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Weekly Announcements 10.27.17

THE NEXT 500 YEARS

October 29, 2017

Reformation Sunday

Today we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! We benefit from Luther’s legacy of churches, schools, and a better world. Most importantly, he left a legacy of faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins.  If you could leave the world with one thing, what would it be?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

REFORMATION CONCERT ~ TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. the music ensembles of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will present a special concert to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will include congregational hymns and music performed by the Adult Choir, School Choir, Junior Choir, Youth Chorale, Men's Ensemble, Adult Handbell Choir, and Brass Ensemble, focusing especially on hymns of Martin Luther.  Childcare will be available in the nursery for children 5 and under from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Come celebrate this milestone with us!

CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION ~ We’d like to acknowledge and thank Pastor Hellert for 55 years in ministry, Joyce Zimmerman for 20 years in ministry at Our Shepherd (43 years in ministry), and Pastor Lepley for 10 years in ministry!

VOTERS’ MEETING ~ November 5th at 12:00 p.m. we will be meeting to vote on the candidates for church and school offices for 2018, and to discuss our Vision Statement and plans for our future.

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 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.

OSLS ~ Don’t bother making dinner on Wed., Nov. 1st, go out to City BBQ to support OSLS! Just present a flyer or show one on your smartphone when you place your order. OSLS PTL will receive 25% of the sales for the day.

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 Orpha Harris.  For those who mourn including the family and friends of Sharon Rigdon. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 3rd, 5:30 p.m.
Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.

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

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

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

 REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, TODAY, 3 p.m.

Reformation Concert, TODAY, 6:30 p.m.

Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

FIRST READING, Revelation 14:6-7 

6Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 3:19-28 

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

GOSPEL READING, John 8:31-36 

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Weekly Announcements 10.20.17

FAITH ALONE

October 22, 2017

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

As we learned last Sunday, it is by grace we have been saved. This grace gives us the faith to believe and trust in God’s promises. God calls us to be imitators of Him by living out our faith, so that others can see and believe. The gift of faith is meant to be given to others and not kept for ourselves.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FLOWER CHART ~ Be the first to reserve a Sunday to remember a birthday, anniversary, or special life event for a loved one with Altar flowers. The 2018 calendar is posted by the Luther Room. The two bouquets are $30 and you may take them home following the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday or pick them up later in the week.

CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION ~ We’d like to acknowledge and thank Pastor Hellert for 55 years in ministry, Joyce Zimmerman for 20 years in ministry at Our Shepherd (43 years in ministry), and Pastor Lepley for 10 years in ministry!

TRUNK-OR-TREAT ~ Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’ and trunks full of CANDY on Friday, October 27th from 6-8 p.m. A donation bin is located by the Luther Room for those who would like to donate candy.

REFORMATION CONCERT ~ The music ensembles of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will be presenting a special concert to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will include congregational hymns and music performed by the Adult Choir, School Choir, Jr. Choir, Youth Chorale, Men's Ensemble, Handbell Choir, and Brass Ensemble, focusing especially on hymns of Martin Luther. We invite you to celebrate this milestone with us!

VOTERS’ MEETING ~ Join us November 5th at 12:00 p.m. for our next Voters’ Meeting. Let us know what you think about our new proposed Vision Statement: “Growing as a community in Christ as we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.”

ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Have you purchased your tickets for the 24th Annual All Saints' Fest? You will certainly want to bid on special items created by OSLS students! Mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device (even if you aren’t present). Come for a great celebration that benefits Our Shepherd Lutheran School!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Mary Lou Garretson, Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, Sharon Rigdon, Jane Runge Darlage, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Dian Summerlot. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Lucille Barksdale, Alice McKinley, and Nancy Schuch. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 27th 6 p.m.

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 3rd, 5:30 p.m.

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

 REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, Oct. 29th, 3 p.m.

Reformation Concert, Oct. 29th, 6:30 p.m.

Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 45:1-7

1Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to     subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed: “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and   Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 22:15-22

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words.16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

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