OSLC Foundation

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation
Jubilee Society Members

Selma Ahrendt*
Loren and Mavis Amundson
Sue Anderson*
Joan Bakke
Charles* L. and Elizabeth* Balcer
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Verna Berg*
Jerome and Susan Blake
Allison Boyd
Scott and Beth Boyens
Lyle* and Othello* Christensen
James and Judy Dedrickson
Verna Driveness*
Norm and Clarice Eitrheim

Deloris Elgethun*
Bob and Rita Elmen
Brian and Gail Ensberg
Dorence* and Sally Ensberg
Jerald and Jill Franken
Jon and Jana Gadbury
Dennis and Pam Hanneman
Bruce and Wendy Hasche
Susan Hauff
Patty Haugen
Dennis and Patsy Holzwarth
Don* and Gayle Hooper
Ken and Laurice Iseminger
Dennis and Janelle Jarabek
Don* and Leora* Jensen
James* and Berniece* Kopperud
Richard and Gloria Landborg
Elvira Larson*
Leroy* and Jorene* Larson
Don and Sharon Lehmann
Grace Lindroth*
Dennis and Anne McFarland
Deb Merxbauer
Marie Muchow*
Robert Nanson*
Jim and Carol Oakland
Jon and Julie Oien
Oscar* and Elsie* Oksol

Betty Oldenkamp
Arthur* and Ruth Olsen
Robert* and Berniece Olson
Mike and Deborah Olson
Louis* and Joyce* Profilet
Orley and Viva Rath
Roy Rogers and Jan Haugen-Rogers
Ron and Martha Rossing
Marcella Schlicht*
Steve and MaryAnn Sherman
Vi Sinning*
Brian and Betsy Sittig
Elmer and Joy Smolnisky
Ellen Smook
Darrell Svendsen*
Les and Carolyn Svendsen
Bob and Joan Thimjon
Aryln and Jeanine Thomas
Don and Marie Thompson
Jerel and Nancy Tieszen
Carl* and Charlotte Van De Waa
Dick and Donna Wilson

(* – Deceased member)

Foundation Notes – February 2018

For your convenience, memorial cards are available at the Church Office or the Information Center in The Gathering Place. Use them as freely as you wish to remember and honor loved ones with gifts that endure to the Our Savior’s Foundation.

Another annual meeting has come and gone—copies of the Foundation financial report are available in the Church Office. Please take time to pick one up and see how the growth of the Foundation is supporting the day-to- day work at OSL. Remember, as you contemplate giving to Our Savior’s, your support flows to three areas of need:
• Today: The doors are open wide each day serving members and the community alike through worship and arts, education, and benevolence. In addition, your gifts fund daily staff activity and facility operations. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
• Tomorrow: The physical plant, which includes offices, Sanctuary, Narthex, The Gathering Place, Chapel, Friendship Room, Fellowship Hall, Sunday and Wednesday School rooms, Gym, Youth Room, music rooms, restrooms—everything. The ongoing cost of this maintenance is paid by your support of the annual stewardship appeal. However, there remains an outstanding obligation after we were able to build and expand. The Mission: Possible team is working with members to eliminate the remaining debt by 2021 and free up current interest payments to ongoing service and growth initiatives. Our church home was built for service and to last and last. Thank you once again for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
• Timeless: Memorial gifts, honoraria, and estate gifts add to a growing endowment that year after year produces a payout to support the needs identified above. Gifts given since the inception of the Foundation in 1978 join with others to make a strong witness to the living legacy of Our Savior’s. Members past, present, and future give thanks for legacy giving.

Please connect with Jon Oien, joien@sio.midco.net or 212-5261, to discuss the process of giving!

Foundation Notes – June 2017

Our Savior’s has identified five core values that are woven into our daily lives. Those values are Worship, Service, Learning, Generosity, and Community. The Our Savior’s Foundation clearly delivers the core value of Generosity year-in and year-out. The focus of the support from the Foundation to the congregation falls into the four categories we headline as
• Education
• Mission and Outreach
• Property
• Worship and Arts

From 2012 to 2016 this generosity amounted to nearly $375,000!

How does the Foundation get funds? Generous members give money directly to the Foundation. Cash gifts, memorial gifts, gifts to honor others (all of which are “today” gifts), and gifts from wills, trusts, IRAs, gift annuities, and more (which are “tomorrow gifts”).

