Friday, September 4, 2009


It is Sunday school time at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and we hope you and your children will join us for a lively year of learning. Sunday, September 13 is Rally Day—the kick off of our Christian education program. There will be an installation of our teachers in worship at 9:00 a.m. The classes will then begin at 10:00 a.m. They will continue to meet each Sunday until Christmas break, then resume again until the end of the school year.

Sunday school is an important way that our church community can help support the faith development of all it’s members. Each week, kids learn about God’s love for them through the Bible’s many stories. They make connections between the Bible and their own lives in a fun learning environment. Over the summer, the young people were given Spark Bibles or Spark Story Bibles, depending upon their age. If you child hasn’t gotten one yet, we’ll see to it that he or she gets one this fall.

As an incentive to get and keep kids involved in this program, we offer a free week at a Lutheran Bible camp to students who attend 20 Sunday school classes or more. This is approximately a $300 value. We are excited to make this opportunity available for our students. The on-camp programs at Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Ferryville, Wisconsin and Camp EWALU in Strawberry Point, Iowa are for students who have completed the 3rd grade through 12th grade.

We also produce a Christmas program each year in December, which features the Sunday school children. This is a special treat for our congregation. It makes the Christmas story come alive in a wonderful way.

This year, we’ll begin each Sunday school hour by meeting in the church sanctuary for a group singing session. We’ll also be collecting Sunday school offering for a special project. We are excited to announce that we have enough students to break into several age classes in our newly refurbished basement learning center. They include:

The Sunshine Class—for kids 3 years old through Kindergarten taught by Mike Schweitzer

The Celebration Class—for kids first grade through fourth taught by Susan Finley and Lisa Rethwisch

The Cool Kids Class—for those in fifth and sixth grade taught by Carla Pleasants and Wendy Morris

The Confirmation Class—for seventh grade and older taught by Jamie Horkheimer (on Sunday mornings) and Pastor Laura (for extended classes which meet monthly)

Meanwhile, the confirmed teenagers and adults meet upstairs for Bible study.

Would you be interested in helping? If you’d like to be an adult volunteer, please contact Mary Schweitzer at 538-4710. We look forward to a great year!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Pastor Laura Gentry and members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church attended the Lansing Fire Department meeting on September 3, 2009 to present a "big check" in the amount of one thousand dollars for the building fund. This money was raised at the benefit concert by Tom Bourcier held in July. Additionally, the Women of the ELCA and the church council added contributions. With the check, Our Savior's brought thanks for the outstanding work of both the Lansing Fire Department and the EMT.

Pictured above are Lansing Fire Chief, Dave Mortiz; Firefighter John Rea; Pastor Laura Gentry; President of the Women of the ELCA, Kim Timmerman; Firefighter Kenny Becker; Our Savior's church council member and EMT, Wendy Morris. (double click to enlarge)