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Weekly Announcements 10.16.2020

BEWARE OF YOURSELF!

October 18, 2020

LWML Sunday

 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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: “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, 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

 

Weekly Announcements 10.9.2020

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REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!

October 11, 2020

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

We live in anxious times. But Paul's Letter to the Philippians brings us a message of peace and joy. This joy does not depend on our outward circumstances. It is a gift from Jesus who gave His life for us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HOW CAN I SERVE? – As a congregation, Our Shepherd is excited about proclaiming the Gospel in our community. While 2020 has brought plenty of the unexpected, we have some unique opportunities to share life in this crazy season. As the ministry continues with numerous vacant staff positions, we could especially use volunteer support for the following: Sunday school teaching, mid-week food pantry preparation, offering counting, and weekly worship setup/teardown. Please prayerfully consider serving in one of these ways. For more details, email

FALL FAMILY DINNER & MOVIE NIGHT— The Fellowship team invites you to this event  on Friday, October 23. We will serve a boxed dinner that includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink. We will be viewing a family-friendly movie in the gym. Movie theater candy boxes will be available for 25¢. Bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, blankets or pillows to make yourself comfy. Doors open at 6:00; dinner is served at 6:30; the movie starts at 7:00. Please RSVP by October 19 for your family through the link in the weekly email.

FOOD PANTRY—The Food Pantry exceeded expectations this last weekend! We were able to serve 117 families or 471 individuals in Christ's love. In 2019, we averaged 51 families per weekend. 2020 has brought that average to 105.8! This is a 109% increase in those who crave what Our Shepherd is offering through the many generous donations from our church, school, and partners.

CLOTHING PANTRY-We will be offering the Clothing Pantry again on October 17th. We are in great need of additional manpower on this date.

OSLSThank you to our congregation members who attended the Scholarship Granting Organization informational session with Jon Dize last Sunday. The SGO allows many of our students to receive a quality Christian education, as well as provides many of our students a track to receive an Indiana CHOICE (voucher) scholarship. If you missed the presentation, you can find a copy of the printed slideshow in the communication center, or contact Mrs. Hedges at to learn more.

PRAYERS

Bob Abernathy, Nicole Cook, Annie Green, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Trinity Meihak, Joanne Orebaugh, Emily and Evelyn  Presley, Seth Roundtree, Damaris Ruiz, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Paula Stiles, Tom Weaver and John Widau. For all who mourn, especially the families of J. Thomas Rafferty and Jon Reger. For all missionaries including Alyssa Anders, LCMS Missionary to Russia. 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.

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Iowa Servant Event, Oct. 10-14

OSLS Fall Break, Oct. 12-16

LWML Sunday, Oct. 18

Fellowship Dinner & Movie Night, Oct 23

Reformation Sunday, Oct. 25

Installation of Steve Hohnstadt, Oct. 25, 8am

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We lift up in prayer the Servant Event Team:  DCE Joel, Mackenzie, Lauren, Chris, Emma, Olivia, and Joel, along with King of Kings Lutheran Church, as they serve this week, rebuilding the community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after a devastating storm.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,  of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

EPISTLE READING, Philippians 4:4-13

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 22:1-14

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

 

 

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