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!

Dancers are invited to participate in the Candle Dance for Christmas Eve worship services at 4:00, 6:00, and 10:00 p.m. Dancers (grade 5 through adult) should be able to carry a votive with a flame. Rehearsal will be on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Contact Grace Wehrspann, gracewehrspann@gmail.com, or Deanna Wehrspann at OSL, 336-2942, ext. 37.
Treasures of Darkness, OSL’s Advent devotional, is available now at the Information Center or in the Church Office, or on the OSL website. A suggested donation of $3 will help defray costs of the printed devotional.
Here come the next rounds of OSL pictorial directory photos! You may schedule your session (Dec. 27, 28, 29; Jan. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 22, 23, 24, 25, 26) at the table on the west side of The Gathering Place, or online via the OSL website.
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. This week’s menu: Eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, orange juice, yogurt, and donut holes. Wednesday dinner this week will be Pork chops, stuffing, gravy, baked beans, applesauce, bread, tossed green salad, and a sweet treat. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
Christmas shopping for someone who has everything? ELCA Good Gifts is back! Purchase bees, a pig, a goat, or some chicks, and this gift, given in someone’s name, will create life-sustaining income for a person on the other side of the world. Check out the table in The Gathering Place this Sunday morning.

The Shepherd on the Search helps children discover the joy of searching for the Christ Child during the Advent season. Every Sunday and Wednesday, beginning on Nov. 28, Library patrons who find one of the 12 baby Jesus figures hidden among the shelves will receive a treat and a prize. Be sure to visit the Library and encourage your child to follow the shepherd’s search for the Christ Child.

Advent and
Christmas at OSL

December 19 – Weekly Advent worship service, 6:40 to 7:15 P.M., Celebrate Center

December 24 –
2:00 p.m. – “Christmas GIFT” (Generations in Faith Together) family worship, Celebrate Center
4:00 p.m. – Celebrate and Festive worship services (Festive worship will be televised on KTTW at 9:00 p.m.)
5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Supper, Friendship Room
6:00 p.m. – Festive worship service
10:00 p.m. – Festive worship service

December 25 – Festive worship service, 10:00 a.m.

Celebrate the season at Caring Ministries’ Open House! Come enjoy treats and fellowship in the Caring Ministries area this Sunday, Dec. 16, between worship services.

Ornaments on the Tree of Remembrance, in The Gathering Place, are given in memory of loved ones. Feel free to place an ornament on this tree in memory of someone who has died this past year. Ornaments are put back on the tree every Advent season.
The theme of his year’s stewardship appeal is Share Joy!, based on that well-known verse in Nehemiah, “…the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). If you have not yet completed your Statements of Intent to support financially the ministry of OSL in 2019, please do so soon! You may use the card recently mailed to you, pick up a card in the Church Office, or complete the form online at oslchurch.com. Nehemiah reminds us that the joy we experience as a result of God’s faithfulness is a strength that can carry us through even the most difficult challenges. Did you miss the Share Joy stewardship videos shown in worship services in late October? View or re-view them below!


A Little Further Out...

Come share in OSL’s second Christmas Eve Gift (Generations IN Faith Together) worship service, on Monday, Dec.24, at 2:00 p.m., beginning in The Gathering Place. This worship service will celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus through interactive storytelling, song, caring conversation, creative expression, and a child-safe Silent Night ritual.

The Church Office will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Join ecumenical partners and interfaith leaders for Interfaith Day at the state capitol in Pierre, on Jan. 9. Honoring the commitment to ecumenical and inter-religious outreach, this will be a day of conversations, prayer, and reflection with neighbors of other faiths across South Dakota. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and briefing at Lutheran Memorial Church before transitioning to the capitol. See https://bit.ly/2RRFKk3 for details and registration.

You belong here! You’ll make a difference, meet new friends in faith, and deepen your walk with God when you join OSL. Contact Loretta, 336-2942, ext. 14, or lnelson@oslchurch.com to reserve your spot at New Member Orientation on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9:00 to 11:30 A.M. New members will be received at worship services on Jan. 26 and 27.



Opportunities and Things to Note...

OSL Caring Friends are volunteers who serve members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities, to help those folks feel connected to the Body of Christ. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming a Caring Friend, contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or dharlan@oslchurch.com.
Necessities for Neighbors provides certain necessities that can’t be bought with Food Stamps. Toilet paper, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, and diapers are distributed to over 300 local families every month. OSL participates every February, on the first Sunday of the month. This year’s challenge is to collect 1,000 rolls of toilet paper during January, for the February distribution. Bring packages of toilet paper to the donation area near the south entrance. Also, look for a sign-up sheet at the Information Center in January, if you wish to volunteer for the Feb. 3 Necessities for Neighbors distribution.
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 December is tuna and tuna helper; for January it will be macaroni and cheese. Donations may be placed in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.


Youth and Family Notes

Middle and High School Youth Ministry at OSL. For information about the 2019 Summer Trips, the HS Progressive Dinner, MS events, and what is coming up in High School Youth Group, click on the following links:

Middle School Youth Happenings
High School Youth Happenings

Middle school Christmas games and white elephant gift exchange will be on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The fun will begin with a meal and then move on to Christmas Games in the Gym. Find more info and sign-up at this link. Chaperones are welcome!

High School Youth Group will have its first annual Progressive dinner and white elephant gift exchange on Dec. 19. The group will meet in the Youth Room at 6:30 p.m., then head out into the neighborhood to eat three courses at different locations, ending at Tré Ministries for dessert and gift exchange. See HS Youth Winter Newsletter for more information and to sign up. Chaperones are welcome!

High school youth will head to Okoboji on Jan. 26 and 27 for a fun weekend of bonding, growing in our faith, and fun. Click here for more information and to sign up. Cost for students is $30, plus money for dinner; deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Jan. 9. Parents are invited to help with driving and supervision.


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