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Weekly Announcments 03.01.19


March 3, 2019

Transfiguration of our Lord

The Transfiguration was but a glimpse of the glory of Christ. The disciples had no idea what lay ahead for themselves and Jesus. But this glimpse gave them hope when confronted with questions and struggles. Who do you turn to for hope when life throws you a curveball?


CHURCH WORK DAY—Special thanks to all who used their time and talents to help make our Work Day a success!

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday, March 6, for services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 p.m. service.

NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUNDRAISER—Our Shepherd is sending 33 youth and 7 adults to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis this July for a weekend of incredible spiritual growth experiences. You may help support the group by making a donation through our envelope fundraiser. Choose an envelope from the display at the entrance to the school hallway and follow the instructions inside. The youth truly appreciate your generous support and are excited for the 2019 NYG!

CONCORDIA NEBRASKA CONCERT—The Concordia University, Nebraska Wind Ensemble will perform on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. here at Our Shepherd. Invite friends and neighbors to join us as we welcome these forty-one student performers on their tour. The primary goal of the tour is to serve as ambassadors for Concordia University by sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through sacred and traditional band literature. Host families are still needed for the students. Contact Carlie Eberhard, , to find out how you can help.

OSLS—During National Lutheran Schools’ Week, our students collected over $1,000 from the Penny Wars classroom competition to send to Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Paradise, California, a Preschool destroyed by the California wildfires last fall.


This weekend, 11 youth and 3 adults from Our Shepherd joined youth from Holy Cross and Messiah, Eagle Creek for a 30 Hour Famine lock-in. They fasted to experience hunger and bring awareness to the local and world-wide hunger crisis. Participants prepared and served a meal to some of Indianapolis' homeless population in partnership with DreamCenter Indy. To learn more, visit 


Vicki Ade, Joseph Brockway, Laura Czerwionka, Jason Douglas, Judy Lehr, Abby P., Ron Stoner, Earl Swart, Karen Tyler, Connie Vance, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 


Ash Wednesday Services, Mar. 6, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Concordia Nebraska Concert, Mar. 7, 7 p.m.

Kenya Water Project Sending Service, Mar. 10, 10:45 a.m.

Lenten Services, Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10

                                  4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Congregational Voters’ Meeting, Mar. 24, 12 p.m. 


OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land,12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel. 

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 3:1-6

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 9:28-36

28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen. 

Weekly Announcements 02.08.19


February 10, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus called His first disciples while they were fishing. Covered in sweat after washing slimy fishnets, you can imagine how smelly and gross they were. After witnessing a miraculous catch, Peter recognized Jesus’ divine power and lamented his filthiness. He was painfully aware of his sinfulness. We do well to follow him in repentance if we want to be found fit as fellow followers of Christ.


POINT OF GRACE WATER PROJECT—Interested in learning more about the new partnership between Fountains of Hope and Point of Grace Academy in Kenya? To see how you can be a part of this opportunity, join Pastor Lepley for a presentation today at 12 p.m.

MARRIAGE RETREAT SURVEY—We are committed to making the Marriage Retreat a meaningful experience for all couples who attend. Your opinion is important to us! Please click the link in the weekly email, use this link, or pick-up a paper copy from the Welcome Center and return it to the office (one per person). The responses are anonymous and will be collected until Feb. 18.

CHURCH WORK DAY—Families and skill levels of all ages are needed for a church-wide work day on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Come for an hour or for the day - there is both cleaning and maintenance work to be done inside and outside! A soup lunch will be available from 12-1 p.m. Your participation in this event will also help the All Saints’ Fest committee to procure Disney tickets for the annual auction. We hope you can join us!

MEN’S RETREAT—Online registration is now open for the 2019 Men’s Retreat. Be in fellowship with over 100 Christian men. Get away and enjoy God’s great creation, join in the Medieval Challenge, Archery Tag, Fishing Tournament, Hog Roast, and much more. The event takes place April 5-7 at Lakeview Villages. Visit for more information.

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is looking to interview and hire called teachers for our open positions in 2nd and 3rd grades. Per our Constitution and By-laws (Article X.A.1.b) any member of the Congregation may submit a candidate's name for consideration and verification with District officials. If you are interested or have a name to submit, please contact School Board President, Dale Darlage, at with information no later than February 20, 2019 for verification and consideration. 


Nadine Brandt, Amber Davis, Joyce Etheridge, Carlye Gibson, Thomas James, Rick Laws, Judy Lehr, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, Faith Stoflet, Earl Swart, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Mary Ann Dressler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Robert and Cynthia Davis and Kenneth Lehr. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 


Point of Grace Water Project Meeting, Feb. 10, 12 p.m.

GO Mission Event, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.

Israel Bible Study, Feb. 13, 7:15 p.m.

Church Work Day, Mar. 2, 9 a.m.-3p.m.

Concordia Nebraska Band Concert, Mar. 7, 7 p.m. 



1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20

12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. 13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

GOSPEL READING,  Luke 5:1-11

1On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. 

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