September 3, 2017
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Matthew 16:26 – “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?” He who dies with the most toys….is dead. But the one who trusts in the Lord, even though he dies, yet shall he live. We live out our trust in the Lord by faithfully fulfilling the roles God has given us to play in home, church, and society as loving, generous people. Those who don’t know the Lord are afraid to be generous because they think that what they give away is lost to them. But we who know the Lord know that the things of this world become true blessings when they are used for God’s Kingdom.
NEED A RIDE? If you are unable to drive to church, we have an option that is available. Please speak with Pastor who has the details. Thank you.
OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Choir Room which is located on the 2nd level (the west side).
THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS meets in the basement at 9:15 a.m. As we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we continue studies on that time period. We are studying “A Man Named Martin”, a video-based study on the reformer Martin Luther.
TODAY: In conjunction with our brothers and sisters in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) we will have a Special Door Offering today to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our gifts will go to the Synod as they work in that area. I know we are all praying and we ask the Lord to guide.
OUR RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE is now scheduled for Friday, September 15th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. We are going to have a football tailgate theme – “Make The Right Play. Give Blood”. The easiest way to sign-up is to go to redcrossblood.org, put in our zip code (61704) and follow the prompts. We also have a sign-up at church and will have materials to share with your workplace and friends.
THE MOVIE, “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World” which many of us enjoyed in the theater is now coming to television. It will be shown on PBS on Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 7:00 p.m.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Our next movie night will be Friday, SEPTEMBER 15th! The feature presentation will be the hilarious cowboy comedy “SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF”. The movie is open to all members of Good Shepherd and the community. Invite your neighbors to come and enjoy the movie, food and fellowship! Come early and give blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive and stay for the movie. On his way to Australia, frontier opportunist, Jason McCullough (Garner) stumbles into a small gold-rush town and decides to earn a little extra pocket money by accepting a temporary assignment as their sheriff. Happily applying himself to his new position, McCullough manages to turn the town derelict (Elam) into his deputy, outsmart the dreaded Danby clan (led by Brennan in a hilarious comic performance), and fend off the lusty advances of the mayor’s daughter (Hackett) – all without breaking a sweat or dirtying his shiny black boots! Take a break from the hustle and bustle, come and relax and enjoy a funny Cowboy Comedy Movie!
FROM THE OFFICE: We received a letter from former Seminarian and now Pastor Jeremy Hercamp and family. It updates his first call into the ministry and the birth of their second child. It is posted on the bulletin board outside the church office.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF SCHOOL KITS: It’s that time again for the LWML’s Project Lutheran World Relief School Kits. We need your help filling the School Kits with the following items for each School Bag: 4 Notebooks; 1 Ruler; 1 Pencil Sharpener; 1 Scissor; 5 Pencils; 5 Pens; 1 Box of Crayons; 1 Eraser; 1 Book Bag. If you have any questions, please see or contact Joann Hart (309) 310-9205. Thank you for your help!
REFORMATION REVERATIONS: THE LASTING IMPACT OF MARTIN LUTHER’S REFORMS is the topic of the CID LLL Annual Retreat. The speaker is Dr. Erik Herrmann who is Director of the Center for Reformation Research, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, and Chairman of the Department of Historical Theology. He was also one of the Commentators for the movie “Luther: The Idea That Changed the World”. It will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Camp CILCA, Cantrall, IL in the Christian Growth Center starting at 9:00 a.m. Registration cost is $20.00 which includes lunch. You will need to register by TOMORROW, Monday, September 4th by sending your information to Deloris Blessman, 24204 CR 1850N, Topeka, IL 61567 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (309) 361-1461. Dr. Erik Herrmann will examine the long term effects of Luther’s influence in three areas: religion, politics and society. Don’t miss this institute!
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 cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.