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Weekly Announcements 11.23.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-HOPE-

November 25, 2018

Christ the King Sunday

Our risen and victorious Lord is enthroned as “Him who is and who was and who is to come.” Our hope of salvation is based on the unchanging fact that Christ is King, both now and forever. As His faithful subjects, we fix our eyes on Him who is our hope!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT PLEDGE DRIVE—The joy of knowing God’s love in Jesus Christ is the source of all love and generosity. With our hearts and minds focused on Christ this Advent season, this is an appropriate time of year to prayerfully consider how we respond to God’s love by sharing our tithes, talents, and time. Our upcoming Advent pledge drive will equip us to honor Jesus for giving His all for us.

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin on Wednesday, December 5 at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

AVALANCHE SQUAD—The snow removal team saves the church thousands of dollars each year. They are looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at if you are available to help.

GO MISSIONS—Please join us as we GO caroling at three area nursing homes with the BLAST middle school youth. We will leave from Our Shepherd at noon on December 9. After caroling, we will return to Our Shepherd for a pot luck lunch; please bring an item to share. A hot cocoa bar will be ready upon our return. The event is set to wrap up around 2:30 p.m. Please sign-up at the "GO" mission table in the narthex. 

LITTLE RAMS ATHLETICS—We have been blessed to host Little Rams Athletics for over ten years, but Tom Hansing has resigned from his role as the head of our Little Rams athletics program. His departure dictates that we are not able to offer a basketball session this upcoming season. If you are interested in volunteering to lead this program in the spring, please reach out to the church office. If we are unable to find volunteers, the program may have to be discontinued. 

OSLS— The 5th-8th graders will be serving OSLC by leading the Advent worship services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Marc Sweeney, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. 10 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

 

13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

EPISTLE READING, Revelation 1:4b-8

4b Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

GOSPEL READING, John 18:33-37

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world — to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”