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 Open SignResume! The Governing Board decided today that in-person indoor worship will resume on Sunday, July 5. Celebrate worship will be at 8:45 a.m. and Festive worship will be at 10:15. Saturday worship will resume on July 11 at 5:00 p.m. Precautions will be in place to ensure the safety of all—watch for more information coming soon.

Normal office hours—Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—will resume next Monday, June 22, CDC guidelines for social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting will be followed.

As we resume what feels like normal activity here at church, let us commit to serving not our own interests but the common good, following the example of our Lord Jesus Christ.

—Pr. Randy Gehring

Outdoor WorshipIt was a little breezy last Sunday—a TV camera and a small speaker each took tumbles—but, undeterred, OSL will again hold outdoor Celebrate worship this Sunday, June 21, at 8:45 a.m., in the south parking lot. If the weather is uncooperative, 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 week’s pastoral letter for doing so safely for all.

Dean and Mart BucknebergAnother Generosity Story is now online: Dean Buckneberg tells what he finds in OSL’s mission that inspires generosity, she has witnessed and participated in. View it here, along with previous stories. And watch for more Generosity Stories to follow! (Pictured: Dean and Marty Buckneberg)

Photo of Deanna WehrspannIn episode three of OSL’s Weekly Music Devotion Series, Deanna Wehrspann, OSL Music and Worship Professional, shares a brief devotion and spiritual related to this Sunday’s texts. Find it here!

Photo of books and coffeeThe 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 and click the “View the Library Catalog” button to access OPAC.

Atrium on the Go iconAnd 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:, Port: 443, Library: oursavior, SSL: turn off. Click “Connect to Library” to access OPAC.

Photo of Blue MailboxYou’ll find this week’s pastoral letter on the OSL website—and you’ll find links to previous weeks’ letters there, too.

In the seventh and final episode of this season’s Hear and Know podcast from Our Savior’s. Pr. Justin Kosec talks to Pr. Randy Gehring, Senior Pastor at Our Savior’s, about his childhood faith life, his call to ministry, and how he found his way to OSL. Catch it—and the entire season!—at

Killers of the Flower Moon book coverThe 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 will be available for curbside checkout beginning on Monday, June 15.

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 screenshotStay updated on OSL’s continuing response to Covid-19 on the OSL website and Facebook page. And stay well!

ELCA ResourcesYou’ll find Daily Prayer Resources from ELCA on the OSL website. ELCA’s Morning Prayer: A Simplified Form and Evening Prayer: A Simplified Form may prove particularly beneficial to you in these unusual times.

Stephen Ministry logoIf you know someone—a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative—who is going through a difficult time, especially now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can help them receive the care and support they need: Tell them about Stephen Ministry! Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to hurting people. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receivers to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support, for as long as the person needs care. To learn more, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 336-2942 or

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!

So That Happened…

Photo from Commemoration of Emanuel 9Last evening, Wednesday, June 17, members and friends gathered in the Healing Garden for a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Gene LeVasseur, OSL’s Director of Worship and Music, took a few photos of the socially distant gathering, which you will find here on the OSL website. Thanks, Gene, and thanks to Dakota News Now for covering the event.

Photo of Lavada WoodsWith nothing but gratitude in our hearts, we announce to you that Lavada Woods submitted her letter of resignation recently, after working faithfully as OSL’s Financial Assistant for about ten years. Her last day with us will be June 30, and we will miss her dearly. When you see Lavada, be sure to thank her and wish her well.

Opportunities to Serve, and Things to Note…

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.

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.

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!

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. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library. Remember, the south entrance doors will be unlocked from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Credits: Birdhouse photo by Kamen Atanassov on Unsplash. Books photo by freestocks on Unsplash. Traffic sign photo by Logan Weaver on Unsplash. Mailbox photo by Alex Perz on Unsplash. Fountain pen photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

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