A Place to Worship, to learn and to serve

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is a warm caring fellowship of Faith. Our congregation, which has grown to over 300, strives to communicate God's awesome gift of love to our ever changing world. We are a collection of natives of East Tennessee and transplants from other parts of the country who now call East Tennessee our home. We share a common faith in Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior.

  • Pastors:  Mark Rhoads & Brian Truog

    Our Beginnings:
    • 1996 A group of people, led by the Holy Spirit sought to plant a new Lutheran Church in East Tennessee.
    • 1997 We worshipped in a store front while purchasing 7 acres on Highway 72 and Wade Road.
    • 1998 A building committee was established as Rev. Bob Torgler served as worship leader.
    • 1999 Dedicated members paid for the property
    • 2000 In May the construction of the new worship facility was begun.
    • 2001 The first worship Service in the new church was held on January 7th. On August 26th our first permanent pastor, Rev. Jim Kirk, was installed.
    • 2009 The church membership has now grown to over 300. We have added a Christian Ministry Center that will expand our worship and fellowship facilities.


    Who we are:
    • We are a people who share a common faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
    • We are natives of East Tennessee and transplants from other parts of the country.
    • We live in Blount, Loudon, Knox, Monroe, and Roane counties.
    • We worship with different styles in order to meet people's needs
    • We are a growing church with over 200 in worship on a regular basis

  • Pastor's Message

    BEING PREPARED
    The season of Advent is about being prepared for the coming of Christ. This is seen in the past tense, as we look at how God prepared the world for the coming of the Christ-child at Bethlehem. This is seen in the present tense, as we contemplate a re-birth of Christ in our lives. And, this is seen in the future tense, as we contemplate the promised and unpredictable return of Christ at the end of time.
    For those who are unprepared, the coming of Jesus means judgment. For those who are prepared, it means salvation. We prepare with repentance, prayer and patience. We can find joy and hope as we prepare, because our “readiness” is not based on what we are able to accomplish, but on what God accomplishes through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives through Word and Sacrament.
    Are you better prepared than you were a year ago? Five years ago? Ten years ago? Do you take advantage of the season of Advent to be prepared, or do you ignore Advent and skip right over to Christmas and those half-hearted New Year’s resolutions to be better prepared next year?
    By the time you read this, God-willing, I will have completed my third marathon. I ran my first marathon when I was 50. I am now 62. I am not as physically strong or capable as I was 12 years ago but I feel I am better prepared for this marathon than I was for the first two. I have learned from my mistakes and from my experience. I am not the G.O.A.T., but I feel some affinity to Tom Brady, who seems to be better prepared to play quarterback each year, even though he is older and losing some of his physical abilities.
    I have no idea how this marathon will play out. I hope for good results but there are many factors that could bring a different outcome.
    On the contrary, thanks to the promises of God and the gift of faith that comes to me through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, I know exactly how the coming of Jesus plays out …past, present and future! Preparing for the coming of Jesus is simple, (perhaps we see it as too simple!) yet, it is of utmost importance.
    Don’t overlook the importance of being prepared for the coming of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in your lives. Use the season of Advent to remind you to “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”
    Our Wednesday Evening Advent services provide an opportunity to “prepare” for Jesus, the greatest gift of all time. This year, we prepare for this gift by unwrapping other gifts from God: meditation, prayer and testing. Martin Luther once called these gifts the marks of a true theologian. It is our hope that using these gifts during the Advent season will help you prepare for Christmas in a deeper way.


    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message

    The Light of Epiphany

    “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” Isaiah 60:1

     

    January can be a very difficult month. The days are short, the nights are long. The weather is harsh. The bills from Christmas start coming in. All of this simply adds to the exhaustion felt from all of the  demands of the Christmas season. The absence of all those bright and colorful Christmas lights and lawn decorations make our journey even darker.  I can certainly understand it if you feel like taking the month off. The last thing most people want to hear and do is “arise, shine”.

     

    Indeed, if it was up to us and our own human abilities, we could not arise and shine. Left to our own imaginations and desires, we would choose the darkness. God knows this. In His love, He sent his Son, Jesus to be the light of the world. This is the good news of Epiphany, “your light has come”. The memory of the glow from the candles on Christmas Eve can still warm our hearts and minds as we reflect on the ongoing light of Jesus and His love.

     

    We begin our journey through Epiphany on January 6. The season of Epiphany, which means revelation, begins and ends with the same revelation. At his baptism on the first Sunday of the season, and at his transfiguration on the last Sunday of the season, we hear the voice of God revealing, “This is my Son, whom I love”.  Light reveals the road ahead, but it doesn't reveal everything that will happen.  What is not revealed so clearly is the meaning and purpose for the Son of God.  No one at his baptism or transfiguration understood how the Son of God would suffer and die on a cross. As the forgiven and redeemed people of God, our journey through this Epiphany will be one of revealed light. We will not understand, and perhaps not enjoy, everything that happens to us, but the light of God’s love in Jesus will be our constant companion. 

     

    What is true for us as a church, is also true for us as individuals. Your light has come. Jesus brings hope, peace, joy, and love to you.  God is faithful and keeps His promises. Through the waters of your baptism, the light of God's truth and love has been revealed to you. As a child of God, “the glory of the Lord rises upon you” and within you. You don’t know exactly what will happen in this season, or the coming year. However, as you experience the hills and valleys on the journey ahead,  let the light of Jesus shine through you. It is His light of love that enables you to “arise, shine”.


    Pastor Mark R. Rhoads