February 2015 Newsletter - Our Savior Lutheran Church

Our Savior Lutheran Church
February • Volume 73 • Issue 2
Ash Wednesday,
Wednesday, February 18th
First Sunday of Lent
Sunday, February 22nd
From the Pastor
Pastor Kevin Martin
[email protected]
Alan Jacobs in his fine biography of C.S. Lewis “The Narnian” reminds us that in 1949 C.S. Lewis was an internationally famous Christian apologist. He had written many books arguing the case for Christianity against the various objections
of the age. In a winsome way, Lewis defended the faith using logical argument, trying to address the concerns of those
who thought maybe the historical and logical and textual evidence for Christianity might not be persuasive. Books like
“Mere Christianity” and “Miracles” and “The Problem of Pain” sold millions of copies and presented a very powerful case
for the historical veracity and logical soundness of the Christian faith.
Which is why, Jacobs opens his book, it was surprising that on this particular evening in late 1949, Lewis was having
dinner with a friend Roger Green and read him a couple of chapters of a children’s book about a place called Narnia.
Green thought at the time it was OK, good, but not great. What he didn’t know was that Lewis was on the verge of a
breakdown that would land him in hospital for weeks for “exhaustion” and “nerves”. Lewis would later report that he was at
the end of his rope not only physically, but mentally and spiritually. His faith was hanging by the barest of threads and he
was very close to reverting to the atheism he’d renounced in 1930 under the influence of his friend J.R.R. Tolkien. How
could this be?
The answer, quite surprisingly, seems to have been that Lewis’ apologetic work had nearly destroyed his own faith.
As Lewis himself put it: “No doctrine looks so shaky and implausible to a man as the one he has just “successfully” defended to a national radio audience.” In other words, looking at all the logical and historical challenges to the faith and
mounting a vigorous defense of Christianity all but destroyed C.S. Lewis’ own faith! Not long before this episode Lewis
had, for the first time in the judgment of friends, been shredded in a debate at the Socratic Society, a Christian debating
group. The topic was “Miracles” and a Cambridge philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe took Lewis’ arguments for miracles
apart and left it in tatters. It shook him up. A lot. It only helped slightly that Anscombe herself was a devout Christian (and
a student of Ludwig Wittgenstein, but more on him another time). But the stinging defeat in the Anscombe debate showed
Lewis that the rational and logical foundations for the Faith he’d laid over the last 20 years for himself and others might be
extremely flimsy.
What got Lewis out of that corner? Writing the Narnia books! The Narnia books have bolstered the faith of millions of
Christians (they are by far his best selling works at 85 million copies they dwarf all his other books combined). But more
importantly and surprisingly, they seem to have helped rescue the faith of the author, himself! How?!
Lewis recalled a conversation with Tolkien that helped move him back into the Christian fold. Tolkien told Lewis: “You
like the stories of a dying and rising god when you meet them in mythology, with Isis and Osiris, etc. But you hate it when
you meet it in the Gospels because you get all these logical and historical and factual questions. Why not just treat Christianity as a true myth?” It was that more “story-like” approach that got Lewis over the hump. Oddly, he’d all but abandoned
that approach for a very philosophical and rational approach, and by 1949 found his faith was in a shambles. Writing the
Narnia books made him go back and re-discover the Story of Christ Jesus as a story, a world that he could live in. Or as
Lewis would put it: the Story of Christ Jesus engulfed Lewis so he lived in it, wholly, instead of trying to fit the story of
Jesus into the narrative of a modern world demanding evidence, facts, proof, etc. Which is why Narnia is about entering
another world through the back of a coat closet! Escaping the dull, mundane for a wholly new world is what becoming a
Christian is really like, as Lewis re-discovered writing the Narnia books.
I run into lots of people who get all knotted up about the evidence for the faith, the inerrancy of Scriptures, the historical evidence for the Resurrection. At first, finding there are scientific and logical proofs for our faith seems encouraging.
But slowly, proof, evidence, logic, and reason can shift from being a support for the faith into a cancer eating away at it.
No amount of reason or proof ever seems sufficient once you get an appetite for it. It’s a very different thing to believe
there are excellent and sound reasons for believing in Jesus than to simply believe in Jesus. Mary just sat at Jesus feet
and lost herself in the Word. Martha was worried about many other things (probably not just the dishes, actually); and we
go all Martha on Jesus a lot, we modern types.
