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Weekly Announcements 05.13.18


May 13, 2018

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Nothing in this world is more sacred than family. It is said that when Adam and Eve walked out of the garden, all they had was each other. How true! Jesus loved His family so much that He died for His family. What do we sacrifice so that our family may know the measure of our love for them?


MOTHER’S DAY blessings to everyone who “mothers” others, we express our gratitude and sincere wishes for a wonderful Mother's Day. All adult women are invited to pick up a small token of our appreciation at the conclusion of each service.

OSLS PRINCIPAL INSTALLATION—Join us next Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. for the installation of Mrs. Amy Hedges as our school principal. We praise God for the blessing of caring and dedicated staff such as Mrs. Hedges!

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

NEW MEMBER CLASSES—If you desire to transfer your membership to Our Shepherd from another LCMS Lutheran church, please contact the church office at 317-271-9103. Orientation Classes will be held on June 3 and June 10. Our next New Member Welcome will be Sunday, June 24. If you desire to become a member by going through Adult Confirmation, please talk to Heather Abernathy or Pastor Matt.

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. Please join us in praying for Robert Etheridge as he has been assigned to serve as Vicar at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baltimore, MD. May God continue to work through him and his ministry. 

OSLS—We invite you to attend our 8th graders' Graduation service on Thursday, May 24th, at 7:00 p.m.  DCE Dan Hampton will be our guest speaker, and there will be a reception in the gym following the service.

FOOD PANTRY-Our Shepherd provides an active food pantry to assist members of our community. Next Sunday, May 20 they will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School. You can drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any donations. Monetary donations are used to purchase additional food for the ever increasing families in need of assistance.


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.


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

Mrs. Martin’s Retirement Celebration, May 19, 4-6 p.m.

OSLS Principal Installation, May 20, 10:30 a.m.

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 p.m.


 FIRST READING, Acts 1:12-26

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. 15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and “‘Let another take his office.’ 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

EPISTLE READING, 1 John 5:9-15

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

GOSPEL READING, John 17:11b-19

11b Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.