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!
Looking for engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting? Join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped tonight, Thursday, March 22, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St.
OSL Dining Out—an evening of dinner and fellowship at a local restaurant—is heading to Cody’s Smokehouse BBQ, 6401 S. Louise Ave., tomorrow, March 23 at 5:45 p.m. Come for good food, good conversation, and good friends you may have not met yet! Email Donna Wilson, email@example.com.
A new way to experience Good Friday worship: Good Friday GIFT of Love (Generations in Faith Together) is a Cross+Gen Good Friday worship service with engaging age-appropriate elements for children and their families. You can look forward to an interactive, visual confession and forgiveness, caring conversation, and a sacred garden tomb experience, all woven into a progres-sive worship service that will move around the church building to help tell the story of Good Friday, the story of the full expression of Jesus’ love for all people. Come and worship at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, beginning in the Sanctuary.
For anyone who has experienced any type of loss, OSL’s Healing Service offers comfort and support. Prayer shawls and a blessing will be given to those who come forward for individual prayer and anointing. The Healing Service will be on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel.
Easter plants will beautify worship services on Easter Sunday, April 1. If you wish to honor a special person or occasion, remember a loved one or friend, or show gratitude for God’s many blessings by purchasing a plant ($15), stop at the Information Center on Sunday or the Church Office during the week. Plants may be picked up after the 11:00 a.m. services on Easter Sunday.
The OSL Library is hosting a Resurrection Egg Hunt in the Library each Sunday and Wednesday through April 1, to keep God’s grace at the heart of the Lenten season. Children and youth who check out items and find one of the Resurrection Eggs hidden among the Library shelves will receive a prize after they explain the way the item inside relates to the Easter story.
As March Madness winds down, it’s time to focus on 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-2942, ext. 14. Thank you for your support of Our Savior’s Augie neighbors.
The Blood Mobile will return to OSL on Sunday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At some point on that date OSL will reach its 1,000th donation milestone, and you can help make that happen and help save lives to boot! Sign up at the Information Center or in the Church Office during the week.
The Envelope Fundraiser 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, put 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 office by April 22. Thank you for supporting OSL youth!
Wellness Wednesdays will begin on April 11 and run 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 email@example.com.
Come join OSL women and guests for the Spring Women’s Retreat, April 14, 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…” Register now for a fun and inspirational morning! Visit oslchurch.com and follow the links to register online, or contact the Church Office, 336-2942.
Starting your spring cleaning? Why not donate your gently used books, CDs, and DVDs to the OSL Library’s Spring Book Sale? Items will be accepted from March 18 through April 11. Please do not leave boxes of items outside the Library, but bring them inside during business hours.
The Congregational Life Board will host a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on April 15, between worship services. No special invitations will be sent; if you volunteer in any way at OSL, you are invited! Volunteers will receive a pin and free breakfast.
Operation Outreach is OSL’s way of empowering the work of over 25 ministry partners this year through festival offerings (Lent, Easter, Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas). In 2018, OSL hopes to raise more than $55,000 through these special offerings in order to continue to support the life-giving ministries of OSL’s partners in a meaningful and substantial way. Thanks for giving generously to Operation Outreach!
Sign up at the Information Center to help serve communion on Easter Sunday. Many opportunities exist for you and your family to help. Ushers will reserve seats for communion servers and their families.
Join other OSL members packing lunches for the working poor in the community at Lunch Is Served on Wednesday, March 28, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1600 E. 12th St., from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sign up at the Information Center or in the Church Office. Contact Pr. Justin 336-2942, ext. 44, or firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
Plant carriers will help with the Easter procession in each Festive worship service on April 1. To be part of the procession, leave your name at the Information Center on Sunday or in the Church Office during the week. This is a great family activity! Seats will be reserved for plant carriers, who should meet 20 minutes prior to the service, in Room 103.
Connect faith to everyday life by being one of 25 OSL volunteers who will help to serve breakfast at the Banquet on Thursday, April 19. Sign up at the Information Center, or call Jon Voight, 334-8410 or 323-9591.
Among the many opportunities to serve OSL and the larger community, two currently stand out: Ushers and Information Center hosts. Each of these volunteer positions is an important component of Our Savior’s dedication to hospitality, to members and visitors alike. The time commitment is not great, and schedules are adjustable. Contact Loretta Nelson, email@example.com or 336-2942, ext. 14, for more information.