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Weekly Announcements 04.12.19


April 14 2019

Palm Sunday

Jesus entered Jerusalem humbly as the King of Peace. He came in complete submission to His Father's will, willing to do everything necessary to accomplish our salvation. He did not exalt Himself. When He was lifted up, it was upon the cross! In His shame, we have been given glory. By His death, we have life everlasting.


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EASTER MORNING SUNDAY SCHOOL—A combined family class will be held in room 189 and one adult class will be offered in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday at 9:30 am.

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY—We will be confirming 5 students on Sunday, May 5 at the 10:30 am service! Blessing bags are in the narthex if you would like to write a note of encouragement, give a card or small gift to any of our confirmands.

OUR SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL—Did you know there are many scholarship opportunities at Our Shepherd? They include church members’ discount, Lutheran SGO, and Indiana’s Choice Scholarship. Don’t let cost keep you from an excellent Lutheran education! Contact to learn more about how affordable OSLS can be.


For the newly baptized. For all of our homebound members. For all who are imprisoned. For all active military. For all who mourn. For all missionaries proclaiming the Gospel. For persecuted Christians throughout the world. 


School Open Enrollment, NOW

Ladies Guild Meeting, Apr. 23, 7 pm

Confirmation Retreat, Apr. 26-28

Town Hall Meeting, Apr. 25, 7 pm

National Day of Prayer, May 2

Confirmation, May 5, 10:30 am

Voters’ Meeting, May 19, 12:00 pm 


OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 32:36-39

36 For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone and there is none remaining, bond or free. 37 Then he will say, ‘Where are their gods, the rock in which they took refuge, 38 who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise up and help you; let them be your protection! 39 “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.”

EPISTLE READING, Philippians 2:5-11

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 GOSPEL READING, Luke 19:28-44

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” 41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”


Weekly Announcements 04.05.19


April 7, 2019

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Saying one thing but doing another. This is a common definition of being a hypocrite. However, there is a much deeper problem when hypocrisy creeps into one’s own life. For a follower of Jesus Christ the One True Lord, hypocrisy is a heart issue that leads one down a path where a person’s heart of hearts do not match up with the fruit of faith and the Spirit.


VOTERS’ MEETING—The Nominating Committee recommended John Krenzke to the Church Governance Board (CGB) to fill the position of Vice President of the congregation. The CGB approved the nomination at a special meeting on Wednesday evening. A Congregational Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for April 14 at 9:15 am to vote on the nomination for Vice President. The School Board has also requested that the congregation vote to call teacher candidate Hannah Sugita at that meeting.

ALTAR FLOWERS—Beautiful plants adorn both traditional and contemporary worship spaces for Easter services. Take advantage of the opportunity to dedicate and donate your choice of lilies, tulips, hyacinths or azaleas, then take them home at the conclusion of the last Easter service on Sunday, April 21. Orders are not limited to just one! Lilies, tulips and hyacinths cost $10 and azaleas are $15. Order forms and a sign-up sheet are located across from the coatracks.

LWML—The IN District Retreat ingathering provided Our Shepherd Lutheran School with over $1,000 in Menards gift cards and monetary donations, over one hundred quarts of potting soil, over one hundred planters and seed starters, thirty bags of rocks and stones, pails, buckets, gardening tools, hanging planters, measuring cups, and seeds for planting. Praise God for the generosity the ladies of the LWML have shown to our school!

OSLS—Hungry? Our Shepherd's Parent Teacher League (PTL) is hosting a restaurant fundraiser at Portillo's THIS Monday, April 8, 5-8 pm, which earns 20% back on all purchases. PTL funds help support our school by providing additional resources for unbudgeted educational expenses and environmental enhancements in the classrooms and around campus.


Laura Czerwionka, Mary Lou Garretson, Pastor Al Hellert, Daniel Lepley (Pastor’s grandfather), Arlen   Levenhagen, Diane Robinson, Al Schafer, Marcia   Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For all who mourn, including the     Olson and Boller families. For all who are imprisoned. For our active military including Rex Rafferty. 


Lenten Services, Apr. 3, 10, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Restaurant Fundraiser @ Portillo’s, Apr. 8, 5-8 pm

Voters’ Meeting, Apr. 14, 9:15 am

New Member Welcome, Apr. 14, 10:30 am

Ladies’ Guild (LWML) Meeting, Apr. 23, 7 pm

Town Hall Meeting, Apr. 25, 7 pm

Confirmation Service, May 5, 10:30 am 



16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 17 who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 18 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20 The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, 21 the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.

 EPISTLE READING, Philippians 3:4b-14

4b If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 20:9-20

And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” 19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.


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