Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. See the current bulletin announcements at oslchurch.com for all the latest!
OSL’s Market for Hunger is back! Produce will be available on Sunday mornings for a freewill donation, which will be used to fight hunger. If you have fresh garden produce to contribute, bring it to the Market for Hunger table in The Gathering Place West on Sunday mornings.
OSL’s August Walking Challenge with Gloria Dei Lutheran, First Lutheran, and East Side Lutheran is almost over! Remember to turn in your steps to Deb, 336-2942, ext. 48, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or return your Walking Challenge calendars to the box at the Information Center by Sept. 10 to help OSL win bragging rights in the challenge. Thank you to all who participated!
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., tomorrow, 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.
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!
Our Savior’s will host a Worship Summit on Sept. 5, at 6:00 p.m. Ministry leaders representing musicians, sound techs, media techs, TV techs, greeters, ushers, communion assistants, readers, nursery helpers, food service volunteers, bulletin support, and Information Center workers will conduct 15-minute overviews of these ministries, and you may sign up to give one (or more) a try. Pr. Randy will begin the summit with a greeting, then you may explore as many ministry areas as you like. Begin the evening in the Celebrate Center.
Second Saturday Movies will resume on Sept. 8 with I Can Only Imagine, the captivating movie about the bestselling single in the history of Christian music, and Bart Millard, the man who wrote it. Make a day of it with the movie at 2:30 p.m., Festive worship in the Sanctuary at 5:00, and dinner following worship.
OSL’s Friendship Club will kick off its fall season on Sept. 18 with a bus trip to the Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman, S.D. The group will meet at OSL at 8:30 a.m. for departure at 9:00, then enjoy a guided tour of a number of restored and furnished buildings that house many antiques. Follow that with a walk through the native trees and grasses of the neighboring Prairie Arboretum, then enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to OSL by mid-afternoon. Cost is $25 per person, which includes transportation, lunch, and museum entrance fee. Sign up at the Information Center on Sundays or in the Church Office during the week. Questions? Contact Pr. Tim, 336-2942, ext. 19.
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, email@example.com, 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.
Our Savior’s and Augustana University Campus Ministry will host Mikah Meyer in concert on Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Celebrate Center. Mikah is the son of ELCA pastor Larry Meyer, who served at SDSU Campus Ministry in the mid-to-late eighties before heading to the University of Nebraska Lutheran Student Center. Mikah is traveling to all 417 National Park Service sites as a way of honoring his late father. Along the way, he performs a religiously themed “National Parks Cabaret,” sharing stories and songs from the road, performing music from his days as a professional countertenor at America’s National Cathedral, and talking about his journey as the openly gay son of a pastor to help put a personal face to a larger church topic. The concert is free but a freewill offering will be received to help fund the remainder of Mikah’s project and ministry.
Pr. Randy will begin another year of Connecting Faith and Life (CFL), an adult learning opportunity for those who are interested in exploring the life of faith and going deeper in their experience of the faith, on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Room. All are welcome. This year’s first CFL course will be a seven-week focus on the refugee crisis. Through weekly readings, a brief documentary-style video, guided discussion, and group activities, participants will learn to engage and navigate respectfully what can be a difficult subject, while reflecting on how our Christian faith leads us to respond to the plight of our neighbor in need. Participant books are available in the Church Office during the week or at the Information Center on Sundays; a $10 donation will help defray the cost of resources.
The Augsburg Centennial Singers, a 50-voice male chorus, will appear in concert at Our Savior’s on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:00 p.m. Paul Christensen, the Singers’ director, has chosen a variety of music by classical composers including J. S Bach, contemporary composers including Leland B. Sateren, familiar hymn tunes, folk songs, and a patriotic set including “God Bless America.” A freewill offering will be received.
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.
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; for September it will be hearty soup. 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.
A big thank you to all the new and returning drivers who helped deliver Meals on Wheels throughout the summer! You make it possible to provide a noon meal to the homebound in our community. The next Meals on Wheels schedule (September through December) is being compiled now. Call Sandy Garnas, 338-5440, to pick the days that fit your availability. Training is provided!
Help with lunch at the Bishop Dudley House on Sept. 12, from 11:15 to noon. The food will be prepared, so all you need do is help serve. Sign up with Jon Voight, 334-8410 or 323-9591, or at the Information Center.
Summer may be winding down, but the Caretakers aren’t! These volunteers who help with clean-up, light yardwork, and other chores around the OSL campus, always find plenty to do. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn more about how you can participate in this important ministry!
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.