At Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, all activities flow from the knowledge that God’s love, through Jesus Christ, makes a critical difference in the lives of individuals, families, and society.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church is located at 1234 N. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights, Illinois (a northwest suburb, located about 25 miles from downtown Chicago), at the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Olive Street. Click here for a Google Map.
Our phone number is 847-255-8700 and fax is 847-255-8721. The church office hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday; and 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church has a large parking lot adjacent to our building. You may enter the parking lot from Olive Street or Dunton Avenue. The AT&T building directly south of our church offers their parking lot for our use during worship service hours. Enter the AT&T parking lot by turning to the west off of Arlington Heights Road, and follow the path to the back of their building.
Our baptized membership as of June 1, 2011 is 2300; and confirmed membership is 1775. The average weekly worship attendance is 650.
Our Saviour’s has Traditional Worship Services on Saturday evenings at 5:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 7:45, 9:00 and 10:30 in the south Worship Space. Scripture readings, inspirational sermons, and musical performances are all included. Music may be provided by one of our adult or children’s choirs, a soloist, our hand bell choir, the orchestra, or the brass ensemble. The hymns might include an old favorite, or a contemporary hymn. Adjacent to the Traditional Worship Space is a children’s quiet room where parents can take their children and still see and hear the worship service without disturbing others.
Our Saviour’s offers a rousing Contemporary Worship Service at 9:00 and 10:30 am in the North Worship Space. The Contemporary Service is led by our own Praise Band, which combines popular contemporary music with original compositions to worship and praise God in an uplifting and energized way. God’s Word is read in Scripture readings and through inspirational sermons. The pastors also offer a short children’s message for our young worshippers.
Our Traditional and Contemporary services run at the same time on Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 am. The Traditional service is in the South Worship Space, and the Contemporary service is in the North Worship Space.
No, please come as you are! Most people dress for the weather, while showing respect for the occasion of worshiping the Lord.
Yes, absolutely. Here at Our Saviour's, you stand if you are able. Some members prefer to sit during these times.
Yes! Women are welcome to become ordained ministers in the ELCA, and Our Saviour’s currently has a woman in a pastoral position.
As a visitor, you are not asked nor expected to give anything to Our Saviour's when the baskets are passed. However, if you choose to become a regular worshipper here at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, you need to know up front that we take our response to God's blessings seriously. If you choose to become a part of our church, you will be expected to give freely, regularly, generously, and proportionately to help carry out this church's Mission and Vision as a congregation.
All who believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and are baptized Christians are welcome to share in Holy Communion, celebrated at every weekend service.
Yes! Children are invited to join in the children’s sermon, sing the songs, say prayers, or enjoy their very own children’s bulletin. We have a Quiet Room, adjacent to our Traditional Worship Space for our youngest worshipers, who may need some personalized attention. A nursery is provided during the 9:00 and 10:30 am services
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Our Saviour's addresses the special needs of its members and visitors. The building is handicapped accessible. We have handicap parking right outside the entrance to the main worship space. Entrances to both of the worship spaces are at the same level as the parking lot, with no ramps or steps. We have handicapped accessible washrooms located near the main worship space. Hearing enhancement units and large print bulletins are available for our worship services. Our main worship space seats 500 and our north worship space seats 200.
Weddings are performed for Our Saviour's members, or for those currently attending "New Member" Classes.
Baptisms are performed during worship services on Saturdays or Sundays. Contact the Church Office (847-255-8700) if you wish to have your child baptized at Our Saviour's.
Our Saviour's has been ministering to the people of Arlington Heights and the northwest suburbs of Chicago since 1955. In June of 1990, a new worship space (capacity of 600) was completed, following several years of planning and construction. The original worship space, on the north end of our building now serves as both the contemporary worship space and a fellowship hall. In 2004 and 2005, Our Saviour's celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
Throughout our history, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church has been blessed with many talented and dedicated pastors and lay ministers.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church began as a mission congregation of 81 adults and 55 baptized children in 1954. A mission developer, Pastor George Hoog, worked with a group of six couples in the fall of 1954 to begin establishing a United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA) congregation in Arlington Heights.
The first service was held in Dryden School in Arlington Heights, on November 21, 1954, and the congregation was officially organized on February 20, 1955. Pastor John Petersen became our first permanent Pastor in 1955.
Pastor Donald Pritz came to lead Our Saviour's in August 1964.
Pastor Pritz resigned in 1974.
Pastor Richard Jessen began serving Our Saviour's as Senior Pastor in March 1975.
Pastor Jessen accepted a call to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1982, and he eventually became bishop of the Nebraska Synod.
Pastor Frederick Aigner, served Our Saviour's as Senior Pastor from 1983 through 1997.
Pastor Aigner resigned in 1997 to accept a call to serve as President of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.
Pastor Russell Sorensen served Our Saviour's as Senior Pastor in 1999.
Pastor Sorensen left in January 2006 for a call in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
In May 2009, Pastor Dan Hoeger was called to Our Saviour's from Colorado and is our current Senior Pastor.
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