Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. See the current bulletin announcements at oslchurch.com for all the latest!
Magnify!, OSL’s 2017 Advent Devotional, is the result of members of the Our Savior’s community sharing reflections of what God has done in their lives. May these brief devotional pieces help you to focus on your own Advent journey and the many ways in which God walks it with you. You may pick up at copy at the Information Center, or download a copy at oslchurch.com, or sign up at oslchurch.com to receive devotions daily via email.
The Angel Tree is up now, near the south entrance. Select a name off the tree by Dec. 3 and bless an area child from Lutheran Social Services, Children’s Home Society, Bowden Youth Center, or Volunteers of America who otherwise may not receive a gift this Christmas. Drop your gift off in the Church Office by Dec. 10. Thank you for making someone’s Christmas joyous!
Join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped—conversation, reflection, prayer, and Christian community—at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St., this evening, Thursday, Nov. 30, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
OSL’s Recent Loss Group will meet on Wednesdays through Dec. 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel. Contact Michelle Anderson, 336-2942, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org, to preregis-ter. OSL Community Supper is available before the meeting, at 5:00 in The Gathering Place.
Dancers are invited to participate in the Candle Dance for Christmas Eve worship services at 4:00, 6:00, and 10:00 p.m. Dancers (grade 5 through adult) should be able to carry a votive with a flame. Rehearsal will be on Saturday, Dec. 23, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Interested dancers should contact Pamela Madsen, email@example.com 371-8882.
The Tree of Remembrance is now in The Gathering Place. Ornaments on this tree are given in memory of loved ones. You are invited to place an ornament on this tree in memory of someone who has died this past year, if you wish. Every year the ornaments will be placed back on the tree during the Advent Season.
The Board for Church in Society will host the Good Gifts Market this weekend, on the west side of The Gathering Place. This is an opportunity to make a difference fighting hunger and poverty in God’s world. Choose from more than 50 charitable gifts to give in honor of loved ones, from goats to water wells, school uniforms to food for refugees. You will receive a greeting card to give those on your Christmas list noting this meaningful gift. A calligrapher will be available this Sunday, Dec. 3, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., to inscribe your greeting card. The final day for the market will be next Sunday, Dec. 10.
Men of God: OSL’s Men’s Bible Breakfast group will be joining in fellowship and Bible study with the Lutheran Men in Mission group, starting in December. The combined group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Office Conference Room, beginning on Dec. 2. A continental breakfast is provided by members at each gathering. Men of all ages are invited to attend this one-hour Bible study. For more information, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 336-2942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas fudge for the St. Dysmas prison congregation is an OSL tradition you can participate in. Pick up a pre-packaged kit by the Information Center and make a pan of fudge, which will be included in Christmas bags for inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Fudge may be dropped off at OSL on Dec. 10, or you may take it directly to East Side Lutheran Church from Dec. 11 through 15. Questions? Call Donna Wilson, 371-1518.
During this season of thankfulness, be sure to view the Stick Together Mosaic being built in the Library to reveal one of God’s many blessings. Since this fall reading program began, nearly 2,000 stickers have been placed on the mosaic, one for each item patrons have checked out since Sept. 10. Can you guess what the image will be?
Advent and Christmas at OSL
Scheduling notes for the next several weeks:
December 6 - Weekly Advent worship services, “Prayers around the Wreath,” will begin, from 6:40 to 7:15 p.m., Celebrate Center
December 23 - No Saturday evening worship service
December 24 -
2:00 p.m. - Family service, Celebrate Center
4:00 p.m. - Celebrate and Festive worship services
6:00 p.m. - Festive worship service
10:00 p.m. - Festive worship service
December 25 - Festive worship service, 10:00 a.m.Regular worship service schedule on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.
Friendship Club will be going to Nora, S.D., on Dec. 12. The group will meet at OSL for lunch at noon, then board the bus at 12:45 for a 1:00 departure. The group will be back at OSL by 4:00. Register by Dec. 8 at the Information Center on Sundays or in the Church Office during the week. The bus ride will cost $12. All are welcome!
Socks for Christmas: OSL is helping the SIGH (Stepping into Good Health) Foot Care Clinic again this year by collecting new socks for the under-served and homeless in the community. Contributions of women’s crew socks and diabetic stockings are especially welcome. Items must be new, any design or color. Place them in the large red Christmas stocking in the donation area near the Library throughout December.
It’s almost time again for Midnight Madness, when OSL invites Augustana University students to come over for an evening of study, relaxation, recreation—and pizza!—as they prepare for finals. This semester’s Midnight Madness will be on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, and there are many opportunities for you to help. Stop at the table in The Gathering Place or contact Loretta Nelson, email@example.com 336-2942, ext. 14, to see how you may donate your time, food, or financial gifts for pizzas. Thank you for your support of OSL’s Augie neighbors.