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Weekly Announcements 12.13.19

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AN ETERNAL STORY: GOD WITH US!

KING DAVID

December 15, 2019

Third Sunday in Advent

After Saul failed as the first king of Israel, he was followed by a “man after God’s own heart.” David proved to be a greater warrior than Saul because of his faith and trust in God. King David laid the groundwork for the Temple, a permanent place where God promised to dwell among His people. Though the kingdom was taken away from Saul, God established David’s throne forever.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sanctuary Display Replacement- An anonymous donor has blessed Our Shepherd with a gift to replace our projectors. Learn more at a meeting in the sanctuary at 9:15 am TODAY.

OFFERING ENVELOPES—2020 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form if you would prefer to switch to electronic giving.

OUR SHEPHERD ENDOWMENT FUND–The Endowment Fund provides funds for the long-term missions and ministries of our congregation. The Fund has financially supported the academic pursuits of several of our members this year as well as the special needs of the church. Gifts may include, but are not limited to cash, special occasion giving, general assets contributions, memorial gifts, and will bequests. There may be certain tax advantages for donations made before year end. Please talk to your tax advisor for details. For more information about how you can support the work of the Endowment Fund contact the church office or email

POINSETTIA ORDERS—Help beautify both worship spaces by donating poinsettias this season. There is a sign up sheet and a form to fill out by the Luther Room to place your order. The plants are $12 each. Payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or written on the envelope. TODAY is the final day to order. Thank you!

NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, January 5 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

CHRISTMAS FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL—Celebrate Jesus’ birth with us on Sun., Dec. 22 at 9:30 am in Room 165. Bring your family to share the Christmas story, enjoy craft time and hot chocolate.

OSLS—Our Shepherd is seeking an individual to fill a position as a morning early childhood aide for Mrs. Douglas's class beginning January 6. The hours are from 8 am-noon, Monday-Friday. If interested, please contact Principal Amy Hedges by Fri., December 20. You may reach her by phone at 317-271-9100 ext. 227 or  Applications may also be picked up from Heather Abernathy in the church office.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-This Saturday, one of our small groups spent the morning sharing donuts and thermal mugs filled with hot cocoa or coffee with men in transitional living at Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis. What a blessing it is to share the love of Christ as we prepare to celebrate His coming. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Katie Cichocki, Nicole Cook, Cal Hauan, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For all who mourn including the family and friends of John S. Strakis. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. 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

Advent Service, Dec. 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm

Family Sunday School, Dec. 22, 9:30 am

New Member Classes Begin, Jan. 5, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, 2 Samuel 7:1-17

1Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 1:26-38

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. 

Weekly Announcements 12.06.19

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AN ETERNAL STORY:

GOD WITH US!

EXODUS

December 8, 2019

Second Sunday in Advent

After centuries of slavery in Egypt, many of God’s people felt abandoned by God. They cried out to Him and He answered their prayer by delivering them from their taskmasters. Just as He was present with them, He continues to be present with us today!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OFFERING ENVELOPES—2020 Offering Envelopes will be available in the narthex beginning December 11. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form in the narthex if you would prefer to switch to electronic giving.

Sanctuary Display Replacement- An anonymous donor has blessed Our Shepherd with a gift to replace our projectors. Learn more at a meeting in the sanctuary at 9:15 am next Sun., Dec. 15.

PRAYER GARDEN UPDATE—There will be an informational meeting about the current proposed plan for the Prayer Garden at 5:30 pm Wednesday, December 11 in the Narthex. See the plan, learn more, and share your thoughts with the Prayer Garden volunteer team.   

CHOIR COOKIE WALK—The Adult Choir and Handbell Choir will hold a Cookie Walk on Wed., Dec. 11, 5:15-6:30 pm (between Advent services) in the gym. Cookies are sold for $6 per pound, with all proceeds benefiting our music ministries. Come stock up with festive holiday cookies!

POINSETTIA ORDERS—Help beautify both worship spaces by donating poinsettias this season. There is a sign up sheet and a form to fill out by the Luther Room to place your order. The plants are $12 each. Payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or written on the envelope. December 15 is the deadline for ordering. Thank you!

SWANS OUTING—All are invited to join the SWANS group at the Hendricks Symphonic performance of Sounds of the Season @ Calvary UMC, 575 W. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg on December 15 at 3 pm. Advance sale tickets are available at area libraries and North Salem State Bank locations for $12. The group plans to gather for dinner at The Coachman in Plainfield following the performance.

OSLS—Are you a Thrivent Member with Choice dollars? You still have time to designate these funds before losing them. Consider a designation towards the ministry of the school to be a part of reaching children and families with the love of Christ while providing them with a Christian Education. Not a Thrivent member, but still want to support the school ministry? Give through the Lutheran SGO and receive a 50% state tax credit on gifts of cash, stock, IRA rollovers, etc. Have questions? Talk to Principal Amy Hedges.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Warm thanks to all who took the time to beautify our campus for the Advent and Christmas season! Your help is greatly appreciated.

During a recent chapel service, two of our OSLS students were baptized with the whole school participating in the service! Not long before that, two kindergarteners and their parents were baptized together, becoming new members in our church. What a blessing it is to see God using OS to shower His children with the blessings of life and salvation in Holy Baptism! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Kathy Berkshire, Jeff Bick, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis Ouellette of LAMP Ministries. 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

Advent Services, Dec. 11, 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

SWANS Outing, Dec. 15, 3 pm

OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting and Luncheon, Dec. 19, 10 am 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 13:17-22

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” 18 But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.” 20 And they moved on from Succoth and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the       wilderness. 21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22 The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 10:1-6

1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 14:12-25

12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 

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