August 28, 2016
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Luke 14:11: “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: that’s called humility. The Lord is God and we are not. With that in mind, how could we not seek to follow His Word in all aspects of life? He knows what He is talking about and we don’t. If you believe that, then striking out on a path of faithfulness in the realm of stewardship is a lot easier: it just makes sense.
TODAY: In our 10:30 worship service the Lord will be blessing Jerzey Lynn Kleiboeker through the waters of Holy Baptism. Jerzey is the daughter of Ryan and Katie, and sibling to Cruz, Phoenix, and Cannon. Jerzey’s Godparents are Julie Tevis and Bryon Sheppelman.
TODAY IS OUR ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC at 12:00 p.m. at Tipton Trails Park in Bloomington. Join your fellow members in this fellowship event.
FROM THE OFFICE: As of this past Tuesday, August 23rd, Pastor, Toni, Karson, and Holden will no longer have their land line phone (309) 821-0512. Pastor can be reached on his cell phone (309) 838-0306 or at church (309) 662-8905. If he is unavailable, please be sure to leave a message and he will get back to you. You can also text Pastor if you have something that doesn’t need a response (he’s trying to go to his grave having not texted!) For an emergency contact or text response you can reach Toni (309)530-8666. Pastor’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org is another point of contact and he does respond to those! A moment of silence as we leave this piece of Americana behind – “Sarah, get me Sheriff Taylor.”
GOOD SHEPHERD’S BLOOD DRIVE: Online scheduling is now available for Good Shepherd’s Blood Drive. The gift of life can be given on Tuesday, September 20th, from 2-6:00 p.m. in the church basement. Go to: redcrossblood.org and enter in your zip code, then follow the prompts. You may also sign-up on the table in the narthex. Thank you for helping your fellow man/woman who need this God given resource.
FROM THE OFFICE: If your son or daughter is going away to college or they no longer live at home, please fill out an Information Sheet located on the table in the narthex. As their church home, we like to stay in contact during these important years by sending them Pastor’s Sermon and the monthly Church Newsletter. Please return the form to Sandy in the church office when completed. We lift our young people up in prayer as their spiritual journey continues.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF SCHOOL KITS: It’s that time again for the LWML’s Project Lutheran World Relief Health Kits. We need your help in filling the Health Kits with the following items: 36 Bars of Soap; 6 Toothbrushes; 36 Fingernail Clippers; and 18 Combs (No picks please). Any questions please see or call Joann Hart (309) 310-9205. Thank you for your help!
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the annual Camp CILCA Chicken Fry and Auction NEXT SUNDAY, September 4, 2016! The day begins with worship at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the live Auction beginning at 1:00 p.m. Auction items include quilts, gift baskets, homemade fudge, gift cards, and a picnic table hand-decorated by the 2016 High School Week campers and counselors. Thirty plus campsites are available for tents, trailers, and RV’s. Join other Camp CILCA supporters for a weekend of camping and fellowship. If you would like to donate an item for auction, please contact the Camp office at (217) 487-7497.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Choose Life” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Deuteronomy 30:15-20. In Christ, you have been called God’s friend. Now you get to befriend others in His Name. Reverend Dr. Gregory Seltz is the speaker. 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.