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Weekly Announcements 05.04.18

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MY FAITHFULNESS

May 6, 2018

Confirmation Sunday and Ascension Observed

God values simple faithfulness and a humble spirit more than great works. When we’re confirmed, we promise our faithfulness to God, praying He will keep us in the faith by the power of His Spirit. We pray over our confirmands, encourage, and bless them. We can be confident because, by God’s grace, Christ’s faithfulness is our faithfulness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONGRATULATIONS CONFIRMANDS! We rejoice in the faith God has blessed you with, the life we share in Christ, and the Holy Spirit’s work in your hearts to confess the faith before us today!

PRAISE GOD for richly blessing our ministry with workers for the harvest! With joy we announce that Joel Marquardt has accepted our call to serve as Director of Christian Education, and Mrs. Charlotte Eberhard has accepted our call to serve as Music and 6-8th English Teacher.

VOTERS’ MEETING— Join us on May 20 at 12 p.m. for our Congregational Voters’ Meeting where we will be voting on the proposed budget for next year.

2018 GRADUATES—We are compiling a list of high school and post-secondary graduates. Please let the church office know of any current members that will be graduating this year so that we can celebrate their accomplishments!

OS GARDEN PLOTS—Spring is here! The gardens behind church will once again be available for members to their grow crops. Plots are 25' square and will be tilled sometime in early May. If you are interested, please contact Gwyn Borcherding (317-501-1928 or  ) for more information and a copy of the garden policy. Happy growing! 

OSLS—You are cordially invited to hear our Kindergarten students present their authored stories at the annual Author's Tea on Friday, May 18 at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Outreach Team-The Outreach Team’s mission is to help members of our community connect with God’s love and forgiveness in Christ. If you’d like to help with events (Meet-See-Experience, Avon Heritage Fest, Hendricks County Fair,  Trunk-or-Treat, etc.) or share Christ’s gifts as a part of our team, please contact Pastor Matt.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Adler G., Henry F., Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, and Marian Schafer. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Dave Hedges. For all of our newly confirmed members. For all of our homebound members including Trudy Gierke. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

School Open Enrollment, NOW

Ladies Circle Meeting, May 17, 10 a.m., Avon Gardens

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, May 20

Voters’ Meeting, May 20, 12:00 p.m.

OSLS 8th Grade Graduation, May 24, 7:00 p.m.

VBS, June 10-14, 6-8:00 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 1:1-11

1In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

EPISTLE READING, Ephesians 1:15-23

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. 

GOSPEL READING,  Luke 24:44-53

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” 50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.