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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.”

Weekly Announcements 11.02.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-FAMILY-

November 4, 2018

All Saints’ Sunday

On All Saints’ Sunday, we remember those who have gone before us in Christ. As members of God’s family, we cherish the hope of a heavenly reunion with our dearly departed loved ones. This great hope, that our family is a part of God’s family now and forever, transforms and redeems our family relationships. We love and cherish one another as brothers and sisters forever united in Christ.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IT IS OUR CUSTOM ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY to remember our members who were called to glory during this past year. We thank God for the blessings that He bestowed upon them in this life and the promise He’s given to all of us of everlasting life. These are the saints from Our Shepherd who were called to glory this past year: Joseph Brabo, Robert McKinley, Violet Riczo, Donna Rosebrough, and Rick Sons.

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 on 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 at the Welcome Center.

LWML—All ladies of the congregation are invited to join the Ladies Guild on November 13 at 7 p.m. for their monthly meeting where they will be preparing for the annual Angel Tree project.

FOOD PANTRY—Our Shepherd provides an active food pantry to assist members of our community. We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School on 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.

OSLS— We rejoice with Mrs. Tracie Douglas upon being named the LCMS Indiana District Teacher of the Year! She blesses our school and church with her ministry and humility in being a vessel for the Lord. We give glory to God for His provisions and blessings in the work and ministry done through Tracie.

Heartfelt thanks go to every organizer and volunteer of this year’s All Saints’ Fest! Our school ministry is truly blessed by all of your effort.

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Despite the cold, rainy weather, we hosted over 1,000 children at Trunk-or-Treat this year! Thank you to all who volunteered their time and talents-organizers, trunk hosts, staff members, musicians, game leaders, parking attendants, candy runners, candy donors-to make sure that our guests saw Christ’s love here in this place! Because of YOU we were able to witness to our community with an event filled with fun and fellowship.  

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 Katie Koontz. Thanksgiving for the safe birth of Caroline to Kat and Rex Rafferty. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Indiana District Youth Gathering, Nov. 9-11

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12:00 p.m.

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

FIRST READING, Revelation 7:9-17

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 John 3:1-3

1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:1-12

1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

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