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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Something about Christmas book coverTom Roberts will be at OSL this Sunday, December 6, to read his newest book, Something about Christmas, during both the Festive and Celebrate worship services. In addition, Tom will have his eight books available to purchase in The Gathering Place near the Library. All proceeds from sales of his books will go to Children’s Home Society. If you are unable to attend in person, you may purchase his books through the Children’s Home Society website.
Something about Christmas book coverFrom the comfort of your home, join a special family online book reading of Tom Roberts’s newest book, Something about Christmas, on Saturday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m. Each household in attendance for the live presentation will receive a free autographed copy of Something about Christmas (one book per household). To qualify, you must register, attend, and complete the survey following the event—the survey provides the address where you would like the book shipped (in time for Christmas). Register with Thrivent here for the event. Click here to view a special invitation from Tom Roberts.
Sanctuary Christmas TreeOSL’s midweek Advent worship services will look a little different, due to the pandemic: Midweek services will be 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
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.
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
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 grieving personOSL’s four-week Recent Loss Series, for those grieving the death of loved ones, continues to meet on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., through December 9. The series will be facilitated by Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, and will be conducted via Zoom: use this link. For more information contact Michelle Anderson (336-2942, ext. 28 or or Deb Harlan (

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 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

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
• 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 Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at, 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, 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, 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
• 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 (, 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,

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 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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