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 resumes this weekend!
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.
It’s Kick-Off Weekend—when OSL fall programming, well, kicks off! The regular worship schedule is back (see above), Frolic and Sunday School start, and Sunday breakfasts return (see below). (Wednesday School, Confirmation, and Wednesday suppers will resume on Sept. 12.) And, both Caring Ministries and the OSL Woodshop will host open houses on Sunday morning, from 9:30 to 11:00, so be sure to stop by!
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. The menu will be eggs and bacon. Wednesday dinners return this week too, with sloppy joes. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
Pr. Randy will begin another year of Connecting Faith and Life (CFL), an adult learning opportunity for those who are interested in exploring the life of faith and going deeper in their experience of the faith, on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Room. All are welcome. This year’s first CFL course will be 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. Participant 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.
Parents’ Night Out will be on 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.
Second Saturday Movies will resume on Sept. 8 with I Can Only Imagine, the captivating movie about the bestselling single in the history of Christian music, and Bart Millard, the man who wrote it. Make a day of it with the movie at 2:30 p.m., Festive worship in the Sanctuary at 5:00, and dinner following worship.
The OSL Library’s Fall Reading Program, “We ‘FALL’ow Jesus,” will start on Sept. 9 and 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 will begin accepting books, movie DVDs, and music CDs on Sept. 10 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.
OSL’s Recent Loss Group will meet on Wednesdays, beginning on Sept. 12 and continuing through Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 6:30, in the Chapel. You may join the group for supper in The Gathering Place, at 5:00. Look for the designated table.
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...

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. Cost is $25 per person, which includes transportation, lunch, and museum entrance fee. Sign up at the Information Center on Sundays or in the Church Office during the week. Questions? Contact Pr. Tim, 336-2942, ext. 19.
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.
Lu/Lulu the Lion will greet worshippers and hand out Pete the Cat bookmarks next Sunday, Sept. 16, and again on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Sponsored by the OSL Library, Lu/Lulu 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.
Our Savior’s and Augustana University Campus Ministry will host Mikah Meyer in concert on 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 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...

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.
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.


Youth and Family Notes

Middle School Youth Group kickoff will be on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 10:00 a.m. Middle School students are invited to kick off the New Year with new Youth Director John Schomberg, and spend the morning getting to know each other, talking about Jesus, playing games, learning about upcoming Middle School Youth Group opportunities, and having a whole lot of fun.
Middle school confirmation kickoff will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. The middle school confirmation program gets into full swing, meaning it’s time for mentor groups, learning about God with Pr. Sami and John, and having a lot of fun with friends. Remember to register your sixth- through eighth-grade students, via this link.
High School Youth Group kickoff will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. New Year, new Youth Director, and new opportunities to grow in faith while having a lot of fun. Start with a night of getting to know each other, hearing from some of OSL’s youth about the life-changing message heard at the National Youth Gathering in Houston, play some group-building games, and have campfire fun by the GaGa Ball pit. All high school youth are invited to join in, and, yes, you are always welcome to bring a friend.

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