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Weekly Announcements 01.26.18

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CHRISTIAN FREEDOM

January 27-28, 2017

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

As New Testament Christians, we have been freed from Old Testament regulations, traditions, laws, and restrictions. By faith we follow God’s will. We are led by the Holy Spirit to love God and love others. These are the only commandments God now gives us. This we do, in faith and love, because of who we are!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ash Wednesday is February 14. Join us as we explore The Way of Christ during Lenten season.

Christianity was never meant to be a religion of works-Do this. Be better. Do More. Jesus came to do what we cannot do for ourselves, not to show us how to do things on our own. He came to live, suffer, die on the cross and rise from the dead to be our way to the Father. He didn’t come just to show us the way to the Father.

As Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

During Lent, Our Shepherd is going to share life by considering the truth about ourselves and the truth about God’s love in Christ. We will learn how Jesus became the Way to God for us. We will focus on who Christ is.

We will also consider our identity in Christ. We will discover who God created us to be. We will remember who Christ redeemed us to be. We will consider who the Spirit leads us to be.

The way of Christ is much more than what Jesus did. The way of Christ is much more than what God wants you to do. The way of Christ is recognizing Christ in your life and realizing your life is in Christ.

BIG GAME PARTY - The LTF (Lutheran Teen Fellowship) is once again hosting a Big Game Party for the entire congregation. Join us on February 4 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.

OSLS ENROLLMENT - Our Shepherd Lutheran School is looking forward to another great school year! In preparation for the start of 2018-2019, we encourage you to complete priority enrollment which opens for Our Shepherd Lutheran Church families on Mon., January 22nd. Please contact the office to enroll.

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 Dennis and Shara Toole.  For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSLS Enrollment (Church Families) , NOW

OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1

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

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 18:15-20

15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

1Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:21-28

21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

 

Weekly Announcements 01.19.18

TRUSTED CO-WORKERS

January 21, 2017

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Good co-workers make time fly because work is fun and a lot gets done. It’s no wonder that Jesus began His ministry by gathering a good group of co-workers to share the load with. When Church is done right, we know this blessing. Like the first apostles, we are being taught and have been invited to share life with our Shepherd.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

As we begin National Lutheran Schools Week, join us in congratulating and thanking Mrs. Margo Martin for 31 years of teaching ministry (20 years  at Our Shepherd), Mrs. Shirley Cronauer for 26 years of teaching ministry (21 years at OS), Ms. The-Resa Lipsey for 20 years of assisting in the classrooms at OS, Mrs. Kim May for 19 years of teaching ministry (15 years at OS), Mrs. Rachel Miller for 12 years of teaching ministry at OS, Mrs. Amy Hedges for 10 years of teaching ministry at OS, Mrs. Nicolette Mierow for 13 years of teaching ministry (9 years at OS), Mrs. Lisa Dubke for 12 years of teaching ministry (4 years at OS), and Mrs. Julia Stafford for 9 years of teaching ministry (6 years at OS). We celebrate these milestones, as well as the faithful service of every OS teacher, aide, and school staff member with appreciation for their ministries.

CONGREGATIONAL VOTERS’ MEETING - Join us TODAY at noon for a voters’ meeting to call Amy Hedges as OSLS principal, to call a teacher candidate to teach English and music, and to form a DCE Call Committee.

MARRIAGE RETREAT - Reserve your spot today for the annual couples’ get-away at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN, Feb. 9-11. Cindy Campbell of Cross Connections and Pastor Daniel Schumm will be leading the weekend. Brochures are available at the Welcome Center.

NEW MEMBER CLASSES - Classes began last week, but it isn’t too late to join. Please contact Pastor Matt, , for more information.

OSLS ENROLLMENT - Our Shepherd Lutheran School is looking forward to another great school year! In preparation for the start of 2018-2019, we encourage you to complete priority enrollment which opens for Our Shepherd Lutheran Church families on Mon., January 22nd. Please contact the office to enroll.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Charles Crowder, Adler G., Henry F., Trudy Gierke, Sara Krenzke, Arlen Levenhagen, Al & Marian Schafer, and  Sig Ziegler. For all of our homebound members including Dorothy Dobler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Dolores Gustafson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Congregational Voters’ Meeting, Sunday, 12:00 p.m.

OSLS Enrollment (Church Families) , Jan. 22

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan 21-27

OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1

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

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 9-11

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jonah 3:1-5, 10

1Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:14-20

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

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