Brace yourself—Midnight Madness is returning to OSL! Midnight Madness is when OSL rolls out the red carpet for Augustana University students preparing for finals, for an evening of relaxation, study, and, of course, food! This semester’s Midnight Madness will be this Sunday, May 14, from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight. Thanks to all the volunteers who are contributing desserts, snacks, time, and money to help support OSL’s Augie neighbors.
Bee a Reader, the OSL Library’s reading program for kids and adults, will begin on May 6 and run through July 12. Read a book, get a ticket, and be entered in prize drawings at OSL’s Summer Blasts (June 14 and July 12). Plus, add a bee sticker to the hive for every book you read! Visit the Library for more details…and get busy reading!
OSL’s Minnesota Twins Outing will be on July 26! Come along on a day trip to see the Twins take on the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. The motor coach will leave OSL at 6:30 a.m. sharp. Light snacks and drinks will be provided, and there will be a restroom break along the way. The cost is $110 per person, which covers transportation and a seat in the shade behind home plate. Supper is not included in the price. Sign up at the Welcome Center or in the Church Office, 605-336-2972. Seating is limited!
Digital bulletins are available for you to use with your mobile device, whether you worship from home or at OSL. Here are bulletins for
• Saturday evening Festive worship
• Sunday morning Festive worship
• Sunday 8:45 Celebrate worship
• Sunday 11:00 Celebrate worship
View (or print) weekly worship materials at oslchurch.com
Things to Note…
Join Our Amazing Team! Our Savior’s is currently accepting applications for the position of Business Administrator. You may find the position description here. Qualified candidates interested in joining our team may send a letter of application, résumé, and completed application (found here) to Pastor Randy Gehring, email@example.com.
In addition, OSL is looking for a full-time custodian, responsible for a wide variety of custodial duties that include the general operation of the physical plant and upkeep of the church building and its premises. Find details here.
Join Pr. Randy for an evening of great, informal conversation about important matters at the next Theology Tapped, on Thursday, May 25, at Monk’s Ale House, 420 E. 8th St., from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
OSL’s Summer Blasts will return, with the first on Wednesday, June 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. As usual, the June Blast will feature OSL’s annual Car & Motorcycle Show—as well as live music, food, fun for all ages, outdoor worship (at 6:30), and God Talk with Peter and Paul! Everyone is invited to bring their special car or motorcycle to show off. Just contact Pr. Tim Lemme, firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-336-2942, to reserve your spot. Don’t miss the fun!
Have you experienced a loss? Are you going through a time of grief? Could you use a little extra support? Join Pr. Tim Lemme and members of OSL’s Good Grief Group each Thursday, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room, for conversation, reflective study, and compassionate peer support. What makes this group so special is that all have experienced a loss and have learned that sometimes the best support comes from the love of those who have been there. To learn more, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or email@example.com) or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org) .
The OSL Gym is open for pickleball from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Participants are asked to contribute $2 per visit for heat, lights, and upkeep of the floor.
Every week, 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!
Keep 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.
• 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!
Opportunities to Help
Our Savior’s will be hosting the 2023 South Dakota Synod Assembly, June 2 and 3. Volunteers may help by serving as greeters, ushers, communion servers, lunch and dinner helpers (for Friday), or to assist with sprucing up before the assembly. Look for a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center.
What better way to show God’s love for everyone than to share a gift of caring and warmth? This is what happens each second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the OSL Peace by Piece Quilting area, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Quilts of various sizes are handmade and sent to local organizations that care for the homeless and underprivileged native communities in South Dakota, and around the world to places in need. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, stop by and we will find a way for you to help! Sewing and quilting skills of all levels are welcome. Come join in the laughter and fellowship in this mission work of compassion and caring for others.
One of the greatest gifts we can give to anyone is the gift of our time. A listening ear, a phone call, a quick note can be a source of comfort and a bright spot in someone’s day. OSL’s Caring Friends are volunteers who reach out monthly to OSL members residing in care facilities in the Sioux Falls area. This ministry program was created as an opportunity to minister to those who can no longer participate in worship and fellowship opportunities at OSL, to make them feel connected, and a vital part of their church family. Through phone calls, mail, visits, and prayer, Caring Friends reach out with the Love of Christ to those who often find themselves alone or disconnected. This outreach is an essential part of Our Savior’s mission to connect faith to everyday life. If you would like to participate in this ministry, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or email@example.com) or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stephen Ministers can provide the focused care, encouragement, and support you or a friend may need need to make it through a difficult time in life. If you know someone who is struggling with life’s challenges—or if that someone is you—contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or email@example.com) or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org), to explore how a Stephen Minister can help that person experience the healing power of Christ’s love.
OSL 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 May is peanut butter; for June, tuna and tuna helper. Always appreciated are toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant for Hygiene Packs. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
Have 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!