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Weekly Announcements 01.17.20

FOUNDATIONAL FAITH

January 19, 2020

Confession of St. Peter

Ask a dozen different people who Jesus is, and you could easily get a dozen different answers. Who do you say Jesus is? The pointed question Jesus asks is intimidating. What if we get the answer wrong? Peter’s bold confession of faith is the foundation of the Church through all ages: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He comes by this courageous confession by the Father’s own gracious gift—a gift He still gives freely to the Church today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us TODAY at 12 pm for ministry updates and an open forum.

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.

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. Thank you for supporting Our Shepherd Lutheran School!

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY—Eat-enjoy a sampling of different soups and chilies 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 available in the narthex and at bit.ly/7rings2020. The retreat will be at Seasons Lodge in Brown County. The cost is $325 per couple. Please register by Feb. 16.

LAKEVIEW MINISTRIES—Be sure to check in with our friends from Camp Lakeview in the narthex.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED—Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

OSLS—We invite you to pray and participate with our school during National Lutheran Schools Week, January 26-February 1. Our theme this year is Joy:Fully Lutheran. Students will share their joy with you by singing at some of our services, they will also be partaking in service projects, activities, devotions, and even dress-up days to celebrate the daily themes (M-Joy Fully, T-Thank Fully, W-Peace Fully, TH-Faith Fully, F-Hope Fully). We encourage you to partner with us through praying for our current, past, and future students following these daily themes.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Wed., Jan. 22, is the 47th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade US Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. A group of pastors and members of a handful of LCMS congregations are organizing a larger presence at the “Indiana March for Life” which will take place in Indianapolis that day. All are invited to St. Peter’s, Indy, for the Divine Service at 10:00 am. Afterwards, a carpool will be arranged for the march itself (beginning at 12 pm on Georgia St.), which will conclude with a rally on the Statehouse steps.

 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lisa Boettcher, Anna Cronauer, Adler, Paula Gentry, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al & Marian Schafer, Zane, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For all missionaries including Melissa Karges serving in Ethiopia. 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

Town Hall Meeting, Jan. 19, 12 pm

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

SOUPer Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 5 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

FIRST READING, Isaiah 49:1-7

1Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him—for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

1Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 16:13-20

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

 

Weekly Announcements 01.10.20

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FROM DEATH TO LIFE

January 12, 2020

The Baptism of Our Lord

The Jordan River is a small trickle compared to the rivers around here, but it has tremendous historical and spiritual significance. When Jesus came to be baptized, he came to the same river where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had entered the Promised Land. This was where Jacob wrestled with God. Joshua led Israel on conquest from the Jordan. Jesus' baptism wasn't just one more special event in the Jordan, but rather the culmination of God's promise to bring His people home.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us in the traditional sanctuary on Sunday, January 19 at 12 pm for an informational meeting where we will introduce Pastor Dennis Ouellette, discuss the Red Letter Challenge, sanctuary display upgrades, LED light bulb upgrades, Prayer Garden, National Lutheran Schools Week & Accreditation, and Music Director search.

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY—Eat-enjoy a sampling of different soups and chilies 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 begins at 5 pm. Fun-games and football watching start at 6:30 pm. Family-half-time praise and devotion led by high school youth. Hope to see you on February 2, SOUPer Bowl Sunday!

LAKEVIEW MINISTRIES—Where can children experience Christian growth while riding horses, canoeing, swimming, and zip lining? At Lakeview Ministries! Online registration for Camp Lakeview and Lakeview Villages will open on February 3 at 9 am. A week at Lakeview’s Christian camps are full of adventure, joy, and wonder. For more information, visit www.lakeviewministries.camp or call the camp office at (812) 342-4815.

ALTAR FLOWERS—Don’t miss out on choosing dates for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials! We have two options to donate altar flowers in both the traditional and contemporary worship spaces. The cost remains $30 for two arrangements in either space, and you get to take the flowers home to enjoy once the services are over on Sunday. 

OSLS—Current school families and church members may begin our online re-enrollment process now! Be sure to complete enrollment before March 22 to receive the discounted $125 fee. Beginning March 23, the enrollment fee increases to $150. The Kindergarten and first grade classes are expected to be near capacity, so secure your child’s spot today! New families should contact the school office for assistance with setting up an online account. Open enrollment for the community begins on January 20.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-This year we join with fellow Christians throughout America in observing Life Sunday on January 19. We celebrate the gift of life with our Savior; Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b

IN OUR PRAYERS 

Lisa Boettcher, Anna Cronauer, Adler G., Joe and  Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al and Marian Schafer, Zane Smith, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Frances Wells. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Doreen Schneider and Mary Ellen Wolter (Nancy Duigou’s mother). For all missionaries including Conner Colangelo serving at Trinity in St. Louis. 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

OSLS Chick-fil-A Dine-out, Jan. 13, all day

Ladies Circle Meeting, Jan. 16, 10 am

Town Hall Meeting, Jan. 19, 12 pm

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

SOUPer Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 5 pm

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Isaiah 42:1-9

1Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

 

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