Middle School & High School Ministries

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Summer Trip Options for 2018

What: ELCA Youth Gathering

Where: Houston, Tex.

When: June 25 through July 1, 2018

Who: Students in grades 8 through 12

Why: Who doesn’t want to come together with 30,000 of their closest Lutheran buddies from around the country to learn, worship, and serve God?

How: Come to an informational meeting on Wednesday, July 12, at 7:15 p.m., by the OSL Fire Pit (west side of the south parking lot, behind the fence), or Sunday, August 20, at 5:30 p.m. (dinner included), down in the Youth Room. Students who register and pay their $150 nonrefundable deposit for the Gathering on the nights of these meetings will receive a bonus Gathering-themed water bottle, early-bird discount on the trip, and a gift card to be used for meals on the trip. Registration deadline is Sunday, September 17.

The total cost will be around $1,200,¹ which includes registration, transportation, and hotel. This does not include meals.

What: Week of Hope Community Service

Where: Minneapolis, Minn.

When: July 15 through 20, 2018

Who: Students in grades 6 through 12

Why: Experience a week outside of our own community to serve others, take yourself out of your comfort zone, and meet new people. You might serve in a food pantry, nursing home, memory-care facility, or kids’ club setting with five other people who may or may not be members of OSL. We serve who God calls us to serve!

How: There will be a trip meeting on Sunday, September 17, at 10:00 a.m., in the Youth Room. Turn in registration with a $150 nonrefundable deposit by Wednesday, October 11.

The total cost will be around $550,¹ which includes registration, transportation, housing, and non-travel day meals.

¹Never let the cost of a trip keep you from going! There will be a lot of fundraising to help cover costs of these trips, and financial assistance is available beyond what OSL can help with, so contact Elise if you have any questions about paying for a trip: email ehasche@oslchurch.com, or call or text 507-438-9170.

Scavenger Hunt and Pizza

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition that ends in a pizza party? Middle- and high-school students and families are invited to form teams (no bigger than what can fit inside a car with everyone in seatbelts) for a photo scavenger hunt around Sioux Falls. We will meet in The Gathering Place at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, and have groups return by 5:00 p.m. While points are being tabulated, everyone will make their own pizza for dinner and join in some fellowship time. Teams may sign up at the Youth Information Table in The Gathering Place, email Elise (ehasche@oslchurch.com), or register via Sign Up Genius.

Lunch Is Served

Middle- and high-school students and families are invited to an evening of making sack lunches for the community in need here in Sioux Falls. We will meet at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1600 E 12th St., at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, August 21, to put together around 300 lunches. We will end the evening with an ice cream social. Sign up at the Youth Information Table in The Gathering Place, email Elise (ehasche@oslchurch.com), or register via Sign Up Genius.

Middle School


Every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
Start in Fellowship Hall then head to small groups.

Confirmation Camp
For All Incoming Sixth-Graders

July 23 through 26
Joy Ranch

Confirmation Camp provides the opportunity for Wednesday and Sunday School fifth graders to come together for the first time and grow friendships with each other, as well as deepen their relationships with Pr. Sami and OSL Youth Director Elise Hasche, before confirmation begins. This make that transition more comfortable and meaningful this fall. The camp also offers encounters with Jesus in ways that can’t be replicated in the church or home. Come enjoy horseback riding, worship, campfires, games, hanging with the Youth Director, s’mores, swimming in the lake, etc.

Register online at https://mycircuitree.com/LOSD//Registration/EventSelection.aspx?filter=peid|VYYR0mifiFQ%3d. The cost indicated is $375, but OSL happily covers $95 per camper so deposit only $280!

Details are still coming together, but campers will meet at and return to OSL, with OSL providing transportation.

Questions? Contact Nicole Mindt, nmindtoslchurch.com or 336-2942, ext. 33.

Middle School Youth Group (MSYG)

Youth Group for middle school students meets every Sunday from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. in the Youth Room. There is always donuts and juice boxes! MSYG focuses on the Bible, and also undertakes random service projects, visits the nursing home to hang out with residents, or just has fun days! All middle-school students are welcome to join in!

For our last MSYG event of the summer, we will be gathering in Fellowship Hall for a night of Cookies & Canvas on Wednesday, August 9, from 6:30 to 8:30. The cost will be $26.63 (includes tax) per canvas. Middle school students and their friends are welcome to sign up at the Youth Information Table in The Gathering Place, email Elise ( ehasche@oslchurch.com), or register via Sign Up Genius.

Questions? contact Elise Hasche, Director of Youth & Family Ministry, ehasche@oslchurch.com or 336-2942.

High School

Emerge High School Youth Group

On Wednesday nights during the school year, high schoolers gather to socialize and connect faith to everyday life. Whatever group you find yourself in at high school, at OSL those groups fall away and youth come together as a united community. We meet weekly in the Youth Room from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Ninth-grade students will be required to go to Youth Group during their final weeks of confirmation!

Want to be added to the Youth & Family Ministry email list? Email Elise, ehasche@oslchurch.com.

Office Address
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
909 W. 33rd St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Worship Schedule


  • 5:00 p.m. - Festive Worship


  • 8:45 a.m. – Festive Worship / Celebrate Worship
  • 11:00 a.m. – Festive Worship / Celebrate Worship

Summer Worship Schedule

May 28 through Labor Day


  • 5:00 p.m. - Festive Worship


  • 8:45 a.m. – Celebrate Worship
  • 10:00 a.m. – Festive Worship
  • 10:30 a.m. – Celebrate Worship

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