Posted March 25
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am normally writing you with an update on our Vacancy Journey, but there is so many other items clouding my mind as we try to navigate COVID-19. Our lives are very different today than the last time I spoke with you on March 1st. On that day, I wondered on the vote to call Pastor Ramey and was looking forward to my daughter coming home for spring break.
Pastor Ramey arrived on March 15th as we entered into this very uncharted territory, with Pastor Labuhn, having to close church for two weeks to ensure we were protecting our members and our community. Many of our college students were sent home, our children’s schools were closed, and some of us are learning how to work from home or our jobs could be at risk. On top of all of this we are concerned for our family and friends during this uncertain time.
I applaud the pastors and staff with their numerous efforts to offer virtual experiences for worship services, classes, and small groups. This sense of normalcy is so important and embodies our mission – At Our Savior’s Way, we glorify God and make disciples for Jesus by: Forming Relationships, Experiencing Jesus Together, and Sharing God’s Love.
We are now over two weeks into social distancing and unsure of when we will be able to meet again in person. So, this month I offer a Prayer for those who are worried -
Father, worry and fear are not of your heart. 1 John 4, says "beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." This reminds us that perfect love casts out all fears. We pray your perfect love upon the hearts of all those who are burdened with the fear. Lord, we know that you are bigger than this threat. Comfort those who are living in fear, free them from the anxiety within. Remind them that you are still in control. Provide the peace and serenity that comes from the Prince of Peace. Help those who are living in unease to trust you and rest assured that you will be faithful to us until the end of the age. Dear God, may we rest our fears upon you, for your burden is light, and your yoke is easy.
In Jesus' name, Amen
I pray for you and your family’s health. Please be safe and I know we will all be together soon. If you need anything, please reach out myself or any member of the MMSLG.
Heather Ann Schigur Novak
Posted March 25
For more information regarding each Beth Moore Bible study, click on the names - Esther, The Patriarch's, and A Women's Heart.
Posted March 20
As the COVID-19 response moves forward, we are seeing unprecedented measures taking place while the various levels of government busily respond to the unfolding pandemic and its subsequent chaos. The situation is "fluid"; it changes almost hourly.
Here at Our Savior's Way, the staff and church leadership are busily working on how to continue ministry in a time of fear, social distancing, and even total isolation. What we have to date is the following:
- We will worship "virtually" at 9:30 am on Sunday through our website (oswlc.org) or our Facebook page (facebook.org/OurSaviorsWay). This week we have put together a worship experience that hearkens to our normal worship as a congregation - with service, readings, a children's message, and a sermon wrapped in the praise and worship of our music ministry.
- We will follow an "alternating" worship schedule: This Sunday is geared towards praise and worship. Next Sunday will be a traditional service. Palm Sunday will be a praise and worship service; and Maundy Thursday will be traditional. That's where we are at currently. Pending further developments, we will plan with three scenarios in mind; the doors are open (and "ya'll come"), continue the "virtual" worship offerings, or the possibility of an on-campus, drive-in service.
- We will begin to offer devotions each week on the Psalms (the Old Testament's prayer and songbook).
- We are carefully preparing how we can celebrate the Lord's presence in Holy Communion if we are not gathered around His table.
Next week will be a new week...with new cases, insights, guidelines, and mistakes on the part of many. We will reflect on whatever faces us with the sure and unchanging hope that is ours in Christ Jesus. We will determine the next stps as we get to them - and God's going to get us through this!
Be strong and courageous.
Pastor Mike Ramey
Posted March 19
OSWLC is postponing the Men’s Retreat until later in the year. This follows the Government’s guidelines on social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and keeps us all safe and healthy. (The guidelines discourage meetings of more than 10 people.) We’re watching things closely to see how things settle in the coming weeks and months. As soon as we know a date for when we can meet, we will let you know.
Thanks to everyone who has been part of planning and sharing ideas for the retreat in April. Your input will be invaluable for the retreat later this year.
So, God willing, the Men’s Retreat will be back later this year to provide time for us to hang out, learn, share and support each other in our Christian walks. In the meantime, please pray for men during these times of need and uncertainty, that we draw on the hope God promises, as we support our families during this time as sons, husbands, and father’s.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
Posted March 18
Hey, everybody – I'd shake your hand and give you a hug, but given the current health concerns, I'll just say "Howdy!" Which is Texan for "glad to make your acquaintance."
