth:

The care for animals and entire environment that lend assistance in friendship, that abolish loneliness, that help working out sorrow and grieve, that show sympathy with joy.  

We pray to you, O Lord.

Let us recognize one another in deeds of faith, hope and above all through love.

(© Rev. Pieter Post)

OFFERINGS

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.

Envelopes for your 2024 offerings are available. If you wish to sign up for a supply,  please contact the office, 344-1926, osimm@tbaytel.net.

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:

 osimm.office@tbaytel.net

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.) 

http://mnosynod.org/donate/


Again, we are so thankful for your faithful generosity.