August 27 marked as a special day of the Our Savior Lutheran Church family. On this day, the birth of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) began through a special convocation gathered in Columbus, Ohio. The NALC is committed to shaping its life around four attributes: Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven, Traditionally-Grounded, and Congregationally-Focused.
The Convocation adopted a constitution and elected provisional leaders for the NALC. The Rev. Paull Spring of State College, Pa., was elected as bishop of the NALC. Spring served as the bishop of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 14 years. Arlon Retzloff, Sarah Buetow, and Pastor Norm attended this national gathering as voting delegates.
The NALC is a renewed Lutheran community moving forward in faith and mission, focused on living out Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples. The NALC as a church body will enable congregations to carry out its mission and ministry faithfully.
Last month on Dec. 18th and 19th, Our Savior Lutheran Church was visited by Bishop Paull Spring. This visit was the first visit the congregation experience from a national standing bishop. On Saturday evening, he gathered with council members and their family at the Staghorn restaurant over supper. Sunday morning began with an open forum with members of the congregation. Bishop Spring shared a few words and then invited the congregation to ask question about the North American Lutheran Church. Later, he preached in worship and presided over Holy Communion. Bishop Spring thanked the congregation for taking a leap of faith by joining the North American Lutheran Church before the church was born.
He, also, thanked the members for their faithfulness to God, and their support of Word of Life Lutheran Church in Maryville, Tennessee. Word of Life is a mission congregation who began worship services last October. Our Savior Lutheran Church reached out last November to support this mission congregation. Pastor Bramlett, who is serving Word of Life, wrote to the members of Our Savior Lutheran Church on Dec. 11th. The letter read, “We wish to express our heartfelt thanks for opening your hearts with a generous gift.”
Bishop Spring primary function is to be the spiritual leader for congregations, its church council leaders, and its pastors. His special visit was Three Rivers was blessing to the Our Savior Lutheran Church family.