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Closed sign The Church Office is closed today, July 4. No OSL events or activities will take place. The Library will be closed as well. Happy Independence Day!

Outdoor WorshipWeather permitting, this Sunday, July 7 will be the date for outdoor Celebrate worship, at 8:45 a.m. on the south lawn. Bring your favorite lawn chair, some sunscreen, and maybe a hat! If weather doesn’t permit, worship will be in the Celebrate Center as usual.

Photo of Pr. Greg JohnsonPr. Greg Johnson has come on board to serve as interim associate pastor, joining interim Senior Pastor Paul Svingen and Pr. Tim Lemme as OSL moves through the transition process. Pr. Greg has served as an ordained pastor for various congregations since 1986, and will be leading OSL’s youth faith formation team, including Sunday School, confirmation, and various youth groups, as well as assisting with general pastoral duties. Learn more about Pr. Greg at oslchurch.com.

Summer Hours graphics 2024Summer is here! And that means summer worship hours, which run from now through Labor Day weekend. Saturday evening Festive worship remains at 5:00; Sunday morning’s schedule is Celebrate worship at 8:45 and Festive worship at 10:30. Outdoor worship will be held (weather permitting) on July 7, August 4, and September 1, at 8:45, on the southeast lawn. Additionally, there will be an outdoor worship time at the Summer Blast on Wednesday, June 5, but with no communion.

Photo of communion elementsBeginning in July, communion will be shared in worship services on the second and fourth weekends of the month. This schedule will continue through the summer.

Photo of Madeline TrosvigMore exciting staffing news: It was announced last week that OSL has hired a new Faith Formation Coordinator! Madeline Trosvig will be coming on board in August. Learn more about Madeline at the OSL website.
Photo of Welcome MatOSL’s next New Member Class will happen on July 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 in the Conference Room. Contact the Church Office, 605-336-2942, to be a part of this, and be sure to mention it to friends who might like to become part of the OSL family.

Info Video Gif, May 23, 2024Every week, Our Savior’s Communications 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!

 

Photo of OSL Sanctuary, July 2, 2024The lighting system in the Sanctuary will be receiving a much-needed major update this month, making the Sanctuary off-limits for about two weeks. That means Festive worship services on July 20 and 21 will be held in the Celebrate Center, at their usual times.

Purple rotary telephone photo by Luke Southern.Be in Touch! There’s a lot happening at Our Savior’s these days, and since the Church Office is still short-staffed, it may be that, despite everyone’s best efforts, a phone call or email may not be returned as quickly as everyone would like. So if it’s been a while and you haven’t heard back on a message, don’t hesitate to reach out again with a gentle reminder. Thanks!

Photo of macaroni.As in years past, Our Savior’s is partnering with EmBe to offer free summer lunches to kids. EmBe prepares, delivers, and serves lunch, Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. No registration is required. In recent summers, more than 6,000 kids were served at OSL.

Digital Bulletin graphicDigital bulletins are available for you to use with your mobile device, whether you worship from home or at OSL. Here are bulletins for
Saturday evening Festive worship
Sunday morning Festive worship
Sunday morning Celebrate worship

View (or print) weekly worship materials at oslchurch.com

Things to Note…

OSL LogoCongregation Forums will resume next Saturday, July 13, following 5:00 p.m. worship, in the Friendship Room, and Sunday, July 14, between worship services, in The Gathering Place. Come learn about the results of the recent congregational survey!

Congregational Meeting Graphic, July 2024Our Savior’s Mid-Year Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, July 28, at 11:30 a.m., in The Gathering Place. A potluck lunch will be shared—bring your favorite dish!

Spiritual Care Newsletter - July 2024Check out the latest edition of OSL’s Spiritual Care Ministry newsletter online. Visit here, and contact Pr. Tim Lemme (tlemme@oslchurch.com or 605-336-2942, ext. 19) or Dorene Weinstein, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or dweinstein@oslchurch.com), to subscribe.

OSL Woodshop PhotoThe Woodshop Ministry team will be taking Wednesdays off during the summer months, but will continue their Saturday morning meet-ups, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. All are welcome, whether you are a seasoned woodworker or a beginning craftsperson, to join the team each week to work on projects for the church, the community, and ourselves. And the group never forgets to take a break for coffee and treats, too! For more information contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 605-336-2942, ext. 48, or tlemme@oslchurch.com.

GIF of Woman Knitting by Vlada Karpovich from PexelsAll are welcome to join OSL’s Knitting Group, meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, in Room 102, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The knitters craft prayer and baptismal shawls for use in the ministries of Our Savior’s.

