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A retirement reception for Pr. Randy Gehring will take place this Sunday, September 17, at 9:45 a.m., in the Gathering Place. Come greet Pr. Randy and wish him well in this new chapter of his life story.

Photo of Wind Blowing Autumn LeavesFall worship hours are underway: Saturday evening Festive worship at 5:00, in the Sanctuary. Sunday morning will see Celebrate worship at 8:45 and Festive worship at 11:00 a.m. Coffee will be available in The Gathering Place, so come mingle with friends.

Photo of cleaning suppliesGrab a broom or a brush, your favorite cleaning supplies, a trusty vacuum cleaner—whatever you like—and come join the fun on OSL’s Clean-up Day, this Saturday, September 16, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Come and go as your schedule permits. On the agenda: Washing windows, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, and anything else that may present itself. The idea is to get OSL spruced up as we move into the fall season. Thanks in advance for pitching in!

The traveling exhibition Icons in Transformation has toured cathedrals and museums in both Europe and the United States. Soon, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will welcome the acclaimed abstract expressionist artist Ludmila Pawlowska and an impressive collection of her artwork. The exhibit will be open to the public, and all are invited to this unique experience. Icons in Transformation will come to OSL October 1 through December 3. Check the flier at the Welcome Center for more details—including your opportunity to participate—or visit the OSL website. For more information about Ludmila Pawlowska, visit

Book cover image: Anxious for Nothing by Max LucadoSaturday morning Bible study with Pr. Tim will meet on the second Saturday of each month from 8:30 to 9:30, in the Conference Room. Treats and coffee will be provided. Come grow in your faith and enjoy some lively discussion around scripture.

Photo of iPadGood news about reading the news! The OSL Library now has an iPad that adults can check out for in-house use to read the newspaper—any newspaper of your choosing! Of course, the good old print version is still available as well. Library volunteers and staff will be happy to assist you.

Youth Ministry Registration graphicRegistrations are still open for High School Youth Ministry and >2023-2024 Confirmation. High School Youth Group is held on Sunday nights, from 7:00 to 9:00, in the Youth Room, from September 10, through May 12. Confirmation, for grades 6 through 8, meets every Wednesday, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., from September 13 through April 24. Find more information and links to sign-up forms on the OSL website.

Animated Intercom logoDon’t forget to check out OSL’s publication The Intercom online! View The Intercom as web pages or a PDF file, as you prefer. Find them all here!

Digital bulletin imageDigital bulletins are available for you to use with your mobile device, whether you worship from home or at OSL. Here are bulletins for
Saturday evening Festive worship
Sunday morning Festive worship
Sunday morning Celebrate worship
View (or print) weekly worship materials at

Things to Note…

Photo of butterfly on flowersA new Creation Care Team ministry is being formed at OSL. The organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room. The purpose of the team is to raise awareness of our call as followers of Jesus to care for creation and to advocate for sustainability as individuals and as a congregation. Creation care is a faithful act of stewardship, and everyone is invited to participate. No need to sign up in advance.

Joyful Noize logoJoyful Noize is a worship ministry for third- through fifth-graders, which seeks ways to lead worship once a month through the fine arts: drama, art, music, and dance. Joyful Noize meets on Wednesday evenings for 45 minutes (5:30–6:15). This is a wonderful way for families to grow in faith and make new friends. Contact Gene LeVasseur for more information: (

Spiritual Care Newsletter - September 2023The September edition of OSL’s Spiritual Care Ministry is out now! Check it out here, and contact Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator ( or 605-336-2942, ext. 28) to subscribe.

