† Bulletin Announcements †
July 26, 2015
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. . .” We often shortchange God by failing to remember what Paul says here: God can do far more than what we can think or ask. His power, and His love, are without bound and without measure. So why do we fear to follow His word? Isn’t it in fact fear that keeps us back from a life of joyous generosity and open-handedness? But God is able to do far more abundantly! So let us not be afraid to take the Lord at his Word and live according to it.
PASTOR’S SCHEDUE: Pastor, Toni, Karson and Holden leave this Wednesday, (July 29th), as they vacation in Holden Beach, North Carolina. Provided he suffers no shark bites Pastor will return to the office on Thursday, August 6th. In Pastor’s absence should you need pastoral care please contact your Elder. If unsure of your Elder, please check the Elder Board in the narthex. Thank you.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Good Shepherd’s Annual Church Picnic to be held on Sunday, August 23rd at 12:00 p.m. at Tipton Trails Park in Bloomington. Watch for more details to follow.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF SCHOOL KITS: It’s that time again for the LWML’s Project: Lutheran World Relief School Kits. We need your help on filling the book bags. Each bag needs the following: (4) 70 sheet Notebooks; (1) Ruler; (1) Pencil Sharpener; (1) Scissors; (5) #2 pencils; (5) Black or Blue Ballpoint pens; (1) box of 16 or 24 Crayons and (1) 2½” eraser. Any questions please feel free to call Joann Hart at (309) 310-9205. Thank you for your help!
“PRAISE GOD FROM WHO ALL BLESSINGS FLOW”: The Organ Repair and Update Fund for Good Shepherd’s 20th Anniversary exceeded its goal of $13,325.00. As of July 20th, our total gifts were $14,166.73. Our congregation has certainly been blessed. Great Is Thy Faithfulness! The 20th Church Anniversary Committee
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.
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: “What Is Truth?” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from John 18:38. Flawed human reason has lost sight of God’s divine truth. 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 email@example.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