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 vigil will he held Tuesdays  October 16 and November 6. Vigils are from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street, Manchester. Carpool departs from the CCBA at 7:00 a.m..  We will return to the CCBA by 11/11:30 a.m. Please signup here.21367040_1617111501654177_4618948390388660212_o

 

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

Statement on the Opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem From Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

Jerusalem, 14 May 2018 – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land stands in strong opposition to the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. This move is in violation of international law and reverses decades of foreign policy regarding Israel and Palestine. Such a unilateral decision undermines any potential for achieving just peace based on the UN Resolutions, and in fact has increased tensions and conflicts throughout the region.

Jerusalem is a very special city, holy to three religions, and therefore it should be a place of peace, justice, and reconciliation. Our church continues to pray and advocate for a peaceful and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in accordance with the International Law. We want to see two viable and sovereign independent states, living side by side with agreed upon borders, and with Jerusalem as a shared city for Continue reading Statement on the Opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem From Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

Remembering Evelyn Johnson (1922-2018)

evelynEvelyn Ingeborg Johnson, 95, born Nov. 17, 1922, in Forestville, Conn. to Frederick L. Johnson, and Anna Paulina (Bengtson), died peacefully Friday, March 16, 2018, in her home at Harvest Hill in Lebanon, NH.  A celebration of Evelyn’s life was held at Our Savior on Friday, April 6th.  The Rev. Robert Wohlfort, Transitional Pastor, led the service.  Following reflections from Pastor Wohlfort, Evelyn’s hospice chaplain the Rev. Susan Langle, and Evelyn’s niece Lois Semrau.

I did not know Evelyn in her prime…and I heard about her of those years via apt clichés such as, “No shrinking violet was Evelyn,” and “No way was she a wallflower.”

24 hours after her death, I arrived here for the monthly men’s breakfast and the conversation was peppered with anecdotes and laughter and stories about this lovely woman:

-spirited and vocal time and presence at Church Council

-her energetic Spirit filled spirit

-her voice and fun filled manner in the choir

-her all around memorable presence

At the quilting group yesterday I learned of the coffee scoop around her neck from which she made the brew ”…that did pushups in the cup.”…an Army term.

Somehow, many years ago, she learned that a boy’s camp in Ossipee was to be sold and the Lutherans were interested.  So, she drove to the camp to check it out, was delighted with what she experienced and enjoyed Calumet on many occasions and contributed to its life and mission.

During my last visit with her I was pleasantly surprised to be with Evelyn who was freshly bathed, dressed in brightly colored pajamas and a plush robe…a stark contrast to her tiny form tucked into bed a few days earlier.

On her chair side table was a service bulletin from, I think, Augustana Lutheran Church in Houston.  The date was in the early 90s.  This opened a reminiscence that clued me in to a portion of her joyous work of consulting with congregations throughout the nation.  In Houston she was very proud of being a part of this congregation that was the first congregation of that city to integrate its membership with people of color.  Evelyn was absolutely clear that she and Augustana were simply following Jesus. Continue reading Remembering Evelyn Johnson (1922-2018)