Who We Are
We are a community of faith and a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gathered at Our Savior Lutheran Church.
We confess and proclaim Jesus of Nazareth as Our Lord and Savior. The Bible is our Holy Scripture which we interpret based on Lutheran tradition. Our identity is received through Baptism, we are nourished by Holy Communion and we live by the power of the Holy Spirit. We find our salvation by grace, God’s gift of love, through faith in Jesus Christ.
Our faith is nurtured through worship, education, fellowship and service to others. As followers of Jesus we serve the people and communities of the Upper Connecticut River Valley and beyond. Through faith we are connected to all of God’s children, leading to respect for and acceptance of every person.
It is by our example, evident in all that we do, and by our testimony that others may come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Our liturgical life is rooted in the Lutheran tradition yet we welcome innovation in our worship. This is seen in the following ways:
- The weekly celebration of the Eucharist.
- The use of both traditional and modern liturgies and hymns.
- The inclusion of children in our worship and the availability of a nursery during worship.
- The use of liturgical dance and dramas.
Our educational life is faithful to the Bible and Lutheran Confessions. It is intended to strengthen our faith and guide our thinking as we face the challenges and opportunities of contemporary life. We are enriched by the following educational opportunities:
- Annual Summer Vacation Bible School for the entire community.
- Sunday School for children and high schoolers.
- Confirmation instruction for young adults.
- Book studies on a variety of topics on Sunday mornings and during the week.
- Bible studies by the Mary-Martha Society and by members of the congregation.
Our service to the people of the Upper Connecticut River Valley and beyond is demonstrated in many ways. We enjoy close relations with other churches, educational institutions and social service agencies. Some of what we do includes:
- The provision of community dinners.
- Partnerships with The Haven, LISTEN, WISE, Headrest, Bread for the World, Hannah House, Habitat for Humanity, Good Neighbor Health Clinic, Hospice of the Upper Valley, and various Lutheran agencies.
- We provide meeting space for High Horses (a therapeutic riding program), Education for Ministry (EFM, a program of theological education-at-a-distance, and Opera North (in the summer). We also host regular music instruction and occasional outside groups and events, such as Toastmasters, using or taking place at OSLC. Area groups are welcome to utilize or rent space with us; if interested, contact the church at (603) 643-3703.
We enjoy Christian fellowship in the following ways:
- After Sunday worship coffee and snacks.
- Frequent pot-luck meals.
- Shrove Tuesday celebration and an annual church picnic.
- Foyer Movement Groups.
As a Lutheran student center we provide a lively community of fellowship with students of Dartmouth College and its related schools.
- Students actively participate in worship and congregational activities.
- Lutheran Student Fellowship meets regularly.
- Congregational members form special relationships with students.
All that we are and all that we have are gifts from God. We are called to be grateful and faithful stewards of these blessings. To carry out our mission, life in the community of faith of Our Savior Lutheran Church involves disciplined and joyful self-sacrificial giving of time, talents and money.
Whom We Seek to Become
First and foremost, we seek to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and proclaim the Gospel to others. Among those for whom Jesus Christ has no meaning or an unclear meaning we hope to foster Christian education. We seek to promote learning which enhances Christian faith. We seek to promote the connection between a life based on faith in Jesus Christ and action regarding life’s personal and worldly challenges. We seek to involve our members in partnership with other people both locally and globally, to work with increasing energy for a more just and compassionate world. We seek to celebrate the lives and gifts of all students regardless of level or institution. Specifically we intend to enhance our ministry with junior high and senior high youths and to encourage closer relationships between college students and members. We seek to become an even more welcoming, inclusive community. We seek to have our liturgy and music allow for easier and more spirited participation. We seek to become a facility that is fully handicap accessible. We seek to increase the amount of space available for nursery, Sunday School, Confirmation Class and Adult Education. We seek to contribute to the larger Church by greater participation in Lutheran and ecumenical activities and by helping in the development of future leadership. We seek greater use of our property to benefit the life and programs of the congregation and the community at large. We seek to exercise ongoing self-reflection. Adopted in 2000.656