GAINING THE RESPECT OF THOSE AROUND US
December 31, 2017
The First Sunday after Christmas
When Mary and Joseph finally find Jesus, they rebuke him for causing them such worry and distress. However, Jesus reminds them that they should have known to look for Him in His Father’s house. Jesus grew in stature and favor with all the people around Him as He continued to grow up. Is this story about disobedience or where one’s priorities should be?
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!
TAX DEDUCTIONS - Today is the last day charitable gifts may be deducted from your 2017 taxes!
*Donations to the church ensure that future generations receive the light of Christ.
*A donation to our Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is tax deductible and receives a 50% tax credit on Indiana income taxes while providing scholarships to children who would not otherwise receive a Christian education. Contact the office with any questions.
CHURCH UN-DECORATING - Please join us for the removal of the Advent/Christmas decorations on Sunday, January 7 at noon.
SUNDAY SCHOOL - New classes begin on January 7. See the bulletin insert for our exciting new classes.
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.
CONGREGATIONAL CALL MEETING - A Congregational Voters' Meeting will be held on January 21 at 12:00 p.m. to vote on calling Amy Hedges as principal, a teacher candidate, and forming a DCE Call Committee.
ENROLLMENT BEGINS TOMORROW - Current school families may begin our online re-enrollment process beginning on January 1, 2018! Church families may begin enrolling on January 22, and community enrollment begins February 1. We offer a discount for those who complete their enrollment early: Jan 1-Mar 23 – $100 Enrollment Fee. March 24 and after – $150 Enrollment Fee.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Sara Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Henry F., Chris Hawk, Al & Marian Schafer, and Annette Stoneking. For all of our homebound members including Don Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
New Year’s Eve Service, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.
OSLS (School Families) Enrollment, Jan. 1
Church un-decorating, Jan. 7, 12 p.m.
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
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 61:10-62:3
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteous-ness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.
1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. 2 The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. 3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
EPISTLE READING, Galatians 4:4-7
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 2:41-52
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day's journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.