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Weekly Announcements 9.28.18

FOREVER RICH

September 30, 2018

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The “riches” of this world empty us spiritually. What we invest in ourselves could be spent investing in others and in Christ’s Kingdom. Jesus paid the price for our spiritual poverty on the cross. We have been made rich by His gifts of love and forgiveness. He now invites us to make others eternally rich in His love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Sunday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. to vote on refinancing with Lutheran Church Extension Fund.

OPERATION KENYA CHRISTMAS—This is your last chance to help provide Christmas gifts to children at Point of Grace Academy! We are partnering with Orphan Grain Train and filling a shipping container with new items to be shipped to Kisumu, Kenya. Please help by bringing one or more items from the list at the Welcome Center. Please bring all NEW items to church by Sun., Oct. 7 to ensure that we will have all the items ready to be packed by students on Oct. 9. Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus with these children!

ALTAR GUILD—With the five worship services each week, the Altar Guild always needs more help! Altar Guild teams are responsible for washing communion cups, filling oil candles and cleaning altar area. Teams of 4-5 usually serve four weeks at a time, twice a year. Most work can be done immediately after worship. If you are willing to serve or have questions, please contact Ann Michael, Lynnette Simmons or the church office. If you would like to do a trial run, just let us know. You will be partnered with experienced Altar Guild members, learn how to care for Altar area and gain some new friends! 

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—A fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’ and trunks full of CANDY on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m.! Sign-up online or in the narthex by Oct. 15 to volunteer and/or reserve a trunk. Please help fill our candy donation bin which is located by the Luther Room.

OSLS—Childcare is available at church the evening of All Saints’ Fest, Fri., Nov. 2! Drop your children off from 5:15-11 p.m. so that you may enjoy an evening of dining, fellowship, and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items thoughtfully created by our teachers, students, and volunteers. Children must be at least three years old and potty-trained. Fifteen dollars per child includes pizza, drinks, snacks, and activities. Tickets are available in the office between services.  

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -  Plans are in the works to launch our Spanish worship service on October 6! Our pastors and elders are working with Pastor Sam Ruiz to add a Spanish service to our weekend schedule.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Adler, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Marie Perry, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Dian Summerlot. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, Oct. 7, 12 p.m.

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Numbers 11:4-6, 10, 15-16, 24-29

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” […] 10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. […] 15 If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.” 16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. […] 24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it. 26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29  But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

EPISTLE READING,  James 5:1-11, 15-16, 19-20

1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. […] 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.[…] 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 9:38-50

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”