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Weekly Announcements 07.31.2020

CLAIMED BY THE WORD

August 2, 2020

St. Lydia

Today we remember Saint Lydia. We read from Acts how she heard the Gospel and believed, leading to her and her family's immediate baptism! She housed the apostles as they taught and preached, providing a foundation for the Kingdom to grow in Philippi! Lydia continued to provide a place of worship and continually supported the spreading of the true faith in Philippi.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCHOOL STAFF BLESSING—at 10:30 worship this Sunday! Join us as we invoke the Lord's blessing on all who serve the students that God entrusts to our school this academic year.

FAREWELL BLESSING FOR WORKERS—The following workers will no longer be serving as employees at Our Shepherd: Rachel Burris, Heather Shell and Rosemary Thomas, teacher aides, Jamie Kelley, Art Teacher, Kim Mourer, Media Director, Mary Teipen, Extended Care. We will bless them and thank them for their service at the 10:30 service. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES ON AUG 23RD—Adult classes will meet each week in the Sanctuary (with Pastor Lepley), in the Gym (with Pastor Matt and Vicar Kyle Borcherding), and on Facebook Live at 9:30. Children ages 2– 4th grade can participate in our In-Person or At-Home "Foundations of Faith" Sunday School. So that we know best how to prepare, we are asking all families with children to register for Sunday School this fall at https://bit.ly/ss_at_oslcs

VOTERS’ MEETING—August 9, noon. Agenda items include: Devotion, Ministry Reports, 2020-2021 Budget Approval, Approve Financial Reviewers, Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Call Committee - Approve Members, Director of Music Call Committee - Approve Members, Approval of Membership Roll Review, Endowment Committee Report, Ambassadors of Reconciliation Update, Doxology. Members may review a copy of the 2020-2021 Budget and printed ministry reports in the church office.

OSLS ATHLETICS—Any current student member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in grades 5-8 is welcome to participate on an Our Shepherd Lutheran School athletic team provided they are not playing for another school. This fall we invite you to join co-ed soccer, co-ed cross country or girls volleyball. Special permission from the coach is required for students in 3rd and 4th grades. Please email any questions to Brandi Matthews at    

IN OUR PRAYERS

Cheryl Barksdale, Katie Koontz, Dorothy Levihn,  Virginia Jones, Tee Lipsey,  Joe Manger, Marjorie  Sims, and John Widau. For all who mourn. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker, Point of Grace Academy, Kenya. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Corey Cook, Jr., Dominick Greci, Katelyn Harvey, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 Voter’s Meeting, Aug. 9, noon

Confirmation Orientation, Aug. 9, 5:00 p.m.

OSLS first day of school, Aug. 10

Confirmation Sunday,  Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School Resumes,  Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 16:11-15                                                                  11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 9:1-13

1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 14:13-21                                                     13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.                          

Weekly Announcements 07.24.2020

BELOVED AND TREASURED

July 26, 2020

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus told many stories to illustrate the depth of the Father's love for us. Many have a common theme -someone who gave everything up for a single treasure. You are the treasure Jesus gave His everything for. By His blood, He redeemed you. He brought you to faith and a new life. By His grace, He gives us eternity to live in that love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS—Have an event or message that you’d like to share with our church family? Email details including proposed verbiage, requested dates, and modes of communication to      by noon on Wednesday to be considered for inclusion in announcements for the weekend. An acknowledgement of your request will be returned within three business days of receipt. Actual modes and dates of distribution will be communicated once a decision has been made. 

ALTAR FLOWERS—Do you have an birthday, anniversary, memorial or special occasion you would like to honor with altar flowers? Many dates are still available in both worship spaces. 

VOTERS’ MEETING—August 9, noon. Agenda items include: Devotion, Ministry Reports, 2020-2021 Budget Approval, Approve Financial Reviewers, Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Call Committee - Approve Members, Director of Music Call Committee - Approve Members, Approval of Membership Roll Review, Endowment Committee Report, Ambassadors of Reconciliation Update, Doxology. Members can review a copy of the 2020-2021 Budget in the church office, available beginning July 25.

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is currently looking for a child-loving, upbeat, and dependable candidate to work in extended care daily Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm. This position would begin August 10th. For more details, please call the school office or email Mrs. Amy Hedges at 

OSLS ATHLETICS—Any current student member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in grades 5-8 is welcome to participate on an Our Shepherd Lutheran School athletic team provided they are not playing for another school. This fall we invite you to join co-ed soccer, co-ed cross country or girls volleyball. Special permission from the coach is required for students in 3rd and 4th grades.  Please email Brandi Matthews at   with any questions.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Cheryl Barksdale, Katie Koontz, Dorothy Levihn,  Virginia Jones, Tee Lipsey,  Joe Manger, Marcia Sims, and John Widau. For all who mourn, including the family and friends of Elizabeth Tiemeier. For all missionaries including Pastor Dan Coffey, Indiana State Police Chaplain. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Corey Cook, Jr., Dominick Greci, Katelyn Harvey, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSLS faculty and staff blessing, Aug. 2, 10:30 am

Voter’s Meeting, Aug. 9, noon

OSLS first day of school, Aug. 10

Confirmation Sunday,  Aug. 16, 10:30 am

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 7:6-9

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 8:28-39

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor  height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

GOSPEL READING ,Matthew 13:44-52

[Jesus said,] 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. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

 

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