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Weekly Announcements 01.05.18

VISITORS FROM THE EAST

January 7, 2017

The Epiphany of Our Lord

Epiphany begins with the visit of the sages from afar. What drew these men from hundreds of miles away? Was it not the age-old promise of a Savior who would save us from sin and the power of death! What does their faithful pilgrimage teach us about their faith? What do their gifts teach us about the value of God’s Son, Jesus?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HANDBELL WORKSHOP - Would you like to RING IN the New Year by trying something new? How about ringing handbells? Our handbell choirs need more ringers! Please consider coming to our Handbell Workshop at 7-8 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 11. We welcome all ages and all skill levels, from beginners, to those who may have played in the past but need a refresher. Please join us!

MARRIAGE RETREAT - Reserve your spot today for the annual couple’s 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 of renewal. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Center.

NEW MEMBER CLASSES - Interested in joining the Our Shepherd family? You are invited to attend our New Member Class beginning, Jan. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. The classes are scheduled for eight weekly sessions in the Luther Room. If you would like to brush up on the teachings of the Lutheran church and you are currently a member of OS, you are also welcome to attend.

AVALANCHE SQUAD - Join this group of volunteers to help keep our sidewalks, parking lot, and pathways clear when snow arrives. This crew has saved the church and school tens of thousands of dollars every winter! Contact Mark Meyerholtz, mmeyerholtz@indy. rr.com, to help!

ISRAEL TRIP - Please pray Godspeed for 17 pilgrims from OS traveling in the Holy Land. May the Holy Spirit open their hearts and minds to the depth of God’s love during their journey.

LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK - During the month of January we are celebrating the work of the teaching staff here at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. The teachers and aides will have staff cards on the bulletin board in the narthex to help you get to know them better. Blessing bags are beneath the bulletin board so that you may reach out to give a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Sara Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Henry Felix, Chris Hawk, Al & Marian Schafer, and Annette Stoneking. For all of our homebound members including Lyle Jensen. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSLS (School Families) Enrollment, now

Handbell Workshop, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

New Member Class, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.

OSLS (Church Families) Enrollment, Jan. 22

Congregational Call Meeting, Jan. 21, 12:00 p.m.

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan 21-27

OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1

Big Game Party, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 9-11

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 1:1-5 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11 

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Weekly Announcements 12.29.17

GAINING THE RESPECT OF THOSE AROUND US

December 31, 2017

The First Sunday after Christmas

When Mary and Joseph finally find Jesus, they rebuke him for causing them such worry and distress. However, Jesus reminds them that they should have known to look for Him in His Father’s house. Jesus grew in stature and favor with all the people around Him as He continued to grow up. Is this story about disobedience or where one’s priorities should be?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HANDBELL WORKSHOP - Would you like to RING IN the New Year by trying something new? How about ringing handbells? Our handbell choirs need more ringers! Please consider coming to our Handbell Workshop at 7-8 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 11. We welcome all ages and all skill levels, from beginners, to those who may have played in the past but need a refresher. Please join us!

TAX DEDUCTIONS - Today is the last day charitable gifts may be deducted from your 2017 taxes!

     *Donations to the church ensure that future generations receive the light of Christ.

     *A donation to our Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is tax deductible and receives a 50% tax credit on Indiana income taxes while providing scholarships to children who would not otherwise receive a Christian education. Contact the office with any questions.

CHURCH UN-DECORATING - Please join us for the removal of the Advent/Christmas decorations on Sunday, January 7 at noon.

SUNDAY SCHOOL - New classes begin on January 7. See the bulletin insert for our exciting new classes.

NEW MEMBER CLASSES - Interested in joining the Our Shepherd family? You are invited to attend our New Member Class beginning, Jan. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. The classes are scheduled for eight weekly sessions in the Luther Room. If you would like to brush up on the teachings of the Lutheran church and you are currently a member of OS, you are also welcome to attend.

CONGREGATIONAL CALL MEETING - A Congregational Voters' Meeting will be held on January 21 at 12:00 p.m. to vote on calling Amy Hedges as principal, a teacher candidate, and forming a DCE Call Committee.

ENROLLMENT BEGINS TOMORROW - Current school families may begin our online re-enrollment process beginning on January 1, 2018! Church families may begin enrolling on  January 22, and community enrollment begins February 1.  We offer a discount for those who complete their enrollment early: Jan 1-Mar 23 – $100 Enrollment Fee. March 24 and after – $150 Enrollment Fee.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Sara Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Henry F., Chris Hawk, Al & Marian Schafer, and Annette Stoneking. For all of our homebound members including Don Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Year’s Eve Service, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.

OSLS (School Families) Enrollment, Jan. 1

Church un-decorating, Jan. 7, 12 p.m.

Handbell Workshop, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

New Member Class, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.

OSLS (Church Families) Enrollment, Jan. 22

Congregational Call Meeting, Jan. 21, 12:00 p.m.

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan 21-27

OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 61:10-62:3

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteous-ness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.

1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

EPISTLE READING, Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might  receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 2:41-52

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day's journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and      acquaintances, 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

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