Bulletin Announcements – July 19, 2015

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July 19, 2015

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Ephesians 2:13: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” What all of mankind’s efforts, works, and scheming could not do, the blood of Christ did: we have peace with God, we are brought near to the Father. This life-giving sacrifice of Christ for us sets the pattern for the sacrifices we are called to make for others within our vocations in home, church, and society.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. will hear from our District President, Reverend Mark Miller. He will share with us District happenings and take your questions. Please join us to find what is happening in your church.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL:  This week students probe “The Case of the Old Bed: Jesus Heals at Bethesda.” Jesus is the One who brings healing, not only from sickness but from sin and death. Consider discussing, “How does God heal people today? How can you help someone who needs healing?”

TODAY: We welcome a new couple to Good Shepherd this morning. Jack & Ruth Gooding, longtime members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chenoa, are transferring in. They reside at 322 Fieldcrest Ct in Normal. Cell phone# is (309) 826-3381 and email: jack_gooding@outlook.com. They have four adult children and many grandchildren. Jack was at one time a professional musician. He retired in 1993 after 45 years with Illinois Power. Ruth retired in 1953 and was a stay-at-home mom. We are blessed to have them and please take a moment to welcome them.

TODAY is the deadline for items to be submitted for the AUGUST 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.

PASTOR’S SCHEDULE: Pastor will be out of the office on Tuesday, July 21st. Pastor and Karson are heading to the Bourbonnais area to meet with the LC-MS churches in the area to find a church home for Karson while away at college. He has to report for football on Friday, August 7th. (No tears yet – but there will be!)

BLOOD DRIVE: Good Shepherd’s Red Cross Blood Drive will be on Monday, September 28th. In order to be eligible (56 days between blood donations) for our drive please give by the end of this month. We look forward to seeing you and your veins in September.

MATERIAL AVAILABLE: There is material available for Quilters or Sewers in the Quilting Room. Please take as much as you would like. Deb & Bill Huber

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

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.

CAN YOU HELP?: The International House at Illinois State, where we serve a meal each year, is looking for host families for International Students when they first arrive this August. If you are interested please speak with Pastor Lueck who has the information. Also, Pastor or his family members can tell you about the experience if you have questions.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Rescued” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from 2 Peter 2:9-10. God’s love and forgiveness is to be welcomed, savored, enjoyed, and relished. Drink deeply of His grace! 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.

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