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Christmas at OSL

Friday, December 24
3:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship, Celebrate Center
4:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m. – Christmas meal, Friendship Room
5:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship, Celebrate Center
6:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship, Sanctuary

Saturday, December 25
10:00 a.m. – Christmas Day Worship, Sanctuary

Sunday, December 26
8:45 a.m. – Celebrate Worship, Celebrate Center
11:00 a.m. – Festive Worship, Sanctuary

Merry & Bright photo boothThis Sunday will be Christmas Sweater Sunday, so be sure to get your photo taken in the Merry & Bright Photo Booth, on the lower level, to capture the day’s memory. The booth, located next to the Education Desk, will operate from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m.
Advent 2021 graphicCome experience the joy of anticipation for the coming of the Savior! Midweek Advent worship services will be held at noon and 6:40 p.m. on Wednesdays through December 22, in the Celebrate Center.
My Heart Shall Sing graphicMy Heart Shall Sing, Our Savior’s Advent series, utilizes resources from Barn Geese Worship, “the offshoot of a small community of pastors who have been meeting every summer for the last five years to brainstorm around the coming liturgical year.” That small community includes Pr. Justin Kosec. Here’s what they have to say about My Heart Shall Sing: “In this series, we look to global Christian songs and hymns to explore the revelations of our lectionary texts. This music harmonizes our ancient texts and our contemporary stories. Each hymn or song offers an Advent proclamation for how we might prepare the way of the Lord.” Learn more at oslchurch.com.

Photo of candleDancers are invited to participate in the Candle Dance for Christmas Eve worship services at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. Dancers (grade 5 through adult) should be able to carry a candle globe with a flame. Dancers are encouraged to participate in all services, if possible. Rehearsal will be on Thursday, December 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Contact Grace Wehrspann, gracewehrspann@gmail.com, or Deanna Wehrspann, dwehrspann@oslchurch.com or 605-336-2942, ext. 37.

Photo of poinsettiasChristmas poinsettia plants will beautify OSL’s worship spaces on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24. To order plants to honor a special person or occasion, remember a loved one or friend, or show gratitude for God’s many blessings, stop at the Welcome Center Sunday morning or in the Church Office during the week. Plants are $15 each, and sponsors’ and honorees’ names will appear in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Plants may be picked up after worship services on Sunday, December 26.

Photo of green bowNo time to wrap to gifts? Purchase gift bags, boxes, tags, and Christmas cards in the OSL Library! All products are beautifully created with recycled items by OSL’s Friends of the Library, and proceeds go toward new books for the Library!

OSL 75th Anniversary Book coverBe sure to get your copy of OSL’s 75th Anniversary Book, available at the Welcome Center on Sunday or in the Church Office during the week. Only $5 per copy, and a great gift idea! It presents an overview of the congregation from its earliest days right up to now, and is not to be missed!

Photo of eggs in a basketJoin your friends for Sunday morning breakfast in The Gathering Place. And Wednesday supper too! Check the menus (as always, subject to change) here.
Photo of people holding handsOSL’s Memory Care Support Group for Caregivers meets weekly on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Masks are encouraged. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 605-336-2942, ext. 28, or mianderson@oslchurch.com with questions.
75th Anniv tumblerPre-Christmas Sale of 75th Anniversary Memorabilia! Set of one Christmas ornament, a tumbler, and a mug, only $20. Set of three Christmas ornaments, $10. T-shirts (50% cotton), $8 each. Supplies are limited! Contact the Church Office, 605-336-2942, or Deb, dharlan@oslchurch.com.
Photo of OSL LibraryThe OSL Library will be closed from December 24 through January 4, to let volunteers spend time with their families, so make sure you’re stocked up on books beforehand!

Digital bulletin photo-illustrationDigital bulletins are available for you to use with your mobile device, whether you worship from home or at OSL. Here is the bulletin for Saturday evening; for Sunday Festive worship; and for Sunday Celebrate worship.

