October 8, 2017
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.
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Matthew 21:43: “Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.” The Pharisees were not bearing fruit. Though they were faithful to the letter of the Law in keeping the Sabbath, tithing, and all the rest: they neglected the heart of God’s will. The grace of God belongs at the center. Our giving and all our other good works flow forth from receiving God’s grace and living in that grace on a daily basis.
TODAY is our monthly door Offering for our adopted Seminary Student. This year’s student is Mr. Brent Keller. Me Keller is a fourth year student at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. He is married with one child.
CHURCH SIGN UPDATE: After having our coins counted and other gifts we have $5,244.88 toward this Outreach endeavor. The goal is $7,000.00 We have one more collection on Reformation Sunday, October 29th.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Please keep these important dates on your calendar. On Sunday, October 22nd we will have Mission Festival Sunday. Reverend Charles Olander who does prison ministry work in our district will preach and conduct Bible Class. There will also be a meal after the late service. On Sunday, October 29th we will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in both worship services. That afternoon at 3:00 p.m. will be a circuit-wide Reformation 500 Festival Service at Christ Lutheran in Normal. Then on November 12th, we will conduct our Annual Voter’s Meeting and have a meal after our 10:30 worship service.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: The October FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES will be held on OCTOBER 20th at 6:30 p.m. The feature movie that will be shown is “HIDDEN FIGURES”. This movie was inspired by a true story. “HIDDEN FIGURES” tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial lines and inspired generations. Join us for a great movie and good food and fine fellowship! See you at the movies.
FROM THE OFFICE: We received two thank-you letters from recent gifts we sent. First, a note of thanks from President Harrison of our LCMS for our gift of $1,586.20 toward hurricane relief. Second, a note of gratitude for our $100.00 donation to Wittenberg Lutheran Center following our reception of their old stove which now adorns our kitchen. Both letters are on the bulletin board outside the church office.
FROM THE OFFICE: If you do not currently receive “The Gatepost”, the Monthly Newsletter from our Central Illinois District of the LCMS you can sign-up to receive it by e-mail or regular mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORTALS OF PRAYER: The October—December 2017 Portals of Prayer are available on the book rack 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.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Luther the Man: Called by God to Boast in Him” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. Although Martin Luther is widely regarded as one of the most influential people of the last 500 years, he knew he was no big deal, compared to Christ 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 cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.
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