Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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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.
Stephen Ministry logoThis weekend is Stephen Ministry Weekend—a unique opportunity to learn more about this essential Caring Ministry program that has been active at Our Savior’s since 1988. Since that time, over 600 care receivers have been served. You’ll hear more about Stephen Ministry during worship services, then, between services, feel free to visit the display in The Gathering Place and discuss the program with one of the Stephen Ministers who will be on hand. If you feel you could benefit from the support of a Stephen Minister, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, tlemme@oslchurch.com or 336-2942, ext. 19.
Roseville Lutheran Jazz BandRLC Jazz Band, a full 20-piece band from Roseville Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, will present a concert at OSL on Saturday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Worship will be at 5:00 p.m., as usual, followed by a light Second Saturday supper, and the concert at 7:00. A freewill offering will be collected at the concert, and a light reception will follow. Our Savior’s Choir will join the jazz band for two selections. All are welcome!
Sacred Wilderness book coverOur Savior’s and Augustana University will host a book read and meal/speaker event on Native American Day, Monday, October 11. The book, Sacred Wilderness by Susan Power, weaves Native American culture and indigenous spirituality into and around the narratives of several generations of female protagonists. The discussion will be at OSL on October 11 at 4:00 p.m., with a traditional Native American meal and learning event from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Our Savior’s. Visit the OSL website for full details and links.
Friendship Club headerCome for a special edition of Friendship Club, on October 12, at 11:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room: Carol Oakland, a member of OSL’s 75th Anniversary Steering Committee, will give an overview of events leading to the start of OSL in 1946, along with a discussion of the many changes that have occurred since then. Lunch will follow in The Gathering Place. Bring a friend!
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, 336-2942, ext. 48, or dharlan@oslchurch.com.
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 OSL church office.
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.
Photo of Wounded Knee MonumentAs a follow-up to the events on Native American Day, OSL members will make a pilgrimage to Wounded Knee on Saturday, October 23, to immerse themselves in a slice of South Dakota history that can inform how we build relationships of compassion with our Lakota neighbors. $40 for adults or $25 for students will secure a spot on the chartered bus and a box lunch. Space is limited so contact the Church Office, 336-2942, to sign up.
Photo of Hands Holding LightsHope for Living with Illness or Cancer will meet on October 12 and 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, 336-2942, ext. 28, or mianderson@oslchurch.com. 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, 336-2942, ext. 28, or mianderson@oslchurch.com, 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 LibraryAbout 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!
Photo of PumpkinsCross+Gen events will return on October 10, at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall! The year will kick off with Pumpkin Prayers, painting pumpkins and growing in our understanding of God’s love through seasonal activity and discussion. This will be in lieu of regular Sunday School and Middle School Sunday Morning education that day. All students grade five and younger must attend with a parent/caring adult. Everyone is welcome!
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 of First Aid KitA First Aid Refresher Class for OSL staff and volunteers will be held on Thursday, October 14, in The Gathering Place. The evening will begin 6:00 p.m. with a pizza supper, followed by class at 6:30 with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue instructor Jeremy Robertson. RSVP (for the pizza order!) to the Church Office, 336-2942, or sign up at the Welcome Center. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, with questions: mianderson@oslchurch.com or 336-2942, ext. 28.
Kindergarten CubeParents/caring adults of kindergarteners, sign up now for the October 17 Kindergarten Caring Conversations Milestone. Find all the details and sign up here. Questions? Contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation, mnesdahl@oslchurch.com.
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, 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.

Trunk or Treat graphicOSL Youth & Children’s Ministry will host a Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 20, inviting costumed children from the congregation and neighborhood to walk through the OSL parking lot and stop at vehicles with decorated trunks to receive candy and non-food treats, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Everyone from the congregation is welcome to sign up to decorate your trunk and/or donate treats. Find all the details and sign up here. This will be in lieu of regular Wednesday programming that evening. The sign-up deadline is October 13. All students grade five and younger must attend with a parent/caring adult. Questions? Contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation, mnesdahl@oslchurch.com.

Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange photoLooking for the Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange? It’s been relocated to the Caring Ministries area, on new shelves made by the OSL Woodshop Crew. Come check it out—leave a puzzle, take a puzzle!
Matter of Balance logoA Matter of Balance an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels, will return to 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 334-4440 or visit www.sanfordhealth.org, keyword balance. Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson, 336-2942, ext. 28, or Karla Cazer, 339-7295, and leave a message.

Photo of monitor showing Premiere ProEvery 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 pagesoslchurch.com/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 oslchurch.com.
• 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 facebook.com/oslchurchsf: Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 11:00 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at oslchurch.com, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Opportunities to Help

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, 336-2942, ext. 48, or dharlan@oslchurch.com.
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 at the Welcome Center, 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, 336-2942, ext. 40, or glevasseur@oslchurch.com.
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, dharlan@oslchurch.com.

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, peanut butter. Always appreciated are toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant for Hygiene Packs. Place your donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.

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: Friendship Club Image by SCY from Pixabay. Photo of eggs by Katherine Chase on Unsplash. Making the Grade logo by Bill Reynolds , OSL staff. Photo of Wounded Knee monument via Roadtrippers. Photo of Wounded Knee monument via Roadtrippers. Photo of hands holding lights by Diego PH on Unsplash. Photo of people holding hands by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Photo of man holding iPad by Björn Antonissen on Unsplash. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Photo of first-aid kit by Roger Brown from Pexels. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. Photo of friends by Harli Marten 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. Photo of man texting by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

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