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Weekly Announcements 10.12.18

PERFECTION OR LOVE: WHICH IS GREATER?

October 13-14, 2018

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

LWML Sunday

In our Gospel reading, we read about a man who claimed to have followed the Torah perfectly. He believed that his perfection gained him entrance into God’s Kingdom. However, Jesus still claims that he lacks something! One is left with a very crucial question. What gets you into the Kingdom of God if not perfection?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LWML SUNDAY—We celebrate the work of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML-the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) this weekend. Our services include the LWML pledge, a dedicated closing hymn, and collection of mite boxes. LWML also has an information table in the narthex showing their work both home and abroad. Please join us in praying for the missions and ministries of these faithful women.

PASTOR AND CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this month by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags in the narthex. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on October 28 at the 8:00 a.m. service. Check out their info cards on the bulletin board which include two truths and a tall tale. See if you can figure out which is which.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—We need YOU! Trunk-or-Treat brings hundreds of children to Our Shepherd each year and we need you to help make this event successful again this year as we witness Christ's love to our community. We are in need of trunk hosts, event volunteers, and candy. Sign-up online or in the Narthex to reserve a trunk and/or volunteer. Your candy donation may be deposited in the bright orange candy collection bin by the Luther Room.  

INPEC CONFERENCE—Our Shepherd is hosting worship at 4:30 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 29 at the Indianapolis Convention Center-Sycamore Rooms 1-4, 100 S. Capital Ave., Indianapolis. During worship Dr. Kevin Brockberg will be installed as our new District Executive for Education. Following worship, the Indiana District is holding a recognition and reception for Dr. Jon Meilke, who, after twelve years of service, is retiring at the end of the year. If you are interested in sending a card or letter to either Dr. Meilke or Dr. Brockberg, please address them to Amy Mews, Indiana District LCMS, 1145 Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, by October 15.

OSLS—Time is running out! Be sure to purchase your All Saints’ Fest tickets, special edition ornaments, and calendars between services in the church office.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-- Rebecca's Garden of Hope is a tutoring programming run by Our Savior Lutheran Church in Downtown Indy. They are in need of anyone 16 and older to help tutor and mentor students in K-5th grades. Tutoring takes place Tue. and Thur. evenings, from 5-7:30 and includes dinner for students and volunteers. Interested in helping? Talk with DCE Joel Marquardt. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Al and Marian Schafer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.

Indiana District Youth Gathering, Nov. 9-11

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12 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, Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

Seek the Lord and live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel, O you who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth!

10 They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. 11 Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. 12 For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins—you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate. 13 Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time. 14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. 15 Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 3:12-19

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 10:17-22

17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Weekly Announcements 10.05.18

FOUNDER, PERFECTOR OF FAITH

October 7, 2018

Twentieth Sunday after PentecostJesus is the beginning and end of our hope of salvation. He is Creator, Redeemer and promises to come again to usher us into our eternal home with Him. As His dearly loved children, we are given every day of this life to share our hope of salvation with the hopeless.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—TODAY 12:00 p.m. join us to vote on refinancing with LCEF.

PASTOR AND CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—October 5 marks the five year anniversary of Pastor Lepley’s installation at Our Shepherd! Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this month by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags beginning next weekend. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on October 28 at the 8:00 a.m. service. Check out their info cards on the bulletin board which include two truths and a tall tale. See if you can figure out which is which.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—A fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’ and trunks full of CANDY on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m.! Sign-up online or in the narthex by Oct. 15 to volunteer and/or reserve a trunk. Please help fill our candy donation bin which is located by the Luther Room.

INPEC CONFERENCE—After twelve years of service as the Indiana District Executive Counselor for Christian Education, Dr. Jon Mielke is retiring at the end of the year. In honor of his faithful service, the Indiana District is holding a recognition and reception at INPEC, the 2018 Teachers Conference following the worship service. You do not need to be registered for the INPEC Teachers Conference to attend worship or the reception on Monday, October 29 at the Indianapolis Convention Center-Sycamore Rooms 1-4, 100 S. Capital Ave., Indianapolis. The worship service with communion (hosted by Our Shepherd) begins at 4:30 p.m., the teacher recognition begins at 5:30 p.m., and the reception for Dr. Mielke begins at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in sending a card or letter, please address them to Amy Mews, Indiana District LCMS, 1145 Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, by October 15.

OSLS—Childcare is available at church the evening of All Saints’ Fest, Fri., Nov. 2! Drop your children off from 5:15-11 p.m. so that you may enjoy an evening of dining, fellowship, and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items thoughtfully created by our teachers, students, and volunteers. Children must be at least three years old and potty-trained. Fifteen dollars per child includes pizza, drinks, snacks, and activities. Tickets, calendars, and keepsake ornaments are available in the office between services.  

IN OUR PRAYERS

Adler, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Lois Soehnlin. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Violet Riczo and Robert Hansing, Tom Hansing’s father. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, TODAY, 12 p.m.

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.

Worship Service at INPEC, Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m.

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 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, Genesis 2:18-25

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 2:1-18

1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, 8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.” 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 There- fore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 10:2-16

And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. 

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