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RESOURCES

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in service to

the community

 

wellness

Tai Chi: temporarily suspended during Covid19

Sessions are held every Monday and Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 in the Fellowship Hall located downstairs. Dress comfortably and come for an amazing series of exercises to benefit your mind and body. Slow and gentle, these are suitable for most everyone. There is a small fee of $35/month that helps support the church.

Forever in Motion: temporarily suspended during Covid19

A program offered by the Saskatchewan Health Authority to keep older adults healthy and active. Sessions are held every Mondays at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall located downstairs. 

recovery

Our Savior’s is grateful to host in our facilities at no charge a number of addiction recovery groups:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): temporarily meeting online during Covid19

Novalco AA Group gathers at Our Savior’s Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM, parking lot entrance.

Preamble (from the AA Regina website www.aaregina.com): Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Regina and the surrounding area is fortunate to have a strong AA community. This recovery community is able to provide effective support and Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step recovery to those who wish to recover from the disease of alcoholism. 

For other AA support groups, or for more immediate help around Regina, please see AA Regina website. 24-hour Help Line 306-545-9300

Narcotics Anonymous (NA): temporarily meeting online during Covid19

The Serenity Now NA Group meets Sundays at 7:00 PM, parking lot entrance.

Preamble (from Southern Saskatchewan NA website southsaskna.org: Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization. Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today, NA members hold more than 61,000 meetings weekly in 129 countries. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA?s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.

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growing in faith

 

baptismal ministry

Baptismal Ministry: Our church offers baptism to children as well as adults. We believe that in baptism, God gathers a human being, old or young, into God's arms, and that in baptism a person’s walk with Jesus begins! Baptism normally takes place in front of the community gathered for Sunday worship (although private baptisms may be arranged in the case of special circumstances). Call or email the church office if interested!

children's ministry

Sunday School: Aimed at children ages 4 to 10, children first gather with their parents in the sanctuary for Sunday Worship. After the Prayer of the Day, a pastor or a story leader invite the children to join in a procession to our Fellowship Hall for about a 20-minute period of discovering the Word through bible story, music, and fun activities for kids.  The children rejoin their families around the time the sermon winds up, so they can be with the whole Sunday gathering for prayers, Holy Communion and the sending. This gathering runs September through the end of May.

 

Children’s Time: When Sunday school is not in session (summer months or long weekends/holidays) our Sunday morning worship includes a children’s time where children are invited to gather at the front for a brief time of story or songs of faith.

 

Please also know that children – with any of the chaos that may accompany them – are always welcome in worship!! But we do have a worship sound and video feed to our Fireside Room – the room right beside our main worship area – where parents and children may take a break if they feel it’s needed!

youth ministry

Confirmation: For children becoming young adults (approximately for those in Grade 6 – 8), we offer a focused program of education in the Christian life. Confirmation is a time for students to carefully survey the Bible and the teachings of our church, and to ask questions about them.  Please contact the pastor or church office as soon as possible if you have a child who you would like to participate in our program or if you have any questions. (Like all of our offerings, you do not have to be a member of Our Savior’s to take part in this program!). 

 

National Youth Events: Our Savior’s youth have the opportunity to take part in the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering (CLAY), a joint biennial national youth gathering of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. About 1000 youth gather from across the country for worship, education, service and fellowship. The next National Gathering will be online in Summer of 2021!

faith formation

Sunday Sermons: The Lutheran tradition has always emphasized the importance of the preached word. Our pastor is dedicated to interpret the Scriptures so that the people may hear a Word of God for their lives.

Pre-Service Adult Education Time: Most Sundays (taking breaks for long weekends and summer) from 9:15-10:00 a.m., we host a study in our Fireside Room. Please call or email the church office Monday to Thursday for details on what we’ll be focusing on in upcoming Sundays. All are welcome. 

