The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

Dear Friends:


It has been six long months since our dear Blessed Savior embarked in this new phase of our existence with great restrictions due to Covid-19. By now you have received several letters – email or USPS – informing you of the many changes we had to implement in order to follow the recommendations of Health Officials and Government mandates.


The deferment of all on campus activities – except the staff – has really changed the look and feel of our congregation. The Fellowship Hall is empty, and the lights are off. The classrooms are silent. The parking lot is deserted except for Sunday mornings. All these difficult measures had to be taken to give us a fighting chance to curb the spread of this deadly virus.


This is the first pandemic our world is facing in over one hundred years. It has nothing to do with politics. Some people prefer to listen to politicians instead of to scientists and Health Officials. This attitude only prolongs the plague. It helps spread the virus instead of containing it.


Even though one does not see a lot of activity at Blessed Savior these days, spiritually we are strong and thriving. Just in the past month our congregation has distributed grants and designated gifts to over ten different charities and missionary causes. A total of $27,000.00 has been given away. We can only do this because faith and the works of faith you, the members of Blessed Savior, are doing. These works are now as strong as ever! This shows that we are a spiritually mature congregation. The health of the church lies in the faith – not activities – of its people. Activities are a result and not the cause of faith!


Our Board of Elders and the Church Council are examining monthly the state of the pandemic and adjusting our ministry accordingly. I pray you to be patient and kind to one another as we serve the Lord in unity and harmony. The Lord bless you this Fall and through the end of the year!


In His service, your Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

Serving Us in Worship

Elders

Thursday 7:00pm - Chuck Boie

Sunday 8:00am

Sept 6-Jim Burow

Sept 13-Dan Gutenberger

Sept 20-Jim Burow

Sept 27-TBD

Sunday 10:30am -Jerry Sutton (primary) & Bob Kunz (secondary)

Ushers

Thursday 7:00 pm - Driesen Team #7

Sunday 8:00am - Saeger Team #1

Sunday 10:30am - Sutton Team #2

September Birthdays & Anniversaries

Preschool News

Sent To Serve

This fall Blessed Savior kicks off its 30th year of preschool! What a blessing this school has been to the countless families and students that have passed through its doors. This year definitely looks way different from any other year that we have started, but we know that God is still in control and goes ahead of us! We have adopted the theme "Sent to Serve" Matthew 20:28 which is also the theme for 2021 National Lutheran Schools Week. Now more than ever we as a church and preschool, but also believers in Jesus have the opportunity to serve. There is uncertainty, unrest, turmoil, natural disaster all around us. We are still in the center of a pandemic, but we are called to serve! Matthew 20:28 tells us "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" and thank God He did! Without the life and service of Jesus we would not have been rescued from sin, death, and the devil and our end would be very grim. But the good news is that Jesus did come and He did serve and because of that service we have been rescued from sin, death, and the power of the devil and will one day get to bask in the glory of our heavenly Father in eternity! Let us make sure we share this news with others! Our prayer is that others would see that we are different and set apart and we are because we are saved by Jesus! Serve others and don't just sit on this wonderful life saving news!


Blessed Savior continues to have the opportunity to serve and we will do so this fall with a brand new staff in the preschool and childcare! We are so very excited to welcome Mrs. Angela Heisler as our lead childcare teacher, Mrs. Laura Kidd as our lead 3K teacher, and Mrs. Jenny Otto as our lead 4K extended class teacher. All of these wonderful ladies have served in Lutheran schools and for the first time in our 30 year history we have a complete LC-MS staff! Praise be to God for leading these wonderful believers in Christ to serve here at Blessed Savior! To see our full preschool newsletter, please click below!

Endowment Fund - Homeless and Destitute Grants

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is back at Blessed Savior. The task is to simply fill a shoe box with some simple goodies for different aged boys and girls. It will look a little different this year, but we still get the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with countless across the globe! There are two ways in which you can participate this year, you can fill a box online here https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/ or you can pick up a traditional box from church! Boxes will be available outside the church doors in a bin! Remember to fill your box with a WOW item, personal care items, crafts/activities, toys, and a personal note! Please do NOT include the following: Candy; toothpaste; gum; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans. Traditional boxes are due back to church no later than Sunday, November 8th.

Sunday School at Home

We are excited to kick off our first Sunday School at Home quarter this month! All Sunday School families received "The Beginners Bible" (for kids in 2K-2nd grade) and/or "One Hundred Bible Stories" (for kids in 3rd-8th grade) to use for their family time this fall. Each grade level is exploring the same Bible Stories and will be able to do it together as a family.

If you are a family that has a child ages 2-8th grade, and you did not receive a bag of goodies on your porch, please contact Jennifer Leinss or Jaime Greene. We will get you one ASAP!

Confirmation Instruction News

Parents and confirmands! This is for you! Throughout this school year we will have a monthly meeting in the fellowship hall at church. This will happen on the last Wednesday of each month. Please mark your calendars. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. Jaime Greene and Pastor Sander will try their best to take the “ouch” out of confirmation instruction. We know our students and their families are already under a lot of stress with the pandemic. These meetings are designed to ease that stress and reassure you all that the Lord has not abandoned us! Please make every effort to join us!

Goodbye Kathy and Thank You!

After 12 faithful years of service with us, our Business Administrator, Kathy Wrycha is ready to enjoy the good life of retirement! Thank you for giving of your time and your gifts as you serve not only your Lord, but the church at large. You have been a blessing to our congregation! We wish you God's abundant blessings on your next journey in life! Kathy's last day with us will be Wednesday, September 9.