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Weekly Announcements 08.10.18

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THE FATHER'S WILL

August 12, 2018

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Many restless nights are spent wondering, "What is God's will for my life?" God's will for you is simply that you receive God's love from Christ. He died so that you may live freely from worry and fear and enjoy the life He's blessed you with.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—As an important milestone in the faith-life our children, we will present all 2nd grade students with a Bible of their own. Join us the weekend of August 18-19 to share this presentation with the church and school families of our 2nd graders.

WD-40—Our team of volunteers makes Sunday School possible by setting up and tearing down the Contemporary worship space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons once per month. Want to help? Email to fill an open spot.

CHURCH PICNIC—Our annual fellowship event will be held on Sunday, August 26 STARTING AT 5:00 p.m. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided by the church and each family is asked to bring a dish to share. The playground will be available for the children to use and feel free to bring outdoor games, fishing poles, decks of cards etc. to enjoy during this fellowship time with our church family. Please take a moment to sign-up online or at the Welcome Center indicating how many from your family will be attending and what you will be bringing. 

ROSEBROUGH 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION—Elmer and Anna Rosebrough have been faithful charter members of Our Shepherd and we thank God for His many blessings in their long and rich lives. The congregation is invited to celebrate Elmer Rosebrough’s 100th birthday at a reception in the church narthex between services on August 19.

OSLS ROBOTICS TEAM—We are excited to begin two new robotics teams at the school; an elementary team for 2-5th graders and a middle school team for 6-8th graders. Thanks to a grant from TechPoint Foundation for Youth, the registration fees have been secured. We are looking for corporate sponsors to assist with the costs of a field, team equipment, and competition fees. Please contact Wendi Lepley for more information.

KENYA MISSION TRIP - Would YOU like to serve Christ by serving His children in Kenya? Applications are now available at the Welcome Center for all who would like to apply for our mission trip to Point of Grace Academy in June 2019 and/or June 2020. Application deadline is September 9th. Questions may be directed to Karen Robertson or the church office. We look forward to discovering who God inspires to serve in this way! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Henry Felix, Trudy Gierke, Robert Grosskreutz, Don Holman, Joey Morris, Dan Pence, Lynda Pruett, and Herb Schortemeyer. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For the family and friends of Bob McKinley. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Chipotle Fundraiser, Aug. 14, 4-8 p.m.

Ladies Circle Workshop, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Aug. 18-19, all services

WD-40 Thank-you Event, Aug. 19, 5 p.m.

Church Picnic, Aug. 26, *note the time* 5:00 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, 1 Kings 19:1-8

Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.

 

EPISTLE READING, Ephesians 4:17-5:2

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. 1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

GOSPEL READING, John 6:35-51

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” 41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 

Weekly Announcements 07.29.18

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CHRISTIANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

July 29, 2018

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Environmental concerns are all over the news and media: ozone depletion, melting of the polar ice caps, plastic waste pile-up, dead zones in the ocean, smog, and air pollution. What responsibility do Christians bear in light of environmental corruption? How does our faith influence our actions as we seek to bring Christ to light concerning the environment?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes, beginning NEXT Sunday and continuing through Sept. 30. Learn about our teaching and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

WD-40—Our team of volunteers makes Sunday School possible by setting up and tearing down the Contemporary worship space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons once per month. Want to help? Email to fill an open spot.

SMALL GROUP HOSTS—Want to be a part of a small group, but not as a group leader? We are looking for hosts to provide meeting places for small groups. If you are interested in hosting or leading, there is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center or talk to Mark Borcherding today at 9:15 a.m. in the Luther Room.

GO—The Mission Team is assisting Changing Footprints, an organization that collects and distributes shoes to children around the world. They will collect shoes beginning next weekend  through  Aug.  24. On Sat., Aug. 25 from 9-11 a.m. they will sort shoes to send away. They are looking for volunteers, 8 each hour, to help. Please see Karen Robertson for more information. A sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Center, and a collection bin is by the Luther Room.

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—As an important milestone in the faith-life our children, we will present all 2nd grade students with a Bible of their own. Join us the weekend of August 18-19 to share this presentation with the church and school families of our 2nd graders.

OSLS VOLUNTEERS—Please prayerfully consider being part of our school ministry as a tutor, library helper, lunch/recess monitor, classroom helper, or office helper. We are also looking for substitute teachers to add to our list. These service opportunities can be as little as one hour a week. Please talk to Principal Amy Hedges if you would like to find out more about these opportunities, or be put on our schedule to help. School starts on August 7!

4 KENYAS KIDS -Orphan Grain Train is coordinating the collection and shipment of a shipping container to Point of Grace Academy in Kenya. OSLS is teaming up with churches around the country to fill the container with canning supplies, building materials, and school items, among other things. Please see the full list of requested items at the Welcome Center. A collection bin is placed near the Luther Room.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Henry Felix, Trudy Gierke, Robert Grosskreutz, Don Holman, Bob McKinley, Joey Morris, Dan Pence, and Lynda Pruett. For all of our homebound members including Dennis and Shara Toole. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Teacher Installation and Dedication, Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m.

First Day of School, Aug. 7

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Aug. 18-19, all services

WD-40 Thank-you Event, August 19, 5 p.m.

Church Picnic, August 26, *note the time* 5:00 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 1:26-31

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

 

EPISTLE READING, Romans 8:18-25

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 8:23-34

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” 28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men.34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region. 

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