Installation of Pr. Kristin-Luana and Pr. Olaf Baumann on February 24, 2024

As members of the body of Christ in this place and time, we are a welcoming congregation of people who gather to worship God, to share life together, to grow in love for each other and to be shaped by God’s Word, with the purpose of living out God’s love and being a sign of God’s loving and forgiving presence in our community and world. We hope you will join us!

In Home Worship – Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Day of Pentecost

10:00 am Worship

This Sunday, Pr. Kristin-Luana is the presiding minister, and Pr. Olaf is the preacher. Here is Sunday’s Sermon News:

Image Credit: Miller, Mary Jane, 2008. Pentecost (A Second Version), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Sermon News Sunday, May 19, 2024, Acts 2:1-21, Pentecost Sunday!

Pentecost is considered the birthday of the church. Church in this case doesn’t mean the one, true institutional church. That kind of church never existed, even though many denominations claim that it is them. They are the true church, and if you’re not in it, God has some terrifying surprises in store for you. Do not be afraid. Whenever someone is convinced that they are more righteous, holy, or in tune with God’s will, they have broken Jesus’ command not to judge (Matthew 7:1; Luke 6:37). Don’t judge others, but especially do not judge yourself. Especially, don’t believe for one moment that God loves you more than others. And equally, don’t believe that God loves you less, will cast you away, will not know you. Do not judge means just that. Leave the judging to God. Instead celebrate the birthday of the universal church that comes to us in a multitude of expressions. We will do just that this Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front Street S, Issaquah, WA and on YouTube. Please come!

– Pr. Olaf

Church News

Community Outreach Committee Meeting on May 20

On Monday, May 20, the Community Outreach Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the conference table in the Narthex. If you’re interested in getting involved in community outreach or finding out what we do, please join us.

The subjects to be covered will be what to spend the funds on that are left for this fiscal year for Passage Point and KidVantage, and in what direction the committee wants to go for the next fiscal year, starting July 1.

Together by Grace: Introducing the Lutherans Book Study – Concludes on May 23rd

The Together by Grace book study will conclude on May 23 at 12 p.m. (in Anderson Hall) or 7 p.m. (online on Zoom).

Please join us for a book study that comes from our national church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The study re/introduces us to the fundamental theology and practice of ELCA Lutheranism. Sessions are on Thursdays, either at noon (in-person) or at 7:00 p.m. (via Zoom).

For more information, visit our Christian Education page.

Come Try Out the OSLC Choir!

Come try out the OSLC choir! We will have three musical offerings (singing in church) this summer (the titles and schedule are available in the bulletin or on our website here). Since we are on a summer schedule, we are on an abridged practice schedule. This means you have an opportunity to try singing in choir with a minimal time commitment. We will have the music and a folder ready for you. All you need to do is bring you!

If you’re interested in choir or have any questions, please contact the church office at [email protected] or 425-392-4169. Cynthia will then connect you with Nora T., who is coordinating the choir.

Warning about Scam Emails: Ignore and Delete

Recently, many of you have received emails that appear to be from Pr. Kristin-Luana or Cynthia, asking for a favor or if you have free time to run an urgent errand; the subject line may be “God bless you (your name).” If you look closely, you’ll see these emails have errors and awkward wording. We didn’t send these emails. Be aware that the pastors and staff will never email, text, or call to ask for a favor or gift cards.

Don’t reply to these scam emails. A cybercriminal is trying to lure you to reply and buy gift cards. They’re targeting many churches, knowing that good-hearted people may respond to a “pastor’s” or “staff’s” plea for help. Please don’t fall for it, and quickly delete these junk emails.

To tighten up security, Joan F. has removed email addresses from the OSLC website—since that’s likely where the cybercriminal harvested them (and perhaps the newsletters and bulletins posted there). From now on, we’ll avoid publishing email addresses and not list full names on the prayer list. Only the office email will be published. Thank you.

Spirit of Peace UCC Returns to Downstairs Worship Space

After months of repairs due to severe damage from a leaky roof, this Sunday the Spirit of Peace congregation is delighted to be worshipping downstairs again. A special thanks to OSLC members who spent many hours working and coordinating repairs in that worship space. Also, SOP is grateful they were allowed to worship in Anderson Hall these last few months.

Communion Services at Timber Ridge at Talus

Good news! St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue and Our Savior Lutheran Church, Issaquah are teaming up to provide a simple communion service every first Thursday of the month at Timber Ridge at 2 p.m. Our Savior is responsible for the services on June 6, August 1, October 3, and December 5, 2024. We are looking for volunteer musicians (all instruments!) to serve on these days. Do you feel called to be part of this ministry? Let Pr. Kristin-Luana know by emailing her at [email protected]. Thank you!

Lost and Found: Are you missing anything?

OSLC’s Lost and Found shelf (in the large wood cabinet near the offices) is full of reading glasses, water bottles, folders, umbrellas, etc. Please take a look and see if anything belongs to you. Whatever is still there will be donated to Value Village on June 30. Thanks!

“Let Us Build a House” – Parsonage Capital Campaign

Thanks to all who have helped to bring this asset of our congregation back to life to serve as a home for our new pastors. We ask that you consider contributing to the parsonage campaign, or making a second gift if you have already done so.

For more information and to see the campaign’s progress, click the tab above.

Tune in to “The Revs. Baumann Sermons” YouTube Channel

Did you know that Pr. Olaf and Pr. Kristin-Luana have a YouTube channel called “The Revs. Baumann Sermons”? It features their OSLC sermons (and some from their previous church), as well as Pr. Olaf’s educational and entertaining videos called “Early Church History” (5-13 minutes long) and “Reformation History: Reformation Factoid” (less than 3 minutes long). You can link to it via the “Sermons” tab above. Check ’em out!

Sunday, May 19

Worship at 10:00 a.m. (Sanctuary)
Coffee and Fellowship Hour at 11:00 a.m. (Anderson Hall)

Monday, May 20

Community Outreach Committee meets at 10:00 a.m. (Narthex)
Congregational Care Ministry meets at 10:30 a.m. (Library).
Companions Bible Study meets at 3:00 p.m. (online).

Tuesday, May 21

Council Executive Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. (online). 

Thursday, May 23

Mission Quilters meets at 9:30 a.m. (Anderson Hall).
Together by Grace Book Study meets at 12:00 p.m. (Anderson Hall).
Together by Grace Book Study meets at 7:00 p.m. (online). Contact Pr. Olaf at [email protected] for the link.

Sunday, May 26

Worship at 10:00 a.m. (Sanctuary)
Coffee and Fellowship Hour at 11:00 a.m. (Anderson Hall)

Each time you give your regular offering, you are ensuring support for your church community and the work Jesus calls us to do.  Whether making offerings when you worship each Sunday, or with a check via postal mail, or giving online using the “Electronic Giving” tab above, together we move forward as God’s generous, caring, supportive people—doing the work Jesus calls us to do! Warmest regards from your Stewardship Committee.

Prayers Your prayer requests are important to us. Requests for prayers can be taken by email or phone, and will be added to the weekly worship bulletin, Prayers of the People, and staff prayers. Email [email protected], or call 425-392-4169 and leave a message with your prayer.

Emergency Pastoral Care

For emergency pastoral care, please contact Pr. Olaf Baumann at 360-912-1830 or [email protected], or Pr. Kristin-Luana Baumann at 360-912-1245 or [email protected].

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