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Weekly Announcements 07.13.18

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IMMIGRATION

July 15, 2018

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

How we treat the most vulnerable among us is a much better barometer of faith and love than how we treat loved ones. Why? Because God demonstrated His love for us by redeeming us in Christ when we had nothing to offer Him. The challenge of immigration today is a true test of the moral fiber of our country and the condition of our heart towards the most vulnerable.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HENDRICKS COUNTY FAIR—Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School will have a booth at the Hendricks County Fair, July 15-20! We want to get the word out and share God's Word to others through the ministries at Our Shepherd. Our best marketing tool is YOU-our members and our parents! Let's tell our community we exist, where we are located, and what we can offer. We need some friendly faces to represent our church and school at the booth in the exposition hall during the fair. The exposition hall is indoors and air-conditioned. Please prayerfully consider signing up for one or more time slot on the sheet at the Welcome Center.

TOWN HALL MEETING—The conversation continues on July 26 at 7 p.m. Join us!

DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INSTALLATION—Join us for the installation of DCE Joel Marquardt next Sunday, July 22 at the 10:30 a.m. service. If you would like to provide Joel a note of encouragement or a token of your appreciation, you may place it in the basket at the Welcome Center.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE—There will not be any Children’s Sunday School classes on July 22 and July 29; the teachers will be undergoing training those days. New programming will begin on Sunday, August 5. Keep an eye out for the list of new classes being offered.

IN SEARCH OF SMALL GROUP LEADERS—Have you ever considered being a small group leader? Well, now is the time to do so! Small groups kick-off in September, and we have a goal to reach 20 groups, but we need leaders for those groups. All materials are provided so leaders mainly facilitate discussions. If you are interested, there is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center or talk to Mark Borcherding, DCE. A leader information meeting will be held on  Sunday, July 22 at 9:15 a.m., so please consider joining us.

SAVE THE DATE—The annual Church Picnic, a time of food, fun, and fellowship, will be on Sunday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Carol Carns, Adler, Henry, Don Holman, Tee Lipsey, Joey, JoAnn Orebaugh, Justin, Lynda Pruett, Marian Schafer, Margie Sims, Rick Smith, Annette Stoneking, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Circle Workshop, July 19, 10 a.m.

Small Group Leader Meeting, July 22, 9:15 a.m.

DCE Installation, July 22, 10:30 a.m.

Town Hall Meeting, July 26, 7 p.m.

SWANS Event, July 26, Concert on the Canal

Confirmation Orientation, July 29, 5:30-7 p.m.

Teacher Installation and Dedication, Aug. 5

First Day of School, Aug. 7

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT  READING, Leviticus 19:9-18

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God. 11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord 15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. 17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

SECOND  READING, Ephesians 1:3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our Inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 6:14-29

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

 

Weekly Announcements 06.29.18

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CHRISTIAN LIBERTY

July 1, 2018

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

The week we celebrate our freedom as Americans is a great time to consider Christian liberty. We are free in Christ from the power of sin and coercion of guilt. Jesus paid the price for our sin. Now we are free to gladly and willingly sacrifice for Christ and others. How we practice our Christian freedom in the civil realm is opportunity for us to influence this fallen world with Christ’s love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LWML IN DISTRICT CONVENTION—The "Walking in the Light of the Lord," convention, based on Isaiah 2:5b, is being held in Valparaiso, IN this weekend. There are Bible studies, presentations from missionaries, and business meetings where delegates will vote for new Mission Grants and district officers. Four women from Our Shepherd are attending the convention: Lynnette Simmons and Rosemary Thomas are delegates and Julia Stafford and Alice Farley are attendees. Please keep this convention in your prayers as they meet to "Serve the Lord with Gladness" and sing praises to God for the many blessings He bestows on the LWML/Lutheran Women in Mission to spread the gospel through our Mites and prayers. 

LTF (LUTHERAN TEEN FELLOWSHIP) SERVANT EVENT—Join us next Sunday, July 8 at the 10:45 a.m. service to pray blessings upon our nine youth and four adults who will be travelling to Detroit, MI July 8-13. They are teaming up with Camp Restore Detroit, a local Lutheran non-profit that partners with community organizations to revitalize the neighborhood surrounding Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Eastern Detroit. 

DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INSTALLATION—Join us for the installation of DCE Joel Marquardt on Sunday, July 22 at the 10:30 a.m. service. We are pleased to welcome Joel’s father, Rev. Jeffrey Marquardt, to preach during that service.

NAME BADGES—Orders are being taken for OSLCS magnetic name badges. The cost is $10 per badge, and payment may be placed in the offering plate, clearly designated. Please email Kim Mourer, , by July 9 if you would like to make an order.

Heavenly Father, graciously instill in us a spirit of wisdom and perseverance, that we might not grow weary of doing good in serving our neighbor, respecting our authorities and remaining faithful to your Word in every circumstance, that through the quiet living of our vocations we might bring glory to your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Carol Carns, Adler, Henry , Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Barb and Buddy Ray, Phyliss Renolds, Marian Schafer, Margie Sims, Rick Smith, Annette Stoneking, and Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Vi Riczo. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Independence Day Service, July 4, 6:30 p.m.

Ladies Circle Workshop, July 19, 10 a.m.

DCE Installation, July 22, 10:20 a.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT  READING, Lamentations 3:22-33 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. 26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.28 Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; 29 let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope; 30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults. 31 For the Lord will not cast off forever, 32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33 for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.

SECOND  READING, 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15

1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.” 

GOSPEL READING, Mark 5:21-43

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it.33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of our disease.”35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

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