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 -  March 3 - Third Sunday in Lent (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/MFFZqzV_Ueo

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

Newsletter:

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

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

Deadline for April 2024 'Ambassador' articles:  April 2.

What's Happening? 

March  4-10

Monday 

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

6:30 p.m. Cubs

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

Tuesday 

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

5:45 p.m. TOPS

Wednesday 

2:00 p.m. Quartet + practice

6:30 p.m. TBay Carvers

7:00 p.m.  Midweek Lenten Series

Thursday

8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A. 

Friday

Saturday

Turn clocks ahead one hour, before going to bed!

Sunday - Fourth Sunday in Lent

Daylight Saving Time begins.

10:30 a.m.  Service of the Word

11:15 a.m.  Fellowship


Midweek Lenten Series

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

They each will feature devotions/Bible reflection, a short presentation, and discussion. Come to all, or as many as you are able.

On March 6, the topic will be climate change, with guest speaker Heather McCleod.

Heather was referred to us by the City of Thunder Bay’s  sustainability coordinator when we asked for a speaker on addressing the climate crisis. She is one of the organizers of the Northwest Climate Gathering 2023: Hope & Action which brought together dozens of local climate action leaders and hundreds more climate committed citizens last November to build community, cohesion and collaboration. She is now helping to organize the Northwest Climate Gathering 2024 and one of the Artists in Residence of the Gathering featured in an exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery March 5 - April 22, 2024.  

Heather is a life long Activist for Justice, inclusion & sustainability, an award-winning journalist & author, a recording Artist, composer, Certified Financial Planner and a food farmer. Over four seasons and forty episodes her podcast Something Different This Way Comes showcases climate solutions in action in Thunder Bay and ideas to better address this crisis and its root causes. Heather is a member of Lappe Lutheran church and leads their Sunday School.

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 class: March 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 March 25 (no class on March 11).

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. 

World Day of Prayer

A 58-minute video of the World Day of Prayer 2024 service 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/ .

Easter Flowers

Mums and lilies will adorn the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. You may place them there in memory/honour of someone.  Order forms are in the front hall. Place on the offering plate, with the funds attached, and choice of flower indicated. Each plant will cost $12.00. Orders are required by Mon. Mar. 18 (please note the new, earlier, date), so that we can ensure having the order filled. After Easter Sunday, you can either leave your plant for the following Sundays of the season or take it with you.

World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle 

Ireland; United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

03 - 09 March 2024

We give thanks for:

We pray for:

God of passion and power

God of passion and power, insistent, immediate, challenging, compelling us with your story’s breathless beginning.
Walk us into the wilderness to hear your voice where silence reigns.
Give us insight, the vision beyond all seeing, so we may look upon heavens torn open and know that the time of good news for all creation is always now. Amen.

(© Claire Amos)

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.