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Weekly Announcements 07.29.18

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CHRISTIANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

July 29, 2018

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Environmental concerns are all over the news and media: ozone depletion, melting of the polar ice caps, plastic waste pile-up, dead zones in the ocean, smog, and air pollution. What responsibility do Christians bear in light of environmental corruption? How does our faith influence our actions as we seek to bring Christ to light concerning the environment?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes, beginning NEXT Sunday and continuing through Sept. 30. Learn about our teaching and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

WD-40—Our team of volunteers makes Sunday School possible by setting up and tearing down the Contemporary worship space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons once per month. Want to help? Email to fill an open spot.

SMALL GROUP HOSTS—Want to be a part of a small group, but not as a group leader? We are looking for hosts to provide meeting places for small groups. If you are interested in hosting or leading, there is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center or talk to Mark Borcherding today at 9:15 a.m. in the Luther Room.

GO—The Mission Team is assisting Changing Footprints, an organization that collects and distributes shoes to children around the world. They will collect shoes beginning next weekend  through  Aug.  24. On Sat., Aug. 25 from 9-11 a.m. they will sort shoes to send away. They are looking for volunteers, 8 each hour, to help. Please see Karen Robertson for more information. A sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Center, and a collection bin is by the Luther Room.

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—As an important milestone in the faith-life our children, we will present all 2nd grade students with a Bible of their own. Join us the weekend of August 18-19 to share this presentation with the church and school families of our 2nd graders.

OSLS VOLUNTEERS—Please prayerfully consider being part of our school ministry as a tutor, library helper, lunch/recess monitor, classroom helper, or office helper. We are also looking for substitute teachers to add to our list. These service opportunities can be as little as one hour a week. Please talk to Principal Amy Hedges if you would like to find out more about these opportunities, or be put on our schedule to help. School starts on August 7!

4 KENYAS KIDS -Orphan Grain Train is coordinating the collection and shipment of a shipping container to Point of Grace Academy in Kenya. OSLS is teaming up with churches around the country to fill the container with canning supplies, building materials, and school items, among other things. Please see the full list of requested items at the Welcome Center. A collection bin is placed near the Luther Room.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Henry Felix, Trudy Gierke, Robert Grosskreutz, Don Holman, Bob McKinley, Joey Morris, Dan Pence, and Lynda Pruett. For all of our homebound members including Dennis and Shara Toole. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Confirmation Orientation, July 29, 5:30-7 p.m.

Teacher Installation and Dedication, Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m.

First Day of School, Aug. 7

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Aug. 18-19, all services

WD-40 Thank-you Event, August 19, 5 p.m.

Church Picnic, August 26, *note the time* 5:00 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 1:26-31

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

 

EPISTLE READING, Romans 8:18-25

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 8:23-34

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” 28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men.34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.