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!
• 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!
As Our Savior’s makes careful steps toward reopening the facility, be sure to check the OSL calendar at oslchurch.com/calendar for recently added events and activities. The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently!
NPR’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.
The 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.
OSL 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.
More 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!
Even 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.
• 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.
• View (or print) weekly worship materials at oslchurch.com.
• 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 facebook.com/oslchurchsf: Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at oslchurch.com, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!
Opportunities to Serve, and Things to Note…
If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become 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 email@example.com to learn how to participate.
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 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.
You 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!
Have 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!