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!
Breakfast is back! OSL Food Ministry will serve breakfast this Sunday in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30. This week’s menu: Egg bake. Wednesday supper will be sloppy joes. Check out the month’s menu at oslchurch.com! Thank you for contributing to the freewill offering to help cover expenses.
A Library Superhero will greet worshipers and hand out prize cards as they enter OSL this Sunday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 18. Children and youth may redeem the cards for a superhero prize when they check out items from the Library on those two days.
It’s Trip Report Weekend this weekend. OSL youth will share stories from their summer trips to Colorado and Duluth at all five weekend services. They also will serve as greeters, ushers, worship assistants, and communion assistants, and will help with Kidtalk. That weekend also will be the reveal of OSL Youth’s three 2020 summer mission immersions as well as a preview of 2021 plans.
Stop by the Youth Information Table in The Gathering Place on Sunday mornings to purchase your Hy-Vee cards. Five percent of each sale will support OSL Youth attending summer trips. Last year your support netted nearly $5,000!
Connecting Faith and Life, an adult learning opportunity at OSL, will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 18, with an in-depth look into the Gospel of Luke. Together, Pr. Randy and class participants explore how God calls the church—that’s us!—into an era of carrying the Good News about Jesus to the ends of the earth. Classes are held weekly on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 7:00, in the Friendship Room and are open to all adults who enjoy learning more about how our faith connects with everyday life. A $5 donation will help defray the cost of resources and supplies.
The OSL Library is accepting items for its Fall Book Sale! Cull your collection of books, movie DVDs and music CDs; the Library will not accept textbooks, dictionaries or encyclopedias, or VCR tapes. Donations will be accepted through Sunday, Oct. 13. The book sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Friendship Room.
Second Saturday Movies return this week with the feature Breakthrough, at 2:30 p.m. in the Holy Word Theatre. Breakthrough is about a profound truth: prayer is our connection to God. Make a day of it with the movie, followed by worship at 5:00 in the Sanctuary, and dinner afterward in The Gathering Place!
Youth Ministry is underway at OSL! A new Middle School Sunday Morning program meets at 10:00 a.m., in the Youth Room: games, service, Bible story, and craft time, plus donuts with Trish. At the same time, High School Girls Bible Study takes place, in the Oasis Room. Confirmation meets on Wednesday, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. The new High School Dinner and Homework time is at 6:30, followed by High School Youth Group from 7:00 to 9:00. High School Youth Group is doing a five-week series, “The Pursuit.” Get all the details here. Questions? Contact John, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-2942, ext. 35.
Meet in The Hub (formerly the Labyrinth Room) for Walking Workout Wednesdays! Come at 10:00 a.m. to walk in place with a Leslie Sansone DVD, then cool down with a walk outside (or inside, depending on weather). Questions? Contact Michelle Anderson (336-2942, ext. 28; email@example.com) or Deb Harlan (336-2942, ext. 48; firstname.lastname@example.org).
OSL’s Recent Loss Group fall series is meeting on Wednesdays through Oct. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel. (Winter series will be Nov. 6 through 20, and Dec. 4.) Register with Michelle Anderson, email@example.com or 336-2942, ext. 28. Attendees are welcome to partake in OSL Community Supper, available before the meeting, at 5:00 in The Gathering Place.
Faith in Motion wellness challenge has been issued again! Put on your walking or running shoes and compete against five other Lutheran congregations to determine where the traveling trophy will reside. (It’s currently at First Lutheran.) Everyone, young and old, may participate! Just keep track of your steps during September—walking, running, stair-climbers, elliptical trainers, indoors or outdoors, it all counts! Pick up an optional tracking calendar at the Information Center, if it will help you keep count. Register with Deb Harlan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-2942, ext. 48.
Bishop Constanze Hagmaier will preach at OSL on Sept. 21 and 22. Come and welcome the new Bishop of the South Dakota Synod!
OSL’s Addiction Awareness Sunday will be on Sept. 22, at 10:00 a.m., in the Celebrate Center. The discussion will focus on issues surrounding addiction and how they affect the lives of people around us every day. OSL member Melissa Flynn will share her family’s struggle with addiction. Melissa has three children, including her stepson, Nicholas, who died from an opioid overdose in May 2018 after years of battling addiction. All are welcome.
Three-Year-Olds’ Bible Milestone will be celebrated on Sept. 22. Gather at 10:00 a.m. in the Friendship Room for Family Time with Pr. Sami. Then, during the 11:00 Festive worship service, your families will receive a blessing and lead the congregation in singing “Jesus Loves Me.” Register in advance with Melissa Nesdahl via the SignUpGenius link you were emailed, or contact her at email@example.com.
OSL Children, Youth, and Family Night at the Country Apple Orchard will be on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 6:00 to 8:00. Kids from birth through 12th grade, and their parents, are invited for an evening of free train rides, bounce house, hayrides, and more. This will be in lieu of regular Wednesday night programming. Cider, apples, and other foods will be available in the Country Store. A parent or caring adult must accompany students grade five and younger.
OSL is the sponsor of this year’s Guide Your Feet 5K, a race to support OSL’s partner ministry, Church on the Street, to benefit the unhoused in the community. Guide Your Feet will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, outside the Morrison Commons at Augustana University. Registration will start at 7:30. Register online ($20) or at the race ($25); students can register for $5. All proceeds support the ministry of Church on the Street. Visit churchonthestreetsf.org for more info or to register.
Volunteer Training by BeFriender Ministry will be held at OSL on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In this fun and interactive session, you will learn attitudes and skills to enhance your ability to listen with understanding and compassion, and leave with practical tools to improve your relationships. To register, contact the Church Office, 336-2942.
Cross+Gen Events will return on Sept. 29, at 10:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall, with “Call on God,” creating a craft to enrich scripture-reading practice. On Oct. 6, Pumpkin Prayers will return, painting pumpkins and growing in understanding of God’s love through seasonal activity and discussion. These will be in lieu of regular Sunday School and Middle School Sunday morning education. A parent or caring adult must accompany students grade five and younger. Everyone is invited!
Parents’ Night Out will be on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening out while the kids (ages one through eight) play in the OSL Nursery! Register by contacting Nancy Heesch, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the names and ages of your children.
Last weekend’s Kick-Off Sunday Bake Sale raised $984! Those funds will be added to the $2,439.13 from this summer’s Noisy Offering and a private donation, to benefit the Hope Coalition in its efforts to ensure that every child gets a chance to attend preschool, helping to lead to better educational outcomes for them down the road. Thank you for your generosity!
OSL supports the Food to You Mobile Food Pantry by donating various food items to help local families in need, and helping with food distributions. The item for September will be hearty soup. Place donations in the marked bins near the south entrance, by the Library.