TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL the children will study the efforts Abraham made to ensure that his son Isaac would marry a person who loved God in the account of “Isaac and Rebekah.” As a family discuss, “Why is it important to marry someone who shares your Christian faith? What are the blessings of sharing your beliefs with your spouse?”
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Matthew 25:30: “And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.” Why did the worthless servant act the way he did? Because of what he believed about the Master. He didn’t trust or love the Master – and so he did not demonstrate love and trust in his actions, but rather hate and mistrust. It’s the same with us, but in reverse: since we know our Lord God to be faithful and kind, we desire to serve Him and render faithful service with what He has given us.
2014 COMMITMENT CARD: Your 2014 Commitment Card is available for pick-up in the narthex. Today, November 16th, the new Commitment Cards will be handed out and Stewardship Sunday will be on November 23rd.
TODAY is Good Shepherd’s Annual Voter’s Meeting following the 10:30 Worship Service. We will have a potluck meal. The church is providing the meat and drink. Please bring a side dish or dessert. The 2015 Budget proposal and the list of candidates for church offices are located in the narthex.
TODAY is the deadline for items to be submitted for the DECEMBER NEWSLETTER. Mandy Kluender is our Editor for the church newsletter and any announcements you want to be published in the Newsletter should be submitted to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP: Before Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday join us for Worship Wednesday under the theme: “The Good Life” as we praise our Lord and Savior for His many blessings. This Thanksgiving Eve Communion Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. on November 26th.
“THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD TO COME”: The Evangelism/Stewardship Committee invites everyone to be a part of decorating the church for Advent/Christmas. We will gather in peace and joy to prepare for “the Light of the world to come”. On Sunday, November 30th, following the 10:30 worship will be the time for this festive fellowship event. We will enjoy that time honored Christmas traditional meal – pizza – provided by the congregation. Do not be “asleep on the hay” but “let every heart prepare Him room” as we look forward to seeing you on the 30th.
CHRISTMAS 2014 ADOPT A FAMILY: This year we have adopted a family of 4 for Christmas. We have placed their requests on the tree in the narthex. Choose an item or items to purchase and return these purchases, unwrapped, by Sunday, November 30th. We have put a box next to the tree for those who would like to make a monetary donation. Please make checks payable to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and put “Adopt a Family” in the memo line. Katie Kleiboeker and Toni Lueck will purchase items with these funds. Please take this opportunity to share your blessings with a family in need.
FROM THE OFFICE: We have a 2015 Large Print Scripture Text Calendar available for anyone who wants it. See Pastor Lueck.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS: If you would like a copy of your 2014 Financial Statement please see or call Joyce Schneider.
ENERGY NEEDS ENVELOPES are still available on the table in the narthex.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Clean And Thankful” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Luke 17:11-19. Thanksgiving is not just a made-up holiday, it’s an attitude that is the key to life. The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.