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Lutheran Church of Our Savior

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

12 Franklin Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050

Phone 516-767-0603




 Church Office Hours

The Church Office will be open on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9 am and 3 pm.


Church Office - Sue Waiter

Pastor - Roger Berner

Director of Music - Federico Teti

Custodian - Marvin Mora

Facilities Use Coordinator - Linda Murphy




   There's a place for everyone at Our Savior to be involved and make new friends through small group ministries, fellowship events, and committees for the congregation's life and mission.  Membership is voluntary and personal.

   Persons join when they express the desire to affiliate.  Adults may join formally the congregation by either a letter of membership transfer from another Christian congregation or by adult Confirmation.

   The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated with this understanding: that the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine; and, that the penitent receive the full forgiveness of all their sins. All baptized Christians who, in good conscience, can receive with this understanding are invited to partake.

   Baptisms and weddings are conducted as needed. A church wedding requires a couple to spend a period of time preparing for marriage in consultation with the pastor.

   An elevator and access ramp are available for entering and exiting the building. Refreshments are usually served after worship on Sunday. In warmer weather, the church is air-conditioned for your comfort.


The Weekly Caller


Advent 2 - December 4, 2022
at the 
Lutheran Church of Our Savior


Holy Communion

10:00 am

Let us pray, 
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.     

Leading Our Liturgy This Sunday 
Roger Berner, Pastor                                               
Federico Teti, Director of Music
Pia Haselbach, Assisting Minister 
Diane Bares, Lector  
Steve Kinney & Michael Liu, Videography
Diane Baris, Coffee Hour
Laura Boehm, Gladys Dello-Iacono, Fabiola Knight, Irene Wood, Altar Care 
Charles Kietzman, Michael Liu, Jerry Lockwood, Richard Swenson, Ushers


This Week at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Today Advent 2     December 4
  10:00 am   Holy Communion
  11:15 am   Coffee Hour - gym
  11:30 am   Choir Rehearsal
  4:30 pm   Community Christmas Tree Lighting – Blumenfeld Park
Monday 7:30 pm   Property Committee
Tuesday 10:00 am   Bible Class
  6:00 pm   Confirmation Class
Wednesday 7:00 pm   Choir Rehearsal
Next Sunday Advent 3    December 11
  10:00 am   Holy Communion
  11:15 am   Coffee Hour
  11:30 am   Choir Rehearsal

Looking Ahead at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior
Mon, Dec 12 7:30 pm   FUN$RAISING Team
Tue, Dec 13 7:30 pm   Executive Committee
Sat, Dec 24 4:00 pm   Christmas Eve Family Holy Communion
  9:00 pm   Christmas Eve Festival Holy Communion
Sun, Dec 25 10:00 am   Christmas Day Festival Holy Communion


In Our Daily Prayers

Christ’s Church   
especially for our Congregation, Lutheran Church of Our Savior
our Synod, Metropolitan New York Synod and Bishop Paul Egensteiner
our Church, the ELCA and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton         
our Lutheran World Federation and President, Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus
God’s World   
especially for peace in: Afghanistan, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Israel, Myanmar, Palestine, Russia, Syria, Taiwan, Tonga, Ukraine, Yemen, and the United States.




Annual Christmas Celebration with Live Nativity & Tree Lighting – Sunday at 4:30 pm with music from the Red Stocking Revue singers and the Liquid Bread Brass band. The Honorees this year are Pia Haselbach and George Martin, who helped to create this event and active members of the Committee today; and also Sr. Kathy Sommerville of OLFC for for her work at the Food Pantry here in Port Washington. The night concludes with the arrival of Santa! Hot drinks & cookies will be available.

The Advent Wreath  




The wreath and winter candle-lighting amid growing darkness strengthen the Advent images found in the Bible.  The unbroken circle is clearly an image of everlasting life, a victory wreath, the crown of Christ, or the wheel of time itself, for Christ reaches into our time to lead us to the light of everlasting life.  The four candles mark the progress of the four weeks of Advent and the growth of light.  In many homes, the family gathers for prayers around the wreath.

A new candle is lit on each of the Sundays in Advent.  The first, second, and fourth candles are blue (or purple); the third candle is rose-colored.  A fifth white candle is placed in the middle of the wreath and is lit during the Christmas Season, leading to Epiphany (the Season of Light)

The first candle symbolizes hope and is called the "Prophet’s Candle." 
The second candle represents faith and is called "Bethlehem’s Candle." 
The third candle symbolizes joy and is called the "Shepherd’s Candle." 
The fourth candle represents peace and is called the "Angel’s Candle." 
The fifth candle represents light and purity and is called "Christ’s candle." 





All around the world, families have been suffering, and your congregation’s love can be part of the solution. And right now, your love can have double the impact through December 31. 