Taking Faith Home: Taking Faith Home is a weekly devotional resource, focusing on 4 key faith practices: caring conversations, devotions, service, and rituals and traditions. We email out this resource and have paper copies available each Sunday on the usher’s table near the entrance to our sanctuary.

Bible Study: This community is committed to study and meditation on the Christian Scriptures. Each year various Bible Study opportunities are offered, some are led by our pastor, some by others in the community, some are “drop-in” sessions, some are year-long sessions. Please call or email the church office for more information on times, dates, and study focuses.

Theological Presentations: During the year speakers are invited to present on emerging religious, theological and societal issues. Stay tuned for our next special presentation.

Women's Retreat: Usually held in September, we'll share information as it becomes available!

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opportunities to serve

 

Our members and friends share their gifts in countless ways in the community. What follows are just a few of the ways we invite your participation in sharing the love of God with others! Wherever you live, work rest or play, be the church of Christ!

Canadian Lutheran World Relief Gifts from the Heart:  During Advent season, we collect monetary donations toward living and learning kits. These kits contain essential school and health supplies for children overseas.

 

Care Home Worship: Our Savior's currently provides worship services at Parkside Extendicare, Regina Lutheran Home, Santa Maria Care Home, Sunset Extendicare and William Albert House. Musicians and worship assistants are appreciated!

Choir: Each week on Wednesday evenings, trained and not-so-trained voices meet to prepare to serve God by leading the congregation’s worship of God in song. We’re very happy and grateful to have the talented Jonathan Achtzehner as our Choir Director. (Look for the guy in the shorts when it’s -30°C and you’ve found Jonathan!)

Collected Items: We collect non-perishable food for the Food Bank, plastic containers for Carmichael Outreach, pull tabs from aluminum cans for cancer research, postage stamps for Canadian Bible Society, used eyeglasses for the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, and small toiletries for the Young Women's Christian Association. The containers for these items are in the drawers of the usher’s table at the back of the church.

Financial Giving: Each Sunday offering is graciously received.  People are also able to support the work of the church through PAR (monthly pre-authorized remittance gifts that you can arrange for at our church office). From these gifts our church pays staff salaries, maintains our church building and gives significant gifts to ministries at home and abroad. We thank you for these gifts and we work very hard that they be used carefully and well to the glory of God!

Funeral Serving Group: A group of men and women are organized to serve those who mourn the loss of a loved one. The group provides for a time of food and fellowship after the funeral service.

ICF Breakfast: We serve and enjoy breakfast every third Saturday of the month with the community of Indigenous Christian Fellowship of Regina, 3131 Dewdney Avenue.

Ministry Teams/Committees of the Church: Ministry team/Committee work offers an opportunity to serve in a wide variety of ways: planning and facilitating worship, educational programming, fellowship events, enhancing the appearance and the function of the church building, working for social justice in our community and beyond!

 

Mitten Tree: Every fall and winter season, we collect store-bought and hand-made toques, scarves and warm hand wear to help folks get through the cold days! These items are donated to inner-city schools and agencies.

Prayer Shawls: We receive donations of yarn in all colours! Our knitting volunteers create fabulous prayer shawls that are packaged and ready to gift to anyone needing comfort and prayer for any situation. The shawls are free to gift. Donations are not expected but are welcome, and go to continue support the prayer shawl project. 

 

Quilting Group: A group of interested members and friends meet each week on Tuesday mornings to put together quilts and baby bundles that are forwarded to transition houses in our city and wherever the need seems to be.

Regina Lutheran Refugee Committee: Along with five other ELCIC congregations in Regina, Our Savior's works to share in the financial costs and in the practical work of refugee sponsorship through Canadian Lutheran World Relief, to help as many refugees as possible to resettle in Canada.

Special Event Volunteers: We are grateful for all the volunteers who make our special events extra special! Many of these functions are fundraisers for local charities. Examples include Chili & Carols, Pie Social, Gospel Night, Music Concerts and more!

