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!
Coming Up logo with pumpkins
Photo of Hope/Cope DisplaysWhat gives you hope? What helps you cope? Check out the new interactive displays in The Gathering Place, and feel free to add your own photos, words, or artwork!
Photo of jigsaw puzzle piecesDo you buy puzzles, work them once, and then store them in a closet never to be worked again? Why not pass that puzzle on to someone who appreciates working puzzles, and get a new one? OSL is starting a Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange! Visit the table near the south windows in The Gathering Place, drop off a puzzle and take a new one home!
Photo of books and coffeeBe sure to visit the OSL Library in person or utilize curbside checkout! Details can be found online under “News and Messages” at Atriuum, the OSL Library’s online catalog. Library hours are Sundays, 8:15 to 11:45 a.m; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m; Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m; second Saturday only of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Music Devotion title screen“Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21) What are God’s things? How do we give them back to God? Matthew Tylutki, OSL’s Principal Organist, ponders such questions in the latest episode of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, and introduces the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” as presented by the Our Savior’s Choir in worship on September 15, 2019. View it here!
Photo of printing pressPrint is not dead…but there are no printed bulletins at worship services, 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 voting stickersThe OSL Library will be closed on Election Day, November 3. It will resume normal hours on Wednesday, November 4.
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, tlemme@oslchurch.com or 336-2942.

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

Photo of Pr. Lenny DuncanIf you missed or would like to revisit Pr. Lenny Duncan’s appearance at OSL last month, 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 50 new and recently published titles on the inter-generational racial justice display in the OSL Library. For easy viewing online, visit the Racial Justice bookbag on the Library catalog.

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!
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 PagesKeep an eye on the OSL calendar, at oslchurch.com/calendar, as events and activities are added! 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 oslchurch.com.
• 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 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!

Photo of butterfly in handsFamily Caregivers are being celebrated in November. Here are some resources for your consideration:

    • Caregiver Support Program provides emotional support, advocacy, and resources to caregivers through regular telephone conversations. The program is free to South Dakota residents who are caregivers to an adult. To enroll, dial 211 and ask about the Caregiver Support Program.
    • “Caregiver Conference 2020 – Giving Care, Taking Care” is a series of free virtual sessions throughout November. Registration is required: contact Carmen Spurling, Active Generations, 333-3319 or cspurling@activegen.org.
    • OSL’s Memory Care Group will continue to meet on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., but will be using Zoom. For more information, contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942 or mianderson@oslchurch.com. Larry Budahl, the group’s founder and facilitator, is handing leadership over to Ron Nelson and Pam Evenson. Thank you Larry, for helping so many families for nearly eight years!

Health Ministry Conference graphicThe 21st Annual Health Ministry Conference, Answering the Call to Care: Valuing Diversity, Inclusion & Faith, will be held online on Friday, November 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn and discuss how faith informs our call to care for all people, regardless of cultural differences in identity, community styles, and perception of person power. This virtual discussion will be led by Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law, from the Kaleidoscope Institute. Find more information and a registration link on the Sanford Health website. Contact Karla Cazer, 339-7295 or Karla.Cazer@sanfordhealth.org, with questions.

Opportunities to Help

Photo of fountain pen writingWith winter approaching and COVID numbers on the rise in South Dakota, the need to connect is also rising. Consider becoming an OSL Pen Pal to let members who are isolated due to the pandemic! Drop someone a card or note, or just make a phone call! To sign up, contact Deb Harlan, dharlan@oslchurch.com.

Animated countdown gifBe someone who counts! Offering counters meet on Monday mornings for approximately two hours. Why not be one of them? No experience is necessary. More counters are especially needed for January through April. For details, call Barb Haugan, 336-2942, ext. 23.

Photo of Kenneth Iseminger book coverLongtime OSL member Kenneth Iseminger has produced a new volume of poetry, Poetic Attempts, Volume III, a copy of which he has donated to the OSL Library. He is selling copies of the book for $35, with proceeds benefitting OSL Children’s Ministry. Contact the Church Office, 336-2942 or raaker@oslchurch.com, to order a copy.
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; for November it will be peanut butter. 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 dharlan@oslchurch.com.

Campus Cupboard photoOSL’s Augustana Campus Cupboard is in full swing! 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 jkosec@oslchurch.com.
    • 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: Photo of jigsaw puzzle by Mike Sweeney from Pixabay. Photo of books by freestocks on Unsplash. Photo of printing press by Bank Phrom on Unsplash. Photo of “I Voted” stickers by Element5 Digital on Unsplash. Photo of walking shoes by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash. Friendship Club Image by SCY from Pixabay. Photo of houses by Breno Assis on Unsplash. Photo of butterfly by Mathias Reed from StockSnap. Photo of fountain pen by Aaron Burden on Unsplash. Countdown video by McZerrill from Pixabay. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting by Eugene Chystiakov on Unsplash.

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