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Weekly Announcements 02.01.19


February 3, 2019

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

In one day, Jesus cast out a demon, healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and then healed all the sick of Capernaum. After such a busy day, He rested. This account gives us great comfort. We have the assurance of God’s love when we are oppressed and find ourselves worn-out because of sin and suffering.


BIG GAME PARTY—You are invited to join us for the Big Game Party on Sunday, February 3 from 6-10 p.m. Join us for food, games, and a special half-time performance from the Praise Team. There will be a viewing room set up for serious football fans. This is a family friendly event, so invite your friends to come watch the game at Our Shepherd.  

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.

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 on Sunday, February 10 at 12 p.m.

NURSERY ATTENDANT NEEDED—We are in search of an additional Nursery Attendant! If you feel called to care for children during worship on Sunday mornings, please see the job description in the church office. Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 8.

GO MISSION EVENT—The February event will take place at Traditions, a senior community, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m. The team is preparing a Valentine’s party for the residents. This is a great opportunity for families to participate. Find details and sign-up at the Welcome Center.

OSLS—Have you noticed all the flags and the large banner in the sanctuary?  Each flag represents a unique country and has been colored by a student of Our Shepherd Lutheran School. The theme of National Lutheran School's Week is Real.Present.God. The school children learned that the love our God has for each person of the world is real and powerful. The banners and flags remind us that God's love is for all people! 


Nadine Brandt, Nicole Cook, Carlye Gibson, Kenneth & Judy Lehr, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, Faith Stoflet, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Lois Soehnlin. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 


Big Game Party, Feb. 3, 6-10 p.m.

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. 



Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13

31b And I will show you a still more excellent way. 1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 4:31-44

31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region. 38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them. 40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. 42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Weekly Announcements 01.25.19


January 27, 2019

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

As Jesus began His ministry, He made a stop at His hometown. When it was time for the Torah to be read at synagogue, He stood and read from the prophet Isaiah. During the reading, Jesus told the people who He is. Sadly, the reaction of the people was anything but joy.


NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK—During this week we celebrate the history and mission of our Lutheran schools through daily school-wide devotions, themed activities, and penny wars which will benefit Paradise Lutheran PreSchool that was ravaged in the California wildfires.

Today we recognize and celebrate the following teacher milestones: Kim May 20 years, Julia Stafford 10 years, Nicolette Mierow 10 years, Tracie Douglas 10 years, Wendi Lepley 10 years. Thank you for your service, dedication, and faithfulness!

OSLS MEET-SEE-EXPERIENCE—Visit OSLS on Fri., Feb. 1 anytime 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to experience faith-formation, hands-on learning, and leadership development. Meet teachers and pastors, participate in STEM activities, and see how OSLS is a blessing to our community.

CAMP LAKEVIEW—Where can your children experience Christian growth while riding horses, canoeing, swimming, and zip-lining? At Lakeview Ministries! Online registration for Camp Lakeview and Lakeview Villages will open on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. Don’t let your children miss the adventure, joy, and wonder of Christian camp. For more information, visit or call (812) 342-4815.

NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUNDRAISER—On Saturday, February 2 the LTF will host a breakfast at Applebee’s in Avon. Our youth will help seat, serve, provide drink service, and bus tables. Tickets are $10 each and available for presale in the office on Sunday mornings. 

BIG GAME PARTY—You are invited to join us for the Big Game Party on Sunday, February 3 from 6-10 p.m. Join us for food, games, a special half-time performance from the youth Praise Team, and football. There will be a viewing room set up for serious football fans. This is a family friendly event, so invite your friends to come watch the game at Our Shepherd.  


Did you know that fifty-five percent of the students at OSLS are not church members? Through generous contributions to OSLS, SGOs, and our participation in the Indiana Choice Scholarship program, we are privileged to joyfully share the Gospel of Christ with our community, demonstrate the love of Christ in our daily interactions, and freely communicate God’s love for all of His children. Thank you for your prayers and support!


Nicole Cook, Carlye Gibson, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Steven and Dian Summerlot. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 


National Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28– Feb. 2

Meet-See-Experience, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

NYG Applebee’s Fundraiser, Feb. 2, 8-10 a.m.

Big Game Party, Feb. 3, 6-10 p.m.

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

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


OLD TESTAMENT READING, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

1And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 4:14-30

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph's son?” 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away. 

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