Our Savior'sLutheran Church

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Our Pastors: Donald McKee, Marie Eckberg, and Bob Knutson welcome all who wish to worship with us. We thank you for taking the time to visit us on the web, please share your comments.
Sunday Worship Services held at 9:00 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church 222 N. 5th St. Montevideo MN 56265.

Our Ministries

As a people of purpose, Our Savior’s provides many different and various ministry opportunities for all to live out their faith and to also grow together. Not only will you find groups to join, classes to take and events to attend but other ministries that will help you to share your SHAPE and become part of our vital ministry within Our Savior’s.

Doing God’s work means putting our mission of reaching, teaching and welcoming all into action by reaching beyond ourselves to share the good news of God’s Love with others.
Our worship and outreach ministries are an integral part of REACHING out to others.
Our TEACHING ministry provides opportunities for groups for taking the “next steps” in their journey towards a more meaningful connection to Christ.

Click the buttons below to learn more about our REACHING and TEACHING ministries.

  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it 

Our Savior’s offers several activities for children
from birth to 6th grade.  Check the newsletter or look for
mailings for other activities for this age group.

SUNDAY SCHOOL (3 year olds through 6th grade)
Sunday School meets from September through the middle of May.  We use a rotational model in which students study the same story for several weeks but each week they see it through a different lens.  Those lenses might be cooking, video, storytelling, arts and crafts, science, or drama.  Fall of 2014 we start with the story of creation.

Classes meet at 9:45 a.m.  Students meet in the chapel (2nd floor of our education wing) for music and then split into age groups for their class time.  Shepherds then take them to the classrooms for the learning activities.

Please call the church office (269-8824) or Lisa Schultz our Christian Education Director (320-841-0363) for more information on registering your child for Sunday School or if you are interested in leading an activity or serving as a shepherd.

In the baptismal promise at their child’s baptism, parents commit to placing the Holy Scripture in the hands of their children.  The congregation commits to supporting each family.  Thanks to the generous donations of our Bible Buddies, we are able to give Bible to children at three stages in their lives – preschool, 3rd grade, and 7th grade.  Each Bible is age appropriate.  Please call the church office if you are interested in being a Bible Buddy.

Preschoolers love the soothing sound of rhyme! Now they can enjoy thirty-five delightful, classic Bible stories from the Rhyme Bible Storybook.  This read-aloud storybook goes from the story of creation to the resurrection of Jesus.   This is the perfect choice for parents who want to introduce their children to the Word of God.

Third graders are ready for adventure.  They embark on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word with the NIV Adventure Bible—in full color throughout! Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God.

Seventh Graders are ready to begin Confirmation instruction.  Lutheran Study Bible uses study notes to hear God’s Word as it was encountered by people in the Bible as well as how it encounters us today using a Lutheran perspective.  This NRSV translation is reader-friendly, inviting, and engaging.  It uses history, culture and geography to explore particular passages.

CHRIST’S KIDS (Kindergarten – 4th Grade)
Christ’s Kids is an after school learning experience on the first Wednesday of the month from October through May.  Parents may bring their students to church right after school or the student can ride bus #56 from the Middle School to Our Savior’s.  Parents can pick up their students at 5:00 p.m.
We begin with a healthy snack.  The rest of our time consists around a Bible lesson and fun activities that support that lesson.  This is not meant to replace Sunday School but rather to provide an additional learning event.  Parents are encouraged to sign-up to help one Wednesday afternoon.
If the first Wednesday of the month is an early release from school we will have Super Wednesday.  Students can still take the bus to Our Savior’s and we will have additional activities until 5:00 p.m.  This may be a field trip, a movie, or a service project.
Any child K – 4th grade is welcome no matter what church they are a member of.
Please call Tera Gades, Christ’s Kids coordinator, (269-3038) to sign-up your child or to volunteer on a Wednesday.

During the summer Our Savior’s along with Trinity Lutheran, Salem Lutheran, United Methodist, and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church hold a week-long Vacation Bible School from Sunday through Thursday.  We begin with a light supper and then continue with singing, storytelling, arts and crafts, and games.  We finish the evening with a large group review of the lesson.  Thursday evening concludes our week with a program for parents and other community members.
Check back in May for more information on dates, times, and location.

First Communion
Fifth graders and their parents are invited to learn about communion through classes offered by the pastors.  Students will have the opportunity to bake bread which will be used on Palm Sunday at their first communion.  Classes are held during Lent.  Look for a letter this spring with dates and times of these classes.

