Kevin, Chase, Logan and Alayna Aleckson
Michael, Sara, Brandon and Mathew Cedarblade
Jill and Jayda Lewter
Pastor Melinda Melhus
David and Wendy Trautsch
La Verne Bjerke
Byron and Char Buelow
Marc, Ann, Aidan, Alena and Cade Donahue
Jayme, Erin, Jayden and Julia Hansen
Eric, Jill, Jennifer, Jacob, Joshua and Jonathan Iliff
Tristan, Laura, Grace and Noah Johnsrude
Michael, Joyce, Megan, Benjamin and Andrew Larson
Carol Ann Noel
Jamie, Patricia, Taylor, Jacey, Jillian, Riley and McKenah Olson
Paul and Marilyn Ranum
Treena, Andrew and Megan Schneyer
Stephanie, Jenna and Taylor Thompson
MULDER HEALTH CARE FACILITY SALEM TERRACE
Joyce Berge Dorothy Bahan
Susie Fernstaedt Malcolm and Betty Gilbertson
Bob Gullickson Clara Johnson
Lucille Johnson Bea Kasdorf
Claudette Monson Lorraine Linberg
Lois Willinger Deanna Simrell
Mabel Cukla MILL STREET MANOR
Joanne Nelson Dawn Andres
HELEN HOUSE ~ Audrey Molldrem ST. JOSEPH’S REHAB CENTER Carolyn Haldeman
HILLVIEW ~ Wes Kjome
ONALASKA CARE CENTER
^ Carl and Marie Seibert Ragna Lee
Looking back on 2010, I am reminded of the many blessings and challenges our congregation shared this year and how God has been with us through them all. Isaiah 43:1-3Restoration and Protection Promised “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” Trusting that God is with us always is what helps us to enjoy the blessings and face the challenges together.
Some of the blessings that we shared this year included welcoming new members, confirming 20 youth in August, participating in our annual Lutefisk dinner, the opportunity for family photos for the new pictorial directory, the generous Holey bequest which enabled us to meet the first of our strategic goals, celebrating Pastor Dave’s 40th anniversary of his ordination, the corn roast which made it possible for us to share a meal with our neighbors, Marty Frank’s survey of the congregation, welcoming Pastor Rog and his wife, Carol, supporting our youth as they traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation to do mission work, volunteering for mobile meals and the community food pantry, and deepening our faith by sharing these blessings with one another.
Mixed with all of these blessings were some of the challenges we faced; the resignation of Pastor Melinda Melhus, the deaths of beloved family and friends, job losses, turbulences in our relationships, illnesses, struggling to meet our budget, a toilet overflowing the day before the lutefisk dinner, and snow storms.
As we look to a new year, we know that we will again face blessings and challenges. Working together as a congregation, while trusting in God’s faithfulness, we will remain a strong and vibrant church.
Bonnie Klos led the Council as President with Denise Jones as Vice-President, Pastor Dave, Pastor Melinda, Pastor Roger, Kay Niemeier - Church Secretary, Carol Schomberg - Church Treasurer and 13 other Council members met the second Monday of every month. Each member of the Council also participates in another committee within the church: Administration, Education, Outreach, Property, Social, Stewardship, Worship, and Youth.
Early in the year, discussion concentrated on how to implement the Strategic Plan formulated in the prior year. As this progressed, the Council agreed that reaching these goals would be more successful if they focused on them one at a time. The first strategic goal to be implemented was that of engaging a part-time Director of High School Youth and Family Ministry. In November, the Council approved Bonnie Klos for the Director position.
The Synod Assembly was held at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in June. Bonnie Klos, Pam Gresens, Bill Bateman, Curt Bottem, Vernetta Moe, Ross Hardie, Pastors J. David Bersagel, Melinda Melhus and Ken Eggen were the delegates for Our Savior’s.
In August, the Council accepted Pastor Melinda Melhus’ resignation and we prayed for her future endeavors in ministry. The Council considered options for her replacement including forming a call committee and hiring an interim Associate Pastor. After considering these options, Pastor Roger Grow was invited to preach the weekend of October 16-17 at Our Savior’s. In November, the Council entered into a contract with him as an interim Associate Pastor.
Council size reduction was a topic of discussion throughout the year. In July, Pastor Mark Solyst of English Lutheran and Pastor Jean Pagliaro of Halfway Creek Lutheran spoke to the Council about their experiences with a reduced council. The details of reducing the Council size will be brought forward to the congregation in the Annual Meeting.
In His Service,
Rod Jobs, Secretary
The Administration Committee met several times throughout this past year. We had the privilege, once again, of assisting in the selection of the high school senior scholarship recipients. We had several great candidates to choose from. These scholarships were graciously provided by the Clifford Michelson family, the Adolph and Esther Marking Fund, Ken and Norma Piper and the Kolb Family.
Next, we were able to work with the Youth and Family Committee to determine how the Holey Bequest would most benefit our congregation. We decided to divide the bequest and use it towards funding a part-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry, providing additional scholarships to those youth attending Sugar Creek Bible Camp and providing additional funds to the Youth Group and their ministries in our congregation.
Lastly, we worked hand-in-hand with the Executive Committee of the Church Council and our Church Treasurer to prepare the budget for 2011.
Education Committee: Shelly Addington, Mike Alumbaugh, Thippi Fleckenstein, Rob Kneifl, along with Pastor Dave, Pastor Melinda and Pastor Rog.
