News and Announcements

News Items
Stewardship Campaign (11/25)
Volunteers needed for Christmas Eve (11/25)
OSWLC Congregational Voters' Assembly Results (11/18)
Donate Christmas decorations (11/18)
Thank you OSWLC (11/18)
Worship announcement (11/15)
OSWLC apparel - youth fundraiser (updated 11/11)
OSWLC Pastor Profile Search (updated 11/4)
The Angels are here (updated 11/4)
Christmas cards for refugees (updated 11/4)
Why are reservations required? (updated 8/12)
Connect with us (updated 7/8)
Fraudulent emails (updated 6/24)
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Stewardship Campaign

Posted Nov. 25, 2020

God owns it all! That is the teaching of Psalm 24:1 which says, “The earth is the Lord’s.” In 1 Peter 4:10, a powerful examination of how to be a steward of God's gifts to us, in light of any circumstance is shown in verse 10 - "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace."

As the year draws to a close, please take this time to catch up on your donations for 2020. Last fall OSWLC introduced Pushpay to make one-time or recurring donations convenient and secure for members. Recurring donations help provide consistency, certainty, and efficiency to church operations and save you time. As we approach the end of the year, we ask that you prayerfully consider increasing the use of the “recurring” feature in Pushpay to make donations every week, two weeks, monthly or at a designated time that fits your schedule and budget.

Many of you filled out a pledge card last fall. Please take a few minutes to review your annual pledge to ensure you are on target. You may use the Pushpay system or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Finance, at (703)729-9144 to make an end of the year pledge. To allow us to prepare for the coming year, we will be providing the annual “Time, Talent and Treasure” pledge card for you to complete electronically or manually.


Volunteers Needed

Posted Nov. 25, 2020

We are in need of the following volunteers for this year's Christmas Eve worship services:

1:00 pm - Tech Team & Ushers
7:00 pm - Ushers, Acolytes, and Altar Guild
11:00 pm - Acolytes, Altar Guild, Tech Team, and Ushers

If you are able to help serve, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the church office or call (703)729-9144.


OSWLC Congregational Voters' Assembly Meeting Results

Posted Nov. 18, 2020

Dear Members of Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church,

Thank you to all that voted in the annual elections and attended the November OSWLC Congregational Voters' Assembly Meeting on November 15th.  Here is a quick recap of the meeting and voting:

  • Financial Update – FY2021, the pandemic is affecting donations and school enrollments/revenues. To improve finances we will emphasize stewardship and refinance our mortgage. 
    Motion was proposed and approved to “Authorize leadership to refinance our current mortgage with LCEF in a way similar to that proposed by the OSWLC Finance Committee”.
     
  • Senior Pastor Call Committee - Motion was proposed and approved to “Authorize the Mission and Ministry Servant Leaders’ Group to appoint a Call Committee” to call a Senior Pastor.
     
  • Election Results
    • Vice President: Michael Meese
    • Secretary: Gwen Kennedy
    • MMSLG: John Keppel and  Kim Perdos
    • Open Arms BOG: Leslie Apecechea and Jenny Ehlert 

For complete meeting minutes see the meeting minutes section of the OSWLC website.

As always, we continue to move forward, the only way we know how—together in faith.  For we are stronger together, be the light.  John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Blessings,

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Congregational President
 
At Our Savior's Way, we glorify God and make disciples for Jesus by: Forming Relationships, Experiencing Jesus Together, and Sharing God’s Love.


Looking for Christmas Decoration Donations

Posted Nov. 18, 2020

OSWLC is looking for any outside Christmas decorations you may wish to donate to the church. We are specifically looking for any outside religious decorations or outside white lights to decorate the outside of the church. If you are able to donate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly or contact the church office.  


Thank you OSWLC!

Posted Nov. 18, 2020

Thank you to all OSWLC members that donated for this year's Thanksgiving Food Drive to support Loudoun Hunger Relief! Your generosity exceeded expectations, especially during these difficult times. On Monday, the Social Ministry team delivered approximately 185 packed bags to Loudoun Hunger Relief as well as over $4,000 in gift cards for perishable and protein sources. In addition, we had six Loudoun Hunger Relief boxes of extra food items that were donated. Due to COVID restrictions, we were not able to get an exact weight of this year's donation as we've done in the past. With your generous donations, OSWLC also purchased 200 prepacked bags. We sincerely wish to thank all those who contributed food and their time packing and delivering on behalf of the church and Open Arms. God bless you!


