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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 AA Group gathers at Our Savior’s 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 meets at Our Savior’s Thursday and Friday 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): temporarily meeting online during Covid19; anticipated Fall resume

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: 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: Resuming Fall, 2021. 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!

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 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: 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: 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 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 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!

Saving the Environment: Individual Actions Matter

 

The first green note here presents the actions of people who are making a difference for the environment. The four green notes that follow it are all related to that theme: Individual actions do matter.

 

The Harrison Farm

 

BBC News and many environmental agencies have pointed out that industrial beef production requires 28 times more land and 11 times more water than the production of poultry, eggs and dairy. Industrial feed lots for fattening animals cause about one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions.

 

But not everyone produces beef on an industrial scale! Tom and Tracy Harrison produce beef here in southern Saskatchewan without damage to the environment. (They are the farmers who contributed beef for the hamburger sale that benefitted the Regina Lutheran Refugee Committee in July.) The Harrison farm (near Lumsden and Craven) is a grass based operation with all of the land in perennial cover, except for 300 acres which is used to grow green feed. The beef the Harrisons raise for butchering is all grass finished. While there is no difference in the quality of a grass finished and grain finished animal, it does take longer to grass finish a steer. The Harrisons do not use hormone implants and the animals grow at a slower more natural rate.

There are environmental benefits associated with maintaining the larger grassland acreage required to support grass finishing. The Harrisons have converted 2000 acres of former cropland back to grass. Because they retains bush, wetlands and native grasslands, their grassland acreage provides wildlife habitat for a number of species. The actions of the Harrisons contribute to carbon storage, nutrient cycling, soil health, erosion control and soil moisture conservation, which in turn provide enormous benefits to the earth: biodiversity, clean water and cleaner air. By purchasing grass-finished beef from this farm, you also contribute to a better environment. (You can contact Tom and Tracy at prairiecloudscape@sasktel.net.)

Tom and Tracy also belong to the Treaty Land Sharing Network, a group of farmers, ranchers, and other landholders who have come together to begin the crucial work of honouring Treaties. In a spirit of reconciliation, and in a spirit of sharing the land, they welcome Indigenous people onto the land they farm, so that they can practice their Indigenous ways of life. Reserve land is not sufficient for Indigenous peoples to sustain their cultures and their livelihoods. The Treaty Land Sharing Network is an alliance of people who want to share their land and the medicines that grow on it. Learn more at www.treatylandsharingnetwork.ca.

IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (an agency of the United Nations)

In August 2021 the IPCC issued its latest report. The bottom line: Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. Many changes are unprecedented, and some are irreversible.  But it is still the case that strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases would limit climate change.

 

Climate change (also known as global warming) is not just about temperature. Climate changes include changes to wetness and dryness, to winds, snow and ice, coastal areas and oceans. For example:

 

  • Climate change is intensifying the water cycle. It brings more intense rainfall and flooding, as well as drought in many regions.

  • Climate change affects rainfall patterns. In high latitudes, precipitation is likely to increase. In the subtropics, precipitation is likely to decrease.

  • Coastal areas will see continued sea level rises throughout this century.

  • Permafrost will thaw, glaciers and ice sheets will melt, and summer Arctic sea ice will disappear.

  • Changes to the temperature of the oceans will affect both ocean ecosystems and the people that rely on them.

  • Aspects of climate change are likely to be amplified in cities, including heat and flooding.

 

Stabilizing the climate will require strong, rapid and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and reaching net zero C02emissions. Limiting methane and air pollutants can  benefit both human health and the climate.  Human actions still have the potential to determine the future course of climate.

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Climate “Code Red”

In August, as described above, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told the world that the climate is close to a tipping point that would lead to climate chaos (more wild fires, heat waves, floods and droughts).  Human activities like burning fossil fuels and deforestation are to blame. But the UN also said that changing course is still within our power. We can all urge the Government of Canada to take bolder action on climate change.

 

But we can also respond as individuals. Here are some guidelines from the David Suzuki Foundation:

 

Feel the grief and fear. Allow yourself to feel, and contemplate everything the world is going through.

 

Remember our actions matter. Our actions at home and collectively can empower and inspire others.

 

Talk to family and friends, find support and be supportive. Have the difficult climate conversations. Talk about your vision for a sustainable future.

 

Find hope and inspiration. Tell the inspiring stories of people who are leading the transition to renewable energy. Look for reasons to be hopeful.

 

Demand bold and ambitious climate action. Action is an important antidote to despair.

 

Prepare for a paradigm shift. Extreme capitalism, colonialism and lack of respect for nature got us into this mess. We need insights and solutions from Indigenous Peoples. We need diverse human creativity, and a refocus on equity and well-being to get us out of it.

There is so much work ahead, and we must take it on together.

How to Become an Environmentalist

David Suzuki says young people often ask him, “What do I have to do to be an environmentalist?” He tells them that environmentalism is a way of seeing our place in the world. Being an environmentalist requires us to recognize that we live on a planet where everything, including us, is exquisitely interconnected with everything else.

 

We are the recipients of Nature’s most vital gifts: air, water, soil, and energy. We are participants in their cycles. If we use air, water and soil as garbage dumps, emissions and pollutants move through the biosphere, ecosystems, habitats ,and eventually our own bodies and cells. Environmentalism is a recognition of this.

 

Until human beings went from agrarian life to big-city dwelling, people understood that they were part of nature, and that they needed nature to survive. Today we spend less and less time outdoors. But environmentalists are able to see a world of interconnections. They see that people are at the heart of the global eco-crisis. They know that we must deal with hunger, poverty, inequity, terrorism, genocide and war, because so long as these things confront people, sustainability and coping with climate change will be a low priority.

 

To become an environmentalist, a person must look at the big picture.

 

Rebuilding Our Relationship With Nature

 

Nature has been an important source of comfort for many people throughout the pandemic. Carolynne Crawley, a social and environmental advocate, speaks about the practice of “nature therapy” and what it has to teach us.

 

Nature therapy is an ancient practice that teaches and encourages a deep, meaningful relationship with the land you live on. Many Indigenous peoples and many cultures around the world live in this kind of relationship with the land. But in urban centers many people have become separated or removed from the land.

 

Healthy relationships are reciprocal. They are about taking, but also about giving back. In many Indigenous perspectives, there is no separation between us and the natural world. We are all interconnected.

 

How can we find a way to be in balance again with all creation? To learn more about Carolynne Crawley’s work and thinking, please visit www.carolynnecrawley.com

 
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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 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