Upcoming Summer Celebrations
There are no summer doldrums at OSL! As soon as school’s out, the festivities kick in! June 2nd is the Annual Summer Picnic. Details will follow, but we try to turn the Bethlehem house backyard into a fellowship, funhouse, and cookout. And right in the middle of summer comes the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Leipzig Debate with Johann Eck. We’ll turn Our Savior into Auerbachs Keller, the Leipzig inn and pub where Luther stayed and often discussed debate strategy with his cohorts. Who won the debate? You will win if you join us on July 14th at 5:30pm to offer a toast to good ole’ Marty Luther and another 500 Reformation event.
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“THE STORE THAT HAS EVERYTHING”
Lander’s Mercantile was not your typical hardware store. You didn’t really walk into Lander’s just to buy faucet fixtures.
Landers didn’t just sell things.
It built relationships.
For 126 years, “since 1889,” Lander’s built relationships in our community.
For 126 years, on the corner of Town East and Belt Line, it was “the store that has everything.”
After a fire in 1994, Lander’s Mercantile was the store that lost everything. But it was rebuilt and changed its name to Kearny’s Store. But it did not change its identity, its charm, and its sense of history. Unfortunately, Kearny’s Store closed three years ago. It couldn’t compete with the Wal-Marts, Lowe’s, and Home Depots. Kearny’s Store closed its doors and now sits as a ghostly presence on an empty lot. After 126 years, it is a great loss.
But the loss is not only Kearny’s Store. The loss is a loss to our community. No computerized hyper-hardware store with mega-inventory, headquartered in Atlanta, marketed in New York, can replace what Kearny’s stocked on its shelves.
Its aisles were crowded with stories. On its rafter hung memories.
Women’s shoes from the 20’s… hand-crafted saddles… sewing drawers with antique spools of thread… nuts and botls of all sizes…
On the day it closed, people spontaneously shared stories.
“Remember when Scootum had Bar-B-Q for everyone on Kearny’s 100th Anniversary?” “The best market for farming needs in the Mesquite area!” “They always let the kids pet the ponies and sheep on Sunday afternoons.”
Kearny’s was more than a general store. It was a landmark that offered a sense of community and identity and pride.
Kearny’s is gone now. It cannot be replaced. Can the same be said of Our Savior Lutheran Church?
If Our Savior were gone tomorrow, would anyone notice?
Are we a landmark of identity and belonging for our community?
Does the motto on our “store front” offer welcome? What do we stock on our shelves? Do we “sell things” or build relationships with God?
In just a few months, Our Savior too will celebrate 50 years of service to our community. Will the community be filled with memories and stories of how Our Savior made a difference in their lives? What we do now will tell the story of Our Savior well into the next century.
Not that we can do a 50-year plan of course, or that we can be “the church that has everything,” but we can be the “store” that gives community and identity and belonging.
Kearny’s was “the store that has everything.” Now it is gone.
But Our Savior is just beginning. Our Savior is not just a “general store.”
It is a community landmark lifting high the cross of Christ—since 1969.