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Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

June 2024

10 Farrand Street, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 3H5

Offices: 344-1926; Immanuel Hall/FAX: 343-4857

E-mail: osimm@tbaytel.net

Web: www.oursaviourstbay.org

Facebook: ‘Our Saviour’s Thunder Bay’

YouTube: ‘Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay’

Instagram: ‘OSLCTBay’

Pastor: Matthew H. Diegel (Parsonage: 344-6822)



Plant, Bake, and Yard Sale

Back by popular demand, our annual sale is happening Saturday, June 8, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. To help, see the sign-up board in the front hall, or contact Linda Sander, Kim Koivukoski (baking) or Pat Kaukola (plants). Donations can be dropped off Thursday, June 6, 5:00 – 8: 00 p.m. and Friday, June 7, after 2:30 p.m.


Fellowship Hour

We have Fellowship Hour each Sunday following worship, in Immanuel Hall. Birthdays are celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of the month!

On June 23, join us for a special ‘Welome Summer’ fellowship brunch!

To help with set-up or clean-up, volunteer at the kitchen.

The platform lift is available for those who cannot access the basement via the stairs.


‘Joseph’: Sat. June 8, 7:00 p.m.

Jubilation’ is a youth choir from St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Bloomington MN, consisting of 7th through 12th grade students. Each summer they tour a new area of the U.S., Canada, or Europe. This year marks their 36th tour and the choir’s 50th year under the direction of Linda Olson. There is no fee for this 60-70 minute musical, and Our Saviour’s is providing the sanctuary at no charge. There will be a free-will offering at the end of the performance, to be given to the choir to help with its expenses.    We will supply the Sat. supper and Sun. breakfast (see Linda Sander), as well as having the participants camp out in the church Sat. night. 


Confirmation Sunday

Please come out to support  and  celebrate our newest   Confirmed members, Lilianne  and Matthew Bourget, on Sunday, June 2, as they affirm their Baptisms.  


We gather each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., celebrating Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month: June 2 and 16. June 9, 23, and 30 are Service of the Word. Worship with the Band will return after Labour Day. Thank you to the Band and singers for your music on May 26. Thanks also to the Choir for its anthem on the same day – its practices will resume in the fall.

   For Holy Communion, all are invited to come up the centre aisle to the foot of the chancel steps to receive the bread (bakers appreciated) and the wine/grape juice. Gluten-free wafers are available. After taking a glass, please go to the side and drink. There is a receptacle for used glasses as we go back to our seats via the side aisles. 

  If you are unable to come to the front, please tell the usher and the elements will be brought to you.  Those who do not receive Communion are welcome to come forward for a blessing.

  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.

   As we meet we record the services. They are uploaded later to our YouTube channel, ‘Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay’. Thank you, John Stadtlander and Brian Phillips!

    The bulletin, with links to videos of the songs, and with the text of the sermon, are e-mailed Saturday. Sign up: osimm@tbaytel.net. They also are posted on our website each Saturday: www.oursaviourstbay.org .

Worship Assistants

For worship we have Greeters and Ushers, Readers, and Communion assistants. Please sign up in the front hall. You can check what positions need filling for the coming Sunday in the bulletin. Pastor Matthew is happy to offer an orientation. Thanks to those who helped in May, including while Pastor was away Convention Sunday.

Sunday readings 

June 2 – Time after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Psalm 8:1-10

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Mark 2:23-3:6

June 9 – Time after Pentecost

Genesis 3:8-15

Psalm 130

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Mark 3:20-35

June 16 – Time after Pentecost

Ezekiel 17:22-24

Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17

Mark 4:26-34

June 23 – Time after Pentecost

Job 38:1-11

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Mark 4:35-41

June 30 – Time after Pentecost

Lamentations 3:22-33

Psalm 30

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Mark 5:21-43

July 7 – Time after Pentecost

Ezekiel 2:1-5

Psalm 123

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13

Council Comments

Council met for its monthly meeting on May 14. In addition to news noted elsewhere,

-Planning continues on the Northwest Exit rebuild project and the Memorial Committee landscaping proposal.

-Pastor Matthew has agreed to write once more for the ‘Eternity for Today’ daily devotional booklet. It will be in the Jan.-Mar. 2025 issue.

-He also has been invited to apply for a continuing education event in November in Wittenberg Germany, through the Lutheran World Federation. He will hear in the summer if he is selected to go.

-Vi and Linda are fleshing out the roles of Treasurer and bookkeeper, now that these positions once more are separate. Thank you again to Linda, who for some years took on both roles, in addition to being Chairperson.

-Council agreed to a request from the LINC program to host an additional English Language class until the end of June. The revised lease increases the rent $100 monthly. The class, the smallest of the 4, is held under the balcony, with the teacher and students setting up the space on Mondays, and clearing it on Fridays, and as needed.

-The April Women’s Day party was well received. The Women’s Prayer Partner progam has been reestablished.

