OSL Member Delaine Shay to Speak of Hope and Healing
Who, if anyone, could protect me? Why would a loving God do all of this?

Delaine Shay, a longtime member of OSL and volunteer coordinator for OSL’s Addiction Ministries, will discuss her book And Then, We Laughed: A Memoir of Hope & Healing on Sunday, January 13, at 10:00 a.m., in the Celebrate Center.

And Then, We Laughed is an intimate story of perseverance, courage, faith, and humor despite life’s toughest challenges. Delaine’s story includes tragic deaths, the challenge of depression, and recovery from alcoholism—an ongoing journey. Her book is about how God took a mess and made it a message.

God was there when I needed Him most. Finally, I came to understand God was reaching out to me to try to help me through those tough situations…. And Then, We Laughed!

Friendship Club

Guest speaker Richard Bowman, Ph.D., Professor of Religion at Augustana University, will help Friendship Club kick off 2019 with his January 15 presentation, “Religion and Baseball!” This fun-filled talk will combine two of Rich’s passions: religious studies and America’s favorite summer pastime, baseball.

The fun will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Friendship Room, followed by lunch in The Gathering Place at 11:30. Come and enjoy this entertaining time together, and, as always, bring a friend or two to Friendship Club!

Serving Our Neighbors
Necessities for Neighbors is a local outreach program to help our neighbors in need by providing certain necessities that people cannot buy with Food Stamps. Each month, toilet paper, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, and diapers are distributed to over 300 local families.

Our Savior’s is excited to participate in the Necessities for Neighbors program each February, on the first Sunday of the month. OSL’s challenge this year is to collect 1,000 rolls of toilet paper during January. Bring packages of any brand of toilet paper to the donation area near the south entrance.

Want to help out with the February 3 Necessities for Neighbors distribution, at Peace Lutheran Church? Look for the Signup sheet at the Information Center!

Hurt, Healing, and Hope

Historical Trauma: Trauma-Informed Psychological and Spiritual Care in Indigenous Contexts, two days of dialogue on hurt, healing, and hope, will take place at Sioux Falls Seminary, 2100 S. Summit Ave., on Wednesday, February 13, from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., and Thursday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Come and hear stories of trauma among Indigenous people as well as stories of healing and hope. Discover what trauma-informed psychological and spiritual care looks like, or could look like, in Indigenous contexts, and learn about perspectives and methods of spiritual care informed by an Indigenous understanding of theology and psychology.

The workshop will include presentations by Diane Campeau, Terry LeBlanc, and Linda and Rick Martin, and incorporate talking circles, traditional contextualized forms of worship, and large-group dialogue.

Encouraged to attend are Indigenous people, Indigenous people involved in ministry with Indigenous people, non-Indigenous individuals involved in ministry with Indigenous people, seminary students, and anyone with a desire to learn more about the issue of trauma and its impact on Indigenous populations across North America.

The workshop costs $79 per person, which includes lunch on Wednesday but does not include lodging. Visit historicaltrauma.eventbrite.com for more details, including lodging suggestion, and to register. Registration deadline in February 7.

Questions? Contact Dr. Doug Anderson, danderson@sfseminary.edu or 334-2696. This event is sponsored by Indigenous Pathways and Sioux Falls Seminary.

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 mianderson@oslchurch.com.

Footcare Clinic
Cost is $25 per person. Wednesday, January 2, 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 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 mianderson@oslchurch.com.

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 12, 9:30 a.m.

Recent Loss Group
Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel. Contact Michelle Anderson, 336-2942, ext. 28, or or mianderson@oslchurch.com, to preregister. OSL Community Supper is 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 mianderson@oslchurch.com.

OSL-sponsored Pickleball: Mondays, 8:00 a.m. to noon and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Gym.

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 January 5 and January 19. For more details, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, tlemme@oslchurch.com or 336-2942, ext. 19.

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 tlemme@oslchurch.com); Deb Harlan, Caring Ministries Director (336-2942, ext. 48, or dharlan@oslchurch.com); or Michelle Anderson, Faith Family Nurse (336-2942, ext. 28, or mianderson@oslchurch.com).

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