From the Senior Pastor
Providing Hope
One Coin at a Time

Pr. Randy Gehring

Our Savior’s began inviting children to help collect a “Noisy Offering” during worship several years ago, an offering of mostly coins that, when dropped in a metal bucket, makes a recognizable sound that gives joy to both the giver and the receiver.

In the past, these offerings were designated for helping kids get to Bible camp and getting food to hungry people through Kids against Hunger. Coming up this month, OSL will be sending a portion of the Noisy Offering received over the past months to the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition in another gesture of kids helping kids.

The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition was created in 2017 to mobilize community resources to help children of low-income families attend preschool. Research shows that kids who attend preschool do better in school, graduate at a higher rate, get better jobs, and make wiser life choices. In short, sending kids to preschool breaks the cycle of poverty.

Most of us give little or no thought to a growing reality in our burgeoning city: the ever-widening income gap between those who have plenty and those who struggle to have enough. As this gap widens and more and more families find themselves living at or below the poverty line, Sioux Falls is becoming a community in which a growing number of children are not being given the opportunity to succeed.

Believe it or not, as many as 350 children in Sioux Falls are unable to attend preschool each year because their families cannot afford it or they can’t get into one of the subsidized programs, such as Head Start. Most of those kids will enter kindergarten unprepared to begin their journey of learning and growing into productive members of society.

The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition believes that every child in the city ought to be able to attend preschool regardless of income—something they call the Sioux Falls Promise.

In 2017–2018, three high-quality church preschools and several community and business partners joined the coalition in placing 40 preschool children in classes. Next year, the Hope Coalition is striving toward an even higher goal—placing 100 children in preschool. To help meet this goal, Central Church, which operates the largest preschool in the city, has joined the coalition for next school year.

Placing 100 kids in preschool, including transportation and meals, will cost $270,000. What this means is that a gift of $2,500 will put one child through an entire year of preschool. What this means is that when that child completes their preschool training, his or her life is forever changed, the cycle of poverty in his or her life will likely be broken, and the trajectory of our community becomes brighter and more hopeful.

On Sunday, June 10, at all worship services, we will announce the amount of OSL’s donation to the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition, given from what has been received in the Noisy Offering. Join us for what surely will be a momentous celebration of our core value of Generosity and our strategic initiative of serving our neighbor.

In Christ’s love,

Pr. Randy Gehring

April 29, 2018
Riley Lucas Boysen, the son of Lucas and Karissa Boysen.

May 6, 2018
Madelynn Sue and Elise Christine Aeilts, the children of Brian and Kristin Aeilts.

May 27, 2018
Jacob David Odland, the son of Erik and Kristin Odland.

June 2, 2018
Elida Marie Travica, the daughter of Brett and Erin Travica.

In Memory of Loren Amundson
Richard and Barbara Friess
Merle and Sharon Johnson
Eldon and Pauline Nelson

In Memory of Margaret Franken
Sherwood Beek
Chhing Chov
Sefin Chov
Mary Christensen
Ron and Sharon Dannenbring
Bob and LuAnn Decker
Douglas DeGroot
Michael and Cynthia Franken
Cindi Grevlos
Mabel Halstenson
Jeffrey and Sarah Herbert
Shirley Hillgren
Mark and Janelle Hoven
Mark and Deborah Hueners
Mike and Cindy Huether
Kenneth Iseminger
David and Karen Kerkhove
Dennis and Anne Rieck McFarland
Gary and Darlene Murra
Michael and Deborah Olson
Charles and Barbara Quam
Brian and Betsy Sittig
Carol Weisz
Ann Willis

May 13, 2018
Flowers are given in memory of Mary Ann Knutson, whose birthday is May 14, by her family.

May 13, 2018
Telecasts sponsored by OSL Women of the ELCA.

Telecasts sponsored in honor and memory of our mother and grandmother, Christine Bly, by
her family. Christine passed away on January 4, 2018, at the age of 101.

Your Offering Makes a Difference
Your generosity is making a real difference in people’s lives through the mission and ministry of OSL. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving and your passionate commitment to God’s work through this congregation. Your continued generosity helps us reach our congregational goal of fully funding our ministry of connecting faith to everyday life.

Ministry Support through April 30, 2018

Annual Giving
Pledged $1,849,306
Received YTD $696,794
Remaining $1,152,512
Projected YTD $621,238
Ahead/(Behind) $75,556

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