July 16, 2017 — Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
THE GENEROUS SOWER
Jesus compared the work of the Kingdom to a farmer who sows seed generously. God has blessed us richly with His Word. His Spirit encourages our faith to grow. When we focus on the Sower, it becomes apparent that the life we have is rich and abundant. Instead of wondering, “which seed am I,” or, “which soil am I,” let’s explore God’s generosity and how the fruit of His love is in seen in our lives.
NEW MEMBER CLASSES ~ Interested in becoming a part of the Our Shepherd family? Join us for new member classes beginning Sunday, July 23rd. Eight weekly classes will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in room 185. See Heather at the Welcome Center for more information.
DCE INTERN INDUCTION ~ Please join us for the induction of our new DCE Intern, Joel Marquardt, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service on July 23rd. We will welcome Joel and his wife Nicole at all of the services on July 22-23.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD ~ Now that stores are stocked with school supplies, it is a great time to pick up some extras to donate to the boxes that the OSLS children prepare and send to Samaritan’s Purse. A donation bin is located near the Luther Room. Please note that we do not need shoe boxes this year. Your gift will show the love of Christ with a needy child somewhere in the world.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ~ The new worship schedule and dedicated Sunday School hour opens up a number of new opportunities to serve as Sunday School teachers and assistants. The teaching materials are available online with many choices; videos, crafts, object lessons, and more. Teachers develop the lesson to fit their style. If you are interested in hearing more about helping, contact Mark Borcherding at
OSLS ~ Our Shepherd Lutheran School is seeking individuals with a desire to serve as volunteers within the school as tutors, library helpers, and teacher helpers. We would be thrilled with any amount of time you can share with our students! We are also seeking paid substitute teachers. Contact Amy Hedges about these volunteer and substitute opportunities at or by calling the office at (317) 271-9100.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Amber Davis, Henry F., Rich Gagnon, Jackie Hilmer, Dennis Rosebrough, Marian Schafer, Herb Schortemeyer, Nancy Schuch, Norie Strakis, Annette Stoneking and Brenda Tierney. For all of our homebound members including Francis Wells. For all those who mourn including the family and friends of Marilyn Gruenhagen. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter, and Shad Singer. For our youth mission team serving in WI and missionaries throughout the world.
Ladies Circle Workshop, July 20th, 10 a.m.; Induction of DCE Intern Joel Marquardt, July 23rd, 9:30 a.m.; Teacher Dedication and Recognition, Aug. 6th, 9:30 a.m.; Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.
Isaiah 55:10-13, Romans 8:12-17, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23