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There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person -- questions, complexities and all.  Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

Lutheran Church of Our Savior

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

12 Franklin Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050

Phone 516-767-0603

Website lutheranchurchportwashington.com

email lcosoffice@optimum.net

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lutheranpw/


Summer Church Office Hours

Please note that during the summer the Church Office will be open on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays

between 9 am and 3 pm.


Church Office - Sue Waiter

Pastor - Roger Berner

Director of Music - Federico Teti

Custodian - Marvin Mora

Facilities Use Coordinator - Linda Murphy




   There's a place for everyone at Our Savior to be involved and make new friends through small group ministries, fellowship events, and committees for the congregation's life and mission.  Membership is voluntary and personal.

   Persons join when they express the desire to affiliate.  Adults may join formally the congregation by either a letter of membership transfer from another Christian congregation or by adult Confirmation.

   The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated with this understanding: that the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine; and, that the penitent receive the full forgiveness of all their sins. All baptized Christians who, in good conscience, can receive with this understanding are invited to partake.

   Baptisms and weddings are conducted as needed. A church wedding requires a couple to spend a period of time preparing for marriage in consultation with the pastor.

   An elevator and access ramp are available for entering and exiting the building. Refreshments are usually served after worship on Sunday. In warmer weather, the church is air-conditioned for your comfort.


This Week At Our Savior's Church

This Week at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Today Pentecost 3 – June 26 with presentation on the work of the Synod
10 am        Holy Communion with Farewell & Godspeed for Renée & James
11:15 am    Coffee Hour
10 am Bible Class
Next Sunday Pentecost 4 – July 3
10 am Holy Communion
11:15 am Coffee Hour - in Narthex and Front Patio

Looking Ahead at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Jul 9 Men’s Growth Group Breakfast, Landmark Diner, 8:30 am
Jul 26 Finance & Endowment Team, 7:30 pm
Aug 9 Transition Team, 7:30 pm
Aug 15 DEADLINE for September newsletter submissions (to Denise DePalma)
Mask Policy

The Church Council has adopted a new policy about wearing masks.

For all activities in the church building, masks will be recommended, but not required.
     We understand that this may affect you one way or another.  Some will be happy to see the masking mandate dropped as health concerns and following protocols have led to wanting to be able to not wear a mask in public.  However, some with other health concerns and anxiety/general worry may be concerned about their own health.
We encourage people to make the best decisions they can given their own knowledge /concerns.  We continue to encourage safe health protocols in addition to masking:
1.    Individual small groupings of people (i.e. committee meetings) may decide on their own to enforce the masking policy as a collective whole.
2.    Hybrid meetings (online option) will still be an option groups can use.

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Pastor Roger Berner

Our Interim Pastor                                                                                             

I grew up on the Great Plains, in the fifth largest (14,007 people) metropolitan area in South Dakota – Watertown.  We lived on the edge of  “town”, and had a huge garden – or was it a small farm?  We had a tractor and a plow to turn the soil over in the spring.  My father ordered 1,000 tomato plants and 3,000 cabbage plants from Georgia every spring.  We also grew carrots, onions, cucumbers, squash, corn, beans, peas, beets, and potatoes.  The entire garden was surrounded by hundreds of peonies.

I enjoyed planting the corn and potatoes, because I did that with my father.  He dug the hole and I threw in a few kernels of corn or some old smelly potatoes cut up with “eyes” sticking out.  I did not enjoy weeding the garden.  In fact, the weeds usually won out toward the end of the summer, but the harvest was nonetheless bountiful and delicious.  Growing up, I never tasted sweet corn that was more than 15 minutes old.  My father picked the corn, I husked it, my mother cooked it, and we all ate it together.  My father would also take me with him to seine for minnows, or to go fishing and hunting.  While driving, my father quizzed me on what crop was growing in each field we passed.  He would point to the right or left and I would say:  corn, wheat, barley, flax, soy beans or rye.  The most difficult to distinguish were wheat and oats – they look so much alike.  My favorite crop was flax (linen is made from flax, as is the fine paper used for Bibles), because when it was in bloom it looked like a blue sea.

Joseph and Mary must have taught Jesus about agriculture because his parables were filled with images of “the farm” – mustard, sheep, grapes, goats, mint, wolves, wheat, doves, barley, dogs, olives, cows, and lilies.  My mother, Sunday School teachers, pastors, and professors taught me the parables of Jesus; but I came to understand his parables through what my father taught me in the garden and the fields.

I studied history at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and continued on at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.  While at seminary I organized a “summer internship” outside of Phoenix, doing youth work and going door to door, inviting people to “Come and See!” the new mission church.  I also served as “the Vicar” at Zion Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York for my official internship.  Those two places were very different, but both were filled with amazing, wonderful, and faithful members who were also my teachers.

