Bulletin Announcements – March 8, 2015

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March 8, 2015

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  John 2:16:  “And he told those who sold the pigeons, take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”  The Lord’s House is not a place to sell, but a place to receive and a place to give.  It’s not a place for our schemes and plans for the Lord’s gracious giving and our faithful sacrifices in response

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck, will be studying during Lent: “Singing With The Exiles”, based on the Book of Isaiah.  This Bible Study corresponds with the Wednesday evening Lenten messages.  The class is at 9:15 a.m. in the church basement.

 TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL students explore the story “Jesus Clears the Temple.” Jesus’ cleansing of the temple carries a twofold message for the Jews and for us: first, that the true Lord of the temple was here in the flesh and, second and more important, that Jesus is the true temple, who houses and perfects us, raising our bodies to be like His. Parents could ask, “Why did Jesus clear the temple? How is Jesus our temple?”

TODAY’S DOOR OFFERING will be given to Reverend Michael Kearney and family.  Please read Reverend Kearney’s letter posted on the bulletin board outside the church office.  Next Sunday, March 15th, Seminarian Chris Suggitt will be here to preach and lead Adult Bible Class.  Let’s support Chris and his family with both our presence in worship and the door offering we will have for him.

MIDWEEK LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICE:  Lenten worship continues this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  The message: “Breaking Down the Gates”.  The combined Board of Trustees/Board of Education will serve the meal at 5:30 p.m.  The free-will offering will go toward Vacation Bible School.

COLLECTION FOR ORGAN REPAIR – GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS:  Starting next Sunday, March 15th and the following Sunday, March 22nd you may bring your Anniversary Jar and drop your contribution into the large container located in the narthex.  We will have four more times to bring in your collection: Sunday, May 24th, Sunday, May 31st and again on Sunday, July 5th and Sunday, July 12th.

PASTOR’S ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS:  Because of scheduling conflicts, the Adult Instruction Class will not begin until Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m.

NEXT SUNDAY is the deadline for items to be submitted for the APRIL 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 mgkluender@hotmail.com or you may call her at (309) 838-9868.

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS:  The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell.  We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee.  If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled.  We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

CID LLL CONVENTION REGISTRATION:  The Lutheran Hour Ministries update of ongoing projects, such as the State Fair, will be held this coming Saturday, March 14th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 Charleston Ave., Mattoon IL.  Registration Forms are available on the table in the narthex and are due no later than Monday, March 9th.  Come and have fun and great food!  If you have any questions, please see or call Herb Renken at (309) 454-2986.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “The Power of God’s Enduring Forgiveness and Grace” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from John 16:33.  Jesus offers reconciliation and restoration to those overcome by trouble and regret.  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.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582.  The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

THE CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:  The Office Hours for Janet and Sandy are as follows:  Janet:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and others times by request/appointment.  Sandy’s hours are Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Also, if you stop by the church please let the office know that you are in the building.

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