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Weekly Announcements 08.09.19


August 11, 2019

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

According to this passage, God measures wealth differently than we tend to. Lists of the “wealthiest” people indicate net worth and begin with a dollar sign ($). God’s measure is faith, which looks much more like “poverty” in the world’s standards. How do you measure your wealth?


SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—This weekend we acknowledge the faith milestone of our second grade students. We pray blessings upon them, and their families, as they receive a Bible of their own.

CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Be prepared for family games including tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, water balloon races, and bean bag toss. Win prizes playing the infamous Plinko game. Children can join our games, play on the playground or in the bounce house. Be sure to sign up at the Welcome Center or via the link in the weekly email.

SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF—Join us Saturday, September 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 as 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.

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, September 8 at       7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

LADIES CIRCLE—Women of the congregation are invited to join us for our August meeting on Thursday the 15th at 10:00 am. We will be working on quilts for Lutheran World Relief this month. Be sure to bring a lunch.

OSLS—Praise God for the 162 students who are attending Our Shepherd Lutheran School for 2019-2020! Of these, 51 are new to our school this year and will get to hear the Word of God taught daily! We thank the congregation for your continued prayers and support of this church ministry. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - We praise God that our YouTube videos have been viewed over 20,000 times (20.0026 as of 7/31/19)! Churches in Maryland, Oklahoma, and Indianapolis are using our Confirmation Instruction for their middle schoolers. By using technology to multiply our outreach, we are reaching more than just the students who walk through our doors with the good news of God’s love in Christ! 


Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Tim Yeadon. For all of our homebound members including Kay Levenhagen. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis and Deaconess Lorna Meeker of Point of Grace Academy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.


2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services

Ladies Circle Meeting, Aug 15, 10 am

Church Picnic, Aug 18, 5 pm

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

New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm



1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

SECOND READING, Hebrews 11:1-16

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 12:22-34

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Weekly Announcements 08.02.19


August 4, 2019

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

When a man approached Jesus with a question about inheritance, Jesus redirected him, challenging him to consider the source of true happiness. Too many people think that if they just had this or that, then they would be happy. The reality is, God has given us what we have. It is enough. When we covet, we are guilty of trying to find our hope and happiness in something other than God and what He’s provided. Thankfully Christ was perfectly poor, to atone for our covetousness and our poverty of soul.


CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION—All 5-8th grade students and parents are encouraged to join us TONIGHT from 5-6:30 pm for an introduction to Confirmation Instruction at OSLC.

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—As an important milestone in the faith-life our children, we will present all second grade students with a Bible of their own. Join us the weekend of August 10-11 to bless and pray over our second graders and their families.

CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share with our fellow church members.  

WD-40—Our team of volunteers makes Sunday School possible by setting up and tearing down the Contemporary worship space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons once per month. Want to help? Email to fill an open spot.

ON being lutheran—Pastor Lepley leads a new class exploring how Lutheran teaching influences every aspect of our daily life. The Bible and the Book of Concord teach us that “being” is much more important than “doing” in our walk with Christ.

OSLS—Praise God for providing workers for the harvest! Today we are installing Nicolette Mierow and Hannah Sugita as called teachers to Our Shepherd. We are also dedicating our new faculty and staff including teachers: Abby Fritcha, Jena Mackay, Julie Prahlow, and Amber Whitson, aides: Doug Lynch, Monica Marks, and Heather Shell, support staff: Brandi Matthews, Tomi Mattick, and Nyema Russell, as well as returning faculty and staff: Carie Andrews, Kristine Beltz, Rachel Burris, Shirley Cronauer, Tracie Douglas, Lisa Dubke, Carlie Eberhard, Amy Hedges, Amy Helmkamp, Jamie Kelley, The-Resa Lipsey, Kim May, Aaron McPeak, Rachel Miller, Mary Teipen, Rosemary Thomas, and Heather Wash. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -Praise be to God for the outreach and ministry opportunities we have through Our Shepherd Lutheran School! As of this week, 80 out of 115 families with a child in our school (70%), are not members of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. We rejoice that our school, as an extension of our mission, is reaching unchurched families in our community, blessing them with the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ! 


Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Tim Yeadon. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. 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 Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey. 


Confirmation Orientation, Aug 4, 5:00 pm

2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services

Church Picnic, Aug 18, 5:00 pm

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


OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

18 I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity. 24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

SECOND READING, Colossians 3:1-11

1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 12:13-21

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” 

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