Blood Mobile Returns to OSL on October 1
Get ready to roll up your sleeve to save a life! The Blood Mobile will be back at OSL on Sunday, October 1. Watch for sign-up details to follow (although walk-ins are always welcome).

Friendship Club
“The Power of Dreams,” presented by Jeff Gould, is the program for this month’s Friendship Club, on October 17 at 10:30 a.m., in the Friendship Room. As usual, this informative and educational presentation will be followed by lunch, in The Gathering Place. Be sure to stop by, and bring a friend!

For more information, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 336-2942 or

CPR, AED, and First Aid Training
Jeremy Robertson of Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue will be conducting CPR, AED, and first aid training at OSL on Thursday, October 19.

The evening will start off with a pizza supper, from 5:30 to 6:30, followed by an informal class with hands-on CPR practice from 6:30 till 7:30, in The Gathering Place West.

Who should attend? Any interested adults and youth, OSL volunteers, ushers, teachers and mentors, and staff.

Lutheran Men in Mission
Lutheran Men in Mission meets on the third Saturday of each month, at 8:30 a.m., in the Office Conference Room, for an hour of Bible study, breakfast, and fellowship. For more information, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 336-2942, ext. 19, or

Health Ministries
Our Savior’s has a number of ongoing health ministries that meet on a weekly or monthly basis. Feel free to join any of the following sessions. For more information, contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

Footcare Clinic
Cost is $25 per person. Thursday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call the Church Office, 336-2942, to schedule your appointment.

Hope for Living with
Illness or Cancer

Every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Friendship Room. People and their families who have or are experiencing the challenge of cancer are welcome. If you cannot attend, but would like to be on our prayer and devotional mailing list, contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

Knitting/Crocheting Ministry
Learn how to knit or crochet prayer shawls (to be given to people to remind them of God’s presence and love in their lives) and mittens and scarves (for missions).
Wednesday, October 11 and 25, 9:30 a.m., Sonshine Room.
2nd Saturday Knitters, October 14, 9:30 a.m., Sonshine Room.

Good Grief
Every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 103. Offers support to anyone dealing with loss and crisis in their lives.

Memory Care Support Group
Saturdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Office Conference Room. For caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the group is a place for caregivers to share and to receive understanding and empathy. Contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

OSL-sponsored Pickleball: Mondays, 8:00 a.m. to noon and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Mediterranean Style Cooking Event in October
Sanaa Abourezk, a gourmet chef, restaurateur, author, and nutritionist, will share her talents at OSL at a Mediterranean Style Cooking Event on Tuesday, October 24, at 6:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room.

The owner-operator of the popular Sioux Falls Middle Eastern restaurant that bears her name, Sanaa attended cooking school in Florence, Italy, as well as the Cordon Bleu Baking School in Paris, France. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and a master’s degree in nutrition, and has worked as a nutrition adviser for the South Dakota
Department of Health, where she advised clients on nutrition, cooking, and healthy eating.

As she shares cooking and nutritional information, Sanaa also will discuss her birth country, Syria, and her family. Watch for more details as they develop!

OSL: A Community Facing Addiction
“Expecting kids in South Dakota to make good decisions about alcohol use is like expecting fish to survive in a polluted stream.” —Matt Walz

Addiction Awareness Ministry Sunday at OSL will be October 8, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., in the Celebrate Center. Speakers will be Matt Walz, from Keystone Treatment Center and the Jason Foundation (preventing teen suicide), and Dave Jansa, a recovery coach with Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls, discussing the topic “Underage Drinking and Prevention.” Both men are fathers, with a long history of working in the field of alcohol addiction, and both are passionate about bringing attention to the practical aspects of society’s relationship with alcohol. For instance:
• South Dakota receives about $15 million in alcohol tax revenue, but spends in the neighborhood of $250 million to mitigate the harmful use of alcohol.

• Most people are not aware that 25% of all alcohol consumed in South Dakota is by underage drinkers, and that 40% of teens say they have been marketed to online by alcohol companies.

More effort is needed in the areas of prevention and awareness. These guest speakers will share information and answer questions about alcohol policies in South Dakota.

As a partner in Communities Facing Addiction, with Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls and other Lutheran faith communities, OSL shares the goal of bringing awareness to the chronic disease of addiction to alcohol and drugs, and is committed to creating a culture of care and openness. This marks the fifth year the Caring Ministries Board has had speakers join in OSL’s mission of bringing faith to everyday life.

All are welcome at this event. Invite your family and friends.

Better Choices, Better Health
Better Choices, Better Health South Dakota (BCBH) is an interactive workshop offered once a week for six weeks. Each session is 2½ hours long. Trained leaders, many of whom are volunteers and may have a chronic condition themselves, facilitate these non-disease specific workshops. You’ll meet others who deal with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, breathing problems, or multiple chronic conditions.

The next BCBH event is Sioux Falls will be at Active Generations, 2300 W. 46th St., October 12 through November 16, from 1:00 till 3:30 p.m.

BCBH workshops are free to attend, but a suggested donation of $10 for materials would be appreciated. Questions? Contact Fran Rice, BCBH Regional Coordinator, 366-5968, 371-1000, or

Some Extra Help
Caring Ministries staff and volunteers frequently encounter folks from the OSL congregation who need a little extra help. They often come to us with their needs, and we do our best to connect them with others who can help them. The tasks may be as simple as changing a light bulb, getting a few groceries, or putting a load of laundry in the washer or dryer—easy for most of us, but for some of our members these tasks become overwhelmingly difficult.

Sometimes the help is temporary, for a few weeks, until a family member can resume helping. Sometimes it’s long-term. (When there’s a need for a more permanent, paid caregiver, OSL makes referrals to local agencies who provide these professional caregivers.)

Caring Ministries staff would love to be able to connect willing OSL members with those who could use a helping hand. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities to love and serve—or if you yourself are in need of a helping hand—contact Pr. Tim Lemme (336-2942, ext. 19, or; Deb Harlan, Caring Ministries Director (336-2942, ext. 48, or; or Michelle Anderson, Faith Family Nurse (336-2942, ext. 28, or

Men’s Bible Breakfast
OSL’s Men’s Bible Breakfast meets on the first and third Friday of every month, at 6:30 a.m., in The Gathering Place, for food, Bible study, and fellowship. For more information, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 336-2942, ext. 19, or

OSL Woodshop Ministry
The OSL woodshop team meets every Wednesday evening, from 6:00 to 8:00, and again on Saturday mornings, from 8:00 to noon, to work on various projects for Our Savior’s and its members. The team’s main project is to build Faith Chests to give to newly baptized children, but there is always a variety of other woodworking projects for OSL, too.

You don’t have to be a skilled carpenter or woodworker to be part of the woodshop team—and you don’t need to be a man, either: Woodshop Ministry is for women as well as men! All you need is a willingness to learn and a willing heart to serve. And yes, the team always takes time for coffee, fellowship, and fun!

For more information on how you can be part of OSL’s Woodshop Ministry team, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 336-2942, ext. 19, or, or just show up at one of the scheduled work times and visit with crew members in the shop, which is located in the southwest corner of the lower level.

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