These gifts are invested for the long-term. How does the Foundation distribute funds? Each year the Foundation pays a portion directly to Our Savior’s. This support includes confirmation robes; furniture and computers in the Youth area, Gathering Place furniture; Gym sound system; a tabletop steamer for the kitchen; organ repair; clergy stoles; TV cameras for the Sanctuary; liturgical art for the Sanctuary and Celebrate Center. The list is actually much longer, but you can see that the Foundation is indeed generous.

This is an invitation for you to become part of the Foundation’s growth. Talk to a Foundation board member or contact Jon Oien, joien@sio.midco.net. They will help you discover ways for you to be the fuel for propelling OSL forward.

Gifts to the OSLC Foundation
In Memory of Bruce Williams
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Jan and Roy Rogers
Floyd and Carol Prouty
In Memory of Darrell Svendsen
Alan and Arlys Stanga
Debra Merxbauer
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Donald and Gayle Hooper
Wayne and Norma Steinocker
Lloyd and Maxine Leaders
Dennis and Pam Hanneman
Beverly Hallstrom
Jim and Rosalie Ryan
Diane Cramer
Ronald and Martha Rossing
A. R. Villaume
Michael and Deborah Olson
Pauline Buckstead
Ronald and Janet Hybertson
Craig and Sandy Lickteig
Ronald and Valerie Nielsen
Mandeline Gaede
Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy
Mark and Marilyn Schempp
Irene B Peterson
Norman Eitrheim
Donald and Sarah Abbas
Sam and Kari Patranella
James and Carol Oakland
Dennis and Mary Ann Knutson
Robert and Joan Thimjon
Don and Val Koster
Evelyn Trautman and Dennis Olson
Edna Ballard
Ardith Sween and Julie and Gary Steinbeck
Connie Foss
Jan Haugan Rogers and Roy Rogers
Mary Birkeland
In Memory of Steve Gilbertson
Floyd and Carol Prouty
In Memory of Clarence Dedrickson
James and Laura Westby
In Memory of Sally Ahrendt
Robert and Joan Thimjon
In Memory of Darlene Carlson
William and Joyce Schmidt
Robert and Leah Moncur
In Memory of Dab Robar
Conrad and Helen Dice
In Memory of Rich Hanson
Leif and Kathleen Fjellestad
Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy
John and Marcia Kittelson
Steve and Susan Hauff
Rita and Robert Elmen
Wayne and Sandra Mulder
Floyd and Carol Prouty
Jeanne Carter
James and Carol Oakland
Dennis Knutson
James and Rosalie Ryan
Alan and Arlys Stanga
Robert and Joan Thimjon
Marvin and Dawn Jensen
Mark and Marilyn Schempp
In Memory of Cy Binger
Alan and Arlys Stanga
In Memory of Don Hooper
Orley and Viva Rath
Richard and Janice Boe
Robert and Cheryl Kovacich
Floyd and Carol Prouty
Dennis Knutson
Ronald and Martha Rossing
Wayne and Sonja Hughes
James and Jennifer Hesterman
John and Andie Palmer
Gene and Julie Murray
Jean Rosenweig
Terry and Connie Myhre
Steve and Susan Hauff
Charles and Cheryl Havelaar
Helen Madsen
Lois Matson

Michelle Chronister
Elton and Beverly Budahl
Joan Klock
Matthew Evans and Tiffany Hohwieler Evans
Stanley and Ruby Hippe
Pam Hoiland
Debra Merxbauer
Bill and Lorrae Lindquist
Deb Thormodsgard
Jon and Kathy Hagen
Chad and Suzette Hohwieler
Robert and Lisa Bass
Dennis and Pam Hanneman
Laurel Dose
Norman Eitrheim
John and Carol McGrath
Warren and Arlean Jensen
Sue Loge
Mavis Carl
Margaret Novak
Stephen and Jane Sahly
Donald and Sharon Lehmann
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
David and Beverly Leedom
Shon Cronk
David and Karen Zimbeck
David and Kathy Martin
Robert and Jean Blackman
Alan and Brenda Hodgson
Judy Winter
Robert and Rita Elmen
Alan and Carol Johnson
Michael and Deborah Olson
John and Cheryl Dyvig
Linda Baker
Steven and Connie Salmela
Jacqueline and Howard Wickett
Steffen and Janet Helgaas
Donald and Sarah Abbas
James and Carol Oakland
James and Rosalie Ryan
Leslie and Caroyln Svendsen
Melissa Cooper
Mary Birkeland
Martha Baker
Lowell and Norma Hyland
Joe and Karen Chang
Ann and Brad Randall
Donna Scott
Roger White
Donald and Bonnie McCleerey
Rollyn and Diana Hohwieler
Kevin Chang
Bankers Trust Co
Vicki Madsen
Bill and Elaine Adams
In Memory of Joel Cook
Floyd and Carol Prouty
Jon and Julie Oien
Dennis and Pamela Hanneman
Dennis Knutson
Debra Merxbauer
Alan and Arlys Stanga
Patty Haugen
Marvin and Dawn Jensen
Richard and Janice Boe
Warren and Arlean Jensen
Jan and Roy Rogers
Steve and Susan Hauff
Leslie and Caroyln Svendsen
Jim and Leann Kvernes
Marv and Donna Jensen
Curtis and Lynda Olson
In Memory of Don Dehaan
Dennis and Pam Hanneman
Estate Gift – Thrivent
Joyce E. Profilet Estate
Other Gufts
Sara Anne Ensberg
Don and Sharon Lehmann
Richard and Gloria Landborg
Gerald and Brenda Beninga
Jim and Rosalie Ryan
Ralph and LaVonne Johnshoy
Dennis Knutson
Donald and Gayle Hooper
Ron Anderson

