25 years ago I accepted God’s call to start a new church in Loudoun County. Together we have worked to establish a vibrant ministry in this place. Together we have grown in love, understanding, and faith. Now the time has come for me to retire and to say “Thank You” for the blessing each of you and Our Savior’s Way have been to me and my family. Many people have asked about my plans. Sally and I will spend a month traveling to see family and friends and then return to Ashburn to put the house on the market. Our new home will be near Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Our Savior’s Way has been our church home for a long time and I am convinced that we will never find another church home like this one. Sally and I will keep our membership at Our Savior’s Way for the time being. But don’t expect to see us on Sunday mornings during this time of transition. A bit of separation will be healthy for both us and the congregation as we seek the new directions God has in mind. We will be praying for you and we ask for your prayers on our behalf.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. -Philippians 1:3-4
We are happy to have Pastor Travis Guse, Central Mission Facilitator for our Southeastern District, LCMS, as guest pastor this Sunday. Pastor Guse is a native of the Great Northwest and completed his undergraduate studies at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Pastor Guse's last call was as the pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, ID – his home congregation he came to faith through. In August of 2016 he accepted the Call to serve as the Mission Engagement Facilitator for the Central Region of the Southeastern District. His new ministry is focused on inspiring, equipping and empowering the Priesthood of All Believers to begin to connect with and bless their neighborhoods for the sake of the Kingdom through the SED’s iNeighborhood initiative. Please take a few minutes to welcome Pastor Guse and thank him for serving at OSWLC
- Organize a field trip for impoverished children, many of them orphans, at Point of Grace Christian Academy (a large Lutheran school in western Kenya)
- Meet with Faith Aid's community partners
- Expand the Under Five program in western Kenya, hopefully establishing a new field office to be reach more children
We received news this week that the company we use to provide offering envelopes to church members is going out of business. We will be working with a new company, but wanted you to know that the February envelopes may be slightly delayed. With this change comes a perfect opportunity to let the congregation know that there is another way to give that is more secure that writing a check that is already in place and will save OSWLC money each month...Pushpay.
OSW is moving from Vanco to Pushpay. This will be a change for those who use Vanco for recurring donations, but Pushpay offers a lot more to our congregation than just giving. They focus on using technology to promote participation and will provide an additional tool for us to connect with members and visitors. This switch will allow us to save costs by making administration easier and reduce the number of offering envelopes being sent to church members. Pushpay will make giving quicker and give members more options. We will still accept cash, checks and giving via your bank account, just like before, but now members will have the option to text to give and will have the option to use a credit card. Members will be also be able to view their giving record and download statements on demand. All of this comes with a secure platform and is safer than writing a manual check. Sign up by texting OSWLC Give to 77977 or go online to https://pushpay.com/pay/oswlcva.
Our Open Arms preschool also offers an After School Program for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program picks up from select area schools, provides an afternoon snack, offers extended hours until 6:30 pm, and is open on LCPS snow days and student holidays. Winter, spring, and summer camps are also available.
Call 703-729-9144 to find out more information!
The AV Team is looking for additional teens and adults to serve during worship services running projections or the sound board.
Running projections requires you to be comfortable working on the computer. Can you post a photo to Instagram or reply to an email without “Replying to All?” You’re a prime candidate!
Running the sound board requires you to have the ability to focus, listen to the service, and make adjustments as needed. We are looking for people who are comfortable learning new technology and who ideally have a musical ear. No other musical talents are required!
Chaplain Mark Steiner is working to reestablish the Northern Virginia Lutherans for Life Chapter. As Life Sunday (January 19th) and the March for Life (January 24th) dates fast approach, this group would like to invite you to join. The group alternates between meeting in-person and teleconference each month. All are welcome!
Anyone interested may reach out directly to Chaplain Mark Steiner at 703-865-5206.
As you may have heard, OSWLC is gearing up to switch to Pushpay. This switch will allow us to save costs by making administration easier. Pushpay will make giving quicker and give members more options. We will still accept cash, checks and giving via your bank account, just like before, but now members will have the option to text to give and will have the option to use a credit card. Members will also be able to view their giving records and download statements on demand. All of this comes with a secure platform and is safer than writing a manual check. Sign up by texting OSWLC Give to 77977 or go online to www.pushpay.com/pay/oswlcva.
The Altar Guild is currently recruiting new volunteers to serve OSWLC each week. Altar Guild gives people a chance to serve our church in a special way. Current Altar Guild teams are ready to teach new volunteers what needs to be done with on the job training. If you are interested in learning more, please speak with Paula Looney or any of the pastors.