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 last in a four-week preaching and LifeGroup series, WORTHY. This week, Pr. Randy will ponder our calling as 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!
Family Favorites Pot Luck Supper, sponsored by the Congregational Life board, will be held this 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!
OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. On the menu: Bacon, scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, donut holes, orange juice, and yogurt. No Wednesday dinner this week, because of Halloween. 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.
A new course of Connecting Faith and Life will begin on Oct. 31, with Pr. Randy. This session, a four-week study of the book of Jonah, will meet on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room. This study will 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 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 faithfulness 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.
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.

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.
You are invited to breakfast next Sunday, Nov. 4, in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. There is no cost to you—the breakfast is a gift to you from the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Foundation, which is celebrating 40 years of supporting the mission of Our Savior’s. On the menu: Bacon, eggs, potatoes, orange juice, and coffee.
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.

Opportunities and Things to Note...

Caring Friends opportunities exist at Morgan Lane Village, Tea; Good Samaritan Center, Canton; and Edgewood Vista, Covington Care Center, and Southridge Healthcare in Sioux Falls. Caring Friends serves members who are homebound or in nursing homes or care facilities. Contact Deb Harlan, 336-2942, ext. 48, or, to participate in this important ministry!
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 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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