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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Lenten graphicThe season of Lent, a 40-day spiritual journey that explores both the faithfulness of God’s promises and our sinful tendency toward breaking promises, will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 17. This season prepares us to celebrate and receive anew the Good News of Easter. Here is the schedule of Lenten worship opportunities at OSL:

Ash Wednesday, February 17: Ashes to Go, 7:00–8:00 a.m., Imposition of Ashes and a blessing; in-person worship, 12:00 and 6:30 p.m., including individual Imposition of Ashes; live-stream worship, 6:30 p.m., on Our Savior’s Facebook page.
Midweek Worship, Wednesdays, February 24–March 24: In-person worship, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary; pre-recorded online worship, 6:30 p.m., on Our Savior’s Facebook page.
Weekend Worship: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary; Sundays, 8:45 a.m., Celebrate Center (televised on FOX/KDLT-2 at 9:00 a.m.; live-streamed on Facebook at 8:45 a.m.), and 10:15 a.m., Sanctuary (televised on KSCB (cable only) at 1:00 p.m.; live-streamed on Facebook at 10:15 a.m.).

Photo of cabin in the snowOSL’s Spiritual Care team knows winter can get to be long for some of us—even without a pandemic!—so they’ve put together Cabin Fever Bags for Grown-Ups to make these months a bit brighter. Included in these bags are word games, puzzles, arts and craft supplies, daily inspirational Bible verses and reflections, ideas for activities to do on your own or with someone else, and cookie treats made by OSL’s Food Coordinator, Debbie Theis. Cabin Fever Bags are available for pick-up on Sunday mornings, or in the Church Office during the week. One per household, please, while they last! Questions? Call the Church Office, 336-2942, and ask to speak with a Spiritual Care team member.
Winter Wellness Calendar for February-April 20212021 Winter Wellness at OSL: Tips for Connection and Joy. During the long winter season, and especially during the pandemic, maintaining social connections is important for reducing loneliness and anxiety. OSL Caring Ministries has created a Winter Wellness Calendar that provides fun, interactive tips to help you stay connected. Click here to download the calendar.
Music Devotion Series graphicIn the 18th installment of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, Eric Jorve plays “Arioso” from Cantata, BWV 156, by J. S. Bach, in honor of the 90th birthday of his mother, Priscilla Jorve. Priscilla is a longtime member of Our Savior’s with a deep dedication to serving others. View it here.
Picture of contact formOSL Caring Ministries’ Lenten Wellness Challenge encourages you to reach out to 40 different OSL members during Lent. You can decide how to contact, but the hope is that most of your connections include listening to each other. Download the form to use by clicking on the image, pick one up at the Welcome Center, or email Deb Harlan, dharlan@oslchurch.com.
Photo of Jigsaw Puzzle PiecesOSL’s Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange is more popular than ever! Visit the table near the south windows in The Gathering Place, drop off a puzzle and pick up a new one, for yourself or a friend or family member.
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 platesTo 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…

My OSL logoView your OSL contribution statements online: Visit My OSL and follow the steps to create a login or, if you already have done so, use the Click Here link to sign in. In My OSL, scroll down to Giving Summary and click on My Giving History, then click on PDF Tax Statement and your statement will appear in a printable format. Questions? Contact Barb Haugan, bhaugan@oslchurch.com.
Photo of Welcome MatParents or caregivers of OSL two-year-olds (and some three-year-olds): It’s time to register for the Welcome to Church Milestone! Read all the information and sign up here by February 21.
Photo of Couple WalkingA Matter of Balance is an award-winning eight-week program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies, teaching participants how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, reduce fall risks at home, exercise to increase strength and balance, and more. Sessions will be held weekly at OSL, February 23 through April 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Anyone who has fallen in the past or has restricted activities because of falling concerns is encouraged to attend. The course is free, but registration is required: call Kristie, 328-1860, or register online at sanfordhealth.org, keyword “balance class.”
Photo by Milada VigerovaOSL’s Recent Loss Series is for those in the early weeks of a new grief journey to give and receive support. The next series will begin on Wednesday, March 3 and continue weekly through March 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Pandemic protocols will be followed. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Register by contacting Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or mianderson@oslchurch.com.

Flipping 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.

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.

Photo of gray birdhouseIf 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, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at oslchurch.com, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

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!

Stephen Ministry photoStephen Ministers are members of Our Savior’s who are trained to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are facing a crisis or simply going through a difficult time. A Stephen Minister meets with his or her care receiver once a week for around an hour to listen, care, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual encouragement. If you know someone who is going through a difficult time, or you yourself are, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, tlemme@oslchurch.com or 336-2942, to learn how a Stephen Minister can help.

Opportunities to Help

Food to You Mobile Food Pantry logoOur Savior’s will serving our neighbors at the Food to You Drive-through Event on February 18 at Augustana Lutheran Church. There are openings for four to six volunteers to come at 4:15 p.m., and another 16 to arrive at 5:15. Middle- and high-school students are welcome to participate, with adult helpers. Especially welcome are people able to lift boxes. Masks are required, and the food will be distributed outdoors. Sign up at the Welcome Center, or contact the Church Office, 336-2942, by February 15.

The Banquet logoLooking for a way to give back, safely? Join other OSL members and nourish the community by helping to serve at The Banquet’s downtown location on Tuesday, February 23. You can help prep food for 350 to 450 guests from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., or help serve food from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Safety protocols are in place to protect volunteers, guests and staff: masks and gloves are required, and the food is served in a contact-free to-go fashion behind a plastic shield. Sign up at the Welcome Center or call the Church Office, 366-1942, by February 16. Questions? Contact Lisa Parker, (605) 941-4143 or lparker@sfgmembers.com.
Photo of pen, paper, and coffeeMany OSL members are volunteering to be a pen pal for homebound members —why not join them? Send a card or note once or twice a month—that’s all there is to it! To sign up, contact Deb Harlan, dharlan@oslchurch.com.

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

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 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: Lenten Season graphic by Gary Gaede for Our Savior’s. Photo of cabin by Adriaan Greyling from Pexels. 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 grieving woman by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Birdhouses photo by Mike van Schoonderwalt from Pexels. Stephen Ministry background photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash. Photo of pen, paper, and coffee by Kaboompics.com from Pexels. Photo of people texting by Dean Moriarty from Pixabay.

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