Happy Anniversary Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church!

This congregation was established after a meeting of interested Christians from Grace-Knoxville who were Tellico Village residents. In 2017 we will be recognizing our 20th anniversary as a congregation. For 20 years we have served our Lord and looked to follow His will for us. We support missions in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Lenoir City and South Korea. New Local Community Health Ministries are growing: and we share the love of Christ through our new Comfort Dog Ministry in addition to Prayer Shawls, Neo-Natal Blankets and other multiple outreach efforts, such as supporting Seminarians.

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is a relatively young congregation, formed after an initial meeting on October 17, 1996. We were recognized by the Mid-South District on February 1, 1997; and held the initial worship service at the TVPOA Yacht Club on April 27, 1997. From the beginning we have continually prayed for guidance to be led by the Holy Spirit to support a mission attitude throughout Loudon and Monroe counties, East Tennessee and the world. In 2002 we began to support Matt and Dee Dee Wasmund, now in Korea. Further discussions regarding Mission Planting were begun in 2007 and 2008. In 2010 we met with representatives of Grace Lutheran Church, Knoxville, and agreed to support their quest to start another mission congregation.

After their successful launch of "The Point" in Knoxville, we met with LCMS District leaders and on March 18, 2012, agreed to help in support of yet another Mission Plant. We partnered with First Lutheran Church in Chattanooga and continue to aid the efforts of The Bridge City Urban Ministry. In this past year the congregation has supported the establishment of "The Dock Ministry" in Lenoir City, a non-traditional attempt to utilize the internet and social media – may God continue to hear our prayers for its success.

Many successful organizations owe their existence and continued operation to its early (charter) members and COS was certainly fortunate in that respect. The early members’ prayers and their serving in multiple tasks was blessed and rewarded by our Heavenly Father. Some of the charter members have been taken to their heavenly home, some have moved to be closer to their children in their declining years, while other charter members are still here and provide continued support through their actions and prayers.After utilizing a Mission Planter (Mark Hawkinson) for one year, a retired LCMS pastor and COS menber, Bob Torgler, was asked to serve. He proposed that he would serve as a Worship Leader (without pay) while we deliberated on a call for a permanent Called Pastor. Led by the efforts of Bruce Opsahl,1st President, and Gary Allison, 2nd President, we acquired property in 1999. Utilizing some of the funds which Bob had declined, we paid off the land on which our facilities now exist. In 2000 the con-struction of the church facility was begun and the first worship service was held on January 27, 2001.

Our call was accepted and Pastor Jim Kirk was installed on August 26, 2001. Pastor Jim was bringing his family here from Missouri when our country was attacked on September 11, 2001. The Chairman of the Elders, Norm Brehob, called us all together for a Prayer meeting in the new sanctuary. We prayed for our country and the safe arrival of our new Pastor. In the next few years we witnessed a growth in membership which slowed during the recession years. In 2007 we welcomed Vicar Mark Rhoads, who was ordained here and installed as Associate Pastor in 2008. When Jim Kirk retired (June 2010) we again formed a Call Committee which resulted in an accepted call by Brian Truog, who was installed on April 17, 2011, just in time for Easter.

Our website,www.COSLCTN.org, has lots of information on our Mission, Core Values, Ministries and activities plus links to related interests.

May God continue to bless this congregation for many years to come!

Walt Roessler