Upcoming Events

Have a Heart for Jesus and kids?

We currently have Grace Place teachers for each grade/age level but are in need of one more teacher for our 4-year-old class, kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade. Ideally, we would like to have two leaders in each classroom to allow for more support for the children, their families, and each other as leaders. Contact Barb Yarbrough at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to help.


2019 High School Fall Retreat

November 1st through 3rd, 2019
Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center

Registration Deadline: September 29th

This High School fall retreat will be a Quake-style retreat with other churches from the Northern Virginia Area. It will be an event you don’t want to miss! To register, submit the registration form with your payment to Ray Dubert.  

Cost: $125—Covers food and lodging for the weekend.

For additional details and to register, please go to www.oswlc.org/2019HSRetreat.

Questions? Contact Raymond Dubert at (703) 858-9254 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The OSWLC Experience

We hope you are enjoying  “The OSWLC Experience.” If you missed our weekly newsletter you can view the latest issue at oswlc.org by clicking on the "Publications" section under the "Members" tab.

If you or a family member would like a printed copy of The OSWLC Experience and sermon notes to be mailed, just contact the church office by phone at 703-858-9245, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Weekly archives will be posted online, so you can always get a copy if you miss one.

We hope everyone will benefit from this enhanced weekly communication. Please take one home!



Sunday Morning Bible Studies at 9:30 am

Bible Study in the library with Louis Schaffer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - In-depth Bible study where we feed on God's Word to empower our faith, life, and love. This class will decide what book they will study.

Lead Like Jesus in room #5 with Caroline Broemmer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - Dr. John Townsend, psychologist, leadership expert and co-author of the New Your Times bestselling Boundaries, shows you how we need the fuel of "Relational Nutrients" from others, and, in turn, we can then provide them to others. People Fuel outlines the twenty-two relational nutrients we all need to cultivate good relationships that provide energy, focus, and the support you need to succeed.

Discussions in Family Life in room #4b with Ben Scarboro (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Luanne Flom (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Back to Basics: The ABC's of Christian Living by John MacArthur. This class will be focusing on. This is a timeless six-week survey of the bedrock principles of Christianity-and how to anchor our life to them.

Faith Connect in room #3 with Pastor Mike Delancy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - This is a six-week membership class that begins on September 29th for those new to OSWLC and for anyone who wishes to review the basic teachings of the Christian faith. Faith connect will help you connect to God, to Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, and to new friends.

exploreGod in room #9 with Jonathan Halls and Pastor Peterson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - This is a seven-week class and the goal is to provide a safe environment where members can seek credible answers to challenging spiritual questions. Questions include: Does life have a purpose? Is there a God? Why does God allow pain and suffering?


New Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study - "Making Sense of the Bible"

Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Library

Join Pastor Mann as he begins a new DVD Bible study – Making Sense of the Bible. This series features Adam Hamilton discussing his ideas in six sessions.


New for the Fall - Doing Life Together Groups

This fall we are starting a new series of small groups at Our Savior’s Way called "Doing Life Together" or DLT groups. A DLT group is not a Bible study, but a group where people can have honest conversations about faith, share their understanding of God, and the purpose of life. These groups will meet in people’s homes, in restaurants, at work, or wherever people are comfortable and can share fellowship with each other.

Each DLT group will focus on these five questions:

  1. Seeking the Kingdom – How did you see God at work this week?
  2. Hearing from Jesus – What has Jesus been teaching you in His Word?
  3. Talking with People – What kind of conversations have you been having with people to share your faith?
  4. Doing Good – What good can we do around here?
  5. Ministering through Prayer – How can we help you in prayer?

Our goal is to start five new DLT groups this fall. Please keep this ministry in your prayers.

For more information, contact Pastor Peterson.

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What Are DLT Groups?

As Our Savior’s Way is working towards our new mission and vision, we recognize the need to restructure our Doing Life Together (DLT) Small Groups to better meet the relational and spiritual needs of the people here at our church and in our community. These groups are different from those that are based on one topic or a Bible study, which are likely to come to an end after a series is over. Instead, DLT Groups are focused on forming relationships and giving people the opportunity to be fully known by one another in a Christian community just as God intended when He created us. DLT Groups are structured in a way to allow people to meet together where everyone is comfortable, including friends who don’t attend church. As a group gets larger, after at least a year of developing close relationships, it will intentionally split to form new groups so each individual can continue to feel heard and cared for, which is difficult with a larger group.
 