Photo of blood pressure checkBlood pressures checks will again be offered at OSL, beginning the weekend of September 16–17 and continuing on the weekend of the third Sunday of the month. Checks will be available in the Spiritual Care Suite, before and after services on Saturday evening, and from 9:00 to 11:00 on Sunday morning. Volunteers are needed to assist with blood pressure check. Please contact Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator ( or 605-336-2942, ext. 28), or Julie Oien (605-212-3868).
OSL Woodshop PhotoThe Woodshop Ministry team meets each week on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. All are welcome, whether you are a seasoned woodworker or a beginning craftsperson, to join the team each week to work on projects for the church, the community, and ourselves. And the group never forgets to take a break for coffee and treats each morning, too! For more information contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 605-336-2942, ext. 48, or

GIF of scrambled TV pixelsEvery week, 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!

Photo of grieving womanHave you experienced a loss? Are you going through a time of grief? Could you use a little extra support? Join Pr. Tim Lemme and members of OSL’s Good Grief Group each Thursday, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room, for conversation, reflective study, and compassionate peer support. What makes this group so special is that all have experienced a loss and have learned that sometimes the best support comes from the love of those who have been there. To learn more, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or .

Photo of pickleball equipmentThe OSL Gym is open for pickleball on Fridays, from 10:50 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Participants are asked to contribute $2 per visit for heat, lights, and upkeep of the floor.

woman knittingOSL’s Knitting Group has changed their meeting time and place: All are welcome to join them now on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, in Room 102, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The knitters craft prayer and baptismal shawls for use in the ministries of Our Savior’s.

September calendar flipKeep 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 dog in doghouseIf 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, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Opportunities to Help

Food to You Mobile Food Pantry logoJoin your OSL friends as a volunteer at the Food to You distribution, on September 28, at St. John American Lutheran Church. See the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center for details. St. John American Lutheran Church is at 13th Street and Western Avenue.

Photo of friendsOne of the greatest gifts we can give to anyone is the gift of our time. A listening ear, a phone call, a quick note can be a source of comfort and a bright spot in someone’s day. OSL’s Caring Friends are volunteers who reach out monthly to OSL members residing in care facilities in the Sioux Falls area. This ministry program was created as an opportunity to minister to those who can no longer participate in worship and fellowship opportunities at OSL, to make them feel connected, and a vital part of their church family. Through phone calls, mail, visits, and prayer, Caring Friends reach out with the Love of Christ to those who often find themselves alone or disconnected. This outreach is an essential part of Our Savior’s mission to connect faith to everyday life. If you would like to participate in this ministry, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or

Photo of solitary manDo you know someone who has suffered a loss or is going through a difficult time? Here’s a great way you can help: tell them about Stephen Ministry! Stephen Ministers have received special training to provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to hurting people. They meet weekly with their care partners to listen, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person needs care. It’s free, and it’s a powerful way you can help a hurting friend. To learn more, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or

Photo of QuiltsWhat better way to show God’s love for everyone than to share a gift of caring and warmth? This is what happens each second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the OSL Piece by Peace Quilting area, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Quilts of various sizes are handmade and sent to local organizations that care for the homeless and underprivileged native communities in South Dakota, and around the world to places in need. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, stop by and we will find a way for you to help! Sewing and quilting skills of all levels are welcome. Come join in the laughter and fellowship in this mission work of compassion and caring for others.

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 August is pasta; for September, hearty soup. 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 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: Screenshot of autumn leaves by Collis from Pexels. Photo of cleaning supplies by Crystal de Passillé-Chabot on Unsplash. “To See to Be Seen” © by Ludmila Pawlowska. Photo of man holding iPhone by Youssef Sarhan on Unsplash; background image by Christopher Burns on Unsplash. Photo of butterfly by Silvia Schenk from Pixabay. Photo of blood pressure check by CDC on Unsplash. Video of TV Pixels by raymond on Photo of crying woman by Jeremy Wong on Unsplash. Photo of pickleball equipment by Ben Hershey on Unsplash. Video of woman knitting by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of doghouse by Alireza Shirvan on Unsplash. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Stephen Ministry background photo by Clément Falize on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting from a video by Blue Bird from Pexels.

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