Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. Keep an eye on the Events page for info and registrations!
Coming up logo with snowflakes
Graphic for Lent 2021It is the season of Lent, a 40-day spiritual journey that explores both the faithfulness of God’s promises and our sinful tendency toward breaking promises. This season prepares us to celebrate and receive anew the Good News of Easter. Midweek worship will be held on Wednesdays, February 24 through March 24, with in-person worship, at 6:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary, and pre-recorded online worship, also at 6:30 p.m., on Our Savior’s Facebook page, and oslchurch.com/videos.
Photo of Jigsaw Puzzle PiecesA bunch of new puzzles have turned 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.
Anxious People book coverThe One Church One Read discussion of Anxious People by Fredrik Backman has been changed to Thursday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. The OSL librarian will contact everyone who has checked out the book and provide them with a discussion guide and login info. If you have read the book on your own and would like to participate in the Zoom discussion, contact OSL librarian Deb, dmerxbauer@oslchurch.com.
Winter Wellness Calendar2021 Winter Wellness at OSL: Tips for Connection and Joy. During the long winter season, and especially during the pandemic, maintaining social connections is important for reducing loneliness and anxiety. OSL Caring Ministries has created a Winter Wellness Calendar that provides fun, interactive tips to help you stay connected. Click here to download the calendar.

Photo from Music DevotionalOSL members and musicians Jeanne Carter and Julie Oien present this 19th episode of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, and perform “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” arr. Cindy Berry, and “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” arr. Lloyd Larson.

Picture of contact formOSL Caring Ministries’ Lenten Wellness Challenge encourages you to reach out to 40 different OSL members during Lent. You can decide how to contact, but the hope is that most of your connections include listening to each other. Download the form to use by clicking on the image, pick one up at the Welcome Center, or email Deb Harlan, dharlan@oslchurch.com.
Photo of books and coffeeBe sure to visit the OSL Library in person or utilize curbside checkout! Details can be found online under “News and Messages” at Atriuum, the OSL Library’s online catalog. Library hours are Sundays, 8:15 to 11:45 a.m; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m; Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m; second Saturday only of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Photo of printing platesTo limit the spread of COVID-19, printed bulletins are not being used 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.

Things to Note…

Photo of Easter EggsThe OSL Library’s Resurrection Egg Hunt helps to keep God’s grace at the heart of the Lenten season! Each Sunday and Wednesday through April 4, children and youth who check out items and find one of the Resurrection Eggs hidden in the front of the Library will receive a prize and a treat, after answering a question about the Easter story.
Holy Week clip artPlans are underway for observing Holy Week at Our Savior’s. Click here for an initial look at how you might participate.
Summer Camp photoOSL’s partners at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps, Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota, and Shetek Lutheran Ministries are offering summer programming for youth and families. Summer camp is where lifelong memories and lifelong faith are formed, so Our Savior’s wishes to help you attend by providing money towards your camp fee. Visit this link to learn what each camp has to offer for youth and families this summer.

Walk With Jesus MilestoneParents or caregivers of OSL four-and five-year-old preschool students, it’s time to register for the Walk with Jesus Milestone. Find all the information and sign-up details here. Sign up by March 16.

5th Grade Holy Communion MilestoneIt’s time for OSL’s fifth-grade students to register for the Holy Communion Milestone. Parents or caregivers, find all the information and sign-up details here. Sign up by March 31.

My OSL logoView your OSL contribution statements online: Visit My OSL and follow the steps to create a login or, if you already have done so, use the Click Here link to sign in. In My OSL, scroll down to Giving Summary and click on My Giving History, then click on PDF Tax Statement and your statement will appear in a printable format. Questions? Contact Barb Haugan, bhaugan@oslchurch.com.
Photo by Milada VigerovaOSL’s Recent Loss Series is for those in the early weeks of a new grief journey to give and receive support. The current series, which began on March 3, will continue on Wednesdays through March 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Pandemic protocols will be followed. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Register by contacting Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or mianderson@oslchurch.com.
Book Sale photoThe OSL Library’s Spring Book Sale has been canceled, due to safety concerns, but a Fall Book Sale is scheduled for October 2 and 3. Because of a lack of storage space, the Library is unable to accept book donations until August 15.

Flipping Calendar PagesKeep 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.

