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2022 Kick-off logo rotationKick-Off Weekend is upon us! Here’s what’s happening:

Saturday, September 10
• Festive worship at 5:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Back-to-School blessing for students, school workers, and Youth & Children’s volunteers.
• Second Saturday Supper at 6:00 p.m. (following worship), in The Gathering Place

Sunday, September 11
• Celebrate worship at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m., in the Celebrate Center. Back-to-School blessing for students, school workers, and Youth & Children’s volunteers.
• Festive worship at 11:00 a.m., in the Sanctuary. Back-to-School blessing for students, school workers, and Youth & Children’s volunteers.
• Free breakfast, sponsored by the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., in The Gathering Place.
• OSL Library will be open, 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
• Frolic, Sunday School, and Middle School, 10:00 a.m., on the front lawn.
• Inflatables
• Let Your Light Shine craft
• Let Your Light Shine Take Out Church
• A Balloon Twister!
• Fun game activities
• Program information

Feel free to wear your favorite team jersey to worship services!

OSL Library Donut theme“Donut” forget to check out the OSL Library on Kick-Off Sunday! Kids and adults can guess the number of sprinkles in the jar for a chance to win a goody bag of donut-themed prizes. There will also be an outdoor game set up with the other kids’ activities. Stop by to try your luck and win a ticket to be redeemed for a prize inside the Library!

Food Ministry photoillustration As mentioned above, Sunday breakfast will return on Kick-Off Weekend—starting with a free breakfast sponsored by the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation! They’ll be serving from 9:30 to 11:00, in The Gathering Place.

Friendship Club headerFriendship Club will begin its fall schedule on September 13, at 11:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room. Come get an overview of the fall schedule, information on a trip to the South Dakota Music Museum in October, and an update on holiday services and events. Lunch will be served in The Gathering Place at noon. Friendship Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month, and you are always welcome to bring a friend!

Walking Wednesdays graphicWalking Wednesdays will come striding back on September 14! 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

OSL Woodshop PhotoBeginning this month, the Woodshop Ministry team will meet 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

2021 Fall Book Sale graphicBooks, fellowship, and pizza—what more could you ask? The OSL Library is looking for volunteers to help set up for its Fall Book Sale. Meet on Thursday, September 22, at 1:00 p.m in Fellowship Hall, and work until the job is done (or come and go as your schedule allows), with pizza to follow. All volunteers receive one free book of their choice. Simply show up, or if you have questions stop in, call, or e mail Jana: 336-2942, ext.29, or

Things to Note…

Book Cover: Honoring Our Neighbor's FaithSaturday Morning Bible Study at OSL will begin on September 17, from 8:30 to 9:30, in the Conference Room, and meet on the first and third Saturdays thereafter. All are welcome—women as well as men—to come for Bible study, conversation, and, yes, donuts and coffee! The fall study will be 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

Book Sale photoBefore you know it, the OSL Library’s Annual Book Sale will be upon us! Bring a friend or two and come see what you can find on 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, on Saturday, September 24, at 6:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place! Sign up at the Welcome Center to bring a dish (a main dish, side dish, salad, bread, or dessert)…and bring a friend, too!

Library furniture - April 2022Speaking of the Library, note these adjusted Library hours:
• Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–noon
• Wednesday, 4:00–7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
• Sunday, 8:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
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. 48, or

Banned Books Week graphic“Books unite us. Censorship divides us.” The OSL Library will acknowledge National Banned Book Week with an educational display, September 18 through 24. Stop in and learn why everyone’s story matters!

Oldies but Goodies Library DisplayThe OSL Library weeded out 1,500 outdated nonfiction titles this summer, making room for more current and engaging material. During the process, some hidden gems were unearthed—come see the display of Oldies but Goodies nonfiction books worth a check-out!

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 BirdhouseIf 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.

Food to You Mobile Food Pantry logoJoin other OSL volunteers at the next Food to You distribution, on Thursday, September 22, at Garfield Community Center, 15th Street and Elmwood Avenue. See the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center for full details.

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

Stephen Ministry graphicDo you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who has been struggling with the loss of a loved one, loneliness, illness, divorce, or any of countless other life challenges? OSL’s Stephen Ministers can provide them with the focused care, encouragement, and support they need to make it through the crisis. If you know of someone who is hurting, contact Pr. Tim Lemme, 605-336-2942, ext. 19, or, to see how a Stephen Minister can 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 September is hearty soup; for October, any kind of cereal. 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. Friendship Club image by SCY from Pixabay. 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. Birdhouse photo by Kamen Atanassov 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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