Here’s your weekly look at things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Photo of Pr. Rolfe JohnstadStop by to greet Pr. Rolfe Johnstad this Sunday morning, in the Spiritual Care area. Pr. Rolfe and Margaret Johnstad are moving soon, so be sure to come wish them well and enjoy some refreshments. Pr. Rolfe served as one of OSL’s visitation ministers until his retirement last year.

Photo of Name TagsIt’s Name Tag and Prayer Request Weekend! Put names to some faces you’ve seen at worship, and make some new friends! Also, you’re invited to share any prayer request you have on a Prayer Request Card, which you may place in the basket t communion time. This too will be offered on the first weekend of the month.

Andy EricksonOSL’s Facility Manager Andy Erickson is moving on to new ventures. Thanks to Andy for helping keep The Our Savior’s campus in good shape, and best wishes in his next chapter!

Friendship Club FlyerFriendship Club is going to the zoo! Celebrate spring with the Friendship Club with a trip to the Great Plains Zoo! Meet at the zoo next Tuesday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. sharp, for a group tour. Afterward, everyone will enjoy a picnic lunch together. The cost for entrance and lunch is $20. Sign up at the Welcome Center or call the Church Office, 605-336-2942.

Congregational Questionnaire graphicIf you haven’t done so already, be sure to take the Congregational Self-Study Questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to gather insights into the needs and goals of the congregation, to provide direction for future programming and staffing decisions. Take the questionnaire online at

Photo of old garden toolsJoin a group of volunteers coming together on Wednesday, May 8, to help clean up the OSL grounds prior to the South Dakota Synod Assembly. The group will work on general spruce-up, removing and replacing some bushes, raking leaves, etc. Work will start at 8:30 a.m.; come and go as your schedule allows. Bring work gloves, and if you wish to bring along your favorite rake, broom, pruning shears, shovel, etc., that would help! No need to sign up, just bring yourself…and a friend: many hands make light work! Synod Assembly will be May 30-June 1, and OSL will be hosting voting members and visitors from across the state and beyond.

Twins Poster 2024OSL’s Minnesota Twins Outing will be on June 20! Come along on a day trip to see the Twins take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field. The motor coach will leave OSL at 7:00 a.m. sharp. Light snacks and drinks will be provided, and there will be a restroom break along the way. The cost is $120 per person, which covers transportation and a seat in the shade behind home plate. There will be a supper stop, but supper is not included in the price. Sign up at the Welcome Center or in the Church Office, 605-336-2942. Seating is limited!

Photo of wedding ringsOur Savior’s is looking for a Wedding Coordinator. The coordinator will meet with wedding couples several times before their wedding and will attend the rehearsal and the wedding. Total time commitment is usually six to eight hours per wedding. In recent years, there have been three to seven church weddings per year. Contact the Church Office, 605-336-2942, for information.

Spiritual Care Newsletter GraphicCheck out the latest edition of OSL’s Spiritual Care Ministry newsletter online. Visit here, and contact Pr. Tim Lemme ( or 605-336-2942, ext. 19) or Dorene Weinstein, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or, to subscribe.

Recycled Card Group flyerCome have some fun when OSL’S Recycled Card Group hosts Craft Night on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 102. Supplies will be furnished, and members of the Recycled Card Group will be on hand to assist and discuss the group with those who might be interested in joining. (Note that it’s not necessary to come to OSL to make cards—you can do so at home if you prefer.) The handcrafted recycled greeting cards are available in the Library for a suggested donation, which goes into the Library’s book budget. See how it all comes together and have fun making some cards of your own!

Photo of Red RoseFellowship and good food are on the agenda for the Celebration of the Women of OSL/Mother’s Day Potluck, on Saturday, May 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sign up at the Welcome Center if you wish to bring salads or bars; OSL will supply deli meats and bread. Bring a friend!

Photo of Telephone with CordBe in Touch! There’s a lot happening at Our Savior’s these days, and since the Church Office is still short-staffed, it may be that, despite everyone’s best efforts, a phone call or email may not be returned as quickly as everyone would like. So if it’s been a while and you haven’t heard back on a message, don’t hesitate to reach out again with a gentle reminder. Thanks!

Photo of iPhone with digital bulletinDigital 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 morning Celebrate worship

View (or print) weekly worship materials at

Things to Note…

Midnight Madness logoBrace 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 on Sunday, May 14 from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight—and you can help! Look for sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center for volunteers, dessert- and snack-makers, and financial donations. Thanks for helping to support OSL’s Augie neighbors.