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 gray birdhouseIf 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 oslchurch.com.
• 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 facebook.com/oslchurchsf: Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at oslchurch.com, 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!

Stephen Ministry photoDuring our journey, Walking in God’s Promises, with a focus on body, mind, and spirit, we may find ourselves in need of some added support and assistance along our path. Stephen Ministers are available to provide support through direct, one-to-one Christian care. Zoom, telecare, and other Covid-safe options are available to facilitate this support. To learn more, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, tlemme@oslchurch.com or 336-2942, to see how a Stephen Minister can help.

Opportunities to Help

Photo of Life Savers mintsRemember getting in trouble for chewing gum in school? Well, times have changed, and OSL is collecting chewing gum and mints for our friends at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School! SBA will be starting state and district testing soon, and studies show that gum or mints help stimulate thinking and better focus. Plus, kids love chewing gum in school! You can help by donating gum (preferably sugar-free) and mints (kids seem to like wintergreen best) by Sunday, March 28. There’s a bin near the south doors (next to the Campus Cupboard cart) for easy drop-off. Thanks for your help!
Meals on Wheels logoOSL’s Meals on Wheels program has openings for meal deliverers in the last weeks of March and April and all of May. If you would like to help with this important community program, call Sandy Garnas, 338-5440. Delivery is contactless, in keeping with COVID protocols, and training is provided.
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 dharlan@oslchurch.com.
Photo of pen, paper, and coffeeMany OSL members are volunteering to be a pen pal for homebound members —why not join them? Send a card or note once or twice a month—that’s all there is to it! To sign up, contact Deb Harlan, dharlan@oslchurch.com.

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 March is hearty soup; for April it will be cereal. 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 Easter basketSt. Francis House is coordinating efforts to provide Easter baskets to children in need in the Sioux Falls community. St. Francis House guests will put baskets together for children staying in other programs in our community. You may help by dropping off used or new baskets, Easter grass, and individually wrapped candy or plastic eggs at St. Francis House, 210 N. Sherman Avenue. Nonprofit agencies will pick up baskets for distribution on April 2. For more information, contact St. Francis House: 334-3879 or info@stfrancishouse.com.

Project CAR logoProject CAR provides free rides to those who do not have transportation to get to their physical and mental health appointments, senior care, religious activities, and employment—and openings exist for volunteer drivers! Drivers may work as little as two hours per week, or as many as they would like, driving a safe, comfortable sedan. All current CDC guidelines are closely followed, with only one passenger in a car per ride, in the back seat, and both driver and passenger wearing a mask. Cars are disinfected between passengers. Project CAR is fully insured. Visit ProjectCarSF.org/volunteer or call 332-2777 for more information.

Campus Cupboard photoThanks to your generosity, OSL’s Campus Cupboard is a big success—so much so that USF students have been invited to use it! Want to help out our university neighbors? Here are some options:
• Volunteer to help out—there are slots for two volunteers on each of these days: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:45 to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday mornings, 9:00 to 11:00. Procedures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety and minimal contact. Get in touch with Pr. Justin Kosec, 336-2942, ext. 44, or jkosec@oslchurch.com.
• Buy some, or all, of the items on the shopping list you’ll find here. You’ll find all the details you need there, too.
• At the moment, because of the number of students who can use some help, these items in particular would be greatly appreciated: Ramen noodles; soup; toothpaste; shampoo; body wash; lotion; toothbrushes; peanut butter; jelly; mac and cheese; tuna or any kind of canned meat; pasta; pasta sauce ; cereal, hot or cold; all kinds of beans; rice; all kinds of vegetables

For your convenience, a cart is set up inside the south entrance during business hours, where you may leave your contributions. Thanks for your support of OSL’s Augie and USF neighbors!

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: Lenten Season graphic by Gary Gaede for Our Savior’s. Photo of jigsaw puzzle by Mike Sweeney from Pixabay. Photo of books by freestocks on Unsplash. Photo of printing plates by Free-Photos from Pixabay. Holy Week image from Sundays and Seasons. Summer camp photo by Artem Kniaz on Unsplash. Photo of grieving woman by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Birdhouses photo by Mike van Schoonderwalt from Pexels. Stephen Ministry background photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of pen, paper, and coffee by Kaboompics.com from Pexels. Photo of Easter basket by Dre Dawkcide from Pexels. Photo of person texting by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash.

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