420 Harwood Avenue Waterloo, Iowa (319) 233-3156 OSLCWLOO@mediacombb.net

Mission of the church


Who We Are

Our Mission statement reflects our history and our future: We are active believers, renewed by the Holy Spirit, giving glory to God. Reaching out to others, we bring hope in Christ to the community and the world.

In 1941, Our Savior’s began as a mission-minded congregation in a residential area of Waterloo, Iowa. Throughout the years, we have had many people, many pastors, many ministries, and many changes to our faces and our building. In 2017, we celebrate 76 years of mission in our community and beyond.

Our Beliefs

taken from elca.org

The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.


Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions

The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.


Teaching for a life of faith

This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”


Please Join Us

If you have a free Sunday and are wondering what to do, please join us for church service at 9:00am. We are a congregation of come as you are, we will not judge, we would just like to get to know you. Our services alternate between a Traditional Service and an...

Thinking About Easter

Lenten Services: February 19th Fat Tuesday (Sunday) the Men's Group will be making pancakes(with all the fixings) right after church in the social hall. There will be a trophy given to the best pancake flipper. February 22nd Ash Wednesday please join us between...