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 is Christmas?
    “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

    During prayer time in December, one young child started off their prayer, “Dear Santa.” This may have been a simple slip of the tongue, but it should make us stop and think of what Christmas is really all about.

    We all know the right answer to that question – “Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus, and worshipping the newborn King” – but what answers do our actions, our Christmas traditions, and our checkbooks give to the question of what Christmas is really all about?
    We can blame it on commercialism and having Christmas displays up in the stores in October, but we are part of the problem, too, aren’t we? We have bought into the notion that Christmas is about giving extravagant presents. We have bought into the notion that Christmas is about lots of parties. We have bought into the notion that the one with the most decorations wins. We have bought into the notion that Christmas is about getting together with family.

    Where does celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus, and worshipping the newborn King come in? What evidence is there in our actions, our traditions and our checkbooks that we know the true meaning of Christmas? What attitudes about Christmas are we passing on to the next generation? We can post on our church sign that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” and “Let’s keep CHRIST in Christmas,” but our actions, our traditions and our checkbooks may be telling another story.

    There is nothing wrong with getting together with family and friends at Christmas, having a good time, and giving presents, but when that becomes what Christmas is all about, the Devil, the World and our sinful nature have won another battle. We cram a lot of “stuff” into the month of December. We stress out over having the “perfect Christmas.”

    How about slowing down a bit and spending time at the manger, at the cross, and at the empty tomb? Take advantage of worship opportunities during this Advent and Christmas season, here at Christ Our Savior or wherever your travels may take you.

    Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was Born;.                                                                                                                            

      Pastor Brian                                                 

  • Pastor's Message

    The Communion of Saints

    “The saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess it forever” (Daniel 8:17)

    Our recent 25th Anniversary celebration was an in-credible display of the love of God that fills us and flows through us. Because He first loved us, we are “founded in faith” and will move “forward by grace”. These words are not only our anniversary theme, they describe the communion of saints.

    Luther’s Small Catechism defines the communion of saints as the “invisible church”, or total number of those who believe in Christ -- past, present and future. This definition affirms that there is only ONE church (communion) and sainthood is based on the gift of faith in Jesus, not being dead or perfect.

    November is a great month to rejoice in the pleasure and privilege of belonging to this communion of saints. The first day of the month is All Saints Day. We give thanks to God for the lives of faithful saints that have gone before us and dedicate ourselves to live as saints in the world today. November 10 is the birthday of one of those former saints, Martin Luther. He reminded the Church that we are saints by grace alone, through faith alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, to the glory of Christ alone. November 20 is the last Sunday of the Church year, when the communion of saints celebrates Christ as King. The month ends with the beginning of Advent. In this season, the communion of saints celebrate Christ has come, Christ is present, and Christ is coming again.

    The communion of saints is a great gift of God. Knowing we will “receive the kingdom and possess it forever” provides strength for our present and hope for our future. Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church serves as a visible example of the invisible church. Through our life and ministry we proclaim, “Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. From sorrow, toil, and pain, and sin we shall be free and perfect love and friendship through all eternity. (LW 649). I trust you will find ways this month to celebrate your place in the communion of saints.

    In His service and yours,

    Pastor Mark R. Rhoads

  • What Does a Pastor Do?

    Here’s an interesting comparison by Rev. Dr. James Baneck of the LCMS that might answer that question. The lambs and sheep our Savior sent Peter to feed and tend were not the wooly kind residing on a beautiful hillside. There are, however, rich parallels between shepherding sheep and shepherding God's people.

    James Rebanks watches over real four-legged sheep in the United Kingdom. He writes about the parallels in his article, “Are You Hard Enough to Survive as a Shepherd?”
    "The romance wears off after a few weeks, believe me, and you will be left standing cold and lonely on a mountain. It is all about endurance. Digging in. Holding on. You will also need to be emotionally. tough … Carrion crows hang over our lambing fields waiting to steal the eyes out of anything sick or dead that cannot resist … You’ll need the patience of a saint, too, because sheep test you to the limit with a million ways to escape, ail, or die … It requires a body of knowledge and skills that shepherds devote decades to learning."

    How this applies to our pastors! There is nothing romantic about being a pastor; it is hard work and often lonely. It demands an endurance that comes only from God. Like carrion crows, Satan seeks to devour God’s people. The pastor stands guard. protecting and feeding God’s sheep with Christ in the preached Word and blessed Sacraments. The formation of men for the Holy Ministry begins at Baptism. And while pastoral formation is intensified during seminary, “it requires a body of knowledge and skills that [pastors] devote decades to learning."

    Pastors are to be clothed with the humility of Christ, “who humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). Pastors must be equipped to lead Gods people to the waters of Holy Baptism, where God gives new birth to sinners and opens the kingdom of heaven for them. Pastors are formed to be stewards of the mysteries of God. Pastors feed God’s sheep the Word of God in preaching and teaching and with the body and blood of our Lord at His table. Pastors listen, love and seek the lost.

    Looking at all that a Pastor does, how is he prepared for this role at the Seminars’? Can you help with this preparation? Could you sponsor a seminarian? Could you help COS in their sponsoring of eight seminary students? Please help with your gift! ‘For more information, contact John W. Smith. God bless your help.