GOD’S WORK – OUR SOCIALLY-DISTANT HANDS, Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday, September 13, is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one Church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Our Savior Lutheran Church is no stranger to serving and loving our neighbors, not just on this special day of action but throughout the year.

Members of Our Savior Lutheran Church carry out Christ’s message to “feed the hungry” in a variety of ways: making monthly dinners for residents of Dismas House and Listen Community Services; assisting  Dartmouth College students in preparing weekly Friday community meals at our church; donating food to our local homeless shelter; participating in advocacy for Bread for the World as well as contributing financially to ELCA World Hunger, and many other actions.

Let’s take this opportunity and combine these two events as we engage in “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday” and “National Hunger Action Month” and prayerfully consider how we may make our commitment to take action in one (or more) of the following ways:

1)     Volunteer to help make one monthly dinner for Dismas House or Listen Community Services.

2)     Deliver a meal or groceries to a neighbor unable to go out.

3)     Write a letter to support the work of Bread for the World.

4)     Donate food items for the Upper Valley Haven Food Shelf

5)     Make a financial contribution to ELCA World Hunger

6)     Contact your congressional representatives to urge them to support legislation for food funding such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC  (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants and children).

Prayerfully consider one of the above opportunities and take action. As church we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love of Jesus and serve our neighbors – even if such acts of service look different this year in the time of COVID-19. Thank you!

Prayer Vigils in Manchester

New Hampshire Immigrant Solidarity Network Prayer Vigils are scheduled for Tuesdays March 17, April 7 and 21 and first and third Tuesdays thereafter.  All are held at the Norris Cotton Federal Building at 275 Chestnut Street in Manchester, New Hamsphire, and begin at 9:00 a.m.

We also gather on the first Tuesday of the month right after the vigil (approximately 10:30 am) at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Manchester at 14 Elm Street, in the Parish Hall to hear reports from immigrant communities, engage in fellowship, and plan advocacy together.

Your participation is welcomed. If you would like to carpool, sign up here.   Please contact Rosemary Affeldt [rosemary.affeldt@comcast.net] for more details.

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Disaster Relief Quilting Schedule

You can reach out to people in their time of greatest need with a strong message of hope — you are not alone.  Join us as we assemble simple quilts.

2014-01-20-student-participating-in-mlk-quilting-at-dartmouth-campus-ministry-photo 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 Schedule

What Happened at New England Synod Assembly?

Editor’s Note:  Lars Johanson submitted this report on the June 7-8 New England Synod Assembly.  The Rev. Leila Ortiz served as guest preacher and was elected to  serve as Bishop of the Metro DC Synod of the ELCA at the Metro DC Synod Assembly held June 14-15.  We’ll add links to the storytelling presentation by keynote speaker Margot Leitman as well as the sermon by the Rev. Leila Ortiz when they become available.

Pastor Kyle Seibert, Rosemary Affeldt and I attended the NE Synod Assembly in Worcester, MA.  Over 500 men and women attended the two-day conference from congregations all over New England. One of the lasting impressions of the meeting was the number of women who hold leading positions within the synod and as pastors of various congregations. Many of them gave presentations and led devotions and worship.

A considerable amount of time was devoted to “church business” such as presentation of memorials and reports from Bishop Hazelwood and various components of the synod. I was very impressed with the four memorials that were approved and will be presented later this summer at the ELCA National Assembly. Two of the memorials dealt with Continue reading What Happened at New England Synod Assembly?

“Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow!” Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Our Savior Lutheran Church is a Covenant Church with the Bread for the World (BFW) movement. BFW currently is ecumenical in scope; but was started by a Lutheran Pastor in New York City, in the early 70s. BFW asks us to communicate with our legislators about hunger related issues throughout the year, but each year they focus on one particular issue, for an annual Offering of Letters

Reading the news, it is hard to imagine that progress has been made in reducing global poverty and hunger, but they have literally been cut, nearly in half over the past 30 years. In countries such as Ghana and Honduras, one of the effects of chronic malnutrition, developmental stunting, has been reduced by nearly 1/3rd over the past 10 years!! This has been accomplished by emphasizing good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a mother’s pregnancy through her child’s second birthday.

But the work is not done, and we don’t want to lose the gains we have made, since worldwide nearly half of all the childhood deaths are linked to malnutrition. Continue reading “Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow!” Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Bridging the Gap

This sermon was preached by Pastor Kyle Seibert at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry in Hanover, New Hampshire on Sunday, September 9, 2018. The readings for the day were Isaiah 35:4-7a, Psalm 146, James 2:1-17, and Mark 7:24-37.

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Pastor Kyle often doesn’t use a manuscript to preach. We have made this audio recording available, and will continue to find the best ways to share this content.