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

Christmas at OSL
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.

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.
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. This week’s menu: Egg bake, orange juice, sweet breads, yogurt, and donut holes. Wednesday dinner is taking a vacation this week, in honor of Christmas. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.

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 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.

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

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.
Here come the next rounds of OSL pictorial directory photos! If you haven’t had your photo taken already, 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.
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 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...

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 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.

Join Pr. Randy for the next session of Connecting Faith and Life, beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room. For seven weeks, the group will meet to discuss what Phyllis Tickle—author, historian, and keen cultural observer—refers to as Emergence Christianity, a phenomenon of radical transformation that has been occurring in the church and in the world every 500 years for at least the past three millennia. Are we living now in another such period of change? Come and be part of the conversation. A $15 donation will help cover the cost of course materials.

Delaine Shay, a longtime member of OSL and volunteer coordinator for OSL’s Addiction Ministries, will discuss her book And Then, We Laughed: A Memoir of Hope & Healing on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10:00 a.m., in the Celebrate Center. And Then, We Laughed is an intimate story of perseverance, courage, faith, and humor despite life’s toughest challenges, and how God took a mess and made it a message.

The St. Olaf Choir will begin its 2019 Winter Tour with a concert at Our Savior’s, on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7:00 p.m. Comprised of 75 mixed voices, the choir is the premier a cappella choir in the United States. The ensemble’s annual tour brings its artistry and message to thousands of people across the nation and around the world. Visit to purchase tickets.

The story of the Magi will come to life on Sunday, Jan. 6, with live camels at OSL! Celebrate the 12th Day of Christmas by getting your picture taken with the camels near the south entrance, between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Parents’ Night Out will be on Friday, Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register by contacting Nancy Heesch,, with and ages of your children (ages one through eight).

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 for details and registration.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

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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
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

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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