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

OSL will celebrate 30 years of Stephen Ministry this Sunday, Oct. 7! Come to The Gathering Place between worship services that morning for refreshments, information, and a presentation on Stephen Ministries throughout the years, plus information on how you too can become part of Stephen Ministries. Dr. Julie Kahl, former OSL pastor who was instrumental in bringing Stephen Ministries to Our Savior’s, will be on hand as well. For more information, contact Deb Harlan, Stephen Ministries Coordinator ( or 336-2942, ext. 48) or Pr. Tim Lemme (tlemme or 336-2942, ext. 19).

Sabbath Seekers, a new coffeehouse experience for OSL adults, begins this Sunday, Oct. 7, in Fellowship Hall. Stop by from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. for specialty coffee, treats, games, conversation, and time for renewal—and for this début, Pr. Justin will be making AeroPress coffee! There is no program, no agenda, simply drop in as you like. Sabbath Seekers will occur every first Sunday of every month.

OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. On the menu: Scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, donut holes, orange juice, and yogurt. Wednesday dinner continues this week too—turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, bread and butter, 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 Oct. 28. 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.
Come for a hearing screening and educational opportunity on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., in Caring Ministries. Dr. Kristen Kaufman of Audiology Specialty Clinic will conduct hearing screenings from 4:00 to 6:00 (all ages welcome), followed by Q&A time at 6:30 to discuss the newest technological interventions. Sign up for your 15-minute screening at the Information Center. Questions? Contact Michelle, or 336-2942, ext. 28.
Connecting Faith and Life (CFL), an adult learning opportunity for those interested in exploring the life of faith, will continue on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Friendship Room, with Pr. Randy. The first course: a seven-week focus on the refugee crisis. Through weekly readings, a brief documentary-style video, guided discussion, and group activities, participants will learn to engage and navigate respectfully what can be a difficult subject, while reflecting on how our Christian faith leads us to respond to the plight of our neighbor in need.

The Blood Mobile will return to OSL this Sunday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

The first round of sittings for the OSL photo directory starts on Oct. 16! If you plan to be gone this winter, be sure to sign up right away to be photographed before you go. More sessions will follow in December, January, and February. Contact Loretta, 336-2942, ext. 14, or, or Barb, 336-2942, ext. 23, or, to sign up, or visit to sign up online!
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 is accepting books, movie DVDs, and music CDs for its Fall Book Sale through Oct. 17. 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. A large selection of children’s and adult fiction and nonfiction books will be for sale, along with music CDs and movie DVDs.

A Little Further Out...

Peace by Piece quilting ministry will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4:00 to 6:30 P.M., and Sunday, Oct. 14, from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. Come see the new workspace, learn what the group has been working on, enjoy refreshments, and take a free pocket prayer shawl! Peace by Piece is located at the bottom of the stairs that are next to The Gathering Place kitchen.
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.
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.
Everyone is welcome to the Pumpkin Prayer Cross+Gen Event on Oct. 14, at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Come paint pumpkins and grow in understanding of God’s love through seasonal activity and discussion. This will be in lieu of regular Sunday School and Middle School Youth Group education that day. All students fifth grade and younger must attend with a parent or other caring adult.
OSL Children, Youth, and Family night at the Country Apple Orchard will be on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Kids through grade 12, along with their parents, are invited for an evening of free train rides, bounce house, hay rides, and more. This will be in lieu of regular Wednesday night programming. Apples, cider, and other food will be available for purchase from the country store. Children in fifth grade and younger must be accompanied by a caring adult.
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. Donations may be placed in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.
Caring Friends opportunities exist at Covington Care Center, Good Samaritan Center, and Southridge Healthcare, Sioux Falls; Good Samaritan Center, Canton; and Bethesda Inn, Beresford. 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!

Youth and Family Notes

Middle and High School Youth Ministry at OSL
For information about the 2019 Summer Trips to Colorado and Duluth, the new Youth Ministry Team, Football Night with John, a night at the Country Apple Orchard, as well as opportunities to serve in OSL’s growing Youth Ministry or to help by donating a refrigerator, click on the following links.
High School Youth Happenings
Middle School Youth Happenings

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