Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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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 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.
Friendship Club at the Old Country Store, Nora, S.D.Be part of a holiday tradition and join OSL’s Friendship Club on a trip to Nora, South Dakota, for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration, on December 14! Enjoy singing holiday favorites around a beautifully restored vintage pipe organ; stories from Christmases long ago; cider, coffee, and treats around the wood-burning stove; and holiday and antique decorations that fill the room. The group will enjoy lunch at OSL at noon, then board the coach to Nora at 1:00, returning between 4:30 and 5:00. Cost for transportation is $20 per person; lunch will be a freewill offering. Sign up at the Welcome Center, or call the Church Office, 605-336-2942.
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.
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 LibraryMake sure you’re stocked up on books for the cold months ahead! The OSL Library is receiving new titles all the time! If you haven’t been a Library patron, or haven’t stopped in for a while, now is the time! New people who sign up for Library membership will get to choose a complementary book from the “Little Free Library” as a thank-you gift.

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…

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. 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. Registration is not required. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 605-336-2942, ext. 28, or mianderson@oslchurch.com with questions.
Caring for the CaregiverCaregivers logo is a free series of education and support presentations for family caregivers. These are excellent resources that can make a positive difference in the life of a family that is on a caregiving journey. Topics include “Building Resilience,” “Effective Communication Strategies,” and much more. The sessions are free, but registration is required. Visit here for more information and registration links. 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 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!

SAIL logoSAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) is a strength, balance and fitness class offered through Sanford Health and specifically designed for adults 65+. Free classes are tailored to older adults who are active and wish to maintain or increase their fitness level. Classes take place at Sanford Wellness Center and Active Generations. For more information or to register (required), call (605) 333-4440 or visit sanfordhealth.org keyword: SAIL.

Opportunities to Help

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 Electric RangeOSL partners with The Community Outreach in the Hezekiah House project, offering affordable housing with properties owned by Our Savior’s. One of the Hezekiah House homes is in need of a new stove, and you can help by donating as you are able toward the purchase of an electric stove. You may place your donation in the offering plate, drop it off at the Church Office, or mail it to OSL. Write “Hezekiah House Stove” on the memo line. Questions? Contact Barb Haugan, 605-336-2942, ext. 23, or bhaugan@oslchurch.com. Thank you!
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.
Midnight Madness 2021 logoPrepare for madness—Midnight Madness, that is, making its return after a long year! Midnight Madness is when OSL rolls out the red carpet for Augustana University students preparing for finals, for an evening of relaxation, study, and, of course, food! This semester’s Midnight Madness will be on Sunday, December 12, from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight—and you can help! Look for sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center for volunteers, dessert- and snack-makers, and financial donations. Thanks for helping to support OSL’s Augie neighbors.
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 December is tuna and tuna helper; for January it will be Macaroni and cheese. 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 photo“I must be living right!” You’ve probably spoken those words in the midst of a very good day. What does it mean to “live right?” Peter lays it out for us: “As servants of God, live as free people. . . Honor everyone. . .” (1 Peter 2:16-17 NRSV) Those involved in Stephen Ministry, OSL’s one-to-one caregiving ministry, do just that. They serve God and respect others by providing Christian care. Is this a way you want to serve the Lord? 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: My Heart Shall Sing graphic by Barn Geese Worship Creative Resources. Photo of green bow by Mel Poole on Unsplash. Photo of eggs by Katherine Chase 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 house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. Photo of young boy with calf via ELCA Good Gifts. Photo of stove by Sincerely Media on Unsplash. Photo of Mathematics Formula by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay. Photo of Christmas ornament by Tina Le on Unsplash. 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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