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Weekly Announcements 11.01.19

WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM

November 3, 2019

All Saints’ Sunday

On All Saints’ Day, we remember those of our church family who have gone to sleep in the Lord. We mourn our losses because we miss them in this life. We miss their embrace. We miss their smiles. However, our mourning is limited and will one day turn to joy! Those who have died in Christ also will rise to new life at His return! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IT IS OUR CUSTOM ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY to remember our members who were called to glory during this past year. We thank God for the blessings that He bestowed upon them in this life and the promise He’s given to all of us of everlasting life. These are the saints from Our Shepherd who were called to glory this past year: Dorothy Dobler, Mary Lou Garretson, Gertrude Gierke, Lyle Jensen, Judith Lehr, Arlen Levenhagen, Don Olson, Marie Olson, Timothy Olson, Bruce Richter, Elmer Rosebrough, Rick Smith, Sigurd Zielke, and Stuart Zurcher.

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on November 10 at 12:00 pm to vote on the candidates for the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and the Endowment Committee-names are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Additional agenda items include: Ministry Team Reports (paper copies available at the Communication Center), Financial Report, Elder Review of Membership Roll, and updates on the Music Director Committee.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT THANK YOU—We opened our doors to over 2,000 people on a beautiful fall night last week! Warm thanks to all of the generous planners, donors, and volunteers who spent numerous hours making the event a success! We are so blessed to have so many members willing to shine the light of Christ in the world.

LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL-was named one of only six schools in the country as a School of Distinction after their recent accreditation! On November 11, you are invited to attend the Ruth Lilly Distinguished Speaker Series at LHSI to hear IN Court of Appeals Judge John Baker speak to LHSI students and stakeholders. RSVP emailing or by calling the school. November 14th at 6:30 pm is the Fall Preview Night for any families interested in continuing their education at LHSI.

OSLS—Today is the last day to purchase your tickets for All Saints’ Fest, which supports the ministry of our school by providing scholarships and non-budgeted instructional improvements. Visit the table with the blue sign in the narthex to learn more. 

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - The OSLS Bible Quiz team began learning about the drama and intrigue of 2 Samuel in August for the annual competition against the other Indianapolis-area Lutheran schools. They finished the evening in 3rd place. We congratulate the studious members of this year’s team along with their dedicated coach, Karen Robertson! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Mark Galenski, Mark Godby, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dan Coffey of the IN State Police. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 10, 12 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 19, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Nov. 21, 10 am

Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Fellowship, Nov. 27 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Revelation 7: 9-17

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 John 2:28-3:10

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:1-12

Seeing the crowds, he [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Weekly Announcements 10.25.19

WISDOM JUSTIFIED

October 26-27, 2019

Reformation Sunday

God’s plan, from the foundation of the world was uninterrupted love and life with humanity. All may seem lost when life is darkened by sin, yet God has shown the light of His Son to all who live. May we, who have seen His light, now shine His light into the lives of others.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on November 10 at 12:00 pm to vote on the candidates for the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and the Endowment Committee-names are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Additional agenda items include: Ministry Team Reports (paper copies available at the Communication Center), Financial Report, Elder Review of Membership Roll, and updates on the Music Director Committee.

LWML FALL RALLY—The LWML Fall Rally will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, Greenwood on November 2. The theme of the rally will be "Compassion Beyond Words." The morning will begin at 9 am with breakfast served by the host church. There will be a short business meeting at 9:30. Leslie Haines, Executive Director of Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries based in Ft. Wayne, will be presenting her experience with comfort dogs. A free will offering will be taken to support the Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministry. All women of the congregation are invited to attend. 

CAMP LAKEVIEW—You are invited to Lakeview Ministries’ dinner auction to support camp and all that this ministry provides.  The evening provides a lot of fun and entertainment, but the big winners are the campers!  Proceeds from all winning bids and cash donations go into the camp’s general operating fund. The event will be held from 5:00-9:00 pm, Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at Primo Banquet Hall, Indianapolis. Cost to attend is $50 per person or $400 for a Table of 8.

OSLS—Only one more week to secure your tickets for All Saints’ Fest! Your attendance and participation help support the mission of the school in being able to joyfully share the Gospel. All Saints’ Fest provides scholarships and enhances instructional practices through support of program needs. Unable to attend, but want to support the goal of this event? Mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device, even if you aren’t present. Join us in supporting the ministry of Our Shepherd Lutheran School! Ticket sales end Nov. 3rd!

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Preaching and teaching are celebrated on Reformation Sunday because the rallying cry of the Reformation, Sola Scriptura, taught that God's Word alone stands as the basis of our teaching and practice. Seminarians are encouraged to spend one hour in preparation for every minute preached (Rev. Dr. Carl Fickenscher, CTSFW). We pray for our pastors even as we thank God for generations of faithful preachers and teachers this Reformation weekend. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Rosie Fakes, Mark Godby, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Teri & Neil Carlisle. 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

LWML Fall Zone Rally, Nov. 2

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 10, 12 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Proverbs 8:22-36

22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,30then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.32 “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord,36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 3:19-28

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 11:12-19

12 [Jesus said] “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” 

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