Get ready for Theology Tapped, an engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting, with Pr. Randy. This month’s installment will be tonight, Thursday, Feb. 27, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St.
Book Club for Adults will discuss Educated by Tara Westover tonight, Thursday, Feb 27, at 7:00 p.m., in the Library.
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, email@example.com.
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. On the menu: Scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, orange juice, yogurt, donut holes, and coffee. Wednesday suppers during Lent will be soup and pie. 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!
Sabbath Seekers is an informal, come-as-you-are gathering of adults of all ages. Enjoy Caribou Coffee, delicious treats, and getting to know other people who like those things too! Sabbath Seekers will meet in Fellowship Hall this Sunday, March 1, from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.
The next Recent Loss Series will be held on Wednesdays in March, at 5:30 p.m., in the Chapel, ending in time to attend Lenten worship at 6:40. Participants are welcome to partake in the OSL community meal before class, beginning at 5:00 in The Gathering Place: look for the group’s sign. To register, contact Michelle Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-2942, ext. 48.
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.
Midweek Lenten worship services will be held on Wednesdays, at noon in the Chapel and at 6:40 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The theme for Lent at OSL is Embrace the Question…
The Silent Auction is underway, with 100% of the money raised going to OSL’s Youth Summer Mission Immersion trips to Omaha, Ingham Lake, and Minnesota. The Auction will run through March 8, at 6:00 p.m. Items are available to view in The Gathering Place, with bidding online. Assistance will be available at the Auction Information Table for those who need help registering and placing bids on Sunday mornings. A select number of items are available for kids to bid on in person, using bidding sheets. Use this link to visit the Auction website for more details, to register, and to see this year’s items. Winners will pick up their items after the auction at OSL, with payment by cash or check. Thanks for your support of OSL Youth!
Don’t miss the Youth Silent Auction Banquet and Talent Show, on March 8, at 5:00 p.m. You will enjoy a great meal, hear about this summer’s trips, take one last look at the Silent Auction items, and be entertained by OSL youth and their amazing talent! Pick up your tickets in The Gathering Place on Sunday mornings, or during the week in the Church Office.
Parents of four- and five-year-old pre-kindergarten students, be sure to get your child signed up for the Walk with Jesus Milestone. Only three Sundays remain for you to pick up Plush Jesus!
To keep God’s grace at the heart of the Lenten season, the OSL Library will sponsor a Resurrection Egg Hunt on Sundays and Wednesdays, from Feb. 26 through April 12. Find one of the Resurrection Eggs hidden in the front of the Library, check out an item, answer a question about the Easter story, and receive a prize and a treat!
Fifth-graders’ families should have received information by email to sign up for the Agape Meal and all other elements of the fifth grade milestone. If you did not receive the email, sign up via this link.
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.
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, email@example.com, with the names and ages of your children.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, and let her know which camp you are signing up for before you register so your total can be adjusted properly.
OSL will be hosting several Better Choices Better Health workshops in the weeks ahead. First up: Diabetes Self-Management Program, Fridays, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., March 6 through April 17, in Room 101. Register at goodandhealthysd.org/bcbhregister or call 1-888-484-3800.
Join Pr. Sami and Assistant Music Director and Principal Organist Matthew Tylutki for a four-week adult-education series on Holy Week worship. Experience and explore elements of the Holy Week liturgy and music, after which you will enjoy a renewed appreciation for the rich traditions behind Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday worship. This series will meet on Tuesdays, March 10 through 31, at 6:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary balcony.
First graders will celebrate their Lord’s Prayer milestone on March 15. Family time with Pr. Sami, for students with their parents or caring adults, will be at 10:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room. Then the milestone will be celebrated during the 11:00 Festive worship service. Sign up via this link.
Pickleball Day of Play will be on Sunday, March 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Novice Play will be at First Lutheran Church; Advanced Play will be at OSL. There will be a social hour with pizza from 5:30 to 6:30, at OSL. Questions? Contact Deb Harlan, email@example.com.
The Women’s Spring Table Gala will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Decorate a theme table and invite your friends to this fun luncheon! A variety of table sizes will be available to decorate. Deadline to reserve a table is March 22. Contact Cindy Nassen, 212-5792, or Janiece Peterson, 351-8155.
And one to go: Only one spot remains on OSL’s Synod Assembly voting member roster! Help shape the direction of the South Dakota Synod by participating as a 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 4 through 6, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-2942, ext. 48.
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 March is hearty soup. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
A moo moo here, a moo moo there… That’s what you’ll hear on the farm when you donate to ELCA Good Gifts through the Noisy Offering. $500 can buy a cow; $715 can buy a whole family farm and agricultural training to help that family maximize their harvest. This cycle, half of the Noisy Offering will go to ELCA Good Gifts and the other half will continue to support Hope Coalition’s preschool scholarship initiative. Learn more at goodgifts.elca.org. Thank you for your continued generous giving to the Noisy Offering!
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, email@example.com, to sign up!