October 23, 2016
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: 2 Timothy 4:6: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering. . .” As St. Paul nears the end of his life he continues to view it as something to be spent in sacrifice toward God – just as he had told the Romans (12:1) to be “living sacrifices.” And why does St. Paul do this? Because he knows that His Lord has already won for him the crown of life. Jesus’ sacrifice that purchased our salvation leads us to imitate His sacrifice in our living for Him.
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 study the life of Samuel today. They learn how God calls His people to repentance through preachers such as Samuel; that He might forgive us for the sake of Christ. Parents might ask, “How did God use Samuel to speak to His people? How does God use our pastor to speak His Word today?”
THE ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS will continue Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.
TODAY 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.
NEXT SUNDAY, October 30th, we will celebrate Reformation Sunday and will have Holy Communion in both worship services.
THANK YOU for the wonderful Sunday two weeks ago 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.
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.
YOU ARE INVITED to Christ Lutheran Church in Normal for their Fall Craft & Bake Sale on 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: “The Best Bequest” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Luke 12:19-21. A legacy of faith is the best bequest, giving the gift of Jesus to those who come after you. Reverend Dr. Ken Klaus 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.