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Weekly Announcements 12.28.18

WORTH THE WAIT

December 30, 2018

First Sunday after Christmas

Anna and Simeon are a faithful sort of odd-couple, whose earthly lives were extended so that they could see God’s promise of salvation fulfilled in Jesus’ birth. They challenge our impatience with God when things get tough. May the Holy Spirit grant us eyes of faith to see God working when it seems He is slow to answer our prayers.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GO MISSION EVENT—The January mission event will once again be serving families at Riley Hospital’s Ronald McDonald house. Help prepare and serve a taco lunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Be sure to sign-up at the Welcome Center.

CATECHISM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS—If you would like to learn what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess, join us for Catechism instruction with Pastor Lepley beginning January 6 in the sanctuary. All current and prospective members are welcome to attend this refresher course. Please sign-up at the Welcome Center to receive a study guide.

CHURCH UN-DECORATING—Join us on Sunday, January 6 at 12 p.m. to un-decorate the campus.

WINTER BREAK OFFICE HOURS—The church office will be closed on New Year’s Day. Hours will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 2-3. Normal hours (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.) will resume on Jan. 7. Pastors are on-call in case of emergency.

TAX DEDUCTIONS—End of year charitable gifts may be deducted from your 2018 taxes until December 31. Donations to the church ensure that future generations receive the light of Christ.

*A donation to our Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is tax deductible and receives a 50% tax credit on Indiana income taxes while providing scholarships to children who would not otherwise receive a Christian education. Contact the office with any questions.

Current school families and church members may begin our online re-enrollment process now! We offer a discount for those who complete their enrollment before March 23 – $125 enrollment fee. Beginning March 24, the enrollment fee increases to $150. The Kindergarten class is expected to be at capacity, so secure your child’s spot today! Open enrollment for the community begins on January 7. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, and Frances Wells. For all of our homebound members including Jim and Doreen Schneider. For those who mourn including the family and friends of Don Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Member/Catechism Class, Jan. 6, 9:30 a.m.

Church un-decorating, Jan. 6, 12 p.m.

Life Sunday, Jan. 20

GO Mission Event, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28– Feb. 2 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15

The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.” Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. 

11 “When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as he swore to you and your fathers, and shall give it to you, 12 you shall set apart to the Lord all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your animals that are males shall be the Lord's. 13 Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. 14 And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 15 For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’

EPISTLE READING, Colossians 3:12-17

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. 

Weekly Announcements 12.21.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-LIFE-

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL—Families with children of any age, join DCE Joel for Christmas Sunday School at 9:30 in Room 184.  We will share the Christmas story and go on a scavenger hunt for the Star of Christmas. 

Adult Sunday School classes will meet as regularly scheduled on Sunday, December 23.

Pastor Lepley will teach the only Bible class on December 30 in the Sanctuary. 

CATECHISM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS—If you would like to learn what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess, join us for Catechism instruction with Pastor Lepley beginning January 6 in the sanctuary. All current and prospective members are welcome to attend this refresher course. Please sign-up at the Welcome Center to receive a study guide.

CHURCH UN-DECORATING—Join us on Sunday, January 6 at 12 p.m. to un-decorate the campus.

OFFERING ENVELOPES—2019 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form in the narthex to switch to electronic giving.

WINTER BREAK OFFICE HOURS—The church office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hours will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3. Normal hours (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.) will resume on Jan. 7. Pastors are on-call in case of emergency.

WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY—We will not have a Wednesday worship service on December 26. Weekly Wednesday worship services will resume on January 2 at 6:30 p.m.

ADVENT PLEDGE DRIVE—Thanks to all who participated in our Advent Pledge drive. You can still participate by filling out a card from the Welcome Center and returning with your offering. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Don Holman, Arlen Levenhagen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Al & Marian Schafer, Francis Wells. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Lyle Jensen. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Malachi 5:2-5a

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 10:5-10

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 1:39-45

39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.  45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

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