All DLT Groups will discuss the sermon each week and use the same set of questions to focus on our mission statement: “At Our Savior’s Way, we glorify God and make disciples for Jesus by: Forming Relationships, Experiencing Jesus Together, and Sharing God’s Love.”

If you are interested in learning more about these groups or becoming a leader of one of these groups, please contact Pastor Eric Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Emily Sonstroem at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Daney Carlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Ray Dubert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On August 18th, there will be a Group Connect Event to help you choose a group that fits your needs. We hope you will join a DLT group!

DLT Groups

Below are the DLT groups that are beginning this week. If you have not already signed up and wish to do so, please contact the DLT group leader below.

Purcellville area– Led by Jonathan and Sharon Halls. The day and time have yet to be determined. Contact Sharon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Youth Parent DLT - 4:30 pm Sundays at Starbucks at Broadlands Center Plaza - Led by Kristi Newton. Contact Kristi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Multi-generational group in Ashburn - Wednesday Evening at 7:00 pm. Led by Daney Carlin. This group will meet for dinner.
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Multi-generational group in Ashburn - Wednesday Evening at 6:30 pm. Led by Emily Sonstroem. Contact Emily Sonstroem at
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Sterling area - Saturday afternoons or evenings. Led by Gilbert and Cecilia Kajuna. Contact Gilbert and Cecilia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brambleton area - Fridays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Led by Ray and Emily Dubert at their home. Contact Ray and Emily at
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Gainesville area - Tuesday evenings. Led by Jim Burgess and his wife, Nancy Rector. Contact Jim and Nancy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Missed a Sunday at Church?

Listen to the Lutheran Hour if you can’t come to church. It is broadcast on WFAX 100.7 at 11:00 am or 10:00 pm. Or listen to it as part of your devotional life. Every Sunday brings a new Gospel message.

Looking for the sermon notes and text? Go to the OSWLC website, under the “Connect” tab to find them. The Sunday publications are also on the website under the “Member” tab.


Church Nominating Committee

OSWLC is holding elections for church officers and members of the Mission and Ministry Servant Leaders’ Group (MMSLG) and the Open Arms Board of Governance at the November Voter’s Assembly.  In preparation for that election, we are forming a Nominating Committee to identify individuals to be candidates for these very important positions. 

If you would like to serve on the Nominating Committee or have suggestions for candidates, please contact Congregation Vice President, Michael Meese, at (571) 388-8777  or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


It's Okay to Be Human

We’re brought up to be strong, self-sufficient, independent people. We tend to think that if we ask for help, it’s a sign of weakness. So we try to keep our struggles hidden, stuffed deep inside. However, that’s not God’s plan. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” God wants us to care for others—and allow others to care for us in our time of need. If you’re sad or struggling inside, don’t suffer alone. Ask for help. We’ve got a team of Stephen Ministers who are ready to listen, care, encourage, pray, and help you through a tough time. Men are matched with men and women with women. It’s completely confidential too! To find out more about Stephen Ministry for you or someone you know, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Carol Rosicky or Kay and Tom Lewis.

Tom and Kay Lewis, (540)338-8259
StephenMinistry.oswlc.org


New Ladies' Tuesday Evening Bible Study

The ladies' Tuesday evening Bible study meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month and they will be studying The Faithful - Heroes of the Old Testament.

In The Faithful - Heros of the Old Testament, you will explore pivotal moments in the lives of five of our Old Testament predecessors. Strengthen your faith as you walk alongside Gideon, Nehemiah, Esther, Hosea, and Malachi as they chose to obey God, no matter their circumstances.

Questions? Contact Ramona Meese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


New Crossways Class – Genesis through Revelation

Thursdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, in the Library

Ever wish you had a better grasp of the message of the Bible and how the message relates to you and your family? Crossways is a faith enriching, life-changing course that will offer you a road map for an unforgettable journey through the entire Bible. Crossways focuses on God’s clear message of salvation in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Students will have a chance to read the whole bible, see how the different books are connected to God’s message of hope and salvation, and understand how Jesus fulfilled the scriptures and God’s plan to bless all generations with God’s redeeming love.

To register or to get more information contact Pastor Mike Delancy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


How Happiness Happens – New Monday Evening Bible Study

This class meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month in the Music Room from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

How long has it been since you felt a level of contagious, infectious, unstoppable happiness? In a recent survey, only 1/3 of Americans said they were happy. How can this be? Education is accessible to most. We’ve advanced in everything from medicine to technology. In this 6-session study, taught by Pastor Mann, based on a book by Max Lucado, we will discover an unexpected path to a lasting happiness that produces reliable joy in any season of life. How Happiness Happens is based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research. It presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out.

