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 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.

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: May 15 - Fifth Sunday of Easter (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/h-GHaeooN_E

May 8 - Fourth Sunday of Easter (Worship with the Band)

https://youtu.be/gNK-5y6lBHE

May 1 - Third Sunday of Easter (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/1LhTjai4DkQ

April 24 - Second Sunday of Easter (Service of the Word)

https://youtu.be/woH0Qi8I55g

April 17 - The Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/ftQSxcJrsA4

Newsletter:

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

The text version of our May 2022 Newsletter is on the page 'Our Newsletter'.

Deadline for June 2022 'Ambassador' articles: May 30


Our Saviour's This Week:

The church is open!

River Street will remain closed between Algoma and College for the foreseeable future, while 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.

May 16-22

Monday

6:30 p.m. Cubs

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

Tuesday

5:00 p.m. Congregational Council

Wednesday

6:30 p.m. TBay Carvers

Thursday

8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A.

Friday

Saturday

Sunday, May 22: Sixth Sunday of Easter

10:30 a.m. In-person Service of the Word (will be recorded, and uploaded to YouTube)

11:30 a.m. In-person Fellowship Hour

1:00 p.m. Virtual Fellowship

Readings: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22 - 22:5; John 14:23-29

Sermon - Pastor Matthew


Virtual Fellowship

We will be holding these on non-Communion Sundays: our next ones are on May 22 and 29, at 1:00 p.m. The Zoom invitation will be sent out in the Sat. email, or can be received by emailing osimm@tbaytel.net.

Worship News

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'!


Fellowship Hours after worship have resumed! Volunteers are needed to make this work: please sign up on the sheets in the front hall, or call the office for more details.

Holy Communion at Our Saviour's

We have resumed sharing both elements.


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

For those needing gluten-free wafers, please ask Pastor Matthew.

Children's Ministry

Activity handouts related to each Sunday's readings are available. We email them on Thursday or they can be picked up at the church in the front hall. To sign up to receive them, send an email to osimm@tbaytel.net.

Our Spring/Easter seasonal activity bags are now available for pick-up in the front hall, and can also dropped off.To sign up to receive one or to update your address, email osimm@tbaytel.net The next one will be released in June for Pentecost/Summer.

Our Coordinator is Karen Bishop.

"I Have Seen the Lord!"

ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson and Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls share an Easter message reminding us of the hope, joy and promise of the risen Christ: https://elcic.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995f38ab3f3a9fb43ccc1bc2d&id=872b40ce87&e=00a44daf1a

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Evolving ministry in IELU sees new classrooms nearing completion

For many years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has been in partnership with Iglesia Evangelica Luterana Unida (IELU). This church-to-church relationship, also known as a bilateral relationship, is one of the many ways the ELCIC lives out its call to ministry in the area of Global Mission.

The ELCIC partnered with IELU in the city of Esquel in the Patagonia region many years back. Over time, ministry there has changed significantly. There is no longer a regular worshipping community, and the ministry focus has shifted towards diaconal projects.

In late-2018, the ELCIC and IELU came together to determine the appropriate direction for the ever-growing partnership. With a focus on education, IELU invited the ELCIC to partner with them in a new way. One of IELU’s schools – Instituto Evangelico Americano (American Evangelical Institute) in Buenos Aires – would be repurposed along with a partly-vacated nearby nursing home – Hogar Armbruster – to see its kindergarten relocated to a new building. This would reduce its lengthy waiting list significantly (500 families), while bringing more children into the school program.

The three-year endeavour saw space in the nursing home renovated, as four new classrooms were built. A fifth classroom will be an add-on to the structure and is currently in the works. Both the principal and secretary’s offices have been erected, while the new kitchen has also been framed. In dealing with the building’s original construction – which dates back to the 1950s – the project is on track for completion in late-2022, only slightly behind schedule.

Fittingly, 2022 marks the 100-year anniversary of the foundation of the first IELU school in Argentina. As highlighted in their ongoing strategic plan, IELU schools exist “to be a church of evangelized and evangelizing communities,” to which youth can strengthen their faith, and educational institutions can build strong relationships within the community, church and the state.

“We thank God for the hands that support the possibility of advancing this project that will be transforming for the quality of life with the purpose of a decent education for the population of José C. Paz and surroundings,” the IELU wrote in its ‘Kindergarten Relocation’ project overview. “There is the possibility of continuing to generate spaces where there is the potential to build a broad community involving new people.”

Roughly 3,900 families make up the life of the IELU schools, featuring 1,750 students from pre-school through Grade 12. Additionally, the Instituto Evangelico Americano in Jose C. Paz features a teacher training program, which will now see additional educators/trainers thanks to the upgraded space and classrooms.

“We thank the many sisters and brothers of the ELCIC who support a transforming project of life in abundance that we are called to share, where these educational projects are extremely significant for the lives of so many people,” the IELU wrote recently. “We give thanks for the sisterly bonds between the IELU and the ELCIC, which make possible new spaces of mission and proclamation of Good News that is shared and announced.”

