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

A meeting of the OSL congregation will be held on Sunday, July 29, at 11:45 a.m., in The Gathering Place. The agenda will include a midyear financial update and other information. Plan to attend!
Suicide is a preventable public health problem, and one of the ways to prevent it is to talk about it. OSL Stephen Ministers will host a Suicide Prevention Hotline presentation on Tuesday, July 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room, and on Thursday, July 19, at 11:00 a.m., in the Conference Room. Plan to attend one of these sessions! With help comes hope.
Wellness Wednesdays in the Park will continue through July 25 at 9:00 a.m. at Lower Tuthill Park shelter and playground. (The group will relocate to OSL in case of inclement weather.) These informal discussions are for all ages and stages—come as your summer schedule allows—and will begin with a short scripture reflection followed by conversation. Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson ( or 336-2942, ext. 28) or Deb Harlan (336-2942, ext. 49, or

A Little Further Out...

The OSL Library’s Summer One Church One Read title will be Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Be sure to check out a copy in the Library, then join the discussion on Sept. 23 in the Conference Room.
Emerge High School Lock-In, “Hunger and Thirst,” for students entering grades 9 through 12, will be on Friday, July 27, from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 Saturday morning, for worship, service, and activities designed to help us think about what it means to hunger and thirst for God. Cost is $5 at the door and includes snacks and breakfast (so you won’t be physically hungry!). For more info and sign-up, visit and click the OSL Youth Happenings link.
This summer’s OSL Children’s Night at Thunder Road will be July 29, from 4:00 to 7:00. Everyone with a child through fifth grade is welcome to bring the entire family! Just say you’re with Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Children’s to get special priced $4.50 one-attraction one-time tickets or two times in batting cage, tilt-a-whirl, or laser maze. Children age five and under may play mini-golf free with a paying adult. Come and go as you wish, getting as many tickets as your family wants.
OSL Middle School Lock-In, “Rev It Up,” for incoming sixth- through ninth-graders, will be on Friday, Aug. 3, from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 Saturday morning. The night will start at OSL with games, worship, and fun, then move to Thunder Road to join with youth groups from all over the area for go-carts, mini golf, laser tag, and more. The cost is $30, and includes six hours at Thunder Road, pizza, drinks, snacks, and breakfast back at OSL. For more info and sign-up, visit and click the OSL Youth Happenings link.
This summer’s OSL Day at the Parks is scheduled for Aug. 12! Come for worship at the McKennan Park Bandshell at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting, then plan to spend the afternoon at the Birdcage as the Sioux Falls Canaries host the Fargo Moorhead Redhawks. Pr. Randy will throw out the first pitch! Game time is 1:05 p.m. Tickets are available for $8 per person at the Information Center or in the Church Office.
This summer’s OSL’s Organ Recital Series will return in July. Recitals will be held on Wednesdays, from 12:15 to 12:44 p.m., followed by a light lunch ($7 per person). Here is the schedule:
• July 18: David Lim, Bethlehem Lutheran, Bayport, Minn.;
• July 25: Michael Rathke, St. John’s Lutheran, LeMars, Iowa;
• Aug. 1: Marilyn Schempp, Our Savior’s;
• Aug. 8: Mary Newton, St. Barnabas Lutheran, Plymouth, Minn.;
• Aug. 15: Zachary Brockhoff, First Lutheran, Sioux Falls.
Pr. Randy will be offering a six-week Bible study, “Growing the Church God’s Way: A Study of Ephesians,” beginning on July 24. The class will meet in the Conference Room, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be served. A $10 donation will help cover the cost of materials. Come and join the conversation!
Keep It Moving: First Lutheran and Gloria Dei have challenged OSL to a competition to see which congregation has the highest achieving walkers. Keep track of your steps during August and turn them into Deb Harlan, or 336-2942, ext. 48, by Sept. 10 to help OSL win bragging rights in the walking challenge!
This summer’s OSL Dining Out—an evening of dinner and fellowship at a local restaurant—will meet at Strawbale Winery, 47215 257th St., Renner (just 12 miles from OSL) on Thursday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening in the country listening to live music and sampling from Skipping Stone Pizza or Kabab King food trucks. Parking is $5 per person, $10 for a carload. Grab some friends and a couple of chairs and travel together! Sign up at the Information Center or contact Norma Steinocker, 261-6099 or
Reading Rocks!, the OSL Library’s summer reading program, will run through Aug. 5. Each day they check out items, children through adults will receive a treat and submit their checkout receipt into a contest to determine which child, youth, and adult read the most books during the nine-week program. The Library will track and display the number of books read throughout the summer.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

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 July is macaroni and cheese. Donations may be placed in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
This summer’s Noisy Offering will be given to two agencies that are making an impact in the lives of children in our community: the Hope Coalition and Project SOS–Supply Our Students. The Hope Coalition is determined to make preschool accessible for all children, and Supply Our Students is working to provide every student with the necessary school supplies. Thank you for your generous support, and thank you to OSL kids, who play an important role in making the Noisy Offering happen each week.
Caring Friends Opportunities exist at Bethany Meadows, Brandon; Morgan Lane Village, Tea; Good Samaritan Center, Canton; and Edgewood Vista, Covington Care Center, and Southridge Healthcare in Sioux Falls. Caring Friends serves members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities. Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or, to learn more about how you can participate in this important ministry!
Connect faith to everyday life by being one of 25 OSL volunteers who will help to serve breakfast at the Banquet on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Sign up at the Information Center, or call Jon Voight, 334-8410 or 323-9591.
As a site for the Summer Food Service Program, OSL will be open through Aug. 17 for children through age 18 to enjoy free, nutritious lunches, Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. Parents, babysitters, or caring adults should accompany their children. There’s no sign-up, no forms, and no requirements. All are welcome. Questions? Pr. Sami, or 336-2942, ext. 12.

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