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

Parents’ Night Out will be tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register by contacting Nancy Heesch,, with names and ages of your children (ages one through eight).
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 this Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. New members will be received at worship services on Jan. 26 and 27.
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.
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 is 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 Chapel. 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.
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. This week’s menu: Eggs and bacon. Wednesday dinner will be chicken enchiladas. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.   
Wellness Wednesdays is back, with Model for Healthy Living with Reflections, an informal group study. Meet at 6:00 p.m. in Caring Ministries, 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.
OSL’s Silent Auction is the primary fundraiser for OSL youth summer trips. Last year’s auction raised over $12,000, and you helped send 30 youth to Houston and Minneapolis. This year over 45 youth are signed up to grow in their faith in Colorado and to serve the people of Duluth. You can support this effort in three ways: First, you can donate an item, service, or experience to be a part of the Silent Auction; donations are due to the Church Office by Jan. 27. Second, you can bid on items, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 16. Finally, you can join OSL youth as they close the auction with a Banquet and Youth Talent Show on Sunday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale on Sunday, Jan. 27. Contact John,, with questions.

A Little Further Out...

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.
Parent Sunday in Sunday School will be next Sunday, Jan. 27, Camp Sunday. All parents or caregivers of children age four through fifth grade are asked to attend with your child from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. Representatives from Lutherans Outdoors, Shetek, and Ingham Okoboji Bible Camp will lead you through games, crafting, Bible study, and upbeat music!
OSL Night with the Stampede and Wiener Dog Races. Come out on to the Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23, to enjoy an exciting Stampede hockey game and the even more exciting Wiener Dog Races! Watch those tiny paws scamper across the ice and see the fastest wiener dogs in South Dakota. The game starts at 7:05 P.M.; tickets are available on Sunday mornings, or in the Church Office during the week, for $15 each, with $5 from every ticket going to support Youth Summer Trips. Questions? Contact John,
The third annual Chili Cook-Off/Cupcake Walk will be on Feb. 24, at noon, in The Gathering Place. Stir up your favorite chili recipe and either enter it for judging or just bring a pot to share. Not a fan of chili? Bring your favorite soup to share! (Soup will not be judged.) A secret panel will award first-, second-, and third-place honors. Everyone will vote on the People’s Choice Award. And, as usual, a cupcake walk will be held during the event. Profits will go to Mission: Possible. Sign up at the Information Center.
OSL Dining Out will not be an evening of dinner and fellowship this time around—because the group will meet for lunch, at All Day Café, 2101 W. 41st St. (in the Western Mall). Sign up at the Information Center for a time of good food and great fellowship on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. Questions? Donna Wilson, 359-7718.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

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The Dinner to Your Door prep day, previously announced for Jan. 25, has been postponed. Watch for an upcoming announcement about the next meal-preparation event.
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 college 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,
It’s a new year, and there are opportunities for new Meals on Wheels drivers to continue OSL’S commitment to this important program. If you’ve considered it, now is the time to step forward and try it! Training is provided, and you can pick the days that fit your schedule. Call Sandy Garnas, 338-5440, for more information.
OSL is collecting 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

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