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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!

A Good War  --  Recommended Read!

 

We have a book to recommend: A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, by Seth Klein, ECW Press, 2020.

 

The world has ten years to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half, if we are to hold global warming to an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial times. Currently, Canada is not on a path to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets. We need to make radical changes to the way we live and work, and we have to do it quickly. Can we do it? Yes.

 

Seth Klein argues that we’ve done it before. During the Second World War, Canadians remade their economy, transformed the workforce, and created a common cause: the war effort. And now the Covid-19 pandemic has brought change to the world that would have been unthinkable a year ago. The world can turn on a dime if it needs to, and it needs to right now, to slow global warming. This book explains how.

 

Seth Klein says his love for his children and his anxiety for their future inspired this book.

His writing is thoughtful, clear, and gives precise directions for confronting the climate crisis in Canada. It’s a positive, hopeful read.

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KAIROS and Climate Change

 

Many readers will know that KAIROS is an ecumenical and interfaith social justice network that operates across Canada. Regina has its own chapter (KAIROS Regina) with its own Facebook page. For the past 2 years KAIROS Regina has been convening two “conversation circles”. One centers on Truth and Reconciliation, and one centers on Climate Justice.

 

During the pandemic, “Faithful Climate Conversations” have continued to take place on Zoom. If you’d like a summary of KAIROS advocacy events for climate justice, please see www.fortheloveofcreation.ca/advocacy.

 

KAIROS endorses “For the Love of Creation”, which is an agreement among faith communities  to call on the government of Canada to:

  • increase our national greenhouse gas reduction target

  • create a fair, inclusive, green economy that addresses current inequities

  • incorporate Indigenous knowledge and experience into any proposed policy and program

  • commit to equal support for climate change adaptation initiatives in the Global South.

 

You can contact KAIROS Regina through their Facebook page, or through www.kairoscanada.org.

“Net zero” offers an affordable path to climate stability

 

What does “net zero” mean? Many nations from all over the globe met in Paris in 2016 and came to an agreement:  They would all aspire to the target increase of only 1.5 degrees Celsius to the earth’s average global surface temperature, and never more than that. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” means not releasing any more emissions than are being removed from the atmosphere by forest and wetland protection, by forest restoration, and by carbon capture and sequestration.

 

The David Suzuki Foundation points out that even with a global 7% drop in fossil fuel burning during the pandemic, 2020 tied 2016 for the hottest year ever recorded. The past decade has been the warmest in the earth’s history. But global average temperatures could stabilize within two decades if we quickly reduce emissions to “net zero.” Affordable methods to get to net zero do exist. The Biden administration in the US has rejoined the Paris Climate Accord and will work toward net zero goals. Canada has introduced some legislation, but needs to do even more.

 

Research indicates that rapid heating will continue long after we reduce emissions, because gases such as CO2 and methane remain in the atmosphere for many years. But new findings offer hope. New research indicates that if we bring emissions under control, natural systems such as oceans, wetlands and forests, and perhaps even technology, will remove some greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

 

Of course, we will need to take care of those natural systems. It’s all interconnected.

The David Suzuki Foundation says these are the Top Ten things you can do about climate change:

 

  1. Demand  climate solutions in the next election.

  2. Use energy wisely. Don’t waste it.

  3. Support the change to renewable energy.

  4. Eat less meat.

  5. Start a climate conversation with a family member or friend.

  6. Green your commute to work, by taking public transportation or car-sharing, or riding a bike or walking where you can.

  7. Consume less, and enjoy life more.

  8. Invest in renewables and divest from fossil fuels.

  9. Support youth-led movements.

  10. Vote for leaders who take climate change seriously.

Tell Amazon to Fix Their Serious Plastic Problem!

 

As the pandemic spread, and the world went into lockdown, one company saw their growth skyrocket: Amazon. In the third quarter of 2020, the online retail giant tripled its profit and saw its earnings increase by 37%. But every year Amazon ships billions of packages, at the expense of the environment.

 

Amazon produces 211 million kg of plastic packaging waste every year, contributing to a plastic crisis that is already out of control. The corporation says it is meeting its environmental responsibilities by working toward making its packaging recyclable. But most recycling facilities in North American do not accept the types of plastics Amazon uses. Amazon could do much more by investing in plastic reduction and reusable packaging solutions.

 

With the pandemic, online shopping is soaring. Investing in zero-waste packaging solutions is more urgent every day. How can we tell Amazon they must focus on plastic reduction and reusable packing on a global scale? We can sign petitions and we can write to them. But we can also refuse to order from them.

 

Some of us are using the search engine Shopify.  Type the article you want to order on line into your search engine, followed by the word “shopify”. You’ll soon have a list of retailers who can supply it. The first one is likely to be Amazon, but do read down the list, and order from another supplier. If Amazon’s sales diminish because of the company’s plastic pollution, they may learn to reduce plastic and reuse it.

 

 Three green habits are on the rise! Hurrah!

 

  • People are eating less meat. Per capita meat consumption fell 3% globally in 2020. Many people still eat meat, but less of it.

  • More people are buying goods second hand. This is true for cars, and for designer fashions too. Reusing makes perfect sense.

  • More people are walking or biking to get where they need to go. This is called “active transportation.” Many cities in Canada and around the world have expanded their biking lanes to accommodate the heavier traffic.

 

All three things reduce our use of fossil fuels and help to reduce global warming.

 
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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

Contact

190 Massey Rd.

Regina, SK Canada S4S 4N5

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Office & General Inquiries:

306.586.0006​

oslutheran@sasktel.net

 

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 09:00 to noon. No visitors during Covid shutdown.

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