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!
Does God still love us when we’re angry at Him? Is it possible to heal from unbearable loss? The powerful story of the movie The Shack will connect with you—whether you are searching for faith or lost it somewhere along the way. Starting this weekend, Our Savior’s is hosting a three-week sermon series, at all worship services, that will draw upon scripture and video clips from The Shack to help you trust God more completely, connect with God in a deeper way, and experience life-changing love and forgiveness even in the midst of pain.
Lutheran Men in Mission will resume on Sept. 16. The group meets on the third Saturday of each month, at 8:30 a.m. in the Office Conference Room, for an hour of Bible study, breakfast, and fellowship. For details, contact Pr. Tim, 336-2942.
Join Pr. Randy for another round of adult confirmation. The class meets on Wednesdays, through Oct. 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room, starting on Sept. 13. The text for this session will be By Heart, a richly illustrated, in-depth exploration of the Small Catechism. The class will be a perfect way to prepare for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A donation of $15 will help offset the cost of the book. All are welcome.
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.
Have some fun at OSL Game Night, Friday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 9:00, in The Gathering Place. Bring your favorite games, clearly marked, to play with or teach others. Outdoor games will be played till dark; Bingo will be played in the Labyrinth Room. Popcorn and drinks will be provided by the Board of Congregational Life.
Check Meowt: Lulu the Lion will greet worshipers as they enter OSL and hand out Pete the Cat bookmarks on Check Meowt Sunday, Sept. 17; Lu the Lion will visit Wednesday School on Sept. 20. Sponsored by the OSL Library, Lu and Lulu are encouraging kids and youth to read and take advantage of everything the Library has to offer. Each child who checks out books will also receive a prize.
T-Shirt Sunday: God’s Work Our Hands Sunday is Sept. 17 here at OSL. Wear your yellow God’s Work Our Hands T-shirt, your favorite Live Generously T-shirt, or your Serve Sioux Falls T-shirt that day to help celebrate the work we’re all doing in our community and in the world!
OSL’S Organ Recital Series is back. Recitals will be held on Wednesdays, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., followed by a light lunch. Here is the remaining schedule: Sept. 20: Ken Mannes, Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman; Sept. 27: Jeffrey Thormodsgard, Augustana University student.
Church On the Street, an ELCA mission development among the homeless community of Sioux Falls and one of OSL’s mission partners, distributes snack bags to those they serve as they are able. Snack bags will be assembled at OSL this Sunday, Sept. 17, between worship services. Stop by as you are able and help out with this project and the important ministry of Church on the Street.
Students in grades 6 through 12 and their parents are invited to learn about next summer’s Week of Hope service trip to Minneapolis. Meet on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 10:00 a.m., in the back Youth Room, to get details on the trip, which will be July 15 through 20 and will cost around $550, with a $150 nonrefundable deposit due by Oct. 11.
Are you planning to go to Houston next summer for the ELCA Youth Gathering? Deposits are due by Sept. 17! Registration and information packets can be found at the Youth Information Table on the west end of The Gathering Place.
Our Savior’s is joining in Project Warm-Up, which provides fleece tie blankets to homeless area students and families that have endured tragedy, new recipients of Habitat for Humanity homes, and children in the children’s hospital. OSL will be collecting financial and fleece donations through Sept 24. For fleece, get two pieces of equal size fleece (one solid and one print), 1¼ by 1¼ yard (for a baby/toddler), 1½ by 1½ yard (for a child) or 2 by 2 yards (for adolescents or adults). Place your donated fleece in the collection tubs outside the Caring Ministries area on Sundays, or drop it off in the Church Office during the week. For financial contributions, designate “blanket project” in the memo line of your check. Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., all are invited to come together for a blanket-tying party in The Gathering Place. Come be part of the fun!
Families of kindergarten students are welcome to OSL’s first ever Kindergarten Caring Conversations Milestone, on Oct. 8. The milestone will be celebrated, and your child will sing at the 8:45 a.m. Celebrate service. Afterward, at 10:00, you will have Family Time with Pr. Sami in the Friendship Room. (This will be their Sunday School for the day.)
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, Sept. 28, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Join the OSL family—become a member of Our Savior’s! Come to a New Member Orientation on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., in the Friendship Room. Come have your questions answered, receive information you need about OSL, and enjoy a continental breakfast. Register at the Information Center or by calling the Church Office, 336-2942. Questions? Contact Loretta Nelson, email@example.com, or Nicole Mindt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WELCA Fall Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11:00 a.m., in The Gathering Place. Jo Hausman will present “Go for It! A Women’s Guide to Perseverance.” Jo is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, mother, international live radio host, and Virtual Assistant coach. She has appeared in multiple venues, including both ABC and CBS networks. Tickets are $9 each and may be purchased at the Information Center on Sunday or in the Church Office during the week. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Sept. 25.
The One Church One Read book discussion of A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman will be next Sunday, Sept. 24, 10:00 a.m., in the Office Conference Room, followed by a showing of the movie A Man Called Ove at 12:30 in the HolyWord Theatre. RSVP to the OSL Library by noon on Thursday, Sept. 21, to partake in a pizza lunch.
The Women’s Fall Retreat is coming up, on Sept. 22 and 23, at Joy Ranch, near Watertown. The weekend will focus on “Mindfulness and Your Faith,” with Pr. Cindy Hoy as facilitator. Cindy is the director of Pastoral and Spiritual Care at Sanford. Music will be provided by Toni LeVasseur. Register online at oslchurch.com.
OSL Dining Out—an evening of dinner and fellowship at a local restaurant—will visit Khorasan Kabob House, 301 S. Garfield Ave., on Friday, Sept. 29, at 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Donna Wilson, 371-1518, or sign up at the Information Center.