Welcome to Our Savior Lutheran Church
Greetings in the name of Our Savior, the risen, ascended, living Lord Jesus Christ. I am Dale Jaech, and I am the new resident pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church. I must beg your indulgence while I become familiar with modern tools such as face book and web pages. I am happy to have this opportunity to make your acquaintance.
Perhaps you had a chance to read the biographical information that was posted earlier. The sum of it is, that I am what’s known as a “second career” pastor. That means that I worked in some other occupations before beginning formal theological training (at the age of 50) for the pastoral ministry. Those occupations included the US Navy, addictions recovery counseling, and long haul trucking. I haven’t just been around the block – I’ve been across the country and around the world. Now the Lord has called me to one of the most beautiful places in His creation: the Owens Valley. The majestic scenery of the Eastern Sierra gives new meaning to the words of Psalm 121: “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” I can scarcely imagine the emotions of the early settlers as they faced such looming obstacles on their way west. Indeed, the call to serve members of Christ’s Church with the Gospel; to encourage and to guard their saving faith in (what used to be, for me) a faraway place, is a daunting task for a mere man. But when we know that “He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep” (v.4) and when we see how He has preserved this congregation of Our Savior through Word and Sacraments, our confidence finds its right source and eagerness supplants fear. The Lord has promised to “guard [our] going out and [our] coming in from this time forth and forever” (v.8). We look forward to sharing the joy of His providence and of His salvation through Jesus Christ as we go out and come in among our new neighbors in Bishop.
Becky and and I feel the awesome scenery of Bishop is matched only by the warmth of the welcome we have received. Along with our grandniece, Casey, we look forward to making ourselves at home here.
I will be working to keep the web site up to date, so check back often; and your feedback is welcome! Until later,
Our Savior Lutheran Church was blessed with an opportunity to host a radio program on Sierra Wave Radio (92.5 and 96.5 FM in Inyo and Mono counties). Pastor Gullixson initiated regular broadcasts in 2015 and Pastor Jaech (after cresting the learning curve) is continuing these broadcasts. The program is 30 minutes long and includes a brief liturgy of confession, prayer, and the Scripture texts and sermon for the current Sunday of the Church Year. The program airs Sunday mornings at 6:30.
This is an opportunity to remain connected with the congregation and with God’s Word for those who are not able to attend church on a particular Sunday. It also serves those who can and want to hear more of God’s Word. The program also includes a schedule of the Bible Studies available during the following week.
Our objective is to make available on public media meditations on God’s Word in a format similar to what is experienced in our scheduled worship services. We hope that this will make those who are without a regular church home comfortable enough to join us in person at a Sunday Divine Service. The radio broadcast will also serve our members who may be unable to attend a given Sunday service. And we hope that it will become a gentle way of engaging friends and neighbors as they hear the same message we hear in the pews of Our Savior Lutheran Church: forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life are God’s free gift through Jesus Christ.
Please join us.