OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. On the menu: Bacon, scrambled eggs, roasted diced potatoes, yogurt, orange juice, and donut holes. Wednesday supper will be lasagna, tossed salad, breadsticks, and dessert. Check out the month’s menu at oslchurch.com! OSL Food Ministry is entirely supported by freewill donations. Thank you for your contribution of $6 per meal
The internationally acclaimed organist Tyler Boehmer will present a recital this Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. The Director of Music for Leavenworth First United Methodist Church, Leavenworth, Kan., Boehmer has performed in cities throughout Russia and Germany as well as the Washington National Cathedral and cities across the western U.S. He received first prize in the 2019 Miami International Organ Competition. The recital is sponsored by OSL and the South Dakota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and admission is free.
Missing the stage? If you’ve loved acting, directing, or producing theatrical productions, then you’re invited to join the OSL Liturgical Drama Team in preparing drama for Holy Week. You decide your commitment level through an in-house devising process featuring Bible study, discussion, and theatre games. Rehearsals start in just a couple weeks. Contact Pr. Justin, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-2942, to put your name on the list.
It’s time for four- and five-year-old preschool students to sign up to carry Plush Jesus for their Walk with Jesus milestone! Make sure your child gets signed up via SignUpGenius to ensure a week that works well for you. If you did not receive email with the SignUpGenius link, contact Melissa Nesdahl, email@example.com. While your child has Plush Jesus, you will take photos and fill out an info sheet about activities shared that will be used for a video to be shown in worship services on March 29. You will join your celebrating preschooler in Family Time with Pr. Sami that Sunday as well, at 10:00 a.m. in the Friendship Room.
Look for the Youth Information Table in The Gathering Place on Sunday mornings and purchase Hy-Vee gift cards to support OSL youth who will be attending summer mission immersions in 2020. Five percent of each sale goes to OSL Youth.
Come out to the Premier Center for OSL Night with the Stampede and Wiener Dog Races, this Saturday, Feb. 15. Watch those tiny paws scamper across the ice, and cheer on your favorite! There also is a hockey game, which starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 each, with $5 from every ticket going to support Youth Summer Trips. Questions? Contact John, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss the Sioux Falls Rocks Cross+Gen event this Sunday, Feb. 16, from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Paint two rocks—one for yourself and one to hide in the community and bless an unsuspecting person’s day! This is in lieu of Sunday education. Students grade five and younger must have a parent or caring adult along.
Kevin Gansz, the curator of education at the Siouxland Heritage Museums, will be the guest presenter at the next Friendship Club meeting, on Feb. 18. Kevin’s presentation, “Then and Now Sioux Falls,” explores the history of Sioux Falls from the 1860s to 1910 by compar-ing historic photographs to contemporary images. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m., in the Friendship Room, followed by lunch in The Gathering Place. Come and enjoy this glimpse of history, and some good fellowship together, at Friendship Club!
The Governing Board will be appointing a Call Committee to conduct a search for OSL’s next Pastor of Youth and Family. The committee will be comprised of seven members plus the Senior Pastor, and will be appointed by the board at an upcoming meeting. To nominate someone or to submit your name for consideration, contact the Church Office, 336-2942.
Pr. Randy is leading a seven-week Connecting Faith and Life session, session, using the book Dialogues On: Race to 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 is 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.
OSL’s Stewardship and Development Committee will be hosting an AARP Fraud Watch Network session on avoiding identity theft. This free session will be on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 10:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen—learn how to protect yourself!
OSL wants to help send you to camp! If you sign up for summer camp at Shetek, a Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota camp, or Ingham Okoboji by March 3, OSL will contribute $75 toward individual campers or $200 toward family camp. Email Nicole, email@example.com, and let her know which camp you are signing up for before you register so your total can be adjusted properly.
Parents’ Night Out will be on Friday, March 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening out while the kids (ages one through eight) play in the OSL Nursery! Register by contacting Nancy Heesch, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the names and ages of your children.
The Silent Auction is the primary fundraiser for OSL youth summer mission immersion trips. Last year, the auction raised over $14,000; we’re looking forward to another successful year. You can support this effort in two ways: bid on items from Feb. 22 through March 8; and come to the Banquet and Youth Talent Show, on March 8, at 5:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place (tickets will go on sale on Feb. 22. Contact John, email@example.com, with questions.
Maybe your work/life schedule precludes you from attending Ash Wednesday services, but you can still get your Ashes to Go, along with coffee and a treat, under the OSL South Entrance Canopy on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.!
Kids age two through kindergarten, and their families, are invited to OSL’s Drive-In Mystery Movie on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m., in the Hub. At home, have your child decorate a box, laundry basket, or tub they can comfortably sit in as their car, then bring their car, a pillow, and comfy outdoor chairs for the rest of your family to the event. Sign up through the link you were emailed, contact Melissa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help shape the direction of the South Dakota Synod in the coming years by participating as a synod assembly voting member! OSL members age 16 and older may be considered. Contact the Church Office, 336-2942, to indicate your interest. Synod Assembly will be June 5 through 7, at OSL.
If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, OSL’s Prayer Shawl Ministry is always looking for help keeping the closet full of beautiful shawls to be given as a blessing. You may help by crocheting or knitting a prayer shawl of any color or design (some patterns are available for download at oslchurch.com/ministry/adults); donating yarn (there’s a labeled bin by the Library); and praying for the people making and receiving shawls. Questions? Contact Deb, email@example.com or 336-2942, ext. 48.
Take the wheel! There are many opportunities for volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels. Choose days that fit your schedule! Training is provided. Contact Sandy Garnas, 338-5440.
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 February is any kind of pasta; for March it will be hearty soup. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
Middle-school youth group will be assembling college care packages for young adults living away from home. You may help by donating mechanical pencils, highlighters, travel-size hand sanitizer, lip balm, microwave popcorn, and fruit snacks at the Youth Table in The Gathering Place on Sundays, or in the Church Office during the week, through Feb 16. Financial donations to help with postage would be appreciated too! If you know someone who would appreciate a care package, contact Nicole, firstname.lastname@example.org, or John, email@example.com.
Do you like to shop? Do you want to use those skills to help a neighbor in need? Our Savior’s Discharge with Dignity program partners with Sanford Hospital to provide clothes to patients upon discharge. Our job is simple: just keep the closet full! To help accomplish this mission, OSL is looking to form a crack team of bargain hunters who will go fan to fill requests as they come in from the hospital, then bring items to OSL to be distributed. Contact Pr. Justin Kosec, firstname.lastname@example.org, to sign up!
In addition to the Hope Coalition, your Noisy Offering giving also goes to ELCA Good Gifts. A $125 microloan can help a woman start her own business to create a steady source of income and even lift her family out of poverty. And as she repays the loan, that money is reinvested in a cooperative so the cycle of giving can continue. Learn more at goodgifts.elca.org. Thank you for your continued generous giving to the Noisy Offering!