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News For This Week 7.26.15

In this weekend's bulletin:

The book of Hebrews draws a stark and compelling contrast between the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament against the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. Only in Christ do we have a sacrifice for our sins once and for all. His death is sufficient! In Christ’s humble death on the cross we see His servanthood most clearly. He laid down His life for us. Loved, redeemed and blessed with life in heaven forever, God calls us to serve others for His sake. In our loving acts, others can see the love of Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior.

WORSHIP     DISCIPLESHIP     FELLOWSHIP

Which symbol best symbolizes worship? ↑ ↓ ← → Most American Christians would choose the up arrow. This would be true only if the most important aspect of worship was what we do for God. For Lutheran Christians, what God does for us is most important, so we would choose the down arrow. If God has created, redeemed and made us holy by His Holy Spirit’s power, it doesn’t make sense that worship (where God meets us) would be more about us doing for Him than Him doing for us. Want to learn more? Check out the Explanation of the Liturgy in the pew pocket in front of you. Take it home, and see who does what for whom in worship. You may be surprised! John 15:1-6

THIS WEEK'S READING: 2 Chronicles 31:2-Ezra 1

 

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 MISSION GATHERING ~ Brendon Widau and his U of I soccer teammates will be traveling to Haiti August 1 to build a soccer field for an orphanage. He would like to collect slightly used soccer equipment like tennis shoes, cleats, shin guards and clothing for the kids. All ages and sizes are needed. Please place donations in the box in the narthex, and see Brendon, John or Jackie Widau if you have questions. Thanks!

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.

AT THE GREETER DESK are copies of the email newsletters for the last few weeks, the In His Service blog posted on our website every Wednesday, and the weekly announcements. Check them out!

COMING SOON...Orphan Grain Train building & warehouse dedication, July 26, 2pm, St. Paul Lutheran, Jonesville; New Member Welcome, August 8 & 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; Fall Sunday School/Bible Classes start, Sept 13; Euchre & Board Game Night, Sept 25, 6pm; Avon Heritage Fest booth, Sept. 26, 9am-4pm, volunteers needed.

Other Announcements: 

SERVICE PROJECT AT SUSIE'S PLACE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER ~ Please join us on Saturday, August 15 from noon-3pm for a service project. We'll be doing light cleaning to help out this program that works to investigate alleged child abuse and neglect, and promotes the safety of children. The center is located at 7386 Business Center Drive in Avon (just off Rockville Road). Please sign up on the sheet in the Luther Room hallway.

ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC TIME! Everyone is invited to join us for another wonderful church picnic on Sunday, August 16, after the second service, on the church lawn (or in the gym if it is raining). Please bring a side, salad or dessert to share. Fried chicken, lemonade and water, and tableware will be provided. Sign up in the Luther Room hallway so we can be sure to have enough for everyone! Don't miss this great fellowship opportunity with your fellow members and friends!

TRUNK OR TREAT PLANNING MEETING ~ The next planning meeting is Tuesday, August 25. at 7pm in the Luther Room. Please join us as we plan this annual outreach event that just gets better and better every year!

THE DARLAGE FAMILY would like to thank everyone for your cards, prayers, kind words and love on the occasion of Jane’s mom’s passing. We all felt truly lifted up and cared for by our church family, and it has made the grief easier to bear. We are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful family!

STUDENT MINISTRY E-NNOUNCEMENTS - Do receive our weekly updates for all BLAST (5th-8th grade) and LTF (9th-12th) activities and events? If you are not please e-mail DCE Dan so you can be informed about all the great opportunities and experiences our Student Ministry has to offer.

CHOIRS RESUMING ~ Choirs will start the new season on September 2 and 3. Adult Choir will start the year with a picnic on Wednesday, Sep. 2 at 6pm. Weekly rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 9, 7-8:30pm in the sanctuary. Junior Choir (grades 2-5) will begin on Thursday, September 3, 6:30-7pm in the sanctuary. Youth Chorale (grades 6-12) will begin on Thursday, September 3, 6:15-7pm in Mrs. Martin's classroom. Junior Handbell Choir (grades 3-8) will begin on Thursday, September 3, 7-7:30pm in the sanctuary. Adult Handbell Choir will begin on Thursday, September 3, 7:30-8:30pm in the sanctuary. A brass ensemble will be forming soon as well. We welcome back our returning musicians, and we would love to welcome many new members as well! Please prayerfully consider if you could join our music ministry. Questions? Contact Joyce Zimmerman at 839-7916 or email here

From Lutheran High School:

Saints Sign-Up Day at LHSI is Tuesday, July 28, 11am – 7pm in the Mary-Martha Commons. Enrolled students should come with a parent/guardian to receive information and materials.

LuFest ’16 volunteer information and organization meeting is Tuesday, July 28, 7pm. LHSI is looking for volunteers for our 34th annual event to be held in March 2016. If you can attend or are interested in learning more, please e-mail Director of Development Jack Powell, .

From Camp Lakeview:

First Annual Lakeview Ministries Sprint Triathlon: Come join us as we close out our summer program with the Sprint Triathlon, 5K, and children's fun run. This event will be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Attend as a participant, volunteer, or spectator. We will serve a BBQ lunch and have many activities such as a bounce house, dunk tank, yard games, and much more. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day at camp. For more information visit our website. See the event poster in the gym hallway on the athletics board.

News For This Week 7.19.15

From this week's bulletin:

If “to err is human,” then “to share is divine.”  Jesus warns against those who live to satisfy themselves and shows us what true godliness looks like: self-sacrificial love. He, Who created all things, came to share His very self, life and love with us. We, who have received His love, are empowered to share such love with others. Only His Holy Spirit can produce such “good fruit” in us. When He does, we know a joy the world cannot give. 

