LOVE THAT HOLDS ON
May 12, 2019
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Jesus promises a love that always holds on, no matter what. In a world where people are so quick to judge, dismiss and diminish, it’s good to know nothing will change God’s love for you! Like a great mom, God will always stand by His children with loving kindness and encouragement no matter what!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY—In honor of everyone who mothers others, we share a small token of appreciation with all adult women present today. We thank you for sharing your love with others on this Mother’s Day.
VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us for our Congregational Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 12 pm. Agenda items include, the annual budget, calling teacher Nicolette Mierow, voting on VP candidate, Sam Karnick, voting on a peaceful release for teacher, Mrs. Stafford, and ministry updates.
2019 GRADUATES—Please let the church office know of any current members that will be graduating this year so that we may celebrate their accomplishments! Submit names, current school, and plans for the fall by May 22 to be included in the bulletin the following weekend.
LCMS FOUNDATION INFO SESSION—Andy Behrmann, Gift Planning Counselor for the Indiana District, will be giving a presentation on stewardship and the gift planning process during the Sunday School hour NEXT Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 am. Plan to join Andy as he explains how he can help counsel you through the gift planning process.
LWML NIGHT OUT—All ladies are welcome to join the Ladies Guild for a night out at Charbono’s on May 21 at 6 pm. Be sure to sign-up near the Luther Room by May 19.
OSLS—The school year is quickly coming to an end! Church members are always welcome to participate in school events. Check out our Upcoming Events calendar for fun annual activities including, Kindergarten Authors’ Tea, Mini Indy, and Eighth Grade Graduation.
Mrs. Stafford, our second grade teacher, is requesting a peaceful release from her call to Our Shepherd. The congregation will vote on her request at the upcoming Voters’ Meeting.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -
Our Shepherd provides an active food pantry to assist members of our community. We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School NEXT weekend, May 18-19. You can drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any donations. Monetary donations are used to purchase additional food for the ever increasing families in need of assistance.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Don Brewer, Chloe C., Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Ray H. Shireman and Skip Jochim. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries and persecuted Christians through out the world. For our active military including Rex Rafferty.
OSLS Kindergarten Authors’ Tea, May 17, 9 am
OSLS 1st grade Mini Indy, May 17, 2:30 pm
Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, May 18-19
Voters’ Meeting, May 19, 12 pm
OSLS 8th grade graduation, May 23, 7 pm
FIRST READING, Acts 20:17-35
17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
SECOND READING, Revelation 7:9-17
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
GOSPEL READING, John 10:22-30
22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”