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 Ojibwa of Anemki Wajiw (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 -   June 16  - Time after Pentecost (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/ve64zHiEqMc

June 9 - Time after Pentecost (Service of the Word)

https://youtu.be/HohTTK7EO78

June 2 - Time after Pentecost (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/K38GbqU_OPc

May 26 - The Holy Trinity (Service of the Word)

https://youtu.be/fuNevw9JqWU

May 19 - Day of Pentecost (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/HIATWOGtQSI

Newsletter:

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

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

Deadline for Summer 2024 'Ambassador' articles:  July 2.

What's Happening? 

June 17-23

Monday 

9:30 - 2:00 ESL Classes (Mon.-Fri.)

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

Thursday

8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A. 

Friday

Saturday

Sunday - Time after Pentecost

10:30 a.m.  Service of the Word with Baptism

11:15 a.m. 'Welcome Summer' 'Surprise Me' Potluck Fellowship

Worship

We gather each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., celebrating Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, June 2 and 16, and festivals. Other Sundays are Service of the Word, June 9, 23, and 30.     (Worship with the Band resumes in September).

   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

At the time of the sharing of Communion, all are invited to come up the centre aisle to the foot of the chancel steps to receive the bread and the wine/grape juice. Gluten-free wafers are available. 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 you are unable to come to the front, please tell the usher and the elements will be brought to you.  

 Those who do not receive Communion are welcome to come forward for a blessing.

  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.

Children:

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

  The seasonal activity pack for Summer soon will be available for pick-up or drop off. For the latter, email

osimm@tbaytel.net.

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

    Our Sunday School classes normally are twice monthly, on the first and third Sundays. We now are on break until after Labour Day.

    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.

  

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!

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, commemorated every year on June 20, is an occasion to honour forcibly displaced people around the globe, celebrate their strength, courage and resilience and build empathy and understanding of their plight. Please join Canadian Lutheran World Relief in praying for those who have had to flee their homes, and in working for justice and peace for refugees and displaced families around the world. More information can be found at www.clwr.org/wrd . “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” —Matthew 25:35

June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month. We join Peoples across Canada in building relationships, deepening engagement with Indigenous history, and discerning action for healing and reconciliation.

Resources for the month of June, as well as resources for June 21 – National Indigenous Day of Prayer: https://elcic.ca/2024/06/11/june-is-national-indigenous-history-month/

June is 2SLGBTQIA+ Pride Month

June marks 2SLGBTQIA+ Pride Month across all of North America. Many Lutherans in Canada will be attending Pride parades and celebrations as the month continues. We stand alongside our 2SLGBTQIA+ members in the celebration and observation of Pride Month throughout June. 

The ELCIC’s Eastern Synod has prepared several resources including sermons, prayers and other informative material to further educate and commemorate this month’s festivities: https://easternsynod.org/pride-resources/

Information pertaining to the work of the ELCIC Task Force Addressing Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia can be found here:

https://elcic.ca/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/homophobia-bipho


World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle 

Malawi, Zambia

16 - 22 June 2024

We are thankful for:

We pray for:

Prayers

God of love, God of compassion,
in the midst of death and evil,
you mercifully look after us:
protecting, providing and smiling,
constantly reassuring us of your care.
Grant to us the joy of this occasion, especially as we celebrate our birthdays, knowing that your love is life.
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may acquire a heart of wisdom, through him whose life has become our light, even Jesus Christ.

(Rev. Dr Augustine Musopole, Malawi. In: Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy, ed. Musa W. Dube, WCC, 2003, pp.164, 11-12, 89)

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 receive 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.