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

The Second Saturday Movie, on Jan. 12, will be Beautifully Broken, the true story of three families struggling to find hope and safety amid the devastation of war. Make a day of it with the movie at 2:30 in the Holy Word Theatre, followed by worship at 5:00 in the Sanctuary, and dinner afterward in The Gathering Place!
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. This week’s menu: Egg bake. Wednesday dinner will be meatloaf. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
Here come the next rounds of OSL pictorial directory photos! If you haven’t had your photo taken already, schedule your session (Jan. 22–26; Feb. 5–9 and 21–23) at the table on the west side of The Gathering Place, or online via the OSL website. 
The OSL Library’s winter One Church One Read will be Sold on a Monday by Krista McMorris. Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home. Check out a copy in the Library, then join in the discussion on March 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room.
Join Pr. Randy for the next session of Connecting Faith and Life, on Wednesdays, 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.   
Don’t miss the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 12:30 p.m. Agenda items will include a vote on a recommendation from the Congregation Council regarding changes in OSL’s governance structure, as discussed at the Dec. 9 congregation meeting. Handouts from that meeting are available at the kiosk near the Information Center. See the January Intercom for more information. A light lunch will precede the meeting, in The Gathering Place following worship services.
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.
All are welcome to the Cross+Gen Event this Sunday, Jan. 13, from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Epiphany is a season of home blessing, so come make cross-shaped string art to display in your home. Children grade five and younger must attend with a parent or caring adult. This event is in lieu of regular Sunday School and MSYG.
OSL will raise up its new Buddy Bench Ministry , which you read about in the December Intercom, this Sunday, Jan. 13. Stop by the entrance to Caring Ministries between worship services to learn more about the Buddy Bench and how it will serve Our Savior’s.
OSL Youth are busy preparing for the Silent Auction by collecting items to be auctioned off from Feb. 16 through March 3. Be part of this fundraiser by donating new items from yourself or from your business. If you know a student going on youth trips to Duluth or Colorado this year, you may help them meet their five-item goal, or you can turn in your donation directly to John.

A Little Further Out...

Wellness Wednesdays returns, with Model for Healthy Living with Reflections, an informal group study. Meet at 6:00 p.m. in Caring Ministries, Jan. 16 through Feb. 27, for a time of grace and encouragement with a balanced approach to overall well-being. Register with Michelle, 336-2942, ext. 28, or A suggested donation of $5 will help defray the cost of the booklet used.
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.
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).
Looking for engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting? Then join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St.
The St. Olaf Choir will begin its 2019 Winter Tour with a concert at Our Savior’s, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 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.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

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 Come help with the next Dinner to Your Door prep day, on Friday, Jan. 25, at 10:00 a.m., in The Gathering Place kitchen. Dinner to Your Door provides a ready-to-heat meal for someone who is recovering from a hospital stay, undergoing treatment, grieving a loss, or just going through a difficult time.  
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
Middle-school youth group will be assembling care packages for young adults living away from home, and you may help by donating items (mechanical pencils, highlighters, travel-size hand sanitizer, lip balm, microwave popcorn, fruit snacks, individual packages of conversation hearts), at the Youth Table in The Gathering Place on Sundays or in the Church Office during the week, through Feb. 6. Financial donations to help with postage would be appreciated too! If you know someone who would appreciate a care package, contact Nicole,, or John,   
OSL will collect 1,000 rolls of toilet paper in January for Necessities for Neighbors, a program that 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. Bring packages of toilet paper to the donation area, near the south entrance, for the February distribution. 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 January is macaroni and cheese; for February it will be pasta. 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, HS and MS events, and what is coming up in Youth Group, click on the following links:
Middle School Youth Happenings

High School Youth Happenings
Sunday, Jan. 13, will be the first annual Middle School Glow Games, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Youth Room. John went crazy the night after Halloween, buying glow-in-the-dark gear, so now middle schoolers get to enjoy a night of crazy games and activities where everything glows!

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