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Weekly Announcements 03.08.19

TEMPTATION

March 10, 2019

First Sunday in Lent

When we put our wants over God’s will, we succumb to temptation. Our enemy prowls like a lion, enticing and luring us away from God. Jesus, on the other hand, redeemed us by putting us first. We follow God, resisting temptation, by putting His will before our own.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, for services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 service.

ALTAR FLOWERS—Floral arrangements are a beautiful way to praise God in a visible manner and mark special events and memories in your life. There are still weekends available in 2019 to donate altar flowers in the traditional and contemporary worship spaces. Check out the bulletin board across from the coatracks to choose a date that is important to you.

TOWN HALL MEETING—In the interest of discerning God’s will and finding the candidate for Vice President that He has already chosen, the Nominating Committee has vetted over a dozen nominees from the congregation. A candidate for Vice President has not yet been approved by the Church Governance Board. Since the candidate has yet to be selected and approved, we will not have a Voters’ Meeting on March 24. Instead, we will conduct a Town Hall Meeting on March 31 at 12 p.m. to discuss the election process, the budget, and provide and open forum.

NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUNDRAISER—OS is sending 33 youth and 7 adults to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis this July for a weekend of incredible spiritual growth experiences. You may help support the group by making a donation through our envelope fundraiser. Choose an envelope from the display at the entrance to the school hallway and follow the instructions inside. The youth truly appreciate your generous support and are excited for the 2019 NYG!

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School will have a table to promote our ministries at the Here We Grow Again Children's Resale event at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on March 12-16. We need volunteers from church and school to show Christ's love and answer questions about our ministries. Standing is not required - just smiles! Sign up online: http://bit.ly/OSLSCHWGA, or call the office.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS- In addition to the 30 Hour Famine last weekend, youth from Our Shepherd, Messiah, and Holy Cross collected laundry supplies, children's toys, and books to assist homeless families. They also donated sandwiches and funds to pay for more than 100 loads of laundry through Laundry and More, an organization on the east side of Indianapolis.   

IN OUR PRAYERS

Vicki Ade, Joseph Brockway, Laura Czerwionka, Jason Douglas, Mary Lou Garretson, Pastor Al Hellert, Daniel Lepley (Pastor’s grandfather), Arlen Levenhagen, Judy Lehr, Ron Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Connie Vance, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. For all who are imprisoned. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Rick Smith. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Kenya Water Project Sending Service, Mar. 10, 10:45 a.m.

Lenten Services, Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10

                                  4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Ladies Circle Meeting, Mar. 21, 10 a.m.

Town Hall Meeting, Mar. 31, 12 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 26:1-11

1 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there. And you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.’ Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God. “And you shall make response before the Lord your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor. Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders. And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O Lord, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God. 11 And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you. 

EPISTLE READING, Romans 10:8b-13

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

GOSPEL READING, Luke 4:1-21

1And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ 11 and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 

Weekly Announcments 03.01.19

GLIMPSE OF GLORY

March 3, 2019

Transfiguration of our Lord

The Transfiguration was but a glimpse of the glory of Christ. The disciples had no idea what lay ahead for themselves and Jesus. But this glimpse gave them hope when confronted with questions and struggles. Who do you turn to for hope when life throws you a curveball?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHURCH WORK DAY—Special thanks to all who used their time and talents to help make our Work Day a success!

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday, March 6, for services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 p.m. service.

NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUNDRAISER—Our Shepherd is sending 33 youth and 7 adults to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis this July for a weekend of incredible spiritual growth experiences. You may help support the group by making a donation through our envelope fundraiser. Choose an envelope from the display at the entrance to the school hallway and follow the instructions inside. The youth truly appreciate your generous support and are excited for the 2019 NYG!

CONCORDIA NEBRASKA CONCERT—The Concordia University, Nebraska Wind Ensemble will perform on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. here at Our Shepherd. Invite friends and neighbors to join us as we welcome these forty-one student performers on their tour. The primary goal of the tour is to serve as ambassadors for Concordia University by sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through sacred and traditional band literature. Host families are still needed for the students. Contact Carlie Eberhard, , to find out how you can help.

OSLS—During National Lutheran Schools’ Week, our students collected over $1,000 from the Penny Wars classroom competition to send to Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Paradise, California, a Preschool destroyed by the California wildfires last fall.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS- 

This weekend, 11 youth and 3 adults from Our Shepherd joined youth from Holy Cross and Messiah, Eagle Creek for a 30 Hour Famine lock-in. They fasted to experience hunger and bring awareness to the local and world-wide hunger crisis. Participants prepared and served a meal to some of Indianapolis' homeless population in partnership with DreamCenter Indy. To learn more, visit 30hourfamine.org. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Vicki Ade, Joseph Brockway, Laura Czerwionka, Jason Douglas, Judy Lehr, Abby P., Ron Stoner, Earl Swart, Karen Tyler, Connie Vance, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ash Wednesday Services, Mar. 6, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Concordia Nebraska Concert, Mar. 7, 7 p.m.

Kenya Water Project Sending Service, Mar. 10, 10:45 a.m.

Lenten Services, Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10

                                  4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Congregational Voters’ Meeting, Mar. 24, 12 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land,12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel. 

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 3:1-6

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 9:28-36

28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen. 

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