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Weekly Announcements 11.30.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-INCREASE-

December 2, 2018

First Sunday of Advent

We all would like to see a little increase in some ways, be it family time, retirement savings or free time. Many of us work very hard for a little more of these things.  St. Paul repeatedly talks about increase in our reading today, but the increase he speaks of is godly such as joy, faith and love. What are you working towards?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT PLEDGE DRIVE—The joy of knowing God’s love in Jesus Christ is the source of all love and generosity. With our hearts and minds focused on Christ this Advent season, this is an appropriate time of year to prayerfully consider how we respond to God’s love by sharing our tithes, talents, and time. Our Advent pledge drive will equip us to honor Jesus for giving His all for us.

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin Wednesday, December 5 at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. Don’t forget our weekly hymn sing prior to the beginning of our Advent worship services. Each week we will sing 6-8 verses of hymns and carols chosen by the congregation. Join us for this Advent service favorite! Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

GO MISSIONS—GO caroling at three area nursing homes with the Mission Team, choirs, and BLAST middle school youth. Meet in the sanctuary December 9 at noon. Please sign up at the "GO" mission table in the narthex. 

CHURCH DECORATING—Join us Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and/or Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 to noon for decorating. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.

ALTAR FLOWERS—We now have two flower charts to donate Altar Flowers for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials; one chart for our traditional worship services, and one chart for our contemporary worship services. Sign up for your favorite date. The cost remains at $30 for two arrangements in either space. 

OSLS— We need YOU to be an SGO donor! It is a WIN-WIN for the donor, school and families of OSLS! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed will receive a 50% state tax credit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Have questions? Talk to Mrs. Hedges for more information. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Marc Sweeney, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Marie Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jeremiah 33:14-16

14 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? 11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 21:25-36

25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place.33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 

Weekly Announcements 11.23.18

ALL I HAVE IS YOURS

-HOPE-

November 25, 2018

Christ the King Sunday

Our risen and victorious Lord is enthroned as “Him who is and who was and who is to come.” Our hope of salvation is based on the unchanging fact that Christ is King, both now and forever. As His faithful subjects, we fix our eyes on Him who is our hope!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT PLEDGE DRIVE—The joy of knowing God’s love in Jesus Christ is the source of all love and generosity. With our hearts and minds focused on Christ this Advent season, this is an appropriate time of year to prayerfully consider how we respond to God’s love by sharing our tithes, talents, and time. Our upcoming Advent pledge drive will equip us to honor Jesus for giving His all for us.

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin on Wednesday, December 5 at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

AVALANCHE SQUAD—The snow removal team saves the church thousands of dollars each year. They are looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at if you are available to help.

GO MISSIONS—Please join us as we GO caroling at three area nursing homes with the BLAST middle school youth. We will leave from Our Shepherd at noon on December 9. After caroling, we will return to Our Shepherd for a pot luck lunch; please bring an item to share. A hot cocoa bar will be ready upon our return. The event is set to wrap up around 2:30 p.m. Please sign-up at the "GO" mission table in the narthex. 

LITTLE RAMS ATHLETICS—We have been blessed to host Little Rams Athletics for over ten years, but Tom Hansing has resigned from his role as the head of our Little Rams athletics program. His departure dictates that we are not able to offer a basketball session this upcoming season. If you are interested in volunteering to lead this program in the spring, please reach out to the church office. If we are unable to find volunteers, the program may have to be discontinued. 

OSLS— The 5th-8th graders will be serving OSLC by leading the Advent worship services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Marc Sweeney, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. 10 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

 

13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

EPISTLE READING, Revelation 1:4b-8

4b Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

GOSPEL READING, John 18:33-37

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world — to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

 

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