April 7, 2019
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Saying one thing but doing another. This is a common definition of being a hypocrite. However, there is a much deeper problem when hypocrisy creeps into one’s own life. For a follower of Jesus Christ the One True Lord, hypocrisy is a heart issue that leads one down a path where a person’s heart of hearts do not match up with the fruit of faith and the Spirit.
VOTERS’ MEETING—The Nominating Committee recommended John Krenzke to the Church Governance Board (CGB) to fill the position of Vice President of the congregation. The CGB approved the nomination at a special meeting on Wednesday evening. A Congregational Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for April 14 at 9:15 am to vote on the nomination for Vice President. The School Board has also requested that the congregation vote to call teacher candidate Hannah Sugita at that meeting.
ALTAR FLOWERS—Beautiful plants adorn both traditional and contemporary worship spaces for Easter services. Take advantage of the opportunity to dedicate and donate your choice of lilies, tulips, hyacinths or azaleas, then take them home at the conclusion of the last Easter service on Sunday, April 21. Orders are not limited to just one! Lilies, tulips and hyacinths cost $10 and azaleas are $15. Order forms and a sign-up sheet are located across from the coatracks.
LWML—The IN District Retreat ingathering provided Our Shepherd Lutheran School with over $1,000 in Menards gift cards and monetary donations, over one hundred quarts of potting soil, over one hundred planters and seed starters, thirty bags of rocks and stones, pails, buckets, gardening tools, hanging planters, measuring cups, and seeds for planting. Praise God for the generosity the ladies of the LWML have shown to our school!
OSLS—Hungry? Our Shepherd's Parent Teacher League (PTL) is hosting a restaurant fundraiser at Portillo's THIS Monday, April 8, 5-8 pm, which earns 20% back on all purchases. PTL funds help support our school by providing additional resources for unbudgeted educational expenses and environmental enhancements in the classrooms and around campus.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Laura Czerwionka, Mary Lou Garretson, Pastor Al Hellert, Daniel Lepley (Pastor’s grandfather), Arlen Levenhagen, Diane Robinson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For all who mourn, including the Olson and Boller families. For all who are imprisoned. For our active military including Rex Rafferty.
Lenten Services, Apr. 3, 10, 4:30 & 6:30 pm
Restaurant Fundraiser @ Portillo’s, Apr. 8, 5-8 pm
Voters’ Meeting, Apr. 14, 9:15 am
New Member Welcome, Apr. 14, 10:30 am
Ladies’ Guild (LWML) Meeting, Apr. 23, 7 pm
Town Hall Meeting, Apr. 25, 7 pm
Confirmation Service, May 5, 10:30 am
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 43:16-21
16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 17 who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 18 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20 The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, 21 the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.
EPISTLE READING, Philippians 3:4b-14
4b If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 20:9-20
9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” 19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.