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 Congregation Council has called a special meeting of the congregation for the purpose of sharing information about a proposed change to OSL’s governance structure. The meeting will take place on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served following worship prior to the meeting.
Dancers are invited to participate in the Candle Dance for Christmas Eve worship services at 4:00, 6:00, and 10:00 p.m. Dancers (grade 5 through adult) should be able to carry a votive with a flame. Rehearsal will be on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Contact Grace Wehrspann, gracewehrspann@gmail.com, or Deanna Wehrspann at OSL, 336-2942, ext. 37.
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. This week’s menu: Scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, roasted potatoes, orange juice, yogurt, and donut holes. Wednesday dinner this week will be scalloped potatoes and ham, green beans, warm dinner rolls, tossed green salad, and a dessert treat. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
The Congregational Life Board has prepared take-home Christmas Care Bags, with the goal of taking one to every homebound member of OSL. Stop by the table in The Gathering Place this Sunday morning to see who lives near you, and take a friend some Christmas cheer.
Christmas shopping for someone who has everything? ELCA Good Gifts is back! Purchase bees, a pig, a goat, or some chicks, and this gift, given in someone’s name, will create life-sustaining income for a person on the other side of the world. Check out the table in The Gathering Place, starting this Sunday.
The Angel Tree is up now, near the south entrance, by the OSL Library. By selecting a name from the tree, you will bless an area child from Lutheran Social Services, Volunteers of America, or Children’s Home Society who otherwise may not receive a gift this Christmas season. Stop by the tree and make a difference in someone’s life.
It’s time again for Midnight Madness, when OSL invites Augustana University students to come over for an evening of study, relaxation, recreation—and pizza!—as they prepare for finals. This semester’s Midnight Madness will be on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, and there are many opportunities for you to help. Stop at the table in The Gathering Place or contact Loretta Nelson, 336-2942, ext. 14, or lnelson@oslchurch.com, to see how you may donate your time, food, or financial gifts for pizzas. Thank you for your support of OSL’s Augie neighbors.

Advent and
Christmas at OSL

December 5 – Weekly Advent worship services will begin, from 6:40 to 7:15 p.m., Celebrate Center

December 24 –
2:00 p.m. – “Christmas GIFT” (Generations in Faith Together) family worship, Celebrate Center
4:00 p.m. – Celebrate and Festive worship services (Festive worship will be televised on KTTW at 9:00 p.m.)
5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Supper, Friendship Room
6:00 p.m. – Festive worship service
10:00 p.m. – Festive worship service

December 25 – Festive worship service, 10:00 a.m.

Looking for engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting? Join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped tonight, Thursday, November 29, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St.

the annual WELCA Christmas Luncheon will be this Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11:00 a.m., in The Gathering Place. WELCA Circles will provide an “Old Fashioned Potluck,” and the musical guest will be Short Notice. Tickets may be purchased in the Church Office during the week and at the Information Center on Sunday. Deadline to purchase tickets ($6 each) is tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 30.

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). If you have not yet completed your Statements of Intent to support financially the ministry of OSL in 2019, please do so soon! You may use the card recently mailed to you, pick up a card in the Church Office, or complete the form online at oslchurch.com. Nehemiah reminds us that the joy we experience as a result of God’s faithfulness is a strength that can carry us through even the most difficult challenges. Did you miss the Share Joy stewardship videos shown in worship services in late October? View or re-view them below!

The Shepherd on the Search helps children discover the joy of searching for the Christ Child during the Advent season. Every Sunday and Wednesday, beginning on Nov. 28, Library patrons who find one of the 12 baby Jesus figures hidden among the shelves will receive a treat and a prize. Be sure to visit the Library and encourage your child to follow the shepherd’s search for the Christ Child.

Ornaments on the Tree of Remembrance, in The Gathering Place, are given in memory of loved ones. Feel free to place an ornament on this tree in memory of someone who has died this past year. Ornaments are put back on the tree every Advent season.


A Little Further Out...

Come share in OSL’s second Christmas Eve Gift (Generations IN Faith Together) worship service, on Monday, Dec.24, at 2:00 p.m., beginning in The Gathering Place. This worship service will celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus through interactive storytelling, song, caring conversation, creative expression, and a child-safe Silent Night ritual.

Celebrate the season at Caring Ministries’ Open House! Come enjoy treats and fellowship in the Caring Ministries area on Sunday, Dec. 16, between worship services.

Let’s take a field trip! All are welcome to join the Connecting Faith and Life group on a field trip to the Center for New Americans, on Thursday, Dec. 6, to learn about their work with and among immigrants in our community. Meet at OSL at 6:00 p.m. to carpool, or meet the group at the CNA, 300 E. 6th St., at 6:30.

The tradition continues! Join Friendship Club on Dec. 18 for its annual Christmas celebration at the Old Country Store in Nora, S.D. Come sing holiday favorites around a vintage pipe organ, hear stories from Christmases past, and enjoy cider, coffee, and treats around the wood-burning stove. The fun will begin with a Christmas lunch at OSL at noon, then a motorcoach ride to Nora and back to OSL around 4:30. Cost is $15 per person, with lunch being a freewill offering. Sign up at the Information Center or the Church Office, 336-2942. Call Pr. Tim for more information.



Opportunities and Things to Note...

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 December is tuna and tuna helper; for January it will be macaroni and cheese. Donations may be placed in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
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.


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:

High School Youth Happenings
Middle School Youth Happenings

High-school students’ Compass Point Backpacking Trip in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado, will be June 15 through 22. Registration forms are available in the Youth Room, or at the Youth Information Center in The Gathering Place, or register online via this link,. Email John, jschomberg@oslchurch.com, for more information or with any questions.


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