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Weekly Announcements 11.10.17

FIVE WISE, FIVE FOOLISH

November 12, 2017

Twenty third Sunday after Pentecost

How is someone prepared for the return of Christ? The parable of the ten virgins shows that each of us must be prepared individually. You can't rely on someone else to get you "in." God has given His people a lamp (PS 119:105) and the Light (JN 8:12). May we be found ready for Christ's return by availing ourselves of God's good gifts!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VETERANS DAY - “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. Please join us in praying for, honoring, and thanking our Veterans for their service today. 

AVALANCHE SQUAD - Want to play in the snow? The snow removal team is looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at mmeyerholtz@ indy.rr.com to help.

FOOD PANTRY DRIVE-UP/DROP-OFF - We are able to show God’s love to an ever increasing number of families through your generosity. Nov. 18-19th, bring your non-perishable food donations to church before each of the services, and someone will unload them from your vehicle for you! Thank you!

ANGEL TREE - On November 15th Our Shepherd’s Ladies Guild will have the Angel Tree on display with angels ready to be taken. Our Angel Tree is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date.

OSLS - The middle school students present The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit on Friday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. If the evening performance does not fit into your schedule, you are also invited to attend the dress rehearsal that same day at 2:30 p.m.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 14th, 7 p.m.

Ladies Circle Meeting, Nov. 16th, 10 a.m.

OSLS The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit, Nov. 17th 2:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 18-19th

Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 2nd, 1 p.m.

Advent Services, Dec. 6, 13, 20th, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 5:18-24 

 18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!  Why would you have the day of the Lord? It is darkness, and not light, 19 as if a man fled from a lion,  and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall,  and a     serpent bit him. 20 Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light,  and gloom with no brightness in it? 21 “I hate, I despise your feasts,  and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,  I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,  I will not look upon them. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;  to the melody of your harps I will not listen. 24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a  cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 25:1-13 

1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Weekly Announcements 11.03.17

THE GREAT TRIBULATION

November 5, 2017

All Saints’ Day

What is tribulation? Many believe it’s the time before the time when Christ returns to earth. They’re kind of correct. According to the Bible, tribulation began in the Garden of Eden and will continue until Christ returns. All of the conflict we experience because of sin is “tribulation.”   On All Saints’ Day, we celebrate the peace God has won for us in His Son Christ Jesus!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 through our Savior Jesus Christ. These are the saints from Our Shepherd who were called to glory this past year:  Lucille Barksdale, Lee Boettcher, Mary Burrow, Marilyn Gruenhagen, Alice McKinley, Ray Orebaugh, Laverne Quade, Roberty Stahlhut, William Stoneking, Herman Strakis, and Robert Tiemeier. 

VOTERS’ MEETING - TODAY at 12:00 p.m. in the gym.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP - Bring a friend and join us for worship on Thanksgiving Eve, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and then stay for our annual Pie Fellowship. Please be sure to sign-up at the Welcome Center, or online via the link in the weekly email, to let us know if you will be attending and if you would like to share one of your special pies with those who attend.

ONLINE PICTORIAL DIRECTORY - We are excited to announce our new online pictorial directory through Servant Keeper. By maintaining an online database, we are able to offer the most accurate information available from our members, to our members. Information sharing is customizable to the preferences of individual families, and all profile photos must be submitted to the office to be included in the directory. An info sheet is located at the Welcome Center, and printed directories will be available upon request.

PASTOR LEPLEY CIRCUIT VISIT - As part of his responsibilities as a Circuit Visitor, Pastor Lepley is assisting to shepherd the flock at Holy Cross in Crawfordsville this week.

OSLS - The Luther Rose hanging in the sanctuary for Reformation was crafted by Mrs. Miller and her 6th grade students. The entire student body, along with their guests, traced one of their hands and signed their name on the cross, on Special Person's Day in September. These items were placed together to form this symbol of the Reformation and our Lutheran Heritage.

Congratulations go to the OSLS undefeated soccer team and the repeat Bible Quiz Champions!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Joan Carnagua, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 14th, 7 p.m.

Ladies Circle, Nov. 16th, 10 a.m.

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 18-19th

Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 2nd, 1 p.m.

Advent Services, Dec. 6, 13, 20th, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 John 3:1-3

 3 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.

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