Seems like the Church Office just got back to regular hours…and now it’s going to be closed again! But only for a day: The Church Office will be closed on Friday, July 3, in honor of Independence Day, and back to business as usual next week.
This week’s pastoral letter is quite different from the usual: It contains everything you need to know about participating in in-person indoor worship here at Our Savior’s, should you decide to do so. Get all the details here! And if you missed a week, you’ll find links to all the previous letters, too.
As mentioned above, in-person worship services at OSL will resume this Sunday, June 5; Saturday worship will resume on July 11. Celebrate worship will be at 8:45 a.m. in the Celebrate Center; Festive worship will be held in the Sanctuary at 10:15. In-person Saturday worship will resume on July 11 at 5:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary.
Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
• Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
• Stay home if you’re sick
• Avoid touching your face
Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19.
In episode five of OSL’s Weekly Music Devotion Series, OSL members Julie Oien and Jeanne Carter discuss how God’s love and mercy extend to everyone, and play “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Find it here!
The OSL Library’s curbside pickup continues. (The Library itself remains closed for now.) Details about curbside hours and procedures are posted on OPAC, the online card catalog. Meanwhile, you may reserve books via OPAC: go to oslchurch.com/library and click the “View the Library Catalog” button to access OPAC.
And if you’re using the Library’s curbside pickup option, there’s an app for that! OPAC, the online card catalog, and SignUp Genius are both available as apps for your mobile device. For OPAC, install the Atriuum on the Go app using the following settings: Server: oslchurchsd.booksys.net, Port: 443, Library: oursavior, SSL: turn off. Click “Connect to Library” to access OPAC.
The Library Committee has selected its Summer One Church One Read selection: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. 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. Copies are available for curbside checkout.
• 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…
For several years, OSL youth have assisted with Meals on Wheels for one week each summer. This year, we have expanded this opportunity to three weeks, and are inviting all OSL families to help. All deliveries are now contactless, and the average time to complete your deliveries is about 90 minutes. Click here to learn more and to sign up to serve during the weeks of July 13–17, 20–24, or 27–31. Thank you for considering this vital service to our community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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!