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!

Wilfred, Our Godson in Tanzania

We recently received this update on Wilfred, our Godson in Tanzania.  Godparents for Tanzania provides scholarships for fifty young Tanzanians to attend secondary school, vocational training, college, and university. Through this program, we are sponsoring Wilfred. We have also received a letter from Wilfred, posted on the bulletin board at church.

Wilfred 2018-06 Wilfred Thomas Erro Sankais 19 years old. He is a Form 6 student at Vunjo Secondary School, a Lutheran boarding school on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, near Moshi.

In his advanced level secondary studies (Forms 5 and 6), Wilfred is focusing on three subjects: history, geography, and English. English is Wilfred’s third language. His first two languages are Iraqw (the language of his tribe) and Swahili (the national lanugage of Tanzania). When we met with Wilfred in June, we were impressed with the improvement in his English over the past year. Continue reading Wilfred, Our Godson in Tanzania

Bread for the World, 2018 Offering of Letters

This Temple Talk was delivered by Paul Manganiello at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Our Savior Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry (OSLC) is Covenant Church in the national Bread for the World (BFW) movement. This Sunday is the annual Bread for the World Offering of Letters.

BFW is an Ecumenical Christian advocacy organization working to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, and great progress has been made to reduce extreme poverty and chronic hunger both here in the US, and abroad. Continue reading Bread for the World, 2018 Offering of Letters