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Weekly Announcements 09.06.19

BEING CHRISTIAN IS EASY, RIGHT?

September 8, 2019

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

There are many who think Christians lead easy and prosperous lives. Jesus contradicts this way of thinking. Being a Christian means living a life full of love, grace, and mercy for our neighbors. This means we are not free from struggles and suffering in the fight to further the Kingdom of God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning tonight at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd. Current members are welcome to come to brush-up on the basics of our faith.

SWANS EVENT—HOLD THE DATE:  September 25, 4-8 pm SWANS (Seniors With A New Spirit) is having a cookout at Avon Town Hall Park. We will provide the hot dogs/brats, plates, cups, and utensils. We ask you to bring a covered dish, dessert, drinks, etc.  Sign-up by the Luther Room.  We also will have a free will offering to help with expenses as SWANS doesn't have a treasury. If you have any questions contact Shirley Wittman or Annette Stoneking.

FOOD PANTRY— Our Food Pantry serves over 130 families every month! Without your financial support and food donations, this ministry would not be able to reach the members of our community most in need of our assistance. Financial donations are accepted at any time. The Pantry will be collecting clothing and new, packaged socks and underwear during the month of September for distribution in October. Please place your donations under the coat racks. Talk to Judy James for more info.

OSLS—The PTL at Our Shepherd exists to serve the church and school as bridge between home and school while assisting the school in creating the best possible environment for the students to grow and learn. Recently, through their fundraising efforts, PTL was able to help fund some much-needed soccer and volleyball uniforms. PTL also donates mulch for our playground. Support our efforts by attending the all-day dine-out day at City BBQ on Monday, September 16. Be sure to mention Our Shepherd and 20% of your purchase will be donated to our school.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - How would you like to help a local LCMS church recover from a fire which damaged much of their church? On September 21st, Our Shepherd will assist the saints at Our Savior Lutheran, Indianapolis, with restoration of their church and grounds. Please sign-up at the Welcome Center or via the link in the weekly email. More details to come next week!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis Ouellette of LAMP Ministries. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Member Class, TONIGHT, 7 pm

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

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” 

SECOND READING, Philemon 1:1-21

Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 14:25-35

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. 34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 

Weekly Announcements 08.30.19

GENUINE GODLINESS

September 1, 2019

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Brotherly love. Faithfulness. Sacrifice. Respect. Jesus embodied these ideals. As a matter of fact, He has redeemed us by virtue of His perfect embodiment of God's will for us. Looking to Jesus, “the Founder and Perfecter of our faith,” (Heb. 12:2) how would our lives be changed if we began to truly treat each other as Christ treats us?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF—Join us Sat, Sept 7 for worship at 6:30 pm and an introduction to the New Testament portion of the Bible study, The Story. Small Group participants are encouraged to attend. There will be time to meet with your group for introductions and reconnections. Don’t have a small group? Fill out an interest form and we’ll get you connected with one.

Music Ministry—Calling all singers and ringers!  Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice Sept. 4-5. Adult Choir (high school-adult) Wed., 9/04, 7-8:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir I (beginning ringers; 3rd grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 6-6:30 p.m.; Jr. Choir (1st-5th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 6:30-7 p.m.; Youth Chorale (6-12th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 7-7:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir II (experienced ringers; 6th grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Joyce, , with any questions.

FOOD PANTRY— Our Food Pantry serves over 130 families every month! Without your financial support and food donations, this ministry would not be able to reach the members of our community most in need of our assistance. Financial donations are accepted at any time. The Pantry will be collecting clothing and new, packaged socks and underwear during the month of September for distribution in October. Please talk to Judy James for more info.

OSLS—Our students have started many extra-curricular activities from sports to band to robotics. We invite all congregation members to attend any event at the school. You can find an updated calendar at www.ourshepherd.org/school-events/ or learn more about the school in our weekly Ram News (email  to be added to the mailing). If you would like a physical copy of calendar events or the Ram News, please sign up at the welcome center to have a copy placed in your member mailbox!

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:5b-6). We are blessed to have a network of members who pray for those who have asked for specific prayers for loved ones in need. To participate in the Prayer Chain or send a prayer request, please email habernathy@ ourshepherd.org. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Al & Marian Schafer. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis and Deaconess Lorna Meeker. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm

New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Proverbs 25:2-10

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable. Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret, 10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.

SECOND READING, Hebrews 13:1-17

1Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 14:1-14

1One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” And they could not reply to these things. Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 

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