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FEASIBILITY STUDY RESULTS-WEEK 1

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In October, the Church Governance Board decided to hire Walsh and Associates, a firm from Burnsville, MN, to perform a Feasibility Study. The goals of the study were to:

  • determine current satisfaction with the ministry at Our Shepherd,
  • examine member awareness of plans for ministry growth,
  • evaluate how receptive and supportive key member families are of planned

  ministry investment,

  • make recommendations regarding next steps for Our Shepherd regarding a poten-

  tial future capital campaign and how we could best grow together as we SHARE LIFE

  WITH OUR SHEPHERD.

We recently received a report based on member interviews and will share results of that report each week leading up to the Town Hall Meeting and Leadership Summit. If you'd like to learn more, sign up for the Leadership Summit where results and recommendations from the study will be used to make prayerful decisions about preparations for the next ten years.

Who was interviewed?

60 families were identified as leaders in our congregation-those who are most gener- ous with their time and are most invested financially in our church and school. Of those 60 families, 42 were interviewed. 

What did we learn?

The approval rating for our ministry among these families is 96%.

93% are supportive of a capital campaign to fund the future ministry of our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School. 7% said it would “be nice to do.” None said it is “not needed.”

The top 3 ministry priorities of those surveyed include: expansion of the gym/current contemporary space to include a permanent space for contemporary worship ser- vices and rehearsals.

Expanded parking and better access to the building including a drive around the church and school.

Exploring a much more significant investment in early childhood education with the intent of building a program that is a long term financially viable investment in the well-being of the young families of our community. 

We can realistically expect to raise 2 to 3.5 million dollars with a 3-year capital cam- paign based upon study results.

If you are interested in learning more about how the study was conducted and these recommendations talk to any of your elders, board members, or staff members. Next week we will dig a little deeper into the numbers provided by the Feasibility Study.

Weekly Announcements 02.02.18

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WORK AND REST

February 4, 2018

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Mark’s gospel begins with Jesus doing incredible things-healing instantly, casting out demons. We also see Jesus seek solitude twice in this opening chapter. It’s refreshing for us to know that even Jesus had limits and that God used His human limitations to demonstrate His ability to accomplish His purposes for us despite our weakness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BIG GAME PARTY—The LTF (Lutheran Teen Fellowship) is once again hosting a Big Game Party for the entire congregation. Join us TONIGHT 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 friendly event, so invite your friends to come watch the game with us.

FOOD PANTRY—You can be a blessing to others by picking-up food for distribution at our bi-weekly Food Pantry. Judy James is looking for volunteers to assist on the third Tuesday and Thursdays of the month, and the first and third Fridays of the month. She is in special need of volunteers with a pick-up truck or other large vehicle. Please contact Judy at (317)902-5735 to help.

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday, February 14, for services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 p.m. service.

EASTER SERVICES—We will follow our regular Sunday schedule on April 1st, Easter Day. Services will be held at 8:00, 10:30, and 10:45 a.m..

OSLS —We are currently looking for a child-loving, upbeat, and dependable candidate to work in Extended Care daily Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. Please call the office or email Principal Hedges, ,  for more details.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Scott Carnagua, Barry Clark, Charles Crowder, Adler G., Henry F., Trudy Gierke, Skip Jochim, Tee Lipsey, Arlen Levenhagen, Christine Pavot, Buddy Ray, Al & Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, and  Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Dian Summerlot. Those who mourn including the family and friends of Erich Rensner. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 9-11

Ladies Circle Meeting, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Leadership Summit, Mar. 9-10

Men’s Retreat, Apr. 6-8

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning February 14, for services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

Maundy Thursday March 29 6:30 p.m.

Tre Ore March 30 Noon—3:00 p.m.

Good Friday March 30 6:30 p.m.

Easter Vigil March 31 6:30 p.m.

EASTER SERVICES—We will follow our regular Sunday schedule on April 1st, Easter Day. Services will be held at 8:00, 10:30, and 10:45 a.m..

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 40:21-31

21 Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning?    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness 24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:  who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”?28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 9:16-27

16 For if I preach the gospel,  that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:29-39

29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

 

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