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Weekly Announcements 9.21.18

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THE SECRET OF GREATNESS

September 23, 2018

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The disciples argued about who was the greatest among them. Sadly, the disciples had the wrong idea of what true greatness is! Is true greatness something to be achieved? Or, is it something more than ourselves and our status in life?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Sunday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. to vote on refinancing with Lutheran Church Extension Fund.

HISPANIC OUTREACH—Plans are in the works to launch our Spanish worship service in October! Our pastors and elders are working with Pastor Sam Ruiz to add a Spanish service to our weekend schedule.

LAKEVIEW WOMEN’S RETREAT—Take a break from the pressures of schedules and obligations and join women from all over the District at the annual Women’s Retreat at Camp Lakeview next weekend, Sept. 28-30. Registration forms and more information may be found at lakeviewministries.com.

LADIES GUILD—Women of the congregation are invited to attend our meeting on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Luther Room. We will have a devotion, give an overview of our meetings this year as well as work on a mission project of making encouragement cards for Phil’s Friends.

ARK ENCOUNTER TRIP—Tuesday, Sept. 25 is your last chance to sign-up and pay your deposit for the SWANS group day trip to the Ark on Oct. 25.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—A fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’ and trunks full of CANDY on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m.! Sign-up online or in the narthex by Oct. 15 to volunteer and/or reserve a trunk. A candy donation bin is located by the Luther Room.

OSLS—Childcare is available at church the evening of All Saints’ Fest, Fri., Nov. 2! Drop your children off from 5:15-11 p.m. so that you may enjoy an evening of dining, fellowship, and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items thoughtfully created by our teachers, students, and volunteers. Children must be at least three years old and potty-trained. Fifteen dollars per child includes pizza, drinks, snacks, and activities. Tickets are available in the office between services. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-Middle school students participated in service projects around the building on Fri., Sept. 14. including building a pergola in the Early Childhood STEAM garden, cleaning sanctuary chairs, power washing trash cans, organizing cabinets in the office, cleaning the gym, and setting up for the volleyball tournament. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Dorothy Dobler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Rick Sons. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Voters’ Meeting, Oct. 7, 12 p.m.

Ark Encounter Trip, Oct. 25

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING,  Jeremiah 11:18-20

18 The Lord made it known to me and I knew; then you showed me their deeds. 19 But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more.” 20 But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.

 EPISTLE READING, James 3:13-4:10

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. 

1What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

GOSPEL READING,  Mark 9:30-37

30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. 33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Weekly Announcements 9.14.18

TAUGHT BY CHRIST

September 16, 2018

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah foretold of a Savior Who would teach God’s people the Truth, both comforting the weak and demonstrating the benefits of faithfulness to the wayward. We find that we are both weak and wayward. We would die spiritually were it not for the comfort of the cross. We would be lost eternally if Christ did not show us God’s way of love and forgiveness. In Christ, we receive the blessings of unconditional love and faithfulness, which are now ours to share.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HISPANIC OUTREACH—Our Shepherd has been approached to host weekly Spanish worship services! We are working with Pastor Sam Ruiz to learn how we can Share Life With Our Shepherd with our Spanish speaking neighbors.

LAKEVIEW WOMEN’S RETREAT—Take a break from the pressures of schedules and obligations and join women from all over the District at the annual Women’s Retreat at Camp Lakeview on Sept. 28-30. Registration forms and more information may be found at lakeviewministries.com.

LADIES GUILD—Women of the congregation are invited to attend our meeting on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Luther Room. We will have a devotion, give an overview of our meetings this year as well as work on a mission project of making encouragement cards for Phil’s Friends. The focus of the LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League) is threefold: affirming each woman’s relationship with the Triune God, to be in service to our Lord and others, encouraging and equipping women to use their God given gifts to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and support global missions through Mites.

ARK ENCOUNTER TRIP—Sign-up by Sept. 25 to join the SWANS group on Oct. 25.

OSLS—Tickets for the 25th Annual All Saints’ Fest are now on sale! The event will be Nov. 2 at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens. This evening of dining, fellowship, silent and live auctions is the largest fundraiser for our Shepherd Lutheran School. Tickets are $40 each, and for every ASF ticket purchased, attendees will be included in a drawing for four Disney tickets; the prize drawing will be at the ASF event. A collection box and donation forms are near the Luther Room. Proceeds this year will be used for a STEAM trail, robotics programs, and tuition assistance.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS- Last Sunday, 40 of our BLAST 5th-8th grade youth and parents raced through Meijer as part of the Shopping Cart Challenge to support Our Shepherd's Food Pantry. Thanks to a generous donation from Meijer and donations from participants, not only did we have a BLAST, we spent over $400 to help our Food Pantry!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Trudy Gierke, Robert Grosskreutz, Libby Heacox, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

IMPD Internet Safety Presentation, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.

Ladies Circle Meeting, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Ark Encounter, Oct. 25

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 50:4-10

The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.8He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me.Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

EPISTLE READING, James 3:1-12

1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 9:14-29

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” 

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