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Weekly Announcements 01.31.20

THE PRESENTATION OF JESUS

February 2, 2020

The Presentation of Jesus

 

Even before Jesus was old enough to direct His own steps, His earthly parents brought Him to the Temple to fulfill His Heavenly Father’s will for Him. In this story, we see both the blessing and curse of godly parenting. When we raise our children faithfully, we are blessed to know they are brought up with hearts and minds fixed on God and His mercy. The only downside? The world will not like it and we should expect some measure of godly suffering to follow.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY—Join us Sunday for food, fun, and fellowship-dinner begins at 5 pm., games and football start at 6:30 pm.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—The challenge begins in three weeks! Purchase your book ($10 each) or sign up for a small group in the Narthex today. The Red Letter Challenge is forty days of Bible reading intended to stretch our faith and bring us back to the basics of being a Christ-follower.

MARRIAGE RETREAT—Registration is available in the narthex and at bit.ly/7rings2020. The retreat will be at Seasons Lodge in Brown County from Feb. 28-Mar. 1. The cost is $325 per couple and includes lodging, meals, and study materials. Please register by Feb. 16.

PRAYER GARDEN - The last phase of the outdoor STEM trail is a prayer garden. It is intended to be a space of serenity for prayer and reflection. Consider honoring your loved ones with recognition of special milestones-baptisms, confirmation, marriage, new memberships, and/or memorials. Brick donor forms and more information will be on display near the coat racks February 2-29.

Lutheran High School—Thinking about a quality Lutheran high school experience for your family or someone you know? Lutheran High School is now providing up to $8,000 in merit scholarships for new students!  If interested, check out their website or speak to LHSI board members, Pastor Matt and Amy Hedges, or your OS association delegates, Chris Scott or Mark Rhoades. Tickets for the spring musical, Seussical go on sale February 1 and may be purchased online!

OSLS—Did you notice the special banners hanging in the Sanctuary? These banners were created in celebration of National Lutheran School's Week. Each small Luther Seal was colored by a student of Our Shepherd Lutheran School and represents the faith that we share with them each day. Thank you to the congregation for recognizing and supporting our students, their families, and our school staff this week. We ask for your continued prayers and support as we strive to daily fulfill the mission of joyfully sharing the Gospel to nurture and grow Christ's children by educating them for life on earth and into eternity! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Anna Cronauer, Paula Gentry, Mike Gulley, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Laurel Koehler. For all missionaries including Sydney Naber serving at Bethany LC in Milwaukee. 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

SOUPer Bowl Sunday, TONIGHT, 5 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 18, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Feb. 20, 10 am

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

FIRST READING, Micah 6:1-8

1Hear what the Lord says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the Lord has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from  Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

GOSPEL READING, Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

Weekly Announcements 01.24.20

ST. TIMOTHY - PASTOR AND CONFESSOR

January 26, 2020

St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor

St. Timothy, though a young man and convert to Christianity, was the right-hand man of St. Paul. God called St. Timothy to carry on the work begun by Paul when many churches were founded and needed a shepherd to continue to teach them God’s Word. He reminds us of the importance of raising up the next generation of faithful Christians. As we celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week, we are reminded that this is the very same mission of our Lutheran schools.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY—We value your input and invite you to participate in our survey created to gauge the effectiveness of the modes of communication we currently use at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. Please provide feedback so that we may be a blessing to you. Click the link in your email or complete a paper copy of the survey, available at the Welcome Center. The deadline to submit your survey is Monday, January 27.

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY—Eat-enjoy a sampling of different soups and chili and vote for your favorite recipe. Compete-sign up to enter the free contest for a chance to win the Golden Ladle Award! Fellowship-dinner at 5 pm. Fun-games and football start at 6:30 pm. Family-half-time praise and devotion led by high school youth. Hope to see you on Feb. 2, SOUPer Bowl Sunday!

MARRIAGE RETREAT—Registration is available in the narthex and at bit.ly/7rings2020. The retreat will be at Seasons Lodge in Brown County from Feb. 28-Mar. 1. The cost is $325 per couple and includes lodging, meals, and study materials. Please register by Feb. 16.

ALL SAINTS’ FEST—By the grace of God and through your generous donations, this year's All Saints' Fest auction raised right at $35,000. These funds will be used for tuition assistance and to update school technology needs.

OSLS—This  week is National Lutheran Schools Week! We celebrate the heritage of education and Lutheran witness with nearly 2,000 Lutheran schools across the country. Please keep the students, faculty, and staff of Our Shepherd’s school in your prayers. Join us in giving thanks for the daily opportunity to openly share the love, mercy, and forgiveness  found in Christ with our students and one another.

Enrollment for school is open! We expect early childhood, Kindergarten, and 1st grade to be near capacity. If interested, apply for admission now. Contact Tomi Mattick (networking@ourshepherd. org), Principal Amy Hedges ( ) or visit our website to apply. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lisa Boettcher, Anna Cronauer, Paula Gentry, Mike Gulley, Joe and Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al and Marian Schafer, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale.  For all missionaries including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker at Point of Grace Academy, Kenya. 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

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

SOUPer Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 5 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 18, 7 pm

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Isaiah 9:1-4

1 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of  Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

EPISTLE READING, 2 Timothy 1:3-14

3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 4:12-25

12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

 

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