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Weekly Announcements 11.08.19

RESURRECTION  CHANGES EVERYTHING

November 10, 2019

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus cleared the confusion of the Sadducees by teaching them that God was a God of the living, not the dead. He is not bound by the laws and conditions that limit us. When we embrace our God as the Author of opportunity, the world of godly possibilities opens wide before us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VETERANS DAY—“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. Please join us in praying for, honoring, and thanking our Veterans for their service.

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us TODAY at noon to vote on open leadership positions and hear about the latest Our Shepherd news.

FOOD PANTRY—We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School the weekend of Nov. 23-24. Simply drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any food or toiletry donations. Monetary donations are used to purchase additional food for the ever increasing families in need of assistance. Help us stock our shelves to serve those in need!

MOPS ADVENT TEA—Our Shepherd MOPS cordially invites all women (high school aged and above) to an afternoon of fellowship and dessert in preparation for the Advent season. The 17th Annual Advent Tea will be on Saturday, December 7 from 1-3 pm. Reservations are just $10 per person. Tickets are now available between services. You may call Michelle Borcherding, 317-286-3627,  or email her at   with questions.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP—Bring your family and friends to a favorite holiday tradition at Our Shepherd! Join us on Thanksgiving Eve for worship at 6:30 pm and pie fellowship immediately following. Enjoy a slice of pie with your Our Shepherd family!

OSLS—Did you know that Our Shepherd places great value on experiential learning for our students? The opportunity to regularly explore nature, science, math, and music on the completed STEAM trail behind the soccer field is a benefit provided by the generosity of All Saints' Fest. With collaboration from parents, classes are able to take numerous field trips that reinforce standards and instructional learning. Providing these opportunities allow us to make impactful and memorable learning experiences for our students. Thanks be to God for these blessings! 

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD -Homebound members receive a packet from OSLCS every month which includes bulletins, emails, birthday/anniversary lists, and devotionals. Members of the Ladies Circle contributed to this month’s packet with homemade greeting cards and inspiring messages. If you would like to be involved in our homebound ministry, please contact the church office. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Mark Galenski, Mark Godby, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For all missionaries, including Connor Colangelo, Lutheran Young Adult Corps, serving at Trinity in St. Louis. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, SUNDAY, 12 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 19, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Nov. 21, 10 am

Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Fellowship, Nov. 27 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 3:1-15

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

EPISTLE READING, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, 13-17

1Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 20:27-40

27 There came to [Jesus] some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question. 

Weekly Announcements 11.01.19

WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM

November 3, 2019

All Saints’ Sunday

On All Saints’ Day, we remember those of our church family who have gone to sleep in the Lord. We mourn our losses because we miss them in this life. We miss their embrace. We miss their smiles. However, our mourning is limited and will one day turn to joy! Those who have died in Christ also will rise to new life at His return! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IT IS OUR CUSTOM ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY to remember our members who were called to glory during this past year. We thank God for the blessings that He bestowed upon them in this life and the promise He’s given to all of us of everlasting life. These are the saints from Our Shepherd who were called to glory this past year: Dorothy Dobler, Mary Lou Garretson, Gertrude Gierke, Lyle Jensen, Judith Lehr, Arlen Levenhagen, Don Olson, Marie Olson, Timothy Olson, Bruce Richter, Elmer Rosebrough, Rick Smith, Sigurd Zielke, and Stuart Zurcher.

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on November 10 at 12:00 pm to vote on the candidates for the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and the Endowment Committee-names are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Additional agenda items include: Ministry Team Reports (paper copies available at the Communication Center), Financial Report, Elder Review of Membership Roll, and updates on the Music Director Committee.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT THANK YOU—We opened our doors to over 2,000 people on a beautiful fall night last week! Warm thanks to all of the generous planners, donors, and volunteers who spent numerous hours making the event a success! We are so blessed to have so many members willing to shine the light of Christ in the world.

LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL-was named one of only six schools in the country as a School of Distinction after their recent accreditation! On November 11, you are invited to attend the Ruth Lilly Distinguished Speaker Series at LHSI to hear IN Court of Appeals Judge John Baker speak to LHSI students and stakeholders. RSVP emailing or by calling the school. November 14th at 6:30 pm is the Fall Preview Night for any families interested in continuing their education at LHSI.

OSLS—Today is the last day to purchase your tickets for All Saints’ Fest, which supports the ministry of our school by providing scholarships and non-budgeted instructional improvements. Visit the table with the blue sign in the narthex to learn more. 

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - The OSLS Bible Quiz team began learning about the drama and intrigue of 2 Samuel in August for the annual competition against the other Indianapolis-area Lutheran schools. They finished the evening in 3rd place. We congratulate the studious members of this year’s team along with their dedicated coach, Karen Robertson! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Mark Galenski, Mark Godby, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dan Coffey of the IN State Police. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 10, 12 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 19, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Nov. 21, 10 am

Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Fellowship, Nov. 27 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Revelation 7: 9-17

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.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 John 2:28-3:10

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:1-12

Seeing the crowds, he [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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