OSL Responds to COVID-19
Pastoral Letter #20
Week of 26 August 2020

Dear OSL Family,

Amid the pandemic and school starting and general uncertainty about so much of life, we pray that each of you is able to see and experience glimpses of the Kingdom of Heaven in every day.

Worship
We continue to gather in person for worship, on Saturday (5:00 p.m.) and on Sunday, Celebrate
(8:45 a.m.) and Festive (10:15 a.m.). All indoor services include Holy Communion, the distribution of which is contactless.

In order to follow our distancing protocol, please seat yourselves one household per row in Celebrate and, at most, two households per pew in Festive.

On the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (September 6), Celebrate worship will be outdoors in the south parking lot, weather permitting, and will not include Holy Communion.

If you are not ready to join us for in-person worship, catch us on KTTW (FOX) at 9:00 on Sunday morning and on KSCB (cable) at 1:00 Sunday afternoon. Sunday worship will also be streamed on Facebook Live at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m., and recordings of the Sunday services will be posted on our website each Monday.

Launch!
Launch! Logo September signals the beginning of our programming year, and September 12/13 is “Launch Weekend” at OSL. Though it will look different this year because of necessary COVID–19 safety precautions, we are excited to see how God will bless this year of learning and service. Be assured, the staff is committed to providing excellent programming for OSL members and friends alike in service to our mission to proclaim Christ and nurture faith that connects to everyday life.

Our fall worship schedule will remain the same as outlined above until attendance exceeds our safety thresholds.

Serving Our Neighbor
This past weekend, we heard in worship about the ongoing ministry provided by one of our ministry partners, The Community Outreach (TCO), to our neighbors who are experiencing economic hardships. Through mentoring, life skills training, and financial assistance, TCO is able to help our most vulnerable neighbors step back from the edge of despair and take steps to restore stability to their lives.

The demand for this ministry has risen by 50% during the pandemic and we at Our Savior’s have the opportunity to help meet that growing need. We invite you to consider prayerfully making a donation in support of this critically important ministry. You may use the enclosed envelope to send your donation directly to TCO. May God bless our generosity.

Lenny Duncan
Our Savior’s and Augustana University are collaborating to bring the Rev. Lenny Duncan to Sioux Falls September 27 through 29. Lenny will be our preacher and teacher at OSL on Sunday, September 27. To prepare for his arrival, we encourage you to read his book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. Copies are available for checkout in the OSL library and for purchase ($10) in the Church Office.

Couple Care
Life together continues to be challenging given the stressors we experience from day to day. The folks at Prepare/Enrich offer timely advice on how couples may best navigate relationships when the going gets tough. Check it out at https://blog.prepare-enrich.com.

Prayers of the People
This week as you pray, please intercede for: (healing) Kathryn Cowgill, Melanie Van Den Bosch, Margeret Gehring; (prayers requested) Rose Wedell; and (grieving) Justin and Jessica Peterson and family as they mourn the death of Justin’s father, William Peterson, and Koni and Seth Sims as they mourn the death of Koni’s father, Chuck Rapp.

A Final Word
This week in worship, the gospel speaks into the suffering we are enduring right now and reminds us that our Lord Jesus is present with us holding us, lamenting with us, encouraging us, and promising us the strength not just to endure but to flourish so that we might help others do the same. May the hearing of God’s Word this week be a blessing in your life.See you in church,

Your pastors at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church,
Rev. Randy Gehring,
Rev. Tim Lemme,
Rev. Justin Kosec

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