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

OSL Food Ministry is taking a summer break, but you are welcome to engage in OSL’s Core Value of Community by enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation with your OSL friends in The Gathering Place on Sunday mornings.
OSL’s Organ Recital Series continues this Wednesday, with Holden Miller, a graduate student at Baylor University, Waco, Tex. Recitals are held on Wednesdays, at 12:15 p.m., in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception and light lunch in the Friendship Room. A donation of $7 to defray lunch costs is appreciated. All are welcome! Learn more at
Meet in the Labyrinth Room for Walking Workout Wednesdays! Come at 10:00 a.m. to walk in place with a Leslie Sansone DVD, then cool down with a walk outside (or inside, depending on weather). Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson (336-2942, ext. 28; or Deb Harlan (336-2942, ext. 48;
The Summer Food Service Program, which provides free, nutritious lunches to children through age 18, continues through Aug. 16, Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. Parents, babysitters, or caring adults should accompany their children. There’s no signup, no forms, and no requirements. All are welcome. Questions? Barb Haugan, or 336-2942, ext. 23.
The trip of a lifetime is coming up fast! If you’ve been considering joining Prs. Randy and Shelly Gehring on their 2020 trip to Greece and the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, now is the time to register. Tickets to the Passion Play are now in very short supply. To secure your place, contact Pr. Randy, or 336-2942, ext. 11.
Don’t Miss the Last Blast! Come and tailgate with your OSL friends at this year’s final Summer Blast, OSL Tailgate, on Aug. 7! OSL will provide walking tacos, and you are invited to pull up your car, your lawn chairs, pop-up tent, yard games, and tailgating gear, and bring a dessert, side, or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Sign up at the Information Center or visit to reserve your tailgating spots in the lot. Food, fun, and music by Short Notice will start at 5:00; outdoor worship will be at 6:30. Bring a friend!
The Library Committee has selected Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens as its Summer One Church One Read title. Where the Crawdads Sing is an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. Check out one of the 11 copies available in the Library, then join the discussion on Sept. 22, at 10:00 a.m., in the Library.
Find all the latest info about OSL Youth Ministry in Middle School Youth Happenings and High School Youth Happenings newsletters! Visit

A Little Further Out...

Our Savior’s is seeking a full-time Office Manager. This position provides a variety of administrative secretarial duties in support of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. The position requires a warm, welcoming attitude, attention to detail, and an ability to function in a position in which interruptions are common. Some evenings and weekends may be required. You may obtain a full position description at, or in the Church Office during regular business hours. Questions? Contact Barb Haugan, 336-2942, ext. 23, or

A Little Further Out...

Middle school students are invited to the Middle School Bonus Blast on Aug. 7, from noon to 5:00 p.m., before that evening’s Summer Blast: Tailgate. Begin with lunch, provided by the Summer Food Service Program (or bring your own packed lunch), followed by games in the Youth Room and Gym. Then the group will set up and “test” stuff for the Summer Blast—including the largest inflatable in OSL history, lots of yard games, and 9-Square. Remember, there is no cost for these events, and friends are always welcome. And if you’re interested, there will be opportunities to help supervise activities during the Summer Blast. Contact John,
OSL Youth and Family Night at Wild Water West will be on Aug. 14, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be a live DJ, prize giveaways, and fun in the sun at a special price: $7.50 plus tax for those 48 inches tall or taller; $4 plus tax for those under 48 inches and seniors (60 and over); and free for children two and younger. Children grade five and younger must have a parent or caring adult present. If you plan to drop off your sixth- through 12th-grader and would like them to check in and out with Youth Director John Schomberg, email him in advance:
Are you the parent of a two-year-old? Then you’re invited to the Welcome to Church Milestone, on Aug. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As a family, enjoy a child-friendly meal, then set out on a scavenger hunt, collecting sticks to complete a puzzle. At each stop, a photographer will take a picture of your child, to be included in a personalized book for your family. Sign up by Aug. 11 via the link recently emailed, or contact Melissa ( to let her know how many in your family will be attending and your two-year-old’s name. The books will be presented, with a blessing, in the 8:45 Celebrate worship service on Aug. 25.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

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OSL 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 August will be pasta; for September it will be hearty soup. Place donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
OSL will be serving our neighbors at Food to You, on Aug. 15 at Augustana Lutheran Church. Volunteer sign-up information is located at the Information Center. Middle- and high-school youth are welcome to sign up with a parent or other caring adult. Come for an enjoyable evening at this important ministry! Augustana Lutheran is located at 235 N. Prairie Ave.
Thanks to your generosity, The OSL Crisis Fund—which assists neighbors who are experiencing any of various distresses in their lives—has been replenished by more than $12,000 in July! The Crisis Fund depends on individuals’ contributions—thank you for your generous support of this ministry.
There are opportunities for new Meals on Wheels drivers to continue OSL’s commitment to this important program. Training is provided, and you can pick the days that fit your schedule. Call Sandy Garnas, 338-5440, for more information or to sign up.
Fourth-grade Connect has openings for leaders for the 2019–20 school year. Please prayerfully consider donating one hour of your week to hang out with these awesome kids, from 10:00 to 10:50 on Sunday mornings. The program is video-driven, with a book accompaniment to guide discussion and activity. Contact Melissa Nesdahl, There are openings for two adults in the room each week.
Do you love to take pictures? Are you a middle-schooler or older? Then you would be perfect to help out with the Two-Year-Olds’ Milestone, on Aug. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., as toddlers and their families go through the building on a scavenger hunt, with a photographer at each location. There is also an opportunity to help in the kitchen. Volunteers will be provided lunch. Contact Melissa,
OSL’s summer Noisy Offering supports the ongoing goal of the Hope Coalition to make quality preschool education accessible to all children in Sioux Falls. From January through May, the Noisy Offering totaled $2,180.25, which was divided between the Hope Coalition, for preschool scholarships, and Hungry Hearts, in support of their efforts to stem the tide of food insecurity among children in Sioux Falls. Thanks for your generous support!

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