An old teacher of mine wrote a book noting that since the 18th century conservative Christians have put their faith in
the historical, factual events underlying the biblical text (absorbed with proving inerrancy, historical factuality, scientific
plausibility, philosophical consistency - see any Paul Maier book for a good example of this). Liberals, on the other hand,
tend to think the text of Scripture points to a universal inner experience that is more important than the textual expression
of it (it’s your inner feeling of ultimate dependence on the ground of being, as Tillich put it). But my old teacher thought
Christians used to take neither option, but simply put their faith in the Word (Scripture alone! Christ alone!).
Jesus didn’t say “whoever builds on historical sound, rational, defensible, plausible theories for the factual veracity of
my Word is my disciple indeed…” nor did He says “whoever relies on a deep, inner sense of communion with God and
shows this in love for his/her fellow man is my disciple indeed…” but He did say: “whoever abides in my Word is My disciple indeed. And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”
Lewis discovered in re-imagining the Story of Jesus for himself and children a way to get beyond ideas about Christianity, proofs for the historical reliability of it all, or deep feelings of ultimate dependence on the ground of being, and simply lost himself in the Story of Jesus. It’s not a bad place to be lost, still today.
Russell Wilcox: [email protected]
Noël Hamm: [email protected]
Worship & Music
Service of the
Church Year
1 February
4th Sunday
after Epiphany
8 February
5th Sunday
after Epiphany
15 February
18 February
22 February
1st Sunday
25 February
Lenten Vespers
Order of
Kerri Martinsen
Jubilate Ringers
Noël Hamm
DS w/Communion
Senior Choir
Senior Choir
Russell Wilcox
DS w/Communion
Senior Choir
Senior Choir
Men’s Chorus
Men’s Chorus
Bob Anderson
Beth Hallowell
Beth Hallowell
Noël Hamm
DS w/Communion
Senior Choir
Senior Choir
Emily Zimmerman
Russell Wilcox
DS w/Communion
Senior Choir
Senior Choir
Russell Wilcox
DS w/Communion
Beth Hallowell
Eric Heidepriem
Beth Hallowell
Eric Heidepriem
Noël Hamm
Debbie Roseman
Debbie Roseman
Russell Wilcox
Noël Hamm
Russell Wilcox
Russell Wilcox, Music Director/Organist
Noël Hamm, Handbell Director/Organist
Lenten Worship Schedule
Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday
Divine Service with Communion
Lenten Vespers
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
February 25 - March 25
All Sunday School students 3 years old to adult will meet in the
Fellowship Hall following the 8:30 service. The children will be dismissed to the
sanctuary to sing and then on to their class.
Sunday School Staff 2014-2015
Vera Beers, Faith Orr, Shelley Dorman
Carolina Cooper, Marcella Cox, Janet Dickmander
Jane Knox, Bonnie Martin, Nuria Zierz
Karl Abbott, Dave Dickmander, Timothy Sheridan
Maureen Costello
Kerri Martinsen
February 1
February 8
February 15
February 22
Jesus and the Little Children
Jesus Heals a Man Who is Paralyzed
The Transfiguration
Jesus Calls Matthew
Mark 10:13-16
Mark 2:1-12
Mark 9:2-10
Mark 2:13-17
The Psalter
Dr. Ridgeway is teaching on The Psalter in office 122.
The 150 Psalms are studied one at a time (9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
Pastor’s Class
Adult Bible Class with Pastor Martin will begin a study of Christian Liturgy on Sunday,
February 1st.
Tuesday Mornings
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
This class meets with Pastor on Tuesdays in the Conference Room. Pastor provides
an in-depth look at the upcoming lessons for the following Sunday.
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. or Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Wednesday Evening Class
The class will conclude on February 11th and be on hiatus through the Lenten season
resuming after Easter on April 8th.
Staff and Council
Ancient Heritage for a New
Capital Campaign
The campaign continues with faithful and
generous support of the congregation.
As of December 31, 2014 the Campaign giving
deposits were in excess of $253,000.00.
Thank you for your sustaining gifts.
Sunday, February 15th
Lutheran Hour Ministries Sunday
January-December 2014
Budget $394,106.00
Income $435,025.35
Expenses $399,881,66*
$ 35,143.69
* includes Loan payments
(principal + interest)
The Board of Fellowship is in need of
hosts for the Lenten meals for 2015.
The dates are:
Wednesday, February 25
Wednesday, March 4
Wednesday, March 11
Wednesday, March 25
The week of March 18th will be hosted by
the LWML.
Next meeting:
March 24
Dinner @ 6:00 p.m.
meeting to follow
Please contact Vera Beers, Fellowship
Chair, and let her know which date your
group will be able to host.
