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!
Coming Up New Years
Annual Meeting logoThe Annual Meeting of the OSL Congregation will be held on 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.
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 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.
Music Devotion title cardIn the 16th episode of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, Our Savior’s members and musicians Julie Oien and Jeanne Carter share scripture readings related to the season, and perform “Some Children See Him” by Alfred Burt, arranged by Larry Shackleton. View it here!
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…

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!

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.

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.

Stephen Ministry photoBecause you may have a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who is going through a difficult time and who could benefit from the focused care, encouragement, and support of a Stephen Minister, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942. He can talk with you about connecting the person you know with a Stephen Minister, and how it’s a great way to show how much you care!

Opportunities to Help

Cat Playing with Toilet PaperRoll Call: 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. In the past, the goal has been to collect 1,000 rolls; last year, your generous contributions totaled 2,784 rolls, nearly three times the goal. So far, the collection stands at 823—so you see OSL is on a roll! Bring your donations to OSL anytime from now through the end of the month.
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,
Meals on Wheels logoThe New Year is here—meaning it’s time for a new Meals on Wheels volunteer schedule for January through April. Delivery is contactless, due to the pandemic and new procedures are in place to keep drivers and clients safe. Please consider volunteering to deliver meals during these difficult times! You may select the days that are best for you, and training is provided to new drivers. Call Sandy Garnas, 338-5440, to help out our neighbors.

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 January is mac 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.

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: Blue-Red-Green-Fireworks by Best Animations. 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. Birdhouses photo by Mike van Schoonderwalt from Pexels. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Stephen Ministry background photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash. Cat playing with toilet paper via Photo of pen, paper, and coffee by from Pexels. Photo of people texting by Dean Moriarty from Pixabay.

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