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"
Our Saviour’s Christmas Take Out Tea
Midweek Advent Study
To receive a copy of the monthly 'Ambassador' by email, please send a request to email@example.com.
The text version of our December 2021 Newsletter is on the page 'Our Newsletter'.
Deadline for January 2021 'Ambassador' articles: Jan. 3.
Our Saviour's This Week:
6:30 p.m. Cubs
8:30 p.m. Friendly A.A. Group
11:00 Mission to Seafarers St. Nicholas Day eucharist, at Our Saviour's
7:00 p.m. Midweek Advent study (Zoom)
8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A.
Sunday, December 12, Third Sunday of Advent
10:30 a.m. Advent/Christmas Music Cantata service (video on YouTube later)
1:00 p.m. Virtual Fellowship
Readings: Christmas Cantata
Sermon : Christmas Cantata - 'Tidings of Comfort and Joy'
Our next session is on Sunday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. The Zoom invitation will be sent out in the Sat. email, or can be received by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time, we will normally be meeting on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of the month (non-Communion).
Advent/ Christmas worship schedule:
We have resumed receiving Communion 'in both kinds'. 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. Following this, you are invited to come socially distanced forward, as you feel comfortable, to pick up a glass of wine/grape juice from a table, drink it, leave the glass, and return to your seat. Masks are to be worn except for the eating of the bread and for drinking of the wine/juice.
Activity handouts related to each Sunday's readings are available. We email them 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.
Seasonal drop-off/pick up activity kits are being prepared, with the next one on the theme of Advent/ Christmas. To sign up to receive them or to update your address, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
BC Flood Relief
Churches Beyond Borders releases devotional inspired by United Nations anti-violence efforts
A singing communion in Advent 2021
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle
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.)
Sets of envelopes for your 2021 Sunday and special offerings are available in the front hall. If you wish to sign up for one, please contact the office, 344-1926, email@example.com .