January 21, 2017
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Good co-workers make time fly because work is fun and a lot gets done. It’s no wonder that Jesus began His ministry by gathering a good group of co-workers to share the load with. When Church is done right, we know this blessing. Like the first apostles, we are being taught and have been invited to share life with our Shepherd.
As we begin National Lutheran Schools Week, join us in congratulating and thanking Mrs. Margo Martin for 31 years of teaching ministry (20 years at Our Shepherd), Mrs. Shirley Cronauer for 26 years of teaching ministry (21 years at OS), Ms. The-Resa Lipsey for 20 years of assisting in the classrooms at OS, Mrs. Kim May for 19 years of teaching ministry (15 years at OS), Mrs. Rachel Miller for 12 years of teaching ministry at OS, Mrs. Amy Hedges for 10 years of teaching ministry at OS, Mrs. Nicolette Mierow for 13 years of teaching ministry (9 years at OS), Mrs. Lisa Dubke for 12 years of teaching ministry (4 years at OS), and Mrs. Julia Stafford for 9 years of teaching ministry (6 years at OS). We celebrate these milestones, as well as the faithful service of every OS teacher, aide, and school staff member with appreciation for their ministries.
CONGREGATIONAL VOTERS’ MEETING - Join us TODAY at noon for a voters’ meeting to call Amy Hedges as OSLS principal, to call a teacher candidate to teach English and music, and to form a DCE Call Committee.
MARRIAGE RETREAT - Reserve your spot today for the annual couples’ get-away at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN, Feb. 9-11. Cindy Campbell of Cross Connections and Pastor Daniel Schumm will be leading the weekend. Brochures are available at the Welcome Center.
NEW MEMBER CLASSES - Classes began last week, but it isn’t too late to join. Please contact Pastor Matt, , for more information.
OSLS ENROLLMENT - Our Shepherd Lutheran School is looking forward to another great school year! In preparation for the start of 2018-2019, we encourage you to complete priority enrollment which opens for Our Shepherd Lutheran Church families on Mon., January 22nd. Please contact the office to enroll.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Charles Crowder, Adler G., Henry F., Trudy Gierke, Sara Krenzke, Arlen Levenhagen, Al & Marian Schafer, and Sig Ziegler. For all of our homebound members including Dorothy Dobler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Dolores Gustafson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Congregational Voters’ Meeting, Sunday, 12:00 p.m.
OSLS Enrollment (Church Families) , Jan. 22
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan 21-27
OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1
Big Game Party, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.
Marriage Retreat, Feb. 9-11
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth. 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:14-20
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.