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.
Theology Tapped LogoNote the date change for Theology Tapped: tonight, Thursday, September 30, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s Ale House, 420 E. 8th St.
Blood Drive logoThe Blood Mobile will be at OSL this Sunday, October 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To donate, you must be at least 17 years old and weigh least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. You can’t have a cold, fever, flu, or sore throat. Make sure you eat a good meal prior to donating and drink plenty of water! Bring a valid I.D. with you (driver’s license, student ID, state ID, etc.) Thank you for giving this gift of life.
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
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.
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.
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.
2021 Fall Book Sale graphicThe OSL Library Fall Book Sale is this weekend—Saturday, October 2, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall.
Photo of Hands Holding LightsHope for Living with Illness or Cancer will meet in the Friendship Room on Tuesday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or

Photo of people holding handsOSL’s Memory Care Support Group for Caregivers meets weekly on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., and has recently decided to continue outdoor meetings as weather permits. Meet on the south parking lot, near the picnic table under the trees. Bring your own lawn chair and beverages, and snacks if you wish. Masks will be optional since we physically distance ourselves outdoors. In case of bad weather, the group will meet in Fellowship Hall. Contact Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse, 336-2942, ext. 28, or 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…

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!
Roseville Lutheran Jazz BandThe Roseville Lutheran 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!
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!
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!
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,
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,

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 328-1860 or visit, 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!

Animated Calendar Pages - SeptemberKeep 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 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
• 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!
Stephen Ministry logoStephen Ministry Weekend is coming up on October 9 and 10, providing 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. We are one of more than 13,000 congregations and other organizations that have enrolled and utilized this program. Help celebrate by lifting Stephen Minsters and their care partnerships in prayer this weekend, then next Sunday learn more about how you might utilize or participate in this powerful ministry. For details, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942, ext. 19.

Opportunities to Help

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
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,
Photo of two friendsShare the kindness of personal connections: OSL Caring Friends serve members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities, to help them feel connected to the Body of Christ and to Our Savior’s. There currently are opportunities to serve as a Caring Friend at a facility in Sioux Falls. Find out more by contacting Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, 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 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: 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 hands holding lights by Diego PH on Unsplash. Photo of people holding hands by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Video of woman knitting by Miriam Alonso from Pexels. Photo of man holding iPad by Björn Antonissen on Unsplash. Face mask graphic by visuals on Unsplash. Friendship Club Image by SCY from Pixabay. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. 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 friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of man texting by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

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