Bulletin Announcements – March 22, 2015

† Bulletin Announcements

March 22, 2015

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Mark 10:45:  “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Jesus gives everything He has: He gives Himself.  That self-giving is the model for our giving in all aspects of our lives.  In our family, in our church, and in the world at large, Jesus calls us to follow His example in self-giving.  We can only do this if we are connected to His self-giving in faith.

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:  “The Widow’s Mite” serves as the focus of the Sunday School lesson for today.  Just as the widow gave all she had to God, trusting Him to provide and care for her, so Jesus gave His all for us, who fail to trust in God for all things. Consider discussing, “How was the widow’s offering different from the others?  How has God given us His greatest treasure?”

COLLECTION FOR ORGAN REPAIR:  Today is the second week for our collection for the 20th Church Anniversary Special Project for the Organ Repair and Update.  There is a large container located in the narthex for this contribution.  We will have four more times to make additional contributions so save up your pennies, nickels, quarters and dollars.  Those dates are: Sunday, May 24th;  Sunday, May 31st; Sunday, July 5th and Sunday, July 12th.

MIDWEEK LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICE:  Our final Wednesday Lenten Service is this week at 7:00 p.m.  The Sermon: “One Little Word Can Fell Him”.  As this goes to press there are still slots to sign-up to bring food.  The table in the narthex has the information.  The free-will Offering at the meal will go to the Hilbert’s who work for Lutheran Bible Translators.

PASTOR’S ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS begins this Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m.

PALM SUNDAY:  Next Sunday, March 29th, is Palm Sunday.  We will celebrate Holy Communion in both worship services.

EASTER LILIES:  If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily for the altar on Easter Sunday there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex.  The cost of the Lilies is $9.00 each.  You may pick them up after the late service on Easter.  Please contact Jackie Kwasny if you have any questions at (309) 662-4995.

FROM THE OFFICE:  It is once again time to update the Church Directory.  Please check your entry on the sheets located on the table in the narthex.  Provide any new information by noting it directly on these sheets.  There are two listings: (1) Church Directory; (2) Phone Book Listing of Individual Members.  The Phone Book Listing contains your cell phone, home phone, work phone, household e-mail and personal e-mail.  If any of these are missing and you want them to be included in the directory, please provide that information; if any are listed and you would prefer not, please note that also.  Please contact Janet in the church office with any questions.  Thank you.

PORTALS OF PRAYER:  The April – June 2015 Portals of Prayer are available on the book rack located in the narthex.  Pick up your free copy today.

THANK YOU to our Thrivent members who directed their “Choice dollars” to us in 2014, which totaled $4,010.00.  This is very much appreciated to help with our expenditures.

“JOURNEY TO THE CROSS”:  You are invited to join us for a sensory learning event that covers the last days of Jesus’ life on earth.  Meet the witnesses from the Bible; taste, touch, feel, and be a part of the Passion story.  Take a walking Journey with your Passport in hand and be transported back to the time of Christ.  The Journey takes place at Zion Lutheran Church, 117 N Walnut in Wenona, IL this coming Saturday March 28, 2015 from 1-5:00 p.m.  Please schedule your Journey by calling the church at (815) 853-4479.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Show Me” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from John 19:17-18.  Jesus really did die and three days later He really did conquer death through His resurrection.  The speaker will be Reverend Ken Klaus.  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.

CHURCH OFFICE:  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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