The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor DeArmond

“O give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1). The love of the Lord does endure forever because the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, is risen

from the dead, lives, and reigns for all eternity. He was crucified for our transgressions, but He is raised and lives forever for our justification. We are acceptable to God in Christ Jesus.

This is indeed something for which we give thanks. We give thanks in our prayers. We give thanks in the hymns we sing in church. We give thanks by talking about it with our friends and neighbors and teaching it to our children and grandchildren. And we give thanks by the giving of ourselves to our God because our loving God has chosen us to be his children and die on the cross for each and every one of our failings to love God and love one another.

God himself has chosen us. We are the fruits of his creation and he has and will call us

unto himself. We are blessed and give thanks because we know that we have a God who takes care of us and nurtures us. This isn’t something we cling to during the dark days of winter or the dark days of our lives, but rather daily and continually with unyielding thanksgiving.

Even so, Lord, quickly come

To Thy final harvest home;

Gather Thou Thy people in,

Flee from sorrow, free from sin,

There, forever purified, In Thy garner to abide:

Come with all Thine angels, come,

Raise the glorious harvest home.

“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”

LSB 892 v.4

In Christ,

Pastor DeArmond

November Calendar

Serving Us in Worship

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Thanksgiving Worship

Join us as we gather around God's table to give thanks and commune together and praise Him for his generous outpouring of love and blessing!

Wednesday, November 22, 6:30pm

Please note there will be no online worship for our Thanksgiving service.

Midweek Advent Sermon Series: Name That Tune

The seasons of Advent and Christmas have some of the most beloved and popular hymns.

Many of those hymns have a rich and interesting history and their lyrics tell the greater story of

God and his love for us through Jesus Christ. During our midweek Advent worship services, we will sing and learn more about some of these beloved hymns.

How will we decide which one to focus on in any given week? Well, that’s up to you. On the

weekend of November 12th, you will receive a ballot at worship with a list of Advent and

Christmas hymns. The following weekend, the weekend of November 19th , you will need to

bring your completed ballot back to worship and the votes will be tallied to find out the three

most popular hymns.

Beginning on Wednesday, December 6th , and the two Wednesdays that follow, we will gather

for worship as we focus on the three most voted on hymns and prepare for the coming of our

Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Pastor DeArmond

Daylight Savings Ends

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5th. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour!

Preschool News

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

His LOVE endures forever.

Psalm 136.1

Twenty-six times, yes that is correct, twenty-six times in Psalm 136 David mentions that God’s love endures forever. Psalm 136 is a song of thanksgiving written by David in which he encourages the believer to honor God always. God continues to shower His goodness and mercy upon us. David recalls a God that has protected, provided for, and pardoned him on many occasions, and he writes Psalm 136 to honor God for showing him His mercy and love over and over again.

Many of us should sing this same song every day when we think about how good and gracious God has been to us throughout the years. We can honestly praise God because His love and mercy have endured in our lives. Sure, there are many things that we could complain about, but in spite of it all God has been good to us. We have life, we can inhale and exhale – that is reason enough to be thankful. David lets us know that when we think of God’s goodness in our lives, we should give Him thanks. We should not just thank God for the important things in life or complain about the bad things, but in ALL things give God thanks and praise!

We all know David’s story and if there is anyone that should not receive God’s goodness it should have been David, right? Wrong! Despite all the bad things David did in his life, God still loved him, protected, him, provided for him, and even pardoned him. David was favored by God because God’s love and mercy endures! Just like David, God also looks past all our faults. He continues to show mercy and love toward us and does not cut us off. So also, just like David we should always give thanks! No matter where we are in life or what is going on around us, we still have reason to be thankful! Be thankful that despite everything, God’s love endures. Be thankful that God protects us, provides for us, pardons us time and time again, and most of all be thankful that His love and mercy endures FOREVER.

In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Preschool Fall Fundraiser:

Our fall fundraiser has kicked off and we will be selling through November 10th. Products include cards, gift wrap, kitchen items, and food. Funds raised will be put toward an outdoor education area. More information can be found on the bulletin board in the hallway or by contacting the office. Items will be delivered in time for the holidays!

Children's Ministry

Women's Ministry

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To Whom Honor is Due

On Veterans Day, we honor men and women who’ve served and sacrificed in one of America’s armed services.

On November 11, 1918, America and her allies signed a truce with German leaders, ending World War I. In 1919, President Wilson decided the United States should remember with gratitude the end of that war and honor military members by marking Armistice Day, or “truce” day. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring veterans of every era.

Veterans Day highlights our country’s quest for peace, justice and freedom throughout the world. Followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, pray for unity among all nations and for the day when “nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NIV).

