About Us

Our Savior Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the ELCA. We work with other ELCA congregations of the Nebraska Synod in ministry efforts from Scotts Bluff to Omaha, Valentine to Falls City. We are a young congregation, but our history dates back over 100 years. We are Redeemer Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church together now as OSLC.

Our ministry in Wayne and the surrounding area is sharing the good news about God in the manner and method that same good news about God was shared by Jesus. We don’t measure up, but the Holy Spirit continues to encourage us, lead us, in the right pathways of grace and mercy.

We worship at 5:30 PM  each Saturday night and at 10:00 AM each Sunday morning. We gather mid-week for worship during Advent (December) and Lent (Spring) as well as on church holidays including Christmas, Holy Week prior to Easter, and secular holidays such as Thanksgiving. We have an excellent Cross+Generational Sunday School program (GIFT-Growing In Faith Together) for children and youth with access to one of the best summer camps in the world! Activities and ministries for adults are plentiful and provide meaning and friendships that can last a life-time.

 

Our Mission Statement: That all may know Christ, grow in Christ, and joyfully go with Christ calls us to grow in five ways:

  • Warmer through fellowship
  • Deeper through discipleship
  • Stronger through worship
  • Broader through ministry
  • Larger through evangelism

Because God has graced us through Jesus Christ:

  • We believe we receive God’s love and proclaim God’s love for all people.
  • We believe we experience God’s presence among us as we live in community with one another.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit is alive in us in worship and in daily life.
  • We believe in helping people discover, develop, and use their spiritual gifts to glorify God and to serve others.
  • We believe in relevant Biblical teaching that enables spiritual growth and transforms lives.
  • We believe in the stewardship of God’s gifts of time, talents, and possessions.

Worship is central to achieving our  mission.  We are a community of believers called by the Holy Spirit to gather to hear the preaching of the Gospel and to share in the holy sacraments instituted by Christ himself.  Through God’s presence, the music, the praise, the listening, the learning, the praying, the cleansing, the giving, the fellowship and the resulting inspiration, we are called to leave worship to witness and to serve in His name.

 

 

Our Philosophy

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Supper
Our Savior celebrates the Lord’s Supper every weekend. We practice open communion, which means it is not necessary to belong to this faith community to take communion.

Our Baptismal Faith
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

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History

Our Savior Lutheran Church came into being as the result of a merger between St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, organized in 1881, and the German Evangelical Church (later renamed Redeemer Lutheran Church) established in 1889. Language (German and English) was the issue that initially separated the two congregations.

On Saturday, June 18, 1994, a fire that ravaged the Redeemer building hastened the merger that was already being studied. St. Paul’s opened its doors and heart and welcomed the people of Redeemer to use their facility. Later that year both congregations voted in favor of consolidation. The constitution for the new church was adopted at a Joint Special Congregational Meeting on December 4, 1994, and Our Savior Lutheran Church came into being. The first worship service of the congregation was held on January 1, 1995.

Our Savior Lutheran Church has had a number of significant developments occur since the merger, the most significant being an addition to the existing building (which included a new sanctuary, narthex, offices, and multipurpose room), purchase of adjacent lots  and construction of a  parking lot, and purchase of the former Wayne Public Library (to be used for youth ministries).

Throughout the years of our existence we have had excitement and joy with our pastors as well as sadness and disappointment. Other areas of concern have had to do with worship styles, ministering to our elderly population, and youth participation in the life of our congregation.

Even with several changes in pastors and staff, our history reflects the many wonderful and faithful ministries that have guided our mission and vision in the community of Wayne and Nebraska. Our Savior’s Women of the ELCA, Visitation Ministry group, Sewing women, VBS, Sunday School, youth camping trips to Colorado, and participation in the ELCA Youth Gathering  have remained active and strong. We have made mission trips to Montana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Mississippi to help build or renovate specific projects for Native Americans, survivors of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, our ELCA camps, Habitat for Humanity, and our sister congregation in Tanzania.

We are pleased to have opportunities for our members to become involved in programs that are a central part of Our Savior: Bible Studies, Sleeping Mat Ministry, Pies 4 You and Faith Builders.

With God’s help Our Savior Lutheran Church will continue to serve its members and reach out to those in need. We are a congregation that believes in our mission: That all may Know Christ, Grow in Christ and joyfully Go with Christ.

 

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Service Times & Directions

  • Saturday 6:00 PM - Worship
  • Sunday 8:00 AM - Worship
  • 9:15 AM - Coffee Hour
  • 9:30 AM - Sunday School and Adult Education
  • 10:30 AM - Worship
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Our Savior Lutheran
Fifth and Main Streets
421 N. Pearl Street
Wayne, NE 68787