-Sharon Scott and Pastor Matthew attended the Anglican Deanery Day workshop on reviving congregations. It was a good learning experience, and council will receive an invitation to next years’ as well.

-Plans for the Welcome Summer Fellowship Brunch, on Sun. June 23, will be finalized at the June meeting.

-Council has accepted an invitation to hold a gathering at the Hynna family camp. Again, the June meeting wil set this up.

-Pastor Matthew, after discussion with the council, has accepted the invitation of the Bishop to serve as Dean of this area for a 3 year term, beginning Jan. 1, 2025. After the same discussion, he has declined the Bishop’s invitation to serve as vice-pastor of Hilldale.

-Kim Karioja’s piano students will once again hold 4 recitals in the sanctuary during 2024-2025. Thank you to all the students and families for each time bringing donations for the food basket.

-Council’s next monthly meeting is Tues. June 11, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Chair – Linda Sander 622-0604

Vice-Chair – Karen Bishop 344-0052

Secretary – Aritith Francis 345-3617

Treasurer – Vi Peternelj 344-8552


Pastoral Visits

Pastor Matthew looks forward to making home visits, and going to Long Term Care homes. This includes sharing Holy Communion. Contact him at 807-344-1926, osimm@tbaytel.net.

   Pastor Matthew visits at the Regional Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Hospital. As clergy no longer have access to the patient lists, it is vital that you contact him with info about who is a patient who would benefit from such care.


Food Basket 

Food donations received in the wicker basket in the front hall are given to the Gathering Table’s food bank and to those in need.


Children’s Ministry

Our in-person Sunday School classes are held twice monthly, on the first and third Sundays. We now are on summer break until after Labour Day. Thank you to Karen Bishop, our co-ordinator, for her leadership this past year.

   The Summer seasonal activity packet will soon be available for pick-up or drop off. For the latter:


  Activity sheets for each Sunday are available in the front hall and are also emailed on Thursday. Sign up:

osimm@tbaytel.net . 

  There are Adventure activity bags under the mailboxes inside the entrance to the sanctuary, for children to enjoy during worship.


 'Eternity for Today'

The July – Sept. issue of our national church’s daily devotional booklet should be available shortly. Pick up one or more in the front hall, or call the office to have one dropped off.


Luther Village

The Luther Village Camp annual brochure for 2024 is available to help you create your family, child, grandchild or individual camping plans for this coming summer! Please pick one up at the church, or go online, www.luthervillage.ca, and see what’s happening during our synod’s 60th year of outdoor ministry on Dogtooth Lake near Kenora.

Luther Village WOMEN'S RETREAT

Come join us June 7-9 for a chance to

Relax, Renew and Rediscover

"Created to Be"

COST: $170.00 (plus hst) for the weekend, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon Accommodations, meals and all programing included

Early bird discount by June 3:

$25.00 off

Register at www.luthervillage.ca.

 Our resource leaders from 2023 will be returning: Mother-Daughter team Candace & Caitlin Kostna. Members of Abundant Life – East St. Paul MB, Candace has participated in Faith Formation leader training and been involved in family and confirmation ministry for many years. Caitlin has been involved in youth group, singing with the music team and as a core team member.

    There will be opportunities for rest and relaxation, sessions to engage you, a time for worship, activities such as hiking or canoeing, wine and cheese night and more. All ages are welcome

(14+): come with your mom, bring your daughter or niece, and don't forget to invite Grandma.

Official start is 8:00-8:30pm, Central Time, on Friday.You are welcome to arrive anytime during the day and enjoy camp, go for a hike, canoe or just sit on the beach.

Will be opportunity to sign up for Massage or Reflexology session (at your own Cost)



Local and Missions

Thank you so much for your offerings to the congregation in May. Unfortunately,  our regular weekly offerings (envelope and loose) once again ended up well short of our goal (approx. $3,000 less).  Please pray about, and help as you are able, to put us on a better financial foundation before we enter the traditionally lean summer months. Together, with the Spirit’s guidance, we serve the world with the gifts of God.

May Offerings:

$ 6,585.00

Budgeted Offerings Monthly:

$ 9,666.67

Monthly Offerings 2024:  

$ 40,966.00

Budgeted Offerings 2024:

$ 48,333.35


Forward in Mission

Received in 2024:  $ 1,495.00

2024 goal:         $ 2,500.00

Thank you for your gifts. Including last year’s allocated surplus, we continue to move closer to meeting our goal!

   One of our designated partners this year is the Dew Drop Inn and its General Appeal, $600. The Dew Drop Inn is the 2024 recipient of the Not For Profit Business Excellence Award hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.     

  “The Dew Drop Inn is incredibly blessed to have such an amazing team who believe that yes, everyone does deserve a good meal with no judgment, no questions asked and everyone needs to be treated with respect and dignity… a heartfelt thank you for the part that you play at the Dew…”

Cleaning Fund

Received in 2024:        $ 1,485.00

Budgeted to date:        $ 1,500.00

Thank you for your ongoing gifts, which are enabling us to employ a part-time custodian to clean our building. Please designate offerings: ‘Cleaning Fund’.