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH. Men's Bible Study will be hosting our second annual "TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE" Veterans' Recognition Dinner. This event is FREE to all Vets; if you know a vet they need NOT be a member to attend. If you want to attend as a guest of a vet or would like to attend as a show of support to our Vets or simply want to be part an enjoyable evening there is a nominal cost of $10 for the meal.

Every year we hope to make this a more enjoyable experience; so we will have tables available in Oswald Hall to display memorabilia should you choose to share. Our speaker this year will be Carol Flannery from Lutheran Counseling and Family Services(LCFS). The topic will be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); what it is and its affects, recognizing those suffering from PTSD and how can we minister to those struggling with PTSD. There will be a Free Will offering for the ministry of LCFS should you choose. We would also in an effort to defray the costs of the evening, offer the opportunity for you to "sponsor" a table in honor of a family member who served or in appreciation of all who have served.

Men's Ministry

Blessed Savior Care and Share Program

Do you know there is a Care and Share Team at Blessed Savior?

If you could use a meal, a special visit, or prayers, please let the Care and Share Team know by contacting us at the email below or feel free to contact the Church office and they will pass your need to our team. We would love to be there for you during sickness, celebrations, or just when you need a smile.

If you are looking for an opportunity to spread God’s love among the Blessed Savior Church Family through Care and Share, let us know by contacting us through the email address below. Team members are contacted to serve only a few times a year in a capacity you are most comfortable with. Team members may bake, cook or purchase items. We could also use drivers to deliver the items prepared by others. We look forward to having you join us!

Current Members: Thank you for your generous service to the Blessed Savior Family this year! We hope you will continue your service throughout this year and in the future.

Contact Care and Share:

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Quarterly Missions

Our fourth quarter Special Mission Offerings will support Bethany Lutheran Church and Food Pantry. Bethany Lutheran is located at 2031 N. 38th St. in Milwaukee. Bethany has been serving God's people since 1893! Their mission is to be a beacon of light reaching out into the neighborhood with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Some of their mission work includes distributing clothing and blankets to the homeless, making and serving food to the hungry and maintaining a food pantry. Food collected by Blessed Savior already is delivered several times a year to Bethany to help maintain the food pantry. Besides continuing to collect food, our fourth quarter Special Mission Offerings will also go to Bethany for help with these mission projects! To God be the glory!

From Your Church Council

Dear Friends,


We know these words from Peter, who after a night of fishing and nothing to show to for it grudgingly obeys our Savior and casts his net to the other side of the boat and brings in so many fish, they had to have help.

Last November, council came to you with an aggressive budget based on giving history from the previous year. As we went through the year, we had several large repairs that could no longer be “patched” but needed to be fixed. There was much angst at the meeting over the decision to move forward and “bite the bullet”. The concerns were legitimate as the repairs definitely blew up the budget we put before you. We agreed as a council to put out an appeal in the July Messenger to you and see what happens. Generally, my response to the council is as long as I can explain and show where and for what the money is used for, I will gladly take the heat and questions from those concerned. Unlike Peter, I don’t do this grudgingly, but at the same time there was a certain level of high anxiety.

That being said, Our God is faithful!! At our August council meeting, it was discovered that we had individuals who stepped up and committed to covering the repair costs. I cannot tell you how truly overwhelmingly humbling that is and then later in August receive a phone call from another member wishing to make another amazing gift! It should leave all of us in absolute awe of what a mighty God we serve! So once again on behalf of your Church council, a truly heartfelt and humble “Thank you”.

I would also like to let everyone know that year’s budget meeting will be held in the sanctuary following the 10:30 service Sunday, November 19th.

Love to all in Christ,

Tom Wartick


It is time to take The Challenge

Everyone has a place in our church!!

We need to respond to God's love by reaching out to others by sharing the gifts that God blesses us with. We have not updated our Time and Talent data in quite some time. lf everyone in our Church Family takes 'The Challenge' and signs up for at least one new item we would be so blessed.

Please fill out the attached Time and Talent sheet and drop it into the box in the Narthex marked 'Time, Talent and Treasures.' This would help us contact you when the opportunities arise.

Thank you and Blessings, The Stewardship Board

Joan Hammill, Anita Burow and Laurie Cataldo

Raise Right

Raise Right (formerly known as SCRIP) gift cards are now available for purchase in person on Sunday mornings!

Raise Right cards are a fundraiser of the Board of Education where you purchase gift cards at face value, and we get a small percentage of the cost back as an organization. There is no additional cost to you, and the cards spend just like cash at the stores. The Board of Education then uses the profits to help provide additional tuition assistance to families who need it, and to purchase educational items that are outside of our budget.

If you are interested in purchasing gift cards, please stop by the table in the hallway between services. At this time, we accept cash and check (made out to Blessed Savior). If you would like a larger selection of available cards, or if you are unable to be here on Sunday mornings, please fill out the attached order form and mail it and your payment to the church office.