If you have not received
envelopes for 2015, please
contact the Church Office
Sunday, February 22nd
Plan to join us following the 11:00 service.
The Long Range Planning Committee has been
hard at work moving forward with our Mission
and Ministry efforts.
Church Governance - an overview of study
and proposed steps
Capital Planning and Update - current status
of capital campaign and the next proposed
Refresh and ReVision Update - defining the
process and next steps
2014 - 2015
Church Council:
Financial Secretary
Council Secretary
Joe Baden
Jill Touchberry
Ron Gridley
Harvey Wahls
Steve Whited
Sandy Ange
Board of Elders Chair:
Karl Abbott
Committee Chairs:
Church Properties: Zach Dorman
Christian Care: Loulie Metzger
Education: Faith Orr
Fellowship: Vera Beers
Technology: Bill Beers
Youth: Tim Orr
Maureen Costello
[email protected]
Congregational Care
We remember in prayer …
Dr. Melanie Asbury, U.S.A.F., stationed in San Antonio,
Brandon Baden, U.S.A.F., deployed to Jordan
Lt. (jg) Mark Baden, U.S. Navy, VP-30 Training Squadron,
stationed in Jacksonville, FL
1st Lt. Benjamin Brighton, U.S.M.C., stationed at Camp
Pendleton, CA
Luke Deal, U.S.M.C., stationed in Washington, DC
Capt. Andrew Markoff, U.S.M.C.
Sgt. Major David Rieger, U.S. Army
Capt. Johnny Sherrill, U.S.A.F., tanker pilot, MacGuire
Alex Thompson, U.S.M.C., stationed in Okinawa
Chaplain Greg Todd, U.S. Navy
Chaplain Richard Townes, U.S. Navy
Ken Woods, U.S. Army
Chief Chris Yacur, U.S. Navy, stationed in Guam
OSLC Members:
Bill & Martha Autry - health concerns for Bill and for
Martha as his caretaker
Bertha Funderburk - continuing health concerns
Kandy Johnson - recovering from hip surgery
Gene Kamprath - recovering at home
Margaret Narkunus - undergoing cancer treatment
Marlene Shumate - admitted to rehab after suffering a
fall at home
Steve Stuart - continuing health concerns
Helen Thomas - continuing health concerns related to
Parkinson’s disease
Coups for Troops
Thanks for the donations! We
have sent in 194,763 coupons!
Keep them coming.
Ruth Costello will continue to
coordinate our efforts to collect
manufacturer’s coupons to be
donated to military families.
Coupons up to 3 months past expiration date **
can be used by military families. A collection envelope is available on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Pass along the coupons you receive and don’t use to those who can put them to
great use.
Folks that have left the OSLC family …
In recent months the following families have
Howie & Judy Bronson
Dave & Jane Thompson
Ed & Kay Wriedt
We wish them well in their new homes and
church families. If you would like their new
contact information it is available from the
Church Office.
Flowers for 2015
Sign the flower chart in the
Narthex. The weekly flowers may be shared -a vase
per family/request if that is
Can you help?
Matthew Cox
Shelley Dorman
Connor Gridley
Pam Aubrecht
Alexander Howell
Dylan Morris
Nicholas Howell
Sylvia Zierz
Faith Orr
Nena Woods
Lauren Morris
Karen Lockamy
Allison Radcliffe
Jacob Kaylor
Alton Howard
Ed Rosenberger
George Werginz
Jordi Zierz
Layla Opperman
Xavier Zierz
After more than a decade of valued service
Ed & Erika Rosenberger are retiring from
their work with Wake County Meals on
Wheels. Our Savior will continue this
important work with a great group of current volunteers but we would like to replace
the Rosenbergers with OSLC members.
Ed and Erika are happy to train and even
ride along with new volunteers to get them
up to speed.
Please contact Erika for more information
Email: [email protected] or home phone:
Volunteers to serve as Greeters at both
services are always needed.
Greeters are asked to meet
and greet all members and
especially visitors both before
and after each service. It is a
great way to meet new people and greet old friends. If
you interested in joining the greeters group
please contact the Church Office.
Are you a coffee drinker? Are you a coffee
preparer? Our Sunday morning coffee hour is
currently in the hands of a very few dedicated
members - please help us lighten the load. If you are available
to volunteer to join the Coffee
Makers please contact either
Peggy Nickola (919-365-4039)
or the Church Office.
Mark your calendars ...
Tuesday, February 5, 9:00 a.m.
