Sunday, July 21st to Thursday, July 25th, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Ages 3.5 to grade 5 completed
Children age 3 to 3.5 may attend if accompanied nightly by a parent or another adult
At ROAR VBS, kids will discover that God is good even when life gets wild. Our Bible stories will take us to ancient Egypt and a trek through the desert with the Israelites, who also find that God is Good to them as they go from slavery to the Promised Land. Join us for an epic adventure as we grow a ferocious faith for this wild life.
Register now by clicking on the here.
Join our VBS Ministry team NOW!
VBS is only possible with great volunteers of all ages. Activity leaders, crew leaders, decorators, registration, and dinner planners can register now to help us make plans for our exciting safari! Contact Barb Yarbrough if you have any questions and click here to join our team.
Cooks, crafters, and creative minds needed for VBS!
Here’s a safari shout out to those who want to help, but can’t be there in the evenings! The Hungry Herd Café Menu is set! Now we need helpers to donate and prepare food. And we need help to run the Café!
Click on VBS Dinner Donations to find the menu and the items that you can donate. Prepped as listed is best, but If you can’t prep them, make a note, and we will get it done at VBS. We don’t have much cold storage space, so having things arrive in the afternoon they are needed is best. We need at least 5-6 people nightly to set up, finish preparing the meal and clean up. Come around 4:00 pm and leave by 6:00 pm.
We are looking for donations to create programs, and it’s also time to start the big decorating projects! You can find the program needs at VBS-Program-Decorating. You can drop your donations anytime-sooner is best! Some items need to be made into something else! Pick up things to work on at home, or work on them here. Room 15 is our VBS "Safari Base Camp!"
Important Dates for ROAR VBS
- Saturday, July 13th, 9:30 am to 11:30 am: Alternate Training Session for Volunteers.
- Friday, July 19th at 6:30 pm: Set up and Decorating Main spaces.
- Saturday, July 20th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm: Set up and Decorating Main spaces.
- Sunday, July 21st from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Final set up-Lobby and Sanctuary.
- ROAR VBS is being held Sunday, July 21st to Thursday, July 25th, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Sunday, June 9th, was the last meeting of our regular school year Sunday children's Grace Place. We are encouraging families to use this break to worship together. Children may not truly have a sense of belonging to the family of God until the church becomes a child's place of worship. Nurture in both studying the Word of God and the act of worshiping together are both important in the faith formation of young and old alike. They learn how to worship as you model worship for them and help them engage in the parts of the service. Watch for tips and resources for worshiping together this summer.
See you in worship this summer!
Sundays at 9:30 am
Please join Pastor Peterson for his Bible study regarding Islam and Christianity called "Bridges" at 9:30 am in classroom #3. Bridges will equip believers to share their Christian beliefs with their Muslim neighbors with compassion and understanding. Sessions lead participants to learn to bridge the Gospel, understand the New Testament's credibility, understand Jesus' sacrifice, and much more. It demystifies Islam for believers who have no knowledge of basic Islamic belief.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Peterson.
Faith Stories from the Field: Recently, an Egyptian woman came to faith in Jesus and left Islam. Due to family pressures, she sought refuge in a Coptic monastery. She suffers from sexual abuse trauma and is giving up on finishing studies as a social worker because she fears being found out as a secret believer of Jesus. While she worries about separation from her aging parents and younger sibling, she also confesses wanting to restore a relationship with a boyfriend whom she mistreated. She faces so much uncertainty she feels "like a leaf fluttering in the wind." Still, she desires to know Jesus more and more. Despite her fears, she is choosing to be baptized. She also is taking baby steps to switch from a very large secular university to attending a small Christian college this fall.
I invite you to pray for inner healing and persons of peace to surround this new sister in Christ. Want to learn more about sharing Jesus with Muslims? Check out the link below or contact Yvette Moy, fieldworker with Crescent Project, an organization committed to sharing Christ’s love with Muslim people.
This fall we are starting a new series of small groups at Our Savior’s Way called "Doing Life Together" or DLT groups. A DLT group is not a Bible study, but a group where people can have honest conversations about faith, share their understanding of God, and the purpose of life. These groups will meet in people’s homes, in restaurants, at work, or wherever people are comfortable and can share fellowship with each other.
Each DLT group will focus on these five questions:
- Seeking the Kingdom – How did you see God at work this week?
- Hearing from Jesus – What has Jesus been teaching you in His Word?
- Talking with People – What kind of conversations have you been having with people to share your faith?
- Doing Good – What good can we do around here?
- Ministering through Prayer – How can we help you in prayer?
Our goal is to start five new DLT groups this fall. Please keep this ministry in your prayers.
For more information, contact Pastor Peterson.
Their time was filled with projects that included: enhancing property security, working in the garden, teaching food preservation, contingency planning, and leading a Vacation Bible School. The compound wall continues to be built up and raised to its planned height. Garden terraces were built, and the garden from last year was cleaned and maintained. The team dehydrated mangos, papaya, and plantains, installed fire extinguishers, and trained for firefighting and fire drills. The VBS was a blessing for over 185 children. The team distributed Creole and French Bibles, served at a community feeding, attended church service at the orphanage, had a popcorn and movie night with the children, and treated the orphanage to an end-of-the-school-year s'mores party--None of the children or staff at the orphanage had ever heard of s'mores before!
OSWLC member, Abby Middleton, has the lead in "Amazing Grace: The Broadway Musical" at the Museum of the Bible in DC. The show runs through August 18th with showtimes on Fridays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
Calling All Preschool and School-Age Parents!
If you are looking for a fun and safe environment for your child this summer, join us here for Camp Glow (God Loves Our World). We offer a preschool summer camp for children ages 3 and up, as well as a school-age summer camp for children currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Our preschool camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and offers children a chance for sensory play, water play, weekly themes, and walking trips.
Our school-age camp offers extended care Monday through Friday with part-time options and follows weekly themes with field trips, weekly pool trips, chapel, and so much more!
If you have any questions about Camp GLOW summer camp, please contact Leeann Dekock.
Our Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are:
- Grieving the death of a loved one.
- Hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization.
- Lonely or discouraged.
- Coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness.
- Unemployed or in a job crisis.
- Disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member.
- Moving or relocating.
- New to the congregation or the community.
- Anticipating the birth or adoption of a child.
- Homebound or institutionalized.
- Transitioning into retirement.
- Dealing with the crisis of aging.
- Facing a life transition.
- Experiencing a spiritual crisis.
- Victims of a disaster or accident.
- Facing countless other crises, life challenges, or going through a difficult time, and could benefit from the care of a supportive Christian friend.
Tom and Kay Lewis, (540)338-8259
Self-study and mentoring class
This is the second class in the OSWLC discipleship series, which is held online and can be done at your convenience. You will discover how you are uniquely gifted by God, shaped for serving God, and for sharing His love. A mentor is available to help you and guide you through this self-study.
If you are interested in learning more about your spiritual gifts or this self-study, contact Pastor Peterson.
OSWLC is in need of volunteers to pick up food in the evening and/or deliver food during the day. Volunteers can be individuals, a family, a small group team, or a group of your friends. Please consider volunteering your time to this worthy cause.
Please note, that some restaurants are beginning their summer hours and may change their operating hours. The Panera Bread in Landsdowne is one of the stores that will be adjusting their hours. Be sure to call the restaurant you will be picking up from beforehand.
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Colvin.
Melissa Colvin, (540)460-3476