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!

OSL’s fall worship schedule has resumed!
Saturday: Festive worship, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Sunday: Festive worship, 8:45 and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Celebrate worship, 8:45 and 11:00 a.m., Celebrate Center.
Parents’ Night Out will be tomorrow,Friday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register for Nursery care (ages one through eight) by contacting Nancy Heesch, robertheesch@yahoo.com, with the names and ages of your children.
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. The menu will be eggs and bacon. Wednesday dinner continues this week too, with breaded chicken. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
Luther the Lion will greet worshippers and hand out Pete the Cat bookmarks this Sunday, Sept. 16, and again on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Sponsored by the OSL Library, Luther will encourage kids and youth to read and take advantage of everything the Library has to offer. Each child who checks out books will receive a treat and a prize.
Connecting Faith and Life (CFL), an adult learning opportunity for those interested in exploring the life of faith and going deeper in their experience of the faith, beganon Wednesday, Sept. 12. The group will meet with Pr. Randy weekly, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Room. The first course: a seven-week focus on the refugee crisis. Through weekly readings, a brief documentary-style video, guided discussion, and group activities, participants will learn to engage and navigate respectfully what can be a difficult subject, while reflecting on how our Christian faith leads us to respond to the plight of our neighbor in need. Books are available in the Church Office during the week or at the Information Center on Sundays; a $10 donation will help defray the cost of resources.
OSL’s Friendship Club will kick off its fall season on Sept. 18 with a bus trip to the Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman, S.D. The group will meet at OSL at 8:30 a.m. for departure at 9:00, then enjoy a guided tour of a number of restored and furnished buildings that house many antiques. Follow that with a walk through the native trees and grasses of the neighboring Prairie Arboretum, then enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to OSL by mid-afternoon. Questions? Contact Pr. Tim, 336-2942, ext. 19.
Our Savior’s and Augustana University Campus Ministry will host Mikah Meyer in concert this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Celebrate Center. Mikah is the son of ELCA pastor Larry Meyer, who served at SDSU Campus Ministry in the mid-to-late eighties before heading to the University of Nebraska Lutheran Student Center. Mikah is traveling to all 417 National Park Service sites as a way of honoring his late father. Along the way, he performs a religiously themed “National Parks Cabaret,” sharing stories and songs from the road, performing music from his days as a professional countertenor at America’s National Cathedral, and talking about his journey as the openly gay son of a pastor to help put a personal face to a larger church topic. The concert is free but a freewill offering will be received to help fund the remainder of Mikah’s project and ministry.
The OSL Library’s Fall Reading Program, “We ‘FALL’ow Jesus,” will run through Oct. 28. Each day they check out items, children, youth, and adults will receive a treat and have their book receipt submitted for a chance to win a weekly $5 drawing. As the program continues, the Library’s Tree of Life display will show the beauty of God’s creation by its leaves of green turning to brilliant golds and reds, representing the ways God richly blesses and transforms us.
The OSL Library is accepting books, movie DVDs, and music CDs for its Fall Book Sale, and will continue accepting items through Oct. 17. The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Friendship Room. A large selection of children’s and adult fiction and nonfiction books will be for sale, along with music CDs and movie DVDs.
The north door (off of 33rd Street) will now be locked at all times, for security reasons. You are welcome to exit via that door, but may enter the church building only through the west, south, and east doors.


A Little Further Out...

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 Loretta, 336-2942, ext. 14, or lneslson@oslchurch.com, to reserve your spot at New Member Orientation on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Members will be received at all services on Oct.6 and 7.
The Three-Year-Olds’ Bible Milestone will be on Sept. 23. Parents and their three-year-olds will have Family Time with Pr. Sami at 10:00 a.m. in the Friendship Room, then will receive their Bibles and a blessing at the 11:00 Festive worship service.
Come join the Library’s Summer One Church One Read book discussion of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman on Sept. 23 in the Conference Room.
“Your Past Does Not Define You” will be the presentation at Addiction Awareness Ministry Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room. Michael Gross will share his story of how God led him away from a life of pain and onto a path of peace and hope. All are welcome!
All OSL members are invited and encouraged to contribute to the 2018 Advent Devotional, “Treasures of Darkness.” Pick up a copy of the Guiding Statement at the Information Center, then send your devotional to Bill Reynolds, breynolds@oslchurch.com, by Nov. 9, preferably as a Word document attached to an email message.
OSL Dining Out—an evening of dinner and fellowship at a local restaurant—will meet at Cowboy Chicken, 41st St. and Garfield Ave., on Friday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Come and enjoy great food and great fellowship! Sign up at the Information Center or call Donna Wilson, 359-7718.
Hey, Snowbirds! OSL is teaming with Lifetouch to produce a new photo directory, which will be out early next year. A first round of photography will begin on Oct. 16 so you may have your portrait taken before you leave the Snow Belt! (You don’t have to be a Snowbird to sign up for October, but there will be another round of photography in December.) Contact Loretta, 336-2942, ext. 14, or lneslson@oslchurch.com, or Barb, 336-2942, ext. 23, or bhaugan@oslchurch.com, to sign up!
The Augsburg Centennial Singers, a 50-voice male chorus, will appear in concert at Our Savior’s on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:00 p.m. Paul Christensen, the Singers’ director, has chosen a variety of music by classical composers including J. S Bach, contemporary composers including Leland B. Sateren, familiar hymn tunes, folk songs, and a patriotic set including “God Bless America.” A freewill offering will be received.


Opportunities and Things to Note...

OSL’s Market for Hunger is back! Produce will be available on Sunday mornings for a freewill donation, which will be used to fight hunger. If you have fresh garden produce to contribute, bring it to the Market for Hunger table in The Gathering Place West on Sunday mornings.
Caring Friends opportunities exist at Bethany Meadows, Brandon, and Good Samaritan Center, Canton. 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 participate in this important ministry!
A big thank you to all the new and returning drivers who helped deliver Meals on Wheels throughout the summer! You make it possible to provide a noon meal to the homebound in our community. The next Meals on Wheels schedule (September through December) is being compiled now. Call Sandy Garnas, 338-5440, to pick the days that fit your availability. Training is provided!
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 September is hearty soup. Donations may be placed in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.


Youth and Family Notes

Ninth-Grade Confirmation Mini-Retreat will be this Sunday, Sept. 16, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will be a fun afternoon with Pr. Sami, John, and all your friends, preparing for what comes after confirmation, painting mugs, and enjoying time together as a ninth-grade class.
Middle and High School Youth Ministry at OSL
For information about the Middle School Lock-In, 2019 Summer Trips to Colorado and Duluth, the new Youth Ministry Team, Football Night with John, a night at the Country Apple Orchard, as well as opportunities to serve in OSL’s growing Youth Ministry or to help by donating a refrigerator, click on the following links.
High School Youth Happenings
Middle School Youth Happenings