Bible Study Breakfast
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
All OSLC members are invited to join us!
Chrismon Session
Tuesday, 2/10/15
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Game Night
Friday, February 27
Habitat Meeting
Sunday, February 8, 3:00 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church - 5010 Six Forks
Road, Raleigh
[see newsletter for more information]
“I made the statement that I did not think I would get anything out of
FPU. Boy, was I wrong! I only wish I would have had this information 20 or 30 years ago. No age is too young or old to begin the
process of finding out where your money is going.”
Steve Schammel, FPU Graduate Spring 2014
Financial Peace University (FPU) is a life-changing program that will
empower and teach you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals. This course will include
lessons on budgeting, eliminating debt, college and retirement planning, building wealth, giving like never before, and more!
If you would like to attend FPU, please contact Peter Zierz now. We need 3 more families to form the class and already
have two interested. The class will meet Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. for nine weeks beginning February 12th. Peter can be
reached at [email protected] or 919-744-4770. The public is welcome to attend, so tell your friends and co-workers.
Sunday, February 15
5:30 p.m.
All OSLC members are invited to join us for
the OSLC 18th annual Chili Cook-Off!
Cooks/chefs are invited to provide a
single pot of chili - sign up in the
Fellowship Hall.
Bring a salad or dessert to share.
Bread and drinks will be provided
by the Board of Fellowship.
Lutheran Services Carolinas will benefit from Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity homebuilding efforts
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has been awarded $76,400 from Thrivent Financial to
build a home for Lutheran Services Carolinas near Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh. The actual
build (and need for many volunteers) will begin in early Fall 2015.
From the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have
now committed more than $200 million and more than 4 million volunteer hours to Habitat for
Humanity. The Serving Cup came up with the idea for the project which will house nine people
with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in three individual adjacent homes.
The funding is part of an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Through the partnership,
Thrivent members, Habitat affiliates and others partner with families across the U.S. and
around the world to provide affordable housing and stronger, generous communities.
“This is the very first partnership of this kind where Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity
are partnering with other agencies – Lutheran Services AND Serving Cup - to provide affordable housing,” say Bob Northrup and David Calloway, financial representatives with Thrivent
Financial. “We enjoy working alongside Thrivent members – who generously donate their time
and talents -- to strengthen our community.”
From the partnership’s inception in 2005 through 2014, Thrivent Financial and its members
have now committed more than $200 million and more than 4 million volunteer hours across
the globe.
A meeting for all area Lutheran churches to discuss moving forward will take place at Grace
Lutheran Church, 5010 Six Forks Road, Raleigh on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3pm.
Everyone interested in planning for this exciting project are urged to attend. For more information on this important planning meeting please call Bob Northrup at (919) 987-0103.
OSLC Contact: Chris Nack
Debbie Roseman
[email protected]
LWML 2015 Des Moines Convention
This month we will discuss “How Can I Control My Tongue?” from the Winter 2014 edition of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly.
Topics we will be talking about include
“Preparation for Change, Damage Control
and The Clean-up Process.” All women are
invited to come and be a part of the discussion. We meet in
the Conference Room.
June 25-28, 2015
FEBRUARY 24, 12:30 P.M.
The Lunch Bunch is headed to one of our
favorite restaurants this month. We will meet
at Lugano Ristorante located at 1060 Darrington Drive in Cary. Please remember to sign
up on the sheet posted on the LWML bulletin
board and indicate if you would like to carpool from church.
Theme: Bountiful! Sow Nourish Reap
Get ready to register early for the LWML Convention in Des
Moines, Iowa. Those who register between February 2 and
March 14 will receive a discounted rate on their registration
fee. So sign up now to gather under our theme Bountiful!
Sow Nourish Reap. The women of the Host Committee
can’t wait to welcome you to Iowa!
More information will be included in the next issue of
the Carolinas Cross Connection.
NOW AVAILABLE! The winter 2014 edition of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly is now available on the console beneath the LWML bulletin board. As I scanned the issue, I
thought about the opening of the book of John – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.” This issue is all about words. The cover
story, “Sarah’s Story – A Young Mother Reflects on Words”
tells the moving story of Sarah’s faith in the promises of God
The end of the biennium for LWML is drawing close and we as she faced the uncertainty that her premature baby boy
have much work to do to meet the goal of $1,853,000. The
would survive.
last report available which ended on November 30 shows
that $1,338,205.06 has been collected and much of that has Also in this issue you’ll find all the information you need to
been dispersed. Out of 18 grants, five have been fully fund- register for the Des Moines, Iowa LWML convention to be
ed, nine have been partially funded, and four are awaiting
held June 25-28, 2015. Read about the speakers that will
funding. The deadline is March 30 so if you have a mite box bless our convention with their attendance including Rev.
