Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. See the current bulletin announcements at for all the latest!

OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. On the menu: Bacon, scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, yogurt, orange juice, and donut holes. Wednesday supper will be lasagna, tossed salad, bread sticks, and dessert. Check out the month’s menu at! OSL Food Ministry is entirely supported by freewill donations. Thank you for your $6 per meal contribution!
As you bake your holiday goodies, make a few extra dozen to donate to the OSL Bake Sale, this Sunday, Dec. 15! If you aren’t a baker, come by The Gathering Place that morning and buy some tasty treats—including a limited supply of lefse. Proceeds will be directed to Hayward Elementary, where 79% of students receive free or reduced meals.
Dancers are invited to participate in the Candle Dance for Christmas Eve worship services, at 4:00, 6:00, and 10:00 p.m. should be able to carry a candle globe with a flame. Rehearsal will be on Monday, Dec. 23, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Contact Grace Wehrspann,, or Deanna Wehrspann, or 336-2942, ext. 37.
The Advent and Christmas season is a perfect time for musicians to use their gifts to praise the Lord! Our Savior’s is blessed to have many ways musicians may share talents, and you’re invited to give them a try—play, sing, or ring with the Bells of OSL. Contact Gene LeVasseur, Director of Worship, for details: or 336-2942, ext. 40.
Ornaments on the Tree of Remembrance, in The Gathering Place, are given in memory of loved ones. Feel free to place an ornament on this tree in memory of someone who has died this past year. Ornaments are put back on the tree every Advent season.
The second annual Middle School Youth Group Christmas Games and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be this Sunday, Dec. 15, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will begin with a meal and then move on to fun Christmas Games in the gym. Later we will eat dessert and exchange our white elephant gifts. There is no cost to this event and OSL is providing the meal. Sign up to attend, chaperone, or bring a dessert:
The OSL Children’s Christmas program will be on Sunday, Dec. 15. Students age four through grade five will be present their show in 8:45 Celebrate and 11:00 Festive worship services.
The second and final 2020 Youth Summer Trip Meeting will be this Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall, for middle- and high-school students.
Want to give back this holiday season? Stop by the Love in Action table in The Gathering Place, where you can donate a blanket for one of our community partners, or purchase a cow, honeycomb, goat, or other ELCA Good Gifts present for your loved ones.
Join in the fun when Friendship Club travels to the Old Country Store at Nora, S.D., on Dec. 17! Enjoy a Christmas lunch at OSL at noon, then board the motorcoach to Nora at 1:00, returning 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, or 336-2942, ext. 19, for more information.
The Shepherd on the Search helps children discover the joy of searching for the Christ Child during Advent. Every Sunday and Wednesday, children who check out a book from the OSL Library may search for one of 20 Nativity figures hidden in the front area of the Library, and receive a treat and a prize. Be sure to encourage your child to follow the shepherd’s search for the Christ child.
High-school students will meet in the Youth Room on Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m., to set off on the second annual Progressive Dinner and White Elephant Gift Exchange. We have rented a bus, and will head out to eat three courses at three different locations, ending at OSL with dessert and gift exchange. There is no cost for this event. OSL will provide lasagna. Sign up to attend, chaperone, or bring a dessert:

Advent and Christmas at Our Savior’s

Advent and Christmas at Our Savior’s
Here are some scheduling notes for the next several weeks:

    December 18 – Advent worship service, 6:40 p.m., Celebrate Center
    December 15 – Children’s Christmas Program, during 8:45 Celebrate and 11:00 Festive worship services
    December 24
      2:00 p.m. – “Christmas GIFT” (Generations in Faith Together) family worship, Celebrate Center
      4:00 p.m. – Celebrate and Festive worship services (Festive worship will be televised on KTTW at 9:00 p.m.)
      5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Meal, Friendship Room
      6:00 p.m. – Festive worship service
      10:00 p.m. – Festive worship service
    December 25 – Festive worship service, 10:00 a.m.

Just Wait… Advent graphic by Gary Gaede and Ryan Gaede

A Little Further Out...

Pr. Randy will lead a seven-week Connecting Faith and Life session, beginning on Jan. 8. The book Dialogues On: Race will spark conversations about race, the Bible, whiteness, African American and Native American experiences in the U.S., the role of women in racial justice movements, and more. The class is open to all, and will be held on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room. A donation of $15 per person ($25 per couple) will help cover the cost of materials. Books may be picked up in the Church Office, in advance or when class begins.
A new Stephen Ministry class will begin on Jan. 7. If you have gifts for caring, encouraging, and listening, prayerfully consider becoming part of this exciting ministry. Talk with Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942, ext. 19.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

OSL 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. Place donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
Stop by the Youth Information Table in The Gathering Place on Sunday mornings to purchase your Hy-Vee cards. Five percent of each sale will support OSL Youth attending summer trips. Last year your support netted nearly $5,000!
The Love in Action Core Ministry Team, in partnership with the administration at Augustana University, wants to collect care packages for international students as we enter the holiday season. Many international students stay on campus during a time when food service is unavailable. We will invite international students to join us for our Wednesday evening meal on December 18. That night, each student in attendance will receive a care package of food to tide them over during the holiday season. Want to help? Get details at And stop by on Dec. 18 to share supper with Augie international students!
Help build a partnership between Our Savior’s and a local school! The Love in Action Core Ministry Team seeks people interested in helping OSL develop a relationship of support and encouragement with educators and children at one of our neighbor schools. Contact Pr. Justin, 336-2942, ext. 44, or, to find out more.
Credits: Coffee service photo by on Pexels. Cookies photo by Emily Wilson on Unsplash. Friendship Club background photo by SCY from Pixabay.

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