October 16, 2016
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Genesis 32:26: But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The great Lutheran musician J.S. Bach composed a beautiful motet using this verse: it is the cry of true faith, much the same as Peter’s words, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” True faith clings to the Lord no matter the struggle, no matter the “hard sayings” that the Lord speaks. True faith knows that God means to bless us always.
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 students learn how God used Ruth to accomplish His purposes for our salvation. Through her family God brought forth His Son, the Savior of all people including Jews and Gentiles, men and women. Parents could ask, “How did Ruth demonstrate her trust in God? How does God help us to trust in Him?”
THE ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS will continue Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.
NEXT SUNDAY is the deadline for items to be submitted for the NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER. Mandy Kluender is our Editor for the church newsletter and any announcements you want to be published in the Newsletter should be submitted to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call her at (309) 838-9868.
THANK YOU for the wonderful Sunday last week for Pastor Appreciation. The cards, gifts, and your uplifting words are such a blessing. As we approach the end of our 17th year together, we give praise and glory to our Lord for your love and support as we work together to further God’s Kingdom. In Christ’s love, Pastor, Toni, Karson and Holden
WORSHIP SCHEDULE: A gentle reminder as you make plans for Christmas (it falls on a Sunday this year) the Board of Elders made the decision to hold one service at 9:00 a.m. that day with no Sunday School or Adult Bible Class. Thank you.
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 on 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.
OCTOBER’S FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE is this coming Friday, October 21ST at 6:30 p.m. Catch the movie that flew over the fence and into the hearts of millions of cheering fans! It’s Disney’s “ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD”, the feel-good film about a young boy praying for a father – and a struggling baseball team praying for a pennant. Danny Glover plays George Knox, the frustrated coach of the California Angels, a ragtag team of major-league misfits who are down on their luck. But things begin to look up when 11-year-old Roger, their biggest fan, starts giving Knox some winning tips from a real live angel named Al (Christopher Lloyd). The team miraculously climbs back into the pennant race…all the while learning to believe in themselves. Join us for a great family movie, good food and fellowship.
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!
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.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Running the Race of Faith” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from 2 Timothy 4:6-8. Because Christ has already won the victory for us, our race of faith is worth the struggle of the run. 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.