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 114 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 'Stay at home' lockdown
The present provincial 'stay at home' State of Emergency began on Thurs. Jan. 14 and continues through at least Thurs. Feb. 11 During this time the church building will remain closed.
In-person worship is now suspended at least through Sun. Feb. 14.
Our council continues to monitor the situation.
Christ's peace, and hope, be with us during these times. God's compassion and presence be with all those suffering. The Spirit's gift of love be shared through us.
7:00 p.m. Bible Book of the Month club (Zoom)
Sunday, January 31 - Season after Epiphany
In-person worship suspended
Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; I Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28.
Sermon - "Authority" - Pastor Matthew
11:00 a.m. - Virtual Fellowship Hour
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The text version of our January Newsletter is on the page ' Our Newsletter'.
Deadline for February 'Ambassador' articles: Feb. 1
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!
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 Janaury we are studying Ecclesiastes.
Once a month, we gather by Zoom and share our experiences of reading. You can join any time -- contact Pastor Matthew.
Our next meeting is this Weds. Jan. 27, at 7:00 p.m. Email Pastor to receive the sign-in invitation.
Our Pancake Supper will have a new face this year. We are all invited to join in by Zoom, having our own pancakes and coffee/tea at home.
Put the date on your calendar: Tuesday, February 16, 5:00 p.m.
Your donations will be thankfully accepted, and will be presented to the Dew Drop Inn.
Recipes and sign-in invitations will be emailed.
Our plans for Ash Wednesday, February 17, continue to develop, due to the changing pandemic regulations:
12:15 p.m. Devotions - Gathering by Zoom
6:30 p.m. Live-stream worship, hosted by Eastern Synod, ELCIC
The Annual Congregational Meeting of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay, Inc. , originally scheduled for Sun. Feb. 7, has been postponed, due to the stay-at-home order of the province.
It has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 28, at 11:30 a.m.
The format will be a hybrid in-person/Zoom event. Hopefully, Pastor Matthew and the Council excective, plus some members, will be able to meet in Immanuel Hall. All others will be able to connect via Zoom. A quorum of 25 voting members is required.
When you receive instructions on how to sign in, you can begin to do so at 11:00 for Registration and Fellowship. The meeting will formally begin at 11:30 a.m.
Reports are due at the church by Mon. Feb. 8. Annual Report packages will be available by Sun. Feb. 14 -- either through email or by pickup at church.
As we move forward with firm plans, you will be kept informed.
The service looks and sounds different than it did 8 months ago, but the goals are the same: to give God thanks, to be refreshed in faith, to build up community, and to be renewed in service and witness.
-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
Epiphany Sermon Series
Bishop Greg Mohr, BC Synod
Lutheran, Anglican Leaders Encourage Observing World Interfaith Harmony Week
World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle:
Cyprus, Greece, Turkey
Mandatory Use of Mask or Face Covering within Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
Under instructions issued by the Medical Officer of Health, all businesses and organizations, including places of worship, in the Thunder Bay District Health Unit area must adopt a policy that requires all members of the public and employees who enter or remain in an enclosed public space to wear a mask or face covering.:
1. Beginning 12:01 a.m., July 24, 2020, all members of the public, employees, and others who enter or remain in enclosed public areas of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay, Inc. are required to wear a mask or face covering. The mask or face covering must cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping.
a. The following persons are exempted from the requirement to wear a mask or face covering and will not be required to provide proof of such exemption:
i. Children under two years of age, or children under the age of five years either chronologically or developmentally who are unable or refuse to wear a mask or face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
ii. Individuals with medical conditions rendering them unable to safely wear a mask or face covering, including breathing difficulties, cognitive difficulties, hearing or communication difficulties;
iii. Individuals who cannot wear or are unable to apply/remove a mask or face covering without assistance, including those who are accommodated under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) or who have protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c.H. 19 as amended;
iv. Employees who are within or behind a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglas).
b. Temporary removal of the mask or face covering is permitted where necessary when:
i. actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity, including water-based activities;
ii. consuming food or drink;
iii. receiving services in a personal service setting on an area of the face that would otherwise be covered by a mask or face covering; and
iv. for any emergency or medical purpose.
2. This policy will be implemented and enforced in “good faith” to primarily educate people on wearing masks or face coverings and promote their use in enclosed public spaces. Persons listed under 1a) are not required to show proof of exemption.
3. Signs about the requirement to wear masks or face coverings will be posted prominently at all public entrances. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will also be made available at all entrances and exits for persons entering or exiting Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay, Inc.
4. Employees/staff will be trained on the policy, including:
a. How and when to provide verbal reminders of the policy’s masking requirement to persons entering or remaining without a mask or face covering, and those who remove their mask or face covering for an extended period of time.
b. where and how to properly wear a mask or face covering;
c. how to respond to customers who do not have a mask or face covering;
d. where people can get more information about the policy; and
e. how to handle a customer who becomes aggressive about the new requirement.
5. A copy of this policy will be made available on request to a public health inspector or other person authorized to enforce the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Dr. Janet DeMille, the MOH has included these words in her directive:
Emerging evidence supports that wearing a mask or face covering when in enclosed spaces is an important measure in reducing community transmission of COVID-19. Increasingly, recommendations and expectations around masking in enclosed spaces are being strengthened to reflect this...
Implementation of the policy should be enacted and enforced in ‘good faith’ and should be primarily used as a means to educate people on mask or face covering use in public spaces."