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

Receptions honoring Marilyn Schempp, who is retiring from OSL after 22 years as principal organist and Associate Director of Music and Fine Arts, will be held in The Gathering Place this Saturday, Aug. 4, following worship, and Sunday, Aug. 5, from 11:00 a.m. to noon. This will be Marilyn’s last weekend as OSL’s principal organist. Be sure to stop by for refreshments and to greet Marilyn as she and Mark enter this time of transition in their lives. To contribute to a cash gift for Marilyn, visit the Church Office.
The Healing Garden, near the south entrance, represents the cycle of life. It is a place to think, pray, grieve, hope, give thanks, and remember. To celebrate the Healing Garden—and the volunteers who keep it beautiful—there will be a Garden Party this Sunday, Aug. 5, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Come enjoy refreshments and the beauty of the garden—then stop inside and greet Marilyn Schempp (see above).
OSL’s Organ Recital Series continues. Recitals will be held on Wednesdays, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., followed by a light lunch ($7 per person). Here is the schedule:
• Aug. 8: Mary Newton, St. Barnabas Lutheran, Plymouth, Minn.;
• Aug. 15: Zachary Brockhoff, First Lutheran, Sioux Falls.
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!
Ark in the Park, the season’s final Summer Blast, is coming on Wednesday, Aug. 8­—rain or shine! Come and enjoy good food, a fun animal-themed game, yard games, the ZooMobile, and worship with Short Notice. You don’t want to miss this fun event for all ages. Invite your friends to this fun summer night out! The meal starts at 5:00 and worship starts at 6:30.
Middle School Countdown to the final Summer Blast will start at noon on Aug. 8 with lunch provided by the Summer Food Service Program (or your own packed lunch), then it’ll be off to the Bowden Youth Center to hang out and play games with the children from 12:30 to 3:00. More fun and games will follow, at OSL, till 5:00 and Summer Blast: “Ark in the Park.” Sign up with John,
Emerge high school fire pit: High school students are invited to stick around after Summer Blast, on Aug. 8, at 7:00 p.m., for a time of conversation, relaxation, and some delicious s’mores. Bring a chair and enjoy the cool night air with John, Sami, and your friends, catching up on what has been happening this summer.
This summer’s OSL Day at the Parks is scheduled for Aug. 12! Come for worship at the McKennan Park Bandshell at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting, then plan to spend the afternoon at the Birdcage as the Sioux Falls Canaries host the Fargo Moorhead Redhawks. Pr. Randy will throw out the first pitch! Game time is 1:05 p.m. Tickets are available for $8 per person at the Information Center or in the Church Office.
Get Moving: First Lutheran, Gloria Dei, East Side Lutheran, and OSL will compete in a friendly walking challenge during August. Walkers and runners from each congregation will keep track of their steps (forms are at the Information Center or in the Church Office), and the top 10 from each congregation will be added up to see who gets bragging rights! Sign up with Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or

A Little Further Out...

OSL Youth and Family Night at Wild Water West will be on Aug. 15, from 4:00 to 8:00. There will be a live DJ, prize giveaways, and fun in the sun at a special price: Over 48 inches tall, $7.50 plus tax; under 48 inches and seniors (60 and older), $4 plus tax; and age two and younger, free. Children in grade five and younger must have a parent or caring adult present. If you plan to drop off your 6th- through 12th-grader and want them to check in/out with John, contact him in advance: See you there!
Welcome to Church, a Milestone for two-year-olds, will be held on 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.
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, August 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...

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 August is pasta. Donations may be placed in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
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.
Sign up now to help with the next Food to You Mobile Food Pantry distribu-tion, on Aug. 16 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 235 N. Prairie Ave. Sign up at the Information Center. Youth (middle-school and older) are welcome, with adults. Contact Jack Dyvig, 351-1889, with ques-tions.
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!
As a site for the Summer Food Service Program, OSL will be open through Aug. 17 for children through age 18 to enjoy free, nutritious lunches, 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 sign-up, no forms, and no requirements. All are welcome. Questions? Pr. Sami, or 336-2942, ext. 12.

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