The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor DeArmond

Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out” (Deut 28:3-6). This is God’s promise to the Israelites as they stood beyond the Jordan outside of the Promised Land. He promises blessings to His people. He will make them prosper, whether they are in the city or the field. He will make their fruit of their work to prosper, whether from the ground or their wombs, their flocks or their herds. He will make them to prosper in all things.

But there’s a catch. He would do this for Israel only “if you obey the voice of the Lord

your God"(Deut 28:2b). If they did that, He would cause that “all these blessings shall come

upon you and overtake you”(Deut 28:2a). If they didn’t obey the voice of the Lord, if they didn’t keep the commandments of the Lord and walk in His ways (Deut 28:9), they would be met with curse and woe. The blessings would be replaced with curses. Everything that the Lord promised to prosper and bless would be cursed and fail.

Thanks be to God that our Lord Jesus Christ has come into our flesh, fulfilled the law for

us, in in our place and for our benefit; died for us, in our place and for our benefit; and is risen

from the dead for us, in our place and for our benefit. By this we have justification before God.

We are forgiven, clean, holy, and righteous. The blessing of God is promised to us in Christ

Jesus. It depends upon His work and not ours.

All this is ours in Holy Baptism. In Holy Baptism, God claims us as His own, makes us His

children, His heirs, His holy people. And so it is that the work of our hands and its fruit is holy

because we are holy in Christ. It is pressed into His service, and thereby it becomes a blessing to us and to our neighbor.

This great gift, our reception of the blessings of God because of Christ Jesus our Lord, it

is our duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is not in order to receive blessings, but because in Christ we already have blessings that are too great to number. It is with this in mind that we worship, we celebrate the blessings he has given to us and continues to do through the death and resurrection of Jesus!

In His Risen Name,

Pastor DeArmond

Preschool News

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5

Connection is a term that we can all relate to. When we think of children and connection we think of kids connecting with blocks, puzzles, and games. As people we all connect socially with our friends, classmates, and co-workers. In today's world we all connect with technology not just in the classroom or workplace but in our homes as well. Connecting and being connected is something that we all have in common!

This year's universal theme for Lutheran education is based on John 15:5 as it is stated above. The key word associated with this verse is CONNECTED. The theme "Connected" emphasizes the importance of staying connected to God and to one another when we face challenges and difficulties and when we share in joys and triumphs! This verse encourages schools and churches to continue to cultivate an environment of faith, love, and fellowship, where people can learn, grow, and thrive.

In all things, Lutheran schools and churches connect to Christ. This connection to Christ is emphasized in all aspects of our day! A connection to Christ goes with us everywhere at any time. Our connection to Christ does not end when we get home from work and school, it does not end when we leave church or Sunday school, our Connection to Christ is 24/7! Our Connection with Christ goes with us in the classroom or workplace, in the neighborhood, in the grocery store, while we are driving, while on vacation, and so much more!

Because of Jesus and His love for us, He made sure that we could be connected to God. Because Jesus suffered and died to save us and rose to give us eternal life, we are connected to God! As a Lutheran school and church we have the opportunity and we are fully equipped by God to tell others the Good News of salvation so that they too may be CONNECTED. So, let us then build one another up, be there for each other, and most of all work with each other to remain CONNECTED to Christ but to also help others be CONNECTED to Christ!

In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Children's Ministry

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Fall Worship Schedule

We will resume our regular worship hours on

Sunday, September 10th.

Sunday 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Our Sunday morning Education Hour will also resume on the 10th with Bible Study and Sunday School at 9:15am.

Fall Bible Study Opportunities

We are THRILLED to welcome you back to Bible Classes this fall! We offer a Bible Class nearly every day of the week, so we hope you are able to find one that fits your needs!

SUNDAY MORNING at 9:15am, join Pastor DeArmond for study on the Gospels in chronological order, beginning Sunday, September 17th.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY at 7am, all early birds will study the book of Acts, led by Mr. Duane Graf in the Fellowship Hall. The first class meets on Tuesday, September 12th.

TUESDAY LADIES BIBLE STUDY at 9am in the Fellowship Hall. Ladies of all ages will be studying 1, 2, and 3 John with DCE Jaime Greene. We will begin on Tuesday, September 5th.

