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Weekly Announcements 10.18.19

THE JUDGE AND OUR PERSISTENCE

October 20, 2019

19th Sunday after Pentecost

It is easy to lose heart when it seems the world is against us; when it seems that the evil in this world has the upper hand! In our Gospel reading, we are reminded to continually pray and to be persistent like the widow in the parable. She does not lose heart. Today we will consider the connection between the judge in the parable, the widow, and us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—Trunk-or-Treat brings hundreds of children to Our Shepherd every year. You can help to make this event successful by witnessing Christ's love to our community. Welcome our guests, host a trunk, be a game leader, assist with hayrides/pumpkin chunkin’/parking/set-up/tear-down, or re-stock candy; there are so many opportunities to serve. Sign-up online or in the Narthex to reserve a trunk space and/or volunteer. Candy donations may be deposited in the bright orange candy collection bin across from the coat racks.  

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join the conversation on Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm. Agenda items include general Q & A, pastoral and school updates, Fundraising Policy update, and more.  

ALTAR GUILD—We are beginning to prepare the team assignment calendar for 2020. Altar Guild teams wash communion cups, fill oil candles and clean the altar area. Teams of 4-5 usually serve four weeks at a time, twice a year. Most work can be done immediately after worship. If you would like to serve as an Altar Guild member, please contact the church office. 

OSLS ALL SAINTS’ FEST—Have you purchased your tickets for the 26th Annual All Saints' Fest? You will certainly want to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items created by OSLS students. Unable to attend, but want to participate? 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!

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - It is pure joy for our pastors to bring Christ's love to our twenty homebound members on a monthly basis. These members receive pastoral care and communion, but the conversation and loving care is quite possibly the most important part of these visits. If you know of someone who is unable to attend worship, please contact the church office for a pastoral visit.  

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Rosie Fakes, Tee Lipsey, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Town Hall Meeting, Oct. 24, 7 pm

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 32:22-30

22 The same night [Jacob] arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”

EPISTLE READING, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 18:1-8

1And [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” 

Weekly Announcements 10.11.19

ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!

October 13, 2019

18th Sunday after Pentecost - LWML SUNDAY

Who hasn’t heard the familiar cry of the Three Musketeers, “All for one and one for all?” Jesus did far better because when He did "One for all," that includes you!  You get to live every day with the hope of everlasting life in Him. Each day is an opportunity to repay the favor by serving and sharing that good news with others.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LWML SUNDAY—We celebrate the work of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML-the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod). Our services include the LWML creedal prayer and a dedicated closing hymn. The LWML has an information table in the narthex showing their work both home and abroad. They are collecting Mites for missions at their table and offering a selection of gifts. Be sure to stop by and see them.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—Trunk-or-Treat brings hundreds of children to Our Shepherd every year. You can help to make this event successful by witnessing Christ's love to our community. Welcome our guests, host a trunk, be a game leader, assist with hayrides/pumpkin chunkin’/parking/set-up/tear-down, or re-stock candy; there are so many opportunities to serve. Sign-up online or in the Narthex to reserve a trunk space and/or volunteer. Candy donations may be deposited in the bright orange candy collection bin across from the coat racks.  

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join the conversation on Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm. Agenda items include general Q & A, pastoral and school updates, Fundraising Policy update, and more.  

FOOD PANTRY—We are in immediate need of assistance picking up food at the Danville Walmart on the first and third Fridays of the month at 11:00 am. The food is brought back to the church where volunteers will assist with putting it all away. A pickup truck is preferred as some loads can be large. Anyone interested may contact David Rieger at

OSLS ALL SAINTS’ FEST—Childcare is available at church the evening of All Saints’ Fest, Friday, November 15! Drop your children off from 5:15-11 pm so that you may enjoy an evening of dining, fellowship, and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items thoughtfully created by our teachers, students, and volunteers. Children must be at least three-years-old and toilet trained. Fifteen dollars per child includes pizza, drinks, snacks, and activities. Tickets are on sale in the narthex between services.  

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD -

We are incredibly grateful to all of the volunteers that served the Food and Clothing Pantry last weekend! We had our bedrock volunteers; thank you for always being here and so dedicated. We had new volunteers, many from our high school youth group. They were a true blessing to have helping out. We were able to give away more clothing than we ever have. The generosity of the Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School family is overwhelming. God has truly blessed us to provide all we need to support our community. Praise be to God! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, and Morgan Wash. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. 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 Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Circle Meeting, Oct. 17, 10 am

Town Hall Meeting, Oct. 24, 7 pm

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ruth 1:1-19a

1In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. Then she arose with her daughters -in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.” 14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more. 19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. 

EPISTLE READING, 2 Timothy 2:1-13

1You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 17:11-19

11 On the way to Jerusalem [Jesus] was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

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