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 116 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"
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The text version of our February 2023 Newsletter is on the page 'Our Newsletter'.
Deadline for March 2023 'Ambassador' articles: Feb. 27.
January 30 - February 5
9:30-2:30 ESL Classes (Mon. - Fri.)
8:30 p.m. Friendly A.A. Group
5:45 p.m. TOPS
6:30 p.m. Thunder Bay Carvers
8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A.
Sunday - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
10:30 a.m. Holy Communion and Sunday School
11:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour
Noon - Choir Practice
Following the latest recommendations of the Ontario Medical Officer of Health, 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'!
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.
The church is open!
River Street will remain closed between Farrand and Elm until at least the spring, while we wait for replacements at McVicar Creek to 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.
Holy Communion at Our Saviour's
We have resumed sharing both elements.
For those needing gluten-free wafers, please ask the usher.
Faith in Context – Diversity
February 25 @ 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., EST
This latest instalment of our synod's 'Faith in Context' webinar series focuses on "Diversity".
Join our Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's National Church staff, Carmen Ramirez, Assistant to the Bishop for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as she leads us through presentation and discussion around racial and gender inclusion in our church. We will hear about her new role with the ELCIC and learn about ways we can participate with her in that work.
Pre-registration is required to access the link for the Zoom meeting. Click here.
You are invited to the Annual Congregational Meeting of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay, being held on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at 11:30 a.m., following a shortened service (Worship with the Band) All are welcome to attend. Confirmed members have voice and vote (please note: the quorum is 25). Beverages and light food (potluck: please bring as you are able; no items needing refrigeration, please.)
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle:
Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia
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:
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.)
Envelopes for your 2023 offerings are. available. If you wish to sign up for a supply, please contact the office, 344-1926, firstname.lastname@example.org .