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Weekly Announcements 01.03.20

JEWS AND GENTILES UNITED

January 5, 2020

Epiphany

Epiphany is the revelation and appearance of the Son of God in human flesh. The coming of Gentiles to worship the King of the Jews seems contradictory. However, it has a deep and everlasting significance for all who are called God’s people!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

CHURCH UN-DECORATING—Join us TODAY following the last worship service to take down and put away the Christmas decorations. 

MARRIAGE RETREAT—Save the date. The 2020 Marriage Retreat will be Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1 at the Seasons Lodge in Brown County. More details to come.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—Coming in Lent 2020. Forty days of reading and acting on Scripture. Are you up for the Challenge?

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.

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-We thank God for the life we share with our Shepherd! As we reflect on the past year, we remember all of the wonderful things that God is doing through His saints in this place. We pray God continues to bless you in the new year as you prayerfully consider how you can SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Anna Cronauer, Elena D., Adler G., Joe & Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al & Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, Zane S., Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Dennis & Shara Toole. For all missionaries including Pastor Daniel Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. 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

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Souper Bowl Party, Feb. 2, 6 pm

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Isaiah 60:1-6

 1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.

EPISTLE READING, Ephesians 3:1-12

For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentile the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 2:1-12

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.