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Weekly Announcements 06.22.18

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HEAVEN, NOW, AND THE RESURRECTION

June 24, 2018

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

When one is near death it is common to hear, “I’m going home to heaven.” This line of thought is nice, peaceful, and pleasing to the heart, however, it is not what God’s Word tells us. The home of every saint, living or dead, on earth or in heaven, is the new creation to come.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—We welcomed 95 children, including 25 walk-ins, to VBS to hear about how we are Rescued by Jesus! We had 50 volunteers (half of which were middle and high school youth) who dedicated their time and talents to spreading the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to all who attended. If you allowed us to borrow a beach towel, you may pick it up in the office. Many thanks to all who supported VBS this year!

LWML IN DISTRICT CONVENTION—The "Walking in the Light of the Lord," based on Isaiah 2:5b, convention will be held in Valparaiso, IN on June 29-July 1. There will be Bible studies, presentations from missionaries, and business meetings where delegates will vote for new Mission Grants and district officers. Four women from Our Shepherd will be attending the convention: Lynnette Simmons and Rosemary Thomas are delegates and Julia Stafford and Alice Farley are attendees. Please keep this convention in your prayers as they meet to "Serve the Lord with Gladness" and sing praises to God for the many blessings He bestows on the LWML/Lutheran Women in Mission to spread the gospel through our Mites and prayers. 

DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INSTALLATION—Join us for the installation of DCE Joel Marquardt on Sunday, July 22 at the 10:30 a.m. service. We are pleased to welcome Joel’s father, Rev. Jeffrey Marquardt, to preach during that service.

NAME BADGES—Orders are being taken for OSLCS magnetic name badges. The cost is $10 per badge, and payment may be placed in the offering plate, clearly designated. Please email Kim Mourer, , by July 9 if you would like to make an order.

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is currently seeking highly qualified individuals to teach in a multi-age, project-based class of students aged 3-5 years. We are hiring both lead teacher positions and aide positions. The program is five days weekly for half days, either morning or afternoon. Applications and job descriptions available from the church office. Resumes and letters of Interest accepted via email to  or dropped off in the office.

POINT OF GRACE ACADEMY, KENYA

Our Shepherd's $10K investment for greenhouses at Point of Grace Academy will provide:

$1,490 savings for the school in vegetable production twice this year = $2,980

$1,000 vegetable sales at wholesale cost to local residents who were able to sell them in local vegetable stands twice this year = $2,000

Total sales and savings in year one of this project $4,980!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Adler, Henry, Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Barb and Buddy Ray, Phyliss Renolds, Marian Schafer, Margie Sims, Rick Smith, and Earl Swart. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

LTF Restaurant Fundraiser, June 26 @ BJ’s Restaurant

Independence Day Service, July 4, 6:30 p.m.

DCE Installation, July 22, 10:20 a.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT  READING, Joel 2:1-13

1 Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near,a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations.Fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but behind them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them. Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like war horses they run.As with the rumbling of chariots, they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle. Before them peoples are in anguish; all faces grow pale.Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way; they do not swerve from their paths. They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted. They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls, they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief. 10 The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. 11The Lord utters his voice before his army, for his camp is exceedingly great; he who executes his word is powerful. For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome; who can endure it? 12 “Yet even now, ”declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

SECOND  READING, Philippians 2:5-16

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own  salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 2Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”