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Weekly Announcements 10.19.18

IMPOSSIBLE TO ENTER GOD'S KINGDOM

October 21, 2018

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus said in our gospel lesson that it’s “IMPOSSIBLE” for the rich to enter His Kingdom. That’s a scary thought since we live in one of the wealthiest nations on earth! But God doesn’t discriminate. It’s impossible for anyone to enter His Kingdom apart from Christ. Jesus lived the life of a destitute to make us spiritually rich. May His Spirit move us to further the Kingdom of God in this place.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—Join us this Friday for our annual community outreach event! There will be games, food trucks, pumpkin chunkin’, hay rides, live music, and decorated trunks with candy. It’s not too late to sign-up to help! Please consider filling an empty trunk spot, or donate candy!!

INDIANA DISTRICT YOUTH GATHERING—We are excited to host this year's Indiana District Youth Gathering here at Our Shepherd November 9-11! This fun weekend will include a message on community by the featured speaker, former Miss America, Katie Stam Irk. There will also be service projects, guest presenters, worship services, a campfire, and plenty of fun time with other youth from across Indiana! Join us in praying for a successful, meaningful gathering.

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. We are also collecting notes and cards for Vicar Bob Etheridge, Pastor Al Hellert, and Pastor Daniel Coffey. These gifts will be presented to our church workers next Sunday, 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. The answers will be published in the weekly email on Friday.

FAMJAM PARENTING WORKSHOP—How many of us have asked ourselves, “Am I spending enough time with my kids? Am I giving them too much stuff? Am I putting enough effort in my marriage?  How can I more effectively manage my time with work, family, homework, and sports?” When these questions arise, we often don’t know where to look. It’s rare that we take a step back and evaluate how our home is run. FamJam is here to help! Hosted by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8115 Oaklandon Road, Indianapolis on November 3, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The cost is $5/person ($10 at the door) Lunch is included. Visit the website www.hclc.info/famjam to check out the presenters and to register!

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-

Thank you everyone who donated to Operation Kenya Christmas! We received 5524 items including 255 towels, 436 toothbrushes, 166 bars of soap, 509 pens, 1440 pencils, 140 deodorants, etc. Thank you to all the volunteers & school children who packed items; LWML for canning supplies; and LTF for moving boxes for the Brockman's to pick up. This was teamwork between so many church ministries!! Praise God for the supplies that will be used in Kenya to bless God's children there and the work of His Kingdom! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Mary Ann Dressler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Joan Carnagua. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

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.

Indiana District Youth Gathering, Nov. 9-11

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12:00 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, Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. 11 When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? 12 Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep. 13 There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, 14 and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. 15 As he came from his mother's womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. 16 This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind? 17 Moreover, all his days he eats in darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger. 18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 4:1-16

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.” Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Jesus the Great High Priest 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 10:23-31

23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” 

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.

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