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 Church Office will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The Church Office will be back in business on Friday, July 5.
OSL Food Ministry is taking a summer break, but you are welcome to engage in OSL’s Core Value of Community by enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation with your OSL friends in The Gathering Place on Sunday mornings.
Make a Splash: This month’s OSL Summer Blast will be Splash!, featuring a dunk tank and other water-based games and activities, food, music, and outdoor worship that will focus on the life-giving waters of baptism. The grills will be fired up in time for supper to start at 5:00 p.m. on July 10, so gather up family, friends, and neighbors for a splashy evening of summer fun!
After each Summer Blast, at 7:00 p.m., high-school students are invited to stay for the High School Fire Pit, a time of conversation, relaxation, 9-square, and some delicious s’mores. Bring a chair and enjoy the cool night air with John, Sami, Mollie, and your friends as we catch up on life and have a lot of fun.
Middle-school youth are invited to join the countdown to July’s Summer Blast with a Middle School Bonus Blast, on July 10, from noon to 5:00 p.m. The Bonus Blast will begin with a lunch provided by the Summer Food Service Program (or bring your own packed lunch, if you like), followed by games in the Youth Room and Gym. Later, help set up for Summer Blast and “test out” the dunk tank, sprinklers, water guns, and ring toss (swim suits encouraged). No cost for these events, and friends are always welcome. There will also be opportunities to help run the activities at the Summer Blast.
Clear your calendar now for a mid-year meeting of the OSL congregation, to be held on Sunday, July 28, at 11:45 a.m., in The Gathering Place. The agenda will include a financial update and a look at the transitioning of OSL’s governance structure. A light lunch will be served. Plan to attend!
The trip of a lifetime is coming up fast! If you’ve been considering joining Prs. Randy and Shelly Gehring on their 2020 trip to Greece and the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, now is the time to register. Tickets to the Passion Play are now in very short supply. To secure your place, contact Pr. Randy, or 336-2942, ext. 11.
Find all the latest info about OSL Youth Ministry in Middle School Youth Happenings and High School Youth Happenings newsletters! Visit
Curious about senior community living options in the area? Join Michelle Anderson, Faith Community Nurse, for Lunch, Look, and Learn, group tours of an area facility, which include a free lunch. The next outing will be to Bethany Meadows, on Wednesday, July 10, beginning with lunch at 11:30. Registration is required, so contact Michelle no later than this Monday, July 8: 336-2942, ext. 28, or
The OSL Library’s summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” runs through Aug. 4. Each day they check out items, children, youth (through high school), and adults will receive a treat; children will also receive a prize. The one who reads the most books in each age group will receive a $15 gift card. The Library will track and display the number of books each person reads on the Universe of Stories bulletin board. Readers will also “testify” how God speaks to them through books by writing on their “planet” on the bulletin board.
Joyce Kaatz invites OSL friends to a butterfly garden party, where she and Becki Bray share their experiences raising monarch butterflies and show the butterfly lifecycle in action. It will happen this Tuesday, July 9, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., at the home of Joyce and Brian Kaatz, 2201 Edgewood Rd. Refreshments will be served! Contact Michelle Anderson, or 336-2942, ext. 28, with questions.
The Library Committee has selected Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens as its Summer One Church One Read title. Where the Crawdads Sing is an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. Check out one of the 11 copies available in the Library, then join the discussion on Sept. 22, at 10:00 a.m., in the Library.
Meet in the Labyrinth Room for Walking Workout Wednesdays! Come at 10:00 a.m. to walk in place with a Leslie Sansone DVD, then cool down with a walk outside (or inside, depending on weather). End with an optional Wellness series discussion in The Gathering Place. Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson (336-2942, ext. 28; or Deb Harlan (336-2942, ext. 48;
OSL is once again a site for the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free, nutritious lunches to children through age 18, Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. In 2018, OSL served an average of 167 young people per day through this partnership with EmBe. Parents, babysitters, or caring adults should plan to accompany their children. There’s no signup, no forms, and no requirements. All are welcome. Questions?? Barb Haugan, or 336-2942, ext. 23.

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Don’t miss OSL Night with the Canaries on Friday, July 26, at 7:05 p.m., featuring fun for all ages with promotions, Christmas in July, and Fireworks Friday. OSL has reserved a block of 100 tickets in Upper Executive Level seating, behind home plate. Tickets ($8) may be purchased on Sunday mornings, at the July Summer Blast, or in the Church Office during the week.
OSL’s Organ Recital Series returns this summer! Recitals will be held on Wednesdays, at 12:15 p.m., in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception and light lunch in The Gathering Place. A donation of $7 to defray lunch costs is appreciated. The series will begin on July 17 with Andy Jacob, Organ Scholar at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, Ga. All are welcome! Learn more at
Register Now for Step Up to the Plate: Living Courageous Faith—OSL’s First Bible Immersion Camp!—featuring Augustana University Head Softball Coach Gretta Melsted (2019 DII National Champions). With a bat, ball, and the Holy Word, your child will experience play and games, worship, activity, Bible study, crafting, and more, under one key verse that will help them live boldly. No skill or prior experience with softball or baseball is required. Bible Immersion Camp is for boys and girls who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade in the 2018–19 school year. It will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Our Savior’s. The cost is $5 per attendee; students must register on or prior to July 14. Friends are welcome! Questions? Contact Melissa Nesdahl, Director of Faith Formation,

Opportunities and Things to Note...

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OSL supports the Food to You Mobile Food Pantry by donating various food items to help local families in need, and helping with food distributions. The item for July is macaroni and cheese; for August it will be pasta. Place donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
Being an usher is a great way to serve members, guests, and visitors. Openings are available for all worship services. Contact Loretta Nelson, or 336-2942, ext. 14.
OSL’s summer Noisy Offering will support the ongoing goal of the Hope Coalition to make quality preschool education accessible to all children in Sioux Falls. From January through May, the Noisy Offering totaled $2,180.25, which was divided between the Hope Coalition, for preschool scholarships, and Hungry Hearts, in support of their efforts to stem the tide of food insecurity among children in Sioux Falls. Thanks for your generous support!
The summer project for OSL’s Peace by Piece quilting ministry will be to make quilts and lap robes for veterans at the VA Hospital, and others in need. If you have red, white, and blue cotton fabric and are looking to find a new home for it, your donation would be welcome! Leave it in the labeled bin near the Library, or in the Church Office. If you need to have it picked up, call Marilyn Quam (323-5545) or Suzie Rusch (334-9012).
OSL Caring Friends serve members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities, to help those folks feel connected to the Body of Christ. Many opportunities exist for you to become a Caring Friend! To learn more, contact Deb Harlan, or 336-2942, ext. 48.

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