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Weekly Announcements 09.20.19

GODLY CONCERN FOR OTHERS

September 22, 2019

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The world plays by the rule, “every man for himself.” Jesus lived by, “every man for everybody else.” While we fancy ourselves to be like Jesus, how we treat those who have nothing to offer us reveals our heart. If we really want to be like Jesus, we must lift-up those who we tend to look over because of what He’s done for us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

AVON HERITAGE FESTIVAL—Be sure to come out and see us in the parade or at our booth next Saturday, September 28 during the Avon Heritage Parade and Festival. Would you be an ambassador for Our Shepherd to promote our church and school at our booth during this event? Sign-up for one hour time slots at the Welcome Center, via the link in the weekly email, or talk to Amy Hedges. 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT—The Fellowship Team invites you to join the fun on Friday, September 27. This Family Fun Night will have something for everyone! A family friendly movie complete with popcorn and candy (movie theater sized for just 25¢), Euchre tournament, and fellowship. Be sure to bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, and pillows to make yourself comfortable in the gym for the movie. Or, bring your “A” game to win prizes for the top three teams of the Euchre tournament. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie and Euchre games will start at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!

PASTOR AND CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this month by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags beginning this weekend. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on October 6 at the 8:00 am service.

FUNDRAISING POLICY—This policy has been changed after a review process by the Church Governance Board (CGB). The updated policy emphasizes the role of staff engaging with their ministry teams in fundraising efforts. Copies of the policy are at the Communications Center.

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is seeking interested individuals for the position of Admissions and School Outreach Coordinator. This is a part-time position and applicants must be passionate about promoting our school, organized, work well with others, and have technical expertise to manage and utilize our online student information system for admissions and enrollment. Please direct any questions or inquiries to Principal Amy Hedges via email   or drop off a letter of inter- est and resume to the church/school office by Wednesday, September 25.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Our YouTube videos are reaching non-believers with the Good News of God’s love for all. Last week two videos generated dialogue that allowed us to teach about who our Savior is and what He has done for all. Check out the link in the weekly email to follow the discussion. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian   Summerlot, Morgan Wash, and Bob Wittman. For all of our homebound members including Liz Tiemeier. For all small group Bible studies. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm

SWANS Cookout, Sept 25, 4-8 pm

Family Fun Night, Sept 27, 6:30 pm

Pack the Truck for Family Promise, Sept 28-29 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 8:4-7

Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances, that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?” The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds. 

EPISTLE READING, 1 Timothy 2:1-15

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

GOSPEL READING,  Luke 16:1-15

1He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

 

Weekly Announcements 09.13.19

THE LOST COIN

September 15, 2019

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Most of us can relate to the woman in today's Gospel reading who is trying to find a lost coin. When we lose something of value, we want to find it quickly! When we understand the context and bigger picture of this parable, we are brought to a deeper understanding of God’s love for us. We begin to realize why the woman took extreme measures to find her coin.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Family Promise of Hendricks County—Our Shepherd is now partnering with this non-profit coalition of Christian ministries which have come together to help families experiencing homelessness or near homelessness. They pool resources and work with support agencies to help families regain financial stability. The GO Missions Team is hosting a “Pack the Truck” weekend on September 28-29. Please bring any of your unwanted or extra beds (with sheets), tables and chairs and help pack the truck that will be in the church parking lot. All items will assist families in transition.

Our Savior Work Day—Thank you to everyone who signed up to help at Our Savior! They already have enough volunteers for their work day on September 21. Didn’t have a chance to sign-up, but want to help? They are planning another work day in October or November We’ll keep you posted when the date is set.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT—The Fellowship Team invites you to join the fun on Friday, September 27. This Family Fun Night will have something for everyone! A family friendly movie complete with popcorn and candy (movie theater sized for just 25¢), Euchre tournament, and fellowship. Be sure to bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, and pillows to make yourself comfortable in the gym for the movie. Or, bring your “A” game to win prizes for the top three teams of the Euchre tournament. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie and Euchre games will start at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!

OSLS—We have the opportunity to let our community know more about our church and school ministries on September 28 during the Avon Heritage Days Parade and Festival. God has blessed our ministry in the Avon community. However, we often hear that many do not know we have a School, Food Pantry, or other outreach ministries! Would you be an ambassador for Our Shepherd to promote our church and school during the parade or at our booth during this event? Sign-up at the Welcome Center, via the link in the weekly email, or talk to Amy Hedges.  

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -Last weekend 23 middle school youth and 13 adults participated in the annual Shopping Cart Challenge. Thanks to the generous support of our youth, Kroger, Meijer, and Thrivent Action Teams, the event purchased over $400 in groceries and made a $150 donation to the Our Shepherd Food Pantry. Thanks to all who donated their time to shop and support our Food Pantry! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Marie Oslon. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

PTL Dine-out, City BBQ, Sept 16, all day

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm

SWANS Cookout, Sept 25, 6:30 pm

Family Fun Night, Sept 27, 6:30 pm

Pack the Truck for Family Promise, Sept 28-29 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 34:11-24

11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. 17 “As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? 19 And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet? 20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken. 

EPISTLE READING, 1 Timothy 1:5-17

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. 12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 15:1-10 1

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” 

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