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Weekly Announcements 02.08.19


February 10, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus called His first disciples while they were fishing. Covered in sweat after washing slimy fishnets, you can imagine how smelly and gross they were. After witnessing a miraculous catch, Peter recognized Jesus’ divine power and lamented his filthiness. He was painfully aware of his sinfulness. We do well to follow him in repentance if we want to be found fit as fellow followers of Christ.


POINT OF GRACE WATER PROJECT—Interested in learning more about the new partnership between Fountains of Hope and Point of Grace Academy in Kenya? To see how you can be a part of this opportunity, join Pastor Lepley for a presentation today at 12 p.m.

MARRIAGE RETREAT SURVEY—We are committed to making the Marriage Retreat a meaningful experience for all couples who attend. Your opinion is important to us! Please click the link in the weekly email, use this link, or pick-up a paper copy from the Welcome Center and return it to the office (one per person). The responses are anonymous and will be collected until Feb. 18.

CHURCH WORK DAY—Families and skill levels of all ages are needed for a church-wide work day on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Come for an hour or for the day - there is both cleaning and maintenance work to be done inside and outside! A soup lunch will be available from 12-1 p.m. Your participation in this event will also help the All Saints’ Fest committee to procure Disney tickets for the annual auction. We hope you can join us!

MEN’S RETREAT—Online registration is now open for the 2019 Men’s Retreat. Be in fellowship with over 100 Christian men. Get away and enjoy God’s great creation, join in the Medieval Challenge, Archery Tag, Fishing Tournament, Hog Roast, and much more. The event takes place April 5-7 at Lakeview Villages. Visit for more information.

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is looking to interview and hire called teachers for our open positions in 2nd and 3rd grades. Per our Constitution and By-laws (Article X.A.1.b) any member of the Congregation may submit a candidate's name for consideration and verification with District officials. If you are interested or have a name to submit, please contact School Board President, Dale Darlage, at with information no later than February 20, 2019 for verification and consideration. 


Nadine Brandt, Amber Davis, Joyce Etheridge, Carlye Gibson, Thomas James, Rick Laws, Judy Lehr, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, Faith Stoflet, Earl Swart, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Mary Ann Dressler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Robert and Cynthia Davis and Kenneth Lehr. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 


Point of Grace Water Project Meeting, Feb. 10, 12 p.m.

GO Mission Event, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.

Israel Bible Study, Feb. 13, 7:15 p.m.

Church Work Day, Mar. 2, 9 a.m.-3p.m.

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



1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20

12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. 13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

GOSPEL READING,  Luke 5:1-11

1On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.