The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

My Dear Friend:


“Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me!” With these words a German monk, Dr. Martin Luther unleashed a religious movement: “The Lutheran Reformation.” These words were addressed to the Emperor of the Roman Catholic Empire, Charles V, on October 31st, 1517. This movement did not consist in founding a new church or denomination. It simply led the church back to its apostolic origins.


The Medieval Era, or Middle Ages (from the fall of Rome and the Renaissance) are also called “the dark ages", for good reason. The light of intellectual up-building the Greek culture promoted earlier was virtually snuffed out by the obsession with military power, economic strength and the complete devastation of morality. But in the late 1400’s, Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press, which made the printing of books in great numbers possible. This, in turn, encouraged people to learn how to read. The first flickers of the Renaissance were coming to life.


Martin Luther followed in the footsteps of many others who took issue with the lies being taught by the Roman Catholic Church, such as forgiveness of sins sold for a price and the need of good works if you want to go to heaven. Unable to please God as the church portrayed him, the common people lived in fear of death and condemnation.


Jesus said: “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature!” Yet the Gospel – sins are forgiven by grace alone – was never taught by the church. The church needed money and it was far easier to keep the people in fear and asking money of them, than to teach them the love of God and the salvation Jesus earned for us when he died on the cross IN OUR PLACE!


In the month of October, we thank the Lord for raising up people like John Wycliff and Jon Husinek who were examples of faith and honesty to the Biblical text. They taught what the Bible said. Luther was inspired and encouraged by them. He took on the church and a whole empire armed only with the truth! God’s word is truth and the truth matters!


In Jesus service, for your sake,

Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

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October Calendar

Serving Us in Worship

October Birthdays and Anniversaries

Preschool News

Made by a Creator, Not by Chance

Psalm 139:14 says "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."


Preschool recently completed a unit on the five senses. We talked about touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. These are 5 things that most people just take for granted, but when we dove into learning all about these 5 senses it is hard to think that people believe we evolved from something else. In the above verse, and even in Genesis, clearly we have a loving and wonderful Creator that did not just throw us together, but rather intricately created us. These 5 senses that are controlled by a very complicated and precise brain are more than awesome.


Our eyes are used to see. Just take a look around you and see the wonders that God created. He made for us a beautiful world. Green grass, blue sky, trees, plants, animals, water, natural wonders, and the list goes on. Next take your sense of smell. This one is one of my favorite to talk about in preschool. We can go from something so beautiful and sweet like a flower to something stinky like a skunk. Isn't it fascinating to know that our nose can immediately detect such smells? How about our sense of taste? Thousands of taste buds that can taste salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and the list goes on. And not only do we have thousands of taste buds, but those taste buds then change every two weeks!


Our ears are also very delicate and intricately made. Yes, we can see our ear on the outside and know it can hear, but have you ever really looked at what it takes on the inside to hear? We can hear everything from a whisper to the organ in church on Sunday morning and everything in between! And lastly the sense of touch or feeling! The receptors in your skin that let you know something is hot or cold, smooth or rough, hard or soft. It is just truly amazing to know that we have a Creator and Father that so wonderfully and fearfully made us!


The footnote on this verse says that we cannot begin to comprehend this creature that God has made so we simply just praise Him for doing so. We look at our bodies with awe and wonder and are amazed. To have a Father that in verse 13 "knit us together in our mother's womb" is just simply breathtaking. God knows us, He intimately knows us. He cares for us, He provides for us, He loves us, forgives us, etc. When looking at just these 5 senses and the delicate measures God took in creating us do you honestly think that He wouldn't be there for you? With this being said my friends, let us then praise God, for we are wonderfully and fearfully made! And not just made but sustained until we are home in heaven with the Creator!


In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Preschool

School is now underway for our little ones in the basement. Each class is doing well and making adjustments to the preschool life. Christian education is a wonderful thing and we are blessed at Blessed Savior to have so many young families and children coming through our doors every day. As we learn letters, numbers, shapes, and colors, we also can learn of Jesus’ love and ministry. This is what makes us unique and able to help our students grow spiritually. We have had many opportunities to pray together and to learn some wonderful Bible stories. As the school year continues, we ask that you would keep Blessed Savior children’s ministries in your daily prayers.

Sunday School

Sunday school in-person is well underway and it feels good to have our children back in the building! We are thankful for the opportunity we have to safely meet to study the Word of God together.


We have designated LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots) as the recipients of our first quarter offerings. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful program please head over to their website https://www.lampministry.org/ and check it out!


Job Openings!

We would love for you to join our team!


We are currently looking for:
Building and Grounds

-light custodial work, maintanence of the building, outside upkeep, and coordination of vendors and projects with the Board of Trustees

Childcare Teacher

-flexbile, part time hours are available for those who love working with kids! Help is needed in the childcare room, which has mixed ages

Preschool Office Staff

-part time help is needed with scheduling, billing, and general office work.


If you are interested, or if you know someone who may be, please contact the church office to obtain a full job description and an application.

Fourth Quarter Missions

SPECIAL MISSIONS – For the fourth quarter of the year, our Special Missions gifts will support the SOS Center, an agency run by the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod that helps Milwaukee school children and their families. The SOS Center offers after school tutoring, teaches Bible Stories and exemplifies Christian love in action. Many volunteers make this ministry possible!


Below you will find a wish list posted by the SOS Center.

Women's Ministry

The mission and outreach of the The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) are celebrated annually in Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches on the first Sunday in October. We are honored to be a part of this ministry here at Blessed Savior with all that our Women's Ministry does!


To hear more about the missions that we support, please join us on Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30pm. We'll first be treated to a visit from Rhoda the Comfort Dog, and hear about the work she does bringing comfort to those who need it most. Following that presentation, we'll have a chance to update you on all the work our church is doing throughout the United States and the world. Men and Women are invited to join us! To further support the ministry of the comfort dogs, we are looking for donations of gift cards to Petsmart, Petco, Target, Starbucks, Panera and Chick-fil-A.

Faith and the Pentagon

Reverend Dr. Larry Myers (Chaplain, Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired) joined our congregation in 2020, following his retirement from pastoral ministry at Elm Grove Lutheran. During his service in the Air Force as Colonel and Chaplain, he found himself at the Pentagon on 9/11. Join us on Sunday, October 17th at 9:15am as he shares his experience, and the examples of faith that showed up on that devastating day.

Endowment Fund Organization Spotlight-Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge

Mr. Bob's is a non-profit, all volunteer service organization that serves the homeless communities in Milwaukee and South Eastern Wisconsin. Our church Homeless Endowment Fund has provided three grants since 2017, totalling $3,500.


In addition to providing clothing, hygiene products, and permanent housing efforts, Mr. Bob's serves 100-150 men, women, and children via a mobile, four stall unit every Saturday at Kosciuszko Park. They recently have expanded these services to the Madison area. The organization relies totally upon volunteers and monetary gifts and in kind donations (socks, clothing, blankets, and hygiene products).


To learn more about the organization and how to volunteer your time, visit their website at mrbobsunderthebridge.org.

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