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Weekly Announcements 1.22.21

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Jonah's Judgement- God's Mercy

January 24, 2021

Third Sunday after Epiphany

National Lutheran Schools Week

 At first, reading Jonah chapter three seems to be painting him to be a great and faithful man, saving a huge city from judgment. However, putting this short reading into context, we see Jonah very differently! Is there a takeaway here for us today?

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING   Jonah 3:1-10

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

 EPISTLE READING   Corinthians 7:29-35

 29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. 32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

 GOSPEL READING     Mark 1:14-20

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Sarah Ardoin, Bill Barron, Rod Bartleson, Hayden Byeon, Catherine Cunningham, David Dillman, Kira Flannery, JoAnne Harrison, the Illingworth family, Tee Lipsey, Dorothy Levihn, Bob Meyerholtz, Christine Mueller, Makayla Richardson, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Joe Sisk, Norie Strakis, Ed Watts and Tom Weaver. Thanksgiving for the Ordination and Installation of Pastor Kyle Borcherding.  For all affected by COVID. For all who mourn to find comfort. For our country during this time of unrest. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Lucas Peck, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD

NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK and OSLS STAFF RECOGNITION

Schools in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod serve children in early childhood programs through grade 12 in over 1,914 schools nationwide and 3 schools internationally. Additionally, 9 colleges and universities operate to serve post secondary and graduate students across the nation. 

 Our Shepherd's Project Approach for teaching and multi-aged classrooms in Early Childhood has been recognized as a Powerful Practice as part of our accreditation in 2020.

 We want to recognize the work of all our school staff with a blessing during the 10:30 service on January 31. Blessing bags are in the narthex if you’d like to offer a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAVE THE DATE— There will be a Voters' Meeting at noon on Sunday, February 14. We will be discussing and voting on several items, some related to our pastoral vacancy. Look for an email this week with specific details about the Voters' Meeting agenda and upcoming "town hall style" zoom calls.

The Marriage Retreat—is scheduled for March 12-14, 2021 at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN. Registration is now available online through February 28. Cost is $350 per couple. This year's theme is Love Talk, a video series featuring nationally acclaimed speakers Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. If gatherings over 25 are not allowed according to state guidelines we will cancel the retreat with a full refund. Please contact DCE Mark at with any questions.

New Member Class—Are you interested in learning more about the Lutheran Church’s teachings or becoming a member of Our Shepherd? Beginning February 7, 2021, we will teach an Adult Catechism class for seven weeks during our Christian education hour, Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the gym. Already a member? Feel free to join this class at any time for a refresher on our Lutheran beliefs.

LAKEVIEW MINISTRIES—Where can your 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 8th. Campers whose sessions were cancelled in 2020 will get to register a week earlier. Don’t let your children miss the adventure, joy, and wonder that a week at a Christian camp can bring. For more information, visit lakeview.camp or call the camp at 812-342-4815.

HOMEBASED WORSHIP UPDATE—Our Shepherd is contracting with Ian Petro of Indy Business Solutions to begin live streaming traditional services in the near future. The equipment has been delivered! Installation will begin soon, along with an updated A/V booth. This process will happen in stages. Please continue to pray that we might share God’s Word in new ways.

HONORING LIFE—Throughout the month we will be collecting donations of diapers, wipes, pacifiers and board books in the Narthex to support the work of Life Centers of Indianapolis. On February 7, Pastor Mike Spencer from Project Life Voice will speak following services.

OSLS—Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is NOW OPEN to the public!

Visit our website to begin the admission process or contact Tomi Mattick at with questions or to schedule a tour. Please share the great educational opportunities Our Shepherd offers for children in Early Childhood (ages 3-5) through 8th grade with your neighbors and friends.

 

 

 

Weekly Announcements 1.8.2021

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DEATH OR LIFE

January 10, 2021

The Baptism of Jesus

The Bible’s concept of grace is very radical. Grace means that none of us can earn or merit acceptance of God no matter how hard you and I might try. Our Baptism buries our desire for sin, raises us up to a new life in Jesus and the desire to live for God and serve Him daily.  

Scripture Readings

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 1:1-5

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:4-11

4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

In Our Prayers

Sarah Ardoin, Bill Barron, Hayden Byeon, Catherine Cunningham, Liz Dieckamp, David Dillman, JoAnne Harrison, Tee Lipsey, Dorothy Levihn, Pat Marsh, Christine Mueller, Makayla Richardson, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Joe Sisk, Ed Watts and Tom Weaver. For the safe birth of Frank James Hazzard. For all affected by COVID. For all who mourn including the Duigou and Woolsey families. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Lucas Peck, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.

Share Life With Our Shepherd

This month, we celebrate the gift of life. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b

Sanctity of Life Sunday is January 17. On Friday, January 22 at 7pm we will be showing the movie ”Unplanned.” We will be collecting donations to support the work of Life Centers of Indianapolis. On February 7, Pastor Mike Spencer from Project Life Voice will speak following services. Join us as we celebrate and advocate for God’s good gift of Life!

Announcements

WORSHIP PASTOR—Vicar Kyle Borcherding will be ordained and installed at Our Shepherd on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 4:00pm.

SAVE THE DATE— The Marriage Retreat is scheduled for March 12-14,2021 at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN. Registration will begin online in mid-January. Cost is $350 per couple. Due to COVID-19 health concerns our topic and speaker is still not confirmed. If gatherings over 25 are not allowed according to state guidelines we will cancel the retreat with a full refund.

NEW MEMBER CLASS—Are you interested in learning more about the Lutheran Church’s teachings or becoming a member of Our Shepherd? Beginning February 7, 2021, we will teach an Adult Catechism class for seven weeks during our Christian education hour, Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the gym. Already a member? Feel free to join this class at any time for a refresher on our Lutheran beliefs.

FOOD PANTRY—Thank you to everyone who participated and helped organize December's Reverse Advent Box project! Members and neighbors of Our Shepherd gathered 108 boxes with a total of 2600 items to stock the Food Pantry shelves. These generous donations will allow the Food Pantry to reduce their regular expenses significantly this month. Praise God for his bounty and blessing on this mission!

ALTAR FLOWERS—2021 flower charts are posted by the Luther Room. Sign up to donate flowers honoring special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials. There is one chart for each worship space. Be sure to sign up for your preferred date soon. The cost is $30 for two arrangements.

JUNIOR CHOIR AND YOUTH CHORALE—Resume January 20! Contact Steve Hohnstadt if interested at Junior Choir (1st- 5th grades) meets Wednesdays at 6-6:30pm. Youth Chorale (6th grade-high school) meets Wednesdays at 6:30-7pm.

OSLS—The PTL invites you to enjoy some yummy food all day long while helping out our school. Be sure to drive through Chick-fil-A on Monday, January 11, and mention Our Shepherd. 20% of your purchase will be donated to Our Shepherd Lutheran School.

Communion Appointments
We recognize many members have not been able to worship in person and receive the sacrament due to the pandemic. Beginning January 15, Pastor Matt will be available on Friday mornings to offer Communion Appointments to you and your family in the Sanctuary. 
Each 20 minute visit will include a time for Prayer, Confession/Absolution, a Scripture Reading, a short Word, and ends with the Lord's Supper.  These appointments are intended for you and your family to receive God's Means of Grace during these trying times. 
Click here to schedule your appointment.
You may also call the church office at (317)-271-9103 to schedule a visit. 

 

 

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