Special Thank You from Paul and Wendy

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Liese Shewmaker, left, introduced honorees Wendy and Paul Manganiello at the 2017 UVIP’s Micah Hero celebration.

Dear OSLC Community,

Wendy and I would like to thank the members of OSLC for choosing us as the recipients of this year’s Micah award. We also are grateful to of all of you, who on a daily basis are Micah heroes, quietly carrying out acts of justice and walking humbly with your God.

When Wendy and I arrived in the Upper Valley in 1979 we were mostly concerned about my career and our young family. Fortunately we found a church home at Our Savior.

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Sophia Assur (1921-2012)

It was there that we met a saintly woman, Sophia Assur.  She loved the Hebrew Scriptures and Micah was her favorite Prophet. She would lead bible studies and really made us understand the importance of working for social justice. She was constantly challenging us on matters of homelessness; food insecurity both at home and abroad; mental illness; income inequality; health care; outreach to refugees; etc.

How we develop as individuals is not only genetic, but also environmental.

Becoming empathetic and compassionate are learned traits starting with our parents, but we also are the summation of the individuals we are exposed to throughout our life. Hopefully we all will mirror those individuals who are caring and loving, seeing our God work within them.

Sophia is no longer with us; she is a Saint in heaven. Wendy and I would like to accept this award on her behalf. I don’t think we would have engaged with so many wonderful organizations in the Upper Valley that work to help those who are disadvantaged if it wasn’t for her.

Thank you all for all the work you do, please take heart and continue doing God’s work.

Below, many from OSLC attended the United Valley Interfaith Project Micah Hero celebration on November 12th.

2017-11-12 Micah Hero Celebration - Paul, Wendy and group from OSLC CROPPED

Dvorak for Puerto Rico, November 18th, 7 pm

Quintet Ascension &

The Kentucky Warblers Piano Trio

Proceeds divided between Americares & All Hands Volunteers to support their work in Puerto Rico.

Quintet Ascension & The Kentucky Warblers Piano Trio

About the Musicians

Robert Hicks is a violinist, pianist and conductor. He has played in various orchestras around the country including the Chattanooga, Walla Walla, Salina and Grand Junction Symphony Orchestras and co-conducted the Keweenaw Youth Symphony in Michigan. He has served as Organist and Choral Director for a number of churches and schools and is currently Music Director at South Congregational Church in Newport, New Hampshire.

Ariel Arwen has roots in a musical Chicago family, sister of cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, cellist of the Florestan Trio (in-residence at Portland State University) and daughter of violinist Evelyn Kahn Cheifetz. Evelyn’s instrument and bow were fully restored this past Continue reading Dvorak for Puerto Rico, November 18th, 7 pm

Ongoing Vigils in Manchester are Making a Difference. You Help Ensure A Powerful Presence.

Participation in ICE Vigils is Making A Difference! 

See a special thank you for your support here.

Help Ensure the Powerful Presence Continues at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which continues to ask immigrants without documents to return for check-in meetings in Manchester, sometimes with airline tickets in hand. Our presence has made a difference in slowing down deportations especially for 60+ Christian Indonesians who came to the US many years ago. The next vigils will he held November 29, December 5, December 8, and December 19.  Vigils are from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street, Manchester. Meet a 7 a.m. at the CCBA to carpool. We will return to the CCBA by 11/11:30 a.m. Please signup here.21367040_1617111501654177_4618948390388660212_o

Being Saved by Grace is Just the Beginning! A Sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele, delivered on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

This sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 29, 2017, the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, by the Rev. Nancy Vogele at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry – Hanover, NH.  The gospel reading was John 8:31-36

Let me begin with a few preliminary notes:

First, a HUGE “thank you” to all of you who made this celebration possible.  Who practiced and practiced and practiced so our music is glorious. Who organized our luncheon and all who have brought food to share – and bread … and beer.  A huge “thank you” to all who helped organize our numerous Reformation events, too.  All of it brings us to this day. It is all God’s work and God needs our hands to make it visible.  Thank you for making God’s work and grace and love visible.

It is a bit daunting as an Episcopal priest to be preaching on Reformation Sunday and not just any Reformation Sunday!  I have read and read about the Reformation and this Sunday observance and I even collected a bunch of reformation themed phrases as inspiration.  Phrases like: “Always reforming.” “Looking Back and Called Forward.”  “Freed and Renewed in Christ”  “500 years of God’s Grace in Action.”  “Protest” and “Reform”.  And yet, even with all these inspiring phrases, I was drawing a blank on how to focus this sermon.

And then I received an email this past week from a student writing for the Dartmouth Review.  He wrote,

“Dear Pastor Vogele,

I am a contributor to The Dartmouth Review independent newspaper, and I’m writing an article for next week’s issue about the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. I was hoping that you may be available for comment on the importance of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation to your Lutheran faith and the legacy of Martin Luther within your denomination. The Lutheran Church and Student Center is an important Protestant community on campus, and it would be great to get your input.” Continue reading Being Saved by Grace is Just the Beginning! A Sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele, delivered on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Responding to the Invitation, a sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele

This sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by the Rev. Nancy Vogele at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry – Hanover, NH.  The gospel reading was Matthew 22:1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to the people in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:1-14)

I’m so glad today’s Gospel text is an easy one.  Not!  What are we to make of this parable that Jesus tells with all its violent and exclusionary imagery?  I think a little unpacking of it is in order.

First, parables tell a truth.  But this is not to be confused with saying that parables are true in the sense that they are talking about something that actually happened.  You might even say that parables tell a truth by pushing the bounds of truth.

Second, Jesus told his parables in the context of historical and cultural references that we may not catch because we are not familiar with the history of culture in which he was living or out of which Matthew was writing his gospel. Continue reading Responding to the Invitation, a sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele

The Courage and Confidence to Keep Getting Up When We Fall, a sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele

This Sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  The readings and psalm were Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:7-15, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46.  We also listened to a Temple Talk by Kirk Oseid.

When I got back from Africa and started seminary at Yale, I decided to start running again.  At first it was a walk/run, slowly increasing the time of running until I was able to just go for a run.  In order to not get bored mentally and to motivate me, I would pick a Bible verse to repeat as I ran.  I picked ones that had athletic imagery, that were active and goal oriented – kind of like a Christian equivalent to the music surging as Rocky ran through the streets and up those steps.

One of the verses I picked was from the lesson just read from Philippians:

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:10-14)

Continue reading The Courage and Confidence to Keep Getting Up When We Fall, a sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele