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Weekly Announcements 9.28.18

FOREVER RICH

September 30, 2018

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The “riches” of this world empty us spiritually. What we invest in ourselves could be spent investing in others and in Christ’s Kingdom. Jesus paid the price for our spiritual poverty on the cross. We have been made rich by His gifts of love and forgiveness. He now invites us to make others eternally rich in His love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Sunday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. to vote on refinancing with Lutheran Church Extension Fund.

OPERATION KENYA CHRISTMAS—This is your last chance to help provide Christmas gifts to children at Point of Grace Academy! We are partnering with Orphan Grain Train and filling a shipping container with new items to be shipped to Kisumu, Kenya. Please help by bringing one or more items from the list at the Welcome Center. Please bring all NEW items to church by Sun., Oct. 7 to ensure that we will have all the items ready to be packed by students on Oct. 9. Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus with these children!

ALTAR GUILD—With the five worship services each week, the Altar Guild always needs more help! Altar Guild teams are responsible for washing communion cups, filling oil candles and cleaning altar area. Teams of 4-5 usually serve four weeks at a time, twice a year. Most work can be done immediately after worship. If you are willing to serve or have questions, please contact Ann Michael, Lynnette Simmons or the church office. If you would like to do a trial run, just let us know. You will be partnered with experienced Altar Guild members, learn how to care for Altar area and gain some new friends! 

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.

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 are available in the office between services.  

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -  Plans are in the works to launch our Spanish worship service on October 6! Our pastors and elders are working with Pastor Sam Ruiz to add a Spanish service to our weekend schedule.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Adler, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Marie Perry, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Dian Summerlot. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, Oct. 7, 12 p.m.

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

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Numbers 11:4-6, 10, 15-16, 24-29

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” […] 10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. […] 15 If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.” 16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. […] 24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it. 26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29  But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

EPISTLE READING,  James 5:1-11, 15-16, 19-20

1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. […] 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.[…] 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 9:38-50

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” 

Weekly Announcements 9.21.18

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THE SECRET OF GREATNESS

September 23, 2018

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The disciples argued about who was the greatest among them. Sadly, the disciples had the wrong idea of what true greatness is! Is true greatness something to be achieved? Or, is it something more than ourselves and our status in life?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Sunday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. to vote on refinancing with Lutheran Church Extension Fund.

HISPANIC OUTREACH—Plans are in the works to launch our Spanish worship service in October! Our pastors and elders are working with Pastor Sam Ruiz to add a Spanish service to our weekend schedule.

LAKEVIEW WOMEN’S RETREAT—Take a break from the pressures of schedules and obligations and join women from all over the District at the annual Women’s Retreat at Camp Lakeview next weekend, Sept. 28-30. Registration forms and more information may be found at lakeviewministries.com.

LADIES GUILD—Women of the congregation are invited to attend our meeting on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Luther Room. We will have a devotion, give an overview of our meetings this year as well as work on a mission project of making encouragement cards for Phil’s Friends.

ARK ENCOUNTER TRIP—Tuesday, Sept. 25 is your last chance to sign-up and pay your deposit for the SWANS group day trip to the Ark on Oct. 25.

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. A candy donation bin is located by the Luther Room.

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 are available in the office between services. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-Middle school students participated in service projects around the building on Fri., Sept. 14. including building a pergola in the Early Childhood STEAM garden, cleaning sanctuary chairs, power washing trash cans, organizing cabinets in the office, cleaning the gym, and setting up for the volleyball tournament. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Dorothy Dobler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Rick Sons. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Voters’ Meeting, Oct. 7, 12 p.m.

Ark Encounter Trip, Oct. 25

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

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING,  Jeremiah 11:18-20

18 The Lord made it known to me and I knew; then you showed me their deeds. 19 But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more.” 20 But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.

 EPISTLE READING, James 3:13-4:10

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. 

1What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

GOSPEL READING,  Mark 9:30-37

30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. 33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

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