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Weekly Announcements 01.12.18

WE FOUND HIM

January 13-14, 2017

Second Sunday after the Epiphany 

Have you ever lost touch with someone you love? Whether it’s a few minutes a child is missing in a crowded place or decades of estrangement, time drags on when we don’t see or hear from those we love. Philip ran to Nathaniel with the good news he’d heard God speak after four centuries of silence! Are you quick to share the good news of Christ, like Philip, or slow to believe, like Nathaniel?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW MEMBER CLASSES - Interested in joining the Our Shepherd family? You are invited to attend our New Member Class beginning, THIS evening from 7-8:30 p.m. The classes are scheduled for eight weekly sessions in the Luther Room. If you would like to brush up on the teachings of the Lutheran church and you are currently a member of OS, you are also welcome to attend.

BIG GAME PARTY - The LTF (Lutheran Teen Fellowship) is once again hosting a Big Game Party for the entire congregation. Join us on Feb. 4 from 6-10 p.m. for traditional game day food, games in the narthex and gym, a special half-time performance from the youth Praise Team, and a room set-up for serious football fans. This is a family event, so invite your friends to come watch the game with us.

MARRIAGE RETREAT - Reserve your spot today for the annual couple’s get-away at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN, Feb. 9-11. Cindy Campbell of Cross Connections and Pastor Daniel Schumm will be leading the weekend of renewal. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Center. Please be sure to register by January 28.

USHER TEAMS - Looking for an opportunity to serve during our worship services? Join one of our Usher Teams. Ushers assist during worship services by distributing bulletins, offering assistance with seating, collecting offering, and ushering members to communion. Help is particularly needed at the 10:30 a.m. service. Contact Kyle Borcherding to be included on the list.

LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK - During the month of January we are celebrating the work of the teaching staff here at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. Blessing bags are placed beneath the bulletin board in the narthex so that you may give a note of encouragement or token of gratitude. We will be recognizing the school staff and giving the blessing bags to them on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the 8:00 a.m. service. A light reception will follow the service.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Sara Bartleson, Anna Cronauer, Adler G., Lori Boettcher, Charles Crowder, Henry F., Trudy Gierke, Sara Krenzke, Al & Marian Schafer, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For the gift of baptism. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Member Class, TONIGHT, 7 p.m.

Ladies Circle Meeting, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.

Congregational Call Meeting, Jan. 21, 12:00 p.m.

OSLS Enrollment (Church Families), Jan. 22

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan 21-27

OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1

Big Game Party, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 9-11

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, 1 Samuel 3:1-10

1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

 

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

 

GOSPEL READING, John 1:43-51

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 

Weekly Announcements 01.05.18

VISITORS FROM THE EAST

January 7, 2017

The Epiphany of Our Lord

Epiphany begins with the visit of the sages from afar. What drew these men from hundreds of miles away? Was it not the age-old promise of a Savior who would save us from sin and the power of death! What does their faithful pilgrimage teach us about their faith? What do their gifts teach us about the value of God’s Son, Jesus?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HANDBELL WORKSHOP - Would you like to RING IN the New Year by trying something new? How about ringing handbells? Our handbell choirs need more ringers! Please consider coming to our Handbell Workshop at 7-8 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 11. We welcome all ages and all skill levels, from beginners, to those who may have played in the past but need a refresher. Please join us!

MARRIAGE RETREAT - Reserve your spot today for the annual couple’s get-away at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN, Feb. 9-11. Cindy Campbell of Cross Connections and Pastor Daniel Schumm will be leading the weekend of renewal. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Center.

NEW MEMBER CLASSES - Interested in joining the Our Shepherd family? You are invited to attend our New Member Class beginning, Jan. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. The classes are scheduled for eight weekly sessions in the Luther Room. If you would like to brush up on the teachings of the Lutheran church and you are currently a member of OS, you are also welcome to attend.

AVALANCHE SQUAD - Join this group of volunteers to help keep our sidewalks, parking lot, and pathways clear when snow arrives. This crew has saved the church and school tens of thousands of dollars every winter! Contact Mark Meyerholtz, mmeyerholtz@indy. rr.com, to help!

ISRAEL TRIP - Please pray Godspeed for 17 pilgrims from OS traveling in the Holy Land. May the Holy Spirit open their hearts and minds to the depth of God’s love during their journey.

LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK - During the month of January we are celebrating the work of the teaching staff here at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. The teachers and aides will have staff cards on the bulletin board in the narthex to help you get to know them better. Blessing bags are beneath the bulletin board so that you may reach out to give a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Sara Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Henry Felix, Chris Hawk, Al & Marian Schafer, and Annette Stoneking. For all of our homebound members including Lyle Jensen. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSLS (School Families) Enrollment, now

Handbell Workshop, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

New Member Class, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.

OSLS (Church Families) Enrollment, Jan. 22

Congregational Call Meeting, Jan. 21, 12:00 p.m.

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan 21-27

OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1

Big Game Party, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 9-11

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 1:1-5 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11 

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

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