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Weekly Announcements 9.25.2020

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SEEK YE FIRST

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.

IN OUR PRAYERS

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD

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. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.                 

SCRIPTURE READINGS    

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 55:6-13

“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."                                                                                          

 

 

Weekly Announcements 9.18.2020

CHIEF OF SINNERS                        ST. MATTHEW

September 20, 2020

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

 St. Matthew was called from a life of extortion to exhort others to follow Jesus, Friend of Sinners. Matthew's    conversion would have turned heads, as did his house party with other notorious sinners. By dining with them, Jesus showed He accepts all, despite our past lives and personal baggage. Jesus loves us where we are. Through His sinless suffering, He's made amends for our sins, and welcomes us as His friends.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Bob Abernathy, Nicole Cook, Marcy Eckhoff-Wagner, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joanne Orebaugh, Dee Ortoff, Lois Perko, Evelyn Presley, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Marjorie Sims, Paula Stiles, Linda Tangman, Tom Weaver and John Widau. For all who mourn, especially the family of Debbie Montgomery and Wilbert Robinson. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor Daniel Coffey, Chaplain, In. State Police. 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

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20 all services

Work Day, Sept. 26

Sending for Pastor Lepley, Sept 26-27 all services

Reception for Lepley family, Sept. 27, 9am

Clothing and Food Pantry, Oct 3

Church Worker Appreciation, Oct 4, 8am

SGO presentation, Oct 4, 9:30am

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD

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 Oct. 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PASTOR LEPLEY FAREWELL—We will host a reception after the 8:00 am service on September 27 to show our love and appreciation for the Lepley family. A blessing and sending for Pastor Lepley will take place during all services next weekend. You may share tokens of appreciation in his blessing bag located in the narthex. These gifts will be presented to him during his final service.

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 PANTRY — We are collecting clean and lightly used men's, women's, and children's clothing items in the month of September for October distribution. We would also appreciate packages of new socks and  underwear. Bring donations to the Luther Room. If you are interested in volunteering to sort and prep donations, please contact David Rieger at (317) 362-8748 or .

WORK DAY—We are in need of some volunteers to assist with several outside projects on  Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9am – 4pm. If you are available we would greatly appreciate your assistance. Please contact Kim Meyerholtz at  .

OSLS—One of the hidden gems of the Our Shepherd School campus is our sundial! Have you ever seen a human sundial? The students at Our Shepherd are able to use the light from the sun to tell the time of day. By simply standing on the appropriate month, the sun will cast their shadow to tell the hour of day. This active form of learning is painted on the concrete slab of the basketball court for students of all ages to experience science and the glory of God's natural world. We are so thankful for the time and talents of the Ardoin and Dutchess families as they continue to bless Our Shepherd with their love and creativity. We invite you to stop by the playground and try it our for yourself!

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 55:6-9

“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.

 EPISTLE READING, Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

 GOSPEL READING, Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

 

 

 

 

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