Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence (And the Rest of Us), Friday, August 9th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

In the stunning aftermath of the attacks this weekend in Texas and Ohio, we call the community to gather on Friday, August 9th, from 7-8:30 p.m., people of faith and of no faith, in a Vigil for the Victims of Gun Violence (and the Rest of Us), to be hosted at Our Savior Lutheran Church & Campus Ministry, 5 Summer St., Hanover. Come as you are able to during this time to stand together against gun violence.

Those who want to honor the victims with a reading, song, prayer, dance, reflection, exhortation or some other means are invited to do so. If possible, please give us advance notice of your intention by emailing PastorKyle@oslchanover.org so that we might provide appropriate space.

These horrific events continue to reveal intolerance and hatred for “the other”. The shootings manifest again our obsession with violence and our use of guns and of hateful rhetoric to feel powerful.

Our response must reveal another kind of power. That is the power of love and respect for our neighbor, whoever that neighbor is, and our fierce devotion to our nation as a safe and just place where all can live out their lives without fear.

Questions – email PastorKyle@oslchanover.org

Ongoing Vigils in Manchester are Making a Difference. 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 Tuesdays  July 2 and July 16. Vigils are from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street, Manchester. Carpool departs from the CCBA at 7:15 a.m..  We will return to the CCBA by 11/11:30 a.m. Please signup here.21367040_1617111501654177_4618948390388660212_o

 

Turn ordinary items into extraordinary gifts!

At OSLC, we are supplying and packaging “Baby Care Kits” for Lutheran World Relief (LWR).  Completed kits are distributed by LWR to those most in need as part of Project Promise, the same program to which we send our school kits and our quilts. Last year we sent 15 kits and this year our goal is to send 20-25! These kits are then included with the quilts and school kits that will be shipped in May 2019.

How you can help:     
LWR has provided clear instructions on what items should be in each kit. (They must be sensitive to the many laws regarding imports to various countries.) At OSLC, we’re hoping to make it easy to participate.

You’ll find a ‘clothesline’ display in the narthex. Simply pick as many items as you wish to purchase/contribute and return the item(s) to OSLC. We’ll have a “Baby Care Kit” container outside of the Church Office, so you can turn in the items whenever you have them. The deadline is  Sunday, April 28.

If you have any questions, please contact Kari Jo Grant or the church office. Thank you for your generosity!

2018 Annual Report Preparation

I know it is hard to believe, but the end of the year is rapidly approaching and it is time to start preparing our Annual Report.   OSLC’s various groups and committees each write a report for our Annual Report.

The deadline for reports is Wednesday, January 2nd.  When you submit your report, please format the subject line “2018 Annual Report – Name of Your Section” and send it to office@oslchanover.orgThis will help me see and find the report in the flurry of messages that will be arriving.  (If you want to submit your report early, that is fine, but please do send your report on time – there is a short window for compiling the reports, proofreading, editing, finding and adding photos and getting the document ready for the congregation’s review in advance of the meeting.  It is very important that I receive your report on time.

Please use the template provided.  I’ve placed the template and additional resources to help you online at http://www.bit.ly/oslc-annual-report-resources The resources include:

  • Last year’s report so you can see a sample (and get some help in case you develop writer’s block)
  • OSLC’s core values to help you frame your writing (as noted in the template)
  • Newsletters we published in the past year to jog your memory about various happenings.
  • If you want to look at the Sunday bulletins, you can find those archived at http://bit.ly/oslc-eBulletin.

If you have photos that you would like to include in the report, please send those as well.

Thank you for all of the good work you do throughout the year!

The Rev. Lauren Heywood, Ordained October 20th. Thanks be to God!

Paul and Wendy Manganiello attended the Reverend Lauren Heywood’s ordination in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 20th. They shared with us photos from the day and words of gratitude from Pastor Lauren.  Lauren worshiped with us and served the OSLC and community while attending Dartmouth.

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Thanks be to God!