“The Rest of the Catechism”
Dear Saints in Christ,

               With a New Year we often find ourselves reminiscing about the past year and even before. Some of you may remember the old Paul Harvey radio feature, “The Rest of the Story”. It was always amazing to hear a story with the twist finally coming at the end as the “rest of the story” was clearly known by all the listeners.

               However, do you know the “Rest of the Catechism”? In our basic instruction in the Christian faith in the Lutheran Church we focus on the Six Chief Parts: 10 Commandments, Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Confession/Office of the Keys, and the Lord’s Supper. Here we have the teaching of the whole Scripture condensed down for easier reading and learning. But there are three (3) more parts of the Small Catechism! Over the next five months these articles will direct our attention to these portions of the Small Catechism. I pray that as we move through these you would all grow in a richer life of faith and devotion in our Lord.
Daily Prayers, Part 1: Morning and Evening

               In the Lord’s Prayer we are taught in the meaning of the Introduction that our Lord “tenderly invites us to pray”. The Scriptures are full of our Lord inviting us to prayer. “…call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me." (Psalm 50:15), “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38), “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Prayer is not the source of faith, it is not a means of grace. Rather it is the exercising of faith. It puts our faith to work as we cast all our cares on the Lord. As we trust boldly in Him to answer us.

               Yet our human flesh is weak. This is why written or memorized prayers are beneficial. They keep us from distraction and keep our prayer focused on God and shaped by His Word. These too are always prayed in faith. Certainly, a person can pray with their own words without fear and it should be done! However, even for the most mature in faith it can often lead to rambling and distracted prayer.

               It is because of our human weakness that the Small Catechism includes these little orders of daily prayer. These serve as a simple template for daily devotion. Perhaps the most familiar of these are the Morning and Evening Prayers. A few things to mention about what you will find in this portion of the Catechism. “In the Morning when you get up…In the evening when you go to bed…” do not delay! No coffee first, no eating first. I’m guilty of waiting to do my devotions, what a simple thing reality that we wake and pray, entrust our day to God. It is also the last thing you do. This simple thing reminds us that Christ is the first and the last, the beginning and the end of each day and of all time.

               “…make the sign of the holy cross...” You have been baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ. The cross covers you. It is on account of being baptized into Christ that we too are children of God and can come before Him and through Jesus that we are heard by God. The cross is a remembrance of living under God’s grace.

               The next instructions are to “kneel or stand” this may seem strange to our casual culture of today. However, such a posture is carried out as a confession of faith. As one stands in the presence of a head of state or falls on their knees in great need. So too we embody this in our prayer.

               “…repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer”. Such repetition is to daily be shaped by who God is and what He does as well as direct our day to “seek first the kingdom of God.” A recommendation I usually have for people is to add a little Scripture reading if you desire. Particularly as we have a greater availability of Scripture than they did in the first half of the 1500’s!

               “If you choose, you may also say this little prayer:…” The Morning and Evening Prayers are beautifully simple. They begin with thanksgiving, make a simple request to be guarded from sin and forgiven of the sin committed. It frames our day’s beginning and end in the Lord’s care. “For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.” Such a simple phrase, but packed full of faith. Trusting the day’s events to be carried out and the events which take place while we sleep to God. With a final request that we be kept safe from the evil foe, the devil. He is prowling around like a roaring lion.

               Finally, whether to work or to sleep we do so joyfully and in good cheer. Not because of our plans or work, but because we are people who live in the faith and promise of God. Our joy and rejoicing are in Christ, who will never leave us nor forsake us. Who has made us His own, who has brought forgiveness and life to us. In Him we rejoice knowing that our labor is not in vain and in Him we have perfect peace and rest. 
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Andreasen


Our Savior 
January Birthdays
  3  Chris Aman                        19  Corey Gelling
  3  Janean Christofferson      20  Lori Mayer
  3  Samantha Scepaniak        20  Tanner Pietz
  6  Summer Scepaniak           20  Kaitlyn Wolf
  6  Joelle Thone                      22  Jessica Dockter
  7  Larry Nupen                      23  Kim Brick
  7  Jaylynn Siebert                  26  Ally Johnson
11  Kathy Wendt                     29  Lovera Smith
12  Shannon Petrich               30  Harlan Wickham
 25  David & Cherise Johnson
Meetings in January
Nursery Circle – Sun Jan 9th after the service
Board of Elders – Thur Jan 13th at 5:30 pm
Church Council – Thur Jan 13th at 6:30 pm
Voters Meeting – Sun Jan 16th at 9:30 am
Board of Education – Sun Jan 16th after the service
The LWML will not meet in January.

