New Worship Series and LifeGroup Opportunity
Starting this month, Our Savior’s will offer a new worship series based on the inspiring movie All Saints. The series will start the weekend of January 21–22 and run through February 10–11.

All Saints is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock, the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

You can take your experience in worship to the next level by participating in a LifeGroup study during this miniseries. Sign up to be part of a LifeGroup at the table in The Gathering Place. If you’re interested in serving as a LifeGroup Connector or would like more information, contact Trish Syverson,, or call the Church Office, 336-2942.

Theology Tapped
If you’re looking for engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting, join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped on Thursday, January 25, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St.

Prepare Yourself: Chili Cook-Off Returns!
Everyone had so much fun last year at the first OSL Chili Cook-Off that it’s coming around again: Sunday, February 25, in The Gathering Place, immediately after the 11:00 a.m. worship services. Stay tuned for details as they develop!

A Gift for Outreach
Recently, OSL received a generous donation from the estate of Donald and Leora Jensen, via their son, Lonnie Jensen: $18,000 to be used as needed for Our Savior’s weekly television broadcasts. Many thanks to the Jensen family for their gift to help OSL’s outreach ministry, and thanks be to God!

Adult Discussion Group
Connecting Faith and Life, an adult discussion and study group (a.k.a. Adult Confirmation), will begin meeting on Wednesday, January 3, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Office Conference Room. Pr. Randy will lead a discussion of the draft social statement on Women and Justice published by the ELCA. Each participant will be given the opportunity to provide feedback to the ELCA regarding the content of the draft social statement. This feedback, along with that of other ELCA Lutherans around the country, will continue to shape the social statement that will eventually be voted on at the Churchwide Assembly in 2019. All are welcome to participate in the discussion.

A Look Back
A few months ago, OSL Music Professional Deanna Wehrspann brought to a staff meeting a document, the likes of which we used to call a “computer printout”—run on a dot-matrix printer on tractor-feed paper (kids: ask your parents what all that means)—that was a set of notes made by Deanna’s father, Don Levsen, of goings-on at OSL in the 1980s.

Just for fun, as 2017 draws to a close (which it is as this issue of The Intercom is being prepared), here’s a look some of what was happening at Our Savior’s 30 years ago, in 1987:

• Budget: $771,000
• Baptized members: 4,500
• Steve Molin’s farewell, February 1
• Devra Hanson begins as Shared Ministries Coordinator
• Lisa Brunick becomes editor of The Intercom
• Services were held on the south lawn during summer months and continued in Fellowship Hall, at 9:30 A.M., in the fall
• Julie Kahl begins as Pastor of Evangelism
• Members of the Senior Choir and others in the congregation travel through Europe singing and visiting Bach and Luther sites
• The Response Singers, Players, and Dancers is formed
• Sunday School enrollment passes 800
• Each Sunday morning, 600 cookies are served during the fellowship time between services
• Two brothers from Ethiopia are sponsored
• More parking is added to the west of the building through the cooperation of Augustana College
• The balcony is redesigned to allow for more flexibility
• The cross is cleaned and re-gilded
• Property is purchased on Prairie Avenue to be used eventually for increased parking
• The Library celebrates its 25th anniversary

Look for more entries from Don Levsen’s notes in upcoming issues of The Intercom!

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