I was ordained in January at my home congregation in South Dakota.  It was  -27 degrees (-69 degrees wind chill factor), and no one even suggested postponing the service.  St. John Mark Lutheran Church in Homestead (Pittsburgh), PA had called me as their Pastor, and I served there for 9 years.  Then Trinity Lutheran Church in North Bethesda, MD called me, where I served for 28 years until October 2018.  Both were places of faith, hope, love, and great joy for me.  After a year of retirement, the Interim Bishop of New York asked if I would serve as the Interim Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Pleasantville, NY – a delightful experience to share the good news of Christ in Westchester County with a wonderful congregation, even through the challenges and learning opportunities of a pandemic. 

Now I have begun a new adventure of faith in Christ Jesus – getting to know and love the people of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Port Washington.  I trust that we will laugh and cry, work and play, sing and pray together during this “in between” time for LCOS, as we continue to trust in God’s grace and mercy to lead us into a future of Spirit-led ministry.       


Father's Day June 19, 2022





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Pentecost Sunday





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Proclamation of the Gospel "in other languages" as on the first day of Pentecost


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The Weekly Caller

Pentecost 3 - June 26, 2022
with Presentation of the Work of the Synod
and Farewell & Godspeed for Renée & James

at the 
Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Holy Communion

10:00 am

Let us pray, 
Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.     

Leading Our Liturgy This Sunday 
Roger Berner, Pastor                                                   
Federico Teti, Director of Music
Linda Polizzi, Assisting Minister
James Mena, Acolyte
Renée Wicklund, Lector
Pia Haselbach & George Martin, Coffee Hour
Laura Boehm, Gladys Dello-Iacono, Fabiola Knight, Irene Wood, Altar Care 
Charles Kietzman, Michael Liu, Jerry Lockwood, Richard Swenson, Ushers

Sunday, June 19th,  we recognized our LCOS graduates with prayer and the service of Farewell and Godspeed as they continue their education or start their careers, and a celebration at Coffee Hour, sponsored by the Grace Guild.

High School Graduates, Class of 2022

Catherine C. Schreiber HS, PW University of Delaware
Luke D.      Schreiber HS, PW Johnson and Wales University
Sean D. Schreiber HS, PW Michigan State University
Katie V-C. Schreiber HS, PW University of Buffalo
Jenny V-C. Schreiber HS, PW University of Buffalo
Annabelle R. Schreiber HS, PW  
Tim W. Roslyn High School Stonybrook University


In Our Daily Prayers

Christ’s Church   
our Congregation, Lutheran Church of Our Savior
our Synod, Metropolitan New York Synod and Bishop Paul Egensteiner
our Church, the ELCA and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton         
our Lutheran World Federation and President, Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus

God’s World   
especially for peace in: Afghanistan, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Israel, Myanmar, Palestine, Russia, Syria, Taiwan, Tonga, Ukraine, Yemen, and the United States.

Bishop Eaton Participates in Emanuel Nine Commemoration

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join faith and government leaders on June 17 to mark the seventh anniversary of the racially motivated shootings at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The leaders will participate in a commemorative Bible study event that will kick off a yearlong Bible study across the country.  
The theme for the livestream event, “What Kind of Soil Are We?,” is taken from Mark 4:1-20, the Bible passage the Emanuel Nine were studying on the night they were murdered by Dylann Roof (who was raised in an ELCA congregation). The text is commonly known as the Parable of the Sower, and alternatively as the Parable of the Soils.  Christian leaders across the nation will use the commemorative event to study the parable and lead discussions critical to this time as race, history and politics intersect.
To honor this day, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted a resolution to establish June 17 as the “Emanuel 9 Commemoration and Day of Repentance,” honoring the martyrdom of The Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, The Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, The Rev. Daniel L. Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Myra Thompson.  Pinckney and Simmons were graduates of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., one of the ELCA’s seven seminaries.
Watch the June 17 Bible study event. 

A Message from Bishop Egensteiner


Dear Siblings in Christ,

Our hearts are broken, once again, at the most recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. With the psalmist, we cry out, “How long?” I pray God will once again bring comfort and we would resolve to end the conditions that cause such pain and loss. This prayer is from the ELCA worship resource, All Creation Sings: 

Lord Jesus Christ, your own mother looked on when your life ended in violence. Our hearts are pierced with grief and anger at the death of individuals lost to the mass shootings in Buffalo, NY; and Uvalde, TX. We commend the slain to your wounded hands, and their loved ones to your merciful heart, trusting only in the promise that your love is stronger than death and that even now, you live and reign forever and ever. 

Peace in Christ,
+Bishop Egensteiner 

Lutheran World Relief is answering the call through a dedicated effort aimed at providing the displaced citizens of Ukraine with emergency items and medical supplies.  Founded in the late 1940s by Lutherans in the United States to help those left homeless by World War II, the Lutheran Relief Fund still operates around the world today to address the ravages of war and global poverty. A video that highlights the work of Lutheran World Relief can be seen at: https://photos.lwr.org/?r=31511&k=6e96207dbe.

Donations can be made securely:
1.    at www.lwr.org/congregations
2.    by sending a check and donation form to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061, or 
3.    by calling 1-800-597-5972 to make a secure credit card donation. 
Lutheran World Relief is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  Your gift is tax deductible.