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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Annual Meeting logoThe Annual Meeting of the OSL Congregation will be held this Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. in The Gathering Place. A minimum of seventy-five (75) voting members need to attend to make the meeting official. The Governing Board intends to keep the agenda brief so that we can tend to the business of the church in a safe and responsible manner. Pandemic protocols will be followed. In addition to electing three new members to the Governing Board, the congregation will vote on proposed amendments to our Constitution and Bylaws. The proposed changes to the bylaws are minor, but the changes to the constitution are substantial. These changes are necessary not only to align the constitution with the bylaws, which were ratified by the congregation in January 2020, but also to bring our constitution into compliance with the Model Constitution for Congregations of the ELCA. Review both the current constitution and bylaws and the versions that will be voted on at the annual meeting at the OSL website, or pick up copies at the Welcome Center.
Question marksYou are invited to respond to Our Savior’s Open Question Survey, a few questions for OSL’s Governing Board to consider during their upcoming planning retreat. Your input will help shape the future of ministry at Our Savior’s. Please make time to prayerfully reflect on and respond to the questions you will find here, or you may complete the paper survey that was mailed with the January 6 Pastoral Letter and return it to the Church Office by January 31.

Photo of hands holding BibleSecond grade families, sign up for your second grade 10 Commandments Milestone by Sunday, January 31! Visit SignUpGenius for complete information and to sign up.

You will make a difference when you serve as a voting member at the South Dakota Synod Assembly: not only will gain a broader sense of the church and its ministry beyond the walls of Our Savior’s, but you also will play a role in determining the future of our synod’s ministry. The synod assembly will be held this year as an online event on June 4 and 5. If you would like to be a part of the action as a voting member at the assembly, contact the Church Office, 336-2942, to indicate your interest.

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’re putting 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 will be available for pick-up on Sunday mornings, or in the Church Office during the week, beginning on January 31. One per household, please, while they last! Questions? Call the Church Office, 336-2942, and ask to speak with a Spiritual Care team member.
Music Devotion Series graphicMatthew Tylutki, OSL Principal Organist, discusses Jesus’ call to his disciples, and relates it to the “beautiful simplicity” of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude in C Major” in this 17th episode of OSL’s Music Devotion Series. View it here.
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.
Anxious People book coverThe OSL Library’s One Church One Read title is available for checkout: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is a humorous and heartbreaking story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us even in the most anxious times. Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes hostage the worst group of strangers possible. For more information, contact the OSL Library, 336-2942.
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…

Wooden HeartsFebruary’s Cross+Gen event, Held in God’s Love Time Capsule, will take place on February 14—Valentine’s Day! This activity will provide you opportunity to reflect on a short scripture, highs and lows of 2020, where you saw God’s faithfulness, and your hopes and prayers for 2021, as well as space for special items, all held in a capsule. (One per participating household.) Learn more and sign up at SignUpGenius.

Flipping 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.

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
• 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 Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at, 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 photoIf you know someone who is going through a difficult time, you can help them receive the care and support they need: tell them about Stephen Ministry! Stephen Ministers are trained to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to hurting people, meeting weekly with their care partners to listen, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support, for as long as the person needs care. Find out more by contacting Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942.

Opportunities to Help

Cat Playing with Toilet PaperRolling Along: Every year, Our Savior’s collects toilet paper during January. Why, you ask? So that it can be combined with other personal care items to distribute to families via Necessities for Neighbors, a program of OSL’s partner ministry, Charis Ministry. You have only a couple days left to bring your donations to OSL by the end of the month—let’s see about beating last year’s collection of 2,784 rolls!
Laundry with Love logoOSL confirmation students accepted the January Laundry with Love Quarter Challenge, and now invite you to join in! A program of Church on the Street, Laundry with Love gathers in a local laundromat twice a month to gift families with quarters to wash up to six loads of laundry. The goal of this challenge is to collect as many quarters as possible by the end of the month. To accept the challenge, all you need to do is look in your pockets, around your home, and in your car for quarters, then turn them in to the Church Office during office hours or on Sunday mornings. In 2020, Laundry with Love helped more than 500 families stretch their budgets by providing quarters for over 6,800 loads of laundry.

Photo of paper people cutoutOSL will help with Necessities for Neighbors, a program that provides certain necessities that can’t be bought with Food Stamps, on February 7, at Peace Lutheran Church. Several openings still exist for volunteers to help from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Dress warmly: contact-free distribution of donated items will occur outside. You’ll be home in time for Super Bowl kick-off! To help out, sign up at the Welcome Center or call the Church Office, 336-2942, by February 1. Peace Lutheran is located on 41st Street, one block west of Marion Road.

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
Photo of pen, paper, and coffeeMany OSL members have already volunteered to serve as 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,

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
• 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: 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. 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. Cat playing with toilet paper via Photo of paper people by Davide Guglielmo from FreeImages. Photo of pen, paper, and coffee by from Pexels. Photo of people texting by Dean Moriarty from Pixabay.

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