Foundation Notes – July 2015

A Conversation with Former South Dakota Synod Bishop Norm Eitrheim
Tell us about the beginnings of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation.
The history goes back further than my connection with the Foundation. I was asked to serve on the board by Jim Dedrickson. There was a need for a foundation, and a study done by an independent consultant confirmed the validity of the idea. The aging of members was also a key aspect of the decision to create the foundation.

What has been the greatest accomplishment of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation?
I think the initial study was a great step forward. Since then, I think having two part-time staff members to assist the board was a great accomplishment. The staff will help to be a net to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. The OSLCF has been a well-kept secret that should be made known. Members’ gifts will live on in perpetuity, and that is a powerful notion. If members understand the difference between current giving to OSLC and planned giving to OSLCF, they will see the benefits of both supporting this congregation today and forever.

Where does the OSLCF go from here and what should it accomplish?
I hope that the Foundation will be a support for ministries that the church cannot afford to support. Growing ministries is the best way to keep the church alive. The life of the church is connected to the growth that comes with new and the renewed ministries—it has to be more than just supporting the physical plant. The OSLCF must educate members about the need for the Foundation and help members to understand how their gifts will be used forever.

Exciting news from the Our Savior’s Lutheran Foundation
The OSLCF will host its first Jubilee Society event on Sunday, November 1. This will be a gathering to thank donors who have made legacy gifts to the Foundation. Lunch and a short program will begin at 12:15. Invitations will be sent in early autumn for this inaugural gathering.

Perhaps you are among the members of Our Savior’s who have included the church in your estate plans but the Foundation doesn’t know about it yet. If so, we want to thank you and recognize you at this celebration. Contact Jon Oien, joien@sio.midco.net or 212-5261, so you can be included as a Jubilee Society member!

Foundation Notes – April 2014

The Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation was started years ago for the purpose of supporting the ministry of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. (Nothing like stating the obvious!) The Foundation has three distinct functions: Gathering assets, managing assets, and making distributions to serve OSL. The Foundation board works diligently to establish policies and procedures about investment management and then monitors the progress and performance of the established guidelines. Each year the board evaluates requests that reflect current needs of Our Savior’s, and available funds are distributed to fulfill those requests. You may pick up an annual report of the Foundation in the Church Office to track the variety and importance of those distributions.

The Foundation gathers and grows assets in numerous ways, but in the end it is the generosity of members and friends of OSL that is the key to long-term success in that area. The Foundation manages approximately $2.3 million, which has grown over the years because members have been active stewards. Some gifts come in the form of memorials and some in the form of donations, but most of the growth of the Foundation’s assets has come through legacy gifts. Legacy gifts involve a process in which members ask themselves a series of questions to determine the ultimate purpose of their financial plan. It is often a simple process but not necessarily easy to navigate, and so the Foundation has engaged the services of Jon Oien to assist members in this process. If you have contemplated ways to make a lasting impact on the mission of your church home, contact Jon, 605-212- 5261 or joien@sio.midco.net, with your questions or to set up an appointment. Jon suggests a quick review of ELW hymn 798 as a good preparation. Answer the questions in that hymn, then let the conversation begin!

—Allison Boyd, Vice Chair

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