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Weekly Announcements 05.10.18

LOVE THAT HOLDS ON

May 12, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus promises a love that always holds on, no matter what. In a world where people are so quick to judge, dismiss and diminish, it’s good to know nothing will change God’s love for you! Like a great mom, God will always stand by His children with loving kindness and encouragement no matter what!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY—In honor of everyone who mothers others, we share a small token of appreciation with all adult women present today. We thank you for sharing your love with others on this Mother’s Day.

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us for our Congregational Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 12 pm. Agenda items include, the annual budget, calling teacher Nicolette Mierow, voting on VP candidate, Sam Karnick, voting on a peaceful release for teacher, Mrs. Stafford, and ministry updates.

2019 GRADUATES—Please let the church office know of any current members that will be graduating this year so that we may celebrate their accomplishments! Submit names, current school, and plans for the fall by May 22 to be included in the bulletin the following weekend.

LCMS FOUNDATION INFO SESSION—Andy Behrmann, Gift Planning Counselor for the Indiana District, will be giving a presentation on stewardship and the gift planning process during the Sunday School hour NEXT Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 am. Plan to join Andy as he explains how he can help counsel you through the gift planning process.

LWML NIGHT OUT—All ladies are welcome to join the Ladies Guild for a night out at Charbono’s on May 21 at 6 pm. Be sure to sign-up near the Luther Room by May 19.  

OSLS—The school year is quickly coming to an end! Church members are always welcome to participate in school events. Check out our Upcoming Events calendar for fun annual activities including, Kindergarten Authors’ Tea, Mini Indy, and Eighth Grade Graduation.

Mrs. Stafford, our second grade teacher, is requesting a peaceful release from her call to Our Shepherd. The congregation will vote on her request at the upcoming Voters’ Meeting.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -

Our Shepherd provides an active food pantry to assist members of our community. We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School NEXT weekend, May 18-19. You can drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any donations. Monetary donations are used to purchase additional food for the ever increasing families in need of assistance. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Don Brewer, Chloe C., Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Ray H. Shireman and Skip Jochim. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries and persecuted Christians through out the world. For our active military including Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSLS Kindergarten Authors’ Tea, May 17, 9 am

OSLS 1st grade Mini Indy, May 17, 2:30 pm

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, May 18-19

Voters’ Meeting, May 19, 12 pm

OSLS 8th grade graduation, May 23, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 20:17-35

17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

SECOND 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.”

GOSPEL READING, John 10:22-30

22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

 

 

Weekly Announcements 05.03.19

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FOLLOW IN HIS TEACHINGS

May 5, 2019

Confirmation Sunday

Third Sunday of Easter

Confirmation is an important time in a young Christian’s life! It is a step into adulthood in the Church, putting away childish ways and stepping forward in faith. When we become adults in the Church, we publicly proclaim our belief in Jesus as Lord, being the one true King! We devote our lives to Him publicly in whatever He calls us to do in life. In all things and in all ways, we promise to boldly point others to Him in words and actions, no matter what!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONGRATULATIONS CONFIRMANDS! We rejoice in the faith God has blessed you with, the life we share in Christ, and the Holy Spirit’s work in your hearts to confess your faith before us today!

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us for our Congregational Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 12 pm. Agenda items include, the annual budget, calling teacher Nicolette Mierow, ministry and Vice President updates.

FOOD PANTRY—Our Shepherd provides an active food pantry to assist members of our community. We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School on May 18-19. You can drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any 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.

LCMS FOUNDATION INFO SESSION—Andy Behrmann, Gift Planning Counselor for the Indiana District, will be giving a presentation on stewardship and the gift planning process during the Sunday School hour on May 19 at 9:30 am. Plan to join Andy as he explains how he can help counsel you through the gift planning process, prepare you to meet with an attorney to discuss estate planning, and provide encouragement and expertise in helping you to discern how God may be calling you to give a portion of what He has blessed you with to your family and to ministry, all at no cost to you or to Our Shepherd.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—Registration is now open for ROAR! Join us for VBS on June 9-13 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Dinner will be available for families beginning at 5:30 pm. Register online to volunteer or participate: vbspro.events/p/events/ourshepherdroar

OSLS—Praise God for richly blessing our ministry with workers for the harvest! With joy we announce that Hannah Sugita has accepted our call to serve as 3rd grade Teacher. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - The GO Mission Team would love to see families serving together in our community this summer. Service project ideas are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Let us know how you and your family have served by filling out and posting a Summer of Service square on the bulletin board.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Don Brewer, Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot,   Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Dennis & Shara Toole. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries and persecuted Christians through out the world. For our active military including Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSLS Restaurant Fundraiser @ Chipotle, May 6, 4-8 pm

OSLS Kindergarten Authors’ Tea, May 17, 9 am

OSLS 1st grade Mini Indy, May 17, 2:30 pm

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, May 18-19

Voters’ Meeting. May 19, 12 pm

OSLS 8th grade graduation, May 23, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 9:1-22

1But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19 and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. 20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.

SECOND READING, Revelation 5:8-14

And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

GOSPEL READING, John 21:1-19

1After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish? ”They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 

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