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News For This Week 8.23.15

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In this week's bulletin:

The Pharisees were a group of learned Jewish teachers who prided themselves on following the law of God strictly. Although a source of stability for the Jews during the time between the Old and New Testaments, the Pharisees added a large number of man-made “laws” which God never intended. In this weekend’s Gospel reading, Jesus addresses the issue of God’s commands, traditions, and how man’s traditions often get in the way of following God’s Word.


If worship is where God feeds us and gives us His gifts, discipleship is how we grow in our faith. God has called pastors and teachers to grow others in their faith by helping them to explore and dig deeper into His Word. This happens in personal devotions, Sunday School, Bible study and small groups. Looking for a way to grow in your faith life? Talk to one of our pastors, our DCE, or one of our small group leaders!  Ephesians 4:11-16

This week's reading: Nehemiah 11-Esther 4

GUEST SPEAKER TODAY ~ Join us in the gym at 9:45 for guest speaker David Ebeling, Assistant to the President of the Indiana District-LCMS. Dave will share with us an insider look at the role of the District office in the life of a congregation, and how we are all part of a bigger body sharing in the ministry and missions of the Synod.

2ND GRADERS RECEIVE BIBLES ~ This weekend, all church and school 2nd graders will be receiving their own Bible as a gift from our congregation. This annual tradition celebrates the importance of placing the Scriptures in the hands of our youth as they grow and develop in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please keep these young people in your prayers.

COLLECTION FOR 4 KENYA’S KIDS ~ A generous donor has offered a $5000 matching gift for the 4 Kenya’s Kids mission. The money raised will build a new, safer, more efficient kitchen for the school and dormitories that currently provide two meals a day to around 500 children and adults. Checks may be made out to OSLC with “Kenya” in the memo line and placed in the offering plate. We will present a check to Pastor Meeker next Sunday during our Mission Sunday celebration. Please see the church website announcements for more information.

THANKS FROM BRENDON WIDAU ~ Brendon would like to thank everyone who contributed shoes and soccer gear for his mission trip to Haiti. His college soccer team was able to do much work on a soccer field for an orphanage there, and the children loved the sports gear! Read Brendon’s thank you note in this week’s announcements on our website. [See In Other News below...]

CHOIRS RESUMING ~ Adult choir weekly rehearsals resume Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7-8:30pm. Junior Choir (grades 2-5) begins Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:30-7pm. Youth Chorale (grades 6-12) begins Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:15-7pm. Junior Handbell Choir (grades 3-8) begins Thursday, Sept. 3, 7-7:30pm. Adult Handbell Choir begins Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30-8:30pm. A brass ensemble will be forming soon as well. We welcome new members and ask you to prayerfully consider if you could join our music ministry. Questions? Contact Joyce Zimmerman at 839-7916 or email  

COMING SOON...Fall Sunday School/Bible Classes start, Sept 13; Pastor Rigdon’s New Book Sale,  Sept 19 & 20, School Hallway Entrance; Stephen Ministry Information Session, Sept 20, during adult Bible study; Ladies Guild, Sept 22, 7pm; Euchre & Board Game Night, Sept 25, 6pm; Avon Heritage Fest booth, Sept. 26, 9am-4pm, volunteers needed.

In other news:

A Special Thank You From Brendon Widau...I wanted to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all who contributed to the sports drive for my trip to Chambrun, Haiti, as well as those who prayed for my safe travels. The mission trip with my college soccer team, which was in conjunction with Nehemiah Vision Ministry, was a success and we were able to set up the irrigation on the soccer field, and get the seed down after a lot of hard, manual labor. Soon the field should have grass and attract many kids to the ministry so they can get proper nutrition, education, and many more benefits. The children thoroughly enjoyed everything we gave them from shoes and socks to jerseys and a number of other soccer items. When we handed them out, they immediately put them on. It was a blessing sharing the love of God with the Haitians who are so happy for what they have, but even better knowing that we were able to have a little part in rebuilding the village of Chambrun.

Little Rams Soccer Registration Open...It is time to register your little critters for Little Rams soccer at Our Shepherd! Our Shepherd Little Rams Athletics is currently accepting registrations for the upcoming soccer season for students in Preschool through 4th grades. Registration is $35 through August 24th. Our season kicks off August 27th and concludes October 3rd. If you have questions, please contact Tom Hansing via email here or (317) 435-6987. You may register here or pick up a registration form in the school office. 

Thanks To Our Construction Workers! Thanks to all the guys who came on Saturday to help begin work on Kyle Borcherding's new office space, the construction of storage space for robes, and other projects. You did a super job and made tremendous progress. We have one more work day next Saturday to try to finish up. Any one interested in helping is welcome to come at 8 a.m. or later. Please bring tools if you have them (i.e. hammers, drills, screw drivers, paintbrushes, spackling supplies, etc., plus drop clothes). We'll see you there!

