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Weekly Announcements 10.2.2020

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October 4, 2020

St. James, Brother of Jesus

 We read from our epistle text written by Saint James about how works must accompany faith or one is not truly justified. Is this in contradiction to Saint Paul when he says we are saved by grace through faith alone?


Bob Abernathy, Annie Green, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joanne Orebaugh, Emily and Evelyn Presley, Seth Roundtree, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Paula Stiles, Tom Weaver and John Widau. For all who mourn, especially the family of Paul Barrineau. For all schools,       students and  educators. For all missionaries including    Pastor Sam Ruiz, Luterno Indy. 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.


Church Worker Appreciation, Oct 4,  8am
SGO Presentation by John Dize, Oct, 4 9:30am

Iowa Cleanup Servant Event, Oct 10-14.

OSLS Fall Break, Oct. 12-16

LWML Sunday, Oct. 18


Recently, two Hondurans families brought four children to be baptized here at Our Shepherd by Pastor Sam Ruiz. We rejoice that the Luterno Indy Ministry is growing. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


CALL ANNOUNCEMENTS—We are pleased to announce that the two calls extended in our August Voters’ Meeting were accepted this week. Steve Hohnstadt has accepted the call to be the Director of Sanctuary Music. Steve will be begin his ministry on Reformation Sunday, October 25. Kyle Borcherding has accepted the call to be Worship Pastor. Kyle will be ordained and installed in January.

HOW CAN I SERVE? – As a congregation, Our Shepherd is excited about proclaiming the Gospel in our community. While 2020 has brought plenty of the unexpected, we have some unique opportunities to share life in this crazy season. As the ministry continues with numerous vacant staff positions, we could especially use volunteer support for the following: Sunday school teaching, mid-week food pantry preparation, offering counting, and weekly worship setup/teardown. Please prayerfully consider serving in one of these ways, and contact Heather at for more information.

Fall Family Dinner and Movie Night— The Fellowship team invites you to this event  on Friday, October 23. We will serve a boxed dinner that includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink. We will be viewing a family friendly movie in the gym. Movie theater candy boxes will be available for 25¢. Bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, blankets or pillows to make yourself comfy during the family-friendly movie. Doors open at 6:00; dinner is served at 6:30; the movie starts at 7:00. Please RSVP by October 19 for your family through link in the weekly email.

OSLS—Dedicated teachers + crazy ideas = FUN MATH?!? Math is fun at Our Shepherd thanks to teachers Kim May and Aaron McPeak and their “Crazy 8's” afterschool program. Students have the opportunity to mix creativity and academics into 8 frantic weeks of math madness. Introducing elementary and middle school students to math by using whole-body exercise helps them identify and learn this sometimes difficult subject in a new and exciting way. We praise God for these chances to expose our students to a world beyond the textbook.


FIRST READING, Psalm 104:10-24

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; 11 they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. 13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. 14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth 15 and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man's heart. 16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. 17 In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees. 18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers. 19 He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. 20 You make darkness, and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep about. 21 The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God. 22 When the sun rises, they steal away and lie down in their dens. 23 Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening. 24 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

 EPISTLE READING, James 2:14-26

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was   active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

 GOSPEL READING, Matthew 21:33-46

[Jesus said,] 33 “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 34 When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. 35 And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?43 There- fore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.





Weekly Announcements 9.25.2020

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September 27, 2020

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

 The Lord promises that He will care for and provide for His children. Why then, do we try so often to take matters into our own hands or chart our own path? Children of the heavenly Father, who trust and follow the Lord's lead, experience much more love and peace in their earthly journey than those who do not. Not to    mention, the spiritual and eternal blessings that flow from receiving Christ's love and sharing His love with those around us.


Bob Abernathy, Nicole Cook, Annie Green, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joanne Orebaugh, Evelyn Presley, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Marjorie Sims, Paula Stiles, and John Widau. For all who mourn. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker, POGA, 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.


Reception for Lepley family, Sept. 27, 9am

“Day Away” Women’s Retreat, Oct 3

Clothing and Food Pantry, Oct 3
Church Worker Appreciation, Oct 4
SGO Presentation by John Dize, Oct 4


The Food Pantry has been abundantly blessed in the form of monetary and food donations in the last several months. Your generosity of resources has sustained us through this pandemic. We continue to serve a record number of families: over 200 families, totaling nearly a thousand people a month are now being fed through Our Shepherd. 


PASTOR LEPLEY FAREWELL—This weekend we bid farewell to Pastor Lepley and the Lepley family. We are thankful for God's blessings through Pastor Lepley's years of service here at Our Shepherd. As Pastor Lepley follows his call to Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), we pray the Lord will be with Pastor Lepley and will bless his ministry for years to come.

CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on Oct. 4 at the 8:00 am service.

CLOTHING & FOOD PANTRY —We are still collecting clothing items for October distribution. We would appreciate packages of new socks and  underwear. Donations are collected by the Luther Room. Our need for physical help is imperative in keeping this mission going. We have shifts during the week that involve driving, putting items in storage, bagging items and organizing.  All of this is done with the utmost priority on safety. Please consider serving with us to continue this amazing mission. If you are interested in volunteering, contact David Rieger at (317) 362-8748 or .

IOWA CLEAN UP SERVANT EVENT—King of Kings Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is asking for our help in clean-up efforts from storm damage. You are invited to join a group of youth and adults from Our Shepherd who will serve in Cedar Rapids from October 10-14. King of Kings will provide meals and lodging, but their greatest need is for willing hands and ready hearts to help them serve their community. Contact DCE Joel for information.

OSLS—This past week our school students were challenged "to love your neighbor" in a big way.  Class of 2018 alumnus Ashlyn Tucker is participating in a scholarship program in which she partnered with a non-profit, organized a campaign, and tracked results, all to give back to her community.  Ashlyn chose to work with an organization that makes covid kits to supply basic hygiene needs for teenagers. Students were divided into five teams to procure the items needed for a complete kit.  In only one week, our amazing Our Shepherd student body rose to the occasion and was able to donate 19 bars of soap, 36 bottles of conditioner, 62 bottles of shampoo, 98 tubes of toothpaste, and 69 toothbrushes!  Through projects like this, our students learn that we can accomplish all things through Christ who gives us strength.  

THE SCHOOL BOARD— Would like to invite you to an upcoming SGO information session by Jon Dize (the SGO Guy)  on Sunday, October 4, at 9:30am in the Gym. Please consider joining us to learn more about the Scholarship Granting  Organization and how it benefits you and the students at Our Shepherd.                 



“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12 For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord.”

 EPISTLE READING, Philippians 2:1-4, 14-18

1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 

 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 6:19-21, 25-33

[Jesus said,] 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."                                                                                          



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