Ministries & Missions
Lutherans In Africa
Forming African Christians to be Teachers of the Faith
Founded in 2010, Lutherans In Africa (LIA) equips Africans to be teachers of the saving faith in Christ Jesus. This is done through training pastor, evangelists, deaconesses, and Sunday school teachers in the pure doctrine and its instruction, liturgy, and hymnody and through translating key doctrinal resources into African languages.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, LIA has purchased 15 acres on which they are building an education center. Jason Stephens, an architect from Houston, Texas, is moving his family of five to Kenya to design and supervise the construction of the center.
LIA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For directed gifts, LIA will make every effort to ensure donations so designated, but if requested programs are oversubscribed funds will be used where needed most.
Our Savior Lutheran has committed $100,000 over the next 3 years to pay for the church building. Please pray for our members, Jason & Diana Stephens and their children, that their fund raising efforts may be blessed and their work may be a blessing.
Visit their site at: www.LutheransInAfrica.com
Pastor Fritsche's Ministry in the Dominican Republic
Pastor Joel Fritsche is a son of Our Savior Lutheran, and now serves in the LCMS Mission in the Dominican Republic.
To know all about the Fritsches' ministry read their newsletters:
- January/February 2015
- March 2015
- April 2015
- May 2015
- June/July 2015
- August 2015
- September 2015
- October/November 2015
- January 2016
- February 2016
- March/April 2016
- May 2016
- June 2016
- July/August 2016
- September 2016
- October 2016
- November/December 2016
To support our work financially, you may send a taxdeductible gift to either of the following:
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
40718 Highway E16
Mapleton, IA 51034
Make checks payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Mark checks “Support of Joel & Clarion Fritsche.”
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)
Participation is the key to living The Word of God. Beyond the worship and studies offered at Our Savior Lutheran Church, a wide variety of ministries encourage service to the Lord and to our Church.
We welcome your participation in any and all of the ministires at OSL:
- Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)
- Service Groups
- Gabriel Project
- Life Bus / Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Help
Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him singing with joy. Psalm 100:2
The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) in affirming her relationship with the triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.
Cheerful Helpers is the name of OSL’s branch of LWML. We are a member of the White Oak Zone, which is composed of 9 churches in Houston: Bethlehem, Concordia, Gethsemane, Immuanuel, Messiah, Mt. Calvary, Our Savior, St. Andrews, and St. Mark. We meet the 2nd Sunday of the months of April, September, and December, in the Bible Class Room at 2:00 p.m. For more information contact Sandi Hall .
There are currently four (4) circles in OSL’s Cheerful Helpers:
Circle of Grace
Circle of Grace meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at the home of a member, at 11:00 AM. One facet of their ministry is marking the 70th year milestone of ladies in the congregation with a birthday card. For more information, contact Mildred Holeman.
Joseph's Guild of Colors
If you are interested in working with your hands on craft projects, especially quilting and sewing, for Lutheran World Relief then this is the group for you. They meet on the 2nd Monday and Friday of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the East Meeting Room, with a potluck lunch in the Bible Class Room. For more information contact Sandi Hall.
This branch of the Cheerful Helpers meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in a member’s home. They have Bible study, support missions, help needy families in our congregation and others that have suffered hardships by remembering them in prayer and offering them financial aid whenever needed. For more information contact Sharon Edwards.
This is a women’s Bible study group who works on missions of their choice for individuals or groups as they become aware of those who have a need. Meeting dates are decided by the group on a flexible schedule and posted in the bulletin and newsletter, at 7:00 p.m. in a member's home. For more information contact Debbie White.
Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Revelation 15:3
Young At Heart is a fellowship group for those 55+. They meet the 3rd Friday of each month in the Bible Class Room at 12:00 p.m. for a potluck dinner followed by a brief business meeting and devotion by Pastor Robert Hull. Then it’s dominoes, games, and fellowship and a good time is had by all. For more information contact Dixie Hahn or Mildred Holeman.
Love the LORD your God, serve him with all your heart and all your soul. Joshua 22:5
OSL could not operate without all our dedicated volunteers willing to spend their time and talent serving Christ in one of our various service groups:
This organization is divided into teams who are responsible for preparing communion (the Lord’s Supper) and decorating the church for festival seasons. They sponsor the annual Mother-Daughter Banquet on the first Saturday in March, of which the proceeds are used to purchase altar furnishings for the church. They meet as needed during the year. For more information contact Debbie Adams.
Every Sunday morning members of the Cart Patrol ferry church-goers to and from their cars, church, and Sunday school through blistering heat, soaking rain, and the bitter cold. They are the few, the proud, the Cart Patrol. For more information contact Andy Adams.
The mission of the Evangelism Committee is to tell others about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Bible Class Room. When there is a need, they visit new neighbors in the surrounding area. For more information contact Lee Nino or Pastor Hull.
You will meet a few of these special people as soon as you enter the doors for any worship service. They will greet you with a smile and a handshake as they welcome you to join us. No group meetings. For more information contact Terry Tomchesson.
CD Ministry & Sound Crew
Duties of the sound crew include recording the Sunday morning service and making copies as requested, also controlling the sound and microphones during the services. Training is available. For more information contact Dan Greenwood.
Ushers hand out service folders, help with the collection of the offering and manage the flow of people during communion services. For more information contact the church office at 713-290-9087, or Clare.
Church policy is that the bride and/or groom is to be an active member of Our Savior as they prepare to get married in the faith. Each scheduled wedding is assigned a coordinator who works with the couple in preparation of their church wedding. For more information contact Glenda Cochran.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14
Pro-life advocates are often accused of speaking against abortion and not providing the material help that would enable expectant mothers to see their pregnancies to term. This accusation is and always has been false. Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, church and community groups have reached out to mothers in crisis pregnancy situations with hearts, hands and resources. Pregnancy help centers, for example, dot the landscape of America, offering free services to abortion-minded women.
Our Savior Lutheran participates in The Gabriel Project. This is an outreach program to indigent pregnant women in the Houston area, married or single, at about 7 months into the pregnancy or who have at least one child younger than 6 months old. We can provide limited financial help, food and a baby layette to those in crisis. To contact The Gabriel Project for qualification call 713-225-5826.
Can YOU Help?
Our Gabriel Project is in need of volunteers to help prepare layettes for our expectant mothers, and any monetary donations are always welcome. Contact Dawn Kenward.