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COVID-19 UPDATE 03.17.2020

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Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School family,
 
COVID19 has brought much of what’s “normal” to a halt. People are getting sick and some are dying. We are unable to freely move around and socialize. It’s uncanny how Jesus’s words with His disciples in the Upper Room seem to apply to our current state of affairs. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” John 16:32 While our current events can’t be compared to what Jesus and the disciples felt that last night they were together, it’s good for us to recognize that Christ is with us while we are “scattered.”

In the interest of protecting our members and vulnerable members of our community from COVID19, Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School is undertaking the following measures:

All worship services, through April 1, will be HOME-BASED ONLY.
Although we will not meet in person, we will still worship together through our pre-recorded services on our YouTube channel. Our midweek Lenten worship will be available beginning Wednesday, March 18, at 4:30 pm.   Traditional worship will be available beginning Sunday, March 22, at 8:00 am. If able, we will record and make available a contemporary service on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 pm. Visit youtube.com/OurShepherdLutheranChurch to view services and use our confirmation videos as family devotions. Please join online us as we publish regular weekly worship services on Wednesdays and Sundays.

ALL activities, meetings, and events (except Food Pantry) hosted on campus are cancelled through April 1.

Continued giving
Ministry continues even when the church office is closed and we are prevented from worshipping at Church. In stressful times, opportunities to share Christ grow. We thank and praise God for His goodness to us by continuing to give. You may tithe online by utilizing the GIVE tab at ourshepherd.org, or you can mail your gift to the church. If you need assistance, please contact Kim Meyerholtz by calling the church office or email her

 
Home-based worship materials
Family/small group devotional materials have been prepared and are available via our website and enclosed in a congregational mailing. Look for more resources to be made available via our website and weekly emails.  


Our school is utilizing home-based learning this week, followed by spring break for two weeks. We plan to re-open on April 6.
 
The Church offices are CLOSED but the staff is still available.
Although the office is closed, you can still contact us at (317) 271-9103 or email . Please let us know if you have any pastoral concerns or needs. Our staff will continue to monitor emails during this time.
 
We will send updated information about worship, events, and activities on Tuesdays and Fridays. Check your email, our website, and social media for the most up to date information.
 
Jesus prepared His disciples for being taken from them by assuring them that what He suffered would bring them peace. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Many are tempted to put their faith in the things of this world, medicine, not getting sick or other earthly means. We do well to keep our focus on Christ, His victory over our sin and death, which gives us the hope of everlasting life.

 

May God grant you His peace and patience during these trying times.


In Christ,
 


Pastor Daniel Lepley

 

Weekly Announcements 03.13.20

SERVING

March 15, 2020

St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus

St. Joseph demonstrated his faith by faithfully caring for his newborn Son (a Son who wasn’t even his child)! Love for the baby Jesus conquered his initial doubts and fears. St. Joseph reminds us there is great reward for parents in the faithful raising of their children. It would be reward enough for godly parents to be blessed by their children by seeing them in heaven. But this story teaches great earthly blessings of faithful parenting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—We are on Day 20 of The Red Letter Challenge.  This week's theme is “Serving.” Follow along with the Challenge daily on our Facebook page. Share in the Challenge with Pastor Matt’s and Cheryl Cassidy’s Sunday School classes along with programming for children. Supplemental questions to enhance your personal study are also available in the narthex.

DAY OF SERVING—Take up the Challenge on March 21: the Red Letter Day of SERVING!

You can sign up today at bit.ly/dayofserving to serve in the following ways:

Serve breakfast or help neighbors shop at Shepherd Community Center during their Saturday Food Pantry; Cook or serve hot breakfast for guests of the Our Shepherd Food Pantry; Set up, welcome guests, work in the pantry, or clean up at the Our Shepherd Food Pantry; Clean up trash and other debris along County Road 100 N to help take care of our neighborhood.

ALTAR FLOWERS—Beautiful plants adorn both traditional and contemporary worship spaces for Easter services. Take advantage of the opportunity to dedicate and donate your choice of lilies, tulips, hyacinths or azaleas, then take them home at the conclusion of the last Easter service on  Sunday, April 12. Orders are not limited to just one! Tulips and hyacinths cost $10, lilies are $12 and azaleas are $20 per plant. Order forms and a sign-up sheet are located across from the coatracks. 

SAVE THE DATE—We will celebrate the faithful service of our retiring Music Director, Joyce Zimmerman, with an afternoon of music and fellowship. Mark your calendars for May 31 at 3:30 pm.

OSLS—PTL is having a walkathon on April 3 to raise funds towards events such as classroom guest speakers, student field trips, club sports in support of the school. We invite you to participate as a sponsor or volunteer and join the school in a day of exercise and fellowship as we use the bodies God gave us to walk through His creation! To help, see the board in the narthex. Take a shoe and return it with your commitment to the cause prior to April 1.

Ladies - Save the date - Friday, April 17th 7:30-9 pm Sweet M's Boutique fellowship and fundraiser for All Saints' Fest - more information to come! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Sara Bartleson, Donald Levenhagen, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, David Payne, Buddy Ray, Anna Rosebrough, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Dee Ortolf. For all who mourn including the family and friends of George Leonard. For all missionaries including Melissa Karges serving in Ethiopia. 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

Midweek Lenten Services, Mar. 18, 25, Apr. 1

Ladies Circle Meeting, Mar. 19, 10 am

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Serving, Mar. 21

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Giving, Mar. 25

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 17:1-7

1 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the  people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

EPISTLE READING,  Romans 5:1-8

1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 2:13-23

1Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” 19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.

 

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