Here’s your look at some of the things happening at Our Savior’s. See the current bulletin announcements at for all the latest!

This weekend is the third in a four-week preaching and LifeGroup series, WORTHY. This week and next, Pr. Randy will ponder our calling as Worthy Children and Worthy Christians. Each Sunday’s message is accompanied by a complete study guide for OSL’s LifeGroup small groups ministry. Rediscover your worth in Christ Jesus!
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. On the menu: Cheese omelets, sausage patties, tri taters, orange juice, and yogurt. Wednesday dinner continues this week too—chicken pot pie in a bowl, biscuits, tossed salad, and dessert. Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
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.
Connecting Faith and Life (CFL), an ongoing adult learning opportunity, will wrap up its first course, a seven-week focus on the refugee crisis, this Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Next up: Pr. Randy will begin a four-week study of the Old Testament book of Jonah, beginning on Oct. 31. All are welcome! A suggested donation of $8 will help cover the cost of materials.
Oberammergau info meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Friendship Room, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come learn more about the 2020 trip, hosted by Prs. Randy and Shelly Gehring, to the Greek Isles and the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Note: Passion Play tickets are limited! Registration and full deposits ($800) are due by Dec. 1, 2018.
All OSL members are invited and encouraged to contribute to the 2018 Advent Devotional, “Treasures of Darkness.” Pick up a copy of the Guiding Statement at the Information Center or via, then send your devotional to Bill Reynolds,, by Nov. 9, preferably as a Word document attached to an email message.
The OSL Library’s Fall Book Sale is this weekend. The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Friendship Room. Be sure to stock up on reading, viewing, and listening for the cold, snowy winter days ahead!
Parents and caring adults will attend Sunday School with their child this Sunday, Oct. 21. Augustana University Head Softball Coach Gretta Van-Schepen will be presenting “Worthy Child: Affirming Children’s Value in Who They Are, Not How They Perform.” Learn how to find balance and build confidence in a culture that has students striving in school, music, sports, and more. All interested adults in the congregation are invited to the parent-only portion, from 10:20 to 10:50, in Fellowship Hall.
CPR/AED/First Aid Training at OSL will be on Oct. 25. Ushers, teachers, and anyone who’s interested is invited to attend this free class, taught by Jeremy Robertson of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. Pizza supper will be at 6:00 p.m. in The Gathering Place West, followed by class from 6:30 to 7:30. Sign up at the Information Center or in the Church Office.
Church on the Street Empty Bowls event will be held at OSL on Oct. 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come choose a bowl and receive a generous serving of soup and bread made by local churches and served by Church on the Streeters. Keep the bowl as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world. Last year Church on the Street served over 2,400 meals to hungry people, plus countless snacks. A suggested donation of $15 per person or $35 per family will help continue the ministry of Church on the Street.

A Little Further Out...

Communicating with Joy: When Your Friend or Loved One Has Dementia, will be held at OSL on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is free, but pre-registration is preferred, for planning purposes: visit, or email Michelle Anderson, RN, Faith Community Nurse,, or leave voicemail for her at 336-2942, ext. 28. RSVP by Monday, Oct. 22.
Family Favorites Pot Luck Supper, sponsored by the Congregational Life board, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:00 p.m., in The Gathering Place. Bring your family’s favorite dish to share with others—and bring copies of the recipe to share too!

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 October will be cereal of any kind; for November it will be 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 or the Youth Information Center in The Gathering Place and the Youth Room. Email John,, for more information or with any questions.

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