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Weekly Announcements 11.02.18



November 4, 2018

All Saints’ Sunday

On All Saints’ Sunday, we remember those who have gone before us in Christ. As members of God’s family, we cherish the hope of a heavenly reunion with our dearly departed loved ones. This great hope, that our family is a part of God’s family now and forever, transforms and redeems our family relationships. We love and cherish one another as brothers and sisters forever united in Christ.


IT IS OUR CUSTOM ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY to remember our members who were called to glory during this past year. We thank God for the blessings that He bestowed upon them in this life and the promise He’s given to all of us of everlasting life. These are the saints from Our Shepherd who were called to glory this past year: Joseph Brabo, Robert McKinley, Violet Riczo, Donna Rosebrough, and Rick Sons.

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 rejoice with Mrs. Tracie Douglas upon being named the LCMS Indiana District Teacher of the Year! She blesses our school and church with her ministry and humility in being a vessel for the Lord. We give glory to God for His provisions and blessings in the work and ministry done through Tracie.

Heartfelt thanks go to every organizer and volunteer of this year’s All Saints’ Fest! Our school ministry is truly blessed by all of your effort.


Despite the cold, rainy weather, we hosted over 1,000 children at Trunk-or-Treat this year! Thank you to all who volunteered their time and talents-organizers, trunk hosts, staff members, musicians, game leaders, parking attendants, candy runners, candy donors-to make sure that our guests saw Christ’s love here in this place! Because of YOU we were able to witness to our community with an event filled with fun and fellowship.  


Lori Boettcher, Dorothy Dobler, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. Thanksgiving for the safe birth of Caroline to Kat and Rex Rafferty. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 


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

GO Event, Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m.

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

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


FIRST READING, Revelation 7:9-17

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”


1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:1-12

1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.