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!

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. Lunch will be served at 11:30. Plan to attend!
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!
Wellness Wednesdays in the Park concludes on 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.) The informal discussions begin with a short scripture reflection, followed by conversation. Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson (mianderson@oslchurch.com or 336-2942, ext. 28) or Deb Harlan (336-2942, ext. 49, or dharlan@oslchurch.com).
OSL’s Organ Recital Series continues. 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 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.


A Little Further Out...

The OSL Library’s Summer One Church One Read title is 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 https://bit.ly/2JcaYNw 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 https://bit.ly/2JcaYNw and click the OSL Youth Happenings link.
Welcome to Church, a Milestone for two-year-olds, will be held on Aug. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Your family will enjoy a kid-friendly lunch in The Gathering Place, then explore the building together, having pictures of your child taken at key locations that will then be made into individualized books for you to keep and read together often. Contact Melissa Nesdahl, mnesdahl@oslchurch.com, to register.
Ark in the Park, the season’s final Summer Blast, is coming on Wednesday, Aug. 8­—rain or shine! Come and enjoy good food, a fun animal-themed game, yard games, the ZooMobile, and worship with Short Notice. You don’t want to miss this fun event for all ages. Invite your friends to this fun summer night out! The meal starts at 5:00 and worship starts at 6:30.
First Lutheran, Gloria Dei, East Side Lutheran, and OSL will compete in a walking challenge to see who has the highest achieving walkers. Keep track of your steps during August and turn them into Deb Harlan, dharlan@oslchurch.com or 336-2942, ext. 48, by Sept. 10 to help OSL win brag-ging rights ! Bikers are welcome, too: three miles equals 2,000 steps.
The Healing Garden, located near the south entrance, represents the cycle of life. It is a unique environment of beauty, silence, and serenity, a place to think, pray, grieve, hope, give thanks, and remember. To celebrate the Healing Garden—and the volunteers who keep it beautiful—there will be a Garden Party on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Come enjoy refreshments and the beauty of the garden.
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.
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; for August, it will be pasta. 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.
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.
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 dharlan@oslchurch.com, to learn more about how you can participate in this important ministry!
Summer weather brings out the Caretakers, a group of volunteers who help with clean-up, light yardwork, and various other chores around the OSL campus. The group works outside as weather permits, and finds things to do inside when it doesn’t. To join the Caretakers, simply show up in The Gathering Place on Thursday morning, from 9:00 to noon. Wear appropriate work clothes (hat and work gloves) and bring a water bottle. Tools will be provided. Joel Ziebarth will be on hand to get things rolling.
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, sjohnson@oslchurch.com or 336-2942, ext. 12.

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