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
Advent Fair imageSign up now for Advent Fair in a Bag!To keep you safe and make the most of this time, your household will receive a bag with crafts inside, crafts we wouldn’t have been able to do in our traditional format. (One bag per household.) Pick-up and photo-sharing details will be forthcoming. #OSLADVENTure2020 is sure to create treasured memories. Sign up here. Questions? Contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation,
Photo of ballot boxOSL is a people of prayer. As the election approaches, you are invited to be in prayer with others at Our Savior’s Election Prayer Vigil. OSL will once again serve as a polling place, and beginning this Saturday, October 31, the building will be open to allow for a come-and-go prayer experience for those of you who feel led to pray in the space where people will cast their votes next Tuesday. You may use the prayers prepared for you (printed copies will be available, or you may view them here), or you may, of course, pray your own prayers.
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 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 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.
Photo of printing platesAs OSL continues to work to limit the spread of COVID-19, printed bulletins are not being used at worship services. 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.
Haunted house illustrtaionAre 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!
Pandemic Fatrigue imageExperiencing 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.

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

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, as events and activities are added! The website calendar is continuously updated, so visit it frequently.

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
    • 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 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, with questions.

Opportunities to Help

Angel Tree tagsThe Angel Tree is up! For your convenience and safety you may participate in two ways:

    • Pick up a card from the Angel Tree in the front entrance, near the Library, or

If you select a name from the Virtual Angel Tree, be sure to print the appropriate color tag (attached photo), fill in the corresponding information, and tape it to your gift(s). All gifts are due to the Church Office, unwrapped, by Wednesday, November 25. Thank you for blessing children that may otherwise not receive a gift this Christmas. Contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation, with questions:

Photo of lefse grillDespite COVID-19, OSL’s Women of the ELCA plan to continue the annual WELCA Lefse Sale. Since in-person lefse-making is not possible, WELCA is looking for people who are willing to make lefse at home and bring it to OSL to be sold the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 21–22. (Pre-orders will be taken, and folks will drive up to receive their orders that weekend.) Lefse-makers will receive specific directions about how to make and package the lefse, and WELCA can provide supplies, if needed. Lefse can be brought to OSL any time before November 21, since it can be frozen if you need to make it early. If you are interested in helping, contact Nancy Krueger, 595-5518 or
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,

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, 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 November is peanut butter; for December it will be tuna and tuna helper. 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 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
    • 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 people 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 ballot box by Element5 Digital from Pexels. Photo of jigsaw puzzle by Mike Sweeney from Pixabay. Photo of books by freestocks on Unsplash. Photo of printing plates by Free-Photos from Pixabay. Photo of “I Voted” stickers by Element5 Digital on Unsplash. Haunted house image by ElisaRiva from Pixabay. Photo of walking shoes by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash. Photo of butterfly by Mathias Reed from StockSnap. Photo of lefse grill by Taylor Friehl on Unsplash. Photo of fountain pen by Aaron Burden on Unsplash. Countdown video by McZerrill from Pixabay. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Photo of people texting by Dean Moriarty from Pixabay.

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