On August 6th, after our worship service, we will be making and packing up sandwiches for 35 children attending the Northwoods lunch program. We are asking for people to stay a few minutes after the service to help with this task. Additionally, we have discovered that the children really love homemade cookies. We are asking anyone who would like to bake some cookies for August 6 to contact Shelia Cardamone before August 5 to let her know and to bring them on Sunday August 6th. Brian and Amy Carney and Shelia will be shopping for other lunch items, funded in part by a Thrivent Action Grant.
This Sermon was preached the Rev. Nancy Vogele on July 23, 2017, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. The Gospel reading was Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43: The Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat
The first summer I was in our house back in 2001, all I did in the garden was weed. Along one edge of the property there were these brambles. At first I ripped them up, but then I saw that they’d grow almost immediately back, within days. So I investigated further and realized that I was just ripping up the shoots and not touching the root. Continue reading Weeds Among the Wheat, A Sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele
Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours. –Teresa of Avila, 16th century Spanish nun (1515-1582):
Along with many other ELCA Congregations, we will celebrate “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday on September 10. In order to create a personal and meaningful worship experience and day, we would love it if you took the time to fill out a four-question survey. Here are the four questions you will be asked: Continue reading “GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS”
This sermon was preached by the Rev. Nancy Vogele, July 16, 2017, 6th Sunday after Pentecost. Gospel reading: Matthew 13:1-9,18-23: The Parable of the Sower
The Prodigal Sower
About 10 years ago, my parents moved from their home of 45 years to a rental property in a retirement community. My dad has always liked to garden but was having a lot of trouble getting a new garden to thrive at their new place. At one point, early on, I was there for a visit and he asked me what was the matter. I went outside with him to take a look and immediately knew what was wrong: the soil was horrible. It wasn’t dry as dust like a few places at our house. No. It was exactly the opposite– a wet clay-y heavy mess of soil. I told my dad that he had to make the soil a lot better before anything would grow well.
So we went to the garden store and bought a lot of good dirt and then we dug up the wet heavy soil and replaced it with a new soil. Continue reading The Prodigal Sower, A Sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele
Since 2004 with much help from the community we have made over 3,000 quilts. We invite you to join us!
All quilts are made with donated fabric by volunteers from OSLC and from the wider community for worldwide distribution to refugees and disaster victims. No experience or equipment is needed. Volunteers stay as long as they like – an hour, two, or more. Quilting takes place at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5 Summer Street in Hanover (on-site parking). Continue reading Disaster Relief Quilting, 2017-2018 Schedule
This sermon was preached by the Rev. Nancy A.G. Vogele on Sunday, July 9, 2017, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. The Gospel reading was Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Summer is the time for a little R&R – Rest and relaxation. Many of us will go on vacation, at least for a few days. Lynn and I are planning a week’s vacation at the end of this month. And even when you don’t “get away”, there are special activities and events: 4th of July cookouts, maybe go fishing or to a Movie, or just take some time off.
Our vacations, hobbies, our free time activities refresh us to carry on our day-to-day lives. It’s important– crucial– for me and for you to find ways to rest and relax and feel refreshed, especially in our fast-paced society. Continue reading Sabbath Rest, A Sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele