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Weekly Announcements 08.18.17



August 20, 2017

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

 If you’ve ever received the silent treatment from someone you love, it stings. If you’ve ever felt you were receiving the silent treatment from God, that stings even worse! Today’s gospel shows us that times of perceived silence are opportunities to demonstrate our faith. Feelings betray us. Friends may desert us. God proves faithful, even when we don’t feel worthy of His love.


CHURCH PICNIC ~ Join us for our annual  church-wide fellowship on August 27th at 12:15 p.m. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided by the church, and each family is asked to bring a side dish to share with fellow church members. Please take a moment to sign-up at the Welcome Center to indicate how many for your family will be attending and what you will bring to share.

Sunday school ~ Our dedicated Sunday School hour begins at 9:30 a.m. on September 10th. See the bulletin insert for our exciting new class schedule. Be sure to sign-up for the class of your choice at the Welcome Center.

PASTOR’S CLASS ~ Beginning on Sunday, September 10th, Pastor Lepley will be teaching Reading Romans with Luther in the sanctuary during Sunday School hour. Please be sure to sign-up in advance for this class so that we may order a book for you. The cost of the book is $15.00.

Altar Guild ~ Serve behind the scenes by assisting with communion ware, candles, and cleaning the altar area. Work with a team of 4-5 members twice a year for one month. Time commitment: One service each week for a month, two months per year.

Music Ministry ~ We can always use more singers and ringers!  Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice September 6-7th. Adult Choir (high school--adult) Wed., Sep. 6th, 7-8:30 p.m.;  Adult Handbell Choir, Thurs., Sep. 7th, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Youth Chorale (gr. 6-12), Thurs., Sep. 7th, 6-6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary (note change of time and place); Jr. Choir (gr. 2-5), Thurs., Sep. 7th, 6:30-7 p.m.; Jr. Handbell Choir (gr. 3 and up)--Thurs., Sep. 7th, 7-7:30 p.m. Contact Joyce with any questions.

OSLS ~ Half of the SGO state tax credits have already been distributed. If you plan to donate to the fund, please be sure to maximize its benefit by submitting your form soon. SGO contributions to the school go toward tuition assistance for those who qualify and may not otherwise be blessed with a quality Christian education.


Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Kathy Ruggles, Marian Schafer, Herb Schortemeyer, Nancy Schuch, Annette Stoneking, Dian and Stephen Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Al and Janie Durkee. For all who mourn, including the family and friends of Humphrey Omondi. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter.


Israel Study, TODAY, 12:15 p.m.

Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.

New Worship Schedule and Sunday School, Sept. 10th


Contemporary Night of Worship and Concert, Oct. 1st, 6 p.m.

Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, Oct. 29th, 3 p.m.

Traditional Reformation Concert, Oct. 29th, 6:30 p.m.



1Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed.


6“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain,  and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”


EPISTLE READING, Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32 

1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?

28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.


GOSPEL READING, Matthew 15:21-28 

21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and beg- ged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.



Sharing the Blessing of Mothering

By Jane Runge Darlage, OS MOPS Co-Founder & Mentor Mom


In January 2003, a group of young Our Shepherd moms came together to embark on a new adventure - to start a Mothers of Preschoolers charter group that would meet monthly to share with each other and learn from others about the challenging and rewarding role of mothering their children. These women came from all kinds of backgrounds and careers, but all had taken the step to begin families, and were engaged in raising Godly children in a sinful world.


None of us had the answers, but through sharing and a wonderful assortment of speakers, we learned that was okay, and we were not the only ones who felt tired, frustrated, at our wit’s end, or confounded on a regular basis! It was okay to make mistakes as long as you kept trying and kept moving forward, and always kept your heart and mind on God.


Today, our group has evolved somewhat - we are still moms of newborns to kindergartners, but we now host moms from other churches and denominations, and our alums have spread across the country as life has taken them in new directions. Many of us stay connected through Facebook, as we’ve watched our babies grow and spread their wings, some of whom are already in college.


Our MOPS group serves the church and community each year through our Advent Tea for the adult women of the congregation each December, plus we tithe from our earnings to support a ministry or project of the church. We wrap Operation Christmas Child boxes for the school children to fill in November. We take 6-9 meals to new moms in the congregation, even if they are not members of our group. And we usually perform at least one service project a year for a community charity like Sheltering Wings or Crisis Pregnancy Center.


Why is a group like this so important? As one of our first Mentor Moms once told me, she wished there had been a group like this when she was raising her kids. She recalled the times she thought she was the only one having this problem or that challenge, and it would have been so nice to sit down with other moms in the same place in life, and know you weren’t alone.


Our Shepherd MOPS meets the second Monday of the month, September through May, from 9-11 a.m. One of the benefits of the program is a dedicated group of volunteers who watch our kids for us while we meet so that we can focus on our discussion, speakers, or projects with minimal interruptions. Recently, we have seen a surge in new babies, and are feeling the strain in our childcare coverage. We are in need of more volunteers who would be able to care for newborns in the nursery or toddlers in the gym during our meetings. If you would be interested in supporting the young moms of our congregation and community in this way, or know someone who might, please contact me or drop an email to , and we’ll be in touch. Thank you for helping to make this pivotal time in our children’s lives all the better through relaxed, refreshed and refilled moms.

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