OSL Women of the ELCA
The Gift of Joy
Jodie Nielsen

November Bible Study is “No Hard Feelings?” by Anna Madsen. Session three: “Stewarding the Gift of Joy.”

Joy is defined as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Anna Madsen states in this month’s Bible study that there is joy that is “like a sugar high and the crash that follows, the high of that kind of happiness is fleeting.” She goes on to counter this “fleeting joy” by stating, “Joy is a state of mind defined not by the present moment, but by the recognition that there is something beyond us that makes us more than what we think we are, a contentment that we are loved no matter what, a perspective that defines us with worth and that therefore defies those and that which makes us feel unworthy, unloved, and unlovable.” If you are interested in learning more about the Bible study in Gather magazine, check out a copy at the OSL Library.

It’s almost time for our Lefse & Pie Sale! If you have a favorite pie recipe and like to bake, then this is a perfect way for you to support our OSL WELCA Unit. The pies can be brought to OSL on Saturday, November 16, or prior to worship services on Sunday, November 17.

Want to help make lefse? There’s an opportunity for about ten volunteers to help mix dough on Thursday, November 14, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, November 16, volunteers to roll, grill, and package lefse would be appreciated! Everyone is welcome—no experience needed! Bring your lefse grill, turning sticks, pastry boards, pastry brush and cloths, and rolling pin, and enjoy some fun fellowship with old and new friends. Meet in the lower-level kitchen, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A couple confirmation groups have signed up to help, so come and meet these young people. And who knows—there could be some lefse to sample! Contact Donna Wilson, 359-7718, or Lori Tendler, 323-8009, to sign up, or use the sign-up sheet at the Information Center.

If you are not a baker or a lefse maker, please stop by The Gathering Place on November 17, and you’ll likely find something to take home with you! Funds from the Lefse & Pie Sale will support our Unit Wide Mission Project.


Unit Wide Mission Project 2019—
“The Every Day Samaritan”: We are working on a creating a long-term relationship with Susan B. Anthony, a neighborhood elementary school near OSL. We are excited about this relationship and where it will lead us. Stay tuned for more updates.

Board Position Openings: We have two WELCA Board positions opening in January: Vice President and Treasurer. If you are interested in becoming involved in a group that contributes to our community in many different ways, please consider joining a WELCA group or becoming a board member. This is a great way to meet people and become involved in your congregation! Contact me (jodie.nielsen@gmail.com) if you have any questions regarding these openings.

Upcoming Events

        • Lefse & Pie Sale: November 17, before, between, and after worship services, in The Gathering Place.

• WELCA Christmas Luncheon, Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Program by Tom Roberts.


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