Friendship Club
November’s Friendship Club will feature a presentation by Ed Elkins on OSL’s Schlicker pipe organ—come for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how worship music works every Sunday! The group will meet on November 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the choir loft of the Sanctuary. After the presentation, stay for a Thanksgiving worship service, including a hymn sing and pipe organ music, after which the group will move to The Gathering Place to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal together. Come and enjoy this special Friendship Club!

The OSL Altar Guild
Have you ever wondered who prepares OSL’s Sanctuary and Celebrate Center worship spaces each week? Who is it that makes sure the altar and pulpit paraments are the proper liturgical color, that the banners are in place and communion linens are cleaned and pressed? It is the volunteers who make up the OSL Altar Guild that do all these things, and more! Each week these dedicated volunteers take turns making sure that the worship spaces are ready for services and special events. Some Altar Guild members have been serving for many years now, and others are relatively new to the group. New or veteran, they invite you join them in this wonderful shared ministry! Come to an informational meeting on Sunday, November 6, at 10:00 a.m., in the Conference Room, to learn more. For more information, contact Shirly Hillgren, 334-0030, or Pr. Tim. 336-2942.

Ask the Expert
(Formerly Doc Talk)

Bobbie Jo Leggett of the South Dakota CAREgivers program will present on various topics that assist families caring for loved ones on Sunday, November 13, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., in the Friendship Room. Come learn how to prepare for this journey.

Diabetes Testing
Lisa Lange, a Sanford pharmacist, and other medical professionals will be available on Sunday, November 20, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, in the Caring Ministries area, to perform the important A1c diabetes blood test and answer your questions about diabetes and prediabetes, two major epidemic health concerns. It is okay to eat breakfast before this test! This screening is free of charge.

Coping with the Grief of Recent Loss
When someone we love dies, intense grief begins. This normal, natural response to loss can take many different forms and is different for everyone. Come to OSL’s Recent Loss Support Group (formerly When Mourning Dawns) to give and receive support from others who are in the early weeks and months of this challenging journey. The group will meet on Wednesdays, November 16 through 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Room 101. The group will have a designated table at OSL’s Wednesday evening supper, if you care to eat beforehand at 5:00. Contact Michelle Anderson, R.N., Faith Community Nurse, or 336-2942, ext 28, to preregister for this group.

There and Back Again: Transportation Ministry Options
For many years now, Our Savior’s has been blessed by the ministry of the Parish Cruise program and the many volunteers who have provided rides for OSL members. Our Savior’s is committed to continue to provide this service to OSL members who are in need of transportation assistance.

In order to be good stewards of the resources God has blessed our congregation with, the Caring Ministries Team has been exploring new ways in which our transportation ministry can be more effective. Our Savior’s has been using and maintaining the Parish Cruiser to provide transportation, while at the same time sponsoring, with other congregations, the Project CAR and Charis Transportation ministries. To be better stewards and continue to meet members’ transportation needs, OSL members who have been receiving rides from the Parish Cruiser will now be directed toward Project CAR.

Project CAR is a service that provides free transportation for senior citizens and special-needs adults involved in First Lutheran, First Congregational, St. John American Lutheran, Our Savior’s Lutheran, the Senior Companion Program, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.). Rides to Sunday worship, church-related activities, and medical appointments must be scheduled one week in advance. Contact them directly at (605) 332-2777.

Additional Resources
Siouxland Paratransit has been around the Sioux Falls area for about two years, and is a good option for people who need wheelchair transport. David Allen is the owner; his number is (605) 809-6387. Round trips in Sioux Falls are about $46. Siouxland Paratransit drivers help people get to the right medical office and get checked in, then come back to pick them up. The service can accommodate people with oxygen, if it is their own. Siouxland Paratransit cannot take oversized wheelchairs.

Hy-Vee grocery stores offer delivery or pick-up of grocery items. The cost to deliver groceries is $4.95; if you decide to pick up the groceries yourself it is $2.95. Delivery or pick-up are free on orders over $100. Contact your local Hy-Vee store for more information.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Church Office, 336-2942, and ask to speak with anyone in Caring Ministries. During this time of transition, Caring Ministries will be happy to assist you.

