Church Office Closed on Memorial Day
Posted May 23, 2023
Our Savior's Way and Open Arms will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of the Memorial Day.
This Memorial Day, let us remember and honor all those who sacrificed for this nation and the freedom that we enjoy.
Thank you OSWLC and Open Arms Families!
Posted May 25, 2023
Thanks to your generosity, we provided more than 1,700 diapers to families in need in Loudoun County. We also delivered more wipes and self-care items then we could count to INMED USA in Sterling, Loudoun Hunger Relief, and Mobile Hope in Leesburg. It is a blessing that Our Savior's Way and Open Arms can be an instrument of God's grace to our community.
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2023 Graduate Information Needed
Posted May 15, 2023
It is graduation season, and our church family would like to celebrate this important milestone! If your son or daughter is graduating from high school or college,
• School Graduating From
We will be gathering this information to include in a slideshow on June 11th. Please submit your information no later than June 1st.
Confirmation Students: Sign Up for Statement of Faith
Posted May 25, 2023
All current 8th grader will share their personal Statement of Faith during a church service this fall. Sign up for a service here!
Each Statement of Faith needs to be reviewed two weeks prior to presenting it to the congregation.
Confirmand Info Needed
Posted May 25, 2023
Attention 8th Grade Parents! All Confirmands need to send the following information to
Register for VBS
Updated Apr. 10, 2023
VBS is Stellar!
All kids ages 3 1/2 through completed 5th grade are invited to join us at our Stellar Vacation Bible School this summer!
5:45 pm to 8:00 pm; optional dinner at 5:15 pm
Spots are limited, so sign up now! $30 for the first child, $25 for siblings, and a maximum of $80 per family. Register your child to attend or volunteer to help out via the newsfeed in Realm or by clicking on the button below.
If you have questions, please reach out to
Transfer E-Giving from Pushpay to Realm
Updated Apr. 26, 2023
All Pushpay giving will end on June 30, 2023. If you have recurring donations, they will not transfer over to E-Giving in Realm. Be sure to accept the Realm invite, if you hadn't already, and set up your E-Giving by clicking on "Giving" in the left column in Realm.
After setting up Realm E-Giving, be sure to cancel any recurring Pushpay donation. If you do not remember your Pushpay password, or if you need a new Realm invite to be sent to your email, please contact the
Organ Fund Update
Updated May 4, 2023
Update: We have received two proposals for the new organ. They both offer $8000 as the trade-in of our current organ. We will be evaluating these proposals over the next month.
We have set up an Organ Fund on Realm and Pushpay so that you can designate funds toward this project. Be sure to select "Organ Fund" from the drop-down menu when you make a contribution.
Contributions received for the Organ Fund through April 30 total $13,375.
Our current organ was perfect for our congregation when we moved into our first worship space over 23 years ago. We have since moved into a larger sanctuary and organ technology has also changed dramatically in the past 25 years. It's time for an upgrade and we have begun to collect funds to make this happen.
Currently, our organists are talking with two organ vendors to select the best organ for our sanctuary at the best price. They recently visited a church near Fredericksburg to see, hear, and play a potential organ model (pictured below). They found that the organ sound was excellent and well-balanced, as it uses digital samples of organ pipes.
God’s Faithful Stewards
Updated May 25, 2023
Knowing that God is the Creator and Provider of all things motivates us to worship him with our faithful stewardship. As faithful stewards, we acknowledge God as the source and owner of everything. We are merely managers or caretakers of his property that is on loan to us. In our faithful stewardship, we seek to use our lives and blessings according to his will. We understand that our main purpose is to serve and glorify him. We seek God’s wisdom and strength to fulfill our stewardship tasks, and we are aware of our need to be responsible and accountable. The reward for our faithfulness will come from hearing God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23).
Prayer: Lord, as I read and study your Word, I pray that your Spirit will enlighten my heart and mind so I may draw closer to you and more closely understand your will for my life. May my stewardship give you honor and glory. I pray this in the precious name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.
