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The Tradition Continues!
Join Friendship Club for a traditional Christmas celebration, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Old Country Store at Nora, South Dakota!

For the past several years, OSL’s Friendship Club has traveled to Nora to enjoy the old-time country sights and sounds of Christmas. A traditional holiday favorite of many, the Nora Store hosts a variety of Christmas traditions—singing holiday favorites around a beautifully restored vintage pipe organ; sharing stories from Christmases long ago; and enjoying cider, coffee, and treats around the wood-burning stove. Holiday and antique decorations fill the room as friends gather to celebrate this holiday tradition together.

Come join this fun group, which will travel via coach on December 17, after having first enjoyed a delightful Christmas lunch at OSL, starting at 12:00 p.m. (Note that this is not the usual Friendship Club time.) The coach will leave for Nora at 1:00, and return to OSL around 4:00 or 4:30. Cost for transportation is $15 per person; lunch will be a freewill offering, as usual.

Reserve your spot at the Information Center, or call the Church Office, 336-2942. Contact Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942, ext. 19, for more information.

Remembering Those in Prison
OSL’s Women of Faith Circle got together on November 13 to mix fudge packets. The packets were then made available to anyone who wanted to make fudge to be included in Christmas bags for South Dakota State Penitentiary inmates.
Photos by Deb Harlan

Nine Years of Creative Ministry
Since the completion of OSL’s building project in 2010, Woodshop Ministry has continued to grow and be a blessing to our congregation. What began as a dream, and an empty room downstairs, is now a vital part of the day-to-day ministry of Our Savior’s.

The dream began when a core group of Men in Mission members, led by Jim Dedrickson and Jim Ryan, grabbed their paintbrushes and painted the dark gray walls of this new workshop space. Then, when the room was clean and ready, key pieces of equipment began to arrive. Bob Eng donated two SawStop table saws to this new ministry, along with a band saw and dust-collection units. Next, Marlo Schultz donated a jointing machine, router table, and several other pieces of equipment. Jason Kahler, who worked at a local wood-supply company, began to bring in building products and constructed worktables and storage units to complement our workspace. As more and more members of the congregation began to join the woodworking team, they too contributed equipment and supplies to help this new ministry grow, and before long, our woodshop was off and running.

Our first project, which continues to this day, was to build Faith Chests to give to newly baptized children. The woodshop team builds 50 to 60 of these Faith Chests each year. Many other projects have come out of our shop, benefiting our congregation, its members, and many organizations and individuals outside of our walls. Come check out some of the completed projects on the bulletin board in the woodshop (next to our coffee pot!).

Recently, we have begun a new area of created craftsmanship with the addition of a beautiful wood lathe, donated by Jim Ryan. Our team has been having a great time getting familiar with this new machine. Watch for crafts coming forth as we “turn out” new creations each week!

As always, our heartfelt thanks goes to our team of woodworkers as they continue to bless our congregation with their creative gifts, and thank you to the congregation for the wonderful ways you support this special ministry!

We are always looking for new folks to join our team! Whether you are a seasoned woodworker or are just getting started in the craft, we encourage you to join! We have a great time together each week, working on projects and enjoying a time of fun and fellowship.

Contact me if you have any questions about the OSL Woodshop Ministry, and how you too can be a part of this creative ministry experience: 336-2942, ext. 19, or

—Pr. Tim Lemme

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. Wednesday,
December 4, 9:00 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 Caring Ministries. 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, December 11, 9:30 a.m.,
Sonshine Room

Recent Loss Group
The winter series will meet through December 4, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel. Contact Michelle Anderson, 336-2942, ext. 48, or, to preregister. Recent Loss attendees are welcome to partake in OSL Community Supper, available before the meeting, at 5:00 in The Gathering Place.

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., 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

Men’s Bible Breakfast
OSL’s Men’s Bible Breakfast and Lutheran Men in Mission group meets on the first and third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. A continental breakfast is provided by members at each gathering. Men of all ages are invited to attend this one-hour Bible study when it meets on November 2 and 16. For more details, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942, ext. 19.

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