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Weekly Announcements 11.01.19

WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM

November 3, 2019

All Saints’ Sunday

On All Saints’ Day, we remember those of our church family who have gone to sleep in the Lord. We mourn our losses because we miss them in this life. We miss their embrace. We miss their smiles. However, our mourning is limited and will one day turn to joy! Those who have died in Christ also will rise to new life at His return! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IT IS OUR CUSTOM ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY to remember our members who were called to glory during this past year. We thank God for the blessings that He bestowed upon them in this life and the promise He’s given to all of us of everlasting life. These are the saints from Our Shepherd who were called to glory this past year: Dorothy Dobler, Mary Lou Garretson, Gertrude Gierke, Lyle Jensen, Judith Lehr, Arlen Levenhagen, Don Olson, Marie Olson, Timothy Olson, Bruce Richter, Elmer Rosebrough, Rick Smith, Sigurd Zielke, and Stuart Zurcher.

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on November 10 at 12:00 pm to vote on the candidates for the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and the Endowment Committee-names are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Additional agenda items include: Ministry Team Reports (paper copies available at the Communication Center), Financial Report, Elder Review of Membership Roll, and updates on the Music Director Committee.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT THANK YOU—We opened our doors to over 2,000 people on a beautiful fall night last week! Warm thanks to all of the generous planners, donors, and volunteers who spent numerous hours making the event a success! We are so blessed to have so many members willing to shine the light of Christ in the world.

LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL-was named one of only six schools in the country as a School of Distinction after their recent accreditation! On November 11, you are invited to attend the Ruth Lilly Distinguished Speaker Series at LHSI to hear IN Court of Appeals Judge John Baker speak to LHSI students and stakeholders. RSVP emailing or by calling the school. November 14th at 6:30 pm is the Fall Preview Night for any families interested in continuing their education at LHSI.

OSLS—Today is the last day to purchase your tickets for All Saints’ Fest, which supports the ministry of our school by providing scholarships and non-budgeted instructional improvements. Visit the table with the blue sign in the narthex to learn more. 

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - The OSLS Bible Quiz team began learning about the drama and intrigue of 2 Samuel in August for the annual competition against the other Indianapolis-area Lutheran schools. They finished the evening in 3rd place. We congratulate the studious members of this year’s team along with their dedicated coach, Karen Robertson! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Mark Galenski, Mark Godby, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dan Coffey of the IN State Police. 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

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 10, 12 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 19, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Nov. 21, 10 am

Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Fellowship, Nov. 27 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Revelation 7: 9-17

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 John 2:28-3:10

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:1-12

Seeing the crowds, he [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.