Sixth Grade Students will be asked to help acolyte on Sunday Mornings.  They have so much enthusiasm to help in the Church and this would help the program out a lot.  Once ninth graders are confirmed they are not expected to acolyte.  This places a huge amount of work on the seventh graders to acolyte during the month of May and all through the summer months.  Your child will receive a note letting you know when we will hold acolyte training.

Bible Buddies
Each year we give Bibles to preschool and third grade students. Bible Buddies give money to purchase a Bible for these children. Friends, parents, grandparents, or any others can donate money for the purchase of these Bibles. Call the church office at 269-8824, if you would like to be a Bible Buddy, and start a young child off on a path of spiritual awareness.

Sr. Lites
Please join us on Monday, April 10th at 12:00 noon for our monthly potluck and program.
Carol Arends, Pharmacist from Coborn’s, will present the program on medi- cations and their side effects.
Feel free to invite a friend for a time of fellowship, great food and an infor- mative program.

Celebration of the Years!
A person’s  age is something impressive, it sums up their life:  maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, grief and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves.  A person’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories.

Available Services for Seniors
Senior Advisory Board – New members welcome
Annual Blessing of the Years Sunday
Blessing of the New Home Services
Senior Visitation
Lunch Bunch (over 55) daytime group
Senior Lites (50+) evening fellowship group
Parish Nurse Ministry – to learn more, please click on link
Senior Communion and Dinner – 2 Times a year at Our Savior’s

We Can Help!
We can help you plan your funeral. We know you might not want to think about doing this, but you can pick your own hymns, scripture verses and the rest. We have a form for you to use. Talk to any of the Pastors or our Parish Nurse for further information. Why leave all the details to your loved ones when you can plan ahead? It will give you peace of mind in knowing this has been done.

Links for Seniors
Nursing Home Abuse Center – Your Nursing Home Abuse Resource
Fun and Information for Seniors
Hymn Site – Christian online Music
Lutheran Hymnal


ELCA Synod Support
Dollars given support SW MN Synod and our national denomination.
To see how your dollars are used click here.

Council Directed Missions
This is non-ELCA support, given locally or nationally, as decided by the church council at their monthly meeting.

Green Lake Bible Camp
These dollars are given to support the camping ministry of Green Lake. We are most affected in the summer time when our youth take advantage of summer Bible camp. Funds given also allow us to send children to camp on scholarship who might not otherwise be able to attend because of financial constraints.

Missionary Support
For over 30 years, Our Savior’s has supported Philip Knutson. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a missionary in Africa. He serves as ELCA Global Mission Regional Program assistant for Southern Africa.  We are proud to support his work.
To learn more about him and to put a face to the name click here!

Lac Qui Parle Conference and Local Ministerium
These dollars support the work of the local and conference churches. We work together as partners in proclaiming the Gospel.

ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission
The vision of the Fund for Leaders is to provide support to all qualified students preparing for ordained or rostered lay ministry through one of the eight ELCA seminaries.

Local Missions we Support

St. Martin’s Fund
This is a local fund for people in need. This fund is administered by Prairie 5our emergency fund for Montevideo.

Food Baskets and Seasonal Outreach
Gifts to this fund provided food to over 100 people in the past year.
Food baskets are provided at Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.

Meals on Wheels

Rice Home Hospice

Let’s Go Fishing

Relay for Life

Chippewa County Reach Our for Warmth

Safe Avenues Women’s Shelter

Special Olympics

Local Food Shelf

Prison Ministry
Other opportunities to give:

Lutheran World Relief
With the lowest overhead of all relief organizations, a gift to Lutheran World Relied is money well spent. Spanning across the globe, relief work is their specialty.
To learn more click here

Lutheran Social Services
A gift to Lutheran Social Services will be used for helping those in need. These needs include: counseling services, assisted living, Meals on Wheels and disability services to name a few.
To learn more click here

ELCA World Hunger
What more needs to be said? These dollars are used to feed the hungry both here and abroad. Can you imagine going to be hungry at night?

South Africa Student Scholarship

Our Conference supports 16 young people so they can attend high school. Without our help, they would be stuck in the circle of poverty. 100% of your gifts are used to help kids!

Ways to participate in and support our Worship
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar…he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” Luke 8:16
Discover all the wonderful ways you can find to deepen your ministry through participation.

Altar Guild
The purpose of the Altar Guild is to keep the sanctuary clean and prepare the Lord’s Table for Holy Communion. They take care of vestments; wine, wafers, and altar linens. The candles and flowers are also the responsibility of the Altar Guild. In addition, they prepare the sanctuary for baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Please contact Janice Olsen at 269-8423, if you would like to serve on the Altar Guild. New members are needed!

