Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. Keep an eye on the Events page for info and registrations!
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Celebrate Center Christmas TreeChristmas worship at Our Savior’s this year will be different, to ensure everyone’s safety. Here’s what is planned:
Christmas Eve

• A one-hour Festive Christmas Eve worship service will be broadcast on FOX at 9:00 p.m. on December 24.

• Three 30-minute in-person worship services will be held in OSL’s worship spaces at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 p.m. Worshipers must sign up for the service they will attend and follow the direction provided for parking as well as entrance and egress for their respective service. Pandemic protocols will be observed. Worship will not include Holy Communion.

Click on the link below or call the Church Office, 336-2942, to sign up for the service you plan to attend. Seating capacity is 175, though no one will be turned away.
4:00 Festive worship in the Sanctuary
5:00 Celebrate worship in the Celebrate Center
6:00 Festive worship in the Sanctuary

• Drive-in Christmas Eve worship will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the south parking lot. Worship will be broadcast using an AM radio transmitter. Worshipers may participate in worship while remaining in their cars. To sign up for this new worship opportunity, click the link below or call the Church Office, 336-2942.
7:00 Drive-in Christmas Eve Worship

Christmas Day Worship

• Worshipers will gather in the Sanctuary on Christmas morning at 10:00 to welcome the Christ child. Music will be led by the OSL Jazz Trio and contactless Holy Communion will be celebrated. Pandemic protocols will be observed. No sign-up is necessary for this service.

Christmas Program graphicOSL Children will present Lamb of God, a virtual Christmas program, in all worship services this weekend. This program is an OSL original: Matthew Tylutki, Principal Organist, composed the music, and Rosie Linsner, volunteer Sunday School Music & Movement Coordinator, wrote the script. The children are excited to present for you!
Sanctuary Christmas TreeOSL’s midweek Advent worship services look a little different, due to the pandemic: Midweek services are being streamed on OSL’s Facebook page on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; recordings of these services will be available both on Facebook and the OSL website after the live event. Advent Worship on December 16 will feature a Rite for Healing as part of the liturgy, and will be an in-person worship service, held in the Celebrate Center at 6:30 p.m. Pandemic protocols will be followed. We hope you’ll join in this holy season of preparation!
Tree of Remembrance 2020Ornaments on the Tree of Remembrance, in The Gathering Place, have special meaning to OSL members who have lost a loved one—all the more so this year, in the midst of the pandemic and the loss of life due to COVID-19. You are welcome to place an ornament on this tree in memory of a loved one. Ornaments are placed on the tree again every Advent.
Music Devotion title screenIn episode 15 of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, Matthew Tylutki, OSL Principal Organist, presents “Now Thank We All Our God” by Sigfrid Karg-Elert. View it here!
Photo of Good Gifts goatStop by the ELCA Good Gifts table in The Gathering Place, each weekend in Advent. You see ways to give animals, agricultural assistance, business assistance, Bibles, Sunday School start-up kits, and more, to people all over the world including the U.S. If you’d prefer, you may shop online at goodgifts.elca.org.
Photo of jigsaw puzzle piecesDo you buy puzzles, work them once, and then store them in a closet never to be worked again? Why not pass that puzzle on to someone who appreciates working puzzles, and get a new one? OSL is starting a Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange! Visit the table near the south windows in The Gathering Place, drop off a puzzle and take a new one home!
Photo of books and coffeeBe 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 platesAs OSL continues to work to 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.

Things to Note…

Shepherd on the Search book coverThe Shepherd on the Search helps children discover the joy of searching for the Christ Child during Advent. Every Sunday and Wednesday through December 23, children who check out a book from the OSL Library may search for one of the Nativity figures hidden in the front area of the Library, and receive a candy cane and a prize. Be sure to encourage your child to follow the shepherd’s search for Baby Jesus.
Photo of Sanctuary Baptismal FontBaptism of Our Lord Milestone, for everyone who was baptized in the previous year, will be on January 10, 2021. If you or someone in your household experienced a baptism, sign up for this milestone today! We’ll be mailing a gift and emailing Family Time for you to safely do in your home
Safer Sioux Falls graphicOur Savior’s has signed the Safer Sioux Falls Pledge, a community commitment to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by following COVID-19 mitigation efforts in organizations and businesses. To learn more, visit siouxfalls.org/pledge.
Photo of Walking ShoesWalking Wednesdays will be sitting out for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for information about resuming in 2021!