View of the OSL LibraryOSL Library hours have changed! Here’s the new schedule: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; Friday, closed; Saturday, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Photo of OSL Bingo Night, April 24, 2024Everyone had a great time at last week’s Bingo Night—especially Pr. Tim Lemme, who once again “won” the Pie-in-the-Face competition! Thanks to everyone who came out for a night of fun and support for OSL Youth Ministry! See more photos on OSL’s Instagram page!

Summer Hours graphics 2024Summer is coming, bringing with it summer worship hours, which will run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Saturday evening Festive worship will remain at 5:00; Sunday morning’s schedule will be Celebrate worship at 8:45 and Festive worship at 10:30. Outdoor worship will be held (weather permitting) on July 7, August 4, and September 1, at 8:45, on the southeast lawn. Additionally, there will be an outdoor worship time at the Summer Blast on Wednesday, June 5, but with no communion.

OSL Children LogoOSL Sunday School Notes may be found on the OSL website!

Calendar Pages Flipping - AprilKeep an eye on the OSL calendar, at, as events and activities are added! The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently.

SAIL logoSAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life) is a strength, balance, and fitness class offered through Sanford Health and specifically designed for adults 65+. Participants improve balance and mobility, reduce their risk of falls, and improve their quality of life while having fun meeting new people. Experienced and skillful instructors teach each class. Classes are tailored to older adults who are active and wish to maintain or increase their fitness level; chairs will be available as needed. Best of all, it’s free! A new series of classes at OSL meets on Mondays, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., in the Hub.

ACE Academy Plant Sale graphicACE Academy’s Plant Sale offers a diverse selection of plants—perennials; veggies; annual flowering baskets; bulbs, seeds, mats, and bare roots—with proceeds supporting various school initiatives, especially for the families in need within the community. Representatives from ACE Academy will be present at worship services on April 20 and 21 to answer any questions you may have or to assist with purchases. If you’re unable to attend then, don’t worry! You can still participate by contacting ACE Academy (605-679-1279, text or phone call), or order online. Plant pickup day will be on Tuesday, May 7, between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., in the south parking lot. Look for the flyer on the information kiosks for complete information.

Intercom Cover - Spring 2024The latest edition of OSL’s publication The Intercom is online! View The Intercom as web pages or a PDF file, as you prefer. Find it and back issues here!

Photo of blood pressure checkBlood pressure checks are again offered at OSL, on the weekend of the third Sunday of the month. Checks will be available in the Spiritual Care Suite, before and after services on Saturday evening, and from 9:00 to 11:00 on Sunday morning. Volunteers are needed to assist with blood pressure check. Please contact Karla Cazer, Karla Cazer, FCN Coordinator, ( or 336-2942, ext. 18), or Julie Oien (605-212-3868).

Information Video gifEvery 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!

OSL Woodshop PhotoThe Woodshop Ministry team meets each week on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. All are welcome, whether you are a seasoned woodworker or a beginning craftsperson, to join the team each week to work on projects for the church, the community, and ourselves. And the group never forgets to take a break for coffee and treats each morning, too! For more information contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 605-336-2942, ext. 48, or

Photo of quiltsWhat 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 Piece by Peace 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.

GIF of Woman Knitting by Vlada Karpovich from PexelsAll are welcome to join OSL’s Knitting Group, meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, in Room 102, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The knitters craft prayer and baptismal shawls for use in the ministries of Our Savior’s.

Photo of grieving womanHave 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 ( or 605-336-2942, ext. 19) or Dorene Weinstein, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or

Photo of pickleball equipmentThe OSL Gym is open for pickleball on Thursdays and Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants are asked to contribute $2 per visit for heat, lights, and upkeep of the floor.

Opportunities to Help

Photo of solitary manStephen Ministers have received special training to provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to hurting people. They meet weekly with their care partners to listen, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person needs care. It’s free, and it’s a powerful way you can help a hurting friend. To learn more, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or or Dorene Weinstein, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, 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 May is peanut butter; for June, it will be 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.
Photo of friendsOne 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 ( or 605-336-2942, ext. 19) or Dorene Weinstein, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or
Photo of the OSL KitchenThere are always opportunities for Kitchen Crew Volunteers! Call the Church Office, 605-336-2942, or stop in the kitchen on a Wednesday evening.

Photo of woman 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 name tags by Jon Tyson on Unsplash. Photo of old garden tools by Edgar on Unsplash. Photo of weddibg rings by Sandy Millar on Unsplash. Photo of red rose by Edward Howell on Unsplash. Photo of corded telephone by Quino Al on Unsplash. Photo of man holding iPhone by Youssef Sarhan on Unsplash; background image by Joshua Sortino on Unsplash. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Stephen Ministry background photo by Clément Falize on Unsplash. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting from a video by Blue Bird from Pexels.

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