Welcome to a new season and a new school year! New things bring new opportunities. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I loved to play with my Etch-O-Sketch. You remember that toy, don't you? It was a screen with a red border and two knobs on the bottom that let you draw. My favorite thing about it was that to start over, all you had to do was shake it and you would have a clean slate. So many times we look to make changes or improve things by getting a fresh start.
People sometimes relocate so they can start over, or wait until the next season starts to get back on track, or try to organize finances after getting a new job, even wait for a new week to begin to start a diet. We look for something new to make the changes we want to make. The important thing to remember is as Christians we are a new creation! "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17) In addition, "His mercies are new every morning." (Lamentation 3:23) God's love for us never ends. When we confess to Him, our sins are like the drawings on the Etch-O-Sketch - they disappear, to weigh us down no more.
Let us enjoy this new season and focus on living a life that honors, pleases and loves Jesus, knowing that each day is a clean slate, because of His love, mercies, compassion and forgiveness.
Here's what's going on:
This Friday, September 15 our school's boys varsity soccer team will be having a home game at 4:30 p.m. Come cheer them on at the Centereach Field on Horseblock Road.
The Our Savior girls volleyball team will be hosting a "Glow in the Dark" Night this Friday, Sept. 15. Come see the gym all glowed up, play (or just watch if you'd rather) volleyball, have your face painted, visit with friends, have a great time, and glow!! There is an admission cost of $10 which will include a slice of pizza and a drink. Glow items and concession stand items will be available for sale. Wear white to glow. Kindergarten through 6th grade students come from 8:00 -9:30 p.m. Grades 7-12 and OSNAS alumni come from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. Contact Maya Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! All are welcome!
Sunday, September 17 we will follow our regular Sunday schedule. Come join us for worship services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. and for Adult Bible Study, Youth Bible Study, Confirmation class and Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. You can listen to "The Voice of Our Savior" on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. on 1100Am, 1370 AM and www.WHLI.com.
The Fall Session of Wednesday Night Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 27. The classes will meet from September 27 - November 8 from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. There will be classes for everyone! Members, non-members, young, and not-so-young, all are welcome! Bring the whole family! One class that will be offered is Pastor's Information /Inquiry Class, which will be taught by Pastor Stelzer. This class is designed for anyone who is interested in an official act in the church, such as a baptism, wedding or membership. It is also a great place to come if you would just like to get some information and your questions answered regarding the church, the Lutheran church, and the Bible. Anyone who is planning to teach a class on Wednesday nights, please submit your class description to the church office as soon as possible. Children's classes and childcare will run simultaneously.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to:
September 13 - Janice Chang, Lisa Minozzi, Cheick Diallo
September 14- Vivian Xu, Joseph Kowalski
September 15 - Susan Fehrenbach
September 17 - Howie Wolfe
September 19 - Nancy Schaefer, Mike Murphy Sr.
Have a great week!