We hope you will attend!


Rise Against Hunger Event October 6th from 8:00 am to 12:15 pm

Set-up at 8:00 am, Meal Packing 9:30 am and 11:00 am, Clean-up 12:15 pm

Rise Against Hunger provides a hands-on opportunity for the congregation, friends, and neighbors to serve by packing needed meals for distribution in third world countries. Volunteers are needed to unload the truck, pack meals, and clean-up after the event. We have $2,780 left to raise in order to pay for the 25,000 meals we will be packing.

How Do I Register or Donate?

  • Online: You can register for the event and/or donate funds for meals by clicking on events.riseagainsthunger.org/OSW. Online registration and giving will close on September 30th.
  • At Church: You can sign up in the Narthex during September or provide donations through envelopes provided in the Narthex. Donations can be made via check to Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church with “Rise Against Hunger” listed in the memo line.

Questions? Contact Gwen Kennedy at (703)347-2862 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


exploreGod

WE ALL HAVE QUESTIONS

We all have questions about God, faith, and purpose. What if there was a safe place to ask? There is now! It’s called “exploreGod.” You can participate by listening to the sermon series or joining the exploreGod discussion group, led by church member Jonathan Halls, a professional facilitator, beginning today at 9:30 am in the Great Room. 

For 7 weeks we’ll explore these questions: Does life have a purpose? Is there a God? Why does God allow pain and suffering? Is Christianity too narrow? Is Jesus really God? Is the Bible reliable? Can I know God personally? Each week is an independent discussion so feel free to attend every session or come as you are able.

Take an exploreGod postcard and invite a friend or neighbor to join us for the sermon series, discussion group, or both. Postcards are located in the Narthex and at the Welcome Desk.

We are excited about this new series and hope you will consider participating.


Crescent Project Support Raising

Banquet to benefit Metro D.C. Area
Coordinator Yvette Moy

Saturday, November 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5952 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

You are invited to attend the Crescent Project’s banquet to support Yvette Moy. Beverly Hill Gaussiran will be the guest speaker. Come see and hear how God is moving globally and locally and support Yvette’s mission.


Organ Re-Dedication Concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church

September 21st at 5:00 pm

You are cordially invited to a re-dedication of the Wicks pipe organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5952 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA, on Saturday, September 21 at 5:00 pm.

For more information, please contact St. John's Church Office at 703-971-2210 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Heart Health - Do You Know Your Numbers? Stop in This Sunday and Find Out!

Did you know that 1 in 3 people, about 103 million adult Americans, have high blood pressure also known as Hypertension, but only about half of them have their blood pressure under control? High blood pressure is the leading independent risk factor for heart and kidney diseases as well as strokes, heart attacks, and heart failure. Knowledge and self-care are critical to managing high blood pressure and improving health outcomes.

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a project titled “The Effect of Hypertension Education on Knowledge, Lifestyle Behavior and Blood Pressure in a Faith-Based Setting.” The purpose of this project is to determine if an evidence-based, self-management education program would improve knowledge and self-care activities related to the management of high blood pressure among parishioners. To be eligible to participate in the project, parishioners must be age 40 and over AND have a self-report diagnosis of Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, OR taking blood pressure medicines OR have a blood pressure of 130/80 or over when taken at a screening session. Participation in this project is voluntary and involves attending one screening session, attending 2 educational classes, attending one follow-up session, filling out surveys and getting your blood pressures taken.

This project will be led by Lynda Goodfriend, RN, MSN, a member of OSWLC and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice student at George Washington University and in collaboration with Pastor Peterson, OSWLC member and nurse, Marie Pfancuff, and Dr. Pearl Zhou, Professor at GWU. 

Project schedule details:

Blood pressure screening/enrollment: Sunday, September 22nd and 29th after each service in Pastor Justin’s old office.

Two 1-hour educational classes:
First class: Sunday, October 13th at 10:30 am or 12:30 pm 
Second class: Sunday, October 20th at 10:30 am or 12:30 pm 

Follow-up session:
Sunday, November 3rd at 10:30 am or 12:30 pm 

All classes and follow-up sessions will be held in Room 9 at OSWLC.  A healthy lunch will be provided at the educational classes. Questions about this project can be directed to Lynda Goodfriend at (703)727-8831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” - 3 John 2.