We are moving into uncharted territory for many of us - intentional interim ministry in the middle of a pandemic. Government guidance seems to change daily. The news is full of the numbers of cases locally, nationally, and globally. Everything seems uncertain. And in light of everything we are facing, God says, "Be strong and courageous" (Deuteronomy 31:6). the children of Israel had spent their life in exodus; now they were going home to a place they had never been. Worries? Yes. Concerns? Undoubtedly. Fears? Many. And God said, "Be strong and courageous."
With the world seeming to fall apart around us in these uncertain days, we can lose sleep...we can lose peace of mind...there's a new "normal" in town. But there is also God. His grace. His faithfulness. His promises. "Be strong and courageous" He encourages us. "You'll get through this. I will be with you every step of the way." Together, with the Lord and with one another, let's choose to "be strong and courageous" and see where God takes us!
I want to acknowledge and give thanks for Pastor Labuhn's tireless and awesome leadership during these troubling days. His work has given me the ability to "step in" to Our Savior's Way and "step up" to beginning my duties amoung you. Thanks to Beth and Mark Anton for getting my housing arranged and for hosting me my first night in town. Thanks to those who "loaned" me furniture and the "fixin's" for my apartment....especially Bill and Sally Mann.
"Be strong and courageous" friends – God's going to get us through this!
Pastor Mike Ramey
Posted March 18
While we all practice social distancing to do our part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we will be holding Grace Place differently! Watch the OSW website for links to our Grace Place lesson, videos, music and some simple activities you can do in your homes. We also encourage you to continue to take advantage of the devotions included in the 20 Verses in 2020 challenge we started via Seeds Family Worship to keep you focused on God's powerful word. The Lenten devotions from World Vision continue to be available there as well.
As you gather together in faith, may your family find blessings during this difficult time.
Posted March 18
This Sunday, Confirmation will meet online from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm using Microsoft Teams. You do not need to download an app to access this. Click HERE by 5:30 pm and follow the link into the meeting. Emily will lead the large group part of the lesson and take attendance from this meeting. Students will then follow the link to their small groups for Bible time, the weekly handout, and highs and lows.
We know a lot of changes are happening right now, and we want to ensure your physical safety while still continuing spiritual growth.
Posted March 18
Beat some of that cabin fever by joining us Sunday evenings at 4:30 pm for online youth group. Grab your Chromebook and get ready for silly games, a chance to chat, and to hear God's word. It'll be lots of fun! Find the live stream for the week by clicking HERE. We will open the meeting 30 minutes before the event and start at 4:30 pm. You can also stay connected with our high school ministry on Instagram and Discord.
Posted March 5
Lent began with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Below is the 2020 Lent and Easter schedule.
Please note, that there are a few changes this year. The service time is changing to 7:00 pm. Also, dinners and family worship services will not be held every Wednesday in Lent, but are offered on Ash Wednesday. Holy Communion will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Sunday.
Wednesdays in Lent, March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and April 1st
Holden Evening Prayer service at 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday, April 9th
Maundy Thursday worship service at 7:00 pm
Good Friday, April 10th
Stations of the Cross at 12:00 pm
Service of Darkness worship service at 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 12th
Sunrise service at 6:00 am
Traditional Worship Service at 8:00 am
Praise & Worship Services at 9:30 am & 11:00 am.
Posted March 4
Come Get REAL! with the cast of Camp GLOW, where they get to experience a different reality TV show each week. The cast will get to explore what inspires them using different reality TV show themes, along with our Bible curriculum, weekly chapel services, hands-on STEAM activities, weekly theme-based field trips, pool trips, and on-site entertainers/workshops.
- Open now for current families
- March 9th for Alumni families (previously here or sibling currently enrolled)
- March 16th for the community
Join our Grace Place children in a family or personal challenge to memorize 20 Bible verses in 2020! During Grace Place praise time we will be taking on this challenge and you can follow along at home!
Seeds Family Worship is releasing two scripture videos and short devotionals each month to encourage memorizing scriptures. All Seeds music is Scripture set to song and Grace Place used several of their songs for our Christmas service. The first installment is a two for one; Romans 5:8 and 6:23. Click here to access the devotions and videos. You can watch the videos online, play the songs on Apple or Spotify, or download the mp3 files at no cost. Let's get God's Word in our hearts!