A Note from Pr. Sami Johnson
As most of you know, when I was extended this call, it was with the understanding that when it was time for my husband, Josh, to begin his active duty service in the Navy, I would be going with him. After four and a half wonderful years—more time than we would have expected, with more joy and genuine connection than we would have ever expected—that time has come.

Josh will begin training at the end of January and will complete his call at East Side Lutheran on Sunday, January 12. The good news is that I will be staying here at Our Savior’s at least through April before moving on to meet him wherever we are called together.

I will admit it is a strange thing to give you four months’ notice. But I wanted to make sure that you heard this from me.

If you have any questions about how this will affect the ministry here, or what our future will look like, please direct them to me.

I cannot say enough how formative this time with you has been. We truly feel like Sioux Falls has become our home, and that’s in large part because of you. The way you have embraced me, and my daughter, has been such an absolute gift.

However, it’s not time to say goodbye yet, we have a lot of time for a lot of good work ahead of us.

Advent Fair Fun
OSL kicked off Advent with the 2019 Advent Fair. Two hundred and seventy-two meals were served, and a few hundred people partook in the creative-crafting, lefse-eating, and cookie-decorating fun. Thank you to all who came, and to OSL’s amazing volunteers who made the evening possible!

Have Something to Eat!
OSL Food Ministry serves breakfast on Sundays in The Gathering Place, starting at 9:30, and Wednesday supper starting at 5:00. All are welcome!

OSL Food Ministry is entirely supported by freewill donations. Thank you for your $6 contribution to cover expenses. Here are the January menus (subject to change):

Sunday Breakfasts
5 – Scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, yogurt, donut holes, coffee, and orange juice
12 – Egg bake, yogurt, donut holes, coffee, and orange juice
19 – Scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, yogurt, donut holes, coffee, and orange juice
26 – Cheese omelets, sausage patties, yogurt, donut holes, coffee, and orange juice

Wednesday Suppers
8 – Taco bar with all the trimmings
15 – Tater Tot casserole, buns, Jell-O, tossed salad, and dessert
22 – Garlic herb chicken breast, wild rice, carrots, buns, tossed salad, and dessert
29 – Scalloped potatoes and ham, buns, Jell-O, tossed salad, and dessert

Angel Tree Success!
Thank you, OSL, for your Angel Tree generosity. Because of you, Christmas joy came to 295 students in the community!

Here’s a look at some of the gifts that came through the Church Office prior to the Christmas distribution. See what a tremendous impact your generosity has on the community!

Theology Tapped
Start off the New Year with some engaging conversation on matters of faith and life in a fun, informal setting! Join Pr. Randy for Theology Tapped on Thursday, January 30, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St.

New to the OSL Community
Welcome these new members, who were received into the OSL church family in November. The next new member orientation will be later this spring. For details contact the Church Office, 336-2942, or check oslchurch.com.

Jakob Hertel
Pam Putnam
Jay and Bev Hertel
Rich and Mavis Petersen
Steven Unzicker

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