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!

The Congregation Council has called a special meeting of the congregation for the purpose of sharing information about a proposed change to OSL’s governance structure. The meeting will take place this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served following worship prior to the meeting.
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: Scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, and donut holes. Wednesday dinner this week will be Indian Tacos with all the fixins. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
It’s time again for Midnight Madness, for OSL’s Augie neighbors preparing for finals, is this Sunday, Dec. 9, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help or provide snacks!
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 12 and 19 – Weekly Advent worship services, 6:40 to 7:15 P.M., Celebrate Center (Dec. 19 will be a Healing Service)

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.

Let’s take a field trip! All are welcome to join the Connecting Faith and Life group on a field trip to the Center for New Americans, tonight, Thursday, Dec. 6, to learn about their work with and among immigrants in our community. Meet at OSL at 6:00 p.m. to carpool, or meet the group at the CNA, 300 E. 6th St., at 6:30.

The Second Saturday Movie, this Saturday, Dec. 8, will be The Last Straw. Make a day of it with the movie at 2:30 p.m. in the HolyWord Theatre, Festive worship in the Sanctuary at 5:00, and dinner following worship, in The Gathering Place.
Local author and storyteller Tom Roberts will be at Our Savior’s this Sunday, Dec. 9. Tom will read his newest book, On That One Christmas Eve, at all worship services, and will be available to sign books, which are $20 each with all proceeds going to Children’s Home Society.
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.

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

The tradition continues! Join Friendship Club on Dec. 18 for its annual Christmas celebration at the Old Country Store in Nora, S.D. Come sing holiday favorites around a vintage pipe organ, hear stories from Christmases past, and enjoy cider, coffee, and treats around the wood-burning stove. The fun will begin with a Christmas lunch at OSL at noon, then a motorcoach ride to Nora and back to OSL around 4:30. Cost is $15 per person, with lunch being a freewill offering. Sign up at the Information Center or the Church Office, 336-2942. Call Pr. Tim for more information.



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

High-school students’ Compass Point Backpacking Trip in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado, will be June 15 through 22. Registration forms are available in the Youth Room, or at the Youth Information Center in The Gathering Place, or register online via this link,. Email John, jschomberg@oslchurch.com, for more information or with any questions.

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 Group will serve at VOA Dakotas Youth Center on Dec. 12, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., playing games and hanging out with their youth. This is our opportunity to show care for these students and grow in our faith through service. Click here for more information and to sign up.

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 Progressive Dinner and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on Dec. 19. High School Youth Group will meet in the Youth Room at 6:45 p.m., then head out into the neighborhood to eat three courses at different locations, ending at Tré Ministries for dessert and gift exchange. Click here for more information or to sign up. Chaperones are invited!

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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