Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Photo of Christopher LarsonWelcome Christopher Larson, OSL’s new Principal Organist, who begins his tenure at Our Savior’s this weekend. Read more about Chris on the OSL website, and be sure to greet him when you see him this weekend.

OSL 75th Anniversary Book coverBe sure to get your copy of OSL’s 75th Anniversary Book, available at the Welcome Center on Sunday or in the Church Office during the week. Only $5 per copy, and a great gift idea! It presents an overview of the congregation from its earliest days right up to now, and is not to be missed!

Angel Tree 2021It’s time to think about spreading holiday cheer, through the 2021 OSL Angel Tree, up now near the south entrance! You may participate by taking a card from the tree, as usual, or you may access the Virtual Angel Tree and follow the instructions there. Gifts must be new, unwrapped, and delivered to the Church Office by December 1. Contact Melissa Nesdahl with questions. Thank you for blessing children who may not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.

Photo of OSL LibraryNew books keep showing up in the OSL Library! If you haven’t been a Library patron, or haven’t stopped in for a while, now is the right time to stop in! New people who sign up for Library membership will get to choose a complementary book from the “Little Free Library” as a thank-you gift.
75th Anniv tumbler75th Anniversary Memorabilia is still available! Keepsakes such as coffee mugs, tumblers, Christmas ornaments, t-shirts, and more are still on hand! Order forms are located at the Welcome Center. Cash or check only. Questions? Contact Deb Harlan, (605) 336-2942, ext. 48, or

Photo of people holding handsOSL’s Memory Care Support Group for Caregivers meets weekly on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Masks are encouraged. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, (605) 336-2942, ext. 28, or, with questions.

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.
Photo of Man Holding iPadDigital 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…

Friendship Club headerThe November Friendship Club will welcome Ed Elkins, an OSL member who will present a program on his recent trips to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Ed will share highlights of historic sights, along with pictures. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. on November 9, in the Friendship Room, to be followed by a traditional Thanksgiving meal in The Gathering Place, beginning at noon. Be sure to attend, and, as always, bring a friend to Freindship Club.
masks graphicIn order to care for each other, we are wearing masks at all large group gatherings indoors. This will impact worship and any gatherings in The Gathering Place or other large meeting spaces. Thank you for your cooperation. Stay well!
Photo by Milada VigerovaThe Advent Recent Loss Series is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. These informal conversations are especially helpful for those in the early stages of the grief journey. All are invited to join in any or all sessions, on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel, beginning on November 17 and continuing through December 22 (except for Thanksgiving Eve, November 24). Participants may enjoy OSL’s Wednesday community supper together beforehand (beginning at 5:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place), and are invited to stay afterward for Advent worship at 6:40 p.m. Registration is not required. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 605-336-2942, ext. 28, or with questions.
Photo of Relaxed DogWould you like to make your holiday season less stressful and more joyful? Join Dr. Myra Heckenlaible-Gotto, teacher, psychologist, and educator, for “De-Stress This Holiday Season…Bit by Bit,” a discussion on how to unplug from daily pressures and demands, while reenergizing your heart and soul. The discussion will be in the Friendship Room on November 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Let the demands of daily life fall on the ground, listen to your heart, slow down, and just breathe!
Question marksThe OSL staff has assembled and will deliver Mystery Quarantine Bags for Families with Young Children. These bags are free, and are an expression of care and support for families who have young children and are affected by COVID-19 this school year. It’s a way to acknowledge the unique challenges parents face during this pandemic. Contact the Church Office, (605) 336-2942, to see about receiving a Mystery Bag. And parents, let OSL know how if you need help—you do not need to struggle in isolation!
Caring for the CaregiverCaregivers logo is a free series of education and support presentations for family caregivers. These are excellent resources that can make a positive difference in the life of a family that is on a caregiving journey. Topics include “Building Resilience,” “Effective Communication Strategies,” and much more. The sessions are free, but registration is required. Visit here for more information and registration links. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 605-336-2942, ext. 28, or with questions.
Photo of video monitorEvery 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!