First Connect Luncheon and Fellowship

Sunday, September 22nd, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
The Great Room

If you are new to OSWLC and desire to learn more about our congregation, our ministry, meet the members of our staff, share time in fellowship, you are invited to attend this event planned just for you. First Connect is the first step along the discipleship path at OSWLC. It is a good opportunity to ask questions, learn information about various ministries, and to meet new friends. Childcare is available if needed. Please register with Pastor Peterson.

Pastor Peterson
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A New Faith Connect Class

Beginning September 29th at 9:30 am
Room #3

Faith Connect is the first class in the OSWLC discipleship series. This is an informal discussion group that lasts for six weeks on Sunday mornings in room #3. Faith Connect will help you connect with new friends, develop a closer relationship with God, have a deeper understanding of the Christian faith, and allow you to become more actively involved in God's mission. This class is geared toward answering the questions and needs of the participants. Everyone is welcome!

Everyone interested in church membership or baptism is asked to take this class. Below is a schedule of each week’s topics:

September 29th—Faith is All About Relationships
October 6th—Faith is Centered on the Gospel
October 13th—The Visible Gospel/Sacraments
October 20th—The Work of the Holy Spirit
October 27th—Who are the Lutherans?
November 3rd—God’s Vision for OSWLC

For more information, contact Pastor Mike Delancy.

Pastor Mike Delancy, (757)298-1536
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Mosaic Virginia's 25th Anniversary Gala —“Heroes Among Us”

November 12th at 6:30 pm
The Washington Dulles Hilton

You are invited to sit with us at our OSWLC and Lutherans For Life tables. We are excited to hear and meet the featured speaker, Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director, author of the book upon which the blockbuster hit movie “Unplanned”, was based, and founder of “And Then There Were None.” There is no charge to attend this event, although Mosaic welcomes your generous donations to help continue their mission to help women and families.

Northern Virginia Lutherans for Life and Our Savior’s Way have reserved tables. You can search for our tables, and reserve your seat with our groups on the registration page. This event is almost full, so register now for free atmosaic-virginia.org/gala.

Questions? Contact Kevin Dantuma at (808)234-3378 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Donna Pople at (724)713-6306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Missions Update

 
Thanks to all for your generous donations for Hurricane Dorian relief - we have collected well over $1,000 and there is still money coming in. Please remember to write "Hurricane Dorian" on the memo line of your checks. We are currently exploring the best way to assist those in the most dire needs and are currently focusing on the Bahamas. While we are working with the SouthEastern District office and other Lutheran Disaster organizations to determine OSWLC's best option, we would appreciate any input from the congregation. Our goal is to distribute any funds we have in the next few weeks.

The Missions Team is seeking someone to be the point of contact for hurricane and other disaster response efforts. If you are interested in this area of service or would like to be a part of our vibrant mission efforts at OSWLC, please contact Penny Payne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bill Pfancuff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
 
The Missions Team is currently able to support eight mission activities on a regular basis through financial support, prayer, and volunteer efforts, and may consider additional one-time grants as resources are available. We support the congregation's strategic goals and objectives for increased opportunities for mission trips both internationally and within the US, and have sponsored trips to Guatemala, Haiti, Emporia, Virginia, and Crisfield, Maryland. We continue to support trips to these areas and will consider new areas as we become aware of them. The mid-week email now features information for each of our mission support activities on a rotating basis - please take a look as you have time!
 

Training for Ushers, Readers, and Communion Assistants

October 19th at 9:00 am
Sanctuary

If you are interested in becoming an usher, reader, or communion assistant, please join the elders on Saturday, October 19th at 9:00 am in the sanctuary for training.

We hope to see you there!

Chili Dinner & Music Benefit Concert

We hope you will join us for a chili dinner & music benefit concert on October 19th. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by music at 7:00 pm in the OSW Great Room. Bring a pot of chili or salad to share.

Donations will benefit a new keyboard for the sanctuary. Donations checks can be made out to OSWLC by noting "Benefit Concert" on the memo line.

We hope you will join us!

Contact Information

43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
Phone: 703-858-9254
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Sunday Worship Services

8:00 AM – traditional
9:30 AM – traditional (1st, 3rd Sundays)
9:30 AM – contemporary (2nd, 4th Sundays)
11:00 AM – contemporary

Holy Communion celebrated at all services
Nursery available 7:45AM — noon

9:30 AM – Bible study and Sunday School
11:00 AM - Bible study

Our Mission

At Our Savior's Way, we glorify God and make disciples for Jesus by: Forming relationships, Experiencing Jesus together, and Sharing God's love.