Stewardship

January 20, 2019: OSLC has launched efforts to identify how our Congregation will support missions in 2019. That support includes prayer and intercession, financial support, sharing resources, and assisting in promoting the respective missions and ministries. If you would like to participate in these efforts or have a suggestion, please contact Cal S.

On September 23, 2018, OSLC launched Stewardship 2018. We heard of God’s generosity to us as part of Stewardship 2018 and the opportunities God has placed in OSLC’s path. Please feel free to contact the church office at oslc.lcms.2800@gmail.com if you have any questions. Pray for our congregation that as we reflect on His plans for OSLC, God will encourage us, inspire us, and lead us.

Access a copy of the Stewardship 2018 Participation Form and 2019 Pledge Form in the Members Only area.

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Life Quotes

March 17, 2019
“To be pro-life is to show that all life is precious, that the community of faith is there to support and help with every child. To be pro-life is to visit the elderly in the nursing home, to give them the dignity that they have as children of God. To be pro-life is to love the mothers, to love these women who are caught by circumstances, to help them with physical as well as spiritual needs.” Rev. Christopher Maronde, pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church, Decatur, Indiana– A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

March 10, 2019
“People with disabilities and their families have much to offer the Body of Christ, but often the Church sees them as needy—as a mercy ministry—not as valued contributing members. Look for ways for each of them to serve, including the person with disability.” Mona Fuerstenau, Bethesda Lutheran Communities – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

March 3, 2019
“The next time you are burdened with guilt and wondering if God can really forgive you again, look to the cross of Jesus. There He proved His love by giving up His life to pay for your sin. Witness the supreme proof of your forgiveness, which God provided in the resurrection. There He removes all doubts about who He is and what He did for us. We have absolute certainty that we are forgiven and bound for heaven because of Jesus. It’s the truth!” Rev. Jonathan M. Kruschel, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls, Minnesota – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

February 24, 2019
“And what about those mothers who acted on their fears and aborted their child? We need to be there for them as well, assuring them of a loving, merciful, forgiving God—reminding them that there is no sin that Jesus did not pay for on the cross!” Duane Matz, former lay pastor with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) and Christian radio announcer. (For those who have made an abortion decision, there is a Word of Hope, Lutherans For Life’s post-abortion healing ministry. Call 888.217.8679 or email info@word-of-hope.org.) – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

February 3, 2019
“God has given each of us a limited time to be on this earth, a purpose for that time, and people to share that time with. Don’t wait for a near-death experience to teach you the lesson of appreciating to the fullest what God has given you. Life is too short.” Diane E. Schroeder, former president of Lutherans For Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

January 27, 2019
“The most fundamental fact of modern biology is that your body is in a continual state of change and development from cradle to grave. Yet, through all the changes, your identity remains the same.” Rev. Jonathan Lange, district life coordinator for the Wyoming District LCMS – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.

January 20, 2019
“Sixty million unborn children have died as a result of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wadeand Doe v. Boltondecisions. However, through the right-to-life movement’s determination to protect mothers and their children, we continue to see evidence that our efforts to educate America about the unborn child’s humanity, and our efforts to enact protective pro-life legislation, are having a tremendous impact in moving our nation away from Roe’s and Doe’s deadly legacy.” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.


Run the Race

Let us throw off everything that hinders...and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12: 1b), exhorts the writer to the Hebrews.  Perseverance is the key in our race.  Scripture challenges us to stand firm, knowing that our labor for God is not in vain.  We're commanded to hold fast to our faith and to keep God's ways.   As we run the race with perseverance, we are filled with “inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8)in our Savior in Whom we believe, even though we haven't seen Him.  Although the race is long and difficult, we have an eternal goal and consider any suffering or distress but "light and momentary troubles" (2 Corinthians 4: 17).

Prayer:

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
— Jeremiah 29:12