Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – and if you’ve been out in the stores lately – you’ve seen a lot of red boxes of candy, heart-shaped chocolate boxes, flowers, etc… Getting a box of chocolates is always nice – the assortment makes things interesting. There are some that are nutty, some that are chewy, some that are hard, some that are soft, some that are super sweet, and some that are not as sweet.
There are some you may really enjoy and others you don’t care for too much. The giver gives the box to you, not because you like every single piece of chocolate and they are all your favorites, but rather as an expression of love. In our daily lives, we are surrounded by people who are like chocoloates – some are nutty, some are hard, some are soft, some are sweet, some are not so sweet, some are our favorites, some we don’t care for so much. God did not surround us with all these people because He thought they would all be our favorites.
He gave them to us as an expression of love. We interact with them, we learn from them, we watch them, we witness to them. Sometimes the nuttiest one in the bunch can bring you the most joy, or the sweetest one needs an ear to listen. This is how we love one another. We help one another, we meet each one in his/her point of need and with God’s help, we try to fill it. God gives us the gifts we need, whether we like them or not, as an expression of love. He loves so much that He sent His Son to die for us. That is the ultimate love. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:16)
Here’s what’s happening at Our Savior:
Join us tonight, February 13, for our Wednesday Night Christian Education Classes from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. All are welcome. There are classes for everyone. It is not too late to jump into a class. We hope to see you.
Thursday, February 14 – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Jesus loves us so much that He gave his life for us. What a reason to celebrate!
Saturday, February 16 – NO Elders, Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast and Women’s Bible Study and Breakfast this week. There has been a cancellation and all the groups will meet next Saturday, February 23.
This Sunday, February 17 - join us for our regular Sunday morning schedule. Worship services are at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible Class, Youth Bible Study, Confirmation Class and Sunday School all meet at 9:15 a.m. If you are traveling and/or want to tune in, feel free to listen to “The Voice of Our Savior” on 1100AM, 1370 AM and/or www.WHLI.com at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday morning.
Monday, February 18 – There will be Church Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss Basketball Camp all next week during the school break. Come join us and invite all you think may be interested. Click here for more information FEBRUARY BREAK BASKETBALL CAMP.
Looking ahead to next week: On Tuesday, February 26, there will be an Our Savior New American School Information Meeting at 7:00 p.m. This is a great place for people to come to get their questions answered, visit the school, meet the teachers, view the curriculum, tour the building, etc… Spread the word and share our school with others. Also next Tuesday, the Youth Mission Trip to Germany this spring will be having a FIVE GUYS FUNDRASIER from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Go out for dinner, or pick up take out, and support our youth! That same evening will be a meeting of Veterans Helping Veterans in the Teachers’ Lounge. If you are or know of any vet, please let them know about this great gathering of support and information.
The Crochet/Knitting Club meets on Thursday nights or you can do it on your own. If interested, please contact Christina Semple. Also mark your calendars for Sunday, March 10 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. for a Baby Shower for those who have chosen life. More details to follow.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to:
Today, February 13 – Judy Sullivan
February 14 – Lauren Feitcher, Nicole Crist
February 15 – Sarah Minozzi
February 16 – Peter Broski
Have a great week!
Pastor and Leadership at Our Savior,
With much excitement I send this letter on the wings of the Lord. The Lord is so faithful and He uses the people of His Kingdom to be a blessing. Today, Christina (Semple) came to our Soundview office with beautiful handmade gifts such as blankets and hats for our clients. I can only imagine the hours and time that it took to make these gifts. What love and dedication!
Many of our clients go through very difficult times of frustration and hardship. Some not knowing what their future will be based on the decisions they make. We educate, love them and give them hope that their lives are not over but that they will have an abundant life.
Again, I want to thank all the wonderful ladies, sisters in Christ who took time and unselfishly wanting to be a blessings to our clients.
Please keep Soundview and all the Pre-abundant life centers in your prayers daily. The laws of the land may change but the Words of our Lord and Savior will always remain.
His Grace only,
Soundview Pregnancy Services
8 & 10:30 AM: Worship Service
• Childcare Provided
"The Voice of Our Savior Radio Show"
Broadcast on 1100 am and 1370 am
• Children's Sunday School
(Pre K to 6th Grade)
• Confirmation Program
(7th & 8th Grade)
• Adult Bible Study
• High School Bible Study
Communion Service Every Sunday
Pastor: Rev. Ronald W. Stelzer
Assistant to the Pastor: Gary D’Aquino, LCMS Deacon
Director of Parish Music: Ray Knehnetski
Secretary: Robin Reade