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READ THE WHOLE BIBLE IN 2020
The Elders have prepared a carefully balanced program of home Bible readings for you and your family. The readings are structured on a schedule of readings for five days each week that will lead you through the whole Bible in 2020. The readings will combine together history, Gospels, Epistles, Prophecy, and poetry from both Old and New Testaments. The program was sent out to the entire congregation. If you didn’t get yours, or if you would like extra copies to share with someone you would like to bless, call the church office or download the PDF version. This could be the best year of your life – from beginning to end, Genesis to Revelation. Just five days a week and your life will never be the same. That is a promise from God.
Collection of Travel Size Toiletries
Please bring your unused hotel shampoos and soaps to donate to the Houston area women’s shelter. There is a box in the Narthex for the collection, near the men’s restroom. If you plan to travel and staying at a hotel, just pick up the bottles that you might not even use to put in the box to give to the ladies at the shelter. -Thank you, OSL Night Circle
Our Savior Lutheran Church supports the BLUE BLOSSOM Pregnancy Centers with The Houston Coalition For Life. This maternal assistance office offers the Curriculum of Life Program to new mothers, expectant mothers and young women who need help. They offer Life Classes, Pregnancy Tests, Ultrasounds, Confidential Counseling, and Referrals, ALL for FREE. They also operate 2 mobile units that offer free assistance to mothers considering abortion, that they might choose life for their babies.
For more information: 713-395-1330 or visit The Houston Coalition For Life
Get to know your fellow members and vice versa via NAME TAG identification – They may be ordered by contacting Debbie in the church office. The cost per name tag is $6.50. When receiving it there is no charge, but some people want to pay this amount forward and will be received with thanksgiving to bless someone else. The magnetized name tag will have: Our Savior Lutheran Church; Your name; Your birthplace (As a talking point with people you meet). Click here for the form.
Holy Week-COVID19-LiveStream Service Only-NO events
February 26, at 7:00 PM with Ashes & Holy Communion
Supper in Bible Classroom at 5:45 PM (The Wednesday Morning Lunch Bunch will be cooking up all the meals this Lenten Season, and the various church groups will serve and clean up.)
- FELLOWSHIP BOARD will be serving:
Oven-baked chicken-fried steak fingers
Mashed potatoes with cream gravy on the side
Green beans with bacon
Yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting
Spice cupcakes with browned butter frosting
Gluten Free Yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting
Gluten Free Funfetti cupcakes with vanilla frosting
The first day of Lent is called “Ash Wednesday” in all Christian countries of the Western world from the historic ceremony of imposing blessed ashes in the form of the cross on the foreheads of the faithful. In the ancient tradition the pastor pronounces the words of Genesis 3:19 as he places the ashes on the penitent’s forehead. “Memento homo quia pulvis es et in pulverem reverteris.” (Remember, man, that thou art dust and to dust shalt thou return.) The ashes used are obtained from the burning of the blessed palms from the previous Palm Sunday. The designation of this holy day as “Ash Wednesday” dates from the 10th century. Ash Wednesday is a day of solemn confession when the congregation laments the sins of God’s people and makes a commitment to observe the Lenten season as a time of repentance and prayer in preparation for the joyous celebration of the Lord’s resurrection. The ashes of this somber observance are a reminder of our human frailty and mortality and a sign of our repentance, sorrow, and need for grace.
March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Service at 7:00 PM
Supper in Bible Classroom at 5:45 PM
March 04 - MEN ALIVE will serve: Grilled chicken breast
Roasted potatoes, Peas and carrots
Brownies & Blondies
Gluten Free Brownies & Gluten Free Birthday Cake Sandwich Cookies
- March 11 - PARISH ED / YOUTH will serve:
Baked Potato & Salad Bar
Condiments for Potatoes: grated cheddar, bacon, chives, cubed ham, butter and/or sour cream
Condiments for Salad: grated cheddar, bacon, chives, boiled egg, Ranch, Honey Mustard, & Russian dressing
Cindy Wright's Blueberry Dump Cake
Gluten Free Shortbread Raspberry Almond Cake
- March 18 (Spring Break) - LWML will serve:
Pulled pork on brioche bread
Pulled pork with Stubbs & Rufus Gluten Free b-b-q sauce on Gluten Free bread
Chips, Cole slaw, Fruit salad
Snickerdoodle Cookies, M&M Cookies
Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookies, Gluten Free M&M Cookies
- March 25 - ALTAR GUILD will serve:
Lasagne, Gluten Free Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Gluten Free Garlic Bread
Gluten Free Divine Fudge Lava Cake
- April 1 - OSL SCHOOL FACULTY will serve:
Bourbon chicken over steamed rice
Gluten Free McCormick Bourbon Chicken Skillet Sauce chicken over steamed rice
Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with a small variety of toppings
Palm Sunday Festival with Confirmation
April 5, at 9:30 AM
followed by the Processional Drama outside
Palm Sunday, the gateway to Holy Week, is the first memorial to our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. This festive parade was His wedding march as He proceeded to seal with blood His Bridegroom’s love for the human family. It is, furthermore, a feast in honor of Christ the King. This is the first time during His earthly life that He allowed royal homage to be paid Him. On the basis of His kingship He was convicted and sentenced to die. He was a martyr to His royal title. But Palm Sunday brings us face to face with suffering, for it introduces us to Christ’s sacred Passion. The service ends with “The Procession,” in which the worshipers, carrying palms, follow out of the church into the world. The symbolism is this: as soldiers and martyrs of Christ, we accompany the Lord and King of martyrs into the strife (herein lies the real significance of the palms). This is a procession to honor the Conqueror over death and hell as He proceeds to the battlefield. Christians are marching with Christ, a train of heroes and conquerors!
