Watchword Sunday, December 29, 2020

O that today you would listen to God’s voice!
Do not harden your hearts.             Psalm 95:7-8

There is a wonderful tradition here at Our Savior Lutheran Church.  The Sunday after Christmas is called “Watchword” Sunday.  During the service, a basket is passed with many Moravian Watchword verses for each to pick.  Once everyone has a watchword, anyone is welcome to stand up, read their verse and then share first impressions.  The sharing is holy and profound and we feel God’s Spirit among us. Many are moved to write reflections on their Watchwords and for the past several years we have combined these into a Lenten devotional for the OSLC community. Whether you feel moved to write a Lenten devotion or not, we hope you will choose a Watchword and reflect what the scripture verse means.  If you do feel moved to write a reflection for our Lenten devotional, sign up on Sunday or contact the office.

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Upper Valley Haven Seeks Volunteers for Warming Shelter

 The Upper Valley Haven’s Seasonal Shelter opened November 25th.  It is open seven days a week. The shelter provides a warm and safe place to sleep, a hot meal, shower facilities and time to socialize.

Volunteers are needed for the daily 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. shift.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Kerri Weeks, Volunteer Coordinator at Upper Valley Haven, at kweeks@uppervalleyhaven.org or (802) 478-1865.  The Haven is located at 713 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction, Vermont.

The Giving Tree

You can help make this a magical Christmas for God’s children who are struggling!  This is an opportunity to help LISTEN support members of our community who have challenges in their lives making a joyous Christmas for their families more difficult. The Giving Tree is set up in the Narthex, decorated with tags containing the wishes of several children. Your generosity will make a significant difference so parents can prepare a Christmas meal and watch the excitement on the faces of their children who might otherwise not have gifts to open. Please consider taking a tag or two.

If you would like to contribute financially our Giving Tree elves can do the shopping.  Talk to Michelle Williams after worship.   Gift(s) with tag(s) need to be under the Giving Tree by December 8.