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. This is the final weekend of Our Savior’s 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.
Wm. Paul Young, the author of The Shack, will be speaking at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1201 N. West Ave., this Monday, Oct. 2, at 7:00 p.m. A freewill offering will be received. This event is sponsored by South Dakota Faith in Public Life.
Welcome new members who are being received into the OSL family at each of this weekend’s worship services. You will know them by their red carnations.
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.
Join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped--conversation, reflection, prayer, and Christian community--at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St., tonight, Thursday, Sept. 28, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
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.
Volunteers will be tutoring seven students at Hayward Elementary, 400 N. Valley View Rd., on Mondays, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., starting on Oct. 2—and you can help! There’s no need to commit to every Monday; just visit http://bit.ly/2feBb1i and put in your information. Materials are supplied. This is a project of the Ayuda Initiative, an ELCA ministry partner of OSL. If you need help or have questions, contact Jennifer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 339-8571.
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., Oct. 3 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.
OSL Dining Out--an evening of dinner and fellowship at a local restaurant--will visit Khorasan Kabob House, 301 S. Garfield Ave., this Friday, Sept. 29, at 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Donna Wilson, 371-1518.
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 (available now through Oct. 9) 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 will be rehearsing on Wednesday evenings, at 6:30, in the Choir Room, starting this Wednesday, Oct. 4.
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: Oct. 6 and Oct. 20.
MSYG (Middle School Youth Group) will head to the Heartland Country Corn Maze in Harrisburg on Sunday, Oct. 8. Gather at OSL at noon (after 11:00 a.m. worship) for lunch, then carpool to the Corn Maze together. The group will return around 2:30 p.m. Cost will be $10, which will cover lunch and the maze. Friends are welcome! Sign up on the SignUpGenius link at oslchurch.com/youth.
CPR/AED and first-aid training for ushers, deacons, Sunday and Wednesday School Teachers, and all interested OSL Members and staff will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, in The Gathering Place West. Come at 5:30 p.m. for pizza; training with Jeremy Robertson of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue will start at 6:30. Pre-register with the Church Office, 336-2942, or email@example.com.
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.)
The OSL Library will be accepting books, movie DVDs, and music CDs through October 18 for its annual Fall Book Sale. Bring items into the Library during business hours (don’t leave them outside the Library). The sale will run from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Friendship Room.
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, starting on Sunday, Oct. 8, between worship services (9:45 to 10:30 a.m.), in Fellowship Hall. 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 or to sign up.
Immigration: Myths and Realities will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 10:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room. Jennifer Lunder, Ayuda coordinator, and Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman, local author and researcher, will conduct the forum, which will offer participants an opportunity to study research-based truths about immigration, recognize myths and misperceptions about our immigrant neighbors, and better understand how members of faith communities are called to respond to immigration-related issues.