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Weekly Announcements 11.02.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-FAMILY-

November 4, 2018

All Saints’ Sunday

On All Saints’ Sunday, we remember those who have gone before us in Christ. As members of God’s family, we cherish the hope of a heavenly reunion with our dearly departed loved ones. This great hope, that our family is a part of God’s family now and forever, transforms and redeems our family relationships. We love and cherish one another as brothers and sisters forever united in Christ.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IT IS OUR CUSTOM ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY to remember our members who were called to glory during this past year. We thank God for the blessings that He bestowed upon them in this life and the promise He’s given to all of us of everlasting life. These are the saints from Our Shepherd who were called to glory this past year: Joseph Brabo, Robert McKinley, Violet Riczo, Donna Rosebrough, and Rick Sons.

GO MISSIONS TEAM—The November “GO” mission event will benefit Changing Footprints, an international organization that collects shoes and then distributes them to those in need, either locally or abroad. We will be sorting shoes at their Avon location on Sunday, November 18 from 2-4 p.m. The shoes are sorted by gender, style, size and condition. This is a great opportunity for families to “GO” into our community and serve together. Sign-up at the Welcome Center.

LWML—All ladies of the congregation are invited to join the Ladies Guild on November 13 at 7 p.m. for their monthly meeting where they will be preparing for the annual Angel Tree project.

FOOD PANTRY—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 on November 17-18. 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. Help us stock our shelves to serve those who need it.

OSLS— We rejoice with Mrs. Tracie Douglas upon being named the LCMS Indiana District Teacher of the Year! She blesses our school and church with her ministry and humility in being a vessel for the Lord. We give glory to God for His provisions and blessings in the work and ministry done through Tracie.

Heartfelt thanks go to every organizer and volunteer of this year’s All Saints’ Fest! Our school ministry is truly blessed by all of your effort.

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Despite the cold, rainy weather, we hosted over 1,000 children at Trunk-or-Treat this year! Thank you to all who volunteered their time and talents-organizers, trunk hosts, staff members, musicians, game leaders, parking attendants, candy runners, candy donors-to make sure that our guests saw Christ’s love here in this place! Because of YOU we were able to witness to our community with an event filled with fun and fellowship.  

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Dorothy Dobler, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. Thanksgiving for the safe birth of Caroline to Kat and Rex Rafferty. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Indiana District Youth Gathering, Nov. 9-11

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12:00 p.m.

Primanti Bros. LTF Fundraiser, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 17-18

GO Event, Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Pie Fellowship, Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST 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.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 John 3:1-3

1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:1-12

1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

Weekly Announcements 10.26.18

ETERNAL GOSPEL

October 28, 2018

Reformation Sunday

St. John tells of an angel carrying the timeless message of God’s unconditional love. We have been given this gift through Jesus, His death and resurrection. Free from sin and death, we are emboldened to proclaim that good news in all we do as God’s people.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on November 11 at 12:00 p.m. to vote on the candidates for the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and the Endowment Committee-names are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.

INDIANA DISTRICT YOUTH GATHERING—We are excited to host this year's Indiana District Youth Gathering November 9-11! There will be service projects, guest presenters (including Katie Stam Irk), worship services, a campfire, and plenty of fun time with other youth from across Indiana! Join us in praying for a successful, meaningful gathering.

GO MISSIONS TEAM—The November “GO” mission event will benefit Changing Footprints, an international organization that collects shoes and then distributes them to those in need, either locally or abroad. We will be sorting shoes at their Avon location on Sunday, November 18 from 2-4 p.m. The shoes are sorted by gender, style, size and condition. This is a great opportunity for families to “GO” into our community and serve together. Sign-up at the Welcome Center.

LWML—All ladies of the congregation are invited to join the Ladies Guild on November 13 at 7 p.m. for their monthly meeting where they will be preparing for the annual Angel Tree project.

FOOD PANTRY—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 on November 17-18. 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. Help us stock our shelves to serve those who need it.

OSLS—We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Hansing for serving as our Athletic Director for the last year and half. She has been a blessing to our school, however, she has felt called to step down from this position. Therefore, we have an immediate opening for an Athletic Director. If you are interested in applying for this position, please pick up a job description from the office and fill out an application. Interviews will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hedges.

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The Food Pantry would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for the generous support and donations to our Clothing Drive! We only wish you all could have witnessed the joy on the faces of our clients as they had unlimited access to any and all items that they needed. They were so grateful and so appreciative!  Thank you again for your continued support of this important and necessary outreach to our community. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Chuck Bowling, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Barb Perry. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.

Indiana District Youth Gathering, Nov. 9-11

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12:00 p.m.

Primanti Bros. LTF Fundraiser, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 17-18

Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Pie Fellowship, Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Revelation 14:6-7

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 3:19-28

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

GOSPEL READING,  John 8:31-36

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

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