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Weekly Announcements 03.06.20


March 8, 2020

St. Perpetua

Second Sunday in Lent

Saints Perpetua and Felicity were two young mothers who lost their lives as Christian martyrs in 203AD. Both women died, finding more joy in Christ than in this life. Their faithfulness, the love and forgiveness they shared with even their persecutors brought many in ancient Carthage to faith. Their example challenges how we treat our “enemies,” by forcing us to examine how our treatment of our enemies demonstrates the quality of our faith.


RED LETTER CHALLENGE—We are on Day 13 of The Red Letter Challenge. This week's theme is “Forgiving.” 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 FORGIVING—As we focus on the gift of forgiveness this week, pastors will be available for private confession and absolution. So that you may be personally blessed by Christ’s gift, choose a time to speak with a pastor on Wednesday from 4-8 pm. "Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you." Psalm 55:22

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. 

PRAYER GARDEN—Online and paper orders are still being accepted for brick donations. If you need help with a design or have questions, please contact Donna Maloney at   Order online at

LHSI - Lutheran High School’s annual auction LuFest is April 3rd. It is not too late to purchase tickets to help support the high school ministry at our local Lutheran High School. Please contact the school office at 317-787-5474 for more information.

OSLS—Twenty-four of our 3rd-8th graders competed in the annual SciFest at Lutheran High School this past Thursday. We thank God for the opportunities for learning and growth He provides for our students! 


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 Kay Levenhagen. For all missionaries including Connor Colange serving at Trinity in St. Louis. 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. 


Midweek Lenten Services, Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Forgiving, Mar. 11

Ladies Circle Meeting, Mar. 19, 10 am

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Serving, Mar. 21

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Giving, Mar. 25



1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.

EPISTLE READING, Revelation 6:9-17

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. 12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

GOSPEL READING, John 3:13-21

1No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”



Weekly Announcements 02.28.20


March 1, 2020

First Sunday in Lent

Discipline is good, but when what we do is divorced from who we are in Christ Jesus, all our energy can be spent for naught. We may be left feeling empty despite great effort and striving. Jesus reminds us, “Whoever abides in me bears much fruit!” When we are plugged into Christ through His Word, His Spirit fills us with love and life. Christ, our source and hope, blesses us with joy and meaning as His “fruitful” branches.


RED LETTER CHALLENGE—We are on Day 6 of The Red Letter Challenge.  This week's theme is “Being.” Follow along with the Challenge daily on our Facebook page. Share in the Challenge with Pastor Matt’s or Cheryl Cassidy’s Sunday School classes. Children’s classes also follow along with the Challenge. Supplemental questions to enhance your personal study are available in the narthex.

DAY OF PRAYING—You are invited to “be” with Christ this Wednesday, March 4. Refer to the bulletin insert for open prayer times in the sanctuary, worship times, and a prayer guide. Don’t want to pray alone? Prayer partners will be available on-site 6:30-8:00 am and 11:00-4:00 pm. 

COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY UPDATE—The Communications Committee would like to thank those who participated in the recent survey. We have found your feedback invaluable as we evaluate the policy that will guide Our Shepherd communications. The committee has met twice to analyze and discuss the results and has compiled a list of action items for the Church Governance Board to consider. We will be taking next steps to obtain a clearer picture from ministry leaders on their needs for communication. We appreciate the trust you have placed in the committee and we will update you as more progress is made.

PRAYER GARDEN—This is the final weekend for the brick display in the narthex. If you need help with a design or want to sponsor a brick, please contact Donna Maloney at or order online at

OSLS—As we begin the final trimester of this school year, we reflect on God’s blessings upon us including: thirteen transfer students since school started, an in-house resource teacher to provide additional support for our students and teachers, our special education partners from Avon who love our school as their own and have a heart for our ministry, and parents supportive of their children and the ministry of our school. Please raise up prayers of thanks for the gifts that God has provided in our students, teachers, and parents and that we can continue to bless them with the Good News of Jesus!

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-This weekend, couples from our congregation are participating in our Marriage Retreat in Brown County. We lift them up in our prayers, along with all of our families, that God will bless the husbands and wives of our congregation with true love for each other, patience for one another and the joy that kindness, respect, and honor bring to our families, united in Christ.


Sara Bartleson, Donald Levenhagen, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, David Payne, Buddy Ray, Anna Rosebrough, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. For all missionaries including Pastor Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. 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. 


Midweek Lenten Services, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Praying, Mar. 4

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Forgiving, Mar. 11

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Serving, Mar. 21

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Giving, Mar. 25



1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”16To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children .Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”17And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 20The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 5:12-19

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

GOSPEL READING,  John 15:5-17

[Jesus said], 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”

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