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Growing. It’s exciting. It can be intimidating. Anyone who’s raised children remembers the excitement of first steps, a first base hit or goal scored or watching a child’s first recital. Parents also remember the nervous nights watching a newborn sleeping, “Is (s)he breathing…” We remember hesitant first days in school, learning to drive and sending our beloved to college.  Growing is great! Growing can be painful.

Our Shepherd, her school and community are growing! There are three neighborhoods being built across the street. Our Pre-school and Pre-K classes are full. Sunday school attendance is about 275/week. We have just under 600 in worship. We have grown quite a bit these past few years.

To help guide our growth and planning for our future, we are considering a new vision statement. Our governing documents call us to revisit this statement every other year. Our current vision statement was established late 2013, so we are a bit behind, but we’d rather get it right than just get something down on paper.

In 2013, our vision statement expressed our desire to not just survive, but to thrive. It was intended to rally around the idea that we could praise God for His constant and consistent presence with us in this place. We wanted to honor Him through faithfulness, excellence and personal sacrifice. Our vision at the time became:

               “To thrive as one Christ-centered family, welcoming individuals from all walks of life,

               nurtured by God through faithful worship, education, and excellent ministries

               as we gladly sacrifice for God’s kingdom.”

When this statement was adopted, we had an average weekly attendance of 414 people in three weekly worship services. We recognized growth and the changing community around us. We adapted by adding our Worship on Wednesday services following the 2014 Lenten season. We continued that weekly Wednesday service in order to provide another opportunity for our busy church members to worship on a day other than or in addition to Sunday. Our continued growth led us to hire a full-time Worship Director and add a third worship service on Sunday mornings. We have since added a part-time DCE Consultant and a full-time DCE Intern on staff to help us navigate our educational opportunities and programming.

Our current average weekly attendance of 579 people is a nearly 40% increase from four years ago. Our giving grew by 12% last year alone. Sunday School attendance is 400-500% higher (depending on age group) than it was last spring. Our Senior High youth group participation is the highest it has ever been. 

Not only are we growing our capacity for ministry inside of our walls, we’re reaching our community and the world through technology and outreach. Our Confirmation Instruction allows our families to connect with catechism instruction anytime, anywhere via our YouTube channel. In the past two weeks, we have been approached by four families, not currently members, regarding Confirmation instruction for their children. We have such an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to our neighbors by being open and accessible.

It’s time for a new vision statement to reflect our current life together at Our Shepherd. The proposed Vision Statement is intentional and relevant to where we are in this time and place:

               "Growing as a community in Christ as we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD."

We are growing, both individually and collectively. We want to SHARE (present tense, yet also in the future) LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD. In order to do so, we hope this new statement will direct our work in God’s kingdom.

The Vision Team realized that it was no longer necessary to be content with simply being “good enough.” It was time to focus on thriving in pursuit of excellence. The new Vision Statement encompasses our desire to continue to grow. We are confident in God’s grace, and we have the desire to share that with our surrounding community. To SHARE God’s love with others. To do our best for the Kingdom of God, recognizing it is God who works in us and through us to accomplish His purpose.

Growing is both exciting and intimidating. May we grow in a way that brings us together as we grow in Christ. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6

What do you think of our proposed vision statement? Please let us know! Email   to share your thoughts.

Posted by Daniel Lepley with

Weekly Announcements 10.13.17


October 15, 2017

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

We’re all trying to measure up. Trying to meet expectations. Trying to fit in. Trying to find our place. How much easier would life be if we realized that in Christ we already do have all of this? God’s grace has given us a place in His family. Now we get to live our lives with the blessings of His love and not trying to work it out on our own.


TRUNK-OR-TREAT ~ Sign-up to be a part of our community outreach event! Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’ and trunks full of CANDY on Friday, October 27th from 6-8 p.m. Sign-up sheets for volunteers and trunk reservations are located in the narthex. A donation bin is located by the Luther Room for those who would like to donate candy. Please be sure to sign-up by THIS Sunday, October 15th.

REFORMATION CONCERT ~ The music ensembles of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will be presenting a special concert to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will include congregational hymns and music performed by the Adult Choir, School Choir, Jr. Choir, Youth Chorale, Men's Ensemble, Handbell Choir, and Brass Ensemble, focusing especially on hymns of Martin Luther. We invite you to celebrate this milestone with us!

VOTERS’ MEETING ~ Join us November 5th at 12:00 p.m. for our next Voters’ Meeting. Let us know what you think about our new proposed Vision Statement: “Growing as a community in Christ as we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.”

FALL BREAK ~ The church office will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the week of Fall Break, October 16-19th. We will resume normal hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday on Oct. 23rd.

ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Time is running out! Have you purchased your tickets for the 24th Annual All Saints' Fest? Be sure to take advantage of babysitting offered that evening. Don’t forget to donate gift cards or items toward the auction. Each grade also contributes handmade items for the auction. You will certainly want to bid on some of these special items created by OSLS students! As in the past, mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device. Come for a great celebration that benefits Our Shepherd Lutheran School.


Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Dennis and Shara Toole. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Lucille Barksdale, Alice McKinley, Nancy Schuch, and Robert Tiemeier. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.


Ladies Circle, Oct. 19th, 10 a.m., Luther Room

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 27th 6 p.m.

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 3rd, 5:30 p.m.

Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.


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

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

Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.



On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all  faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

EPISTLE READING, Philippians 4:4-13 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. 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. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 22:1-14

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those  invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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