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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Luke 24:6-7: “He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” So Jesus is risen….but is that Good News? What if He is mad at us for betraying Him, for running away at Gethsemane, for not believing He would rise? The Good News is not just that Jesus is risen, but that He is risen to bless us: there is no need to be alarmed. He still calls us His friends and brothers and means to bring us through death to resurrection as well. The Lord is risen, He is risen indeed!
THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.
TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL classes learn about “Jesus Feeds Five Thousand” They learned that in His love, God promises to care for all our physical and spiritual needs and gives us the greatest treasure—His Son and the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. As a family discuss, “In what ways has God provided for both your physical and spiritual needs?”
NEXT SUNDAY: We pray you will here next Sunday, April 3rd, to support our seminary student Brad Ferch, who will be preaching and conducting Adult Bible Class. Brad will be here with his wife and two daughters. Brad is in his fourth year of study at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne IN. We have moved our monthly door Offering up a week because of Brad’s visit.
FROM THE OFFICE: It is once again time to update the Church Directory. Please check the sheets on the table in the narthex. Provide any new information by noting 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. Contact Janet in the church office with any questions.
LUTHERAN WITNESS: It’s time again to renew our subscriptions to the Lutheran Witness. This year’s cost is $15.96. If you are not receiving this and would like to do so, please contact Janet in the church office at (309) 662-8905; email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or even in person.
PORTALS OF PRAYER: The April-June 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the bookrack 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.
TO ALL THRIVENT MEMBERS: Your Choice Dollars for 2015 will expire March 31, 2016. If you haven’t already done so, please contact Thrivent either by e-mail or by phone and direct your choice dollars before the end of March.
COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS for the American Passion Play are available for this coming Saturday April 2nd. Please contact Fern and Theron Noth at (309)473-3222; email: email@example.com or Carol Schroeder at (309)452-2872; email: Gordoncarol304@gmail.com. Performances are at the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts and begin at 1:00 pm.
OUTREACH: Good Shepherd is blessed once again this year to be providing a meal for International Students at Illinois State University. The date of the meal is Friday, April 15th and it begins at 6:15 p.m. Two sign-ups are available in the narthex. One is your participation at the meal and the other is for food items that you can bring. Thank you for your help in this outreach.
THE WALK FOR LIFE for the Pregnancy Resource Center is Saturday, April 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. at Christ Church in Normal. If you would like to walk, Pastor has the material in his office. Also, Pastor and family will once again participate in the Walk. If you would like to sponsor them with a cash donation, please speak with Pastor. Thank you.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Good Shepherd will host a Blood Drive on Monday, May 2nd from 2-6:00 p.m.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Blessed Are Believers” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from John 20:19-31. By faith in Jesus, you are blessed-even as your struggles continue. The speaker is Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear what they said. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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