Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Photo of OSL LibraryReminder: The OSL Library is open and waiting for you! Stop in soon and browse the extensive collection of books, music, and movies. Visit the online catalog at Atriuum, which includes the Library’s current hours. See you soon!
Music Devotional Episode 20In the 20th installment of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, Julie Oien and Jeanne Carter share an Easter reflection by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and comment on and perform “Thine Is the Glory,” arr. Lloyd Larson. View it here, and catch up with all episodes via the link you’ll find there too.
Photo of Mah-Jongg tilesMah-Jongg is back! Mah-Jongg, an ancient game from China that is played with tiles, gained popularity in the United States in the 1920s, and is enjoying a resurgence today. Come to The Gathering Place on Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m., and be ready to have some fun! All skill levels are welcome. COVID-19 precautions will be followed. Wear a mask and practice social distancing. Questions? Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or
masks graphicIn light of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding masks, all fully vaccinated persons may participate in worship at OSL without a mask. All others may participate fully and safely in worship if they are wearing a mask. (You may see the pastoral team wearing masks in worship when they are not actively leading the liturgy; this is a choice they’ve made to demonstrate love and care for all.) If you have not yet received your COVID–19 vaccination, you are strongly encouraged to do so. The vaccine is safe and effective and our best defense in the fight against this aggressive virus, and they might just be our best chance for enjoying bacon again here at church on Sunday morning!
woman knittingKnitting can be good for you—it can relieve stress, be a good way to cope, and decrease the risk of cognitive impairment as you age. If you enjoy knitting, or would like to learn, join the OSL knitters for a fun and relaxing time knitting with others. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, at 9:30 a.m., in the Oasis Room. COVID protocols will be followed: wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Photo of Jigsaw Puzzle ExchangeNew puzzles keep turning 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.
Photo of printing platesTo limit the spread of COVID-19, digital bulletins are available for you to use with your mobile device, whether you worship from home or at OSL. Here is the bulletin for Saturday evening; for Sunday Festive worship; and for Sunday Celebrate worship.

Things to Note…

Staycation Exploration GraphicFrom earth’s creation to sending us out, we’ll explore God’s Good Creation through Staycation Exploration! This CrossGen at-home experience comes with a bag containing instructions, scripture study, Freddy music, crafting, games, and activity supplies for your household to explore one theme per week for a month. Staycation Exploration is geared for families with children age three through fifth grade, and will be offered free only this summer. Register online via My OSL. Registration is due by June 1; bags may be picked up on July 1. Questions? Contact Melissa Nesdahl,
Photo of Hands Holding LightsThe Hope for Living with Illness or Cancer group will meet for fellowship, simple treats, and coffee on Tuesday, June 8, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place. If you have been struggling with COVID recovery and/or the general effects of the pandemic, come…and bring a friend: this past year has been tough for everyone! Future meeting ideas and plans will be discussed. (Fully vaccinated and comfortable? No need to wear a mask.) Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or if you have questions.
Photo of SunflowerSummer fast approaches, and with it the summer worship schedule. Which, actually, is going to be the same schedule that’s been in place during the pandemic: Saturday worship at 5:00 p.m., Sunday Celebrate worship at 8:45 a.m., and Sunday Festive worship at 10:15 a.m. Outdoor Celebrate worship will be held, weather permitting, on the first and third Sundays of the month, on the south lawn and parking lot, starting June 6. Bring a chair and don’t forget your sunscreen! (Outdoor worship will be postponed one week if weather is unfavorable.)

Summer Blasts 2021 LogoAnother sign of summer (and COVID-19 optimism): OSL Summer Blasts are back on the docket! Details are still developing, but keep Wednesdays, June 9, July 14, and August 11, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., open on your calendar. It’s safe to mention that OSL’s Car and Motorcycle Show will take place at the July Blast, and that food, music, and lots of fun will be featured at all three! Watch for details to follow.

Wellness Wheel graphicThe Wednesday Wellness Series is returning! This is a balanced, grace-oriented series covering seven topics on the Church Health “Model for Healthy Living” Wellness Wheel: Faith Life, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Nutrition, and Friends & Family. How do we balance these in the context of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic? Come for informal and fun conversation with old and new friends! The series will run on Wednesdays, June 9 through July 21, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the shade near the southwest corner of the building. Bring a lawn chair, coffee, snacks, etc. Social distancing will be practiced, respecting the comfort of each other. In case of rain, meet in The Gathering Place. No registration is required. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, with questions: 336-2942, ext. 28, or

Photo of a Man ThinkingLooking for mental health or community care information and resources? Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, would be happy to help anyone find a support connection or resource that is right for them! There have been recent changes in many community care agencies, and Michelle has current information about several mental health and caregiver support groups (in-person, hybrid, and Zoom) that may help families find hope and help if they are struggling with caregiver stress, whether caring for someone with a serious mental health condition or from the demands that accompany caring for an aging family member. Contact Michelle for assistance: 336-2942, ext. 28, or
Keep an eye on the OSL calendar, at, as events and activities are added! The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently.
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!

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 Person Sitting on RocksSpring renewal has replaced the cold of winter, and summer’s warmth will soon be upon us. We continue to long for a release from Covid-fatigue, and opportunities to safely gather in larger summer settings. If Covid-fatigue continues to trouble you, and you are stuck in the fear caused by more than a year of isolation, Stephen Ministers can assist. They will listen, care and pray with and for you. There are safe online and tele-support options to allow for safe discussions and support. Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or for more information.

Opportunities to Help

Photo of Piano KeysDo you play the piano? Share your talents! If you would like to play the piano at monthly communion services at Touchmark, Prairie Creek, Sunnycrest, or Trailridge, contact Deb Harlan, or 336-2942, ext. 48.

Photo of SocksThe SIGH Clinic (Stepping into Good Health), a project that works to ensure that men and women find an open door to healthcare services, invites donations of these items this summer:
• Small bottles of lotion or cream
• Lightweight socks for men or women
• Diabetic socks in all colors
• New or gently used walking-type shoes (no sandals or flip-flops)
• Small devotionals

There’s a designated box for your donation near the bins next to the OSL Library. Thank you for your generosity!

Photo of pen, paper, and coffeeSend a card or a note once or twice a month—that’s all there is to being an OSL Pen Pal for homebound members! Many OSL members are already taking pen in hand to help others feel connected to their church family—why not join them? To sign up, contact Deb Harlan,
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

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. 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 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: Photo of Mah-Jongg tiles by Irina Ilina from Pixabay. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Video of woman knitting by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels. Photo of printing plates by Free-Photos from Pixabay. Photo of hands holding lights by Diego PH on Unsplash. Photo of sunflower by David Travis on Unsplash. Wellness Wheel graphic via Church Health Reader. Photo of Man Thinking by Nathan Cowley from Pexels. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. Stephen Ministry background photo by Clément Falize on Unsplash. Photo of piano keys by Amir Doreh on Unsplash. Photo of socks by ucmao from Pixabay. Photo of pen, paper, and coffee by from Pexels. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting by JÉSHOOTS from Pexels.

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