SAIL logoSAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life) is a strength, balance, and fitness class offered through Sanford Health and specifically designed for adults 65+. Participants improve balance and mobility, reduce their risk of falls, and improve their quality of life while having fun meeting new people. Experienced and skillful instructors teach each class. Classes are tailored to older adults who are active and wish to maintain or increase their fitness level; chairs are available as needed. Best of all, it’s free! Classes at OSL meet on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., in the Hub.

July Calendar FlipKeep an eye on the OSL calendar, at oslchurch.com/calendar, as events and activities are added! The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently.

Photo of quiltsWhat better way to show God’s love for everyone than to share a gift of caring and warmth? This is what happens each second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the OSL Piece by Peace Quilting area, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Quilts of various sizes are handmade and sent to local organizations that care for the homeless and underprivileged native communities in South Dakota, and around the world to places in need. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, stop by and we will find a way for you to help! Sewing and quilting skills of all levels are welcome. Come join in the laughter and fellowship in this mission work of compassion and caring for others.

Intercom Cover - Spring 2024The latest edition of OSL’s publication The Intercom is online! View The Intercom as web pages or a PDF file, as you prefer. Find it and back issues here!

Photo of blood pressure checkBlood pressure checks are again offered at OSL, on the weekend of the third Sunday of the month. Checks will be available in the Spiritual Care Suite, before and after services on Saturday evening, and from 9:00 to 11:00 on Sunday morning. Volunteers are needed to assist with blood pressure check. Please contact Karla Cazer, Karla Cazer, FCN Coordinator, (Karla.Cazer@sanfordhealth.org or 336-2942, ext. 18), or Julie Oien (605-212-3868).

Photo of grieving womanHave you experienced a loss? Are you going through a time of grief? Could you use a little extra support? Join Pr. Tim Lemme and members of OSL’s Good Grief Group each Thursday, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room, for conversation, reflective study, and compassionate peer support. What makes this group so special is that all have experienced a loss and have learned that sometimes the best support comes from the love of those who have been there. To learn more, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (tlemme@oslchurch.com or 605-336-2942, ext. 19) or Dorene Weinstein, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or dweinstein@oslchurch.com).

Photo of pickleball equipmentThe OSL Gym is open for pickleball on Thursdays and Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants are asked to contribute $2 per visit for heat, lights, and upkeep of the floor.

Opportunities to Help

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 any kind of pasta. Always appreciated are toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant for Hygiene Packs. Place your donations in the marked bins near The Gathering Place kitchen.
Photo of the OSL KitchenThere are always opportunities for Kitchen Crew Volunteers! Call the Church Office, 605-336-2942, or stop in the kitchen on a Wednesday evening.
Photo of friendsOne of the greatest gifts we can give to anyone is the gift of our time. A listening ear, a phone call, a quick note can be a source of comfort and a bright spot in someone’s day. OSL’s Caring Friends are volunteers who reach out monthly to OSL members residing in care facilities in the Sioux Falls area. This ministry program was created as an opportunity to minister to those who can no longer participate in worship and fellowship opportunities at OSL, to make them feel connected, and a vital part of their church family. Through phone calls, mail, visits, and prayer, Caring Friends reach out with the Love of Christ to those who often find themselves alone or disconnected. This outreach is an essential part of Our Savior’s mission to connect faith to everyday life. If you would like to participate in this ministry, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (tlemme@oslchurch.com or 605-336-2942, ext. 19) or Dorene Weinstein, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or dweinstein@oslchurch.com).
Photo of grieving womanStephen Ministers have received special training to provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to hurting people. They meet weekly with their care partners to listen, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person needs care. It’s free, and it’s a powerful way you can help a hurting friend. To learn more, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or tlemme@oslchurch.com) or Dorene Weinstein, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or dweinstein@oslchurch.com).

Photo of woman 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 closed sign by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash. Photo of communion elements by Geda Žyvatkauskaitė on Unsplash. Information Video background by Monsieur Sylvain via Pexels. Purple rotary phone photo by Luke Southern on Unsplash. Photo of macaroni by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash. Photo of man holding iPhone by Youssef Sarhan on Unsplash; background image by Jr Korpa on Unsplash. Photo of welcome mat by montco13 from Pixabay. Video of woman knitting by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of blood pressure check by CDC on Unsplash. Photo of crying woman by Jeremy Wong on Unsplash. Photo of pickleball equipment by Ben Hershey on Unsplash. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Video of cleaning spray by cottonbro studio from Pexels. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Stephen Ministry background photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting from a video by Blue Bird from Pexels.

 

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