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Weekly Announcements 02.08.19

FISHERMEN

February 10, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus called His first disciples while they were fishing. Covered in sweat after washing slimy fishnets, you can imagine how smelly and gross they were. After witnessing a miraculous catch, Peter recognized Jesus’ divine power and lamented his filthiness. He was painfully aware of his sinfulness. We do well to follow him in repentance if we want to be found fit as fellow followers of Christ.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POINT OF GRACE WATER PROJECT—Interested in learning more about the new partnership between Fountains of Hope and Point of Grace Academy in Kenya? To see how you can be a part of this opportunity, join Pastor Lepley for a presentation today at 12 p.m.

MARRIAGE RETREAT SURVEY—We are committed to making the Marriage Retreat a meaningful experience for all couples who attend. Your opinion is important to us! Please click the link in the weekly email, use this link http://bit.ly/oslcmarriageretreat, or pick-up a paper copy from the Welcome Center and return it to the office (one per person). The responses are anonymous and will be collected until Feb. 18.

CHURCH WORK DAY—Families and skill levels of all ages are needed for a church-wide work day on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Come for an hour or for the day - there is both cleaning and maintenance work to be done inside and outside! A soup lunch will be available from 12-1 p.m. Your participation in this event will also help the All Saints’ Fest committee to procure Disney tickets for the annual auction. We hope you can join us!

MEN’S RETREAT—Online registration is now open for the 2019 Men’s Retreat. Be in fellowship with over 100 Christian men. Get away and enjoy God’s great creation, join in the Medieval Challenge, Archery Tag, Fishing Tournament, Hog Roast, and much more. The event takes place April 5-7 at Lakeview Villages. Visit mensgathering.us for more information.

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is looking to interview and hire called teachers for our open positions in 2nd and 3rd grades. Per our Constitution and By-laws (Article X.A.1.b) any member of the Congregation may submit a candidate's name for consideration and verification with District officials. If you are interested or have a name to submit, please contact School Board President, Dale Darlage, at with information no later than February 20, 2019 for verification and consideration. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Nadine Brandt, Amber Davis, Joyce Etheridge, Carlye Gibson, Thomas James, Rick Laws, Judy Lehr, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, Faith Stoflet, Earl Swart, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Mary Ann Dressler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Robert and Cynthia Davis and Kenneth Lehr. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Point of Grace Water Project Meeting, Feb. 10, 12 p.m.

GO Mission Event, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.

Israel Bible Study, Feb. 13, 7:15 p.m.

Church Work Day, Mar. 2, 9 a.m.-3p.m.

Concordia Nebraska Band Concert, Mar. 7, 7 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 6:1-8

1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20

12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. 13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

GOSPEL READING,  Luke 5:1-11

1On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. 

Weekly Announcements 02.01.19

WAR AGAINST EVIL

February 3, 2019

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

In one day, Jesus cast out a demon, healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and then healed all the sick of Capernaum. After such a busy day, He rested. This account gives us great comfort. We have the assurance of God’s love when we are oppressed and find ourselves worn-out because of sin and suffering.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BIG GAME PARTY—You are invited to join us for the Big Game Party on Sunday, February 3 from 6-10 p.m. Join us for food, games, and a special half-time performance from the Praise Team. There will be a viewing room set up for serious football fans. This is a family friendly event, so invite your friends to come watch the game at Our Shepherd.  

MEN’S RETREAT—Online registration is now open for the 2019 Men’s Retreat. Be in fellowship with over 100 Christian men. Get away and enjoy God’s great creation, join in the Medieval Challenge, Archery Tag, Fishing Tournament, Hog Roast, and much more. The event takes place April 5-7 at Lakeview Villages. Visit mensgathering.us for more information.

POINT OF GRACE WATER PROJECT—Interested in learning more about the new partnership between Fountains of Hope and Point of Grace Academy in Kenya? To see how you can be a part of this opportunity, join Pastor Lepley for a presentation on Sunday, February 10 at 12 p.m.

NURSERY ATTENDANT NEEDED—We are in search of an additional Nursery Attendant! If you feel called to care for children during worship on Sunday mornings, please see the job description in the church office. Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 8.

GO MISSION EVENT—The February event will take place at Traditions, a senior community, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m. The team is preparing a Valentine’s party for the residents. This is a great opportunity for families to participate. Find details and sign-up at the Welcome Center.

OSLS—Have you noticed all the flags and the large banner in the sanctuary?  Each flag represents a unique country and has been colored by a student of Our Shepherd Lutheran School. The theme of National Lutheran School's Week is Real.Present.God. The school children learned that the love our God has for each person of the world is real and powerful. The banners and flags remind us that God's love is for all people! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Nadine Brandt, Nicole Cook, Carlye Gibson, Kenneth & Judy Lehr, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, Faith Stoflet, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Lois Soehnlin. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Big Game Party, Feb. 3, 6-10 p.m.

Point of Grace Water Project Meeting, Feb. 10, 12 p.m.

GO Mission Event, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.

Israel Bible Study, Feb. 13, 7:15 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jeremiah 1:4-10

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13

31b And I will show you a still more excellent way. 1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 4:31-44

31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region. 38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them. 40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. 42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

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