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There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person -- questions, complexities and all.  Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

Lutheran Church of Our Savior

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

12 Franklin Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050

(516) 767-0603




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.




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, rye or barley.  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 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.       


This Week At Our Savior's Church


This Week at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 22
10:00 am        Holy Communion
11:15 am         Coffee Hour
10:00 am         Bible Class - on the Book of Acts
6:00 pm           Confirmation Class
8:00 pm           Choir Rehearsal

Ascension Sunday / Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 29
10:00 am        Holy Communion
11:15 am         Coffee Hour

Looking Ahead at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior
Wednesday, May 25   Ascension Eve Holy Communion (by Western Nassau Conference)
                                    7 pm, at Ascension Lutheran Church, Franklin Square, New York
Saturday, June 4         Don Winston & Friends XII, 4:30 - free brass concert at LCOS
Tuesday, June 7          Mutual Ministry & Transition Team, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 12          Parsonage Open House, 2:00-5:00 pm, at 59 Orchard                                                             Farm Lane, PW 
Friday, June 17            Organ Concert, Federico Teti, 7:30 pm, at LCOS

Church Calendar
Mask Policy

The Church Council has adopted a new policy about wearing 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:
1.    Individual small groupings of people (i.e. committee meetings) may decide on their own to enforce the masking policy as a collective whole.
2.    Hybrid meetings (online option) will still be an option groups can use.

The Weekly Caller




Easter 6 - May 22, 2022
at the 
Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Holy Communion
10:00 am
Let us pray, 
Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.     
Readings  Leading Our Liturgy This Sunday 
Roger Berner, Pastor                                                   
Pia Haselbach, Assisting Minister
Federico Teti, Director of Music
James Mena, Acolyte             
Linda Polizzi, Lector
Liz & Chris Carrington, Coffee Hour
Laura Boehm, Gladys Dello-Iacono, Fabiola Knight, Irene Wood, Altar Care 
Charles Kietzman, Michael Liu, Jerry Lockwood, Richard Swenson, Ushers
In Our Daily Prayers

Christ’s Church   
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.


As we collectively and individually pray for peace in Ukraine, many of us are asking ourselves what more can we do to support the plight of our global neighbors who are suffering. Images of families leaving behind everything they own and fleeing from violence only tell half a story -- these same families are now in need of immediate aid including food, water, shelter, clothing and medical care.
Lutheran World Relief is answering the call through a dedicated effort aimed at providing the displaced citizens of Ukraine with emergency items and medical supplies.  Founded in the late 1940s by Lutherans in the United States to help those left homeless by World War II, the Lutheran Relief Fund still operates around the world today to address the ravages of war and global poverty.
We are providing this information as a resource to those who don’t know where to begin when it comes to helping and ask that you consider joining the appeal.
Donations can be made securely:
1.   at www.lwr.org/match
2.   by sending a check and donation form to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061, or
3.   by calling 1-800-597-5972 to make a secure credit card donation. 
Lutheran World Relief is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  
Your gift is tax deductible.



Organ Recital and Reception

with Federico Teti

Graduate of Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music, Rome

and the Juilliard School, NYC

Director of Music at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Port Washington, NY


7:30 PM





free will offering



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