Robin’s Corner


Many of you may have heard about the solar eclipse happening on August 21st. (See below for more details and warnings.) A total solar eclipse is considered a very special celestial event that does not happen often. The last time it happened and was able to be seen in the United States was 1979 and I read that the next time it will happen is in 2024. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun. It gets dark (since the sun is being blocked) and the temperature drops.

Depending on the area you are in, the total eclipse can last between 2 to 3 minutes before some part of the sun appears again. It is truly amazing how God created such an awe-inspiring universe! When I was reading about this coming event - I couldn't help but think about Jesus. Sometimes in our lives, we may be going through difficult times and might not be able to see the sun shining brightly - but that doesn't mean it's not there.

As with the eclipse on August 21st, just because we won't be able to see the sun, it is still there behind the moon. Sometimes we allow things to block our vision, just as the moon will temporarily block the sun. We allow things to get in between us and the true SON. The only one who is happy when this happens is the devil. He wants us to feel that darkness, to feel alone, to feel despair. That is not God's intention for our lives. He designed this universe so that the SON will always shine. Even though our circumstances may be hard or seem dark, the SON is always with you, and maybe not immediately, but you will see the light. The Lord has promised us, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (Hebrews 13:8)

Here's what's going on:

TONIGHT, we will have our Wednesday Night Home Bible Study groups. Pastor and Margaret's group will meet at his house (28 Belair Road in Selden) for Bible Study at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to come early for dinner and join us at 6:00 p.m. Vic and Toddy's Bible Study group will meet at their house (17 43rd Street in Centereach) at 6:00 p.m.

On Friday, August 11 - there is another Youth Group Event! All 7th graders and up are welcome to join us at the Jacob's house (145 Stuyvesant Drive in Selden) for a Pool Party from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Get dropped off and picked up directly at the Jacob's house.

Sunday, August 13 - We will follow our regular Sunday morning schedule of worship services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class meet from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. If you are traveling, you can always listen to "The Voice of Our Savior" on 1100AM, 1370 AM and each Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.

There will be NO Home Bible Study group at John and Rosana Reade's house this Tuesday, August 15. Join us again on the 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

WARNING: On Monday, August 21st , mid-afternoon there will be a partial eclipse of the sun (up to 80% at its peak) in this area. Though the light of the sun will be greatly diminished, looking directly at a less than total eclipse can cause permanent retinal eye damage. You should never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection since the intense light can permanently damage your eyesight. Sunglasses (even multiple sunglasses stacked together) are not sufficient protection; you must wear special solar viewing glasses to safely observe an eclipse. (NASA lists four manufacturers that currently meet international safety standards for such products at One way to view an eclipse is with a metal on glass filter that fits on the front end of binoculars or a telescope, according to National Geographic. The safest way is to look at the eclipsing sun via a projected image. Poke a small hole in a piece of cardboard paper. Then, with the sun directly behind you, project the sun through the hole onto a sheet of white paper. You can then safely view the projected image on the second piece of paper.


Dear Pastor,

Thank you so much for your letter. I am very, very grateful that I am able to tithe once again to Our Savior Lutheran Church. God has blessed me with a job a week after my tithe last month. I work at Danforth's Pewter right in town. How wonderful is that!? It has been an adjustment after not working for many years but HE has placed me in a very good job and environment - PRAISING HIM daily!

God has shown me His favor and grace when I have needed it. Could not do this without HIM!

Take care. God bless!

In His glorious name,
Terry McGuire
PO Box 753
Woodstock, VT 05091

Due to vacation plans, I do not know when the next email update will be sent out, so here are some upcoming events:

Pastor's Home Bible Study group will NOT meet on Wednesday, August 16. Join us again on Wednesday, August 23.

There is a Youth Group Event on Thursday, August 17 to SPLISH SPLASH Water Park in Riverhead. We meet at church at 8:45 a.m. General admission tickets are $42.99. If interested, contact Dawn or Vinnie Alotta.

Saturday, August 19 - Elders will meet at 7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study and Breakfast meets at 8:00 a.m. and Women's Bible Study and Breakfast meets at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome! Come get some food that's good for your soul!

Monday, August 21 - Don't forget about the eclipse!!

Sunday, August 27 - Youth Group Event - Smith Point Beach Party!! Meet at church 11:30 a.m. and we will return around 7:00 p.m. Cost is $15 per person for food and transportation. Parents are welcome. Any questions, contact Dawn or Vinnie Alotta.

GRAND FINALE SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP - you don't want to miss this last week of basketball camp for the summer. Pastor Stelzer along with coaches and players of our school varsity team will lead this great week, from Monday, August 28 to Friday, September 1. Don't miss this opportunity. Share it with all who may be interested! Click here for more information, a flyer and registration form to our GRAND FINALE BASKETBALL CAMP.


August 11 - Cara Ludwig
August 13 - Hope Ann Johnson
August 14 - Tara Dill, Richard Stroup
August 15 - Joanne Rowan
August 17 - Linda Dickerson, Erik Lundoy, Emily (Stelzer) Klugewicz
August 18 - Felicia Dozier
August 19 - Meta Galvin
August 20 - Kiana (Frick) ..., Timothy Chang
August 22 - Corey Perduto, Samuel Decresenzo, Abigail Gilbert
August 23 - Ron Bloom
August 24 - Matt Gilbert
August 25 - Don DeBolt, Megan McCarthy, Elysha Olsen
August 26 - Nicole Schaefer, Dave Hanson
August 27 - Jeffrey Santorello
August 31 - Crislyn Jacob

Enjoy the summer!

Regular Sunday Schedule

8 & 10:30 AM: Worship Service
• Childcare Provided

8:30 AM
"The Voice of Our Savior Radio Show"
Broadcast on 1100 am and 1370 am

9:15 AM:
• Children's Sunday School
(Pre K to 6th Grade)
• Confirmation Program
(7th & 8th Grade)
• Adult Bible Study
• High School Bible Study

Communion Service Every Sunday

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Pastor: Rev. Ronald W. Stelzer
Assistant to the Pastor: Gary D’Aquino, LCMS Deacon
Director of Parish Music: Ray Knehnetski
Secretary: Robin Reade

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