Note of Thanks From Our Director of Communications...I would like to offer my sincere thanks for everyone's patience as we worked through some computer issues with my laptop these past two weeks that prevented me from keeping current on weekend emails, posts and website updates. Apparently, my laptop's brain needed a bit of an attitude adjust, which out IT guy deftly handled, however re-establishing a year's worth of tweaks and adjustments proved a bit more challenging to re-create! That being said, it looks like we are pretty much back on track, and have a system in place to make the process easier should it ever be necessary in the future! Whew! We are so blessed with wonderful technology here at Our Shepherd, but we also know we need to be good stewards of that gift, too, and need to make sure we have all the proper procedures, protocols and safeguards in place to protect these gifts, as well. In His Service, Jane Runge Darlage

News from Our Shepherd Lutheran School:

Magazine Fundraiser...Our annual magazine and cookie dough fundraiser is ongoing now until September 9. Students in grades K-8 should have brought home a packet of information about the program. New this year is a program where students can earn money for college through their participation. 

What is Amazon Smile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our church and school every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience
as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Our Shepherd. To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You can even add a bookmark to your page to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile each time you visit. How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping AmazonSmile? On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will need to select Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School in Avon, Indiana, to qualify for donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase made on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates, and does not exclude shipping & handling, gift wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. It is a quick and easy way to help out Our Shepherd!

Calling All Marsh Shoppers! Help our school earn valuable electronic Labels for Education when you shop at Marsh Supermarkets. Marsh is now requiring shoppers to register each year for this program, but don’t worry – it only takes a minute! Go to and register your Marsh card today (our school code is 44186). You can also recruit your friends, neighbors, and other family members to do the same. Each time a registered user scans an item that has a Label for Education on it at the store, one point will be deposited automatically into our account, and we will use those points to buy sports equipment, art supplies, and/or other school supplies for our kids. Thank you!

News from Lutheran High School:

The LHS cheerleaders will host their annual fall cheerleading clinic for girls in grades K – 6 on Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – noon (with check-in beginning at 8:30 am). The cost for the camp is just $20 and includes a t-shirt, snack and admission to a LHSI home football game where campers will be invited to perform with the high school cheerleaders. Please contact Jennifer Schmaltz at or 317-409-5375 to register. Deadline to register is Monday, August 24.

Join us on Wednesday, September 16 at Lutheran High School for a showing of the movie “Sing Over Me.” Come to the Ruth Lilly Auditorium at 6:15 pm for a brief opening and fellowship before the movie. After the film an open discussion on the LCMS stance on homosexuality and same sex marriage which will be led by Rev. Robert W. Armao, campus pastor of Lutheran High School.
“Sing Over Me” is the autobiography of singer/songwriter Dennis Jernigan, best known for his songs “You are My All in All,” “Thank You, Lord,” and many more. The film tells his story of a lifelong struggle with homosexuality and his healing through Jesus.

Alumni – Plan to join us on Friday, September 18 for Homecoming 2015! A special Alumni Chapel will be held at 1:00 pm; Saints Games take place at 2:00; and the Saints take on the Park Tudor Panthers at 7:00.

Reserve a booth today for the Third Annual Sugarplum Holiday Fair, Saturday, October 31 at LHSI. For information, visit or contact Melissa Johnson at 317-787-5474x213 or Proceeds benefit the Fine Arts Booster Club which supports LHSI teachers and students in band, choir, drama, forensics, and visual arts. You may download a vendor application at

News from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Reporter:

Museum of the Bible allies with Israeli antiquities agency...A Christian family’s ambitious Bible museum project has forged a key alliance with the Israel Antiquities Authority, giving treasures from the Holy Land a temporary home just steps from the National Mall.

The agreement between the planned Museum of the Bible and the authority will allow for the display of a selection of ancient artifacts from the 2 million belonging to the antiquities authority.

“When we set out to build the best new museum in the world, we knew the museum would be even better if we joined forces with some of the greatest collections anywhere,” said Cary L. Summers, the museum’s president. The museum is the brainchild of the Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain,...Read more here.

Miles to succeed Herman at Wheat Ridge Ministries...Paul C. Miles of Scottsdale, Ariz., will begin serving Oct. 26 as president and chief executive officer of Wheat Ridge Ministries in Itasca, Ill.

Miles, currently vice-president for development at Make-A-Wish® America in Phoenix, will be the fifth president of Wheat Ridge. He succeeds Dr. Richard Herman — president since 2006 — who will retire Nov. 1.

“I am humbled and energized to continue the good work of Wheat Ridge Ministries,” said Miles. “Our world is suffering in many places and it is a privilege to serve with our donors, ministry partners, congregations, board and staff in the work God has placed in front of us...Read more here.

News for This Week 8.2.15

In this weekend's bulletin:

In Christ, we see true greatness. Rather than exalting Himself, Jesus takes the form of a servant. Looking to the needs of others, Jesus took on human flesh, and bore the guilt and shame of the world’s sin. God paid our debt of sin at His own expense! Encouraged by this wonderful news, we step forward to serve others, compassionately caring for their needs and sharing Christ’s love. One day, Christ, the Perfect Servant, will return in glory to take us home to our mansion in glory! 


