Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. See the current bulletin announcements for all the latest, and 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 information about resuming Holy Communion this weekend. Saturday evening worship will resume this week, at 5:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Get all the details here! And if you missed a week, you’ll find links to all the previous letters, too.

Photo of Outdoor WorshipLooks like the forecast is favorable for outdoor Celebrate worship this Sunday, July 12, at 8:45 a.m., in the south parking lot. If the forecast doesn’t hold, we will revert to distance worship: KTTW (FOX) at 9:00 a.m., and Facebook Live at 8:45 a.m. If you plan to attend outdoor worship, you’ll find some helpful guidelines in this pastoral letter for doing so safely for all. Holy Communion will not be shared at this worship service.

Game Night graphicThe first OSL Family Game Night was so much fun, we’re having a second one—this Sunday, July 12, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Kick off with a mystery starter game special for the littles, and then get to a hilarious Kahoot! game for all ages to enjoy. All are invited to play—your household is your team. Let’s find out who at OSL has the skill, timing, and luck to come out on top! Contact Melissa Nesdahl,, or John Schomberg,, for participation instructions.

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 De KnudsonPhoto of Charlie Nesdahl & FamilyA couple more Generosity Stories have been posted to the OSL website—see what motivates De Knudson and Charlie Nesdahl toward fulfilling OSL’s core value of Generosity. You’ll find links to previous Generosity Stories at each of those pages. Watch for more stories to come!

Photo of Open SignThe OSL Library is reopening! 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.

Screenshot of Joyful Noize KidsIt’s time for episode six of OSL’s Weekly Music Devotion Series. Here’s episode six OSL’s Weekly Music Devotion Series. OSL Principal Organist Matthew Tylutki reflects on Jesus’ Parable of the Sower, and Joyful Noize performs “Love Never Fails.” You’ll find it here!

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.

Meals on Wheels logoFor 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.

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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