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 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.
"Come share the gifts of God - serve the world"
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The text version of our January 2022 Newsletter is on the page 'Our Newsletter'.
Deadline for February 2022 'Ambassador' articles: Jan. 24.
Our Saviour's This Week:
The Ontario move back to a modified Step 2 of Reopening, effective Weds. Jan. 5, has necessitated the following changes in the ministry of Our Saviour's. We make these, following the guidance of our Safety Plan, the government regulations, and church offices. In this way, we serve our community and world, by caring for our neighbour:
-In-person worship is suspended for at least the next 2 Sundays, Jan. 9 and 16. Closed session recordings of worship will be made on Saturday for each day, and uploaded for Sunday to our YouTube channel, 'Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay'. Texts of the worship service and sermon will be posted on Saturday to our website, oursaviourstbay.org, and sent out weekly, also on Saturday, to those on our email list (to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org).
-We will have Virtual Fellowship, via Zoom, each Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The invitations will be included in the weekly emailing.
-Use of Immanuel Hall by community groups is suspended until at least Jan. 26, with the exception allowed for the Friendly Group A.A. (with new restrictions)
-Pastor Matthew will remain working in his office at the church. However, mindful of the fact that employees are encouraged to work from home except when necessary, if you need to come to the church please call beforehand( So he can greet you safely and cheerfully... and without being surprised by boots on the stairs!)
-Our prayer is that these temporary measures help us and others to be as healthy as possible.
-Pastor Matthew also has a dream, that on Sunday, April 17, we are able to have in-person Easter Day worship for the first time since 2019. We do this now, so that we can have that later...
-God's peace, compassion, and love, be with us all.
8:30 p.m. Friendly A.A. Group
5:00 p.m. Congregational Council meeting (Zoom)
8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A.
Sunday, January 23, Third Sunday after Epiphany
Recorded online worship: Service of the Word (Week of Prayer for Christian Unity)
1:00 p.m. Virtual Fellowship
Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Ephesians 5:8-14; Matthew 2:1-12
Sermon - from Middle East Council of Churches, for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (preached by Pastor Matthew)
During January we are meeting each Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. The Zoom invitation will be sent out in the Sat. email, or can be received by emailing email@example.com.
Until we resume in-person worship, we will be having Virtual Fellowship each Sunday.
Holy Communion at Our Saviour's
Note: in-person worship suspended, Jan. 16
Peace be with you.
The number of new active cases announced by the Health Unit, along with our Safety plan -- based on provincial regulations and church guidance -- necessitates a change. Until further notice, we are reverting to receiving Holy Communion in one kind, the bread (given to us as we enter the sanctuary, and then consumed in our pews during the Communion.) This helps in three respects: eliminates further close contact during the receiving of the wine/juice; helps to shorten the service, and our time together; and eliminates the need to remove our masks a second time.
As God became flesh in Christ, so in both elements of Holy Communion, and in either, we receive the full promises of forgiveness, new life, and call to join in the journey.
Be fed with the good news of Jesus, our Saviour, born for you and for me and for all people.
Individually wrapped wafers are given to you as you enter, and we stay in our pews for eating of the bread. You may also bring your own bread for your bubble, if you prefer. For those needing gluten-free wafers, please ask at the Greeter's table.
Our Advent/ Christmas/Epiphany drop-off/pick up activity kits still are available for pick-up in the front hall, and also can be dropped off. To sign up to receive one or to update your address, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com.
There has been no in-person Sunday School since March 2020. The current provincial guidelines enable children to gather, provided they are socially distanced and masked. However, we will not be returning at this point. Children are welcome at worship. Those who wear masks in school need also to wear this in worship.
Our previous practice;
On the first and third Sundays of each month (our Holy Communion celebrations) we had traditional Sunday School sessions, for children in JK - Gr. 6. They joined worship for the sharing of Communion.
'Adventure' bags were available on all Sundays, located under the mailboxes. These bags contained both general and Sunday specific activities for the children to engage in while they attend worship - either sitting in the area near the mailboxes or in the pews. There was a Children's Message on each of these Sundays as well.
Our Coordinator is Karen Bishop.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Task Force on Addressing Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle:
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
16 - 22 January 2022
Thank you for your offerings, sharing the gifts of God so that together we might serve the world!
During our in-person 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 other 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 2022 offerings will be available shortly. If you wish to sign up for a supply, please contact the office, 344-1926, firstname.lastname@example.org .