Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. See the current bulletin announcements at oslchurch.com for all the latest!
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. On the menu: Scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, yogurt, donut holes, coffee, and orange juice. Wednesday supper will be taco bar with all the trimmings. Check out the month’s menu at oslchurch.com! OSL Food Ministry is entirely supported by freewill donations. Thank you for your $6 per meal contribution!
A New Norm is a book developed in partnership between Avera Behavioral Health and Children’s Home Society of South Dakota as a way to help youth talk about mental wellness. You’re invited to join OSL students (grades four through eight) for A New Norm event, with the author, Tom Roberts, this Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room, or visit him at his table next to the Library.
Friendship Club this month will welcome Dr. Philip Thompson, from Sioux Falls Seminary, speaking on Lutheran and Baptist theologies. Friendship Club will meet on Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m., in the Friendship Room. As usual, there will be lunch afterward in The Gathering Place. And also as usual—bring a friend to Friendship Club!
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.
Plan now to attend the annual meeting of the congregation, on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will precede the meeting, in The Gathering Place following worship services. The annual meeting of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation will immediately follow the congregation meeting.
Do you know any children and parents/guardians who are grieving the loss of a loved one? Sad Isn’t Bad is a free four-week series to help children and families through the grieving process. The next series will begin on Jan. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in The Gathering Place. Register at sadisntbad.com, or call 299-2224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Book Club for Adults will meet on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:00 p.m., in the Library, to discuss The Huntress by Kate Quinn. The featured book for the Feb. 27 discussion will be Educated by Tara Westover.
OverBOOKed Moms, an online book club community for mothers of kids through grade 12, is beginning discussion of Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. Copies are available in the OSL Library. Contact Melissa Nesdahl, email@example.com, if you are a mother interested in being added to the private discussion page.
The OSL Library committee has selected This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (the author of Ordinary Grace) as its Winter One Church One Read title. This Tender Land is a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression. Copies are available for checkout in the Library; the book discussion will be on March 22, at 10:00 a.m., in the Office Conference 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.
Parent Sunday in Sunday School will be on Jan. 26. All parents/caregivers of children age four through fifth grade are asked to attend with your child, from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. Representatives from Lutherans Outdoors, Shetek, and Ingham Okoboji Bible Camp will be leading games/crafting, Bible study, and upbeat music for Camp Sunday.
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 three ways: donate an item, service, or experience (donations are due to the Church Office by Feb 2); 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
Come out to the Premier Center for OSL Night with the Stampede and Wiener Dog Races, on 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 will be available in The Gathering Place on Sunday mornings or the Church Office during the week, starting on Jan. 19. Tickets are $15 each, with $5 from every ticket going to support Youth Summer Trips. Questions? Contact John, email@example.com.
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.
No Yolking: The Faith Temple Food Giveaway is looking for egg cartons. Drop off cartons at the Church Office and we’ll make sure they find their way out to the fairgrounds for each week’s Friday food giveaway.
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.
On a Roll: Once again, OSL is collecting toilet paper in January for Necessities for Neighbors, a program that provides certain necessities that can’t be bought with Food Stamps. Bring packages to the donation area, near the south entrance, for the Feb. 2 distribution. Also, consider volunteering to help with the distribution that Sunday, at Peace Lutheran. A sign-up sheet is at the Information Center.
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 January is macaroni and cheese; for February it will be any kind of pasta. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.