Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Holy Week clip artHere at Our Savior’s, you and those you invite have many opportunities to participate in Holy Week worship—Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Good Friday, and, of course, Easter Sunday! Visit for the full rundown!
Masks Expected  signPhased Rollback of Pandemic Protocols: Throughout the pandemic, OSL has followed safety guidelines to prevent further spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. This approach is rooted in our call as followers of Jesus to love and care for our neighbor for the sake of the common good even when it means we sacrifice a bit of our personal freedom. The members and friends of OSL have been exemplary in faithfully living out this holy calling for over a year. It now appears that we are moving into a time when some of the safety guidelines may be relaxed without compromising the safety of the community. As a result, Our Savior’s Governing Board has drafted and approved a phased rollback of pandemic protocols. Read all about it here.
Among other things, the phased rollback of pandemic protocols now allows for unison speaking and singing by worshipers who are wearing masks, beginning this weekend. In addition, light refreshments will be served (no self-serve) in The Gathering Place, from 9:30 to 10:30 on Sunday morning. Check out the full protocol rollback plan at
Photo of Easter LilyEaster plants will beautify OSL’s worship services starting on Easter Sunday, April 4. If you would like to honor a special person or occasion, remember a loved one or friend, or show gratitude for God’s many blessings, visit or call the Church Office, 336-2942, to sign up. Plants are $15 each. Your name and the person or occasion you are honoring will appear in a bulletin insert and on the OSL website on Easter Sunday. Plants may be picked up any time after the 10:15 a.m. service on Easter Sunday.
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.
Winter Wellness Calendar2021 Winter Wellness at OSL: Tips for Connection and Joy. During the long winter-early spring 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. View it here, and catch up with all episodes via the link you’ll find there too.
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 school childrenOSL’s Three-Year-Olds’ Bible Milestone is coming up! Parents and caregivers, find all the information and sign-up details here. And if your child is four years old but hasn’t yet received a Jesus Storybook Bible due to the calendaring shift of the milestone, take part now. Sign up by April 6.

Connect Bible logoEvery year, OSL’s third-graders receive their Connect Bible, filled with sticky notes as visible support from the congregation. This year, to show that same love in a safe way, you’re invited to email your favorite Bible verse or story and why you like it, to be placed in their Bibles. This outpouring of love in a time of social distancing will translate to students that they are cared for and remembered, and will most certainly put a smile on their faces. Send your verse(s) to Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation,, by March 28. Thank you for supporting OSL’s students!

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.

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.
Hands holding a BibleIt’s time to sign up for OSL’s third-graders’ Bible milestone. Parents and caregivers, find all the information and sign-up details here. Sign up by April 4.
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.
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,
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, 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 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!

Stephen Ministry photoAs we conclude the Lenten focus, Walking in God’s Promises: A Lenten Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit, you may be discovering areas of struggle where one-to-one Christian support may be beneficial. Stephen Ministers are available to walk with you on a continued journey beyond Lent, providing support in a variety of circumstances. If you are battling a physical ailment, facing mental stress, struggling with emotional and spiritual concerns, or encountering other types of challenges, Stephen Ministers can support you. Contact Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942, for more information.

Opportunities to Help

Photo of Volkswagen BeetleLooking for a special opportunity to be outside enjoying the spring weather and help with OSL worship? Be one of the six or eight people to serve as ushers for the Maundy Thursday parking lot worship service! Contact Pr. Shelly,, if you wish 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
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,

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 April will be cereal; for May it will be peanut butter. Always appreciated are toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant for Hygiene Packs. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.

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 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
• 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: Holy Week illustration from Sundays and Seasons. Photo of Easter Lily by Serafima Lazarenko on Unsplash. 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. Summer camp photo by Artem Kniaz 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 Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash. Photo of Volkswagen Beetle by Dan Gold on Unsplash. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of pen, paper, and coffee by from Pexels. Photo of person texting by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash.

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