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. Sunday breakfast will return on Kick-Off Sunday, September 8.
OSL’s Organ Recital Series will conclude this Wednesday, August 14, with Melanie Ohnstad, Minister of Music & the Arts Emerita, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis. The recital will be 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 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.
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.
Are you the parent of a two-year-old? Then be sure to register for the Welcome to Church Milestone—the deadline to register is this Sunday, August 11! The Milestone will be held next Sunday, August 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As a family, you’ll 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 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 August 25.
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:
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...

OSL Children’s Night at Thunder Road will be on Sunday, August 25, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Simply say you are there for OSL Children’s Night to receive $4.50 mini-golf or one-attraction one-time tickets (or two times in the batting cage, tilt-a-whirl, or laser maze). Children five and younger can mini golf for free with a paying adult. This event is for entire families with a child from infant through fifth grade in the 2018–2019 school year.
The Art of Letting Go: OSL Women’s Fall Retreat will be held at Inspiration Hills, near Inwood, Iowa, from 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13, until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14. Women of all ages and stages are invited to get away for a weekend of relaxation, fellowship, prayer, and learning organizing and lifestyle-management tips. Ashlee Ferguson, from Queen City Concierge, will speak on “The Art of Letting Go: Tackling the Clutter” and “Home Life Balancing Act.” Ashlee is an expert on organization, home management, estate sales, waiting services, and so much more. Space is limited, so register before August 25. There are many housing options available; register online via My OSL, or stop by the Information Center. Questions? Contact Janiece Peterson,
Everyone is invited to wear your favorite team jersey or shirt on Kick-Off Sunday, September 8! And students are invited to come forward during worship services to receive a Back-to-School Blessing and a small gift—bring your backpack, your binder, or simply yourself! Sunday School and middle-school programming will begin on September 8; Wednesday and Confirmation will kick off on September 11, at 6:00 p.m.
Mark your calendar now for the Kick-Off Sunday Bake Sale, on September 8! Proceeds will benefit the Hope Coalition in its efforts to ensure that every child gets a chance to attend preschool. And if you want to do some baking, contact the Church Office, 336-2942.

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.
Thanks and appreciation for Meals on Wheels’ summer volunteers, including the OSL youth teams that delivered meals in July. The next volunteer calendar (September through December) is being built now. If you would like to help with this community effort to support the elderly and homebound, call Sandy Garnas, 338-5440. Choose dates that work with your schedule; training is provided for new drivers.
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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