Praying for Ukraine
Updated Jul. 27, 2022
Our church continues to pray and collect donations for emergency humanitarian relief to aid Ukrainian refugees and those impacted by the ongoing violence. From the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, the generosity of OSWLC and other congregations across the country to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has been overwhelming. We saw our Ukrainian neighbors fleeing their homeland, children, and belongings in tow. We saw refugees separated from loved ones, in strange new countries, and your donations provided them with emergency supplies and support to rebuild their lives after destruction. To see how your LWR donations are making a difference in the Ukrainian crisis, please take a look at a special edition report from Lutheran World Relief, which can be found at oswlc.org/LWRReport. Thank you for your compassion, prayers, and incredible generosity.
In addition to LWR, our Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) has been able to respond quickly by meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of those in Ukraine and those fleeing that country in the following ways:
- The LCMS has issued grants for humanitarian aid and refugee support in parts of Romania, Latvia, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
- The LCMS is providing transitional housing through subsidized rent at a residential complex in Romania – nearly $300,000 has been set aside to cover expenses for the next two years. The Synod is evaluating the possibility of purchasing a second residential complex in Romania for the same purpose.
- An LCMS missionary is offering ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to help displaced Ukrainians in Brasov, Romania. The ability to understand and speak English, the “trade language” there, will help refugees find employment and acclimate to life in a new place.
The LCMS continues to focus on planting churches and teaching the Lutheran faith – especially for displaced people seeking comfort and relief for their souls. The work to meet physical needs is very important, but the LCMS’ work differs from secular humanitarian organizations in that we share a far more critical resource – the proclamation of God’s Word, especially the precious Gospel.
- LCMS' partner church in Germany, Selbständige Evangelisch—Lutherische Kirche (SELK), has created a position to manage the church's refugee care programs.
- Two floors at the Old Latin School (OLS) in Wittenberg, Germany (a project of the LCMS), are being rented for refugee housing. SELK intends to plant a church in the OLS to have Divine Services in English and Ukrainian. The pastor there will also provide Lutheran catechetical instruction for refugees and others in Wittenberg.
- A Lutheran school in Slovakia immediately accepted displaced Ukrainians in the early stages of the war. This school continues to provide a Christian education for refugee children. The LCMS has provided support for this to continue.
Refugees fleeing Ukraine have lost loved ones, parents, children, homes, and livelihoods. The LCMS strives to share what is needed most — the comfort and peace that only Christ can provide.
Many Christian organizations are working on this huge humanitarian crisis and the OSWLC Missions Team will consider which Christian organizations and individual missionaries that are involved with Ukraine relief to donate to. If you’d like to contribute, checks should be made out to OSWLC with "Ukraine Relief" in the memo line. You can also donate at oswlc.org/Pushpay—please indicate it is for "Ukraine Relief" in the memo line.
Posted Jun. 24, 2020
Lately there have been several fraudulent emails sent to OSWLC church staff and members that look like they are from the leadership of OSWLC. Scammers are very good at creating fake emails that are difficult to distinguish from the real emails we receive from various companies and contacts on a daily basis. Other churches in our area have been targeted as well, and sadly some have fallen victim to these email scams.
Please be extra cautious if you receive an email asking for a favor, to pay an invoice, buy a gift card, or anything that requires your financial attention, especially when the message tells you to not contact the sender due to being in a meeting or being too busy. The staff, leadership, and pastors of OSWLC never send personal emails asking for this type of assistance. Be sure to look at the sender's email address and not just the name listed on the message. All staff emails will have the @oswlc.org extension.
Unfortunately, scammers use information available on our website and social media to pose as staff in an attempt to scam you out of money. We cannot take contact information off of our website and publications, but we can educate our members on being aware of these types of scams. Please be vigilant and watch for these types of emails. If you receive something suspicious or are uncertain of the validity of an email, please forward it on to