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Weekly Announcements 03.29.19

IGNORANCE

March 31, 2019

Fourth Sunday in Lent

“I didn’t know,” is never an acceptable excuse when one of God’s children wander away from walking in His way. The prodigal son basically wished his father was dead when he demanded his share of the inheritance before it was time. How often do we try to force our own way over God’s? How foolish it is to expect things to turn out better for us than the prodigal. Our only saving grace is our gracious Father, who loves even the wayward son and daughter.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us for a Town Hall Meeting TODAY at 12 p.m. to detail the election process, the budget, and provide an open forum for discussion.

VOTERS’ MEETING—The Nominating Committee recommended John Krenzke to the Church Governance Board (CGB) to fill the position of Vice President of the congregation. The CGB approved the nomination at a special meeting on Wednesday evening. A Congregational Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for April 14 at 9:15 a.m. to vote on the nomination for Vice President.

ALTAR FLOWERS—Beautiful plants adorn both traditional and contemporary worship spaces for Easter services. Take advantage of the opportunity to dedicate and donate your choice of lilies, tulips, hyacinths or azaleas, then take them home at the conclusion of the last Easter service on Sunday, April 21. Orders are not limited to just one! Lilies, tulips and hyacinths cost $10 and azaleas are $15. Order forms and a sign-up sheet are located across from the coatracks.

OSLCS WALKING TOUR—A walking tour of Our Shepherd will be hosted by Pastor Lepley during the Sunday School hour this week. We will explore how our facility use and signage from the narthex to the end of the school hallway subtly communicates our discipleship process from worship to spiritual growth and sharing life with our Shepherd.

LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL—LuHi is seeking a teacher for math and a teacher for American Sign Language. If you are interested or know of someone who would like to join the mission and ministry at LHS please contact Bev McIntosh at   or Michael Brandt at  Teachers are required to have an Indiana teacher license.

OSLS—Do you have Thrivent Choice Dollars to designate? Consider sending them to the Lutheran SGO of Indiana for student scholarships at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. Don’t let your Choice Dollars expire! TODAY is the last day to designate them. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Laura Czerwionka, Mary Lou Garretson, Daniel Lepley (Pastor’s grandfather), Arlen Levenhagen, Diane Robinson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For all who are imprisoned. For our active Armed Forces member: Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lenten Services, Apr. 3, 10, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting, Mar. 31, 12 p.m.

Men’s Retreat @ Camp Lakeview, Apr. 5-7

Restaurant Fundraiser @ Portillo’s, Apr. 8, 5-8 p.m.

Voters’ Meeting, Apr. 14, 9:15 a.m.

New Member Welcome, Apr. 14, 10:30 a.m.

Town Hall Meeting, Apr. 25, 7 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 12:1-6

1You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” 

EPISTLE READING, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

1Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable:

11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”