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

Growing the Church God’s Way: A Study of Ephesians, led by Pr. Randy, continues on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place. Light snacks and beverages will be served. A $10 donation will help cover the cost of Bible study materials. Come and join the conversation!
Welcome to Church, a Milestone for two-year-olds, will be held this Sunday, Aug. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Your family will enjoy a kid-friendly lunch in The Gathering Place, then explore the building together, having pictures of your child taken at key locations that will then be made into individualized books for you to keep and read together often. Contact Melissa Nesdahl,, to register.
The Rev. Elisabeth Johnson, an OSL-sponsored ELCA missionary and seminary professor in Cameroon, will present a Mission Partner Update on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Come and hear about Elisabeth’s service in Cameroon, and visit her blog,
OSL’s Faith in Motion team is underway in the Walking Challenge with First Lutheran, East Side Lutheran, and Gloria Dei Lutheran. The mission is to walk together in faith and become more aware of wellness and taking care of body, mind, and spirit! Keep track of your steps during August (forms are at the Information Center or in the Church Office) and turn them into Deb Harlan by Sept. 10 to help OSL win bragging rights in the challenge. Questions? Contact Deb, 336-2942, ext. 48, or dharlan

A Little Further Out...

Kick-Off Weekend—when OSL fall programming, well, kicks off—is fast approaching! Sept. 9 is when the regular worship schedule will resume, Frolic and Sunday School will start, and Sunday breakfasts will return. Wednesday School, Confirmation, and Wednesday suppers will resume on Sept. 12. More Kick-Off Weekend details will follow soon—but be sure to get it on your calendar now!
Parents’ Night Out will be on Friday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register for Nursery care (ages one through eight) by contacting Nancy Heesch,, with the names and ages of your children.
Matthew Tylutki a recent graduate of St. Olaf College, will begin as OSL’s new Principal Organist on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Kick-Off Weekend, Sept. 8 and 9, will be Matthew’s kick-off weekend at the OSL keyboards! See the September Intercom for more info about Matthew.
OSL Dining Out—an evening of dinner and fellowship at a local restaurant—will celebrate the end of summer at Backyard BBQ, 3705 S. Western Ave., on Friday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Come and enjoy great food and great fellowship! Sign up at the Information Center or call Norma Steinocker, 261-6099, or Donna Wilson, 359-7718.
The OSL Library’s Summer One Church One Read title will be Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Be sure to check out a copy in the Library, then join the discussion on Sept. 23 in the Conference Room.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

The whole congregation is invited to join in a Service Scavenger Hunt this Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2:00 p.m. Teams will be sent into the city to perform random acts of kindness. Form your teams and sign up for an amazing afternoon of service and fun. Teams must include an adult driver, and all members must all fit safely inside their vehicle. You may also join as an “unattached” person, and be matched to a team on the day of the event. Meet in the Youth Room.
This summer’s Noisy Offering will be given to two agencies that are making an impact in the lives of children in our community: the Hope Coalition and Project SOS–Supply Our Students. The Hope Coalition is determined to make preschool accessible for all children, and Supply Our Students is working to provide every student with the necessary school supplies. Thank you for your generous support, and thank you to OSL kids, who play an important role in making the Noisy Offering happen each week.
Looking for a service opportunity? Join Pr. Tim in helping Diane, a woman with connections to OSL, transition from Sioux Falls to Chester. Pr. Tim is looking for four or five people, youth or adults, to load some items from her home into a moving van on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8:15 a.m. This probably will take about an hour. This small act of kindness will have a huge impact on Diane’s life. If you can help, contact Pr. Tim, or 336-2942, ext. 19, or sign up via this link.
Summer weather brings out the Caretakers, volunteers who help with clean-up, light yardwork, and other chores around the OSL campus. The group works outside as weather permits, and finds things to do inside when it doesn’t. To join the Caretakers, simply show up in The Gathering Place on Thursday morning, from 9:00 to noon. Wear work clothes (hat and work gloves) and bring a water bottle. Tools will be provided. Joel Ziebarth will be on hand to get things rolling.
Caring Friends Opportunities exist at Bethany Meadows, Brandon; Morgan Lane Village, Tea; Good Samaritan Center, Canton; and Edgewood Vista, Covington Care Center, and Southridge Healthcare in Sioux Falls. Caring Friends serves members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities. Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or, to learn more about how you can participate in this important ministry!

Youth and Family Notes

Middle School confirmation orientation will be on Sept. 5, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. All 6th through 8th-grade confirmation students are invited to learn about this year's confirmation program. The majority of this orientation will be going around the building to learn from ministry leaders and seeing different ways you may serve at OSL, especially on Sunday mornings. Students are required to serve in one of these roles four times each year; this will be your best chance to see all the options and learn the basics. Have you ever wondered what the tech team does, if you can be in a band, how to be a greeter, or any number of other fun opportunities at OSL on a Sunday morning? This is your chance!
Middle School Youth Group kickoff will be on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 10:00 a.m. Middle School students are invited to kick off the New Year with new Youth Director John Schomberg, and spend the morning getting to know each other, talking about Jesus, playing games, learning about upcoming Middle School Youth Group opportunities, and having a whole lot of fun.
Middle school confirmation kickoff will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. The middle school confirmation program gets into full swing, meaning it’s time for mentor groups, learning about God with Pr. Sami and John, and having a lot of fun with friends. Remember to register your sixth- through eighth-grade students, via this link.
Ninth grade confirmation orientation will be on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7:00 p.m. New ninth graders will be welcomed to High School Youth Group, and will get ready for the last seven weeks of confirmation. High School Servant Leaders are encouraged to attend and help welcome the new arrivals.
High School Youth Group kickoff will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. New Year, new Youth Director, and new opportunities to grow in faith while having a lot of fun. Start with a night of getting to know each other, hearing from some of OSL’s youth about the life-changing message heard at the National Youth Gathering in Houston, play some group-building games, and have campfire fun by the GaGa Ball pit. All high school youth are invited to join in, and, yes, you are always welcome to bring a friend.

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