Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Blood Drive graphicThanks be to God and the generosity of OSL members for a very successful blood drive this past Sunday! Many families will benefit from the lifesaving gift of blood. The Bloodmobile is scheduled to return to Our Savior’s on Sunday, October 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Save the date!
masks graphicIn response to a recent increased daily average of new COVID-19 cases in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, OSL has rolled back certain pandemic guidelines. For now, worshipers wearing masks are invited to participate in spoken responses, but congregational singing will be on hold till further notice. Social distancing remains in place, and mask-wearing is encouraged. Thank you for your commitment to safeguarding the health of others in the congregation and the community!
Photo of Jigsaw Puzzle PiecesNew puzzles keep turning up on OSL’s Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange table! Visit the table near the south windows in The Gathering Place, drop off a puzzle and pick up a new one, for yourself or a friend or family member.
Photo from Music DevotionalOSL members and musicians Jeanne Carter and Julie Oien present this 19th episode of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, and perform “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” arr. Cindy Berry, and “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” arr. Lloyd Larson. View it here, and catch up with all episodes via the link you’ll find there too.

Photo of stacks of booksBe sure to visit the OSL Library in person or utilize curbside checkout! Details can be found online under “News and Messages” at Atriuum, the OSL Library’s online catalog. Library hours are Sundays, 8:15 to 11:45 a.m; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m; Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m; second Saturday only of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Photo of printing platesTo limit the spread of COVID-19, printed bulletins are not being used at worship services. You are welcome to participate using your mobile device and the digital versions of the bulletins on the OSL website. Here is the bulletin for Saturday evening; for Sunday Festive worship; and for Sunday Celebrate worship.
Pr. Tim LemmePr. Tim Lemme is on sabbatical through July 12. Learn what Pr. Tim has planned for his sabbatical in the latest pastoral letter.

Things to Note…

Summer Camp photoOSL’s partners at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps, Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota, and Shetek Lutheran Ministries are offering summer programming for youth and families. Summer camp is where lifelong memories and lifelong faith are formed, so Our Savior’s wishes to help you attend by providing money towards your camp fee. Visit this link to learn what each camp has to offer for youth and families this summer.
My OSL logoView your OSL contribution statements online: Visit My OSL and follow the steps to create a login or, if you already have done so, use the Click Here link to sign in. In My OSL, scroll down to Giving Summary and click on My Giving History, then click on PDF Tax Statement and your statement will appear in a printable format. Questions? Contact Barb Haugan,
woman knittingKnitting can be good for you—it can relieve stress, be a good way to cope, and decrease the risk of cognitive impairment as you age. If you enjoy knitting, or would like to learn, join the OSL knitters for a fun and relaxing time knitting with others. The group will start on Wednesday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m., in the Oasis Room, and continue on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. COVID protocols will be followed: wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Calendar Pages Flipping - AprilKeep an eye on the OSL calendar, at, as events and activities are added! The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently.

Mayor's Fitness Challenge logoThe Mayor’s Fitness Challenge is back! For the second year, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken is encouraging folks to move 100 miles in 100 days (starting April 23). Run, walk, bike, skate, whatever you like. The city has posted this video with all the details. Have fun! #100Miles100DaysSF

Photo of monitor showing Premiere ProEvery week or so, Our Savior’s Communications produces a short Information Video of upcoming events, activities, and opportunities. It’s shown at the Welcome Center and on monitors in the Sanctuary and Celebrate Center before worship services. And it’s posted to the OSL website as well, so if you haven’t been by for a while, or you’d just like a closer look, find the videos here!

Photo of a mailbox shaped like a houseIf you’re worshiping from home, you can fully participate in the OSL community’s worship life. Here’s how:
• View (or print) weekly worship materials at
• Watch worship services on TV: Celebrate: 9:00 a.m., FOX-TV (channel 46.2); Festive: 1:00 p.m., KSCB (cable channel 30; channel 53).
• Catch live-stream worship services at Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!
Stephen Ministry photoAs we continue to pray for a world where we can gather safely and return to more normalcy, we may find ourselves fatigued and worn down from the past year. A Stephen Minister may be a great tool to address some of the anxieties from the past year. They will listen, care, and pray with and for you. Online and tele-support options allow for safe discussions and support. You don’t have to face the stress-related issues of a pandemic alone. Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or, for more information.

Opportunities to Help

Meals on Wheels logoThe Meals on Wheels delivery calendar for May through August is being compiled now. To volunteer to help with this important outreach ministry, check your calendar and call Sandy Garnas, 338-5440. You may do the route by yourself or team up with a spouse, neighbor, or friend and do it together. Thanks to all the volunteers who reach out to our neighbors through this vital program!
Photo of pen, paper, and coffeeMany OSL members are volunteering to be a pen pal for homebound members —why not join them? Send a card or note once or twice a month—that’s all there is to it! To sign up, contact Deb Harlan,
Photo of two friendsShare the kindness of personal connections: OSL Caring Friends serve members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities, to help them feel connected to the Body of Christ and to Our Savior’s. There currently are opportunities to serve as a Caring Friend at a facility in Sioux Falls. Find out more by contacting Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

Food to You Mobile Food Pantry logoOSL supports the Food to You Mobile Food Pantry by donating various food items to help local families in need, and helping with food distributions. The item for April is cereal; for May it will be peanut butter. Always appreciated are toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant for Hygiene Packs. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.

Campus Cupboard photoThanks to your generosity, OSL’s Campus Cupboard is a big success—so much so that USF students have been invited to use it! Want to help out our university neighbors? Here are some options:
• Volunteer to help out—there are slots for two volunteers on each of these days: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:45 to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday mornings, 9:00 to 11:00. Procedures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety and minimal contact. Get in touch with Pr. Justin Kosec, 336-2942, ext. 44, or
• Buy some, or all, of the items on the shopping list you’ll find here. You’ll find all the details you need there, too.
• At the moment, because of the number of students who can use some help, these items in particular would be greatly appreciated: Ramen noodles; soup; toothpaste; shampoo; body wash; lotion; toothbrushes; peanut butter; jelly; mac and cheese; tuna or any kind of canned meat; pasta; pasta sauce ; cereal, hot or cold; all kinds of beans; rice; all kinds of vegetables

For your convenience, a cart is set up inside the south entrance during business hours, where you may leave your contributions. Thanks for your support of OSL’s Augie and USF neighbors!

Photo of person textingHave you tried OSL’s text giving option? It’s a quick, convenient way to help support OSL’s mission! Just text sharing to 73256 and follow the short instructions to make a gift to Our Savior’s. Thank you for your continued support!
Credits: Photo of jigsaw puzzle pieces by Magda Ehlers from Pexels. Photo of books by Ed Robertson on Unsplash. Photo of printing plates by Free-Photos from Pixabay. Summer camp photo by Artem Kniaz on Unsplash.Video of woman knitting by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. Stephen Ministry background photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash. Photo of pen, paper, and coffee by from Pexels. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of person texting by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash.

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