WORSHIP     DISCIPLESHIP     FELLOWSHIP

Worship, Discipleship and Fellowship have been the hallmark of the Christian Church since the Day of Pentecost. “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.” Acts 2:42-44 Here at Our Shepherd, we are refocusing all of our ministry activities around these three themes, so that our members may be enabled by the Holy Spirit to see every aspect of our life together, and their entire lives in light of God’s plan for them in Christ Jesus.

This week's reading: 2 Chronicles 24– 2 Chronicles 31:1

ISRAEL BIBLE STUDY meets this weekend on Saturday after the service and Sunday after the late service.

SPECIAL MISSION GATHERING ~ Brendon Widau and his U of I soccer teammates will be traveling to Haiti August 1 to build a soccer field for an orphanage. He would like to collect slightly used soccer equipment like tennis shoes, cleats, shin guards and clothing for the kids. All ages and sizes are needed. Please place donations in the box in the narthex, and see Brendon, John or Jackie Widau if you have questions. Thanks!

AT THE GREETER DESK are copies of the email newsletters for the last few weeks, the In His Service blog posted on our website every Wednesday, and the weekly announcements posted on our website each week. Check them out!

THE DARLAGE FAMILY would like to thank everyone for your cards, prayers, kind words and love on the occasion of Jane’s mom’s passing. We all felt truly lifted up and cared for by our church family, and it has made the grief easier to bear. We are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful family!

COMING SOON...Hendricks County Fair booth, July 19-24, 1-9pm; Orphan Grain Train building & warehouse dedication, July 26, 2pm, St. Paul Lutheran, Jonesville; New Member Welcome, August 8 & 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; Euchre & Board Game Night, Sept 25, 6pm; Avon Heritage Fest booth, Sept. 26, 9am-4pm, volunteers needed.

Job Opening:

Emmaus Lutheran School is seeking a full-time teacher for their 3rd and 4th grade class for the 2015-2016 school year.  I would appreciate your publicizing this opening to your church and school families.  For your convenience I’ve also attached a job description and application. As you will recall, Emmaus is a mission in the Fountain Square neighborhood.  We feel very blessed to be able to have children in order to expand our school to include PK-4 and 4th grade this year.  We appreciate your assistance and ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers. God’s Blessings! Beth Stafford, School Board Chairman

From the LWML:

Historic Mission Goal Adopted by LWML

Delegates to the 36th Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), held June 25-28, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa, adopted a historic $2 million mission goal for the 2015-2017 biennium. One convention attendee, Karen Lougheed, Fargo, North Dakota, smiled and stated, “This mission goal is huge, but we will reach it with God’s help. We’re the ladies in purple and we know God will provide!” The LWML, by the grace of God, will fund 19 mission grants on the national level in the next two years. Each of the 40 LWML Districts, as they met for their district conventions in 2014, also adopted a mission goal and chose mission grants to support for the 2014-2016 biennium. As LWML groups and individuals collect mites (offerings) they are sent to the District LWML Treasurers. The treasurers send 25% of those mission dollars to the national LWML. Those offerings, along with the contributions of other LWML supporters, will help meet this $2 million mission goal. You are invited to contribute as you have been blessed. You may donate online at www.lwml.org. Checks or money orders may be designated as missions and mailed to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993.

*What are mites? Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), mites are monetary gifts placed in the Mite Box, sacrificially given by supporters of the LWML. These gifts are offerings above and beyond the support given to our congregations and the LCMS. You may read more about this at http://www.lwml.org/mites.

From the Indiana District LCMS Newsletter:

Save the Date—July 26th for the dedication, ribbon cutting, and Open House at the new Orphan Grain Train building and warehouse at 209 Jackson, Jonesville IN 47247. The dedication service will begin at St. Paul Lutheran, Jonesville, at 2:00 p.m. and then proceed to the warehouse. Parking will be at the church and a shuttle bus will operate between the two sites. Bring donations of infant–five clothing for Latvia orphanages. Opportunity to make a donation towards the shipping of the first overseas container to Latvia orphanages of the infant–five clothing will be available. “Work like a volunteer” with hands-on experience in the sorting area! Light refreshments will be served. A silent auction of 12 handmade quilts, proceeds to help offset shipping costs. Orphan Grain Train Indiana is collecting clothing from birth to age 5 that can be sent from our new warehouse on the first overseas shipment to orphanages in Latvia. This clothes can be brought to the Open House on July 26 (everyone is invited) or collected and brought to a central collection site (call 712-369-1165 for details of places).

You are invited to Best Practices for Ministry—Heartland. We love the Church and the mission of the Church and want all to be encouraged as they serve Jesus. We believe that we can learn from one another! This conference is for LCMS pastors, church workers, and lay people. It begins at 1:30 p.m.on Wednesday, September 16, and conclude at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, at Carmel Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana. We are planning a wonderful event with great food, interesting sessions, engaging speakers, opportunities to network, and other not-so-serious fun!  All that and we are within an easy drive! And, it is FREE! The conference is an attempt to share the wonderful success of the Best Practices for Ministry Conference that is held at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix each February with even more people in the Heartland. The principles are the same: the conference is free for attendees, and no one is paid for presenting or speaking. The only costs for all in attendance are travel and lodging. Visit our website at http://bestpracticesheartland.com to register and for more information on lodging specials. Check out updates on Facebook at Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland. Do you have questions? Email Kate Giger for more info. Carmel Lutheran is proud to partner with Immanuel-St. Charles, MO; Concordia-Kirkwood, MO; Trinity-Lisle, IL; Immanuel-Macomb, MI; and St. Peter’s-Columbus, IN to present this conference.

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