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,
For the past couple of months, we have been blessed with an opportunity to host a radio program on Sierra Wave Radio (92.5 and 96.5 FM in Inyo and Mono counties). The program is 30 minutes long and includes a brief service, utilizing sermons from previous years for the current Sunday of the Church Year, followed by a short lesson taken from the 6 chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism (The Ten Commandments, The Apostles’ Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion). The program airs Sunday mornings at 7:30.
This is a wonderful opportunity for those who are not able to physically go to church on those particular Sundays. It is also a good opportunity for those who can and want to hear more of God’s Word. The program also includes an updated listing of the Bible Studies we will be hosting for the upcoming week. Please join us.