Photo of monitor showing Premiere ProEvery week (sometimes more frequently!), Our Savior’s 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!

Advanced Care Planning ResourcesWhat happens if we become seriously ill or disabled and may not be able to speak for ourselves? Have the conversation about Advanced Care Planning Directives!—make sure your loved ones know your personal choices and wishes. “Go Wish,” a fun, easy-to-use card game, can help get the conversation started. It’s available for check-out from Caring Ministries, or free to play with distant family members at www.codaalliance.org. Faith Community Nurse Michelle Anderson will be happy to visit with you if you have questions or would like help in completing your advanced care planning directives: 336-2942 or mianderson@oslchurch.com.

Photo of gray birdhouseAre you worshiping from home? In-person church activities at OSL continue, but not everybody is comfortable about venturing out. Here’s how you can participate in the OSL community’s worship life from home:
• View (or print) weekly worship materials at oslchurch.com.
• Watch worship services on TV: Celebrate: 9:00 a.m., FOX-TV (channel 46.2); Festive: 1:00 p.m., KSCB (cable channel 30).
• Catch live-stream worship services at facebook.com/oslchurchsf: Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at oslchurch.com, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Freddy's Faith-full friends screenshotLook for Freddy the Flamingo and his friends Rosie and Matthew every other Tuesday on OSL’s Facebook page! Freddy, Rosie, and Matthew will teach you a song and help you participate in Sunday worship from home.

Calendar PagesKeep an eye on the OSL calendar, at oslchurch.com/calendar, as events and activities are added! The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently.

Stephen Ministry photoThe joy of Christmas can turn into a time of painful loneliness and emptiness for those who have suffered a loss, who are going through a difficult time, or are suffering from the stress of COVID-19. But help is available. OSL’s Stephen Ministers will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and support you through the holidays and as long as your need persists. Find out more about Stephen Ministry by contacting Pr. Tim Lemme, tlemme@oslchurch.com or 336-2942.

Opportunities to Help

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 jkosec@oslchurch.com.
• 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 light bulbCalling All Leaders! Maybe you have sensed the Holy Spirit nudging you toward serving in a leadership role at Our Savior’s, or maybe you’ve had your eye on someone whom you think would serve the congregation well as a member of the Governing Board. Three new board members—vice president, treasurer, and an at-large member—will be elected at the annal meeting in January. Use the form you’ll find here to nominate someone you have identified as a potential leader, or to nominate yourself. Return completed forms to the Church Office during normal office hours, or to Anne Rieck McFarland (annerieckmcfarland@gmail.com), no later than December 15.

Photo of fountain pen writingWith winter approaching and COVID numbers on the rise in South Dakota, the need to connect is also rising. Consider becoming an OSL Pen Pal to let members who are isolated due to the pandemic! Drop someone a card or note, or just make a phone call! To sign up, contact Deb Harlan, dharlan@oslchurch.com.

Animated countdown gifBe someone who counts! Offering counters meet on Monday mornings for approximately two hours. Why not be one of them? No experience is necessary. More counters are especially needed for January through April. For details, call Barb Haugan, 336-2942, ext. 23.

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 December is tuna and tuna helper; for January it will be mac and cheese. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.

Photo of people 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 goat via ELCA Good Gifts. Photo of jigsaw puzzle by Mike Sweeney from Pixabay. Photo of books by freestocks on Unsplash. Photo of printing plates by Free-Photos from Pixabay. Photo of walking shoes by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash. Photo of grieving man by Ryanniel Masucol from Pexels. Birdhouse photo by Kamen Atanassov on Unsplash. Stephen Ministry background photo by Nik Shuliahin onUnsplash. Photo of light bulb by Pixabay via Pexels.com. Photo of fountain pen by Aaron Burden on Unsplash. Countdown video by McZerrill from Pixabay. Photo of people texting by Dean Moriarty from Pixabay.

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