October 30, 2016
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Revelation 14:6: “Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth.” During the Reformation this text was used to refer to Luther’s ministry and the Lutheran message: we have an eternal Gospel to proclaim. Christ has freed us from our sins without any works on our part! We are saved by grace alone! And ironically enough, Luther said this should make him the “apostle of works:” because once we are freed by grace, we are truly free to serve God in works that flow from thankfulness and praise.
THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, meeting in the basement at 9:15 a.m. continues a DVD based study: “Jesus – Legend or Lord?” The class features LC-MS Author and Scholar Dr. Paul Maier discussing History and Archaeology and how it all fits with the Holy Scriptures.
TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL: “Saul Becomes King” is the Sunday School lesson for today. Students learn that though God lets us have our own way at times, His is the way of forgiving and saving, which He did for His people of old and for us today. Consider asking, “How did God care for the children of Israel even though their desires were sinful? How does God show His care for us even though we are sinful?”
THE ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS will continue Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.
NEXT SUNDAY, November 6th, we will have a special order of worship as we celebrate All Saints’ Sunday. We will remember those members of Good Shepherd who died in the Lord this past year and are blessed in eternity right now.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS NEXT SUNDAY: In order to ensure your family arrival for worship please “fall back one hour” when setting your clock before going off to la-la land next Saturday evening.
NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES: Please note the activity the next two Tuesdays around the building. This Tuesday, November 1st, Pastor will be hosting the Circuit Pastor’s in the morning. The following Tuesday, November 8th, Good Shepherd will be a Polling Place for the General Election.
GOOD SHEPHERD’S ANNUAL VOTER’S MEETING is on Sunday, November 13th. Following the 10:30 Worship Service there will be a Potluck Dinner followed by the Voter’s Meeting. The church will provide the meat and drink for the Potluck Dinner. Members please bring Side Dishes/Desserts. On the table in the narthex are copies of the 2017 Budget for your review before the upcoming Meeting. Pick up your copy today.
FOOD COLLECTION: We continue our Collection of Food for Home Sweet Home Mission. The last few years we have moved up our Collection because we now serve a meal there. The meal will be this coming Saturday, November 5th. The time will be from 2-6:00 p.m. Please have any donations in by Thursday, November 3rd, so they can be packed and ready to go. If interested in helping please speak with Pastor or a member of the Evangelism/Stewardship Board. Thank you.
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.
FREE TICKETS: We have free tickets in the church office for the ISU Women’s Volleyball Game next Saturday, November 5th, at 7:00 p.m. against Evansville.
YOU ARE INVITED to Christ Lutheran Church in Normal for their Fall Craft & Bake Sale this coming Saturday, November 5th. Coffee & Sweets from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Menu includes: Brats, German Potato Salad, Sauer Kraut, Hot Dogs, Chicken Noodle Soup and Root Beer Floats. Bring your family and friends to shop, eat and enjoy! Any questions please call Dorene Boettcher at (309) 662-1259.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Do You Want This Blessing?” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Matthew 5:1-12. Jesus came to bless you; He takes the initiative to reach out to broken lives with His love and help. 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 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.