Did you know that before God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, He led them in a worship service? In that worship service, He confronted them in their sin, promised them forgiveness, and performed an animal sacrifice which pointed them forward in time to the Cross where His own son would be sacrificed for their sin. After the worship service, He clothed them with the skin of the animal covering their nakedness. In Lutheran worship still today, we confess our sin, receive forgiveness, and are given Christ’s righteousness as our own in the sacrament. Some things never change.  Genesis 3

THIS WEEK'S READING: Ezra 2-Ezra 8:14

COLLECTION FOR 4 KENYA’S KIDS ~ A generous donor has offered a $5000 matching gift for the 4 Kenya’s Kids mission. The combined dollars raised will be put towards building a new, safer, more efficient kitchen for the school and dormitories that currently provide two meals a day to around 500 children and adults. Please consider how you might be able to put some money aside from now through August 23 to help match the donation so we may present a check to Pastor Meeker on August 30 during Mission Sunday. Please see the church website announcements for more information.

SPECIAL ADULT STUDY SPEAKER ~ Join us on Sunday, August 23, in the gym for guest speaker David Ebeling, Assistant to the President of the Indiana District-LCMS. Dave will share with us an insider look at the role of the District office in the life of a congregation, and how we are all part of a bigger body sharing in the ministry and missions of the Synod.

AUDIO/VISUAL TECH TRAINING ~ All those interested in being part of our media team, please join us on August 9 at 9:30am in the sanctuary to begin your training!

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS are needed for several classes. Please contact Amanda Morris at or DCE Dan at if you are interested in serving.

SUNDAY NIGHT WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY ~ We will be following the confirmation calendar and will plan to meet in the Luther Room. We will be diving into the Angela Thomas study entitled "Stronger". Please let Marisa Price or Vicki Sofianos know if you are interested. Stay tuned for a start date and time.

COMING SOON...New Member Welcome, August 8 & 9, during services; Stephen Ministry Promo, August 9 during services; OSLS Back To School, August 12; Susie’s Place Service Project, August 15, 12-3pm, volunteers needed; Food Pantry Drive-Up & Drop-Off, August 15 & 16, before all services; Annual Church Picnic, August 16, after late service, church lawn; 2nd Grade Bible Distribution, August 22-23, during services; Fall Sunday School/Bible Classes start, Sept 13; Stephen Ministry Information Session, Sept 20, during Sunday School; Euchre & Board Game Night, Sept 25, 6pm; Avon Heritage Fest booth, Sept. 26, 9am-4pm, volunteers needed.

In Other Announcements:

LADIES CIRCLE will meet Thursday, August 20, at 10am in the Luther Room. This will be a worshop day only. Please come join us!

ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC - Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 16 after the second service on the church lawn. Fried chicken, beverages and table service will be provided. Please sign up to bring a side, salad or dessert item to share, and indicate number of people who will be attending so we can have enough for everyone! The sign up sheet is located in the Luther Room hallway. In case of rain, we'll party in the gym!

JOB OPENING - Sur La Table, a retail company located in Seattle, Washington, is hiring full-time, seasonal employees for their distribution center in Brownsburg. A variety of positions are available. For more information, email Jane at , or apply online at

Letter From Kyle Borcherding

Dear Our Shepherd Lutheran Church,

After much careful prayer and consideration, I am pleased to announce that I will accept the Worship Director position at Our Shepherd. My wife, Kelsey, and I are very excited to join you all in Avon to be a part of what the Lord is doing there. We have begun our transition process here in Texas, and we anticipate joining you at the beginning of September.

Thank you for your prayers and support during the decision-making process, as well as the moving and transition time for us. Blessings to you all, and we look forward to serving with you at Our Shepherd.

In Christ,

Kyle Borcherding

From Lutheran High School:

The Opening Worship service for the 2015-2016 school year will be held Monday, August 3, at 7 pm in the Ruth Lilly Auditorium on the Lutheran High School campus. The Fall Parent Athletic meeting will follow. Classes start on Wednesday, August 5.

Alumni, save the date and plan to join us on Friday, September 18 for Homecoming 2015! A special Alumni Chapel will be held at 1 pm; Saints Games take place at 2 pm; and the Saints take on the Park Tudor Panthers at 7 pm.

LHSI is re-establishing a wrestling program at the high school. Coach Greg Hughes, who currently coaches a youth wrestling program, also plans to form a junior high program. Please contact Coach Hughes at if interested in being involved with the wrestling program.

From Lutheran Child & Family Services:

You are cordially invited to the Lutherwood Praise Festival Open House on Saturday, October 3, from 11:30 am-3 pm on their campus at 1525 N Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis. Come enjoy an afternoon of fun, food and praise, and learn about their programs and services while enjoying music from area church bands and choirs. For more information or to participate in the event, contact Mary McGhiey at 317.359.5467 x339 or .