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Weekly Announcements 07.19.19

DISTRACTED BY GOOD THINGS

July 21, 2019

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 

It’s hard to reckon, but you have to sacrifice “good” if you want to get “great.” There was nothing wrong with Martha being the gracious host, but she was so distracted by her preparations for Christ that she didn’t get to spend time with Christ! One curse of American Christianity is that many are so busy doing things for Jesus, they spend little time with Him. When we worship, we get to sit with Mary, at the feet of Jesus, to listen and be loved by Christ!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL—There will be no Children’s Sunday School classes on July 28 for Sunday School teacher training. Please join us for an Open House and Sunday School kick-off on August 4 beginning at 9:30 am.

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.

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.  

Nyg thank-you ice cream social—Last week, thirty-one youth and seven adults from Our Shepherd traveled to Minneapolis for the 2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering. Students participated in Bible study, worked on service projects, listened to speakers, attended concerts, and worshiped with over 21,000 other Lutherans from across the country. Join us at 6:30 tonight for an Ice Cream Social to hear about and see photos of our NYG experiences.

OSLS—The Lutheran SGO provides many families with financial assistance to attend Our Shepherd. When you donate to the Lutheran SGO and designate your contribution to OS, not only do you help students, you receive a 50% tax credit, which comes off your state taxes. Talk to Principal Amy Hedges about our SGO and other ways you can help our school.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Pastor Dennis Meeker, Marie Olson, Don Roach, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.

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LCMS Youth Gathering, held every three years, provided our youth and adults the opportunity to come together with over 21,000 as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. Our youth raised $210 participating in a 5k, packed over 8,700 meals for children, and donated seven units of blood during their time in Minneapolis. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

NYG Thank-You Ice Cream Social, Today, 6:30 pm

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 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 18:1-10a

1 And the Lord appeared to [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said. ”And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate. They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.”

SECOND READING, Colossians 1:21-29 

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 10:38-42 

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” 

Weekly Announcements 07.12.19

INCONVENIENT LOVE

July 14, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 

The Good Samaritan went out of his way to help a misfortunate soul when the priest and Levite went out of their way to not help. Here we see the true nature of love. It isn’t easy. It’s costly. It’s inconvenient. Thankfully, Christ embodied such sacrificial love for us! Now it’s our turn to be good to one another.

ANNOUNCMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL—There will be no Children’s Sunday School classes on July 21 and July 28 for Sunday School teacher training. Please join us for an Open House and Sunday School kick-off on August 4 beginning at 9:30 am.

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.

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.  

LCMS National Offering—Every three years, our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod meets in convention to determine mission and ministry priorities for the coming triennium. We will collect a special offering next weekend, July 20-21 during all services to support the Synod’s work. More information and giving envelopes are available at the welcome center.

OSLS—Our Shepherd's School ministry is pleased to announce the addition of Julie Prahlow as our Spanish teacher, and Abby Fritcha as our half day Early Childhood lead teacher. God certainly blessed us with these women and we are excited about the gifts, talents, and Godly example that they will bring to our students and families. Please keep them and all of our teachers in your prayers as we prepare for a new year.

Remember to tell others about our school, as well as "like" and "share” any social media posts to let our community know about our school ministry!

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The OSLC Men’s Ensemble will once again be singing at the USS Indianapolis Memorial Service on Sat., July 20 at 9:00 am in the Hyatt Regency downtown Indy. As this may be the last year for the reunion, we ask that you join us in prayer for the families of the survivors and those who lost loved ones in the attack on the vessel on July 30, 1945. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Don Roach, Becky Roth, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, Bob Wagner and Tim Yeadon. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Brian Flannery, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.

UPCOMING EVENTS

NYG Thank-You Ice Cream Social, July 21, 6:30 pm

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 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Leviticus 19:9-18 

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God. 11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord. 15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. 17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

SECOND READING, Colossians 1:1-14

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 10:25-37

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” 

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