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 deadline approaches for Treasures of Darkness, OSL’s 2018 Advent Devotional! All OSL members are invited and encouraged to contribute to this year’s edition. Pick up a copy of the Guiding Statement at the Information Center or via oslchurch.com/events, then send your devotional to Bill Reynolds, breynolds@oslchurch.com, by Nov. 9, preferably as a Word document attached to an email message.
Sunday morning’s breakfast is a gift to you, courtesy of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation. On the menu: Bacon, eggs, potatoes, orange juice, and coffee. The OSLC Foundation is celebrating 40 years of supporting the mission of Our Savior’s. See the bulletin insert for information about the Foundation.
A new course of Connecting Faith and Life began on Oct. 31, with Pr. Randy. This session, a four-week study of the book of Jonah, meets on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room, to explore how Jonah offers a vision in which God’s love and mercy is not only available to the people of Israel, but to other peoples as well. A suggested donation of $8 will help cover the cost of materials.
The OSL Library’s Fall Reading Program, “We ‘FALL’ow Jesus,” will run through Nov. 25. Each day they check out items, children, youth, and adults will receive a treat and have their book receipt submitted for a chance to win a weekly $5 drawing. As the program continues, the Library’s Tree of Life display will show the beauty of God’s creation by its leaves of green turning to brilliant golds and reds, representing the ways God richly blesses and transforms us.
The theme of his year’s stewardship appeal is Share Joy!, based on that well-known verse in Nehemiah, “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10) This little Bible nugget reminds us that the joy we experience as a result of God’s faithful-ness is a strength that can carry us through even the most difficult challenges. On Share Joy! Weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, we will take time during worship to complete our Statements of Intent to support financially the ministry of OSL in 2019, and present them as an act of worship during the Offering. Watch for more information coming to your mailbox soon that will explain the process and invite you to participate. Did you miss the Share Joy stewardship videos shown in worship services in late October? View or re-view them below, or see them here!
A brief Altar Guild meeting will be held this Sunday, Nov. 4, between worship services Room 103 (right off the Sanctuary). This meeting is for current volunteers and everyone interested in the work of the Altar Guild, taking care of the altar and Chancel areas in OSL’s worship spaces . Bring your coffee—goodies will be provided!
Advent Music Series is an exciting new opportunity to serve in Festive worship during the Advent season! If you are an instrumentalist or vocalist, come share your talents through preludes, postludes, and special music in Festive worship on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. All ages, instruments, and voices are welcome! Contact Matthew Tylutki (mtylutki@oslchurch.com) for more information.


A Little Further Out...

Everyone is welcome to the Make and Take Giving Plate Cross+Gen Event, on Nov. 11 at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Come decorate a plate to fill with treats and pass on to a friend. That friend can then enjoy the treats, refill it, and bless another—the giving never ends! This will be in lieu of regular Sunday School and Middle School Youth Group education that day. Students grade five and younger must attend with a parent or caring adult.
Come enjoy the spirit of Thanksgiving on Nov. 20, as Friendship Club gives thanks for the many blessings we receive as God’s family. Special worship in the Chapel will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a traditional Thanksgiving meal in The Gathering Place. Bring a friend!


Opportunities and Things to Note...

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 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 November is peanut butter. 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 to Colorado and Duluth, MS corn maze, HS haunted corn maze, and what is coming up in high school youth group, click on the following links.
High School Youth Happenings
Middle School Youth Happenings

OSL youth summer trips 2019 will include middle- and high-school youth heading to the North Shore of Minnesota to serve the people of Duluth (July 13 through 19—click here for more information and to register) and high-school students’ Compass Point Backpacking Trip in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado (June 15 through 22—info and registration are here). Registration forms are available at oslchurch.com/youth or the Youth Information Center in The Gathering Place and the Youth Room. Email John, jschomberg@oslchurch.com, for more information or with any questions.


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