Bulletin Announcements – March 29, 2015

 Bulletin Announcements

March 29, 2015

 THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Zechariah 9:9:  “Behold, your King is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  No king ever rode to war like this. But no king had ever come to wage battle by dying.  In His Passion, our Lord Jesus gives everything He has and is to bring us from death to life: He is the king who wins by losing.

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 lesson focuses on “Jesus and Zacchaeus.”  Like Zacchaeus, we are among the lost whom the Son of Man seeks and forgives.  We are called to forgive those who sin against us, no matter how Zacchaeus-like they may be in their sins.  Parents might ask, “How does Jesus seek you? How has God forgiven you?”

OUR WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK IS AS FOLLOWS:  Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.  Good Friday we have a brief Tre Ore Service at noon and our Tenebrae Service of Darkness at 7:00 p.m.  Holy Communion will be celebrated at the evening service.  On Easter Sunday the first Worship Service is at 7:00 a.m.  Easter Breakfast follows; please see the sign-up in the narthex.  Sunday School and Adult Bible Class at 9:15 a.m. and our 2nd Worship Service is at the normal time of 10:30 a.m.  We will have Holy Communion in both Divine Services.

PRAYER TIME IN APRIL:  It’s a good time to pray in silence and reflect on our Savior’s sacrifice on the cross.  In the month of April we will have Prayer Time at the church on Good Friday, April 3rd, from 6- 7:00 pm  Everyone is welcome to come and pray for a few minutes before the Tenebrae service.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR and watch for the sign-up as we are blessed to serve a meal once again this year at the Illinois State International House.  The date is Friday, April 17th at 6:00 p.m.  We will need many volunteers and we pray you can be a part of this congregational outreach.

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.

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.

THE PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER is having a Confidential Week-end Retreat for post abortive men and women on April 10th–12th.  For more information please see www.hopeforafuture.com/deeperstill.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “One Step Ahead” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Mark 16:1-8.  Your future is not a mystery.  Our risen Savior is one step ahead and He leads you to eternal 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.

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.

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