Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. See the current bulletin announcements at for all the latest!

Feel like you belong here? You’ll make a difference, meet new friends in faith, and deepen your walk with God when you join OSL. Contact Nicole, 336-2942, ext. 33, or to reserve your spot at New Member Orientation this Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
OSL’s Men’s Bible Breakfast group meets on the first and third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. A continental breakfast is provided by members at each gathering. Men of all ages are invited to attend this one-hour Bible study when it meets on April 21. For more details, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942, ext. 19.
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, which was supposed to have been last Sunday (thanks, blizzard!), will be held this Sunday, April 22, between worship services. There’s no registration—if you volunteer in any way at Our Savior’s, come for a free breakfast and a pin, courtesy of the Congregational Life Board.
This is the last weekend for The Envelope Fundraiser, which supports OSL students going to Week of Hope in Minneapolis and the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer. Stop by the south windows, near the Celebrate Center, grab a numbered envelope, insert cash or a check (made to OSL) with the corresponding number of dollars as the envelope’s number, and place it in the offering or turn it into the Church Office. Thank you for supporting OSL youth!
Start the Conversation Part 2, “Communicating Your Wishes with Advanced Care Planning,” will be this Sunday, April 22, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Avera and Sanford staff will join Michelle Anderson, RN, FCN, in a panel discussion on how to prepare advanced directives. Questions? Contact Michelle, or 336-2942, ext. 28.
The Caring Friends Program expands OSL’s visitation program to members who are homebound or are in nursing homes or care facilities. Learn more at a Sharing and Fellowship meeting on Thursday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m., in the Conference Room.
Faithful Living + Joyful Giving: Generosity is one of OSL’s core values, but do you experience joy in your giving? Do you ever wish you could? Would you like to experience even greater joy in giving? The good news is that you can, by following six proven steps that will take you deeper in your faith. Join Pr. Randy for a six-week Bible study on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 7:00, through May 16, in the Conference Room. All are welcome.

A Little Further Out...

Things are about to get crazy...but that’s what happens when it’s time 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 year’s Midnight Madness will be on Sunday, May 13, from 6:00 to midnight, and there are many opportunities for you to help. Stop by the table in The Gathering Place on Sundays, starting on April 8, to donate your time, food, or financial support for pizzas, or contact Loretta Nelson, or 336-2942, ext. 14. Thank you for your support of Our Savior’s Augie neighbors.
May 12 is the rescheduled date for the Spring Women’s Retreat, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., in The Gathering Place! There will be a light brunch, devotions, music, door prizes, and a wonderful speaker, the charismatic and entertaining Trish Syverson, whose topic will be “A Laugh a Day Keeps…” Questions? Contact Janiece Peterson, 351-8155 or
Wellness Wednesdays will continue through May 2, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in Caring Ministries. The series will use Church Health “Model Moments” study guides to encourage one another in our individual wellness efforts. Suggested donation is $5; the series is supported by a Thrivent grant. Register with Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or
Sign up for Vacation Bible SchoolShipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus! VBS will meet from June 11 through 14, 9:00 a.m. to noon, for children age three through fifth grade. Details and registration are at
Lutherans Outdoors Day Camp, “This Changes Everything,” will be at OSL July 9 through 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for students who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Details and registration are at
The OSL Library’s Spring Book Sale has been moved to next weekend: Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Support the Library by stocking up on books, music CDs, and DVD movies.
OSL Dining Out—an evening of dinner and fellowship at a local restaurant—will meet at Jacky’s Restaurant, 3308 E. 10th St., on Friday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m., for good food, good conversation, and good friends you may not have met yet! Sign up at the Information Center or contact Norma Steinocker, 261-6099 or
The WELCA Mother-Daughter Luncheon will be on Saturday, May 5, at 11:00 a.m. in The Gathering Place. Guest speaker Dee Dee Rapp will present “Love Makes the Journey Great!” Tickets ($9 each) may be purchased in the Church Office during the week and at the Information Center on Sundays, through April 30. Bring a nonperishable food item to the luncheon for a chance at a door prize.
Vision Health, New Advances, a panel/presentation, will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place. Come hear from Bobbi Lower, Vance Thompson Vision, who will speak about cataracts; Dr. Jeff Oakland, Dakota Vision, whose specialty is children and families; and Sherri Bloch, an occupational therapist specializing in low-vision therapies. Bring your questions!
Parents with children from birth through fifth grade are invited to< Muffins with Mom & Dad, OSL Sunday and Wednesday School’s year-end party, on May 13, from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. This shared time will include games, a photo booth, and laughing through activities over scrumptious muffins. This will be in lieu of children attending Sunday School alone. Grandparents are welcome to join in. RSVP to, or contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation,, so we can order enough muffins!

Opportunities and Things to Note...

There’s a Childcare Ministry Opportunity in the Nursery on May 6, for one or two helpers. Contact Nancy,, if you wish to help.
OSL supports the Food To You Mobile Food Pantry by donating various food items throughout the year, which will be used by local families in need. The food item for May is peanut butter. Donations may be placed in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
May Bags will be delivered to homebound OSL members on May 6. Volunteers will deliver more than 150 bags, which means opportunities for many OSL members—at least 75—to help with deliveries. Pr. Justin will pray with volunteers after worship services that day as they pick up their bags in The Gathering Place and begin their deliveries. Sign up at the Information Center.
Through Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters, you can provide hope and opportunity for people living with hunger; you can help persuade Congress to invest in programs that help overcome hunger and poverty. Handwritten letters are the most effective way to make yourself heard in Washington, D.C., and your letter will be amplified by the tens of thousands written by others. Come to The Gathering Place between worship services on May 6 to write your letters.
It’s that time again—time to sign up to serve Meals on Wheels! The schedule for May through August is being drawn up. To help OSL continue its long commitment to this community program, contact Sandy Garnas, 338-5440. Training will be provided for new drivers.

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