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!

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!

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 this 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 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!
Music Devotion title screenIn the 12th episode of OSL’s Music Devotion Series, Gene LeVasseur, Director of Worship and Music, introduces some members of the OSL Bell Choir and asks them to discuss what inspires them to share their time and talents through music. The choir then presents J. S. Bach’s “Prelude in C.” Find it here.
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 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 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…

Pr. Tim LemmeA Heartfelt and Humble Thank You!
My heart is truly overflowing with gratitude for all the ways in which you have shared in the celebration of my 25th anniversary of ordination this past week. The card shower was such fun, and it meant so much to me to see some of you that I have not seen for quite some time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks especially to Loretta Nelson, Deb Harlan, and Michelle Anderson for being there with me all morning, handing out delicious cupcakes and greeting all of you as we enjoyed the beautiful fall day. Sunday morning was wonderful as well, as Congregation President Dan Van Schepen congratulated me in worship and shared with me a lovely gift on behalf of the entire OSL congregation. I cannot thank all of you enough for the love you have shown to me during this milestone in my ministry walk.

It is such a pleasure and privilege to continue to serve as one of your pastors, and to share in the ministry that God has given to us all. Together, we proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and go about the work of being the Body of Christ in our world. May the Spirit continue to lead us in our journey of faith together!

Pr. Tim Lemme

Photo: Pr. Tim Lemme 25th Anniversary of OrdinationFind photos from last Saturday’s drive-by Card Shower and Open House, in honor of Pr. Tim Lemme’s 25th anniversary of ordination, on the OSL website. Well-wishers pulled up under the south entrance canopy to share a few words with Pr. Tim, drop off a card, and take home a celebratory cupcake!
Photo of TV with OSL LogoOSL’s Festive worship service broadcast on KCSB (cable channel 30) will be pre-empted this Sunday, 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.
Honks = Hugs musiciansA second Honks = Hugs event took place on October 4, 2020. The Caravan of Love gathered in OSL’s south parking lot: there were food trucks on hand, sidewalk chalk drawing, and musical entertainment from Janelle Mills and Jodie Nielsen. Later, the caravan set off to drive by care facilities where OSL members reside. It was a lovely October day, enjoyed by all—and you’ll find photos here!

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.

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!
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 sewing a maskOur Episcopal Church friends have invited OSL join them in collecting fabric and other sewing supplies for sewers on the Rosebud Reservation, who are sewing up a storm and who can’t run to the local fabric store when supplies get low. Many of them are making masks, and can make use of most kinds of 100% cotton fabric, thread, and/or elastic (or substitutions) for ear loops. You’ll find a labeled box outside the Peace by Piece quilting room for your contribution. Someone from Calvary Cathedral will pick up the supplies soon and take them to the Rosebud before the weather becomes unreliable. Thank you for your help!


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: Photo of pumpkins by Donna G on Unsplash. Photo of jigsaw puzzle by Mike Sweeney from Pixabay. Intercom background photo by Robert Zunikoff on Unsplash. Photo of books by freestocks on Unsplash. Photo of printing press by Bank Phrom on Unsplash. Photo of TV by 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 houses by Breno Assis on Unsplash. Photo of sewing by ivabalk from Pixabay. Photo of grocery bag by Christopher Vega on Unsplash. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting by Eugene Chystiakov on Unsplash.

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