Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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75th Anniversary logoOSL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration is fast approaching—October 30–31, to be precise! There will be worship services with special music, an Anniversary Breakfast, an Anniversary Concert on Sunday afternoon, and more. Check the agenda at—you won’t want to miss any of it!
Making the Grade logoThere is no test-anxiety in the Kingdom of God! Making the Grade is the worship/preaching series for fall 2021, continuing this weekend. Jesus invites us to sit at his feet and to learn, first-hand, what it means to encounter God in the world.
Trunk or Treat graphicRescheduled: OSL Youth & Children’s Ministry’s Trunk or Treat event has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 27, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Children are invited to come in their costume and bring their candy bucket. Friends are welcome! This will be in lieu of regular Wednesday programming that evening. All students grade five and younger must attend with a parent/caring adult. Questions? Contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation,
Photo of two friendsA phone call, a card, a visit can make the day for someone in a care facility. That’s why OSL’s Caring Friends ministry is so important! To find out how you can make a difference, come to a Caring Friends informational meeting on Thursday, October 28, at 1:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room. For more information, contact Deb Harlan, (605) 336-2942, ext. 48, or
Theology Tapped LogoJoin Pr. Randy at Monk’s Ale House, 420 E. 8th St., for great conversation at Theology Tapped, on Thursday, October 28, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Food Ministry photoillustrationOSL Food Ministry Is Back in Action! Join your OSL friends for breakfast on Sunday morning and supper on Wednesday. Check the menus (as always, subject to change) here.
75th Anniv tumblerAlthough the 75th Anniversary Memorabilia webshop has closed, you can still obtain keepsakes such as coffee mugs, tumblers, Christmas ornaments, t-shirts, and more! Order forms are located at the Welcome Center. Cash or check only. Questions? Contact Deb Harlan, (605) 336-2942, ext. 48, or
75th Anniversary T-ShirstAnd speaking of the anniversary: If you ordered and paid for an OSL 75th Anniversary T-shirt they are available for pick up in the Church Office.
Photo of Hands Holding LightsHope for Living with Illness or Cancer will meet on October 26, at 2:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Come for coffee, conversation, and hope, whether you are struggling with an illness, cancer, or COVID-19. If you would like to receive a mailed summary of the meeting with a hopeful reflection, contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, (605) 336-2942, ext. 28, or You are not alone. We can support one another safely through this pandemic!

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 OSL LibraryMore than 60 new books for all ages await you in the OSL Library, with more on the way! 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.
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…

Photo of Christopher LarsonA new principal organist is coming to OSL on November 1: Christopher Larson is a professor of musical theatre voice at the University of South Dakota, where he teaches voice lessons, does coach accompanying, and music directs musicals. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Collaborative Piano from USD. Read all about Chris here, and get ready to extend a hearty OSL welcome when he comes on board!
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!
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!

Imagining Scriptural Encounters in the New Normal is the theme of this year’s Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge. Presented by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the annual Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is an endowed theological lecture series that seeks to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of faithful, innovative and effective ways to teach and learn Scripture. This year’s challenge will comprise four online events, free to the public. Find details and a link to registration here.

Matter of Balance logoA Matter of Balance an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels, meets at OSL on Mondays, through November 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The program is for anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns or is interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength. Registration is required: call (605) 334-4440 or visit, keyword balance. Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson, (605) 336-2942, ext. 28, or Karla Cazer, (605) 339-7295, and leave a message.

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 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,

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 friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of eggs by Katherine Chase on Unsplash. Making the Grade logo by Bill Reynolds , OSL staff. Photo of hands holding lights by Diego PH on Unsplash. 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. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. 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 man texting by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

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