Here’s your weekly look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s.
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Kick-Off Weekend 2021 logoIt’s Kick-Off Weekend at OSL! Back in the lineup: regular worship hours, education programming, and, yes, Sunday breakfast! Also, feel free to wear your favorite sports jersey to worship services this weekend!
Animated Alarm ClockSpeaking of regular worship hours: since it’s been a while, here’s a quick refresher on how things will flow come September 11: Saturday evening Festive worship at 5:00, in the Sanctuary; Sunday morning Festive worship at 8:45 and 11:00, in the Sanctuary; and Celebrate worship at 8:45 and 11:00, in the Celebrate Center.
Food Ministry photoillustrationOh, and speaking of breakfast: OSL Food Ministry Is Back in Action! OSL meals have been on hold for too, too long, because of…well, you know. But starting this Kick-Off Sunday, September 12, breakfast is back! And Wednesday suppers are not far behind—September 15, to be specific. Check the menus (as always, subject to change) here.
Photo of Gel PensA Back-to-School Blessing for OSL students will take place at worship services this Sunday, September 12. Students will receive a fruit-scented gel pen to serve as a reminder to exhibit the fruits of the spirit in their classroom and everyday life. Here’s to a great school year for everybody!
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.
Friendship Club headerFriendship Club is back! Or at least it will be, come Tuesday, September 14! Pr. Tim will lead the program, which will look at the year gone by and what we’ve done and what we’ve learned from the pandemic. The program will start at 11:00 a.m. (note the new time!), in the Friendship Room, followed by lunch in The Gathering Place. All are welcome—bring a friend!
Volunteers logoCome learn about all the volunteer opportunities for you at Our Savior’s at the upcoming Worship Summit, on September 15, from 6:00 to 7:15, in The Gathering Place. One of OSL’s Core Values is service, and the beauty of serving at OSL is that you are helping others and yourself grow in faith. Questions? Contact Gene LeVasseur, Director of Worship, 336-2942 or
2021 Fall Book Sale graphicThe OSL Library Fall Book Sale will make its post-pandemic return in October! Donations are being accepted now, so now’s a good time to start culling your collections! (The Library cannot accept textbooks, dictionaries or encyclopedias, or VCR tapes.) The sale will be held on October 2, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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 resume 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 Library The OSL Library is open and waiting for you! Stop in soon and browse the extensive collection of books, music, and movies. Visit the online catalog at Atriuum, which includes the Library’s current hours. See you soon!
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!
Photo of 75th Anniversary mugAs promised, Our Savior’s 75th Anniversary T-shirts and other keepsakes in celebration of Lifting High the Cross, Our Savior’s diamond anniversary theme, will be available again soon! Very soon! As in…tomorrow! At least, Friday, September 10 is the target date for the 75th Anniversary Webshop to go live. Check out the webshop to order 75th anniversary merchandise. The grand celebration will take place on October 31.
Photo of jigsaw puzzle piecesLooking 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!

Bell Tower repairs photoThe latest Bell Tower Project update video, which recently debuted in worship services, is on the OSL website, along with all of the photos and updates posted throughout the summer. Find it all here! Thanks to Ethan Boyens for the drone video footage.

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!
Photo by MiladaStephen Ministers are members of Our Savior’s who have been trained to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They listen, care, encourage, pray, and give weekly support for as long as the need persists. If someone you know is hurting, find out more about Stephen Ministry by contacting Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336-2942.

Opportunities to Help

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!

Food to You Mobile Food Pantry logoAnother Food to You distribution is coming up, on Thursday September 23, with opportunities for OSL volunteers to help out. This will be a drive-through distribution, with volunteers having limited contact with recipients, at First Lutheran Church (Dakota Avenue at 12th Street). Masks are suggested and gloves will be provided. Full details and sign-up sheet are at the Welcome Center.

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
Project CAR logoProject CAR is one of the participating nonprofits in The Human Race, a collaborative fundraising event sponsored by Health Connect of South Dakota, on Saturday, October 2. With two options available—a 1k walk or a 5k run—it’s a great way to help raise funds to support Project CAR’s work in providing rides and get some exercise at the same time. It’s a great event for families, seniors, singles, anyone! Visit Project CAR to register. OSL is a partner church with Project CAR.
Bluegrass at the BreweryJoin Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota for the third annual Folk Fundraiser – Bluegrass at the Brewery, on September 18. This year it will be held at Severance Brewery, 701 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 110. The “newgrass” band Armchair Boogie, from Madison, Wisconsin, will provide music. All proceeds go toward the Keep the Campfires Burning Appeal, which is helping LO recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraiser begins at 5:00 p.m., with music starting at 6:00. See you there!

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 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: Alarm clock video by KoolShooters from Pexels. Photo of eggs by Katherine Chase on Unsplash. Making the Grade logo by Bill Reynolds , OSL staff. Kick-Off Weekend animation by Bill Reynolds, OSL staff. Friendship Club Image by SCY from Pixabay. 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. Photo of jigsaw puzzle pieces by Magda Ehlers from Pexels. Calendar Flip 600 by Muddy River Media via YouTube. Photo of house-shaped mailbox by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels. Stephen Ministry background photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash. Photo of communion elements by Geda Žyvatkauskaitė on Unsplash. Pen Pal video by Free Videos on Pexels. Photo of friends by Harli Marten on Unsplash. Photo of man texting by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

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