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January 2023
The Passing of Time
Dear Saints in Christ,

A New Year begins. How is it approaching for you? Is it filled with fear, anxiety, or concern for yourself, your family, our communities, country, and world? There are certainly plenty of reasons to be concerned and anxious! Global tensions, inflation, energy shortages, political polarity, views of morality are in opposition…do I need to labor the point?

But perhaps you are seeing things differently in the New Year. A new job, the joyous birth of an expected child, a marriage! Perhaps the approaching year is filled with opportunity, promise, a chance to start fresh or to refresh yourself!

Regardless, as God’s people we acknowledge broader realities about the passing of time. The first is this:
“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11)
The passing of time for us as Christians draws us ever nearer the day of Christ’s return. We continue to rejoice in His birth, life, suffering, death, and resurrection for our forgiveness, and also continue to pray for Jesus’ second coming.

This however, also reminds us to take seriously our lives in this world living as God’s redeemed people,
12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and
jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”
 (Romans 13:12-14)
Here the blessed apostle Paul reminds us to live in repentance. To turn from the works of darkness, sin, and put on Christ everyday. We put Him on as we recall our baptism. We put Him on finding our identity in Him and His life for us. We find strength through His Word and Sacraments, to live faithful to him in thought, word, and deed until He comes again.

But still we struggle, still we come short, still we are saddened by the brokenness of this world. We grow impatient! Still, more can be said as we consider our time of continued waiting and anticipation:
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
The passing of time seems to drag on, we may pray earnestly for the Lord to come, yet the time that may pass slowly for us is a grace from God. It is a grace to continue to live in repentance, to continue to share the patience and grace of God in Christ with others. His slowness, by our thinking, is a sign of His continued grace and mercy for Christ to be revealed to this sinful world.

As time passes, rejoice in the nearness of the full salvation of Christ’s return, find strength in Christ to repent and turn from your sin, and as we may be discouraged by the brokenness of this world and ourselves recall God’s slowness as a grace for us and the world to repent and find our life in Christ alone. A blessed New Year to you all!

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                     30  Harlan Wickham
12  Shannon Petrich              
 25  David & Cherise Johnson
Meetings in January
Board of Elders – Thur Jan 12th at 5:15 pm
Church Council – Thur Jan 12th at 6:30 pm
Voters Meeting – Sun Jan 15th at 9:30 am
Board of Education – Sun Jan 15th after the service
Dual Parish Call Committee – Sun Jan 15th at 12:15                                                                       
The LWML will not meet in January.

Nursery Circle will not meet in January.

January 2nd the office will be closed, and the Mat Ladies will not meet.

Our Savior Voters’ Meeting will be Sunday, January 15th at 9:30 am.

Church Council will meet Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 pm in preparation for the voters meeting.  

Elders – Russell Brandt & Brandon Christianson

Acolyte Schedule:
Jan. 1 – Briella Klipfel & Ally Johnson
Jan. 8 – Bethany Andreasen & Tristan Tschappat
Jan. 15 – Tucker Brick & Rhylan Tschappat
Jan. 22 – Dalton Lee & Teigan McKown
Jan. 29 – Raylee Brick & Abigail Andreasen

New Year’s Day Services with communion will be Sunday, January 1st at our regular service times:
St. John’s at 8:15 am; Our Savior at 10:45 am. There will be no Sunday School or Bible Study.

Epiphany – There will be a Circuit Epiphany service on Friday, January 6th at 6:00 pm at St. Paul’s in Aberdeen.  The preacher will be Rev. Jeremy Yeadon of St. John’s and Zion in Groton and Andover. All are welcome to this special service as we celebrate the Lord Jesus being made known to all the world.           

Lutherans on Ice – All are invited to this circuit event: family ice skating night at Odde Ice Arena on Friday, January 6th from 7:30-9:30 pm. Dress warm! There will be organized games and snacks will be provided.  Skate rentals will be available for $2.

Tree Undecorating – The Christmas trees will be taken down on Sunday, January 8th after the service. If anyone would like to stay and help, the Board of Education would appreciate it.

Sunday School resumes on January 8th at 9:30 am.

Wednesdays – Our normal Wednesday schedule will resume on January 11th, with catechism class at 5:00 pm, Vespers at 6:00, and Bible study at 6:30.

The Senior Potluck will be Tuesday, January 10th at noon. We will have a pizza party (since we had to cancel that in December), and we’ll share the cost. You can bring a salad, dessert, or other side if you wish. You may bring an item from the following list to be donated to the Journey Home: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Cleaning Products, Garbage Bags, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash.

Installation of Officers for 2023 will take place during the service on Sunday, January 15th. All Boards will meet briefly after the service that day to select a chairman and review your duties as per our constitution and by-laws.

Offering Envelopes for 2023 – 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 assist us with better record-keeping. Thank you!

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. Unfortunately, due to the winter storms, we were not able to get enough to fulfill our order. There are enough for each person or family who ordered to take one home. If you ordered more than one, please speak with Cherise Johnson and we can give you a refund for the others.

Portals of Prayer for January – March are on the table in the narthex.

Annual Reports – A reminder to the chair persons of all boards and circles: please turn in your group’s annual report for 2022 to the office or email it to as soon as possible.    Thank you!

Circuit Bible Study – A circuit Bible study will be offered at Our Savior on Fridays from January 27 through February 17 at 10:30 am. Classes will be led by Rev. Kevin Moore of Messiah and Redeemer Lutheran Churches in Redfield and Doland. The topic is “Trust the WORD,” a study of 2nd Timothy. If you plan to attend, call the office at Our Savior at 605-225-7106 so that Pastor will know about how many people will attend.

Bible Bowl – The Youth will begin practicing for the Bible Bowl on January 8th after the service at Our Savior. There will be a sign-up sheet in the kitchen if you’d like to prepare a lunch for them.

“In-House” Bible Bowl – We will have an in-house congregational Bible Bowl again this year. The date is still to be determined. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex for teams of three to four people. Any questions, contact Eric Johnson 605-216-6701.

CTSFW Symposium – January 17-19, 2023, our circuit pastors will be at Our Savior watching live-streamed events from the Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. Topics this year are Faith, Family, and Formation, as well as atonement in the theology of C. S. Lewis. Everyone is invited to join them for the live-streamed events and also for their worship services. A schedule of events will be shared soon!

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.)
St. John’s Columbia

   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

Usher List
Jan 1      Cole Bisbee & Logan Ringgenberg
Jan 8      Brent & Barb Miller
Jan 15    Ray & Cyndy Larson
Click on the "Calendar" tab on the website to see the January Calendar.