October 15, 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 22:5 – ‘But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business.’ The invitation to join God in His feast and in His work is easily ignored. The rest of life seems so much more pressing, and we always think that there will be another time when we can catch back up with God. But what joys are we missing when we set aside God’s invitation to join Him in His plans and purposes? What inheritance are we trading for the world’s bowl of pottage?
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. Next 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. There will be a meal served after we “A Mighty Fortress” ourselves all the way to the dinner table. Reservations are needed! Envelopes for this purpose are available on the table in the narthex. Please fill out and return to the church office. Pastor will get them to Christ Lutheran. Danka! 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 this coming Friday, 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 email@example.com.
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.
AGING IS THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE: You are invited to a special event with Dr. Richard Bimler as he encourages us to celebrate to the blessing of aging, the gift of life and affirmation of God’s grace – to live an abundant life in the Lord. Having consulted and presented throughout the world, Rich will share his humor and wisdom on aging joyfully. This will be held at Trinity Lutheran School, 1102 West Hamilton Rd., Bloomington NEXT SUNDAY, October 22, 2017 from 2-4:00 p.m. Dessert reception to follow. Please kindly respond to (309) 557-8000 by tomorrow, Monday, October 16th.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “The Enduring Reformation Moment and Message of Grace” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from 2 Corinthians 4:13-18. The Reformation was quite a moment for Martin Luther, but also for people who suddenly heard of a merciful God who really cared for them. 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 cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.