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

    WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
    I am working on a sermon series that will encourage us to take a good look at our activities and how they fit into our Christian life and mission. As part of that, I am using the illustration of a scope and how various scopes can help us get a better picture of things.
    I am looking for stories about scopes. If you have a story about an experience you had with any type of scope, I would like to hear about it. I will assume that if you share your story with me, you are giving me permission to share it with others (names will not be used).
    Maybe it’s a story about your first experience with a telescope or a microscope. Maybe it’s a story about the scope on your gun. Maybe it’s a story about a doctor using a scope to check for disease in your body. I’m looking for all kinds of stories, so don’t hesitate to turn yours in.
    Here are some definitions I found of “scope:”
    To assess or investigate (something).
    To look at carefully; scan.
    The opportunity or possibility to do or deal with something.
    And here are some Bible passages that encourage us to do this with our life as God’s children:
    Lamentations 3:40
    40 Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!
    2 Corinthians 13:5
    5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
    I look forward to your help in this endeavor and where it might lead us!


    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