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Weekly Announcements 08.02.19

MEASURE OF HAPPINESS

August 4, 2019

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

When a man approached Jesus with a question about inheritance, Jesus redirected him, challenging him to consider the source of true happiness. Too many people think that if they just had this or that, then they would be happy. The reality is, God has given us what we have. It is enough. When we covet, we are guilty of trying to find our hope and happiness in something other than God and what He’s provided. Thankfully Christ was perfectly poor, to atone for our covetousness and our poverty of soul.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION—All 5-8th grade students and parents are encouraged to join us TONIGHT from 5-6:30 pm for an introduction to Confirmation Instruction at OSLC.

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—As an important milestone in the faith-life our children, we will present all second grade students with a Bible of their own. Join us the weekend of August 10-11 to bless and pray over our second graders and their families.

CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share with our fellow church members.  

WD-40—Our team of volunteers makes Sunday School possible by setting up and tearing down the Contemporary worship space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons once per month. Want to help? Email to fill an open spot.

ON being lutheran—Pastor Lepley leads a new class exploring how Lutheran teaching influences every aspect of our daily life. The Bible and the Book of Concord teach us that “being” is much more important than “doing” in our walk with Christ.

OSLS—Praise God for providing workers for the harvest! Today we are installing Nicolette Mierow and Hannah Sugita as called teachers to Our Shepherd. We are also dedicating our new faculty and staff including teachers: Abby Fritcha, Jena Mackay, Julie Prahlow, and Amber Whitson, aides: Doug Lynch, Monica Marks, and Heather Shell, support staff: Brandi Matthews, Tomi Mattick, and Nyema Russell, as well as returning faculty and staff: Carie Andrews, Kristine Beltz, Rachel Burris, Shirley Cronauer, Tracie Douglas, Lisa Dubke, Carlie Eberhard, Amy Hedges, Amy Helmkamp, Jamie Kelley, The-Resa Lipsey, Kim May, Aaron McPeak, Rachel Miller, Mary Teipen, Rosemary Thomas, and Heather Wash. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -Praise be to God for the outreach and ministry opportunities we have through Our Shepherd Lutheran School! As of this week, 80 out of 115 families with a child in our school (70%), are not members of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. We rejoice that our school, as an extension of our mission, is reaching unchurched families in our community, blessing them with the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Tim Yeadon. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Confirmation Orientation, Aug 4, 5:00 pm

2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services

Church Picnic, Aug 18, 5:00 pm

Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

18 I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity. 24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

SECOND READING, Colossians 3:1-11

1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 12:13-21

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” 

Weekly Announcements 07.26.19

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER

July 28, 2019

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

In our Gospel reading, we read a parable about a person in need going to a friend for help. Jesus emphasized that the friend would not ignore his friend’s need. What does this story teach us about our relationship with God?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL KICK-OFF—Join us on Sunday, August 4, for our Sunday School Kick-off! We’ll sing, pray, meet teachers, learn about this year’s theme, and win prizes for completing the Sunday School Scavenger Hunt.

CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION—All 5-8th grade students and parents are encouraged to join us on Sunday, August 4 from 5-6:30 pm for an introduction to Confirmation Instruction at OSLC. Please RSVP if you would like to join us for a meal at 5 pm.

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—As an important milestone in the faith-life our children, we will present all second grade students with a Bible of their own. Join us the weekend of August 10-11 to bless and pray over our second graders and their families.

CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share with our fellow church members.  

WD-40—Our team of volunteers makes Sunday School possible by setting up and tearing down the Contemporary worship space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons once per month. Want to help? Email to fill an open spot.

OSLS—As we prepare for a new school year, we will install Miss Hannah Sugita as our third grade teacher and Mrs. Nicolette Mierow as our seventh grade homeroom and middle school science teacher at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, August 4. We will also pray a blessing upon our school faculty and staff during the service. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Tee Lipsey, Pastor Dennis Meeker, Marie Olson, Don Roach, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis Ouellette of LAMP Ministries. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Sunday School Kick-off, Aug 4, 9:30 am

Teacher Installation and Blessing, Aug 4, 10:30 am

Confirmation Orientation, Aug 4, 5:00 pm

2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services

Church Picnic, Aug 18, 5:00 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 18:20-33

20 Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, 21 I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.” 22 So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” 26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 27 Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.28 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” 29 Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” 30 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31 He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” 33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.

SECOND READING, Colossians 2:6-19

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 11:1-13

1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” 

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