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Service Times: Sunday 9am, Wednesday 6:30pm
395 E Iola St. Iola, WI 54945 (715)-445-2666

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA meets at Our Savior Lutheran Church each Friday evening at 7:30pm, in the basement.

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Please feel free to contact Eugene Voie at 715-445-3399 for information or visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website: aa.org

Organist

We are fortunate to have Hannah Gutho as our organist. Her main organist "gig" is for Hitterdahl Lutheran Church. She also works at Bethany Home in Waupaca.

 

Pastor

Pastor Olson came to Our Savior’s in January of 2005 as a Supply Pastor after the former pastor resigned. Later that year the call committee and the congregation called him to be the one pastor.

Pastor Olson has over 35 years of experience in ordained ministry. He has served as a clinical chaplain for 14 years; four years at a county health care center and 10 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. He served parishes in Strumm and Eleva, Wisconsin for 11 years. Before coming to Our Savior’s he served as an Interim Pastor in several parishes in Wisconsin.

Pastor Olson is married to Mary Reinke-Olson. He has 3 grown sons and he and Mary have 2 high school sons, Tom and Ben. He enjoys all sports, particularly basketball, and loves music. He likes doing yard work and working in the woods.

Parish Secretary

Marsha Moe has been secretary at Our Savior's for 23 years. She began in March of 1987, right before the Holy Week./Easter season. She remember thingking to herself, "What have I got myself into!?"

She had been a keypunch/computer operator in Milwaukee, then worked at Petrolane Gass is Iola, and then became a stay-at-home mom. She dedcided to go back to school for cosmetology because she loved working with hair and worked at the Hair Company in Waupaca before looking into something a little less hectice and where she didn't have to work every weekend.

She stated the reason that this job of 25+ years is so special is because she is working for the Lord and is surrounded by people that love Our Savior's as much as she does.

She and her husband Bob have been married for 20 years. Together they have the "Brady Bunch". Marsha has 3 grown children, Brian, Kevin and Amy. Bob has 2 grown children, Jeremy and Tammy. They have 9 grandchildren that they adore.

Marsha enjoys football, reading and relaxing at their cabin up north, and working their health/wellness/leadership business Mona Vie/Team.

What we believe

Lutherans are Christians who accept the teachings of Martin Luther (1483 – 1546). Luther was a German theologian who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic church at that time. On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of Wittenberg University, titled “95 Theses” (to debate 95 theological issues). His hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.

What started as an academic debate escalated into a distinct separation between the Roman Catholic church of the time and those who accepted Luther’s suggested reforms. "Lutheran" became the name of the group that agreed with Luther’s convictions.

Today, nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone. These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism:

      We are saved by the 

grace of God alone

     -- not by anything we do;
  • Our salvation is through faith alone -- a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation; and
  • The Bible is the norm for faith and life -- the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

Over the years, different Lutheran church bodies have been established and organized to meet the needs of Lutherans in communities and nations all over the world. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the largest Lutheran group in North America, founded in 1988 when three North American Lutheran church bodies united: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America. Learn more about theHistory of the ELCA.

Lutherans are part of a reforming movement within the whole Christian church; as a part of practicing their faith, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessors have engaged in ecumenical dialogue with other church bodies for decades. In fact, the ELCA has entered into cooperative "full communion" agreements (sharing common convictions about theology, mission and worship) with several other Protestant denominations, including 

  • the Moravian Church
  • The Episcopal Church
  • the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • the Reformed Church in America
  • the United Church of Christ
  • the United Methodist Church

The ELCA has an ongoing dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, and in 1999, representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. This represented a historic consensus on key issues of faith and called for further dialogue and study together.

To learn more about these ecumenical relationships, visit Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations.

Lutheranism is a faith tradition that is open to all, regardless of background. The ELCA alone is almost five million members strong, with nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In fact, there’s probably an ELCA congregation right in your community (Find a congregation.)  We welcome you to learn more about our church and find out how we can help you along life’s path.

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Sunday Worship Time

9am Sunday mornings

6:30pm Wednesday