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.

  • Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church - a brief History

    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 Brian Truog

      Pastor Truog graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1983 with a Master’s of Divinity and a Sacred Theology Masters.  He served at Hope Lutheran in Aurora, Illinois from 1983-1987.  His next church was Cross Lutheran in Yorkville, Illinois where he served from 1987-2011.  In 2011 he accepted the Call to Christ Our Savior Lutheran in Loudon, Tennessee.

       “My greatest joy in ministry is seeing the “light bulb” go on for someone when the Holy Spirit enables them to grasp the free gift of God’s grace for salvation.  At Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church we have an opportunity to nurture and share this gift of God with people from all over the country who have chosen to retire in East Tennessee as well as with those who have had the privilege of living here all their lives.  We are a congregation that stands squarely on the Bible as the very Word of God.  We are known for our friendliness and our desire to serve our community.  We welcome you to get to know us and to discover a place to worship, a place to learn, and a place to serve with your Christian brothers and sisters at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church.”


    Pastor's Message


    Mother’s Day – Celebrating a Big Heart


    My mother was the heart of our family. Ironically, her own heart was very weak. She had several open-heart surgeries. But her kindness, tenderness, and love have made an impact that will carry on for generations.


    Jesus has taken our weak, diseased and sin-hardened hearts and given us a new heart through the gift of faith. This new heart is capable of loving, obeying and serving because of the love, obedience and sacrificial service of our Savior, Jesus. 


    The impact of God’s love is carried on for generations through our renewed hearts.


    “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”    Ezekiel 36: 25-27


    Pastor Brian                                                 

  • Pastor Mark Rhoads

      Pastor Rhoads graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis  with a Master’s of Divinity degree in 2008. He has served as Associate Pastor at Christ Our Savior since his graduation. Before entering the seminary, he served as a Director of Christian Education at LCMS churches in Florida, Alabama, and Texas.

     

      Pastor Rhoads enjoys teaching the faith and providing opportunities for people to live out their faith in daily life. “My greatest joy in ministry is helping people grow in their knowledge and appreciation of the grace of God as revealed in the Bible.” In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and hiking the many trails in our area.


    Pastor's Message

     

    Pentecost People

    When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1

    Pentecost is more than the 50th day after Easter, more than the one day when the promise Jesus made at His ascension was fulfilled and the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the apostles and the Christian Church was born. Pentecost is a season which extends throughout the month of June. In fact, we will be in this season until we begin a new church year with the season of Advent in December! Since we spend so much of the church year in the season of Pentecost, it is fitting to call ourselves “Pentecost People”.


    Pentecost People are people who have, by the love of God the Father, received the Holy Spirit and live in community in, with, and under the reign of Jesus. Each Sunday during this season, believers focus on growing together in the life of the Holy Trinity. That’s why the paraments in our sanctuary are green. . . the color of life and growth.


    Life for Pentecost People is not without challenges. Our Gospel readings this month remind us it was challenging for Jesus and the early disciples as well. People today, like in Jesus’ day, struggle to see the Sabbath as a celebration of Jesus’ rule and NOT a rule for us to obey (June 2). Pentecost People know there will always be those who challenge our faith in Jesus (June 9). Pentecost People some-times get concerned over the apparent lack of growth in the church (June 16). Pentecost People recognize Jesus’ power even in the midst of upheavals in nature (June 23). Pentecost people face the challenges and heartaches in life with the confidence that Jesus has overcome the eternal aspects of evil, even sickness and death (June 30).


    As Pentecost People, we look forward to gathering together in one place every Sunday. When we gather together in worship, the Triune God feeds us with His Word and strengthens us to live and grow in the life He has given us. Throughout this month, and every month, may the words of this hymn be the song of our heart:


    Immortal honor, endless fame Attend the almighty Father’s name;
    The Savior-Son be glorified, Who for all humankind has died;
    To You O Paraclete, we raise Unending songs of thanks and praise. (LSB 500, v. 4)


    Pastor Mark

  • 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.

  • Worship Director Candace Sutter

    Candace is a composer, recording and performing artist, an instrumental music teacher, an accompanist and choir director.  She operates a private piano and percussion teaching studio and manages a small publishing company for her music compositions.  She has directed church and private choir concerts for nearly 30 years, and accompanied school and church choirs for 35 years, most recently was the Music Director at Timothy Lutheran and Faith Lutheran in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Candace studied music at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska and additional Music studies in Theory and Conducting with Professors at Nebraska Wesleyan and Columbus Central Community College. She also has an Associates Degree of Applied Science from Columbus Central Community College.

    “Sharing the love of music is such a blessing to me and using it to enhance worship in my music ministry is what I feel called to do.”


    Learn more about Candace on her website at www.musicbycandacesutter.com

    or contact her on her Church email at

    worshipdirector260@outlook.com


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