The worship service requires the participation and assistance of many people. This includes acolytes. Traditionally the youth who assist at OSLC are in the 6th grade or above. However, anyone child of communing age can join this ministry.
Acolytes assist during worship by lighting the sanctuary candles prior to the service, extinguishing them following worship, and assisting during during the communion service. If you would like to be an acolyte, please contact one of the Pastors at 269-8824. You will receive full training in being an acolyte before participating.

Looking for a ministry that will bring you closer to the Word and a greater appreciation and understanding of the worship service? Ask about becoming a lay scripture reader for any service you prefer. Scheduling is flexible. If you can serve as a lector for one Sunday, or on a continuing basis, please contact one of the Pastors at 269-8824.

Greeters and Ushers
Here at Our Savior’s we want to make sure the first face you see has a smile on it! Whether you are here for Sunday School, fellowship or worship, a greeter will be nearby to welcome you to our church. Please contact the church office if you or you and your family would like to be a greeter/usher.

Sound System/Video Technician/Radio Broadcaster
Manning the technical portion of our worship ministry is an important role of the sound system technician. Filling those roles are several very dedicated and capable sound system technicians. Not only are they responsible for making sure that all portions of the worship service are heard and seen by all, but they are also responsible for setting up all sound and video equipment for worship, and recording the services.
The radio broadcaster is responsible for broadcasting worship so that our home-bound members or shut-ins can stay in touch with our ministry.
The sound/video team is always looking for more ears and voices! If you are interested in how you might help out, please contact Pastor Don at 269-8824.

**Please arrive 30 before the service. If you are unable to acolyte you are responsible for finding your own replacement. Schedule will continue to update as days are filled.
Acolyte Training Instructions click here.

If you can fill in where indicated, please call Jana at 269-8824 or email Pastor Don at pastordonm@oslcmonte.net or Jana Moeding at janamoeding@oslcmonte.net
Thank you!!

You may sign up by submitting the dates you are available in the form below.

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Acolyte Availability

Dates you are available for Acolyte

Montevideo Area Confirmation Program.

Confirmation at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church begins in the fall of the 7th grade year.  After three years of course work the students confirm their faith in the spring of their 9th grade year.  Our Savior’s is in partnership with the other ELCA congregations in the Montevideo area (Jevenaker, Baxter/Saron, and Salem).  Each level meets at Our Savior’s.

Our 7th & 8th graders will be in Level One & Two. Pastor Matt Philaya and Vicar Matt Danielson as their instructors.

Our 9th graders will be in Level Three with Pastor Don as their instructors.

Meeting time will be from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  This will include a half hour of worship.  Families are invited to join their students at worship.  Please talk to the Pastor teaching your child’s level to see when they worship.

Current LEVEL 3 Confirmation Calendar

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.
Be an example to all believers in what you teach,
in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)


Thrivent Pizza Supper



Youth Forum (grades 7-12)
Sunday mornings from 9:45–10:30 join Pastor Don in the youth room.
Confirmation (grades 7-9)

Youth group
Our Savior’s sponsors several youth events during the school year.  Information will be available on this sight, in Sunday’s bulletins, and in the monthly church newsletter.

Scheduled events

For the ELCA Youth Ministry News Webpage, click the icon below

For the SW MN Synod Youth and Family Webpage, click icon below

Doing God’s work means putting our mission of reaching, teaching and welcoming all into action by reaching beyond ourselves to share the good news of God’s Love with others.
There is something about God’s REACH to us that compels us to REACH beyond our own needs, wants and desires to others. In all we do, we show love. And in showing love and sharing the gospel of the life that is only possible through Jesus Christ, we become living representatives of God for a world that desperately needs what only He can provide.
Reaching Ministries
Through our reaching ministries we offer many opportunities for the entire family.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is a large and diverse congregation, with many opportunities for you.  We offer activities for all ages and a chance for your entire family to grow in faith, hope and love.
Your gifts are needed here at Our Savior’s and we want you to join our community of faith as we walk with God.  The congregation and I look forward to knowing you better.
Regardless of you membership status, you are always welcome to join us for worship and we would love to see your family participate in Sunday school.
We worship Sunday Mornings – 9:00 with Sunday school, adult education and coffee fellowship starting at 10:00 a.m.  During the summer our worship time is at 9:00 a.m. with coffee fellowship at 10:00 a.m.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
How can we thank God for all he has given us?

By returning some of our gifts back to God…

TIME is really just the gift of life He has given us. We should return some of our time back to Him – in our thoughts and in our deeds.

