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Renville County Food Shelf

OSLC supports The Renville County Food Shelf through monetary and food donations.  A drop off box is located in the narthex of the church.

Operating hours are between 1:00 and 3:00 PM on Monday and Friday, between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Wednesday, and between 5:00 and 7:00 PM on Thursday.

To be eligible to use the pantry: Emergency need, resident of Renville County
* Important: Please call the food pantries to confirm that the hours have not changed. We do our best to provide full information and details, but food pantries often change their hours without notifying us. We do not want you to waste your time visiting a pantry that is not open.

Please contact us directly by phone to donate and/or volunteer.

108 9th St S
Olivia, MN  56277
(320) 523-5339

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Back the Pack

OSLC Supports the The Renville County Back-the-Pack through monetary donations, and volunteers. The program was founded in 2011 by a group of teachers and community members who saw a need for providing meals to local kids. Their mission is to close the missing meal gaps between available food assistance programs and the unmet needs of school-age residents of the Renville County School Districts and Head Start. When a child is enrolled in the Back-the-Pack program, s/he will discreetly receive a backpack after school on Friday, filled with food and snacks to last her/him through the weekend. On Monday, the kids should bring the backpack back to school so our volunteers can clean and refill the bags for the next week.

Contact info …. Phone 320-523-5717, email backthepackprogram@gmail.com

Christian Community Outreach Center

OSLC has joined with 7 area churches, business and individuals in support of the CCOC. A center focusing on kids and youth providing programing, support and education in a Christian setting.  Youth Activities, after school programs, games, next to Masters Coffee Shop

815 East Lincoln Ave.
Olivia, MN 56277

(320) 523-1994

Santa’s Closet

Each Christmas, OSLC is a gathering point for gifts that will be distributed through Santa’s Closet, a Renville County based program that encourages gifts such as towels, small appliances, socks, pajamas and underwear in addition to toys and traditionally fun items.

Meals on Wheels

Members of OSLC deliver meals in rotation with others in the community. Nutritious meals delivered to shut-ins Monday through Friday/Bird Island, Danube, Fairfax, Franklin, Hector, Morton, Olivia, Renville, Sacred Heart

Olivia, MN
(320) 523-1261

Ecumenical Worship Services

The faith community in Bird Island has a tradition of coming together twice a year for community worship. In June the service is typically held in the park during Island Days, our community celebration and in November.  We gather the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as a community.  A different church hosts each year. This worship service celebrates the flame lit by God our Father in the hearts of believers and of their communities though they come from many different cultures, peoples and nations spread throughout the earth, in a state of perpetual migration and fresh settlement. Jesus Christ shares the light of faith with us. This faith is “knowledge of the glory of God which shines on the face of Christ”. It is the treasure which Paul evokes in 2 Cor 4: 5-18. Every believer and community of believers shares this treasure and bears witness to it in all its richness and from the frailty of the human condition.

Ice Cream Social

Every summer on the 2nd Thursday in June our church hosts an Ice Cream Social with the proceeds benefiting a community member in need.  Hope to see you there!

Vacation Bible School

OSLC and Cross of Calvary in neighboring Olivia have combined efforts to provide a vibrant Bible School each summer.  The new relationship has the event alternating between the two churches each year.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a wonderful opportunity for Our Savior Lutheran Church to proclaim the life-saving story of Jesus to our community, taking a fun, worldly theme and making it Christ-centered. Our Savior Lutheran Church will host a Vacation Bible School for children 4 years old – 8th grade from 9 AM to Noon in August. Watch the calendar for 2015 dates.  The school will include Bible lessons, music, crafts, snacks, and games. FREE.

Quilters

Our talented quilters use their hands and hearts to create quilts that warm others both figuratively and literally.  Graduating Seniors, members who are ill, Safe Avenues, Project Turnabout are just a few of the people and groups to have received their loving creations.

Fair stand at Renville County Fair

OSLC recently renewed their investment in, and commitment to, the Renville County community by reconstructing the food stand on the Fair Grounds in Bird Island.  Each year members, young and old, join forces to provide food for the body and soul.

Friendship Supper

This annual event in December draws hundreds of women to gather, eat, laugh, chat and celebrate God through the entertaining programs presented.  Past events have  included musical groups, authors and other faith based entertainment.  This years supper will be held Dec. 3rd, 2014.