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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




4 Epiphany

January 22, 2023

at the 
Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Lessons & Carols with Holy Communion


 10:00 am

Let us pray, 
Holy God, you confound the world’s wisdom in giving your kingdom to the lowly and the pure in heart. Give us such a hunger and thirst for justice, and perseverance in striving for peace, that in our words and deeds the world may see the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Readings  Leading Our Liturgy - 4 Epiphany
Roger Berner, Pastor                                               
Federico Teti, Director of Music
Janice Crawford, Assisting Minister 
Vincent Dello-Iacono, Acolyte
Diana Truss, Lector  
Nikos Andreadis & George Martin, Videography
Linda & Jerry Urick, Coffee Hour
Laura Boehm, Gladys Dello-Iacono, Fabiola Knight, Kate Laber, Irene Wood, Altar Care 
Charles Kietzman, Michael Liu, Jerry Lockwood, Richard Swenson, Ushers



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.




Organ Recital and Reception with Federico Teti
Save-the-Date: Friday, March 10th at 7:30 pm. Federico Teti, Director of Music at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, and graduate of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music, Rome and the Julliard School, New York, will perform at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 12 Franklin Avenue, Port Washington. A free will offering is suggested.



 Bishop Eaton & Abrahamic Leaders Condemn Anti-Christian Hate in the Holy Land

January 19, 2023
We stand together as Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders in the United States to condemn the recent rise in anti-Christian hate in the Holy Land, including the vandalism of a Protestant cemetery on Jan. 1, and graffiti threatening “Death to Christians” that appeared last week both in and near the Armenian quarter in Jerusalem. These and other actions taken to erase the presence of Christians in the Holy Land, which would be devastating to us all. May the God of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar comfort our Christian siblings in the place we all believe is holy and give us courage as we speak with one voice against religious bigotry.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian 
Diocesan Legate and Director of the Ecumenical Office 
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America 
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Union for Reform Judaism
Imam Saffet Catovic
Head of Islamic Society of North America
Office for Interfaith Alliances, Community Alliances, and Government Relations 



  • 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.       


  • Worship Service

    Michael L., Videographer 

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  • Lutheran World Relief

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    Ongoing war, food shortages and economic turmoil are devasting families. For many, the suffering is the greatest they’ve ever experienced. 

    Your compassionate gift will deliver support and care to God’s children around the world, including in Ukraine, where families desperately need shelter, food and medical care, especially in newly liberated cities, where few humanitarian organizations are operating.  

    You will bring God’s love to the front lines of these devastating hardships and show neighbors in crisis that they are not forsaken. 

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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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