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Weekly Announcements 02.23.18

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February 24-25, 2018

Second Sunday in Lent

Jesus denied Himself in every way by giving up the glory and honor of the Son of God to become the Son of Man. When we put ourselves first, we live as though we are God. The way of Christ was to sacrifice Himself to redeem men who sacrifice the good of others for their own sinful desire. This is divine humility. To resist pride and humbly accept God’s will is God’s work in our lives.


LENTEN SERVICES have begun! Join us Wednesdays in Lent 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 follow the 6:30 p.m. service.

CONGREGATIONAL SUMMIT—Please RSVP for our Congregational Summit on Friday, March 9, 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-Noon. We will pray, ponder and discuss plans for the next ten years at Our Shepherd. For more information pick-up the printed articles at the Communication Center.

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on Sunday, March 11 at 9:15 a.m. for a brief Voters’ Meeting to call DCE candidate Joel Marquardt and teacher candidate Carlie Eberhard. We will also vote on whether or not to begin a Capital Campaign for the proposed projects discussed at the Congregational Summit.

WHEELER MISSION OUTREACH—The program director for Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis will be speaking at the Ladies Guild meeting on Tue., Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Luther Room. The donations they collected will be given at that time. All are invited to hear the presentation to learn more about Wheeler Mission.

EASTER FLOWERS—Help beautify the sanctuary for Easter worship! Donate plants for the services and then take them home at the conclusion of the last service on Easter Sunday, April 1. Sign-up to purchase plants on the chart outside of the Luther Room.

OSLS MEET-SEE-EXPERIENCE—In lieu of the Egg Hunt, we are inviting our community members to our school to meet alumni, experience a chapel service, and participate in hands-on learning activities in math and science on March 9 from 9 a.m-5 p.m. and March 10 from 3-6 p.m. Contact Pastor Matt to learn more.

Based on Thrivent member recommendations, Our Shepherd Lutheran Church received $2,197 in charitable outreach funding from Thrivent Choice® in 2017. This gift helped support multiple ministries here at OS. As a reminder, 2017 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2018, so be sure to designate funds toward one of our ministries.


Lori Boettcher, Barry Clark, Jean Comer, Adler G., Henry F., Dale Floyd, Trudy Gierke, Christy Hawk, Skip Jochim, Tee Lipsey, Arlen Levenhagen, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Al & Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, and Norie Strakis. For all of our homebound members including Janice Levenhagen. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.


OSLS Open Enrollment, NOW

Lenten Services, Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Congregational Summit, Mar. 9-10

Voters’ Meeting, Mar. 11,  9:15 a.m.

Ladies Circle Meeting, Mar. 15, 10 a.m.

Easter Sunday, Apr. 1

Men’s Retreat, Apr. 6-8


OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout  their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 5:1-11

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 8:27-38

27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. 31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”