The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-3

My Dear Fellow Christians:

I cannot think of a more appropriate time for this Ephesians Epistle Reading than for the present. It is the Word of God selected decades ago for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, that is, the first Sunday in August. Our world could use a large dose of humility, gentleness, patience and love.

C.S. Lewis, a prominent Christian writer of the twentieth century, stated that by nature we are like limbs on a tree. We start out all united in one trunk, then, as the branches grow, each goes in their own direction. The older they get, the more separated they become.

But, in Christ we are like a river, that starts little and weak, and becomes stronger as time passes and more little tributaries join it! That is precisely the effect of the Christian faith applied in our lives.

Jesus, on the night in which he was betrayed, told his disciples to love one another. “As I have loved you, so you also must love one another.”

Love is what lies behind humility, gentleness, patience, compassion. These are all different ways love expresses itself and takes shape in the lives of us Christians.

May the Holy Spirit continue to guide his church and enable each of us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received!

In Christian love,

Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

August Calendar

Serving Us in Worship

August Birthdays and Anniversaries

Preschool News

We Are Better Together

God does not want us to be divided. We see so much division in our world, it is not God's will that we are divided. As Christians let us realize and be the example that when we work together, we are BETTER. We do not need to fight each other but rather get together to fight against the enemy out there - the evil forces of sin and Satan. We get the best results when we do it TOGETHER!

There is a king that we read about in 2 Chronicles, his name is King Jehoshaphat. He received word that the kingdom of Judah was about to be invaded by a "large" multitude of armies from different nations. Don't we feel like this sometimes? The world is closing in on us from all sides and we just do not know what to do. Well, this is exactly how the kingdom of Judah felt and they just were not sure what to do. They could have easily fallen apart under pressure and started to turn on each other, but this was not the case. The kingdom of Judah had enough sense to know whom to call on. King Jehoshaphat went fast and began to pray, seeking God on the nation's behalf. As soon as he finished praying, he got word that Judah would not have to fight this battle because it was not their battle to fight - it was the Lord's.

Nothing gives God more glory than when His people work together according to His plan. We are not called to be lone rangers and do everything on our own. True the Bible says we are many members, but we are ONE body. Those many parts need to work together to make the one body work! It takes all of us working together to make things happen. What benefit do we receive accomplishing everything on our own? Sure, you may be able to do it on your own, but we are much better when we do it TOGETHER! When we work together the possibilities God sets before us are limitless. There is nothing that God cannot accomplish through us when we work together for the glory of Him and the furthering of His kingdom! May God grant us this for His name’s sake!

In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Chalk the Walk

Help us welcome our Preschool Students and their families back to school by filling our sidewalks with fun pictures and messages on Tuesday, August 31st at 6:30pm. Sidewalk chalk will be provided, as well as some goodies and drinks. This is open to all ages!

Women's Ministry

Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding the Women's Ministry Garden Tea Party to take place on Saturday, September 11th at 1:00 p.m.

Garden Tea Party Table Hostesses are Needed and Appreciated. As a Table Hostess, you will provide a table and chairs for four (4). Decorate your table and provide tea party settings, teapot, a carafe(s), etc. Sign up on the Women’s Ministries Bulletin Board or email our Women’s Ministries Gmail at

Third Quarter Missions

The recipent of our third quarter missions is Rachel Meyer. Rachel, a Lutheran School Teacher, is a missionary in Bufuula, Uganda. Rachel is to be admired for her courage to go in our place into a nation that is politically in conflict. Let us pray for her safety. May the Lord surround her with His holy angels and bless her ministry of teaching seventh graders the ways of the Lord. – Go, Rachel, go! The Lord be with you!


Pastor Sander and Blessed Savior Lutheran,

I just received news of the generous gift to my mission work in Italy! Last time we chatted you had said that you would be working on applying for a grant in support of my work... it looks like the grant went through thank you!!

Of the three countries I will be working in (Greece, Bulgaria and Italy) Italy will require the most attention. There, thanks be to God, we have contacts and people confirmed throughout the Peninsula. Best of all we even have four men in three cities studying to become Pastors. All during a pandemic, all through the internet and all without any LCMS Pastors in the country. Praise be to God.

I hope you appreciate the updates! You and your congregation are on my mailing list!

Rev. Tyler McMiller