CHURCH LIFE GROUPS

Our Savior’s “Church Life” does not only happen on Sunday mornings. It happens throughout the week at the church, at people’s homes, as well as lots of other locations. Church Life Groups were developed to help you find your place in the life of the congregation. To fully be engaged in the Gospel of Christ, we encourage all to grow in their spiritual maturity by being meaningfully involved in three different aspects of Church Life…

  • Mind (Learning: Bible Study, Education, etc.)
  • Body (Serving: Service Opportunities)
  • Soul (Connecting: Discipleship, Fellowship)

Please note:

  • Dates /Times are subject to change. Please call the church office, to verify the information provided. Office: (503) 399-8075 e.308

  • Baxter Hill Community Hall (BHCH) is located on the church property, up the stairs. The building is behind the house located across from the garden plots.

Interested? Please contact Sarah Aguilar, Director of Church Life at [email protected]

MIND (Learning: Bible Study, Education, etc.)

Leader: Dan Lioy, Professor
Day / Time / Location to meet: Sundays,  9:45 a.m., in Rooms 205/206
Introduction: This is an in depth study of the Bible. Pastor Dan, Biblical Professor, begins a year-long Master class on the book of Revelation. It is perhaps the most misunderstood book in Scripture.

Leader: Pastor Jody Becker
Day / Time / Location to meet: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Rooms 205/206 (Please enter through the Church Office.)
Introduction: Pastor Jody Becker dives into the Bible, exploring and understanding why we believe, what we believe. 

Leaders: Pastor Tom Hux or Pastor Jody Becker
Day/Time/Location: Sundays, 9:45 a.m., Gym
Introduction: In order to encourage our congregation to be more intentional in living out the Great Commission, the Pastors are introducing this Life-to-Life discipleship experience. An important part of this initiative is engaging our congregations in learning how to have discipling conversations with others in ways that are faithful and natural. This Life-to-Life discipleship class is intended to be an experience rather than a course. Yes, it will engage the mind in sound learning but the ultimate goal is to change hearts and implant a deep desire to live out the Great Commission in our personal and congregational life.

Leader: Pastor Tom Hux
Day / Time / Location to meet: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Baxter Hill Community Hall          
Introduction: Pastor Tom Hux leads this group. This is a lecture with group discussion format. Biblical topics vary.

Leader: Bill Distad
Day / Time / Location to meet: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Library
Introduction: The Prayer Forum is a group that is passionate about prayer and sharing of God’s Word in group discussion. We learn from each other, challenge each other and pray for each other.

Leader: Nancy Merzenich
Day / Time / Location to meet: Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Baxter Hill Community Hall
Introduction: We study a book of the Bible using the inductive study method from Precept Ministries International by Kay Arthur. The inductive study method will teach you how to interpret Scripture and to apply God’s truths to your life. This study requires homework. 

Leader: Pastor Jody Becker
Day / Time / Location: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m., Library
Introduction: Pastor Tom Hux, Pastor Jody Becker, and/or Professor Dan Lioy dives into the Bible text for the upcoming Sunday’s scripture.

Leader: Hannah Zelmer
Day/Time/Location: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Off-site
Introduction: This group is made up of women in their mid 20’s to mid 30’s, married or single. This Bible study is held at participants’ homes. 

Not seeing something that interest you? Want to start your own Church Life Group? Please email Sarah Aguilar, Director of Church Life at [email protected]

BODY (Serving: Helping Others)

Leader: Maren Frith
Day/Time/Location: Seasonal, times varies, Sanctuary
Introduction: The alcove behind the altar is decorated seasonally.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry? Someone who enjoys and works well with others. An eye for detail and creativity is a plus. There is some lifting and ladder work for those who are comfortable with these duties.

Leader: Helen Bagley
Day/Time/Location: Schedule is flexible as to when one can set up the altar and communion in the Sanctuary.
Introduction: Have you ever wondered how the candles on the altar stay full of wax, or how the cloths get changed, or communion set up? The Altar Guild works behind the scenes in this ministry.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry? We are looking to add to our volunteer list. This is an easy commitment of only a few hours here and there. We set up before Sunday and clean up after services on Sunday.  There are a few random days in the year but mostly this is it. Set up takes about a half hour and clean up is about the same. Scheduling is done in three month blocks so there are no surprises. Training just takes generally one time and there are instructions to follow and always others who you can call on for help or guidance. Please let us know if you would like to join us. 

Leader: Maren Frith
Day / Time / Location to meet: Varies
Introduction: Church Office Volunteers consist of Receptionist, Offering Counters, Monday Morning Sanctuary cleanup, one-time tasks such as mailings, folding or office volunteer substitute. During Christmas, the office needs volunteers for church decorating. 
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Looking for people who have a heart for hospitality. Volunteers should feel comfortable speaking to people and are willing to go out of their way to help everyone feel welcomed and assist people when needed. Confidentiality, along with flexibility is very important for the success of the volunteers.

