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Weekly Announcements 11.17.17

ACCORDING TO YOUR ABILITY

November 19, 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

As we read the “Parable of the Talents,” we see that God does not care about how much “ability” we have to serve Him. God's will for us is to serve Him the best we can with what He has given us. Serving God has never been about how much, but rather our willingness to serve!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP - Bring a friend and join us for worship on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and then stay for our annual Pie Fellowship. Please be sure to sign-up at the Welcome Center to let us know if you will be attending and if you would like to share one of your special pies.

CHURCH DECORATING - Our Shepherd is blessed with a large facility so it takes a lot of decorations and hands to beautify our campus for the Advent/Christmas season remembering Christ's birth and looking forward to His Second Coming. Decorating takes place in the sanctuary, narthex and outside. Please join us on Friday, Dec. 1st at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2nd, at 9 a.m. to decorate. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

AVALANCHE SQUAD - Want to play in the snow? The snow removal team is looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at mmeyerholtz@ indy.rr.com to help.

MOPS ADVENT TEA - Our Shepherd MOPS cordially invites all women (high school aged and above) to an afternoon of dessert and fellowship in preparation for the Advent season. The 15th annual Advent Tea will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1–3 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but reservations are required. Reserve your seat in the church office. 

OSLS - With the assistance of Mrs. Lepley, the fourth grade students applied for a grant from the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District to install another water bottle refill station on the water fountain and expand our current recycling program to include plastic, metal, glass, and cardboard. They were awarded $1,800 to use for the projects!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer.  For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

Church Decorating, Dec. 1st, 6:30 p.m. & Dec. 2nd, 9 a.m.

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 2nd, 1 p.m.

Advent Services, Dec. 6, 13, 20th, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING,  Zephaniah 1:7-16

Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. And on the day of the Lord's sacrifice— “I will punish the officials and the king's sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master's house with violence and fraud. 10 “On that day,” declares the Lord, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills. 11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off. 12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ 13 Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” 14 The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. 15 A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 25:14-30 

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours. 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Weekly Announcements 11.10.17

FIVE WISE, FIVE FOOLISH

November 12, 2017

Twenty third Sunday after Pentecost

How is someone prepared for the return of Christ? The parable of the ten virgins shows that each of us must be prepared individually. You can't rely on someone else to get you "in." God has given His people a lamp (PS 119:105) and the Light (JN 8:12). May we be found ready for Christ's return by availing ourselves of God's good gifts!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VETERANS DAY - “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. Please join us in praying for, honoring, and thanking our Veterans for their service today. 

AVALANCHE SQUAD - Want to play in the snow? The snow removal team is looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at mmeyerholtz@ indy.rr.com to help.

FOOD PANTRY DRIVE-UP/DROP-OFF - We are able to show God’s love to an ever increasing number of families through your generosity. Nov. 18-19th, bring your non-perishable food donations to church before each of the services, and someone will unload them from your vehicle for you! Thank you!

ANGEL TREE - On November 15th Our Shepherd’s Ladies Guild will have the Angel Tree on display with angels ready to be taken. Our Angel Tree is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date.

OSLS - The middle school students present The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit on Friday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. If the evening performance does not fit into your schedule, you are also invited to attend the dress rehearsal that same day at 2:30 p.m.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 14th, 7 p.m.

Ladies Circle Meeting, Nov. 16th, 10 a.m.

OSLS The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit, Nov. 17th 2:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 18-19th

Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 2nd, 1 p.m.

Advent Services, Dec. 6, 13, 20th, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 5:18-24 

 18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!  Why would you have the day of the Lord? It is darkness, and not light, 19 as if a man fled from a lion,  and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall,  and a     serpent bit him. 20 Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light,  and gloom with no brightness in it? 21 “I hate, I despise your feasts,  and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,  I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,  I will not look upon them. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;  to the melody of your harps I will not listen. 24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a  cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 25:1-13 

1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

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