October 2, 2016
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Luke 17:10: So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.‘ We can never put God in our debt. Even if we lived in perfect compliance with the Law we would still only be unworthy servants. Our giving to the Lord’s work in the Church is a sign that we recognize our role as servants, and our need for that work of the Lord in the Church that blesses us with His Word and Sacraments.
THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, meeting in the basement at 9:15 a.m. continues a DVD based study: “Jesus – Legend of 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: Gideon’s amazing victory over the enemies of God’s people recorded in Judges 6–7 is the subject of today’s Sunday School lesson. Christ, the light of the world, overcomes the darkness of sin, death, and the devil, even as God overcame Israel’s enemy while the light streamed from the lamps of Gideon’s men. Discuss with your children, “What do you think was the most amazing part of Gideon’s victory? Why is it important that Jesus won the victory over sin and death?”
PASTOR’S SCHEDULE: Pastor will be out of the office on Monday and Tuesday of this week as he attends the District Pastor’s Conference in East Peoria. Because of his absence the Adult Instruction Class will not meet this week. The class will resume on Monday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.
PASTOR APPRECIATION SUNDAY: Next Sunday, October 9th, we will celebrate Pastor Appreciation Sunday. This year is the 25th Anniversary of Pastor Lueck’s Ordination. A potluck dinner is scheduled following the 10:30 worship service. There are sign-up sheets on the table in the narthex. Please put your name, how many will be attending and what you will be bringing to share.
PORTALS OF PRAYER: The October – December 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the book rack located in the narthex. Pick up your free copy today!
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.
FROM THE OFFICE: There is a young ladies yellow dress with rose colored flowers in a “Banana Republic” shopping bag located on the coat rack in the narthex. If it is yours or you know who it may belong to please pick up and take it home with you. Thank you.
YOU ARE INVITED: On Saturday, October 15th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church of Normal is hosting Dr. Paul Maier, Lutheran author, theologian and college professor. Our Sunday Adult Bible Class is currently studying one of Dr. Maier’s presentations. On the 15th, he will speak on “Defending the Faith” and “Christianity and The Competition”. The cost is $15.00 and includes lunch. Please call (309) 452-5609 or email: email@example.com to make your reservation. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, October 7th.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Lord, Give Me What I Need – Give Me Faith!” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Luke 17:11-19. You don’t have to settle for what the world hands you. You can live by faith in the Son of God who heals, forgives, and restores. 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.