Pastoral Letter Special Edition
Week of 21 July 2021
Dear Our Savior’s,
Summer greetings to you, our siblings in Christ. We pray that the rhythms of the season are restoring your souls and providing you with ample opportunities to breathe and relax amid the busyness of daily life.
Check It Out
Our purpose for writing this week is to deliver some timely information that has been consolidated into the enclosed brochure created by SDSU nursing students who recently spent time at Our Savior’s completing their education. It was a joy to welcome them to OSL, if only for a brief time, and to have the chance to assist them toward their goal of graduation and serving as healthcare professionals. We hope you find the information they are providing helpful as we continue to make our way through this pandemic.
Perhaps you saw a new face in worship last weekend—we welcomed back Pr. Tim following his three-month sabbatical. By all accounts, the time away gave him plenty of chances for study and research for a book he is writing as well as time in his woodshop, time with his family, and time on the water chasing the wily walleye. It’s good to have him back.
More Big News
Pr. Justin, Susanne, and their daughter Amariah have eagerly expanded their family with a new adoptive daughter, Seraphina Evangeline Mae. Seraphina was born premature on June 8 and has lived at the Avera NICU since. Today she is strong and growing. She has carefully listened to doctors’ orders to eat vigorously and sleep well, and the Kosecs hope to bring her home soon. Please celebrate with them by offering your prayers of thanksgiving to God!
The July Summer Blast was a ton of fun and we are looking forward to gathering with you on August 11 for our last Blast of the summer. Food, music, and Olympics-themed activities will begin at 5:00 p.m. outside the south entrance, weather permitting. A brief outdoor worship service will begin at 6:30. Come and join us!
Looking Further Ahead
Kickoff Weekend, that time in the fall when our programming returns to a normal schedule, is September 11-12. In-person Sunday and Wednesday School and Confirmation will resume and worship will be held on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary and on Sundays at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. in both the Celebrate Center and the Sanctuary. A full account of our fall lineup will appear in the upcoming issue of The Intercom. Watch for more details coming soon.
75th Anniversary Update
In celebration of our 75th birthday at OSL, the Governing Board has authorized some needed repairs and upgrades to our facility as well as a special thank-offering opportunity. An invitation to contribute to this project will be coming later in August. In the near future, you may experience a road closure on Prairie Avenue due to the presence of a crane that will be used to provide access to the roof of the bell tower, where the roof itself will be replaced and the cross will be renewed. We appreciate your patience as this project continues in anticipation of our milestone anniversary in October.
Our Ministry of Prayer
We invite you to join us this week in praying for the country of Haiti and all nations in distress; for our Lakota neighbors in Mission, S.D,, who laid to rest the remains of indigenous children who died in the late 1800s at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School; for those families that are expanding, especially the Kosec family and the Kyle and Kim Knips family; and for healing for Naomi Oltmanns, JoAnn Wilhelm, Connor Roemen, Roberta Matheson, Deanna Spicer, Eve Dooyema, Myrna Lettow, and Barb Naber, and comfort for the family and friends of Pearl McKaughan, for Shirley Martens and Jane Martens on the death of their husband and father Willard, for Rhonda Anderson and Rick and Jaye Anderson and their family on the death of their brother Robert Anderson, and for Arlyn and Jeanine Thomas as they recently celebrated the life of their daughter Laura Brandt following her death in June.
In Christ’s Love,
Your pastors at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Randy Gehring, Tim Lemme, and Justin Kosec