“The church and its members have faced significant struggles these past few years due to the pandemic as well as the ongoing challenges of a difficult economic situation,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson. “Despite all these challenges, I have been inspired by their spirit of hope and resiliency. I am so excited to see that their classroom project is nearing completion. The addition of these classes will provide much needed quality education to many children in the region. I’m so very excited that we are able to partner with IELU in this way.”

“I am also very satisfied with the way we have partnered with IELU, working to ensure that they set the priorities for the projects we support,” she continues. “This is what true accompaniment is about.”

Canadian Lutheran World Relief Ukrainian Emergency AppealP


As the crisis unfolds in Ukraine, CLWR is calling on Canadians to pray for peace, and to give generously in support of CLWR partners as they respond to urgent humanitarian needs in the region.

CLWR joins its partners and people around the world in calling for an immediate end to violence. As fighting intensifies, early estimates are that millions could be rapidly displaced, creating a widespread humanitarian crisis.

CLWR partners in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries are closely monitoring the situation and preparing to respond with immediate humanitarian needs including food, shelter, emergency supplies and trauma support.

Your gift today will provide critical aid to families facing this crisis: add your donation to your offering, designating it 'CLWR Ukraine), or visit www.clwr.org.

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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:

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal

15 - 21 May 2022

INTERCESSIONS

We are thankful for:

the peoples of these nations – the diversity of their cultures, languages, and art, and their resilience

the breath-taking beauty of these lands – the mountains in all their grandeur, overflowing rivers and green paddy fields

all those who work for the churches and their institutions, especially in places where natural disasters strike

We pray for:

efforts of governments and others to build up these nations’ economies

those who have lost families and homes in earthquakes and other disasters as they struggle to rebuild their lives, homes and infrastructure

those who contribute to religious harmony and advocate for the minority voice of Christians, especially amid religious and ethnic tensions

religious and government leaders that they will make it possible for all peoples to live in justice with peace and harmony.

these small nations which depend on other countries and are often threatened by interests of their bigger neighbours.

PRAYERS

O compassionate Lord, I would prefer power over the storm, a secure home, a life protected from the winds.

But help me to live with storms, shelter with friends, see my plans broken but not my life: rebuilt again and again from the earth.

(Bangladesh. Dear Life, J. Morley, J. Ward and H. Wild, eds © Christian Aid 1998. Used with permission)

O Saviour Christ, in whose way of life lies the secret of all life, and the hopes of all the people, we pray for quiet courage to meet this hour.

We did not choose to be born or to live in such an age. But let its problems challenge us, its discoveries exhilarate us, its injustice anger us, its possibilities inspire us, and its vigour renew us, for your Kingdom’s sake.

(Bangladesh. A Procession of Prayers: Meditations and Prayers from around the World, comp. John Carden, WCC, and Cassell, London, UK, 1998, p.179)


For the Government of Nepal

Since democracy was achieved in Nepal in 1990, the country has suffered from unstable governments and a prolonged violent insurgency. Although peace was negotiated in 2006, successive governments have struggled to provide a new Constitution and governance process.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for those involved in government in Nepal, from local to national level. We pray for men and women of integrity in government, who will take decisions in the best interests of ALL Nepalis, regardless of caste, religion, gender or ethnicity. We pray for a government of vision, commitment and compassion.


For the Church in Nepal

Nepal's religious tradition is strongly Hindu and Buddhist; Christian and Muslim minorities have in the past suffered restrictions on how they practise their beliefs, and sometimes even persecution and imprisonment. Since 2006, Nepal has been a secular state, and Nepali churches, independent, indigenous and strongly evangelical, have begun to take a stronger role in their communities.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we praise you for the way you have moved in the hearts of Nepali people, and raised up a church filled with love for you, for each other and for its neighbours. We pray for Christians in Nepal, as they seek to serve you in villages and towns across the country. We pray for wisdom, harmony and unity, that the Church in Nepal will shine for you.


For the poor in Nepal

Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in Asia on most indicators. The earthquakes of April-May 2015 have plunged families and communities into even deeper poverty, and placed development gains at risk. Women and girls, people in remote communities, people with disabilities and those suffering from HIV and AIDS are particularly vulnerable. Unemployment is high, sending thousands of Nepalis to work outside the country.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we know your heart is with the poor, so we pray for those in Nepal who struggle against poverty. We pray for those affected by disasters, particularly earthquakes, and those whose livelihoods threatened by the effects of climate change. We pray for those working towards the protection and empowerment of the poor, and for wise, effective government policy.

© Lyn Jackson, UMN/Nepal

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. 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/


Envelopes for your 2022 offerings are. available. If you wish to sign up for a supply, please contact the office, 344-1926, osimm@tbaytel.net .


Again, we are so thankful for your faithful generosity.