“Out of the blue, something new is arriving like lightning: transformation, wonder, justice, joy. From generation to generation, God has been dreaming of this moment.” This Advent season, OSL will draw from resources created by Barn Geese Worship: Out of the Blue. The series continues its pre-Advent warm-up this weekend). A weekly devotional is available at the Welcome Center or via oslchurch.com. “Change is coming out of the blue. What will God reveal to us this season?”
Sunday breakfast is served from 9:45 to 11:00, in The Gathering Place. Join your friends for a bite to eat!
The Governing Board invites you to OSL Vision: 2023 & Beyond, an opportunity for you to provide feedback on three strategic goals that are being developed as part of OSL’s new strategic plan. Join members of your leadership team at 10:00 in the chapel this Sunday, November 20, and help shape the future of your church.
Saturday Morning Bible Study at OSL meets on the first and third Saturday of the month, from 8:30 to 9:30, in the Conference Room. All are welcome—women as well as men—to come for Bible study, conversation, and, yes, donuts and coffee! The fall study is based on conversations around different faith traditions and denominations, utilizing the book Honoring Our Neighbor’s Faith. For more information contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 605-336-2942, ext. 19, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) is a strength, balance, and fitness class specifically designed for adults age 65 and older. Participants improve balance and mobility, reduce risk of falls, and improve quality of life. SAIL class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00, in the OSL Gym. The class is free, but registration is required. Contact Karla, 605-339-7295, with questions or to register.
Things to Note…
Because of upcoming holidays, there will be a slight adjustment in the Theology Tapped schedule: Join Pr. Randy at Monk’s Ale House, 420 E. 8th St., for great conversation on Thursday, December 1, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Tom Roberts will return to OSL on Sunday, December 4. He will share from his his latest book, Christmas Reflections, during worship services, and be available to sell and sign books, including his previous titles, between services. All proceeds from book sales benefit Children’s Home Shelter for Family Safety (formerly Children’s Inn).
The Sioux Empire Brass Society will present its Holiday Concert this Sunday, November 20, at 4:00 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3801 E. 26th St. Conducted by Rolyn Beaird, this 32-piece brass choir is made up of musicians from Sioux Falls and surrounding communities, including OSL member Julie Oien. A freewill offering will be received.
Let OSL’s greeting card recycling group help you with your Christmas gifting! Beginning on Saturday, December 3, they will have gift bags, tags, and money holders available for purchase in the Library. Your freewill donation is used to purchase new books for the Library.
Every child who checks out a book during Advent will receive a blue star sticker to put on the bulletin board outside the Library. Let’s fill it with stars and let our lights shine for baby Jesus!
ELCA invites comments on a possible ELCA Social Message on Earth’s Climate Challenge. You may read the draft at elca.org, then share your input by December 2 via this survey. Longer responses may be emailed to email@example.com. Your input will help inform revision of the draft that will be sent for review by the Conference of Bishops and the ELCA Church Council in March.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or email@example.com) .
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!
Those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one, or are still grieving the death of a loved one after some time, are invited to attend OSL’s Recent Loss Series, an informal time of sharing and support. The fall series will conclude on Wednesdays, November 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel. You may call the Church Office to register, or simply join the group as you are able. Come early and join others for supper beforehand, beginning at 5:00. Call Pr. Tim with questions: 605-336-2942, ext. 19.
If 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!
Opportunities to Help
OSL’s 2022 Angel Tree is up! You can provide for children who may not otherwise receive a Christmas gift by taking one or more cards from the tree near the Library…or you may visit the Virtual Angel Tree and choose one or more digital “cards.” Either way, all gifts (new, unwrapped) are due to the Church Office by Wednesday, November 30. Questions? Contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation.
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 on Sunday, December 1a1 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or email@example.com).
Stephen Ministers are members of Our Savior’s who have been through extensive training to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide weekly support for as long as the need persists. If someone you know is hurting, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or email@example.com)>, to see how a Stephen Minister can help bring God’s love and care to those in need.
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 December is tuna and tuna helper; for January, 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.
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!