July 24, 2016
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Luke 11:11: “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent?” A generous, giving spirit comes from knowing that you have a generous, giving Father. He will care for our needs – we are therefore free to reflect His generosity in our lives. We can be generous in raising our children, supporting the Church, and serving our neighbor in the community. In these three areas (home, Church, and society) the Lord has called us to show His grace and generosity to those around us.
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM: MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD: This summer we will be learning about new countries, cultures and foods from around the world, as we learn about Baptism, the Lord’s Prayer, Confession and Communion. Today’s lesson will focus on “Mary and Martha”. Please join us in the church basement in the Youth Area at 9:15 a.m.
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”.
NEXT SUNDAY, July 31st, is a 5th Sunday so Holy Communion will be celebrated in both worship services
NEXT SUNDAY: Learn more about your Church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, next Sunday, July 31st, during the Adult Bible Class Hour. Mr. Steve Parry, of our congregation, recently returned as a lay delegate to our Synod’s Convention in Milwaukee. He will give a full report and answer your questions.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Church Picnic is coming up on Sunday, August 28th. Watch your bulletin for more details and to sign-up in August.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: Good Shepherd’s next Red Cross Blood Drive is Tuesday, September 20, 2016. To be eligible please give your next donation by tomorrow, Monday, July 25th. Thank you.
PORTALS OF PRAYER: The July—September 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.
WELCOMING NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: You can make a big impact on the lives of International Students and they will make a big impact on your life. We are looking for Christian individuals and families to welcome newly-arriving International Students. The need will be even greater as we have the opportunity this year of hosting up to 30 Indian students. Normally they do not respond for home stays. The students will begin arriving sometime the week of August 7th, with most arriving the weekend starting August 12th. New Student Orientation will begin at 8:30 on August 16th. You could help in any of the following ways: 1) Hosting a student in your home for a few days; 2) Providing transportation from the bus, plane or train; 3) Providing baked goods for the Orientation on August 16th; 4) Hosting a student for a meal or taking them to the store; 5) Preparing a meal with your small group for International Talk Time (ITT) on a Friday night of the Fall semester. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact John and Linda Berger, serving with International Students, Inc., at (309)664-0377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please see Pastor Lueck. Training is required for 1st time participants. Training and resource information will be provided on several different dates (you only need to attend one). Thank you!
CAMP CILCA’S ANNUAL CHICKEN FRY & AUCTION will take place on Sunday, September 4, 2016. A Worship Service will be held for those camping at 10:30 a.m. in the Indoor Chapel. A Fried Chicken lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 1:00 p.m. For items that will be listed for auction you can visit the website at www.cilca.org. If you would like to donate an item for auction, please contact the Camp office at (217) 487-7497.
POSITION AVAILABLE: Camp CILCA is seeking a part-time assistant housekeeper to aid in the upkeep of the Retreat Facilities year round. Anyone interested in the position can call Pastor Joshua Theil at (217) 487-7497. Thank you.
SPECIAL SEMINAR: Dr. Paul L. Maier will present a special seminar on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church, Normal, IL. The seminar will cover two topics, “Defending the Faith” and “Christianity and the Competition”. Save the date. More information to follow.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Bullies” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Acts 5:27-34. When bullies pressure Christians to keep quiet, we can retreat, push back, or choose to endure. The speaker is 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 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.
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