Worship Announcement - Sunday, November 15, 2020

Dear OSWLC Members,

We are currently reviewing the announcement made by Virginia's governor on Friday, which implemented new restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are determining how to best move forward and will send you an update as soon as possible confirming our worship service options for next Sunday.

Blessings,
OSW Communications


OSWLC Pastor Profile Survey

Posted Nov. 4, 2020

The Mission and Ministry Servant Leaders' Group (MMSLG) is collecting information from the congregation as we begin the search for our new Pastor. We have created a Pastor Profile Survey in order to:

  • Provide our members the opportunity to reflect on the mission and ministry of the congregation.
  • Gather input for the District President as he collates a call list for our congregation.
  • Inform the MMSLG and Call Committee on the congregation's perspective to assist in developing the church profile.

Please click HERE to take this 13 question survey. We value your input and hope you will take a few minutes to share your opinion! The survey will be available until November 30th.

If you have any questions contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Help Us Provide a Merry Christmas for an "Angel Tree" Child

Updated Nov. 18, 2020

Due to COVID-19, we will be distributing the Angel Tree names and gift requests via a special email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., this year. To request an Angel's name(s), simply contact Penny Payne or Mary Miller via this special email or contact them by phone. We have 157 children this year and are truly grateful for any gifts you can provide.

How to Request an Angel:

You may also wish to donate to the Angel Tree ministry via Pushpay. Simply add your donation amount and in the memo section be sure to indicate "Angel Tree." We are not able to provide the Angel tags to individual donors so we will attach the Angel tags/messages and track when the gifts are returned. If you have any questions or need help in any way, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Mary or Penny directly.

We will be collecting the wrapped gifts via a drive-by drop off at the church on December 5th and 6th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Thank you again for your support of this ministry! 


Christmas Cards for Refugees

Posted Nov. 4, 2020

"You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:33-34
 
Christmas can be a lonely time for many people, but especially for refugees. This year the Missions Committee will be partnering with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Faith Aid, Go Haiti, and the Salaam Isa Muslim Ministries to bring HOPE and JOY to children in detention centers in Texas, the orphanage in Haiti, hospitals in Kenya, and Northern Virginia.
 
From November 8th to December 6th, drop off a Christmas card in English, Spanish, or Creole at the OSW Welcome Center. Consider asking your friends and family or groups with whom you are associated with to join in this opportunity. If everyone in our congregation prepared one or two cards we could reach many hundreds with the joy, the hope, and the peace of Jesus.  
 
In preparing your card, please place a short message within the card itself and sign with your first names only for privacy considerations. The outside of the envelope should be left blank except for those which have been written in Spanish or Creole; please mark the envelope with an "S" or "C". Because of the high cost of shipping, please do not place anything inside of the envelope except the cards. Cards can be homemade or store-bought, in an envelope or not. 
 
If you will not be attending in-person worship, cards can be sent to Emilie Dubert at 22568 Parkland Farms Terrace, Brambleton, VA 20148.
 
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or any member of the Missions Team. God's many blessings to you for considering being part of this endeavor.


OSW Apparel - Youth Fundraiser

Posted Nov. 11, 2020
 
We're throwing a fundraiser through Custom Ink to help raise money to support computer upgrades for our DCEs as the needs for virtual ministry grows. Click HERE to purchase OSW shirts, sweatshirts, or sweatpants, or to make a general donation. The deadline to order is Friday, December 4th.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Why are Reservations Required?

Posted Aug. 12, 2020

You may wonder why you are required to make a reservation to attend church. The reason is simple - the leadership and staff want to ensure you, your family, and all in attendance are as safe as possible. We are required by the state of Virginia to notify all attendees within 24 hours if someone that was in attendance develops COVID-19 symptoms. That is why it is so important that we have the specific names and contact information for everyone in attendance. When you are making your reservation each week, please be sure to include the names of all attendees and their contact information.

The ushers, elders, and staff are doing their best to document everyone making a reservation and attending. Please take the few extra minutes to use the reservation link above to let us know your information. If you are having difficulty, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by calling (703)858-9254.

We thank you for your patience and understanding!


Connect with Us!

Posted July 8, 2020

While we continue to worship online, we'd love to hear from you and know that you are worshipping with us. We ask that you fill out our Connection Card whenever you worship with us as an attendance card. The link to the Connection Card will be on our website on the same page as the worship service. And if you watch on Facebook, the Connection Card link will be there as well. Thank you!

 


Fraudulent Emails

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for additional information on how to recognize and avoid phishing scams. Thank you!

Contact Information

43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
Phone: 703-858-9254
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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.