Leader: Rachel Hagfeldt
Day / Time / Location to meet: Monthly meetings, dates/ times and location varies
Introduction: Health Ministry volunteers check and assess Blood Pressure on Sunday mornings. They provide follow up visits on surgeries, illnesses and mental health crisis. They make weekly phone calls to members in needed. They organize Health Fairs, workshops and guest speakers.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Anyone who has a health background or is interested in visiting shut ins. This ministry is also for people interested in wholistic health, along with providing support for spiritual, mental and physical needs.

Leader: John Eastman
Day / Time / Location to meet: Hosting families for 3 weeks per year
Introduction: Our mission is to help families experiencing housing instability achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. ~ FamilyPromisemwv.org
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who is friendly, accepting of others, outgoing, able to start conversations with strangers who are homeless, without prying into their personal lives. We also need volunteers to prepare meals for up to 15 people during our hosting weeks.

Leader: Diane Hawkins

Day / Time / Location to meet: Selected Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Choir Room

Introduction: Join us in the Choir Room behind the Sanctuary on Tuesdays for Choir rehearsal. This is a time for rehearsing for upcoming performing and fellowship.

Who would be a good fit for this ministry? Anyone who enjoys singing with a choir, along with performing for worship and other events. No tryouts or invitation needed. Just show up.

Leader: Barbara Warren
Day / Time / Location to meet: Days & times vary.  Library
Introduction: When new material comes into the library, we as a group look through the books to see if they will be a good addition to the church collection. We also go through the current books to see if they are still being checked out. We send out overdue reminders.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who loves to read and wants to keep our library in good order. Also someone who would like to help guide the content of the books.

Leader: John Eastman
Day / Time / Location to meet: First weekend of the month – we set up a table with LifePaxs on Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. LifePax are to share with people who have food insecurities.
Introduction: “Life Pax is designed to effect social change and present the reality of Jesus Christ to those in need, including homeless, or hungry individuals in our community and across the nation by replacing monetary handouts with a single meal, a message of encouragement, and practical social service resource information, thereby – ‘Feeding the body and nourishing the soul.’” ~ LifePax.org
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who would be able to answer congregational questions and explain that LifePax are to be given to those perceived to be in need of  a simple meal.

Leader: Sarah Aguilar
Day / Time / Location to meet: Varies, Church
Introduction: Our Savior’s has a Little Free Library on it’s street corner for children in the neighborhood.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who values encouraging children to read and wants to keep the Free Little Library in good order and well stocked. Some review of donated materials will be needed.

Leader: Sarah Aguilar
Day / Time / Location to meet: Semi-Annual meetings at the church, date and time varies. Those individuals who are “Lighthouses” call their neighborhood households on their own time and schedule.
Introduction: Connecting church goers with people in their neighborhoods. This is also a network to be able to reach out to people if there is ever an emergency, such as ice storms, forest fires or mass flooding.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
A flexible person. Someone who feels a calling to serve others in the neighborhood. This person also must be comfortable making monthly or quarterly phone calls.

Leader: Becky Davis
Day / Time / Location to meet: 4th Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m., Library
Introduction: Praying for and sending greeting cards to people in need of support. Some people write the cards, some make cards, while others help with administration duties like collecting addresses.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who enjoys fellowship and the value of encouraging others. Someone who likes to write and send cards. For those who are creative, making cards is also part of this ministry.

Leaders: Karen Gigstad and Merry Davidson
Day / Time / Location to meet: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Church
Introduction: These sewers supply Lutheran World Relief with quilts. Veteran Homes and Salem Habitat are also supplied with lap robes or lap quilts. Pillow cases are made to be given to Salem Promise, an organization that houses homeless families. Quilts are also made for other ministry needs.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who likes to sew. A flexible person, who is able to work with suggestions from others.

Leader: Mary Rose Lawson
Day / Time / Location to meet: TBD
Introduction: The Prayer Ministry Team is a group of people who pray with anyone who comes forward after the Sunday service ends. We try to rotate individuals so they are not doing this after service more than once a month.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who believes in the power of prayer. We ask for people to be comfortable with praying out loud with individuals who have a prayer request.

Leaders:  Rachel Hagfeldt
Day/Time/Location to meet: 3rd Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Library
Introduction: This group is for those who know how to knit or   want to learn to knit. Prayer Shawls are given to people who are needing a little support. Bring needles and yarn of your choosing.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who cares for others. Someone who wants to share their skill of knitting to others who would like to learn.

Leaders:  John Eastman and Linda VonDeylen
Day/Time/Location to meet: We host blood drives about four times each year in the gymnasium or at Baxter Hill Community Hall. The blood drives are typically five hours long.
Introduction: The Red Cross has an on-going need for blood to be used for those who need transfusions during medical procedures.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
During the blood drives we need two shifts of three volunteers each to check-in donors, escort donors from cots to refreshment table, and someone at the refreshment table.