Sunday Worship Volunteers: We thank those who enhance our worship through their time and talents! Every Sunday worship gathering is enhanced by members who pitch in to help with the beautification and decor of our sanctuary though altar guild and flowers, as friendly and welcoming greeters & ushers, as communion servers, sharing special musical performances, as part of the order of worship as liturgists and scripture readers, running basic audio-visual tech from our choir loft, and preparing coffee & refreshments for after worship! To get involved or to learn more please contact the church office.

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a greening congregation

 

Our congregation is committed to caring for the gift of God's creation!

COVID or Climate?

 

“The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all who dwell therein.” --Psalm 50:12

 

It’s frightening to read about new Covid variants while climate pollution is reaching record levels. How can we deal with the climate crisis when our friends are getting Covid, kids can’t go to school and workplaces are shutting down again?

 

But public concern over climate justice has not been shutting down. On the contrary, many people are just as concerned about climate as they are about COVID and public health. The University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy conducted a poll about issues of concern to Canadians, and found that of 13 issues, people’s first concern is public health, and the second concern is climate change and a greener economy.

 

That survey also asked about economic priorities, and oil and gas pipelines came in at the bottom of the pile. Across Canada, regional differences were not large. A green economy was the top priority, and Canadians seem to be looking toward a post-fossil fuel economy.

 

As we build back from the pandemic, most Canadians want the recovery to be green.

Maybe we are trapped in “climate silence” where most of us are worried, but we underestimate everyone else’s concern. The great majority of Canadians understand that climate breakdown is very serious and believe a transition to clean energy is inevitable. The most important thing we can do to fight climate change is to talk about it.

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Great for the Environment:

A Wooden Clothes Drying Rack

Clothes dryers are big energy guzzlers in our homes. Why not buy a wooden clothes drying rack instead? While drying, clothes release moisture into heated, dry homes and naturally humidify the air. Clothes shrink and wear less when they don’t go through the dryer and wood is a renewable resource.

 

You can order a handmade wooden Clothes Drying Rack from:

 

Syracuse Cultural Workers

Box 6367

Syracuse, New York13217​

or call 800-949-5139

 

The rack we like is 2 feet wide, and 4 feet high, and will hold one load of wet clothes. $59 USD and worth every penny.

Climate Change Is Already Harming Our Health!

 

Climate change strengthens diseases carried by mosquitos and ticks who love longer periods of warmth.

 

Climate change causes worse and longer suffering for people prone to allergies and asthma.

 

Climate change causes wildfires that worsen respiratory conditions, increase the number of strokes, and can intensify mental health issues like anxiety.

 

We have so many reasons to engage with the climate crisis right now, and its effects on the health of our families is certainly one.

Keeping Cool at Home This Summer

Climate change means warmer temperatures all summer and extending into autumn. David Suzuki’s Queen of Green asks us to try these tips to cool our homes and save energy:

 

  1. Cool the person, not the space. Try a cold drink and a personal fan. Wrap ice cubes in a cloth and tie it around your neck. Find a shady spot outside.

  2. Ease off the air conditioning. Shed some clothing layers instead. Set your AC temperature a little higher. Even 2 or 3 degrees will save up to 10% on your monthly energy bill.

  3. Close blinds and curtains. Direct sunlight heats things up, and makes the air conditioning work harder. Reduce solar heat gain in your home by adjusting the blinds throughout the day.

  4. Take an oven break. Prepare foods that don’t require cooking, like salads and sandwiches. Try cooking smaller portions in a toaster oven or microwave. Eat outside.

  5. Reduce daytime use of large appliances. Run your dishwasher and clothes dryer overnight. Even better, air dry your clothes.

  6. Change AC filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow, making the air conditioner work harder. Replace disposable or wash reusable filters at least every three months.

Grow a Climate Victory Garden

Do you feel overwhelmed by the climate crisis? Does it seem to be such a huge problem that a single person can’t make a difference? Gardening for the climate is something almost everyone can do, whether you have a sunny windowsill or a huge backyard.

