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Weekly Announcements 10.26.18


October 28, 2018

Reformation Sunday

St. John tells of an angel carrying the timeless message of God’s unconditional love. We have been given this gift through Jesus, His death and resurrection. Free from sin and death, we are emboldened to proclaim that good news in all we do as God’s people.


VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on November 11 at 12:00 p.m. to vote on the candidates for the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and the Endowment Committee-names are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.

INDIANA DISTRICT YOUTH GATHERING—We are excited to host this year's Indiana District Youth Gathering November 9-11! There will be service projects, guest presenters (including Katie Stam Irk), worship services, a campfire, and plenty of fun time with other youth from across Indiana! Join us in praying for a successful, meaningful gathering.

GO MISSIONS TEAM—The November “GO” mission event will benefit Changing Footprints, an international organization that collects shoes and then distributes them to those in need, either locally or abroad. We will be sorting shoes at their Avon location on Sunday, November 18 from 2-4 p.m. The shoes are sorted by gender, style, size and condition. This is a great opportunity for families to “GO” into our community and serve together. Sign-up at the Welcome Center.

LWML—All ladies of the congregation are invited to join the Ladies Guild on November 13 at 7 p.m. for their monthly meeting where they will be preparing for the annual Angel Tree project.

FOOD PANTRY—Our Shepherd provides an active food pantry to assist members of our community. We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School on November 17-18. 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. Help us stock our shelves to serve those who need it.

OSLS—We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Hansing for serving as our Athletic Director for the last year and half. She has been a blessing to our school, however, she has felt called to step down from this position. Therefore, we have an immediate opening for an Athletic Director. If you are interested in applying for this position, please pick up a job description from the office and fill out an application. Interviews will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hedges.


The Food Pantry would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for the generous support and donations to our Clothing Drive! We only wish you all could have witnessed the joy on the faces of our clients as they had unlimited access to any and all items that they needed. They were so grateful and so appreciative!  Thank you again for your continued support of this important and necessary outreach to our community. 


Chuck Bowling, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Barb Perry. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter. 


Worship Service at INPEC, Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m.

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.

Indiana District Youth Gathering, Nov. 9-11

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12:00 p.m.

Primanti Bros. LTF Fundraiser, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 17-18

Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Pie Fellowship, Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m. 


FIRST READING, Revelation 14:6-7

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 3:19-28

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

GOSPEL READING,  John 8:31-36

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.