Mikah Meyer in Concert
Our Savior’s and Augustana University Campus Ministry are proud to host Mikah Meyer in concert on September 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Celebrate Center.

Mikah is the son of ELCA pastor Larry Meyer, who served in Brookings at SDSU Campus Ministry in the mid-to-late 1980s before heading to the University of Nebraska Lutheran Student Center. Mikah was recently featured on The Today Show for the Christian advocacy he is doing as part of his world record road trip to all 417 National Park Service sites. He is using his journey as a way of honoring his late father.

Along the way, he performs a religiously themed “National Parks Cabaret” during which he shares stories and songs from the road and talks about how God is using his parks journey to be a light in the darkness for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Christians. He performs music from his days as a professional countertenor at Washington National Cathedral, and he talks about his journey as a pastor’s openly gay son to help put a personal face to a larger church topic.

The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be received to help fund the remainder of Mikah’s project and ministry.

“Treasures of Darkness”: 2018 Advent Devotional
Once again OSL members are invited to submit brief devotional writings for the upcoming Advent Devotional booklet, which will focus on the theme “Treasures of Darkness.”

A summary of this year’s theme and a guide for writers may be found at the Information Center or online at oslchurch.com.

The deadline for submitting devotionals is October 31; send contributions to Bill Reynolds, breynolds@oslchurch.com, preferably as a Word document attached to an email message.

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Connecting Faith and Life
Pr. Randy will begin another year of Connecting Faith and Life (CFL), an adult learning opportunity for those who are interested in exploring the life of faith and going deeper in their experience of the faith, on Wednesday, September 12. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Room. All are welcome.

This year’s first CFL course will be 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.

Participant books are available in the Church Office during the week or at the Information Center on Sundays; a $10 donation will help defray the cost of resources.

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, September 27, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Monk’s House of Ale Repute, 420 E. 8th St.

Meet Matthew Tylutki
Matthew Tylutki, a recent graduate of St. Olaf College, will begin as OSL’s new Principal Organist on Tuesday, September 4.

A native of Austin, Minnesota, Matthew has a degree in Instrumental Music Education. He studied trumpet with Dr. Martin Hodel, and served as the trumpet section leader of the St. Olaf Band. Matthew also studies organ and is a student of Dr. Catherine Rodland, which led to many musical opportunities around the Twin Cities. Notably, he held the position of Music/Organ Intern at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, last summer, and has performed recitals in Northfield, Plymouth, and St. Paul.

Matthew also sang with the St. Olaf Cantorei, led by Prof. James Bobb, and has accompanied, conducted, and worked as a manager for the group. At Our Savior’s he hopes to be able to use these experiences to facilitate the powerful intertwining of the faith and song of God’s children. He has always loved making and sharing music with others, and is looking forward to meeting and serving all members of the church and community. Kick-Off Weekend, September 8 and 9, will be Matthew’s kick-off weekend at the OSL keyboards.

Service—A Core Value
Once again, OSL members turned out in force to help neighbors who could use a hand: on August 9, some 30 volunteers from Our Savior’s rolled out early to help serve breakfast at the Banquet.

Looking for opportunities to serve? Keep an eye on bulletin announcements, Coming up at OSL email, and the Ministry tab at <oslchurch.com!

Photos by Kris Breitag

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