WOMEN'S HOME BIBLE STUDY is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month in someone's home, and will be studying Lutheran doctrine and other denominations . For more information regarding this study, please contact Mrs. Diane Gihring, Mrs. Kathy Herbst, or the Church Office.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY at 7pm in the Church Library. Mr. Duane Graf will be leading a study on the parables of Jesus and the response from a Lutheran Pastor and Rabbi. Class begins on Wednesday, September 12th.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm. All youth in grades 6-12 will begin a study on "Faith in an Anxious World" on Wednesday, September 13th with DCE Jaime Greene.

THURSDAY MORNING at 9:30am. Join Pastor DeArmond as he walks us through a closer look at the readings for the weekend. Class begins on Thursday, September 7th in the Fellowship Hall.

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 8am. Beginning on Saturday, September 9th, Mr. Tom Wartick will lead the group through through a study of the book "Mission Possible".

Quarterly Missions

For our third quarter special missions we will be supporting the Wildauer family. Rev. Micah and Robin Wildauer serve the Lord as a missionary family through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Belize, based in the capital city of Belmopan. Micah serves as a church planter throughout the country, working alongside a team of fellow missionaries and Belizean church leaders. He travels to preaching stations, catechizes those who faithfully gather for the Divine Service and Bible study, and reaches out to the lost through home visits. The goal of these efforts is to form self-sustaining congregations and a future church body. Micah also serves as an adjunct professor for Concordia the Reformer Seminary, the regional seminary located in the Dominican Republic, where he assists in the pastoral formation of men throughout Latin America.

A heart felt Thank You

On behalf of all the members and staff at Blessed Savior, we would like to thank those who have so generously given towards the building needs over the last few weeks. We are overwhelmed with the generosity that our members have and the willingness to help. The Blessed Savior family has been looking at some major update projects that we did not anticipate in our budget. But our Lord works in wonderful ways and through the generosity of those around us, we are able to make these updates to our Lord’s House.

God Is Good!

Your Church Council,

Thomas Wartick, Steve Hammill,

Matt Birr, Pat Mundstock,

Don Kazel, Joan Hammill,

Bobbie jo Koski, Jeff Driessen,

Terry Ratayczak, Anita Burow, Joan Hammill

Coupons Needed

We are looking for more coupons to send to an Air Force Base in England. These coupons are in newspaper inserts, magazines and other sources. The coupons help military families to stay within their tight budgets. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to save these coupons for you. Expired coupons can be used up to 6 months past the expiration date on our bases overseas. Place cut or uncut coupons in one of the two receptacles in the fellowship hall.

Canceled stamps are needed to send to the Lions Club of America, who In turn helps with services for veterans. Please leave about 1/4 inch around the stamp.

We continue to send your donations to the USO in Korea. In the Fellowship Hall is a green plastic container with suggested items that can be sent, and the items you donate can be placed in this container.

If you have a family member or friend who is actively serving in any of the military branches, overseas or stateside, we would love to keep in touch with them. We send spiritual items (Portal of Prayer, etc.), cards on birthdays and holidays or maybe just a note to let them know they are being thought of and prayed for. Please contact Jackie O'Neil or the church office to add someone to our list.

We thank all who have helped with these projects in the past, and even if you cannot help with the projects, your prayers for our military are also appreciated.

Thank you,

Bev Krause

New Member Luncheon

We ask all our Church Families to come celebrate our new members who have joined Blessed Savior in 2021, 2022 & 2023 on Sunday, September 24th following the late service at 11:30AM. Just bring a dish to pass - either salad, vegetable, or dessert. Chicken, water, coffee and table service will be provided.

Volunteers are also needed to set up tables and cleanup after the luncheon. Sign up to attend and/or help out on the sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway.

For more information or any questions you might have, please contact Anita Burow or Joan Hammill.

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What is Stewardship?

On vacation I reread the book "If want to walk on water, You have to get out of the boat." It takes you through Peter's walk and invites you to step out in Faith. It invites ordinary people to engage in extraordinary trust be getting out of their boat. Those who say yes to God's call don't walk the walk perfectly but they learn through their failures. As Peter walked on water and then gave into fear and began to sink, was he a failure, or were those that stayed in the boat failures? It was Peter's willingness to risk failure that helped him grow.

We need to step out of that boat. Christ "came not to be served but to serve" (Matthew 20:28). Serving others through church shows your love for Christ. You can serve others by:

~Giving your "time" to those in need.

~Giving "treasures" to further the Churches mission.

~Using your "talents" to help with the Church's operations.

Are you ready to take "The Challenge" to invest yourself to extend the Mission and Ministry of Blessed Savior?

The Stewardship Committee will meet on September 5th at 6:30pm.

****Do Ordinary Things with Extraordinary Love****