The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor. Especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17

My Dear Friend:

May is a month loaded with significant events here at church. On the first Sunday in May we observe the Confirmation of eight young men and women who had to learn their catechism remotely, with only eight in person meetings of their class at church. We praise and thank the Lord for seeing our catechumens safely through this year. A heartfelt thank you to their parents who took on the role of teachers.

In May we also celebrate Mother’s Day, a day in which we honor especially all Christian mothers who bore and brought up their children in the love they received from the heavenly Father.

In May we joyfully celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers are truly like engineers assembling all elements that are needed to build meaningful lives. Each of us owes our teachers a debt of honor. They are all gifts from God who established the norm that one generation follows another, children learning from their elders.

Blessed Savior Lutheran Church and Early Childhood Center is blessed with five outstanding teachers. They are Director of Christian Education Jaime Greene, Pre-School Director Jennifer Leinss, 3-K teacher Laura Kidd, 4-K teacher Jennifer Otto, and Daycare teacher Angela Heisler. As a congregation we recognize that through these fine Christian teachers our congregation is immensely blessed. We thank the Lord for each of them. We pray the ultimate teacher, the Holy Spirit, to continue to guide them in their labor of love with the light from above. I urge you all to express a word of thanks to them all.

On May 13, forty days after Easter, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. As he removed himself physically from the world, he commanded us to “go, and make disciples of all nations,” teaching them to obey everything that he had taught us.

Pentecost concludes the cycle of special days in May. It occurs on Sunday, May 23. On that day, the Holy Spirit – Teacher and Comforter – came down from heaven and empowered the disciples to preach and teach the Gospel for the salvation of many. You and I were empowered by the Holy Spirit just the same when we received Holy Baptism.

As you can see, May is an enriching time for us all here at Blessed Savior. The Lord keep us all in His care and love! A blessed May to you!

Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

Serving Us in Worship

May Birthdays and Anniversaries

We remember and honor our fallen military members.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Preschool News

Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

Exodus 15:2 holds an especially important spot in my life as it is my confirmation verse. It serves as a great reminder to me that God is my strength and my song. God is my salvation and my God! There is nothing that I cannot take to Him whether good or bad! So let my praises ring forth every day for the countless blessings that He bestows on me. I often recall this passage more than any other simply because it was chosen for me 24 years ago at a very special time in my life, my confirmation! Confirmation is a time in which we grow spiritually, and we gain knowledge and understanding in what we have come to know and believe.

At baptism we become part of God's family, heirs! Then a little further down the road we have confirmation which as stated above helps us to grow closer spiritually to our Father in heaven and allows us to connect on a deeper level with Him. It is here that we receive His body and blood in with and under the bread and the wine! These two sacraments along with the Word of God are major blessings in the life of a Christian. Exodus 15:2 shows that we have a loving God, a God that is mighty! With God nothing is impossible, no challenge or difficulty in life is too hard. What a joy and blessing to know that the Lord is our strength and our song! And because of this it is our honor to praise and thank Him!

With God on our side, let us pull out all the stops and with reckless abandon share the Gospel message with everyone around us. Let others see a difference in us! Let others question what is different with us and then we can boldly answer, "The Lord God is my strength and my song". And then with every ounce of our being praise God because it is from Him that we receive every blessing and all that we need. We are not useless lumps of clay; we have been called by Him to tell others the Good News! Let us never lose this focus and know that God the Father Almighty is right there with us!

In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Eagle Scout Project

Hello everyone, I’m Jonathan Koch! I’m a Life Scout in the Scouts BSA program working towards Eagle Scout. To get Eagle, we have to do a project somewhere in the community, and I decided to do it right here at Blessed Savior! This project will include completely renovating the garden you see before you come into church. I will be getting new bricks, soil, and mulch and will lay them down. And thanks to some of the many kind people in the congregation, the garden will have new plants and a new design! Although, to put this project into action, I will need some donations from people of the congregation. If you are interested in supporting this project, please place a donation in one of your donation envelopes and write down that it is for the Eagle Project, then put it in the offering basket in the Narthex. No matter how big or small the donation may be, every contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a wonderful rest of your day!


Sunday School at Home

The month of May holds for us the following stories:

May 2- The Lame Man

May 9- Saul's Conversion

May 16- The Good Samaritan

May 23- The Lost Sheep

May 30- Family's Choice!

Sunday school families will also work on the hymn "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word." It can be found on page 264 of One and All Rejoice.

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Blessings Abound!

It took a while for our fellow Lutherans in Mozambique to get their new wells drilled, but they got the job done. Two years ago, our congregation sent a gift of $14,000 to them, so they could restore their water supply. They had suffered greatly when a cyclone swept over the land and filled all wells with debris and washed away their crops. We just received these pictures which show the final stages of installing a well. The well is 42 meters deep (130 feet). In their letter they thanked the Lord for our gift and celebrated the universality of the Christian church that, truly, knows no borders! We have been blessed to be a blessing to many around the globe! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Take a look at the pictures below!