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Weekly Announcements 11.16.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-ASPIRATIONS-

November 18, 2018

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Dreams. Goals. We all have them. But have you thought about what your aspirations say about you and your faith? The disciples saw the Temple and were awed, but Jesus was not as impressed. He saw worldly accomplishments as nothing unless they fulfilled Kingdom purposes. What about us? Are our goals merely worldly or are they Kingdom focused, even as Jesus was Kingdom focused?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GO MISSIONS TEAM—“GO” mission event benefitting Changing Footprints will be sorting shoes at the Avon location TODAY from 2-4 p.m. Shoes are sorted by gender, style, size and condition. This is a great opportunity for families to “GO” into our community and serve together.

AVALANCHE SQUAD—The snow removal team saves the church thousands of dollars each year. They are looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at if you are available to help.

CHURCH DECORATING—Christmas decorating is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 to noon. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.

16th ANNUAL MOPS ADVENT TEA—Come celebrate the beginning of the Advent season and prepare your hearts for Christ's birth. The Tea will be at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. To reserve your spot, see Michelle Borcherding in the office between services or email her at

OFFICES CLOSED—The church and school offices will be closed on Thurs. Nov. 22 and Fri., Nov. 23. You may call the automated system to connect to a Pastor in the event of an emergency.

POINSETTIAS—In an effort to enhance both worship spaces this December, you have opportunity to donate one or more large red poinsettias, only $12 each. You may donate a plant “In Memory Of,” “In Honor Of,” or “To the Glory of God.” Order forms and sign-ups are on bulletin board near the Luther Room. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 10

OSLS— We need YOU to be an SGO donor! It is a WIN-WIN for the donor, school and families of OSLS! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed will receive a 50% state tax credit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Have questions? Talk to Mrs. Hedges for more information. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-The Angel Tree, in the narthex, is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date. Please prayerfully consider adopting one or more angels to share Christ’s love with others.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Dorothy Dobler. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.

Pastor Lepley and TJ Mattick are representing the Indiana District at the LCEF Fall Leadership Conference this weekend. We pray for safe travels and God's blessing upon LCEF's work for the LCMS. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Pie Fellowship, Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m.

Advent Tea, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

Advent Services, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Advent Meals, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 5:30 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Daniel 12:1-3

1“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 10:11-25

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” 18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

GOSPEL READING,  Mark 13:1-13

1And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Weekly Announcements 11.09.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-TIME-

November 11, 2018

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

The story of the Widow’s mite is a familiar stewardship lesson, most often applied to money. The widow was honored by Jesus for giving God her all. This week, we consider our view and use of time. Do we view our time as God’s time, or something less? Do we expect God to be happy with us for giving Him a portion of our calendar, or are we seeking to honor Him by viewing all we have been given, including our time, as His good gift to us?  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VETERANS DAY-“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. Please join us in praying for, honoring, and thanking our Veterans for their service.

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us TODAY at noon to vote on the candidates for elected offices on the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and Endowment Committee.

GO MISSIONS TEAM—The November “GO” mission event will benefit Changing Footprints, an international organization that collects shoes and then distributes them to those in need, either locally or abroad. We will be sorting shoes at their Avon location next Sunday, November 18 from 2-4 p.m. The shoes are sorted by gender, style, size and condition. This is a great opportunity for families to “GO” into our community and serve together. Sign-up in the narthex.

FOOD PANTRY—We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School next weekend, November 17-18. You can drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any donations. Monetary donations are used to purchase additional food for the ever increasing families in need of assistance. Help us stock our shelves to serve those who need it.

LADIES CIRCLE—Please join us this Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. We have lots of things planned for this meeting;  stretch & flex chair exercises, a guest speaker from Kindred Hospice, and assembly of fall baskets for our homebound members. 

CHURCH DECORATING—Mark your calendars. Christmas decorating is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 to noon. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Elders and other men are especially needed for moving supplies from portables and climbing on ladders. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.

OSLS— We need YOU to be an SGO donor! It is a WIN-WIN for the donor, school and families of OSLS! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed will receive a 50% state tax credit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Have questions? Talk to Mrs. Hedges for more information. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-

The Angel Tree, organized and prepared by the Ladies Guild, is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date. Please prayerfully consider adopting one or more angels to share Christ’s love with others. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Dorothy Dobler, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12:00 p.m.

Primanti Bros. LTF Fundraiser, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Ladies Circle, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 17-18

GO Event, Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Pie Fellowship, Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, 1 Kings 17:8-16

Then the word of the Lord came to him [Elijah], “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 9:24-28

24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 12:38-44

38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,40 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

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