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 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.

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 a fried chicken dinner. 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. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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...

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 lnelson@oslchurch.com 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.

All are welcome to the Cross+Gen Event on 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.

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. 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 wp.stolaf.edu/stolaf-choir to purchase tickets.

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 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 will raise up its new Buddy Bench Ministry , which you read about in the December Intercom, on 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.

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



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 dharlan@oslchurch.com.
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, 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

OSL will celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord Milestone on Jan. 13, for everyone baptized in 2018. Come for Family Time with Pr. Sami at 10:00 a.m., in the Friendship Room, where this milestone in faith will be honored and you will be blessed with a gift. The milestone will be recognized during Kidtalk at all worship services.

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!

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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