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Weekly Announcements 12.29.17

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?

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!

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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. 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. 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

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 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!” 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.

Weekly Announcements 12.22.17

SALVATION FOR ALL PEOPLE

December 23-24, 2017

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Mary and Joseph were in for a surprise at the Temple. As they entered to present their firstborn to the Lord,, Jesus, was embraced by an old sage named Simeon. Led by the Holy Spirit, he gave thanks to God for letting him see the  salvation of all people. Mary and Joseph marveled at this. The Christ had come, and He was their son!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TAX DEDUCTIONS - Tax codes are changing and many charitable gifts may no longer be deductible. Give by Dec. 31, before the changes go into effect, to maximize the benefit of your financial generosity.

     *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.

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

CONGREGATIONAL CALL MEETING - After an extensive search and prayerful consideration, the Call Committee has decided to recommend that Amy Hedges be called for the Principal position for Our Shepherd Lutheran School. A Congregational Voters' Meeting will be held on January 21 to vote on calling Amy, a teacher candidate, and forming a DCE Call Committee.

ENROLLMENT BEGINS JANUARY 1 - 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

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Henry F., Chris Hawk, Al & Marian Schafer, and Annette Stoneking. For all of our homebound members including Jim & Doreen Schneider. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Christmas Eve Services, Dec. 24, 3, 5, 7, 11 p.m.

Christmas Day Service, Dec. 25, 9 a.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Psalm 89:1-5

1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Let the heavens praise our wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!

EPISTLE READING, Romans 16:25-27

25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,  and for glory to your people Israel.”33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

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