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.

Lutheran Church of Our Savior

12 Franklin Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050

(516) 767-0603




Weekend Update for 2 Advent 2019

December 8, 2019

            Tomorrow’s text from St. Matthew’s gospel invites comparisons between: 

John the Baptizer and Jesus;

baptisms with water and fire;

the present age and God’s inbreaking new age

(not to be confused with “New Age” beliefs, practices, crystals, and the like);

repentance and judgment; and,

grace and judgment.

Grace and judgment go together.  Grace without judgment is, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer teaches us, “cheap.”  Judgment without grace creates fear, doesn’t comfort, and creates a too simplistic divide between those who are “good” and those who are “evil.”  John the Baptizer’s call to turn away from self and turn toward the God showing God’s Self to us in Jesus is judgment and grace together.  The Baptizer’s call to turn anew to the Lord isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime surrender and profession of faith.  It’s a daily turn toward the Lord Who claims us in Baptism as His very own and gives us the Holy Spirit’s gift of faith.  You’re invited to turn tothe Lord in the morning in the company of sisters and brothers journeying with you through Advent and through life.  Tomorrow’s scriptures are Isaiah 11:1-10Psalm 72Romans 15:4-13; and Saint Matthew 3:1-12. Lector is Randi Rørnes.

Barbara Ferro is our final Stewardship temple-talker tomorrow as it is “Pledge Sunday.”  All are invited to bring commitment forms of “time, talents, and treasures” planned for calendar year 2020.  We’ll thank the committee members chaired by George Martin.  Committee members include Denise DePalma, Barbara Ferro, Ron Knight, and Giulio Varsi.

Bring your own snack for coffee time.  Coffee host is new member, Runson Duncan!

All gifts for the 3 local families adopted in the “Angel Tree” project should be returned tomorrow, wrapped, and with the appropriate tag affixed.

Today, reports Chris BurwellHarbor Deli II in the Home Goods shopping center offers “Breakfast With Santa” at that locale.  Free breakfast for children under 12.  8-11am.  Yesterday was, of course, the Commemoration of Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, a close associate of Santa. 

Tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm is the annual Living Nativity & Christmas Tree Lighting at Blumenfeld Park.  As in the past, under the leadership of Pia Haselbach, Our Savior’s takes the lead in presenting the Nativity figures.  George Martin, meanwhile, is customarily takes the lead in setting up the sound system.   Come, see sisters and brothers in costume, hear the Christmas good news, and sing along!  Dogs are welcome in the park.   Humans, too!

Finally, the Christmas Concert by The Shepherd’s Singers is a week away. The Shepherd’s Singers – check them out on Facebook – have sung at the Tilles Center, the Rimsky Theater at Landmark, and in many churches.   Next Saturday, December 14th, at 7pm.  


Soli Deo Gloria!



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