Things to Note…

Photo of Greg ZelekGreg Zelek, the Principal Organist of the Madison (Wisconsin) Symphony Orchestra and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ, will present a concert at OSL on Saturday, January 8, at 7:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. A freewill donation will be received. For more information, visit oslchurch.com/events.
masks graphicIn order to care for each other, we are wearing masks at all large group gatherings indoors. This will impact worship and any gatherings in The Gathering Place or other large meeting spaces. Thank you for your cooperation. Stay well!
The Tree of Remembrance, filled with beautiful ornaments, has a special meaning to OSL members who have lost a loved one, and has taken on even more meaning during the pandemic. The Tree of Remembrance now graces The Gathering Place, and you are invited to place an ornament on the tree to remember those you have lost.
Photo of Nativity setHey, kids! All of our gifts come from God, so let’s see how many we can offer back! Every time you check out a book during Advent, you’ll receive a little present to place at Baby Jesus’ feet at the Nativity in the Library.
Photo by Milada VigerovaThe Advent Recent Loss Series is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. These informal conversations are especially helpful for those in the early stages of the grief journey. All are invited to join in any or all sessions, on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel, through December 22 (note date change). Participants may enjoy OSL’s Wednesday community supper together beforehand (beginning at 5:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place), and are invited to stay afterward for Advent worship at 6:40 p.m. (Service of Healing and Remembrance on December 22) Registration is not required. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 605-336-2942, ext. 28, or mianderson@oslchurch.com with questions.
Photo of video monitorEvery 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!

Calendar Flip - DecemberKeep 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.

 

Photo of jigsaw puzzle piecesLooking for the Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange? You’ll find it on shelves in the Caring Ministry area, which is open during normal business hours and on Sunday mornings. Bring a puzzle, take a puzzle, and happily pass the cold days ahead!

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 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; channel 53).
• Catch live-stream worship services at facebook.com/oslchurchsf: Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 11:00 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at oslchurch.com, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Opportunities to Help

Photo of communion elementsFamilies and youth (confirmation age and above) are welcome to serve as communion servers for Christmas Eve. You’ll find a signup sheet at the Welcome Center. Thank you!

ELCA Good Gifts photoELCA Good Gifts is not just about farm animals—it’s about stocking a backpack with food, feeding people at a soup kitchen, teaching farming practices, and more. Look for the Good Gifts table in The Gathering Place this Sunday, and thank you for your support of this ministry. 

Photo of Mathematics FormulaBe 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, 605-336-2942, ext. 23.
Photo of Soap BarCharis Ministry Partners, a partnership of Sioux Falls area ELCA congregations that fills critical gaps in social assistance in Sioux Falls, has indicated a need for new bar soap for hygiene kits provided to recipients of the outreach program. Place your donation in the labeled container near the south entrance, and thank you for your generosity!

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 January will be macaroni and cheese; for February, pasta of any kind. Always appreciated are toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant for Hygiene Packs. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.

Stephen Ministry photoMatching is an important part of what Stephen Ministry is all about. Those who are interested in serving are matched with the best job for them. Those who need care are matched with the best caregiver for them. If this sounds like a match for you, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. A training class is starting in January! Contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 605-336-2942, ext. 48, or tlemme@oslchurch.com, for more information.

Photo of Man 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: Advent wreath photo by Max Beck on Unsplash. My Heart Shall Sing graphic by Barn Geese Worship Creative Resources. Photo of candle by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash. Photo of poinsettias by Samantha Jean on Unsplash. Photo of green bow by Mel Poole on Unsplash. Photo of eggs by Katherine Chase on Unsplash. Photo of people holding hands by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Photo of man holding iPad by Björn Antonissen on Unsplash. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Photo of Nativity set by Gareth Harper on Unsplash. Photo of grieving woman by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of jigsaw puzzle by Mike Sweeney from Pixabay. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. Photo of communion elements by Geda Žyvatkauskaitė on Unsplash. Photo of young boy with calf via ELCA Good Gifts. Photo of Mathematics Formula by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay. Photo of soap bar by Alecsander Alves on Unsplash. Stephen Ministry background photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash. Photo of man texting by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

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