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RESOURCES

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in service to

the community

 

wellness

Tai Chi: temporarily suspended during Covid19. 

Forever in Motion: A program offered by the Saskatchewan Health Authority to keep older adults healthy and active. Sessions are held every Monday at 1:00 p.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): Novalco Serenity Now AA Group gathers at Our Savior’s (downstairs Fellowship Hall) Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8:00-9:00 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

Gamblers Anonymous (GA): GA Heart to Heart meets at Our Savior’s downstairs Fellowship Hall Thursday evenings at 7:30-8:30 PM, parking lot entrance. 

 

Preamble from the GA Sask site: "We are a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem." https://www.gamblersanonymoussaskatchewan.org/. 24-hour GA help line:
1.855.781.9522.

 

Narcotics Anonymous (NA): The Living in the Solution NA Group meets in the downstairs Fellowship Hall on Fridays and Sundays at 7:00-8:00 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: temporarily suspended during Covid19. 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: temporarily suspended during Covid19. 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. Let us know if you'd like more information!

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.

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!

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: Resumes Fall 2022. Meet before worship service at 9:45 Sunday morning. Bring your trained or not-so-trained voice! The choir helps to lead 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!)

Financial Giving: Each Sunday offering is graciously received.  People are also able to support the work of the church through e-Transfers or 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: Volunteers 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: temporarily suspended during Covid19. 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 other ELCIC congregations in Regina and area, 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 décor 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!

HEY KIDS!

 

If you're looking for some great books to read this summer, check out the new "Growing Green Hearts" series written by teacher and environmentalist Heidi Ferris. The series is made up of five really fun books-each with a different "green" theme! They're JAM PACKED with awesome facts about the environment, have LOTS of colorful pictures, and share GREAT ideas about how we can do our part to look after this BEAUTIFUL Green Earth!!! Oh and what's really cool is that THEY'RE NOW IN OUR VERY OWN OSL LIBRARY! YAAAY!!!

 

Here's the link to learn more about the Growing Green Hearts program- Growing Green Hearts – Play, Learn, Love  http://growinggreenhearts.com/

 

For Teens Who Do Their Own Laundry

 

  • Don’t waste water! One load of laundry consumes about 40 gallons of water. So the less laundry you do, the better.

  • To cut down on laundering, extend the “clean life” of your clothes. Hang them up when you take them off. Hand wash small stains from your clothes with cold water. If you have just one or two items to wash, do them by hand.

  • Only run the washer when you have a full load. Include laundry from other members of the family to get a full load of whites. Collaboration is eco-friendly!
     

Shower Power

 

There is only so much water in the world. If we use up or pollute water faster than it’s being replenished, we’re in trouble. Canada is blessed to have enough clean, running water, but it won’t always be like that if we don’t start conserving. Population growth, global warming, and overconsumption mean we may be facing a severe water shortage in the next few years.

  • To save water, start in the shower!

  • Shower with a water-saving showerhead (instead of bathing in a tub).

  • Shower just once a day.

  • Make sure you have an energy-saving water heater.

 

Natural gas isn’t “natural”.

 

The David Suzuki Foundation reminds us that natural gas is a fossil fuel. It is not a climate solution. It is no more natural than oil or coal, and it is just as destructive.

 

Lately the industry has been promoting fossil gas as a cleaner alternative, or as a “transition” fuel while the world shifts to renewable energy.  As Vancouver and Quebec join other jurisdictions around the world in banning fossil gas in new building developments, gas companies are fighting back with ads that extol the virtues of “clean” gas.

 

But fossil gas is composed almost entirely of methane, a greenhouse gas about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the short term. Fossil gas is obtained by fracking, blasting large volumes of water, chemicals and sand into rock formations to shatter them and release gas. Methane escapes into the atmosphere at every step of the process.

 

The bottom line: We cannot continue fracking, building pipelines, expanding Oil Sands  and developing oil, gas, and coal projects if we want to avoid worsening climate impacts. We have solutions, but fossil gas isn’t one of them.

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membership

 

Membership Questions​

 

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

Anyone, church 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       church member to arrange a wedding or funeral.

Can a non-member donate to the church?

Yes. And it helps us to do what we do! 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 four key faith practices: caring conversations, devotions, service, and rituals and traditions. We email out this resource weekly. Please contact us if you wish to be on our mailing list.

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