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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



Pentecost 2

June 11, 2023

at the 
Lutheran Church of Our Savior


Holy Communion

10:00 am




Let us pray, 
O God, you are the source of life and the ground of our being. By the power of your Spirit bring healing to this wounded world, and raise us to the new life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


Hosea 5:15-6:6

God desires steadfast love


Romans 4:13-25

The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith


Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

Christ heals a woman and raises a synagogue leader’s daughter



Leading Our Liturgy - Pentecost 2
Roger Berner, Pastor                                              
Federico Teti, Director of Music
Janice Crawford, Assisting Minister 

, Acolyte
Isabella Ertel, Lector

Noreen DeSalvo, Coffee Hour

Laura Boehm, Gladys Dello-Iacono, Fabiola Knight, Kate Laber, Irene Wood, Altar Care 
Luke DePalma, Charles Kietzman, Michael Liu, Jerry Lockwood, Richard Swenson, Ushers



In Our Daily Prayers

Christ’s Church   
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, Central African Republic, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Israel, Myanmar, Palestine, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Ukraine, Yemen, and the United States.




A Weekly Adult Forum continues this Sunday, June 11 Sermon Feedback

We will continue the good news of today’s gospel from your experience and perspective. The class will meet downstairs in the Conference Room.


Happy Fathers’ Day

With Whipped Cream and Strawberries On Top!  Yes, the Grace Guild will be serving strawberry shortcake during Coffee Hour on Sunday, June 18, complete with those luscious Long Island grown red, ripe, and delicious strawberries and fresh mounds of whipped cream!  We hope you can join us as we celebrate and give thanks for all our fathers, and remember Our Father, from whom all blessings flow!  A free will offering will be collected for our Mission Partners.  

See you in church!


Public Examination of the Confirmands

Holy Trinity Sunday, June 4, 2023

Vincent Dello-Iacono, Roman Ertel, Pastor Berner, Nico Kothe, Sandra Dello-Iacono

Our Confirmands were examined on their knowledge of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible - they all got 100% correct! Bravo!!


The list of questions is attached HERE.

See how many of the questions you can answer - without looking the cheat sheet!
































  • 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 

    Click image above to see previous worship services

  • Lutheran World Relief

    Dear Members of LCOS,
    I have some exciting news for you! A group of caring donors have put together a $200,000 matching gift challenge! That means you can double your gift RIGHT NOW!
    When you make a donation by June 30, your gift will be matched - dollar for dollar - to reach our poorest neighbors suffering from hunger and malnutrition right now.

    You can deliver lifesaving nutrient-rich food, clean water, safe shelter, school supplies, medical care and more for our neighbors in desperate need. Your gift will be matched - dollar for dollar - until the full $200,000 match amount is met.


    In Christ,

    David Speckhard

    President & CEO

    Lutheran World Relief


    Send your gift to:; or by calling1-800-597-5972;

    or by check to: Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061.

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

  • A Thank You

  • Stephen Ministries





    Dear Lutheran Church of Our Savior,

    We all could benefit from more empathy in our lives. Making an empathetic connection with others can have a powerful effect in all areas of life. But empathy doesn’t just happen—we need to be intentional about preparing ourselves to offer it.

    This Caring Tip shares three essentials for cultivating the kind of mindset that will enable us to empathize effectively.

    Click to Read More









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