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Weekly Announcements 05.17.19

SORROW TURNED INTO JOY

May 19, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Easter 

At the Last Supper, Jesus warned His disciples of the sorrow they’d experience in His absence. When life deals you a bad hand, it’s ok to be sad. It’s perfectly normal to be disappointed. When life lets you down, it’s good to be aware of God’s presence and His power to turn your sadness into gladness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us for our Congregational Voters’ Meeting TODAY at 12 pm. Agenda items include: the annual budget, calling teacher Nicolette Mierow, voting on Vice President candidate, Sam Karnick, and ministry updates.

2019 GRADUATES—Please let the church office ( ) know of any current members that will be graduating this year so that we may celebrate their accomplishments! Submit names, current school, and plans for the fall by May 22 to be included in the bulletin on Memorial Day weekend.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—Registration is now open for ROAR! Join us for VBS on June 9-13 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Dinner will be available for families beginning at 5:30 pm. Register online to volunteer or participate: vbspro.events/p/events/ourshepherdroar. Sign-up by May 26 to receive a free t-shirt!

LWML NIGHT OUT—All ladies are welcome to join the Ladies Guild for a night out at Charbono’s on May 21 at 6 pm. Be sure to sign-up near the Luther Room by May 19.  

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS—The church office will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Summer hours begin on May 28: Monday-Thursday 9 am-3 pm. Our pastors are always on call in case of a pastoral emergency.

OSLS—The school year is quickly coming to an end! Church members are always welcome to participate in school events. Check out our Upcoming Events calendar for fun annual activities including, Eighth Grade Graduation, end-of-the-year chapel service followed by an awards ceremony, and field day. Contact the church office if you’d like to volunteer to participate in any of these events.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - The shipping container that was so generously packed full of supplies has arrived at Point of Grace Academy! Nearly all of the items that were gathered by Emanuel, Our Shepherd, and Grace Lutheran churches passed government inspections. Additionally, Orphan Grain Train donated 13,068 pounds of processed rice meals, an altar, a pulpit, among many other beneficial items. OGT purchased the container, which will become a classroom, paid the shipping fees to Port of Mombasa, Kenya, and trucking the container to Point Of Grace. 4Kenyas Kids paid for the crane/forklift rental, Kenya import taxes, and cement slabs from ongoing donations. Praise be to God! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Don Brewer, Chloe C., Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Nicole Marquardt (and babies), Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Elizabeth Tiemeier. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Janice Levenhagen. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries and persecuted Christians. For our active military including Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, TODAY, 12 pm

OSLS 8th grade graduation, May 23, 7 pm

Vacation Bible School, Jun 9-13, 6-8 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

FIRST READING, Acts 11:1-18

1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began and explained it to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11 And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. 12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. 13 And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; 14 he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?” 18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

SECOND READING, Revelation 21:1-7

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

GOSPEL READING, John 16:12-24

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Weekly Announcements 05.10.18

LOVE THAT HOLDS ON

May 12, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus promises a love that always holds on, no matter what. In a world where people are so quick to judge, dismiss and diminish, it’s good to know nothing will change God’s love for you! Like a great mom, God will always stand by His children with loving kindness and encouragement no matter what!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY—In honor of everyone who mothers others, we share a small token of appreciation with all adult women present today. We thank you for sharing your love with others on this Mother’s Day.

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us for our Congregational Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 12 pm. Agenda items include, the annual budget, calling teacher Nicolette Mierow, voting on VP candidate, Sam Karnick, voting on a peaceful release for teacher, Mrs. Stafford, and ministry updates.

2019 GRADUATES—Please let the church office know of any current members that will be graduating this year so that we may celebrate their accomplishments! Submit names, current school, and plans for the fall by May 22 to be included in the bulletin the following weekend.

LCMS FOUNDATION INFO SESSION—Andy Behrmann, Gift Planning Counselor for the Indiana District, will be giving a presentation on stewardship and the gift planning process during the Sunday School hour NEXT Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 am. Plan to join Andy as he explains how he can help counsel you through the gift planning process.

LWML NIGHT OUT—All ladies are welcome to join the Ladies Guild for a night out at Charbono’s on May 21 at 6 pm. Be sure to sign-up near the Luther Room by May 19.  

OSLS—The school year is quickly coming to an end! Church members are always welcome to participate in school events. Check out our Upcoming Events calendar for fun annual activities including, Kindergarten Authors’ Tea, Mini Indy, and Eighth Grade Graduation.

Mrs. Stafford, our second grade teacher, is requesting a peaceful release from her call to Our Shepherd. The congregation will vote on her request at the upcoming Voters’ Meeting.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -

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 NEXT weekend, May 18-19. 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. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Don Brewer, Chloe C., Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Ray H. Shireman and Skip Jochim. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries and persecuted Christians through out the world. For our active military including Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSLS Kindergarten Authors’ Tea, May 17, 9 am

OSLS 1st grade Mini Indy, May 17, 2:30 pm

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, May 18-19

Voters’ Meeting, May 19, 12 pm

OSLS 8th grade graduation, May 23, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 20:17-35

17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

SECOND 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.”

GOSPEL READING, John 10:22-30

22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

 

 

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