The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message From DCE Jaime Greene

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” Matthew 2:11


With Christmas behind us, our focus turns to Epiphany and visit of the Magi to our Savior. I love the way it is written in Matthew 2:11, “….They opened their treasures…” They didn’t bring just any gift to the Savior, they brought their treasures-only the very best! Countless artistic depictions of this event help us to picture 3 elaborately dressed men, down on their knees, handing off richly ornamented containers to the Holy Family. You just know that what was in them was valuable, and costly. These weren’t just any gifts, they were gifts for a King!


We too have the opportunity to bring our treasures to Christ, each and every day, but too often we confuse the idea of treasures with physical things. In our minds, we think that the picture of us giving our treasures should look like the pictures created of the Magi giving theirs. However, I would say that the majority of us treasure our time more than we treasure the “stuff”. We often talk about how there isn’t enough of it around to accomplish the things that need to be accomplished, or how we wish there were just a few more hours in each day. If we are to give to the Lord our best, does it not make sense then that our best would include our time?


Giving God our treasures means giving Him the best and the first. If that includes our time, that means we honor Him throughout our entire day with our words and actions. It means starting the day in His Word and teaching it regularly to our children, grandchildren, and those who are in our care. And it means giving Him the best of who we are-His creation. How will you find ways to honor Him this year?


May God bless you as you serve Him!

Jaime

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Just a Day at a Time

Deuteronomy 33:25

Your strength will equal your days.


An anxious patient, lying on her sickbed, turned to her doctor, and asked: “Doctor, how much longer must I lie here and suffer?” “Just a day at a time,” replied the wise physician.


Just a day at a time! What a wonderful philosophy of life. Just a day at a time the new year will come to us with its new burdens, duties, hopes, and fears. As we stand today upon the threshold of a brand-new year, which, if it continues the pace of the year now past, will record great changes in the history of our country, in the history of us as families and as individuals, let us not be discouraged or dismayed by the overwhelming greatness of its possibilities. Let us rather find comfort and encouragement in the fact that God has cut the coming year into smaller pieces, and we shall have to live it “just a day at a time.”


We cannot live tomorrow today. Nor can we live next week tomorrow. But, with God’s help, we can bear the burdens and the challenges that come to us today!


As our days, so shall our strength be. We have God’s own assurance that each day throughout the coming year will find us equipped with that amount of strength that will be necessary to bear its burden, to endure its trial, to fight its battle through. We have this assurance because we have a FRIEND who has promised to be with us in His love and His omnipotence “even unto the end of the world” Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. So, confident in this let us live “just one day at a time” and live it to the fullest!


In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Childcare Teachers Needed:

Blessed Savior is still looking for lead childcare teachers to join its team! We are looking for fun, energetic, kid-loving, team players! Early childhood courses and experience is needed. We are looking for morning and afternoon teachers. Hours are flexible and wage is based on experience. If you or someone you know is interested, please see Director Jennifer Leinss

Sunday School

Sunday School Offering:

Second quarter Sunday school offerings will be going to support youth clubs in India. We have the opportunity along with our preschool students to participate in a global adventure through the wonderful program Gospel Adventures by Lutheran Hour Ministries. Students will get the opportunity to meet kids from India, see how they live, work, and play. Most importantly we will get to see how they love the same Jesus that we do! Offerings collected will ensure these youth clubs can continue! For more information check out https://www.gospeladventures.org/fundraising.asp. If you would like to support this cause, place your donation in an envelope marked India - Gospel Adventures!

Song of the Month:

Sunday school students continue to focus on learning a song a month. January's song is entitled "Go" and fits perfectly with our National Lutheran Schools Week theme - Making Disciples for life. If you would like to learn it along with us please click the link below!
Go

Bible Study Opportunities

Several of our Bible Studies are beginning new topics, and we would love for you to join us!

Sunday Mornings at 9:15am: Noah and the Flood

Tuesday Mornings at 6:30am: The Gospel of John

Tuesday Ladies at 9:00am: Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story

Women's Home Bible Study on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30pm: LWML Bible Studies

Wednesday Evening at 7:00pm: Hebrews

Thursday Morning Bible Study: Gospel of Mark

Men's Bible Study on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 8:30am: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

The Blessed Savior Extended Ministry Endowment Fund

The Blessed Savior Extended Ministry Endowment Fund has approved the following grants:


1. $5,000.00 to the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. They still need to fix their windows and the interior of the church after the fire five years ago.


2. $2,000.00 to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Bristol, TN. Before they get an occupancy permit for their church, they need to build a large culvert where their driveway joins the parkway.


3. $3,000.00 to the International Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. They need the money for van repairs and marriage seminars. They teach the Biblical concept of marriage to the French African families that they serve.


4. $3,000.00 to the Benediction Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. This is to help support a new Social Ministry Coordination of the Church.


5. $2,000.00 to the Lutheran Bible Translators. They work around the world translating the Bible into the language of the region.


Thank you,

Maribeth Saeger

Quarterly Missions

For the first quarter of 2023, our Special Mission Offering will support Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW). LBW works to ensure that all people throughout the world who are blind or visually impaired will have access to the Good News of salvation, by providing Bibles, pamphlets, and other materials in Braille, Specialized Large Print, and Audio Christian materials. To sponsor Special Missions, please sign up on the bulletin board.

Warming Tree Thank You and Update

The Warming Tree Ukrainian Shipment is on its way to Ukraine! Several weeks after we started this collection, many Ukrainians lost their electricity and heat. Pastor Larry Myers said the Russians targeted and bombed power plants in many parts of the country and it will be a long time before they get them back. All those knit hats, mittens, coats, and other items will be life-savers.


These acts of kindness will also warm many hearts as well. The Ukrainians have seen the hands of Christ in your donations of funds as well as winter clothing the past year (the picture with people around a table are Ukrainian refugees, members of a Lutheran Church in southern Ukraine, right after they arrived in Romania). Helping Hands had been working with a couple Ukrainian Lutheran pastors for the past two years. When Russia invaded Ukraine, many Ukrainians crossed the border into Romania. Thousands of them were met by Pastor Trifa's son Sergiu (pictured with a trunk full of supplies) who got them food, water, and the Word. All those devotions translated by Ukrainian Lutheran pastors were delivered to them. Many came to faith, and many discouraged Ukrainian believers were encouraged by the help they received.


Thank you for being the hands and heart of Jesus to these dear people. I wish you could meet some of the Ukrainian believers such as Pastor Oleksiy Navrotskyy. He has been delivering food packages to needy families, shut-ins, and others as well as reaching out into his community with the Word. His church is growing despite being close to Russian-occupied Crimea. He asked me to thank you too. I wish each of you a blessed Christmas.


Linda Phillips

Chair, Helping Hands Eastern European Ministries and fellow sheep of the Blessed Savior flock

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