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!

Photo of mailboxesThis week’s pastoral letter contains important information about participating in in-person indoor worship at Our Savior’s, should you decide to do so, as well as the upcoming congregational meeting. Read all about it here!
Congregational meeting graphicAs mentioned above, there will be a brief meeting of the OSL congregation, Sunday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m., in The Gathering Place. In addition to hearing an update on how our ministry has flourished during the pandemic, we will:

• approve an annual ministry plan (budget) that will provide vital support to new and continuing ministry initiatives in the new fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), and
• consider an amendment to our governing documents that will allow us to conduct congregational meetings electronically using a group meeting platform like Zoom or GoToMeeting.

Plan to attend!

Welcome Back screenshotOSL teamed up with our friends at Next Day Animations to produce this Welcome Back to OSL video that provides helpful guidelines for returning to worship, presented in a light, fun way suitable for kids as well as adults. You’ll see it in worship services this weekend, or you can check it out here!

OSL Website CalendarAs Our Savior’s makes careful steps toward reopening the facility, be sure to check the OSL calendar at for recently added events and activities. The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently!

Photo of Type CaseAs part of the effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, printed bulletins will not be available 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.

Photo of masksNPR’s global health and development blog, Goats and Soda, has published A User’s Guide to Masks: What’s Best at Protecting Others (and Yourself), an extensive guide to various kinds of masks…so extensive, in fact, that it’s too long to reproduce here, but you can check it out at NPR’s website.

Photo of Open SignThe OSL Library is open again! To protect everyone, the Library will be open for “Grab and Go” checkout only. Because of small spaces, over 12,000 offerings, and countless frequently touched surfaces, everyone will be required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer. Curbside checkout will remain available as long as patrons are utilizing the system. Library hours will be Sundays, 8:15 to 11:45 a.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dear Church book coverOSL and Augustana University will host the Rev. Lenny Duncan, an ELCA pastor and the author of Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S., for two days of worship, teaching, conversation, and commitment-making. The OSL Library has 10 copies of Dear Church available for checkout.

Racial Justice displayMore than 35 new and recently published titles on inter-generational racial justice are on display in the front of the OSL Library. Be sure to have a look!

Killers of the Flower Moon book coverTen copies and an audiobook of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, the Summer One Church One Read, are available for checkout in the OSL Library. This true-life murder mystery covers one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. This narrative nonfiction book is an indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. The book discussion is planned for September 27 at 10:00 a.m., either in the Conference Room or via Zoom; questions for the discussion will be available in September.

Look and Learn Welcome Back displaysEven as everyone avoids lingering too long inside, take a moment to have a quick look at one of the Look and Learn Welcome Back displays in The Gathering Place, prepared by Caring Ministries. There are two identical displays, to help with social distancing. They feature four main actions everyone can take against the coronavirus. Displays will be changed from time to time, so be sure to give them a look-see when you’re passing through OSL.

Freddy's Faith-full friends screenshotKeep up with the latest in socially distant worship opportunities, faith formation, and more on OSL’s Facebook page! For instance:
• Each Tuesday, “Freddy’s Faith-Full Friends” will teach you a song, enabling you to participate in Sunday worship from home.
• Each Thursday, Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation, will include a Faith in the Home video, containing a scripture reading, contemplation/discussion questions, and an activity to help you act on and process the scripture reading.
Covid-19 screenshotOSL’s continuing response to Covid-19 is updated frequently as news becomes available, so be sure to check it often! You’ll find it on the OSL website and OSL’s Facebook page. Stay informed, and stay well!
Photo of BirdhouseHow Do I Worship at Home? In-person church activities at OSL have been canceled for the time being, due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, but the worship life of the OSL community goes on! Here’s how you can participate from home:
• View (or print) weekly worship materials at
• Watch worship services on TV: Celebrate: 9:00 a.m., KTTW (cable channel 9; channel 7.1); 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!

Opportunities to Serve, and Things to Note…

Photo of lawn mowerIf you have a walk-behind lawnmower you are no longer using, you may give it a good home by donating it to a family living in one of the Hezekiah homes. Contact Barb Haugan, 336-2942, ext. 23, or

The Banquet logoOSL will serve breakfast at the Banquet on August 5. The Banquet is not serving meals in the dining room, but they are providing meals to go for guests. OSL will field 16 volunteers—eight to cook at 5:30 a.m., and eight to pack and distribute at 6:30. Sign up at the Welcome Center, or call the Church Office, 336-2942.

Photo of fountain pen writingBecome an Our Savior’s Pen Pal! The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on vulnerable OSL members, specifically on those living in care facilities and those who are homebound. OSL’s Pen Pal Program is a new ministry to help these folks overcome any feelings of isolation and anxiety they may have. Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or to learn how to participate.

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 July is macaroni and cheese; for August it will be pasta. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.

Campus Cupboard photoYou can support OSL’s Augustana Campus Cupboard during the COVID-19 pandemic by buying some, or all, of the items on the shopping list you’ll find here. You’ll find all the details you need there, too. Thanks for your support of OSL’s Augustana neighbors—about 100 of whom are still on campus!

Text Giving screenHave 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 mailboxes by Ethan Hoover on Unsplash. Photo of type case by Fabio Santaniello Bruun on Unsplash. Photo of rustic open sign by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash. Birdhouse photo by Kamen Atanassov on Unsplash. Fountain pen photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash. Lawn mower photo by Skitterphoto via Pexels.

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