The idea is to join with thousands of other Canadian this spring who are gardening to protect and build healthy soil, because healthy soil sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and stores it in the ground. Thanks to everyone who can roll up their sleeves and dig into the climate crisis!

 

When you garden, you can follow and support these six climate friendly food tips:

  • Food should be fresh (not processed).

  • Food should be organic, grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and growth hormones, and not genetically modified.

  • Food should be seasonal.

  • Food should be local.

  • Food should not be packaged.

  • Food should be low waste (cook what you need, love your leftovers, and compost what’s left).

 

For more information see:

www.centerforfoodsafety.org  and www.SoilSolution.org

 
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membership

Membership Questions​

 

Do I need to be a member to receive holy communion?

Anyone, member or not is welcome at Christ's table!

Do I need to be a member to attend a worship service or bible study? What at about getting married or grieving a loved one?

You're welcome as you are--member or not--to attend worship and bible studies. You don't need to be a       member to arrange a wedding or funeral.

Can a non-member donate to the church?

Yes. You can even make use of offertory envelopes in order to receive tax receipts for your donations.

What does becoming a member of the church mean?

It means that you take a step to make this church, “your church.”

It means that you commit yourself to be part of this people and this place.

It means that you set out to encourage the community in thanking people when you are blessed by them       in some way.

It means that you set out to strengthen the community by expressing your concerns humbly and directly.

It means that you set out to help out when you have the ability and the time to carry it out.

What do I need to do to become a member?

You need to ask. Making the church “your church” is something you need to initiate. Call the office. Talk to a pastor.

 

In your conversation with the pastor you will find out if you want to sit down with the pastor and talk about the basics of Christianity, or talk about the specifics of being Lutheran. Or you may find that you simply wish to join the church without instruction in one of three ways:

  1. If you have never been baptized elsewhere: ask to arrange for baptism. Baptisms normally take place at a Sunday morning service, but in some circumstances people request private baptisms.

  2. If you have been baptized: ask to join through “affirmation of faith” (which simply means to be present at a Sunday worship and speak the words of the Apostles’ Creed from your place in the gathering together with the whole gathering). You may choose to let a previous congregation know that you wish to be released from membership or you may choose to retain membership in both congregations.

  3. If you are a member of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada congregation: ask to have your membership transferred from that congregation (or inform Our Savior’s that you wish to have membership in both congregations.)

 

That’s it! It begins simply by asking!

Please consider membership as an act of deepening your walk of faith with Jesus, by committing yourself to walk, serve, learn and grow with other followers of Jesus in this place.

 
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links

DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES

 

Canada Lutheran: All members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church receive a printed copy of this national publication from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

 

Eternity for Today: In a very secular world in which spirituality seems to be rarely part of our conversation, consider daily devotions. The ELCIC publishes this pocket-sized booklet which is available in our church narthex. If you'd like to order an online version, you can find it here. 

 

God Pause devotions are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday’s lessons sent out from Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota. You can find them on the website or receive the daily devotion by email. www.luthersem.edu/godpause/

Taking Faith Home: Taking Faith Home is a weekly devotional resource, focusing on 4 key faith practices: caring conversations, devotions, service, and rituals and traditions. We email out this resource and have paper copies available each Sunday on the usher’s table near the entrance to our sanctuary.

OUR SAVIORS ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS

 

Our Facebook Page!

Our Regional Church Body:

Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: www.sasksynod.ca (Rev. Dr. Sid Haugen, Presiding Bishop)

Our National Church Body:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC): www.elcic.ca (Rev. Susan Johnson, Presiding Bishop)

Our Lutheran Global Organization

Lutheran World Federation: www.lutheranworld.org

Our Relief and Development Agency

Canadian Lutheran World Relief: www.clwr.org

Our Church High Schools/Colleges

 

Our Western Canadian Lutheran Seminary for training Pastors and for Theological Study

 

Our Saskatchewan Bible Camp