Our neighbors are facing compounding crises such as violence, natural disasters, disease and extreme weather. The war in Ukraine has only exacerbated suffering for communities already teetering on the edge of devastation. And it’s getting worse. It is a terrible, perfect storm.  

Thanks to the leading generosity of Nelsonville Lutheran Church in Wisconsin, all congregational gifts given by December 31 through Lutheran World Relief to help those impacted will be doubled — up to $200,000! Your congregation’s gift will provide food, shelter, medical services and other necessities.   

Gifts can be made online at or by mailing to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061. Please write “congregational match” in the memo line. Gifts given by your congregation or individual members will be matched until the deadline of December 31. 

Lutheran World Relief is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  Your gift is tax deductible.



  • Pastor Roger Berner

    Our Interim Pastor                                                                                             

    I grew up on the Great Plains, in the fifth largest (14,007 people) metropolitan area in South Dakota – Watertown.  We lived on the edge of  “town”, and had a huge garden – or was it a small farm?  We had a tractor and a plow to turn the soil over in the spring.  My father ordered 1,000 tomato plants and 3,000 cabbage plants from Georgia every spring.  We also grew carrots, onions, cucumbers, squash, corn, beans, peas, beets, and potatoes.  The entire garden was surrounded by hundreds of peonies.

    I enjoyed planting the corn and potatoes, because I did that with my father.  He dug the hole and I threw in a few kernels of corn or some old smelly potatoes cut up with “eyes” sticking out.  I did not enjoy weeding the garden.  In fact, the weeds usually won out toward the end of the summer, but the harvest was nonetheless bountiful and delicious.  Growing up, I never tasted sweet corn that was more than 15 minutes old.  My father picked the corn, I husked it, my mother cooked it, and we all ate it together.  My father would also take me with him to seine for minnows, or to go fishing and hunting.  While driving, my father quizzed me on what crop was growing in each field we passed.  He would point to the right or left and I would say:  corn, wheat, barley, flax, soy beans or rye.  The most difficult to distinguish were wheat and oats – they look so much alike.  My favorite crop was flax (linen is made from flax, as is the fine paper used for Bibles), because when it was in bloom it looked like a blue sea.

    Joseph and Mary must have taught Jesus about agriculture because his parables were filled with images of “the farm” – mustard, sheep, grapes, goats, mint, wolves, wheat, doves, barley, dogs, olives, cows, and lilies.  My mother, Sunday School teachers, pastors, and professors taught me the parables of Jesus; but I came to understand his parables through what my father taught me in the garden and the fields.

    I studied history at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and continued on at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.  While at seminary I organized a “summer internship” outside of Phoenix, doing youth work and going door to door, inviting people to “Come and See!” the new mission church.  I also served as “the Vicar” at Zion Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York for my official internship.  Those two places were very different, but both were filled with amazing, wonderful, and faithful members who were also my teachers.

    I was ordained in January at my home congregation in South Dakota.  It was  -27 degrees (-69 degrees wind chill factor), and no one even suggested postponing the service.  St. John Mark Lutheran Church in Homestead (Pittsburgh), PA had called me as their Pastor, and I served there for 9 years.  Then Trinity Lutheran Church in North Bethesda, MD called me, where I served for 28 years until October 2018.  Both were places of faith, hope, love, and great joy for me.  After a year of retirement, the Interim Bishop of New York asked if I would serve as the Interim Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Pleasantville, NY – a delightful experience to share the good news of Christ in Westchester County with a wonderful congregation, even through the challenges and learning opportunities of a pandemic. 

    Now I have begun a new adventure of faith in Christ Jesus – getting to know and love the people of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Port Washington.  I trust that we will laugh and cry, work and play, sing and pray together during this “in between” time for LCOS, as we continue to trust in God’s grace and mercy to lead us into a future of Spirit-led ministry.       


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  • Advent 1 November 27




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  • Choir




    If you like to sing... we invite you to join our choir.  Our choir is led by maestro Federico Teti, a wonderful director and organist, and it is composed of voluntary members.  It practices once a week (Wednesday night at 8 pm) for songs scheduled for Sunday morning services at 10 am.  First practice after the summer break is September 7.  If you are interested please either send an email to, call (516) 767-0603, or just show up ready to practice on the first Wednesday after Labor Day.  NO AUDITIONS ARE NECESSARY.

  • Masks



    For all activities in the church building, masks will be recommended, but not required.

    We understand that this may affect you one way or another.  Some will be happy to see the masking mandate dropped as health concerns and following protocols have led to wanting to be able to not wear a mask in public.  However, some with other health concerns and anxiety/general worry may be concerned about their own health.

    We encourage people to make the best decisions they can given their own knowledge /concerns.  We continue to encourage safe health protocols in addition to masking:

    • Individual small groupings of people (i.e. committee meetings) may decide on their own to enforce the masking policy as a collective whole
    • Hybrid meetings (online option) will still be an option groups can use
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