Confirmation is the ceremony when our 8th Grade Catechism Students (Confirmands) come before the altar and make their vows of faith. Each Confirmand will be given a special Bible verse through the blessing from Pastor with the Confirmand's family standing close at hand.
- After the service everyone will go outside to watch Jesus riding on a donkey in a celebratory procession to the main church doors, where he will meet with the high priest, heal the lame, and drive out the money changers.
April 9, at 7:00 PM
with Holy Communion & Gethsemane Drama
The main reason the Christian Church remembers and observes Maundy Thursday is that Jesus instituted His Holy Supper on this day (mandatum). The Lord’s Supper is a Means of Grace - Holy Communion can be regarded as the Sacrament of “Strengthening.” The purpose of this Sacrament, therefore, is to strengthen our already existing faith in Jesus as we “remember” Him in this Sacrament and what He did for us to make this possible. He gave His life into death; He offered His own Body; He shed His own Blood - for the remission of our sins. Thus as we partake of His Body and Blood in this Sacrament, we receive the blessings which His suffering and death earned for us - forgiveness of sins. This, in turn, strengthens our faith so that we remain close to God.
- Before the service beginning around 6:40 PM, as you are walking into the sanctuary watch Jesus and his disciples as they partake of the Last Supper and the washing of feet. After the worship service, we will walk outside and look over the stone wall into the Garden of Gethsemane and watch the betrayal and capture of Jesus.
Good Friday • April 10
Noonday at 12:00 PM
Tenebrae (Service of Darkness) at 7:00 PM
followed by Crucifixion Drama Outside
The day upon which our Lord died is the most solemn day of the Church Year. There is no event in all the long history of man that matches His crucifixion. The Gospel accounts of the crucifixion paint the awful picture in brief, bold strokes. One can almost feel the oppressive darkness closing in. To impress upon the hearts and minds of the faithful the awful consequences of sin and the magnitude of the Savior’s sacrifice, the ancient church held a series of special services during the final days of Holy Week called “Tenebrae.” “Tenebrae” is a Latin word which means “darkness.” It refers to the ceremonial darkening of the sanctuary which is the center of these unique worship services. As the church grows dimmer, we remember the darkness which fell upon the earth for the last three hours of Christ’s agony on the cross. Remember why that agonizing sacrifice was necessary and savor the richness of God’s love for you, a sinner.
- After the service, we walk outside to the hill of Golgotha and witness Jesus' walk to the cross and crucifixion.
Easter Sunday • April 12
Breakfast at 8:00 AM (cafeteria)
High School Youth will serve up Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Fresh Fruit, Coffee & Juice
(Freewill offering to fund the Youth trip to the Higher Things Conference)
Festival Worship at 9:30 AM
A Festival Service for the Feast of the Resurrection Of Our Lord!
with Orchestra, Choir & Holy Communion
After the service, experience the Empty Tomb Drama at 11:00 AM.
Outside in the courtyard, visit the Angels at the empty tomb, and see Jesus greeting the women. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
Egg Hunt outside for the kids at 11:15 AM
Bring your Easter Basket (for kids 18 months-old through 6th grade) and search the playground for Easter Eggs!
Help celebrate the joy of our risen Christ with flowers in memory of, or in celebration of loved ones, or a special occasion. Your dedication will be printed in the Easter bulletin, on April 12. Email your request & dedication to Debbie. Each lily or mum is $10.00. Checks are to be made out to OSL. Flowers may be picked up after the Easter Service, or from the church office Tuesday - Friday, April 14-17. Dedication deadline for the bulletin is Palm Sunday, April 5.
BACK TO THE BASICS! A new Adult Information Class began on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 7:00 PM. The class will cover the most important teachings of the Bible as they are believed, taught and confessed in this Lutheran Congregation. The class is designed for anyone considering membership in Our Savior Lutheran Church and for members of the congregation who would like a great review of basic Bible doctrine. It should be particularly interesting for both member and non-member school parents to familiarize yourself with what your kids are learning in class every day. The class will meet from 7:00 - 8:30 PM, on Monday evenings, and continue for twelve weeks. Babysitting and refreshments will be provided. Join us on Mondays to go “BACK TO THE BASICS.” You will be glad you did.