Keep an eye on the OSL calendar, at Flipping Calendar, 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, 11:00 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Caregivers Word CloudFamily Caregivers are important, appreciated, and need the support of others. OSL highlight family caregivers, and the resources available to them, every November. This year, OSL is partnering with Active Generations and Caregiver Outreach for Relax, Refresh, Recharge, on Saturday, November 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Caregivers are invited to RSVP for this free event via the Helpline Center (dial 211). Free respite services will be available on-site. See for the day’s agenda. Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, (605) 336-2942, ext. 28, or

SAIL logoSAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) is a strength, balance and fitness class offered through Sanford Health and specifically designed for adults 65+. Free classes are tailored to older adults who are active and wish to maintain or increase their fitness level. Classes take place at Sanford Wellness Center and Active Generations. For more information or to register (required), call (605) 333-4440 or visit keyword: SAIL.

Opportunities to Help

Photo of Electric RangeOSL partners with The Community Outreach in the Hezekiah House project, offering affordable housing with properties owned by Our Savior’s. One of the Hezekiah House homes is in need of a new stove, and you can help by donating as you are able toward the purchase of an electric stove. You may place your donation in the offering plate, drop it off at the Church Office, or mail it to OSL. Write “Hezekiah House Stove” on the memo line. Questions? Contact Barb Haugan, 605-336-2942, ext. 23, or Thank you!
Midnight Madness 2021 logoPrepare for madness—Midnight Madness, that is, making its return after a long year! 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 12, 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.

St. Daysmas logoAs Christmas approaches (don’t look at us that way: it is approaching!), it’s good to remember our neighbors in prisons and jails. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it will again be impossible to provide fudge for inmates, nor can groups gather to pack Christmas Sacks. But you can still provide a Christmas reminder to every inmate in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, the minimum-security unit in Yankton, and the inmates in the county jails in Sioux Falls and Yankton. Chaplains are asking for financial contributions to purchase prepackaged items for the sacks, with the goal of raising $11,500 by Friday, November 12. If you can help, send your donation to SD Prison Chaplain Association, Christmas Sacks, 601 West 57th St., Sioux Falls, SD, 57108. Put “Christmas Sacks” on the memo line of your check. Thank you for your generosity!

Photo of Soap BarCharis Ministry Partners, a partnership of Sioux Falls area ELCA congregations that fills critical gaps in social assistance in Sioux Falls, has indicated a need for new bar soap for hygiene kits provided to recipients of the outreach program. Place your donation in the labeled container near the south entrance, and thank you for your generosity!
Photo of ChalkboardWith OSL now returned to regular worship hours—Saturday evening at 5:00, Sunday morning Festive and Celebrate at 8:45 and 11:00—lots of new opportunities to help with worship services have appeared! Greeters, ushers, TV crew, sound operators, communion servers—something for everyone! To find out how you may fit in, contact Gene LeVasseur, Director of Worship, (605) 336-2942, ext. 40, or
Campus Cupboard photoCollege has resumed, and so has OSL’s Campus Cupboard! Campus Cupboard helps OSL’s Augustana University and University of Sioux Falls neighbors with food items to help them get by when dining halls are unavailable. The Cupboard is now open on Wednesdays, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, from 8:45 to 11:00 a.m. Want to help? The Cupboard is currently in need of peanut butter; jelly; honey; any kind of beans; canned fruits; canned meats; beef jerky; pasta; pasta sauce; and shelf-stable juices and milk. You may leave your donations on the cart inside the south entrance. Thank you for your support of OSL’s Augie and USF neighbors!
Handwriting gifSend 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 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. Find out more by contacting Deb Harlan, 605-336-2942, 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 November is peanut butter; for December, 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.

Stephen Ministry photoStephen Ministers are members of Our Savior’s who have been trained to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They listen, care, encourage, pray, and give weekly support for as long as the need persists. If someone you know is hurting, find out more about Stephen Ministry by contacting Pr. Tim Lemme, (605) 336-2942, ext. 48, or
Photo of Man 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 people holding hands by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Video of woman knitting by Miriam Alonso from Pexels. Photo of man holding iPad by Björn Antonissen on Unsplash. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Friendship Club Image by SCY from Pixabay. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Photo of grieving woman by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash. Photo of relaxed dog by Peter Schulz on Unsplash. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. Photo of stove by Sincerely Media on Unsplash. Photo of soap bar by Alecsander Alves on Unsplash. Photo of chalkboard by Esperanza Doronila on Unsplash. Pen Pal video by Free Videos on Pexels. Stephen Ministry background photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Stephen Ministry background photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash. Photo of man texting by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

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