Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Congregational Meeting graphicOur Savior’s Mid-Year Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, July 18, at 11:30, in The Gathering Place. A light lunch will be served. Don’t miss it!
OSL Car Show 2021The next Summer Blast is fast approaching! The July 14 event will feature food trucks, live music by Mogen’s Heroes, outdoor worship, God Talk with Peter and Paul, food trucks, and the return of OSL’s annual Car & Motorcycle Show! The festivities start at 5:00 p.m. If you have a car or motorcycle you’d like to show, contact the Church Office, 336-2942, and get signed up!
Gracism book coverJoin Pr. Randy for a five-week Summer Book Study on the book Gracism: The Art of Inclusion by David A. Anderson. Anderson says when we look at color, class, or culture in a negative way, that’s racism, but if you want to look at these issues in a positive, grace-filled way, we learn to respond to injustice and prejudice with radical inclusion and a great deal of love. Anderson calls that gracism. The book study, which started on Tuesday, June 29, meets at 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Books are available in the Church Office for $20.
Photo of OSL Library The OSL Library is open and waiting for you! Stop in soon and browse the extensive collection of books, music, and movies. Visit the online catalog at Atriuum, which includes the Library’s current hours. See you soon!
SDSU logoOSL’s faith community assisted ten SDSU senior nursing students complete their education this summer. You may help them, too, by taking the brief, anonymous survey you will find here. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or with questions.

Wellness Wheel graphicThe Wednesday Wellness Series will meet in the shade in OSL’s south parking lot on July 14 at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Wellness discussions center on the seven topics on the Wellness Wheel: Faith Life, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Nutrition, and Friends & Family. How do we manage these in the context of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic? Come for informal and fun conversation with old and new friends! Bring a lawn chair, coffee, snacks, etc. In case of rain, meet in The Gathering Place. The discussion will be followed by an optional Prayer Walk to explore interesting sites around OSL’s neighborhood. Prayer Walk Maps will be available at the Welcome Center. No registration is required. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, with questions: 336-2942, ext. 28, or

Photo of people holding handsOSL’s Memory Care Support Group for Caregivers meets weekly on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Seeking support or education while caring for someone with dementia? You are not alone. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or with questions.
Photo of Mah-Jongg tilesCome play Mah-Jongg! An ancient game from China, Mah-Jongg, gained popularity in the United States in the 1920s, and is enjoying a resurgence today. Come to The Gathering Place on Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m., and be ready to have some fun! All skill levels are welcome. COVID-19 precautions will be followed. Questions? Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or
woman knittingKnitting can be good for you—it can relieve stress, be a good way to cope, and decrease the risk of cognitive impairment as you age. If you enjoy knitting, or would like to learn, join the OSL knitters for a fun and relaxing time knitting with others. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, at 9:30 a.m., in the Oasis Room. COVID protocols will be followed.
Photo of iPadDigital bulletins are available for you to use with your mobile device, whether you worship from home or at OSL. Here is the bulletin for Saturday evening; for Sunday Festive worship; and for Sunday Celebrate worship.

Things to Note…

Bell Tower repairs photoOSL’s Bell Tower Project—which had been put on hold thanks to (surprise!) the pandemic—is now underway. So don’t be surprised if you notice a couple fellows defying gravity as they undertake some much-needed repairs and maintenance on the bell tower! And check out photos on the OSL website from time to time to track their progress!

