Here’s your weekly look at things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Welcome to Church bannerParents/caregivers of two-year-old students, the Welcome to Church Milestone, will be happening this Sunday, September 25, so if you haven’t signed up, be sure to do so now! You’ll gather in the Friendship Room with Pr. Justin at 9:45 a.m. before embarking on a photo scavenger-hunt together. At each station your child will receive a puzzle piece to take home, making a fun puzzle that week. And then the following Sunday you will get to pick up your child’s individualized photo book in the Frolic room to read over and over, reminding your child they are loved and welcomed at OSL. A video highlighting the children’s experience will be showing in all worship services on October 2. Sign up now via this SignUpGenius link.

Theology Tapped LogoJoin Pr. Randy at Monk’s Ale House, 420 E. 8th St., for great conversation at Theology Tapped, tonight Thursday, September 23, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Book Sale photoAnd now it’s here: The OSL Library’s Annual Book Sale is this coming weekend! Bring a friend or two and come see what you can find this Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. And note that the Library will be open during those hours, too!

Potluck Supper logoOSL’s Pot Luck Supper is returning this Saturday, September 24, at 6:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place! Sign up now to bring a dish (a main dish, side dish, salad, bread, or dessert) via this link…and bring a friend, too!

Ben WeinsBe sure to extend a greeting to Ben Weins, who has joined the OSL staff as Spiritual Care Coordinator. Ben, Leah, and their daughters Julia and Miriam are longtime members of Our Savior’s. Ben brings with him organizational gifts and a passion for ministry and service, and will be a blessing to the congregation and its mission. Welcome, Ben!

Photo of eggs in a basketSunday breakfasts are back! Serving is from 9:45 to 11:00, in The Gathering Place.

Banned Books Week graphic“Books unite us. Censorship divides us.” The OSL Library acknowledges National Banned Book Week with an educational display for the next few weeks. Stop in and learn why everyone’s story matters!

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

Walking Wednesdays graphicWalking Wednesdays are back! Meet downstairs in the Hub at 10:00 a.m. for half an hour of video-led exercise. Afterward, those who wish can walk around the building for another half-hour or so—or, weather permitting, walk outside. Questions? Contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 605-336-2942, ext. 48, or

Things to Note…

Blood Drive October 2022The Blood Mobile will be at OSL on Sunday, October 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or you may sign up now at the Welcome Center. Thank you for giving the gift of life!

October Cross+Gen imagePlan now to attend the Pumpkin Prayer Cross+Gen, on Sunday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. This fun, seasonal pumpkin-painting activity will promote meaningful discussion and help you grow in God’s love. The Cross+Gen will be in lieu of Sunday School that morning, and students in fifth grade or younger must have a caring adult with them. All are welcome to this free event.

Book Cover: Honoring Our Neighbor's FaithSaturday Morning Bible Study at OSL meets weekly, from 8:30 to 9:30, in the Conference Room. All are welcome—women as well as men—to come for Bible study, conversation, and, yes, donuts and coffee! The fall study is based on conversations around different faith traditions and denominations, utilizing the book Honoring Our Neighbor’s Faith. For more information contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 605-336-2942, ext. 19, or

Indigenous Peoples Day bannerOur Savior’s will join with Augustana University Campus Ministry for Indigenous Peoples Day on Sunday, October 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Our Savior’s, preceded by a discussion of the book Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford, at 4:00. A limited number of copies of the book are available in the OSL Library and at Augustana’s Chapel of Reconciliation.

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 .

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!

Flipping 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 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

Campus Cupboard photoOSL’s 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 (such as during school holidays). With classes underway, it’s good to keep the Cupboard well stocked. Visit to see a shopping list of popular items (spoiler alert: students like ramen. A lot), and you’ll find a labeled cart near the south entrance for your donations. Thank you for your generosity!

Joyful Noize - July 17, 2022Our Savior’s welcomes all singers and instrumentalists to participate in both Celebrate and Festive worship, whether as a soloist or by joining a group. All are welcome! Here’s what’s coming up this fall:
• The Joyful Noize worship team, for children in second through fifth grade, will be meeting on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 6:15 P.M., in the Celebrate Center, starting on September 7. Joyful Noize prepares drama, visual art, and music for worship once a month, and everyone has fun learning the Bible stories used in worship services.
Our Savior’s Choir, now incorporating the Response Singers, will have a second “early bird” rehearsal (the first was last week) to prepare for Kickoff Sunday, on Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m., and afterward will rehearse on Sunday mornings at 9:30, in the Choir Room, starting on September 11. The choir is open to high-school students and adults.
The Bells of Our Savior’s, open to high-school students and adults, will resume meeting on Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. in the Bell Room, starting on September 13.

Contact Gene LeVasseur, or 336-2942, ext. 40, for more information or to sign up.

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 by MiladaChrist Caring for People through People is the motto of Stephen Ministry. The Stephen Minister’s role is to bring God’s love into the lives of people who are going through a difficult time or experiencing a crisis. They listen, care, support, encourage, and pray with and for a person who is hurting. And in the midst of this confidential, one-to-one, caring relationship, God’s healing love comes pouring through. If someone you know is facing a crisis, large or small, and could benefit from the caring presence of a Stephen Minister, contact Pr. Tim Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or or Ben Weins, Spiritual Care Coordinator (605-336-2942, ext. 28, or

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 person 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 eggs by Katherine Chase on Unsplash. Photo of walking shoes by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash. Photo of walking shoes by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash. Photo of man holding iPhone by Youssef Sarhan on Unsplash. Photo of crying woman by Jeremy Wong on Unsplash. Video of TV Pixels by raymond on 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 Eric Ward on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting by JÉSHOOTS from Pexels.

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