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"
Province-wide Stay-At-Home Order
This Order requires us to continue to close the church building to visitors. For drop-off and pick-up, please call ahead: 344-1926. Pastor Matthew is able to work, but cannot normally have in-person ministry.
Our Saviour's This Week:
1:30 p.m. 'Lutheran Women'
3:30 p.m. Confirmation class
6:45 p.m. MNO Synod Convention begins (online)
9:30 a.m. MNO Open Learning Sesson
7:00 p.m. MNO Synod Covention ends
Sunday, April 25 - Fourth Sunday of Easter; ELCIC Vocational Sunday
Online Worship with the Band
11:00 a.m. Virtual Fellowship Hour
Readings: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; I John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18. Sermon - Vocations
To receive a copy of the monthly 'Ambassador' by email, please send a request to email@example.com.
The text version of our April Newsletter is on the page ' Our Newsletter'.
Deadline for May 'Ambassador' articles: April 26.
Bible Book of the Month Club
To be part of our national Bishop's initiative, we have organized a Bible Book of the Month club. In April we are studying Amos.
Once a month, we gather by Zoom and share our experiences of reading. You can join any time -- contact Pastor Matthew.
Our April meeting: Mon. April. 26, 7:00 p.m. Pastor Matthew is preparing a study guide for Amos -- contact him for a copy.
Sunday Virtual Fellowship Hours
Join us each Sunday until we gather again for in-person worship, 11:00 a.m. - Noon,.
Zoom invitations are sent out each Saturday, or contact Pastor Matthew. Bring your coffee!
Synod Convention Learning & Formation Session Open to All
On Saturday, April 24, the MNO Synod Convention will host a learning session led by Andrew Root from Luther Seminary. This session, titled "The Congregation in a Secular Age," is free and open to all. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Those who have already registered for the convention will need to register separately for this session. More information about the speaker and the session is available on the Convention 2021 page of the synod web site.
We will resume at the Orange Level or lower:
-Please enter at the wooden doors off Farrand Street, answer the screening questions asked by the Greeter, wear a mask, and follow the posted guidelines on social distancing and seating.
-There is a limit of 30% of capacity inside the sanctuary, 50 in attendance.
- The worship folders are found on the pews. Spoken responses are permitted, provided masks are being worn and social distancing protocols are being observed. There is no congregational singing, but you may hum along to the hymns, or sing softly, as you would do while sharing a lullaby with a child in your arms.
-There are containers for offerings at the entrance to the sanctuary.
- There is no Fellowship hour. On the way out, please maintain physical distancing, exiting by the doors to the parking lot.
We remain in our places, as we share the bread only. You receive an individually wrapped wafer as you enter. Gluten free wafers are available on request. If you feel more comfortable, you can bring bread for yourself or your social bubble.
Due to Health Unit guidelines for places of worship, for the time being there will be no in-person Sunday School classes. Handouts are available at worship – they can be emailed to you, or picked up at the Martin Luther statue in the front hall.
“Where we are headed is not to be back to where we were, but we give thanks that who we are as a church has not changed.”
Your Congregational Council and Pastor Matthew
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan Johnson, Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Linda Nicholls, and Anglican Church of Canada National Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald share a joint Earth Day message with their two churches. "Perhaps more than at any time in our modern era, we are recognizing the moral urgency of the spiritual and living relationship between humanity, Creation, and Creator," say the leaders in their letter. "Earth Day is a time to claim these insights, renew relationships, and act on commitments to care for God's world." Please read the full letter here.
A Joint Easter Message from the National Bishop and Primate
Thank you for your offerings, sharing the gifts of God so that together we might serve the world!
Sets of envelopes for your 2021 Sunday and special offerings are available. If you are a present envelope holder, or to sign up for one, please contact the office, 344-1926, firstname.lastname@example.org .
When we have in-person 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 other 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.)