Photo of QuiltingThe Peace by Piece OSL quilters are planning a social get-together on the OSL south lawn, under the Summer Blast tent, on Wednesday, July 14, at 10:00 a.m. (In case of extreme heat or inclement weather, meet in the Friendship Room.) Come enjoy this informal gathering of friends, some of whom you may not have seen for a while. Cookies will be provided; bring your own beverage. This will be a good opportunity to find out what OSL Quilting Ministry is all about. Contact Marilyn, 323-5545, or Suzie, 334-9012, with questions.
Spoke Folk Tour photoOSL will serve as the home congregation of the 2021 South Dakota Spoke Folk Tour! Spoke Folk is a 12-day (July 14-25) mission trip of up to 40 youth and adults from across the country who come together to share the gospel with local churches through a program consisting of contemporary Christian music, puppets, skits, and testimonies. On July 18, after four days of rehearsal at OSL, the group will set off on bicycles for six performances across the region, including stops in Brandon, Dell Rapids, Sioux Falls, and at Dow Rummel Village. The tour will return to OSL to share the full program at the Celebrate worship service on July 25. Thank you for your continued support of OSL’s Youth Ministry, and for helping to bring Spoke Folk to Our Savior’s!
Photo of Hands Holding LightsHope for Living with Illness or Cancer will meet in the Friendship Room on Tuesday, July 13, at 2:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or
Matter of Balance logoA Matter of Balance, an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels, will be held at OSL on Mondays, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., from July 12 through August 30. The program is for anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns or is interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength. Registration is required: contact Michelle Anderson, 336-2942, ext. 28, or Karla Cazer, 339-7295, and leave a message.
Theology Tapped LogoHere comes another round of Theology Tapped, an engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting, with Pr. Randy. This month’s meet-up will be on Thursday, July 29, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s Ale House, 420 E. 8th St.
Keep an eye on the OSL calendar, at, as events and activities are added! The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently.
Photo of a mailbox shaped like a houseIf 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 or so, 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 Person Sitting on RocksStephen Ministers are members of Our Savior’s who have been trained to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They listen, care, encourage, pray, and give weekly support for as long as the need persists. If someone you know is hurting, find out more about Stephen Ministry by contacting Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

Opportunities to Help

OSL Youth LogoAll OSL families are invited to join OSL Youth in helping with Meals on Wheels. Deliveries remain contactless, and the average time to complete deliveries is about 90 minutes. Follow this link to learn more and to sign up to help with this important community service during the weeks of July 6–9, 12–16, 19–23, or 26–30.

Photo of communion elementsIf you’ve been contemplating ways to serve your OSL community, consider serving as a communion team member or an usher—or both! A card will be available in worship services this weekend and next, giving you the opportunity to select dates and tasks from July 10 through August 29—or contact Gene LeVasseur, Director of Worship, 336-2942, ext. 40, or, and let him know you’re interested.

Photo of SocksThe SIGH Clinic (Stepping into Good Health), a project that works to ensure that men and women find an open door to healthcare services, invites donations of these items this summer:
• Small bottles of lotion or cream
• Lightweight socks for men or women
• Diabetic socks in all colors
• New or gently used walking-type shoes (no sandals or flip-flops)
• Small devotionals

There’s a designated box for your donation near the bins next to the OSL Library. Thank you for your generosity!

Photo of fountain pen writingSend a card or a note once or twice a month—that’s all there is to being an OSL Pen Pal for homebound members! Many OSL members are already taking pen in hand to help others feel connected to their church family—why not join them? To sign up, contact Deb Harlan,
Photo of two friendsShare the kindness of personal connections: OSL Caring Friends serve members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities, to help them feel connected to the Body of Christ and to Our Savior’s. There currently are opportunities to serve as a Caring Friend at a facility in Sioux Falls. Find out more by contacting Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

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, any kind of pasta. Always appreciated are toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant for Hygiene Packs. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.

Photo of person 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: Wellness Wheel graphic via Church Health Reader. Photo of people holding hands by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Photo of Mah-Jongg tiles by Irina Ilina from Pixabay. Video of woman knitting by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels. Photo of man holding iPad by Björn Antonissen on Unsplash. Quilting photo by Jeff Wade on Unsplash. Photo of hands holding lights by Diego PH on Unsplash. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. Stephen Ministry background photo by Clément Falize on Unsplash. Photo of communion elements by Geda Žyvatkauskaitė on Unsplash. Photo of socks by ucmao from Pixabay. Photo of fountain pen by Aaron Burden on Unsplash. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting by JÉSHOOTS from Pexels.

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