Building Fund

Our donations help us have a dedicated reserve to maintain our property when the ‘unexpected’ happens. When planning indicates a major project is needed, a Congregational Meeting can set a goal for giving to the fund.

Balance, Jan. 1, 2024: $ 5,314.04

Received in 2024:        $ 1,065.00

Expenditures: In Feb. we needed to pay $2,440 for our annual maintenance agreement for our platform lift. Gifts to replenish the fund are appreciated.



Before or after worship you are able to share your offerings at the entrance to the sanctuary. Envelopes for Sunday and special offerings are available. For a bundle of envelopes for 2024 see Linda Sander or call the office.

Other ways to send your gift:

1.Mail envelopes to the church

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 is appreciated, so that the offering can be brought inside.

3.E-Transfer to


4.Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAR)

You are able to have offerings deposited from your financial institution to the church. You can designate it Weekly, Building, and/or Forward in Mission. New: You can desigate part of ‘Weekly’ for ‘Cleaning’. To sign up, or make updates, call the office.

2024 MNO Synod Convention

Thank you to Linda Sander for being lay delegate in May, in Selkirk MB. Pastor Matthew was a rostered delegate.

   The convention logo was meant to convey the idea of transformation and new growth. We go out into the world with different ideas but still together, cohesive in thought and intent, trusting that God is bringing new life into our ministries. The leaf urges us to see life, possibility, and hope, even in the face of anxiety. The leaf also reinforces that we stand together as the MNO Synod, even as we are each unique and diverse ministries and people. We have our own unique mark that can be seen within the whole. The dots around the leaf represent ideas, intentions, projects and initiatives that surround us and have yet to take shape or final form. They also give a sense of movement and action – that the Holy Spirit surrounds us and encourages us to active ministry.  


Lutheran Community Care Annual General Meeting

Our Saviour’s is hosting the Annual General meeting on Mon. June 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the sanctuary.  Our delegates are Karen Bishop (LCC Board member from Our Saviour’s), Lillian Erickson, Artith Francis, Pat Kaukola, Marion Poutanen, and Pastor Matthew. All are welcome to attend. A reception will follow the meeting, in the front hall.

Thank you

From Rob Barrett, Executive Director:

  “Thank you for your generous contribution in support of Lutheran Community Care in 2023. Our Friendship Circle certificate given to you demonstrates our appreciation for the significant role you play in our ongoing efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable citizens within our community.

   Your support is so important to each of our programs, which rely heavily upon donations and fundraising to remain effective in the work we do. Thanks to your contribution, our Pastoral Care, Street Reach, and Social Service programs can continue their incredible work.

  Thank you once again for playing such a vital role in our outreach to street-involved people, persons at risk of homelessness, people on disability pensions, patients in hospitals, residents of long-term care facilities, and seniors who feel isolated and alone.”

Street Reach Ministries

Many thanks to you for your generous donations of items and finances. Our center could not operate without your support! If you would like to volunteer, please contact LCC.

   Our needs for clients are constantly changing. Currently we are in need of the following items: fruit cups; juice boxes and water; hygiene products (shampoo/body wash/deodorant); toothpaste; outerwear (runners, raincoats, backpacks, duffel bags); Ladies’ underwear (sizes S to L); hairbrushes; razors; and towels.

   Donations can be dropped off at:

-Street Reach, 516B Victoria Ave. E.; Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

-LCC, 245B Bay Street, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is excited to announce its new logo and tagline, inspired by a new vision statement which was developed through extensive consultation with members across the church. The vision statement embodies the collective hopes and dreams of ELCIC members: God’s grace and unconditional love call us to be a diverse, inclusive community that celebrates all and upholds life-giving relationships.

 “I’m so thankful to the work of the task force and the groundwork they did to lay the steps for what would come next,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson. “During the process, it became clear that as part of our work going forward, as we moved into fully living out this new vision statement, it would mean revisiting our logo and tagline.”

 The new logo draws on several key visual elements, including: a dove and olive branch as symbolizing love, peace and hope; the cross which is at the heart of our faith, embodying Christ, the Holy Spirit, and forgiveness; and the open hand, representing God’s grace, welcoming, and openness. Visually the logo comes together in a modern, contemporary design signifying energy and forward momentum. 

 The new tagline encapsulates the heart of the ELCIC’s vision:

Living out God’s Grace and Unconditional Love  

 The tagline is outward focused, “as together we journey in our faith, spreading God’s message of grace and unwavering love for all,” says ELCIC Director of Communications, Trina Gallop Blank, who explains that the roll-out of the logo will take some time to be fully implemented across the ELCIC.
“Over the coming weeks and months, we will start to see the new logo more and more,” she says. “The ELCIC was formed back in 1986, we have a lot of documents, website pages, and various ways in which we utilize our logo throughout all expressions of the church. Transitioning to the new logo is a significant task but we are thrilled to see how it will be embraced throughout the church and excited to finally share it with everyone.”