Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. Keep an eye on the Events page for info and registrations!
Blood Drive graphicA COVID-safe Blood Mobile will be at OSL this Sunday, October 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extra safety precautions are being taken during the pandemic, and donating blood is both safe and critical. Contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, with questions: 336-2942, ext. 28, or
Honks = Hugs CaravanHonks = Hugs is happening again! Join the Caravan of Love this Sunday, October 4, starting in the south parking lot. Food trucks will be on hand, starting at 11:00 a.m., and there will be sidewalk chalk drawing as well as musical entertainment from Janelle Mills and Jodie Nielsen. The the caravan will depart at 12:30 p.m. to drive by the care facilities where OSL members reside. Bring a chair, wear masks, and practice social distancing. Decorate your car with signs, balloons, or other fun items.

The Beginning Is Near logoAre you ready for a day of acceptance when we recognize God’s image in every face? Then you are ready for The Beginning Is Near, OSL’s Fall Preaching Series!

 Intercom banner October 2020The October edition of OSL’s monthly publication, The Intercom, is online now! This month’s Ministry Spotlight is the Love in Action ministry team’s partnership with Susan B. Anthony Elementary School. Read all about it here!
Photo of crayonsDo you have a kindergarten student? Get signed up by Monday, October 5, for the reimagined Kindergarten Caring Conversations Milestone. Everyone who signs up will be mailed supplies, and photos of your student making their conversation cube will be shown in worship celebration on October 18. Find all the details here.
Photo of dog with pumpkinsTake part in the Pumpkin Prayer October Cross+Gen Event, to grow in God’s love through seasonal activity and contemplation. OSL Youth & Family Ministry will provide the pumpkin(s) and the prayer, and you complete the activity safely at home. You must sign up as pumpkin quantities are limited. Participants will be emailed pick-up details. Be sure to take photos to share! See all the details and sign up here.
Photo of printing pressPrint is not dead…but there are no printed bulletins at worship services currently, as part of OSL’s ongoing effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. You are welcome to participate using your mobile device and the digital versions of the bulletins on the OSL website: Here is the bulletin for Saturday evening; for Sunday Festive worship; and for Sunday Celebrate worship.

Things to Note…

Photo of pumpkinsAll confirmation and middle school youth are invited to Pumpkin Olympics, a night of games and fun with pumpkins. We will toss pumpkins, we will swing pumpkins, we will break pumpkins, and we will smash pumpkins. It’s going to be a great night—don’t miss it! Meet in the south parking lot on Sunday, October 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Masks are required; pre-packaged snacks will be available; friends are welcome; and there is no cost for this event.

Photo of Pr. Lenny DuncanIf you missed or would like to revisit Pr. Lenny Duncan’s appearance at OSL last weekend, see the Festive worship video for his sermon, and this video of his reading and Q&A last Sunday afternoon.

Racism Is Real screenshotThe long list of resources about racism that was compiled prior to Pr. Lenny Duncan’s visit is still available for your study. You’ll find it on the OSL website.

Racial Justice library displayBe sure to view the 40 new and recently published titles on the inter-generational racial justice display in the OSL Library. For easy viewing online, visit the Racial Justice list on the Library catalog.

Photo of Mah-Jongg tilesMah-Jongg has resumed at OSL, on Wednesdays, at 1:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place. To ensure safe play, these rules will be followed:

    • Masks will be mandatory;
    • Disinfect and/or wash hands with soap and water prior to play;
    • Disinfect Mah-Jongg tiles prior to play;
    • Players will disinfect the playing table surface prior to and after play;
    • The round tables The Gathering Place will be used for play, not card tables;
    • No food or treats;
    • Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19—especially fever, cough and respiratory symptoms, sudden loss of taste or smell.

Walking Wednesdays graphicStep up to Walking Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., in the Hub. Masks are mandatory.

 Photo of Now Hiring signOSL has an opening for a Full-time custodian to provide a variety of custodial services in support of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and, in concert with the facility manager, maintain the general operation of the physical plant and upkeep of the church building and its premises. Contact: Barb Haugan, Business Administrator, 336-2942, ext. 23, or
Friendship Club headerIn the spirit of friends looking out for friends, Friendship Club will not meet this fall, at least through the end of the year. Stay safe and stay well!
Photo of TV with OSL LogoOSL’s Festive worship service broadcast on KCSB (cable channel 30) will be pre-empted on October 11 because of special programming by KCSB’s owner, Daystar Network. The broadcast will be back in its usual 1:00 p.m. time slot the following Sunday.
Pandemic Fatrigue imageAre You Experiencing Pandemic Fatigue? Exhausted from all the disruptions to life brought on by the pandemic? Struggling with challenges like isolation and loneliness, anxiety over health, tension from juggling work, childcare, and schooling, financial strain or job loss, uncertainty about the future, or ther unexpected life challenges? You don’t have to face it alone! OSL’s Stephen Ministers are ready to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. It’s free and completely confidential. For more information, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942.
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.

Calendar PagesIt’s a new month, and new events and activities are popping up at OSL all the time—so keep an eye on the OSL calendar at for recently added events! The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently!

Photo of housesAre you worshiping from home? In-person church activities at OSL have resumed, but not everybody is comfortable about venturing out. Here’s how you can participate in the OSL community’s worship life from home:
• View (or print) weekly worship materials at
• Watch worship services on TV: Celebrate: 9:00 a.m., KTTW (cable channel 9; channel 7.1); 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!

Opportunities to Serve


Photo of Plastic Grocery BagThe Banquet uses clean grocery bags for its food distribution, and there’s a marked bin on the shelves near the OSL Library where you may leave your contribution of bags between September 13 and 27. Thanks for your help!

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 October is any kind of cereal. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.

Face mask graphicOur friends at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School tell us they could make good use of child-sized masks for their students. OSL would like to contribute about 500 masks; the quilting group, Peace by Piece, has set up a table in the quilting room dedicated to the project, with fabric and supplies, available for you to pick up anytime the church is open. Stop in the Church Office and a staff member will let you into the room, where you can choose the material you wish and any supplies necessary. Questions? Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

Campus Cupboard photoAugustana University students are back, and so is OSL’s Augustana Campus Cupboard! Want to help out our Augie neighbors? Here are two options:

    • Volunteer to help out—there are slots for two volunteers on each of these days: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:45 to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday mornings, 9:00 to 11:00. Procedures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety and minimal contact. Get in touch with Pr. Justin Kosec, 336-2942, ext. 44, or
    • Buy some, or all, of the items on the shopping list you’ll find here. You’ll find all the details you need there, too. For your convenience, a cart is set up inside the south entrance during business hours, where you may leave your contributions. Thanks for your support of OSL’s Augustana neighbors!

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: Intercom background photo by Robert Zunikoff on Unsplash. Photo of crayons by Joshua Eckstein on Unsplash. Photo of dog with pumpkins by Ben Hanson on Unsplash. Photo of printing press by Bank Phrom on Unsplash. Photo of pumpkins by Donna G on Unsplash. Photo of Mah-Jongg tiles by Albert Hu on Unsplash. Photo of walking shoes by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash. Photo of hiring sign by Free To Use Sounds on Unsplash. Friendship Club Image by SCY from Pixabay. Photo of TV by on Unsplash. Photo of grocery bag by Christopher Vega on Unsplash. Photo of houses by Breno Assis on Unsplash. Photo of grocery bag by Christopher Vega on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting by Eugene Chystiakov on Unsplash.

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