that is full or if you have a jar of change that you would like
Greg Seltz, speaker of the Lutheran Hour, who will be the
to put to good use, please leave it in the
proclaimer for the opening worship service. All the inforcollection basket on the console beneath
mation you need to make your plans is included. Still have
the LWML bulletin board. Using a mite box
questions? Talk with Debbie Roseman. Start planning now
or LWML envelope gives you a chance to
to attend under the theme – Bountiful! Sow Nourish Reap.
participate in mission work both at home
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in
and around the world.
all things at all times, having all that you need, you will
abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
$20.00 – Mission of the Quarter #4
$26.80 – Mites collected
Travel size toiletries
$450.00 – Money for mites raised at the Advent Dinner
Used eyeglasses
including Thrivent $150.00
Thanks to Thrivent for the additional funds!
Carolinas District Joy Event
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Salem Lutheran Church, Taylorsville, NC
Theme: “We are saved by faith alone, but faith that saves is
never alone.” –
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
More information will be included in the next issue of the
Carolinas Cross Connection.
Don’t forget to collect travel size toiletries as you vacation. The toiletries are given to the Matthew Ministry at
Jordan Lutheran Church. Teams from Jordan hand out
these items to the homeless in downtown Raleigh on
You will find collection baskets for these items on the
console beneath the LWML bulletin board.
Debbie Roseman
[email protected]
February 2015
Prayers for Support for Lutheran Public Radio
Lutheran Public Radio (LPR) is home for the
weekday terrestrial and Internet radio show
“Issues, Etc.” which has been on the air for 20
years proclaiming the Word of salvation and
providing a better understanding of contemporary social issues in a Christian context. Being
the principle effort of LPR, Issues, Etc. is a live,
call-in, topical radio show featuring The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod pastors, professors,
and laypeople, and other professional church
workers that provide catechesis for its listeners.
Experts on social issues, government relations,
church music and liturgy, church history, and
journalism are frequent guests on the show
where the audience is invited to respond and
interact by phone, email, Twitter, and Facebook.
LPR is deeply rooted in the teachings of the
LCMS and is clearly committed to the Scriptures, creeds, and confessions. Just as the
LWML has the priority of impacting the world for
Christ, LPR has the same global mission.
Issues, Etc. has a very small staff of three
fulltime employees. They are responsible for
producing 10 hours of live radio programming
each week. Each staff member has multiple
daily duties and responsibilities, and the
maintenance of the development programs and
activities has grown creating a need for additional staff.
The grant from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will make it possible for Lutheran Public Radio to employ a part-time
bookkeeper who will free up the existing staff to
concentrate more effectively on the development goals and donor needs. It will help to ensure the continued, long-term
financial viability and sustainability of Issues, Etc., allowing them
to expand the goal of educating
a new generation of Lutherans.
Dear Lord God Heavenly father, thank You for the blessing of Lutheran Public Radio and the ministry it provides
for its listeners. For many years they have proclaimed
the Word of salvation, provided a better understanding of
contemporary social issues, served as a resource for
pastors and other professional church workers, and been
a source of catechesis for those listening on the radio
and over the Internet. May the Holy Spirit continue to
guide them and keep them firmly grounded in Scripture.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
O most gracious God, we live in a world filled with many
social issues that are challenging to the faithful Christian.
We give You thanks and praise for the dedication of
those working at Lutheran Public Radio who provide live,
interactive, Christian talk radio programming which includes Bible study, hymn and liturgy study, discussion of
theological topics, and discussion of timely social issues
addressed in Scripture. We ask You to keep Your Spirit
stirring in their hearts and in those who are listening. In
Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
We are thankful to You, O Lord, for the blessings of technology. Conventional media (print, radio, etc.) and the
new media (Internet, live streaming, podcasting, social
networks, etc.) have provided unprecedented opportunities for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be broadcast to the
world. Thank You for Issues, Etc. of Lutheran Public Radio for making the most of these opportunities. In the
name of Jesus. Amen.
Triune God, the harvest is ripe and the workers are few.
We give You thanks and praise for those workers in the
fields at Lutheran Public Radio along with the guests who
bring the very best talent, knowledge, and wisdom of the
LCMS to its listeners. Bless their efforts as they continue
with the priority of global mission and impacting the world
for Christ. In Your holy name we pray. Amen.
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