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!

This is your invitation to reflect on what God has done in your life and share it with the congregation by writing a brief item for Magnify!, OSL’S 2017 Advent Devotional. When we tell the stories of what God has done for us, we magnify God in our world. Perhaps you treasure a memory of a moment you knew God was close because of a miracle, a coincidence, a beautiful moment, or a feeling you couldn’t explain. The deadline is Nov. 12; send contributions (400 words or fewer) to Bill Reynolds, breynolds@oslchurch.com, preferably as a Word document attached to an email message.
LutherFest—OSL’s way of celebrating this 500th anniversary of the Reformation—will be this Sunday, Oct. 29, at noon, in The Gathering Place. Come enjoy lunch; learn about the Luther Rose and create your own seal, meaningful to you; add your dreams for the church on a wooden door; carve a Christian witness pumpkin; have fun in the photo booth; and enjoy Cross+Gen Table Talk, all to honor Luther’s legacy with eyes ahead on the future.
Join other OSL couples for The Art of Marriage: A Biblically Centered Study of God’s Design for Marriage, a six- to seven-week small-group series, continuing this Sunday between worship services, in the Office Conference Room. A video will be shown with discussion to follow. This series is open to newlyweds through “seasoned” married couples. Contact Laura Wong, 582-4212, with questions.
Parents’ Night Out will be on Friday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register for Nursery care (infant through age ten) by contacting Nancy Heesch, robertheesch@yahoo.com, with the names and ages of your children. Also, there’s an opportunity for two Nursery volunteers that evening—contact Nancy!
Men’s Bible Breakfast meets on the first and third Friday of every month, at 6:30 a.m., in The Gathering Place, for food, Bible study, and fellowship. Next meetings: Nov. 3 and Nov. 17.
This Sunday’s Festive Worship Services will feature the debut of “If You Continue in My Word” by Deanna Wehrspann, OSL’s music professional. The piece was commissioned by Our Savior’s for the 500TH anniversary of the Reformation. Read more in the Festive bulletin.
The History of the Lutheran Church in South Dakota will be presented by Bishop Emeritus Norm Eitrheim this Sunday, Oct. 29, at 10:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room. The presentation will focus on the Lutheran heritage that eventually led to the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Children, youth, and adults are invited to participate in Stick Together, the OSL Library’s intergenerational fall reading program. Each day you check out items, you will receive a treat and a colored sticker that will be added to the “Stick Together with God, Family, and Friends” mosaic, which will reveal one of God’s blessings in our lives.
Join Pr. Sami for a six-week Bible study based on the book Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N. T. Wright, on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., through Nov. 7, in the Office Conference Room. Through video, discussion, and personal application, we will explore the scriptures to gain an exciting new vision for our lives on earth in light of our future in heaven. You are invited to purchase the book, but it is not necessary in order to appreciate the course. Sign up at the Information Center.
Join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped—conversation, reflection, prayer, and Christian community—at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St., on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Gather with OSL members and others from across the South Dakota Synod to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in worship on Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m., at the Sioux Falls Arena. More information and a link to register for free tickets may be found at sdsynod.org/reformation500.
All singers (grade nine and older) are welcome to join the adult choir for the Reformation 500 worship service on Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m., at the Sioux Falls Arena. Dr. Paul Nesheim from Augustana University will conduct, and an anthem written for this event will have its premiere. There will be one mass rehearsal at the Arena, at 4:00 on Nov. 1; OSL singers have begun rehearsing on Wednesday evenings, at 6:30, in the Choir Room.


A Little Further Out...

Divorce is a difficult time for any family, especially during the holidays. If you are a family member, loved one, or friend of a couple affected by divorce you know firsthand how difficult it can be. Bring your questions and join a conversation that will include supporting both sides of the family, resources for children, and communication skills that will equip you to come alongside those you love, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Office Conference Room. Leah Weins, who holds an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and has a private counseling practice in Sioux Falls, will facilitate.
A free public lecture, “The Loneliness Epidemic: Connecting Health and Faith,” will be presented at OSL on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Discover the medical and spiritual links to loneliness and join in the discussion about new and inspiring community-based solutions. Registration is requested: karla.cazer@sanfordhealth.org.

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