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Weekly Announcements 09.13.19

THE LOST COIN

September 15, 2019

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Most of us can relate to the woman in today's Gospel reading who is trying to find a lost coin. When we lose something of value, we want to find it quickly! When we understand the context and bigger picture of this parable, we are brought to a deeper understanding of God’s love for us. We begin to realize why the woman took extreme measures to find her coin.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Family Promise of Hendricks County—Our Shepherd is now partnering with this non-profit coalition of Christian ministries which have come together to help families experiencing homelessness or near homelessness. They pool resources and work with support agencies to help families regain financial stability. The GO Missions Team is hosting a “Pack the Truck” weekend on September 28-29. Please bring any of your unwanted or extra beds (with sheets), tables and chairs and help pack the truck that will be in the church parking lot. All items will assist families in transition.

Our Savior Work Day—Thank you to everyone who signed up to help at Our Savior! They already have enough volunteers for their work day on September 21. Didn’t have a chance to sign-up, but want to help? They are planning another work day in October or November We’ll keep you posted when the date is set.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT—The Fellowship Team invites you to join the fun on Friday, September 27. This Family Fun Night will have something for everyone! A family friendly movie complete with popcorn and candy (movie theater sized for just 25¢), Euchre tournament, and fellowship. Be sure to bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, and pillows to make yourself comfortable in the gym for the movie. Or, bring your “A” game to win prizes for the top three teams of the Euchre tournament. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie and Euchre games will start at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!

OSLS—We have the opportunity to let our community know more about our church and school ministries on September 28 during the Avon Heritage Days Parade and Festival. God has blessed our ministry in the Avon community. However, we often hear that many do not know we have a School, Food Pantry, or other outreach ministries! Would you be an ambassador for Our Shepherd to promote our church and school during the parade or at our booth during this event? Sign-up at the Welcome Center, via the link in the weekly email, or talk to Amy Hedges.  

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -Last weekend 23 middle school youth and 13 adults participated in the annual Shopping Cart Challenge. Thanks to the generous support of our youth, Kroger, Meijer, and Thrivent Action Teams, the event purchased over $400 in groceries and made a $150 donation to the Our Shepherd Food Pantry. Thanks to all who donated their time to shop and support our Food Pantry! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Marie Oslon. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

PTL Dine-out, City BBQ, Sept 16, all day

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm

SWANS Cookout, Sept 25, 6:30 pm

Family Fun Night, Sept 27, 6:30 pm

Pack the Truck for Family Promise, Sept 28-29 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 34:11-24

11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. 17 “As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? 19 And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet? 20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken. 

EPISTLE READING, 1 Timothy 1:5-17

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. 12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 15:1-10 1

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” 

Weekly Announcements 09.06.19

BEING CHRISTIAN IS EASY, RIGHT?

September 8, 2019

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

There are many who think Christians lead easy and prosperous lives. Jesus contradicts this way of thinking. Being a Christian means living a life full of love, grace, and mercy for our neighbors. This means we are not free from struggles and suffering in the fight to further the Kingdom of God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning tonight at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd. Current members are welcome to come to brush-up on the basics of our faith.

SWANS EVENT—HOLD THE DATE:  September 25, 4-8 pm SWANS (Seniors With A New Spirit) is having a cookout at Avon Town Hall Park. We will provide the hot dogs/brats, plates, cups, and utensils. We ask you to bring a covered dish, dessert, drinks, etc.  Sign-up by the Luther Room.  We also will have a free will offering to help with expenses as SWANS doesn't have a treasury. If you have any questions contact Shirley Wittman or Annette Stoneking.

FOOD PANTRY— Our Food Pantry serves over 130 families every month! Without your financial support and food donations, this ministry would not be able to reach the members of our community most in need of our assistance. Financial donations are accepted at any time. The Pantry will be collecting clothing and new, packaged socks and underwear during the month of September for distribution in October. Please place your donations under the coat racks. Talk to Judy James for more info.

OSLS—The PTL at Our Shepherd exists to serve the church and school as bridge between home and school while assisting the school in creating the best possible environment for the students to grow and learn. Recently, through their fundraising efforts, PTL was able to help fund some much-needed soccer and volleyball uniforms. PTL also donates mulch for our playground. Support our efforts by attending the all-day dine-out day at City BBQ on Monday, September 16. Be sure to mention Our Shepherd and 20% of your purchase will be donated to our school.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - How would you like to help a local LCMS church recover from a fire which damaged much of their church? On September 21st, Our Shepherd will assist the saints at Our Savior Lutheran, Indianapolis, with restoration of their church and grounds. Please sign-up at the Welcome Center or via the link in the weekly email. More details to come next week!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis Ouellette of LAMP Ministries. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Member Class, TONIGHT, 7 pm

PTL Dine-out, City BBQ, Sept 16, all day

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” 

SECOND READING, Philemon 1:1-21

Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 14:25-35

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. 34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 

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