Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. See the current bulletin announcements at for all the latest!

Palm Sunday Weekend
Saturday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. – Celebrate and Festive worship
Holy Week
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. – Healing Service, Chapel
Maundy Thursday, April 18, 12:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 19, 3:00 p.m. – GIFT (Generations in Faith Together) Family worship; 6:30 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.
Easter – The Resurrection of Our Lord, Sunday, April 21
7:00 a.m. – Sunrise Worship
8:45 and 11:00 a.m. – Celebrate and Festive worship
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. This week’s menu: Bacon, scrambled eggs, and roasted potatoes. Wednesday supper during Lent is soup and pie. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
The OSL Library’s spring book sale is this weekend—Saturday April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Stock up on your summer reading, viewing, and listening selections!
Sabbath Seekers is a monthly informal, come-as-you-are gathering of adults of all ages. Enjoy Coffea coffee, delicious treats, and getting to know other people who like those things too. Sabbath Seekers will meet this Sunday, April 7, from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., in Fellowship Hall.
Support third graders in their Bible Milestone and encourage them in faith by placing a sticky note of encouragement or highlighting a verse in the Bibles at the south entrance. Bibles will be given to the children on May 5. If you prefer, you may jot a note at home and bring it to place in a Bible the next time you’re at OSL!
The Blood Mobile is at OSL this Sunday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome!
The OSL community welcomes and gives thanks for Susanna Mae Johnson, the daughter of Pr. Sami Johnson and Pr. Josh Johnson. Susanna came into the world in the wee hours on March 31. As you can see, everyone is doing fine!
Midweek Lenten worship services continue on Wednesdays, at noon in the Chapel and at 6:40 p.m. in the Sanctuary, from March 13 through April 10. The Lenten theme this year is The Right Stuff, a theme that helps us explore how we can use the stuff in our lives for godly purposes.
OSL Women’s Spring Retreat will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place. Come for brunch, devotions, music, and a guest speaker: Sanaa Abourezk, gourmet chef, author, restaurateur, nutritionist, and blogger. Click here to register online, or call the Church Office, 336-2942. Tickets are $10 each.

To keep God’s grace at the heart of the Lenten season, the OSL Library is hosting an Eggs-on-the-Shelf Lent and Easter activity! Come check out items from the Library each Sunday and Wednesday through April 21, find one of the Resurrection Eggs hidden among the shelves, and answer a question about the Easter story to receive a prize!

A Little Further Out...

Easter plants will beautify worship services on Easter Sunday, April 21. If you wish to honor a special person or occasion, remember a loved one or friend, or show gratitude for God’s many blessings by purchasing a plant ($15), stop at the Information Center on Sunday or the Church Office during the week. Plants may be picked up after the 11:00 a.m. services on Easter Sunday.
All students age four through fifth grade will wave palms at the 8:45 Celebrate and 11:00 Festive worship services on April 14. Students may pick up their palms outside of the worship space and will process at the start of the worship service.
The next Friendship Club will feature Dr. Melissa Johnson speaking about her work with veterans and their families at the VA Hospital. The program will start at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in the Friendship Room. Lunch will follow, at 11:30, in The Gathering Place. Come and enjoy this wonderful time together, and bring a friend—or two!—to Friendship Club.
Register now for ROAR! — OSL’s 2019 Vacation Bible School, reminding kids that life is wild but God is good. VBS (for potty-trained children age three through completing fifth grade) will be from Monday, June 10, 9:00 a.m., to Thursday, June 13, 12:00 p.m., and costs $10 per child. On Thursday there will be a program for families at 11:30 a.m., with pizza to follow. Each family unit will receive one free VBS CD; additional CDs are $5 each. Register via Questions? Contact Melissa Nesdahl, 336-2942 or
This year’s Envelope Fundraiser will begin on April 14, supporting OSL high school students going on the Compass Points trip to Colorado in June. Students will climb a mountain, grow in faith, and learn about the importance of community. Stop by the south windows, near the Celebrate Center, grab a numbered envelope, put cash or a check (made to OSL) with the corresponding number of dollars as the envelope’s number, and place it in the offering or turn it into the Church Office by May 8. Thank you for your support of OSL Youth!
Okoboji Recharge for fourth- through sixth-graders will be April 26 through 28. You are invited to join John, OSL’s youth ministry director, as we discover the great God we serve and have a blast with others! The deadline to register is April 12. For more details and to register, visit Check your Recharge email or contact John, for more information.
The Second Saturday Movie, on April 13, will be Unbroken, the epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and WWII hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini. Make a day of it with the movie at 2:30 in the Holy Word Theatre, followed by worship at 5:00 in the Sanctuary, and dinner afterward in The Gathering Place!
Parents’ Night Out will be on Friday, April 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening out while the kids (ages one through eight) enjoy playing in the OSL Nursery! Register by contacting Nancy Heesch,, with the names and ages of your children.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

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OSL Caring Friends serve members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities, to help those folks feel connected to the Body of Christ. Many opportunities exist for you to become a Caring Friend! Stop by the Conference Room on Thursday, April 4, at 1:00 p.m., to learn more about this vital ministry, or contact Deb Harlan, or 336-2942, ext. 48.
Be one of 25 OSL volunteers who will serve breakfast at the Banquet on May 2! Five volunteers will arrive at 5:30 to cook, and 20 at 6:30 to help serve. Sign up at the Information Center. Call Jon Voight, 334-8410 or 323-9591, with questions.
Vacation Bible School volunteers help create a safe and successful week! Sixth-graders through adults are invited to build relationships and get in on the fun by helping out, June 10 through 13, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Contact Melissa Nesdahl,
OSL supports the Food to You Mobile Food Pantry by donating various food items throughout the year, which will be used by local families in need. The food item for April is cereal; for May it will be peanut butter. Donations may be placed in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
This year’s Lenten and Easter Offerings are designated as direct support of OSL’s 30-some ministry partners, which expand exponentially the reach of our mission beyond the walls of Our Savior’s. Thank you for your generous support.
Hospital Visitation is a vital ministry that lets OSL members know they matter to both God and their church family. Opportunities exist for you to volunteer, and training will be provided! Contact Pr. Tim Lemme, or 336- 2942, ext. 19, or Deb Harlan, or 336-2942, ext. 48, for details.

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