BEWARE OF YOURSELF!
October 18, 2020
In today’s epistle from Saint Timothy, we hear him talk about the danger of following teachings that fit one’s own passions and desires. As God’s people, we have been called to test our own ways of thinking. This is for our benefit, for if we follow our own ways and passions, we risk hurting our faith and the faith of others around us!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Bob Abernathy, Nicole Cook, Beau Ford, Annie and Earnest Green, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Trinity Meihak, Joanne Orebaugh, Emily and Evelyn Presley, Seth Roundtree, Damaris Ruiz, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Joe Sisk, Paula Stiles, Tom Weaver and John Widau. For all who mourn, especially the family of Dorothy Haggstrom. For all missionaries including Daniel Coffey, Chaplain, In. State Police. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Corey Cook, Jr., Dominick Greci, Katelyn Harvey, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
LWML Sunday, Oct. 18
Fellowship Dinner & Movie Night, Oct 23, 6pm
Reformation Sunday, Oct. 25
Installation of Steve Hohnstadt, Oct. 25, 8a, Reception following service
All Saints Day Nov. 1
Daylight-Saving Time Ends, Nov. 1
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD
Since January, Our Shepherd has baptized twenty-four individuals. Two adults and twenty-two children have been joined to Jesus and received His blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 45:1-7
1 Thus 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: 2 “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, 3 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. 4 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. 5 I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, 6 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. 7 I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.
EPISTLE READING, 2 Timothy 4:1-8
1I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
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? 19 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.
INSTALLATION— The Installation of Steve Hohnstadt as Director of Sanctuary Music will be on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 25, at the 8:00 service. A reception for Steve will follow the service in the narthex. We welcome Steve, his wife Ann and their two children.
Fall Family Dinner and Movie Night— The Fellowship team invites you to this event on Friday, October 23. We will serve a boxed dinner from Firehouse subs with a 6” ham or turkey sandwich, chips, pickle, a cookie, and bottled water. We will be viewing Hotel Transylvania in the gym. Doors open at 6:00; dinner is served at 6:30; the movie starts at 7:00. Please RSVP by tomorrow, October 19, for your family through the link in the weekly email.
PRAYER GARDEN— The brick paver cross will be installed the first part of November. Our first order of bricks has been placed and scheduled for delivery. The landscape design plan includes four wood benches. Heavy duty, commercial-grade benches will be in the $1000-$1500 price range. If you are interested in ordering a bench please reach out to Donna Maloney. We are still accepting perennials if you have any you’d like to donate to help beautify the area.
LWML—This weekend we are celebrating the work of Lutheran Women in Mission and collecting Mite offerings in the narthex. Please join us in making a joyful noise to the Lord! The power of God is evident in the dimes and quarters you place in the Mite Box. This is celebrated each fall on LWML Sunday. Because of your donations through mites, we are able to share the Gospel and bring others to Christ. Thank you for your support of LWML.
SAVE THE DATE— The Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Phase Two kick-off virtual meeting will be Tuesday, October 27 at 7pm. This virtual meeting will explain the next steps for Our Shepherd in the reconciliation process.