Our Savior Voters’ Meeting will be Sunday, January 16th at 9:30 am.

Church Council will meet Thursday, January 13th at 6:30 pm in preparation for the voters meeting.  

Elders – Russell Brandt & Brandon Christianson

Acolyte Schedule:
Jan. 2 – Tristan Tschappat & Ally Johnson
Jan. 9 – Briella Klipfel & Teigan McKown
Jan. 16 – Abigail Andreasen & Raylee Brick
Jan. 23 – Dalton Lee & Rhylan Tschappat
Jan. 30 – Bethany Andreasen & Jayda Siebert
Installation of Officers for 2022 will take place during the service on Sunday, January 9th.

New Year’s Day Service with communion will be Saturday, January 1st at Our Savior at 10:00 am.
Epiphany – There will be a Circuit Epiphany service on Thursday, January 6th at 6:15 pm at St. Paul’s in Aberdeen.  All are welcome to this special service as we celebrate the Lord Jesus being made known to all the world.           
Adult Catechism Class resumes on Sunday, January 2nd after the service.

Circuit Youth will meet Sunday, January 2nd from 5:00-7:00 pm at Our Savior.

Wednesdays – Our normal Wednesday schedule will resume on January 5th, with catechism class at 5:00 pm, a Prayer Service at 6:00, and Bible study at 6:30.

Sunday School resumes on January 9th at 9:30 am.

The Senior Potluck will be Tuesday, January 11th at noon. Join us for good food and fellowship.

Circuit Catechism Class will be on January 12th at St. Paul’s from 6:30-8:00 pm for those who can attend. We will still have our regular class at Our Savior at 5:00.

Offering Envelopes for 2022 – Please pick up your envelopes in the fellowship hall. Your number may have changed, in order to keep the list in alphabetical order. Throw out any old envelopes you may have in order to avoid mix-ups in record-keeping. Thank you!
Annual Reports – A reminder to the chair persons of all boards and circles: please turn in your group’s annual report for 2021 to the office or email it to as soon as possible.  We’d like to have them by our church council meeting on January 13th if possible.  Thank you!

Portals of Prayer for January – March are on the table in the narthex.
Poinsettias – Thank you to all who donated poinsettias to make the sanctuary beautiful for Christmas in memory or honor of loved ones, and to the glory of God.  You may take your poinsettia home if you wish.

Saturday Bible Studies – 9:00-11:00 am at Our Savior on the 2nd Saturday of the month:
January 8th – Funerals – Lots of ideas float around about funerals in our world today. How do we think about funerals? Who is it for? Who should plan it? We will take a closer look at the funeral service and its purpose. Discussion will take place around your own planning.
February 12th – Everyday Missionaries – As a nation, the United States is the 3rd largest mission field in the world. This means our usual thinking of “mission” being “somewhere else” needs to change. How might you as an individual be an “everyday missionary”? Where will you find strength for this? Jesus has called you to be His witnesses.

LCMS Stewardship Ministry – Dec. 31/Jan. 1 – Eve of the Circumcision/Name of Jesus
Luke 2:21 – “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” There it is – the shortest Gospel lesson of the whole Church Year. It is for the festival of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus. What more do you need to know than the Name of Jesus? The Lord Saves. That’s who Jesus is – the Lord who saves us sinners. That simple Gospel message is the foundation of our faith and the strength to live out our faith in action.
St. John’s Columbia
January Birthdays  

   1  JoLynn Podoll            17  Alice Hanson                        
   2  Joshua Underberg      17  Braden Miller
   6  Joleen Christianson    19  Nathan Miller
   6  Charlotte Podoll         19  David Patton
 10  Wyatt Wolter             23  Jennifer Daggett
 13  Skylar Borge              24  Larry Neubauer
 15  Lucas Underberg        27  Hainslee Larson               
 26  Tom & Alice Hanson
Our Savior is enrolled in the Best Choice Save-A-Label Program.  This is a fund-raising program for non-profit groups.  Best Choice products can be found in Aberdeen at Ken’s SuperFair Foods.  They include food, household and health and beauty products with national brand quality, with many priced at 10-20% below national brand prices. 
Save the UPC code (bar code) portion of the label, including the words “Best Choice” above it.  We can earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPCs sent in.  In addition, we will be given an annual bonus certificate worth an additional $30 when redeemed with a bundle of 1,000 UPCs.
Place your Best Choice UPCs in the same container where we collect grocery receipts.  (UPCs from cigarettes are excluded from this program.)
Click on the "Calendar" tab on the website to see the January Calendar.