May 29, 2016
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Galatians 1:6: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.” The Bible uses the image of “turning” to another gospel, or to another god, to show us the seriousness of sin. When we are tempted to follow some sinful course of action, we are being told to turn our backs on God. But the Lord calls upon us to turn away from sin and turn toward Him – where we will find a Father’s smiling face and loving embrace. In our stewardship, let us not turn toward greed in fear, but toward our Lord in humility and faith.
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”.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR TODAY focuses on the story of “Jesus and the Little Children.” In our sin, we are like small children: helpless, dependent, and needy. So Jesus came to bestow His love and eternal gifts upon us. Parents could discuss, “How did Jesus show His compassion on these little children? How does Jesus shower His compassion on us?”
FROM THE OFFICE: Tomorrow, May 30th, is Memorial Day and the church office will be closed. Thank you.
ATTENTION YOUTH: You are invited to join us for a new Bible Study beginning next Sunday, June 5th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Conference Room. The title is: “Real Deal – It’s A Big Deal”. Faith Related Issues such as Faith Challenges, Worship, Other Religions, and Religious Rights, etc. If you have any questions please see or call Mary Anne Kirchner at (309) 532-2582.
ON SUNDAY, June 12th, we will have door Offering for the Hilbert Family. The Hilbert’s are missionaries with Lutheran Bible Translators in Botswana. When they arrived there recently the house they are staying in was not furnished and even the kitchen cabinets had been taken. The gifts will go toward helping them acquire the things that they need for their home as they do their mission work in Africa.
TUITION ASSISTANCE: Anyone that would like to apply for Tuition Assistance may do so by filling out the Application Form which are located on the bookcase in the church office. When completed, please return to the church office. Applications are due by Sunday, August 7, 2016. Thank you. The Board of Christian Education
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Living Alternatives Pregnancy Center is having a Volunteer Opportunity Open House on Thursday, June 9th. The times are: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Center is located at 303 Landmark Drive, Suite 1B in Normal. Last month’s Walk For Life had 149 walkers (including Pastor & Toni) and raised $46,000.00. God bless you all.
FROM THE OFFICE: As of Tuesday, May 31st at 11:30 a.m., Laura Kessler will no longer be known as Laura. Laura will appear in court that day to have her name legally changed to Kyryth. Please pronounce it “Kir-ith.” If you would like to know why she made this decision, please feel free to ask her.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Christ’s Good News” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Galatians 1:11-24. What is the Gospel? It’s Good News of God’s forgiving love for us, in Jesus Christ. The speaker is 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.