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Weekly Announcements 09.27.19

IS HAVING MONEY A SIN?

September 29, 2019

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Paul writes this letter to Timothy, exhorting him to be cautious of false teachings and warns of the corruption that wealth can bring to a person’s heart. As Christians living in the wealthiest nation on earth, we would do well to focus on his warning. The question should be asked, “Is having wealth a sin?” 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PASTOR AND CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this week by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens of appreciation in blessing bags found in the narthex. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on October 6 at the 8:00 am service.

NURSERY ATTENDANT NEEDED—We are in search of an additional Nursery Attendant! If you love working with children and feel called to support families during worship on Sunday mornings, please ask for the job description in the church office. Resumes and cover letters may be submitted to DCE Joel Marquardt at   by Thursday, October 10.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’, and trunks full of candy on Friday, October 25 from 6-8 pm! Sign-up in the narthex by Oct. 16 to volunteer and/or reserve a trunk. A candy donation bin is located across from the coat racks.

LWML SUNDAY—We will be celebrating the work of the LWML the weekend of October 12-13. The LWML, Lutheran Women in Mission, helps to support missions of the LCMS through donations made in Mite Boxes. Over $100 million has been collected to support the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world since its founding in 1942. We will be collecting Mites (donations of spare change) which help support Mission Grants locally, nationally, and globally. Join us in praising God for the faithful women and men of the LWML.

OSLS—Tickets go on sale this weekend for the Annual All Saints' Fest auction to support the ministry of the school. A table will be set up in the narthex; look for a blue tri-fold. Auction items include: behind the scenes Circle of Lights tour with hotel and party; Disney Park Hopper Passes; and the ever-popular reserved parking spots. Donations for the auction are still being accepted. Look for the donation bin across from the coat racks or see Kristine Beltz.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD -The work day at Our Savior was a great success as members of Our Shepherd teamed up with members of Our Savior and students from UIndy to clean, prepare materials for worship, and recover from the fire that destroyed their building last August. Another opportunity to assist their church will be coming soon. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Morgan Wash, and Bob Wittman. For all of our homebound members including Frances Wells. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pack the Truck for Family Promise, Sept. 28-29

LWML Sunday, Oct. 12-13, all services

Ladies Circle Meeting, Oct. 17, 10 am

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 6:1-7

“Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes! Pass over to Calneh, and see, and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory, O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence? “Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music, who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first of those who go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away.”

EPISTLE READING,1 Timothy 6:1-21

Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 16:19-31

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” 

 

Weekly Announcements 09.20.19

GODLY CONCERN FOR OTHERS

September 22, 2019

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The world plays by the rule, “every man for himself.” Jesus lived by, “every man for everybody else.” While we fancy ourselves to be like Jesus, how we treat those who have nothing to offer us reveals our heart. If we really want to be like Jesus, we must lift-up those who we tend to look over because of what He’s done for us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

AVON HERITAGE FESTIVAL—Be sure to come out and see us in the parade or at our booth next Saturday, September 28 during the Avon Heritage Parade and Festival. Would you be an ambassador for Our Shepherd to promote our church and school at our booth during this event? Sign-up for one hour time slots at the Welcome Center, via the link in the weekly email, or talk to Amy Hedges. 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT—The Fellowship Team invites you to join the fun on Friday, September 27. This Family Fun Night will have something for everyone! A family friendly movie complete with popcorn and candy (movie theater sized for just 25¢), Euchre tournament, and fellowship. Be sure to bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, and pillows to make yourself comfortable in the gym for the movie. Or, bring your “A” game to win prizes for the top three teams of the Euchre tournament. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie and Euchre games will start at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!

PASTOR AND CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this month by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags beginning this weekend. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on October 6 at the 8:00 am service.

FUNDRAISING POLICY—This policy has been changed after a review process by the Church Governance Board (CGB). The updated policy emphasizes the role of staff engaging with their ministry teams in fundraising efforts. Copies of the policy are at the Communications Center.

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is seeking interested individuals for the position of Admissions and School Outreach Coordinator. This is a part-time position and applicants must be passionate about promoting our school, organized, work well with others, and have technical expertise to manage and utilize our online student information system for admissions and enrollment. Please direct any questions or inquiries to Principal Amy Hedges via email   or drop off a letter of inter- est and resume to the church/school office by Wednesday, September 25.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Our YouTube videos are reaching non-believers with the Good News of God’s love for all. Last week two videos generated dialogue that allowed us to teach about who our Savior is and what He has done for all. Check out the link in the weekly email to follow the discussion. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian   Summerlot, Morgan Wash, and Bob Wittman. For all of our homebound members including Liz Tiemeier. For all small group Bible studies. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm

SWANS Cookout, Sept 25, 4-8 pm

Family Fun Night, Sept 27, 6:30 pm

Pack the Truck for Family Promise, Sept 28-29 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 8:4-7

Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances, that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?” The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds. 

EPISTLE READING, 1 Timothy 2:1-15

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

GOSPEL READING,  Luke 16:1-15

1He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

 

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