Stephen Ministry
Best-Laid Plans, by Erin Kaiser

Plan: “A set of actions that have been thought of as a way to do or achieve something; something that a person intends to do; a detailed agreement for telephone service, medical care, insurance, etc.” —Webster’s dictionary

Plans are in and of themselves good. Having a plan helps bring order to what is going on in our world. Without plans, life would be messy.

In a few short days, Thanksgiving will be upon us. To get from now until then, many plans will be seen through: going to the grocery story, buying food, preparing food, family arriving…the list goes on.

However, even the best-laid plans can crumble. Many do not have family around. Others are surrounded in grief because a loved one has died. Others barely have enough to put food on the table, yet here is a day that many have food all around.

So here is a plan: Join us in January. The beginning of the year starts a new Stephen Ministry class. Going through this life-giving time can help you and others see through plans, listen to one another, and grow in faith.

If you hear God calling you to explore Stephen Ministry, contact Pr. Tim Lemme ( or 336-2942, ext. 19) or Deb Harlan (; 336-2942, ext. 48), or any Stephen Minister for more information or to sign you up for class.

OSL Women of the ELCA
When God Chooses the Unlikely, by Tami Skorczewski

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God… For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25

Bible Study. In November, we continue with the final installment of Meghan Johnston Aelabouni’s fall Bible Study, “When God Chooses the Unlikely” (source: “Human weakness is the means by which God’s strength and power become more apparent.” This issue’s authors discuss vulnerability, failure, and resilience—and how God’s power is revealed throughout.

September Luncheon Speakers
• Taking Care of Loved Ones: When Mom or Dad Needs Help: Travis Remme, Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services. Visiting Angels ( is locally owned and operated, with staff accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist seniors with any special needs—medication reminders, meal preparation, transfer and mobility assistance, personal errands and shopping, respite for family caregivers, etc.
• Taking Care of Yourself, the Family Caregiver: Julian Bryan, CAREgivers by Active Generations. CAREgivers ( is a statewide program housed at Active Generations. It’s a confidential service whose mission is to offer caregiver assistance, resources, education, and support. Its vision is to establish a network of support for caregivers throughout South Dakota. CAREgivers values empowerment, strength, support, solutions, and education. Freewill donations are accepted.

Upcoming Events
• Annual Pie & Lefse Sale Fundraiser – Sunday, November 20. Supports WELCA’s 2016 Unit Wide Mission, “The Golden Years.”
• Christmas Luncheon – Saturday, December 3, at 11:00 a.m. in The Gathering Place. All ages are welcome to this multigenerational event—preschoolers on up! The program will be “The Greatest Gift,” presented by Tom Roberts, author and storyteller. Tickets will go on sale on November 13.

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” Desmond Tutu

Tami Skorczewski
OSL WELCA President

Health Ministries
Our Savior’s has a number of ongoing health ministries that meet on a weekly or monthly basis. Feel free to join any of the following sessions. For more information, contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

Footcare Clinic
Cost is $25 per person. Wednesday, November 2, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call the Church Office, 336-2942, to schedule your appointment.

Living with Chronic Illness
Every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Friendship Room. People and their families who have or are experiencing the challenge of cancer are welcome. If you cannot attend, but would like to be on our prayer and devotional mailing list, contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

Knitting/Crocheting Ministry
Learn how to knit or crochet prayer shawls (to be given to people to remind them of God’s presence and love in their lives) and mittens and scarves (for missions).
Wednesdays, November 9 and 23, 9:30 a.m., Sonshine Rm.
2nd Saturday Knitters, November 12, 9:30 a.m., Sonshine Rm.

Recent Loss Group
Wednesdays, November 16 through December 14, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Rm. 101. OSL Community Supper is available at 5:00 p.m.

Good Grief
Every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 103. Offers support to anyone dealing with loss and crisis in their lives.

OSL-sponsored Pickleball: Mondays, 8:00 a.m. to noon and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Memory Care Support Group
Saturdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Friendship Room or Chapel. For caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the group is a place for caregivers to share and to receive understanding and empathy. Contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

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