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!

Theology Tapped logoDon’t miss Theology Tapped tonight, Thursday, September 24, at Monk’s Ale House, at 8:00 p.m. Pr. Randy will lead an hour of engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting. Monk’s is located at 420 E. 8th St.

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!

OSL students age four through fifth grade have a “God Loves Us All” programming special this Sunday, September 27, at 4:00 p.m., on Zoom. The code and instructions were sent earlier via email. If you did not receive it and have a child in the participating grades, contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation,

Photo of Pr. Lenny DuncanThis coming weekend, OSL will welcome the Rev. Lenny Duncan, an ELCA pastor and the author of Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.. On Sunday, September 27, he will be preaching in worship services and will also provide the keynote address and answer questions at a book reading event in the Celebrate Center, at 2:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and will be livestreamed on OSL’s Facebook page. If you’d like to submit a question for Pr. Lenny’s consideration, click here.

Racism Is Real screenshotIn conjunction with Pr. Lenny Duncan’s visit, a long list of resources about racism is included in this week’s pastoral letter. You’ll find it on the OSL website.

Racial Justice library displayBe sure to view the 40 new and recently published titles on the inter-generational racial justice display in the OSL Library. For easy viewing online, visit the Racial Justice list on the Library catalog.

Photo of BoxesDo you have a student in college? Send in their address so they receive a College Care Package, which OSL Youth will be assembling soon. It doesn’t matter if they’re on campus somewhere or taking classes online—their church family is thinking of and praying for them! Send addresses to Nicole,, by October 1.

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.
Killers of the Flower Moon book coverThe One Church One Read Discussion of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. OSL Library staff will contact everyone who has checked out the book, but if you read the book on your own and would like to participate in the Zoom discussion, contact Deb, OSL librarian,

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!

Things to Note…

 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!
Music Devotion title screenIn the latest entry in OSL’s Music Devotion Series, Matthew Tylutki, Principal Organist, takes up trumpet and piano to present “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, No. 2 Aria” by Flor Peeters. You’ll find it here.
Blood Drive graphicA COVID-safe Blood Mobile will be at OSL on October 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extra safety precautions are being taken during the pandemic, and donating blood is both safe and critical. Contact Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, with questions: 336-2942, ext. 28, or

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

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.

Photo of Candle FlameThe Recent Loss Series, for those who have experienced a loss in the past year, meets on Wednesday evenings, through September 30, from 5:30 to 6:30, in the Friendship Room. Friends and family are welcome to attend! Pandemic precautions will be followed, for the safety of all. Register with Michelle Anderson, 336-2942, ext. 28, or

Freddy's Faith-full friends screenshotIt’s been a busy summer, and Freddy the Flamingo needs to rest up a little—as do his friends Rosie and Matthew! So look for “Freddy’s Faith-Full Friends” 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.
Stephen Ministry photoDo you have a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who is going through a difficult time and who could benefit from the care, encouragement, and support of a Stephen Minister? If you know someone who is hurting, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 336-2942, ext. 19, or, to see how a Stephen Minister can help your friend.

Calendar PagesMore events and activities are resuming 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 TV with OSL LogoOSL’s Festive worship service broadcast on KCSB (cable channel 30) will be pre-empted on 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.

Opportunities to Serve

Honks = Hugs CaravanHonks = Hugs is happening again! Join a Caravan of Love on Sunday, October 4, starting in the south parking lot. Food trucks will be on hand, starting at 11:00 a.m., and the caravan will depart at 12:30 p.m. to drive by the care facilities where OSL members reside. Wear masks and practice social distancing. Decorate your car with signs, balloons, or other fun items.


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.

Photo of Seat SackWhat’s a Seat Sack? Funny you should ask! A Seat Sack is a sack (a-ha!) that goes on the back of kindergartners’ chairs and holds their school supplies during the day. OSL is helping Susan B. Anthony students by raising money to buy about 75 Seat Sacks. They’re $15 each, and if you wish to help you may stop by the Church Office or use OSL’s text giving option: Just text sharing to 73256 and follow the short instructions to make your gift (choose Seat Sacks from the drop-down menu). It’s a quick, convenient way to help support OSL’s mission!

Photo of Sidewalk ChalkBring some sunshine and fun to one or two homebound members by putting some fun chalk drawings on their sidewalk or driveway! Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or Chalk will be provided!

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 beer mug by Martin Vorel, Photo of boxes by Brandable Box on Unsplash. Printing press image by Ron Greene from Pixabay. Photo of houses by Breno Assis on Unsplash. Photo of hiring sign by Free To Use Sounds on Unsplash. Friendship Club Image by SCY from Pixabay. Photo of walking shoes by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash. Photo of Mah-Jongg tiles by Albert Hu on Unsplash. Photo of candle by Jarl Schmidt on Unsplash. Stephen Ministry background photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash. Photo of TV by on Unsplash. Photo of grocery bag by Christopher Vega on Unsplash. Seat Sack photo via Photo of sidewalk chalk by Carly Kewley on Unsplash. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Photo of woman texting by Eugene Chystiakov on Unsplash.

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