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!
As the school year approaches, it is time to start thinking about registering your 7th/8th-grade student for the upcoming year of Confirmation. We will have an information meeting for both parents and students on August 18th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Great Room. The Confirmation year will run from September 8, 2019, to May 17, 2020, on Sunday evenings from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, which is the same time as High School Youth Group.
To register or for more information, please contact Emily Sonstroem.
Emily Sonstroem, (703)858-9254
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.
September 7th at 10:00 am
Fairfax Church of Christ
Sparrow's Nest is a refuge for women who are abandoned or abused because of their faith in Christ. New believers from Muslim backgrounds are often persecuted by their families. The primary goal of Sparrow's Nest is to guide each woman to realize her self-worth and identity as a daughter of the King of Kings, as well as empower them to reach their full potential. Women receive education and training as they work toward financial independence.
For more information, contact Yvette Moy, field worker 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.
All DLT Groups will discuss the sermon each week and use the same set of questions to focus on our mission statement: “At Our Savior’s Way, we glorify God and make disciples for Jesus by: Forming Relationships, Experiencing Jesus Together, and Sharing God’s Love.”
On August 18th, there will be a Group Connect Event to help you choose a group that fits your needs. We hope you will join a DLT group!
Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church will be holding a congregational meeting on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 12:30 pm in the sanctuary. The meeting will include voting for bylaw change and budget, as well as updates regarding the budget and transition plan for Pastor Mann’s retirement.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
We’re brought up to be strong, self-sufficient, independent people. We tend to think that if we ask for help, it’s a sign of weakness. So we try to keep our struggles hidden, stuffed deep inside. However, that’s not God’s plan. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” God wants us to care for others—and allow others to care for us in our time of need. If you’re sad or struggling inside, don’t suffer alone. Ask for help. We’ve got a team of Stephen Ministers who are ready to listen, care, encourage, pray, and help you through a tough time. Men are matched with men and women with women. It’s completely confidential too! To find out more about Stephen Ministry for you or someone you know, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Carol Rosicky or Kay and Tom Lewis.
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.
Over the course of four days last week, the Social Ministries Committee received over 6,000 pounds of prepared burritos that they were able to get into the hands of those in need in our local community. Thanks to the generosity of a brand new Chipotle, and the volunteer efforts of Polly Middleton, Sophie Phillips, Steve Colvin, and Marshall Colvin, recipient groups including Mobile Hope, Loudoun Youth Shelter, Embry Rucker Shelter, 911 dispatchers, and hundreds of first responders were able to enjoy a hot meal!