Leader: Sarah Aguilar
Day / Time / Location to meet: Sundays, before, during and after Worship services.
Introduction: Sunday Morning Volunteers consist of Ushers, Car/Outdoor Greeters, Information Center Volunteers, Scripture Readers, along with Worship and Communion Assistants.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Looking for people who have a heart for hospitality. Volunteers should feel comfortable speaking to people and are willing to go out of their way to help everyone feel welcomed and assist people when needed.

Want to VOLUNTEER for Sunday mornings? Please click on the link.

Not seeing something that interest you? Want to start your own Church Life Group? Have an idea on how to serve others? Please email Sarah Aguilar, Director of Church Life at [email protected]

SOUL (Connecting: Discipleship, Fellowship)

Leader: Pastor Jody
Day/Time/Location: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Library
Introduction: This will be an opportunity for conversation and reflection, this study will focus on the power of community. (Books may be found on Amazon or call your local book store for assistance.)  

Leader: Rachel Hagfeldt 
Day / Time / Location to meet: 4th Sunday, 9:15 a.m.to 10:45 a.m., Baxter Hill Community Hall
Introduction: The Caregivers Support Group is open to anyone interested in how the body, mind, and spirit are needing support as we care for a loved one, family member, aging neighbor or serve in the community as a volunteer. The group offers resources such as  in- home care, respite, mental health, encouragement, and spiritual support. We welcome anyone interested in aging and support for all ages. Anyone who has been a caregiver or may be in the future will be benefited and welcomed.

Leaders: David and Rachel Flugum
Day / Time / Location to meet: Weekly on Mondays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Baxter Hill Community Hall (Group will resume in the Fall of 2022)
Introduction: Faith & Family Matters often focused on fellowship and time together. Their studies vary, but often focus on family and marriage. They are families with children between 1st—9th grades. They are a fun and casual group that enjoys spending time together. Their fellowship includes, frisbee golf, hiking, or just having dinner together.

Leaders: Bruce and Debbie Moyer
Day / Time / Location to meet: Usually does a Spring and Fall Campout. 
Introduction: This is an RV group. Although when we camp where there are cabins, we have had participants join us. All members are welcome. If they have a campout where tents are allowed, tent campers would be welcome also.

Leader: Nancy Merzenich
Day / Time / Location to meet: First Tuesday at someone’s home.
Introduction: This Life Group starts with snacks, personal conversation and prayer. The Holy Spirit leads our conversation, so we do not have a study as such.

Leader: Clark Tiecke
Day / Time / Location to meet: Varies
Introduction: We are a group of men (Men Of Our Savior’s Excursions) of all ages who meet together for fellowship events. All men are welcome. 

Leader: Sarah Aguilar
Day / Time / Location: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m., Library
Introduction: Discover your ‘repurposed and upcycled’ life. Rayburn will help you see how some of your greatest disappointments, mistakes, and hurts can be beautiful treasures from God. Part memoir, part inspiration and self-help, this book will help you: * Unpack emotional baggage and deal with the past * Confront perfectionism and negative attitudes * Change your perspective on your circumstances * Let go of regret and shame * Build positive healthy relationships * Dream big and live with purpose.

Leader: Sarah Aguilar
Day / Time / Location:  1st Monday of the month, 10:30 a.m., BHCH (We do not meet on Mondays that are Holidays)
Introduction: This is a time for fellowship and refreshments. Sometimes there are guest speaker, activities or just time to catch up with one another.

Leader: Bill Distad Day / Time / Location to meet: Thursdays, 11:10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Sanctuary Introduction: Join us in the Sanctuary on Thursdays for Hymns, Readings, and Prayer. This is a time for reflection and meditation. It is a time to praise and worship with others during the week.

Leader: Rodger Magnuson and Russell Latham
Day / Time / Location to meet:  Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m.to 8:00 a.m., Baxter Hill Community Hall
Introduction: We are active older men, each of whom has a strong faith in our Lord and are very supportive and encouraging of each other.

Leader: Joan Gladow
Day / Time / Location to meet: Varies
Introduction: We are a group of women of all ages who meet together for fellowship, along with Seminars and Women’s Retreat. All women are welcome.

Leader: Sarah Aguilar
Day / Time / Location: Varies
Introduction: We are a group people who consider themselves as ‘Young at Heart.’ We usually meet once a month for fellowship, special events and off-site gatherings.

Not seeing something that interest you? Want to start your own Church Life Group? Have an idea for a fellowship event?  Please email Sarah Aguilar, Director of Church Life at [email protected]

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 
not giving up meeting together… but encouraging one another…
Hebrews 10:24-25