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!

Looking for engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting? Then join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped tonight, Thursday, Jan. 24, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St.
This Sunday is Camp Sunday! Representatives from Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota, Ingham Okoboji, and Shetek will be in worship and leading Sunday School. Visit their tables on the west end of The Gathering Place or talk to them in the Labyrinth Room from 10:40 to 10:50 a.m. to gather information on solo, family, and grandparent camp opportunities. If you sign up for camp with one of these three ministries by March 3, notify Nicole Mindt ( nmindt@oslchurch.com) and OSL will gift $75 for solo campers or $200 toward family camp.
Have you had your OSL pictorial directory photo taken? There’s still time, but not much! Schedule your session (Feb. 5–9 and 21–23) at the table on the west end 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 Connecting Faith and Life, on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room. The group is discussing 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 join 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: French toast bake. Wednesday dinner will be lasagna. 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 mianderson@oslchurch.com. 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, jschomberg@oslchurch.com, with questions.


A Little Further Out...

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.
WELCA’s Sweets for Your Valentine sale will be on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., in The Gathering Place. Popular items in the past include chocolate, fudge, truffles, valentine sugar cookies, decorated cupcakes, puppy chow, and more! Funds raised will go toward WELCA’s 2019 Unit Wide Mission, “Everyday Samaritan–Helping Our Neighbors.”
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.


Opportunities and Things to Note...

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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 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.
Roll Call: The first recorded use of toilet paper was in sixth century China. Packaged toilet paper wasn’t sold in the U.S. until 1857. Joseph Gayetty, who introduced packaged toilet paper to the U.S., had his name printed on every sheet. The average roll of toilet paper has 333 sheets. Why should you care about any of this? No reason—but it’s a good reminder that OSL is still collecting toilet paper for Necessities for Neighbors, a program that provides certain necessities that can’t be bought with Food Stamps. Bring packages to the donation area, near the south entrance, for the February distribution. Also, sign up at the Information Center if you wish to volunteer for the Feb. 3 Necessities for Neighbors distribution.
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, nmindt@oslchurch.com, or John, jschomberg@oslchurch.com.
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

February will be Lock-In Month for OSL Youth Ministry! Middle School Hunger and Thirst Lock-In will begin on Friday, Feb. 8, at 8:00 p.m. and run till 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. The cost is $5; sign up at the Youth Info table or via the current Middle School Youth Happenings email. High School ESCAPE Lock-In will run from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, to 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. This lock-in will focus on everyday struggles, while engaging in fun activities and games. The cost is $5; sign up at the Youth Info table or via the High School Youth Happenings email. Contact John, a shape=”rect” href=”mailto: jschomberg@oslchurch.com “> jschomberg@oslchurch.com, with questions.
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
It’s time for four- and five-year-old preschool students to sign up to carry plush Jesus for their Walk with Jesus Milestone! Register your child via this SignUpGenius link. When your child has plush Jesus, you will take photos and fill out an info sheet about activities shared, to be used for a video that will be shared in worship on March 31.
Fourth-graders, and their parents or caring adults, will celebrate the Fourth Grade Apostles’ Creed Milestone in the 8:45 a.m. Celebrate worship service on Feb. 10. Afterward, at 10:00 a.m., join Pr. Sami for Family Time in the Friendship Room, where your child will have his or her photo taken and together you will make a special frame to mark this special milestone in their faith. This is in lieu of Sunday School for Sunday learners.
All students age four through fifth grade will sing in 8:45 a.m. Celebrate worship on Feb. 10. Please show your child(ren) where you will be sitting in worship, then take him or her to the Labyrinth Room to warm up.

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