Weekly Announcements 03.09.18
March 11, 2018
Fourth Sunday in Lent
There is little justice in this world. The most vulnerable are preyed upon. Those who have the most advantage leverage their means to increase their advantage over the weak. Christ came once to save. When He returns in glory, eternal justice will be metered-out. No longer will evil prevail. We can walk by faith, not seeking revenge or personal leverage, because we know that the way of Christ guarantees justice will prevail.
EASTER FLOWERS—Help beautify the sanctuary for Easter worship! Dedicate and donate plants for the services and then take them home at the conclusion of the last service on Easter Sunday, April 1. Sign-up on the paper outside of the Luther Room.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS—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.
MEN’S RETREAT—Want to get away for a weekend? Want to spend time outdoors? Want to grow closer to God while doing so? Sign up for a weekend of faith, fun, and fellowship. The Camp Lakeview Men’s Retreat in Seymour, IN will be held on the weekend of Apr. 6-8. Register online via the link in the weekly email or at the Welcome Center.
Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to the Congregational Summit. Please continue to pray for our leaders and the future of Our Shepherd.
OSLS—Central Indiana Lutheran schools competed at Lutheran High School for Sci-Fest last week. Teams of 2 students were given bags of ordinary household objects to create and fly gliders. We congratulate Jonathan Prahlow and Avryn Wilson for their 1st place finish in the 5/6th grade division, and Emma Hobbs and Carina Lepley for their 3rd place finish in the 7/8th grade division.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Barry Clark, Jean Comer, Adler G., Henry F., Dale Floyd, Trudy Gierke, Skip Jochim, Tee Lipsey, Arlen Levenhagen, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Vi Riczo, Al & Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, and Norie Strakis. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
OSLS Open Enrollment, NOW
Voters’ Meeting, TODAY, 9:15 a.m.
Lenten Services, Mar. 14, 21, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Ladies Circle Meeting, Mar. 15, 10 a.m.
Easter Sunday, Apr. 1
Men’s Retreat, Apr. 6-8
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Numbers 21:4-9
4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” 6 Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7 And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
EPISTLE READING, Ephesians 2:1-10
1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
GOSPEL READING, John 3:14-21
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”