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Weekly Announcements 1.18.19

THE GREAT BANQUET

January 20, 2019

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

The wedding at Cana was a great banquet, not only because it was a wedding, but because of Who was in attendance. Jesus made this a reception no one would forget by revealing His glory there. It is good for us to recognize His presence in our daily lives because He has come to glorify us. His gift of everlasting life, through the forgiveness of sins, brings great joy to our celebrations and life.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK & OSLS STAFF RECOGNITION—NLSW provides nearly 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. As this week approaches, we want to recognize the work of our school staff with a blessing and present them with their blessing bags during the 8 a.m. service on January 27. The blessing bags are in the narthex if you’d like to offer a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.

MARRIAGE RETREAT—Unfortunately the Marriage Retreat will not take place on February 15-16. Look for an interest survey in the coming weeks to help us determine our next steps for this annual marriage event.

NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUNDRAISER—On Saturday, February 2 the LTF will host a breakfast at Applebee’s in Avon. Our youth will help seat, serve, provide drink service, and bus tables. Tickets are $10 each and available for presale in the office on Sunday mornings. 

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, a special half-time performance from the youth Praise Team, football. 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.  

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. Sign-up at the Welcome Center.

OSLS MEET-SEE-EXPERIENCE—Visit OSLS on Fri., Feb. 1 anytime 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to experience faith-formation, hands-on learning, and leadership development. Meet teachers and pastors, participate in STEM activities, and see how OSLS is a blessing to our community.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS- 

An exciting new partnership has formed between 4KenyasKids and Fountains of Hope, a local non-profit. Pastor Lepley has been invited to accompany a small team, at no cost to Our Shepherd or Point of Grace Academy, to install a water treatment system capable of chlorinating 10,000 gallons of water in 20 min. with only a car battery and 1/4 cup of table salt! What a wonderful way to share the life and love we have from Our Shepherd!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Nicole Cook, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Trudy Gierke. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSLCS Offices Closed, Jan. 21

Israel Bible Study, Jan. 23, 7:15 p.m.

OSLS Staff Recognition, Jan. 27, 8 a.m.

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28– Feb. 2

NYG Applebee’s Fundraiser, Feb. 2, 8-10 a.m.

Big Game Party, Feb. 3, 6-10 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

 OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 62:1-5

1For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

GOSPEL READING, John 2:1-11

1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

 

Weekly Announcements 01.11.19

BLESSINGS OF BAPTISM

January 13, 2019

First Sunday after the Epiphany

Baptism of Our Lord

Baptism is a gift we can’t fully appreciate on this side of eternity. In the water, God’s Word joins us to Christ in a truly miraculous way. We become His and He becomes ours in a way that can’t be broken. Thank God for this wonderful gift!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ISRAEL TRIP BIBLE STUDY—The study to prepare pilgrims for our Israel trip is open to all who'd like to learn more about the Old Testament history of Jesus' ancestral home. Join us to learn about Bethlehem, King David's hometown, following worship on Jan. 23 in the narthex.

MARRIAGE RETREAT—Registration is now open for all couples who'd like to grow in their relationship by learning how to Get Connected, Feel Connected and Stay Connected Feb. 15-16 at the Comfort Inn, Avon. Cost of $175 includes materials, activities and meals. Family Counselor Nancy Eisenman, MSW, LCSW, will lead our retreat. Itinerary and sign-up are at the Welcome Center. For those who'd like to make this a get-away and spend the night at the hotel, a reduced rate is available. Registration is limited, so sign-up before the cost goes up to $195 on January 28.

BIG GAME PARTY—You are invited to join us for the Big Game Party this year on Sunday, February 3 from 6-10 p.m.  We will have traditional game day food, games in the narthex and gym, a special half-time performance from the youth Praise Team, and a room set-up for serious football-watching fans. This is a family friendly event, so invite your friends to come watch the game at Our Shepherd.  

NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK & OSLS STAFF RECOGNITION—National Lutheran Schools Week provides nearly 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. As this week approaches, we want to recognize the work of our school staff with a blessing during the 8 a.m. service on January 27. Blessing bags are in the narthex if you’d like to offer a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.

OSLS ENROLLMENT—Open enrollment for the community has begun. Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors about us! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Nicole Cook, Trudy Gierke, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, and Frances Wells. For all of our homebound members including Sigurd Zielke. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Circle Meeting, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.

OSLCS Offices Closed, Jan. 21

GO Mission Event, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

OSLS Staff Recognition, Jan. 27, 8 a.m.

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28– Feb. 2

NYG Applebee’s Fundraiser, Feb. 2, 8-10 a.m. 

 SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 43:1-7

1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 3:15-22

15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison. 21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

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