Sunday School: There are 142 children enrolled in Sunday School for the 2010-2011 school year. They are taught by a staff of 52 people, which includes 17 teachers, 18 helpers, 10 subs, 4 stewards, 3 music staff, and the Education Committee. Classes are offered for 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarteners through 5th grade on Sunday mornings. The curriculum being used this year is called Spark: Activate Faith, which is a lectionary based lesson plan that correlates with readings assigned for the worship of the day.
This year’s Sunday School Music Program is led by Kathy Brisson with the help of Shannon Vick and Connie Pinski. The kids sing throughout the year at various times. The Christmas program was held at Our Savior’s this year with Grades 2-5 singing on December 18 at the 6 p.m. service and Pre-K through First Grade singing on December 19 at the 10:30 a.m. service. Due to the amount of children, the classes had to be split up to accommodate the amount of people anticipated to attend the program.
What a year this has been thus far; we have an overflowing amount of 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarteners, multiple classes for certain grades, wonderful teachers and helpers who so graciously give their time and commitment to teaching our children about God. Thank you for all you do for our children, it is much appreciated.
^ : There were 23 youths and 6 chaperones who took the bus from Our Savior’s to Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Ferryville, WI at 8 a.m. and arrived back at 4 p.m. The youth had a fun filled day with plenty of activities that consisted of horseback riding, silly games, singing, arts and crafts, swimming, devotions and fellowship. Sugar Creek staff did a very nice job of getting the kids motivated, even providing a wagon ride tour for the chaperones and a plethora of cookies and coffee to keep the adults going as well. What a beautiful and inspirational place for our kids to explore and ponder about God and the world around them.
^ : There were 38 students and 44 helpers involved in Vacation Bible School. Vacation Bible School was held at Our Savior’s church from
6 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. The church was transformed into an African Savannah Jungle with a Baobab tree at the core center of our meeting place and our theme of God’s great get-together. The kids delighted in getting their own pouch filled with animal characters to help remind them about the important things they learned on their journey. Not only did they learn about love, trust, caring, and sharing, they also learned animal facts, the ecosystem of the Baobab tree, and the importance of taking care of the Earth. The kids rotated into different stations to do different things and got a chance to share their knowledge with their loved ones through a mini program on the last night of VBS. This was a big undertaking and it wouldn’t have happened without a lot of planning and volunteers to help. Thanks to all who participated, donated food and stuffed animals, and volunteered, it was a great success because of all your hard work! A special thanks to Sherry and Rob Kneifl for their beautiful artwork, and all the long hours they put into VBS!
Education Committee: Shelley Addington, Rob Kneifl, Mike Alumbaugh,
Pastor Dave, Thippi Fleckenstein, Pastor Rog
Supply Coordinators: Shelley Addington, Carla Long, Sherry Kneifl, Jenny Leren
Stewards: Sherry Kneifl, Scott Fleckenstein, Mike Alumbaugh, Jeff Haldeman
Emergency Contact People: Stewards, Thippi Fleckenstein, Bonnie Klos
Music: Kathy Brisson, Shannon Vick, Connie Pinski
Class A: Teachers: Dawn Beal, Lisa Jobs Helpers: Mikaela Hunter, Sarah Novak
Class B: Teachers: Michelle Witte, Rita Schmitz
Helpers: Rachael Quamme, Carlie Burkhardt, Molly Hunter
Teacher: Kim Schurhammer, Kim Berg Helpers: Anne Wermedal, April Haldeman
Teachers: Jaime Fortier, Debbie Nuttleman
Helpers: Lynzi Schurhammer, Alyssa Nuttleman, Kate Nuttleman
Teachers: Elizabeth Reschke, Morgan Meyer Helpers: Allison Rigotti, Taylor Novak
Teachers: Keely Schurhammer, Jessica Alumbaugh
Helpers: Cody Kneifl, Sammy Peterson
Teachers: Wendy Knudtson, Michael Knudtson
Helpers: Gavin McClintock, Janessa Halverson
Teachers: Shannon Wiese, Cindy Averbeck Helper: Molly Klos, Mariah Arneson
Teacher: Rob Kneifl Helper: Sara Frank
Bonnie Klos, Maureen Wermedal, Sherry Kneifl, Tracy Skrentny, Thippi Fleckenstein, Michelle Giblin, Carla Long, Clara Haldeman, Jenny Leren
Substitute Helper: Jennifer Linse
Grade 6 Corey Sjoquist, Tamie Batzel
Kristy Alumbaugh Jill Iliff
Bridget Peterson Rob Kneifl
Rhea Servais Pat Schwartz
Craig Thompson Tricia Aleckson
Eric Ender Pam Arneson
Joyce Schultz Jim Anderson
Michelle Miller Rod Winter
Beth Quamme Mike Valencia
Curt Bottem Jane Frank
Tammy Bottem Tricia Mulholland
Holly Rigotti Monte Wick
Sarah Koenen Kim Hunter
Mike Alumbaugh Dain Gilbert
After School Coordinator Rob Kneifl
Pastor Dave Bersagel
Pastor Rog Grow
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is a community upon itself AND is part of the larger West Salem/Bangor community. The OSLC Outreach Committee’s mission is “to reach toward God and to each other for the sake of the world!”
This year, the Outreach Committee accomplished the following through the hard work of congregational members:
The Outreach Committee welcomes anyone to become a member, or to get involved in any of the annual projects listed above. Again, thank you to those of you who assisted in our church’s outreach. Your impact is far-reaching and your work is appreciated.