144 kids and counting!

Thank you!
               -122 hungry kids in Afghanistan
Thank you!
               -22 more hungry kids in Afghanistan from Sunday's offering
Thank you!
               - 175 kids total in Afghanistan!

We've closed our fund raising for the 30 Hour Famine! I wanted to thank those of you who generously donated even after the event was over - we were able to help an additional 53 kids! God is good, and you're not so bad yourself!
We had 27 participants from 7th to 12th grades who denied themselves food for 30 hours on March 16-17. Which is pretty cool. But they also worked for six hours around the church during Faith in Action Saturday. Seth and Bryce above help unload 10 yards of dirt from a semi that will be the beginning of a community garden.
Alex , Gary , Anders and Brandon help put some debris from our dead and dying trees into the wood chipper.


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Concordia University Choral Ensemble

OSLC is proud to present the Concordia University Choral Ensemble during their 2012 Spring Tour on Friday, March 23 at 7pm.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend for a wonderful evening of beautiful music!



In addition, we are looking for hosts to house one or more of the Choir Students. If you are able to assist here, please contact Gerod Bass. If you're a member or regular attender... visit the 'Serve' app on The Table to sign up...

We hope to see you there!

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Links from Message on February 26th related to Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

5 Characteristics of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
5. Good people go to heaven when they die.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moralistic_therapeutic_deism

http://www.christianpost.com/news/moralistic-therapeutic-deism-the-new-american-religion-6266/

~ Pastor Brian
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How to LOVE Conflict

Here is a a tool we gave out to families from Our Savior during a message on conflict.


How to LOVE Conflict

Look in the Mirror
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5

Own Your Emotions
 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.  James 1:19-20

Value their perspective
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:3-4

Express Grace
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

~ posted by Pastor Brian
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Link to LCMS President Harrison testifying before Congress

Here is a link to the President of our church body testifying before congress on why some of the new healthcare laws impinge on religious freedom.
Link to LCMS statements and videos related to the healthcare mandate.

~ posted by Pastor Brian
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LCMS President Responds To Birth Control Mandate

Check out Matt Harrison's, President of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod, response to President Obama's Birth Control mandate. Statement from LCMS

~ posted by Pastor Brian
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Profound Impact... "Accountability & Faithfulness in Reaching the Lost"

I came across a paper that had a profound Impact on me a few years ago. Take a few moments and check it out...
"Accountability and Faithfulness in Reaching the Lost"

~ Pastor Brian
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