Abiding Savior

Lutheran Church

 

Welcome To Abiding Savior

Experiencing God in our neighbor, we serve with our hearts and hands.

Abiding Savior, a friendly and welcoming community, celebrates God's presence with us as we serve and share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

"Built on God's Love - Here to Serve"

Worship Schedule

You and your family are invited to worship with us every Sunday! 
ALL ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • Children's Sunday School: 8:30 a.m. (Fall-Spring)
  • Sunday Contemporary Worship: 9:30 a.m.

The office will also be closed.  Please email office@abiding-savior.com for any questions or more information.

 

News and Events

Free Community Breakfast

The pancakes are hot and ready, waiting for you to join us at the next Community Breakfast! We start serving at 8:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Come early because at 10:00 a.m., we close up until next month. As always, breakfast is free and we welcome everyone to join us!

  • April 11th - SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • May 9th

Welcome Pastor Dean

Abiding Savior has welcomed Pastor Dean as our interim pastor.  He is here to help us through the call processes and guide us in the interim.

Pastor Emely in El Salvador 

From Pastor Dean

“Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; God's love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” Psalm 107:1-2.
As we move forward together into an intentional interim at Abiding Savior, I'd like to tell you a bit of my story. I am a native of Storden, MN, where I graduated from high school in 1969. I grew up on a farm and I am of Norwegian descent. However, the only Norwegian words I was taught were “Ya” and “Ufda!” Intermixed within my college years was my service as an U.S.A.F. Aeromedic during the Vietnam Era, Grand Forks, ND. Upon returning to college, I graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, May, l976. Before leaving SDSU for seminary, I earned a Master’s of Education in Guidance and Counseling. I completed this in 1977, then moved on to Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, where I received my Master’s of Divinity in June 1981.

Congregational areas I have served during my thirty-eight and a half years of ordained ministry have included the locales of: Viroqua, Franklin, Franksville, and Mukwonago, WI. Other training and work experience includes: Bible Camp counselor then assistant director before seminary; for 3rd year seminary training = Chaplain Resident at Connecticut Valley Psychiatric Hospital, Middletown, CT; graduate of the Marriage and Family Training Institute, Milwaukee, WI; Pastoral Counselor and Family Life Educator for Lutheran Social Services; term study of Dr. Ed Friedman's understanding of Bowenian Family Therapy and it's application to Congregational Life. And, I believe, I am still one of the few ordained ELCA ministers to be certified in Youth and Family Ministry. For the past nine years I have been providing intentional interim ministry in the Greater Milwaukee Synod and in the South-Central Synod. My last interim site was once a thriving ministry in the Greater Milwaukee Synod. Great facilities, plenty of parking but worship had deteriorated from 380's Sunday average to 110 during a pastoral stint of eleven years. It is now experiencing an exciting time of redevelopment - established during my interim and is being greatly expanded by the gifted leadership of their new experienced pastor. Common statements I received from folk are that I helped create a sense of excitement, helped establish strategies and protocol for more effective ministry, while guiding folk to discern possibilities for the future. And, as interims are expected to work on, part of this process includes addressing particular issues that need to be dealt with – so that the congregation may move more hopefully and effectively into the future. Even though I have, at times, “ruffled some feathers” in striving to help congregations move forward - I have been blessed to be a part of processes that helped my long term congregations, and interim's, to actually stabilize and to grow – in numbers, stewardship and member participation. As Scripture often reminds: the prophets sent by God, even Jesus himself, “ruffled feathers.” If or when this happens, I invite you to visit with me personally. More importantly, I invite all to participate fully in the Discovery Visits which allows you to share your stories.

My family members include my wife Karen, who also is “retired” but is still doing interim's. She was a co-pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, WI, for twelve years before retiring. Karen has more hobbies than I, but both of us enjoy hiking, biking and camping in our RV. Son, Micah, manages a “temp agency.” Daughter, Erika, is a registered nurse. Both families include two children.

I thank God for the blessings of God’s grace and purposes, and for the blessings of family and purposeful ministry. I look forward to a shared, mutual ministry as interim – based on God's hope, love, and purposes in Christ. Pastor Dean M. Natterstad

P.S. I encourage all to read the summary of interim tasks provided in the Greater Milwaukee Manual.

The Colors of the Church Year

Have you noticed how, occasionally, changes are made to the decorative cloths adorning our altar, pulpit and lecturn? What you may not know is that these decorated fabrics have a purpose which dates to the 15th century. They are called paraments: ceremonial church adornments. Abiding Savior has five sets of paraments – blue, white, purple, red and green. Here is what the colors mean for us:

  • Blue is the color of hope. It is used during the four weeks of Advent, the season which begins the new church year.
  • White is the color of light, perfection, joy in Christ and purity. It is used for Christ festivals: Christmas, Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus, Transfiguration and the Sundays of Easter, Ascension, All Saints and, finally, Christ the King Sunday which is the last day in the church year.
  • Purple represents repentance and solemnity. It is used for the season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.
  • Red represents the fire of the Holy Spirit. It also symbolizes blood, martyrdom, and love. It is used for ‘minor’ festivals: Palm/Passion Sunday as well as Maundy Thursday, Pentecost, Reformation, ordination and other celebratory church events such as dedications, anniversaries, etc.
  • Green represents growth in faith, nourishment and life. It is the most used of the parament colors and appears for ‘ordinary’ days which occur during the seasons from Epiphany to Lent and again from Pentecost to Advent.

Donations of Quilting Materials

Wanted! Blankets, sheets, and quilts are wanted by the Quilters.
Donations of clean materials can be dropped off in the quilting room at any time. Thank you!

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Contact Abiding Savior

5214 West Luebbe Ln | Milwaukee, WI 53223-4398
Ph: 414.354.4514 | Fx: 414.354.4510
Email: office@abiding-savior.com

Church Office Hours
Monday, Thursday, & Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed