From time to time, one of our members, or the church, makes news.

Dave AllenMeeting alongside the ELCA Church Wide Assembly (August 2016) in New Orleans is an event called the “Grace Gathering.”  About 500 Lutherans from across the country are meeting to kick-off a year long celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation which began on October 31st, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany”.
Our own Dave Allen was asked by Presiding Bishop Eaton to serve as the Master of Ceremonies at the celebration banquet Friday evening, which brings together both Church Wide Assembly voting members and Grace Gathering participants – 1500 people!  With Dave as MC, we know everyone will be having a fun time!  Congrats, Dave!  
Dave Allen ghostbusters 2Dave “Gruber” Allen is the Electrified Ghost that appears in the subway scene of the new “Ghostbusters” movie!  Dave is a member of OSLC and sings in the choir (bass) and helps lead the Kids for Christ in song.  Go see it!
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The Salt Lake Tribune called Pastor Jeff to inquire if we saw people for Christmas and Easter that we didn’t usually see…we do!  Read Peggy Fletcher-Stack’s article about “Chreasters” here. 
 
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Pastor Jeff was interviewed by someone from the ELCA, and there is a nice article and more pictures from our Blessing of Skiers and Boarders on the “Living Lutheran” blog.  Here are the links: 
solar panels“Six community groups get Blue Sky funding”, says a Jan. 2015 article in the S.L.Tribune (no link available).  Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church was one of three churches to receive financial assistance from Rocky Mountain Power for installation of solar panels.  “Most faith communities would never be able to afford solar arrays without the financial support of Utah’s Blue Sky customers,” said Susan Soleil, executive director of Utah Interfaith Power and Light.  “Ultimately, it is their generosity that made it possible for three more houses of worship to demonstrate their commitment to care for creation and the poor by purchasing energy that is clean and reusable.”  OSLC is receiving $24,000 towards the purchase of the solar array. 
 
 
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Pastor Jeff led a group of OSLC members for the first “Blessing of Skiers and Boarders” event at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon last Saturday.  Hot cocoa and blessings were given to many skiers, and it was an up”lift”ing morning for all!  Check out the S.L.Tribune article and more pictures from Sunday’s paper!
BowmanLong-time OSLC member Mary Bowman will retire at the end of 2014 from the University of Utah, where she has worked in the Athletic Dept. for two decades!  With her 10-word title — senior associate athletics director, student support services/senior women’s administrator., Mary’s shoes will be tough to fill!  You can read about Mary’s career, accomplishments and accolades from colleagues and students in this S.L.Tribune article.

Crop Walk 2014

On Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, Dayle and Pastor Gordon Young joined more than 150 people from different church groups and faiths turned walking around Liberty Park into a journey to end hunger with the CROP Hunger Walk.  Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to the Family Promise Salt Lake and the Crossroads Urban Center.

011_Grete_Eliassen_for_ditlo_photos_by_Nick_Tininenko_011-600x899Grete Eliassen was featured in the paper edition of Wasatch Magazine (so…no link…).  Since her wedding (to Josh Skogen), Grete has been busy training and doing photo shoots in the Southern Hemisphere (where it is winter!).  She hopes to be participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia!

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Dave Allen is a performer, writer and loves music – sings with our choir!  If you watch a lot of TV you may have seen him on “Freaks and Geeks”, “The Gilmore Girls” and lots of other shows, and… well…read the article in the City Weekly and find out more about Dave, and why the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal is at the top of his music list!

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Grete Eliassen is the #1 skier at OSLC!  Grete has won the U.S. Open four times, and captured 2 Gold, 2 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals at the Winter X Games.  Recently featured in The Lutheran Magazine, Grete hopes to participate in the Winter Olympics.  Grete is married to Josh Skogen, and both are volunteers with our Youth & Family Ministry.

Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter, is the most important time of the Church Year.  We remember that Jesus Christ suffered for us and died, and celebrate that He rose from the dead on the third day so that we, too, might live eternally with Him.  Pastor Jeff was interviewed for an article in The Deseret News featuring how four churches celebrate Holy Week in this article on March 23, 2013. 

After eighteen months between full-time pastors, we were joy-filled when Pastor Jeff Beebe accepted a call to Our Saviour’s in August, 2010.  Read about him and his wife, Melissa, in this article about Utah churches and religious news in the Deseret News.

In 2009, a group of youth and adults went on a mission trip to Sweden.  Lutheran is the official denomination in Sweden; however, church attendance is less than 5%.  Our group spent time with many young Swedes, sharing the love of Christ with them.  They performed a drama at High Mass at the Church of Sweden in the town of Falun.  Drama in Sweden

Almost 40 youth and adult members of OSLC traveled to Oasis Village, Zambia, Africa in 2006 with then Pastor Elijah Mwitanti; the trip was featured in this article in the SL Tribune.  Pastor Elijah grew up in Zambia, and his family donated land for Oasis Village to help women and children affected by AIDS.  Pastor Elijah accepted a call to Roanoke, VA in 2009; OSLC continues to give financial support to Oasis Village each year.