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Weekly Announcements 12.20.19

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AN ETERNAL STORY: GOD WITH US!

CHRIST THE TEMPLE

December 22, 2019
Fourth Sunday in Advent

The depth of God’s loving desire to live with us is most evident in the life of Jesus. Jesus became the temple where God dwells with us. His presence isn’t standing on the sidelines and shouting encouraging words to us; He bears our grief, carries our sorrows, and brings us into God’s family.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTMAS FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL—Celebrate Jesus’ birth with us TODAY at 9:30 am in Room 165. Bring your family to share the Christmas story, enjoy craft time and hot chocolate.
NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, January 5 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL—There will not be any children’s Sunday School classes on December 29. Classes will resume on January 5.
OUR SHEPHERD ENDOWMENT FUND–The Endowment Fund provides funds for the long-term missions and ministries of our congregation. The Fund has financially supported the academic pursuits of several of our members this year as well as the special needs of the church. Gifts may include, but are not limited to cash, special occasion giving, general assets contributions, memorial gifts, and will bequests. There may be certain tax advantages for donations made before year end. Please talk to your tax advisor for details. For more information about how you can support the work of the Endowment Fund contact the church office or email
WINTER BREAK OFFICE HOURS—The church office will have limited hours over Christmas Break: 10 am-1 pm on December 30-31 and January 2. Normal hours (7:30 am-4 pm Mon.-Thurs.) will resume on January 6. Pastors are on-call in case of emergency.
WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY—We will not have an evening Wednesday worship service on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Weekly Wednesday night worship services will resume on Jan. 8 at 6:30 pm.
OSLS—Are you scrambling to make end-of-the-year tax contributions? Look no further than The Lutheran SGO to receive an Indiana 50% TAX CREDIT. This is a WIN-WIN for you, our school, and the families of OSLS!! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed can benefit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Your donation can reduce what you owe, refund part of all of what has been paid, and extra money can be rolled over for up to 9 years! Have questions? Give at  https://www.lutheransgo.org/forms/ or talk to Principal Hedges for more information.   

IN OUR PRAYERS

Katie C., Nicole Cook, Cal H., Joe and Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Emily Pierson, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al and Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn. For all missionaries including Jessie Siek serving at Mount Olive 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

Christmas Eve Services, Dec. 24, 3, 5, 7, 11 pm
Christmas Day Service, Dec. 25, 9 am
New Year’s Eve Service, Dec. 31, 6:30 pm

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 12:1-11
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. 7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover.


GOSPEL READING, John 2:13-22
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Weekly Announcements 12.13.19

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AN ETERNAL STORY: GOD WITH US!

KING DAVID

December 15, 2019

Third Sunday in Advent

After Saul failed as the first king of Israel, he was followed by a “man after God’s own heart.” David proved to be a greater warrior than Saul because of his faith and trust in God. King David laid the groundwork for the Temple, a permanent place where God promised to dwell among His people. Though the kingdom was taken away from Saul, God established David’s throne forever.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sanctuary Display Replacement- An anonymous donor has blessed Our Shepherd with a gift to replace our projectors. Learn more at a meeting in the sanctuary at 9:15 am TODAY.

OFFERING ENVELOPES—2020 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form if you would prefer to switch to electronic giving.

OUR SHEPHERD ENDOWMENT FUND–The Endowment Fund provides funds for the long-term missions and ministries of our congregation. The Fund has financially supported the academic pursuits of several of our members this year as well as the special needs of the church. Gifts may include, but are not limited to cash, special occasion giving, general assets contributions, memorial gifts, and will bequests. There may be certain tax advantages for donations made before year end. Please talk to your tax advisor for details. For more information about how you can support the work of the Endowment Fund contact the church office or email

POINSETTIA ORDERS—Help beautify both worship spaces by donating poinsettias this season. There is a sign up sheet and a form to fill out by the Luther Room to place your order. The plants are $12 each. Payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or written on the envelope. TODAY is the final day to order. Thank you!

NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, January 5 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

CHRISTMAS FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL—Celebrate Jesus’ birth with us on Sun., Dec. 22 at 9:30 am in Room 165. Bring your family to share the Christmas story, enjoy craft time and hot chocolate.

OSLS—Our Shepherd is seeking an individual to fill a position as a morning early childhood aide for Mrs. Douglas's class beginning January 6. The hours are from 8 am-noon, Monday-Friday. If interested, please contact Principal Amy Hedges by Fri., December 20. You may reach her by phone at 317-271-9100 ext. 227 or  Applications may also be picked up from Heather Abernathy in the church office.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-This Saturday, one of our small groups spent the morning sharing donuts and thermal mugs filled with hot cocoa or coffee with men in transitional living at Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis. What a blessing it is to share the love of Christ as we prepare to celebrate His coming. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Katie Cichocki, Nicole Cook, Cal Hauan, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For all who mourn including the family and friends of John S. Strakis. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. 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

Advent Service, Dec. 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm

Family Sunday School, Dec. 22, 9:30 am

New Member Classes Begin, Jan. 5, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, 2 Samuel 7:1-17

1Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 1:26-38

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. 

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