TALENT is a special gift He has given each of us – but we’re all different and have different talents. Let us make use of our particular talent as we serve God.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve on another, as good stewards
 of God’s varied grace.”  1 Peter 4:10

New Member Orientation
New members were welcomed into the fellowship of Our Savior’s several times a year.  Several families have already made their intentions for membership known to us, but if there are others who are interested, please contact any of the pastors. We will be having another class once we have those who would like to join Our Savior’s. Watch for exact date and time. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.

Through our Worship and Outreach ministries, we REACH out to others to share the good news!
WORSHIP at Our Savior’s is a time of reverence and joy!

Worship Support
Worship support ministries are all important roles in bringing the utmost in worship experiences to everyone!

Children’s Education Ministry
Our greatest asset is our children. Here at Our Savior’s we strive to provide all the tools necessary to guide our children towards a life of Christ.

High School Ministry
God has a purpose for the youth of today. Our high school classes and programs bring a message of hope and challenge you that can be applied to the challenges of today and help prepare for their exciting life ahead.

Music Ministry
Music is an integral part of our Reaching ministry.

Family Ministry
Reaching out to families at Our Savior’s is a vital part of our ministry. We do this with a variety of programs, special events and by bringing in speakers and special programs that are of interest to the church and community.

Health Ministry
Health Ministry is the promotion of health, healing and wholeness as a mission of our faith community to its members and the community it serves.

Senior Ministry
Our Senior Ministry’s mission is the affirmation of older adults as persons of value.
Our goal is to help older adults retain their independence and to guard their dignity. We are dedicated to serving the whole person. We feed the body, mind and spirit. We foster programs that encourage inter-generational relationships, linkages with peer groups, and linkages with the community support network.

Are you looking for prayer support or help in developing a prayer life? We are here to serve your needs. Click this link to send us a email note. PRAYER
To access Prayer Ventures please follow this link

For Monthly Devotions
Please click here

Why Give?
At Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, we believe that giving is faith-based; that is, we give to God willingly and generously as an expression of our growing faith in and love of God.

What is a generous giver?
A generous giver is one who learns to:
(1)   experience the joy of giving,
(2)   live and give with an eternal perspective,
(3)   model the proverb, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,”
(4)   recognize that God owns everything and
(5)   offer gifts as an act of worship.

Consider how these people from the past reflect this faith and generosity in their prayers of giving:

“Profit is what we have left after we make a donation to a worthwhile cause.” Marilyn Vos Savant

“Giving pays the highest interest rate, and has the longest term, of any investment available.” Jeffrey K. Wilson

“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Proverbs 11:24

“Whatever you spend is gone.  What you keep, someone else gets.  What you give is yours forever.” Dr. Wil Rose

“The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not ‘to have and to hold’ but ‘to give and serve.” Sir Wilfred T. Grinfell 

Happiness is not so much in having as sharing.  We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Norman MacEwan

Where Do I Begin?

Click Ways to Give to find practical tools to encourage generosity.

As you examine your response to the boundless gifts of God’s grace, Our Savior’s Automatic Contribution option may be your best choice for stewardship. Automatic contributions are an easy, convenient and safe automated giving program that enables Our Savior’s to receive your offerings through electronic funds transfer (EFT). This is the fastest growing giving method at Our Savior’s!

Email Sue Winter at suewinter@oslcmonte.net to request a automatic contribution enrollment form. You can click here to download and print the form.

Online Donation Page
Click here for our online donation page!
Or you can use this QR-Code to link up with our mobile donation page:OSLCMonte_QR_code
Offering Envelopes

Weekly offering envelopes are a great way to combine your giving with attendance at worship services. Simply drop your gifts in the offering plate, and your personalized envelope number will assure that your contributions are properly credited. Offering envelopes can also be mailed if you can’t attend service. And there are special envelopes for special causes, such as outreach and missions.

Email Sue Winter at suewinter@oslcmonte.net if you need a supply of offering envelopes.

Outreach / Mission
Are you passionate about a cause, either close to home or in the world at large? God’s kingdom extends beyond the walls of Our Savior’s, and so can your giving. Your offering envelopes highlight several opportunities for special contributions during the year. Also, check out the many avenues to support evangelism at Our Savior’s.

Stocks and Securities
Gifts of appreciated stocks and securities can be an excellent way to share God’s bounty of gifts. For more information, email oursaviors@oslcmonte.net

Time and Talents
In addition to your financial gifts, your time and talents can make an enormous difference in accomplishing God’s plan on Earth. Visit the Shared Ministry page to see some of the many ways you can get directly involved in God’s work.
You can click here to download a copy of the form.

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