Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Summer Blasts 2021 LogoHope you didn’t miss last night’s season premiere of OSL Summer Blasts! But if you did, fear not—subsequent Blasts will be held on July 14 (featuring OSL’s Car and Motorcycle Show and God Talk, along with music by Mogen’s Heroes) and August 11. Don’t miss these evenings of family fun, music, food, games, and outdoor worship!

Photo of SunflowerSpeaking of summer, the summer worship schedule is underway! If you didn’t notice, it’s because it’s the same schedule that’s been in place all during the pandemic: Saturday worship at 5:00 p.m., Sunday Celebrate worship at 8:45 a.m., and Sunday Festive worship at 10:15 a.m. Outdoor Celebrate worship will be held, weather permitting, on the first and third Sundays of the month, on the south lawn and parking lot, starting June 6. Bring a chair and don’t forget your sunscreen! (Outdoor worship will be postponed one week if weather is unfavorable.)
Photo of OSL LibraryReminder: 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!
Music Devotional Episode 20In the 20th installment of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, Julie Oien and Jeanne Carter share an Easter reflection by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and comment on and perform “Thine Is the Glory,” arr. Lloyd Larson. View it here, and catch up with all episodes via the link you’ll find there too.
Photo of people holding handsOSL’s Memory Care Support Group for Caregivers has resumed weekly in-person meetings, 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 tilesMah-Jongg is back! 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

Wellness Wheel graphicThe Wednesday Wellness Series will meet in the shade in OSL’s south parking lot on June 16 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

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 Jigsaw Puzzle ExchangeNew puzzles keep turning up on OSL’s Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange table! Visit the table near the south windows in The Gathering Place, drop off a puzzle and pick up a new one, for yourself or a friend or family member.

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…

Photo of a Man ThinkingLooking for mental health or community care information and resources? Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, would be happy to help anyone find a support connection or resource that is right for them! There have been recent changes in many community care agencies, and Michelle has current information about several mental health and caregiver support groups (in-person, hybrid, and Zoom) that may help families find hope and help if they are struggling with caregiver stress, whether caring for someone with a serious mental health condition or from the demands that accompany caring for an aging family member. Contact Michelle for assistance: 336-2942, ext. 28, or
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!

Freddy's Faith-full friends screenshotLook for Freddy the Flamingo and his friends Rosie and Matthew every other Tuesday on OSL’s Facebook page! Freddy, Rosie, and Matthew will teach you a song and help you participate in Sunday worship from home.
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 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 Piano KeysDo you play the piano? Share your talents! If you would like to play the piano at monthly communion services at Touchmark, Prairie Creek, Sunnycrest, or Trailridge, contact Deb Harlan, or 336-2942, ext. 48.

Photo of pen, paper, and coffeeSend 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 June is tuna and tuna helper; for July it will be macaroni and cheese. 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: Photo of sunflower by David Travis on Unsplash. Photo of people holding hands by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Photo of Mah-Jongg tiles by Irina Ilina from Pixabay. Wellness Wheel graphic via Church Health Reader. Video of woman knitting by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels. Photo of printing plates by Free-Photos from Pixabay. Photo of man holding iPad by Björn Antonissen on Unsplash. Photo of man thinking by Nathan Cowley from Pexels. 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 socks by ucmao from Pixabay. Photo of piano keys by Amir Doreh on Unsplash. Photo of pen, paper, and coffee by from Pexels. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting by JÉSHOOTS from Pexels.

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