Bulletin Announcements

January 21, 2018

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Mark 1:14-15 – Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”  To repent means to turn away from sins and our former way of thinking and turn toward belief in God and His Gospel of grace and mercy.  The whole Christian life is one of repentance and faith – where is God calling you to repent today?  How is  He calling you to deeper faith?

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 is the deadline for items to be submitted for the FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER.  Janet Evans is our Editor for the church newsletter and any announcements you want to be published in the Newsletter should be submitted to her at goodshepherdblm@frontier.com or you may call her at (309) 838-1552.

THE BOARD OF ELDERS would like to remind the congregation of our winter weather protocol if worship needs to be cancelled.  We will send an e-mail to members and let WJBC Radio and TV Stations WEEK and WMBD know.  If we do not have your e-mail and you would like to be included please call the church office (309) 662-8905 or sign-up at: http://www.goodshepherdblm.org/about-us/contact-us/.

WE NEED YOUR IDEAS for our new church sign.  Sheets are available on the table in the narthex.  We will take submissions until Sunday, February 11, 2018.  You may drop them in the box in the narthex.  Thank you!

THANK YOU:  We have received a “Thank you” note from The Baby Fold for our recent support of the Annual Christmas Wish List.  It is posted on the bulletin board outside the church office.

PORTALS OF PRAYER:  The January – Martch 2018 are available on the book rack in the narthex.  Please pick up your free copy today.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  Wittenberg Lutheran Center’s Speakers Forum is scheduled for Saturday, February 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Schroeder Hall, Room 130 on the Illinois State University Campus.  This is a FREE event with lunch served.  Speaking will be Tim Goeglein an LCMS Laymen who worked in the Bush White House.  His topic will be “Faith In The Halls Of Power”.  The other speaker is family psychologist John Rosemond who will discuss “50 Years Of Parenting Babble (With No End In Sight”).

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS:  In order to get more people involved in our Coffee/Donut Fellowship for 2018 we have two separate sign-ups: Donut Pick-up and Coffee Set-up.  We would like to encourage you to sign-up for one or the other.  You may also sign-up for both if you wish.  The sign-up is by the door by the north stairwell.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to Camp CILCA’S First Annual Banquet NEXT SUNDAY, January 28, 2018 from 5-8:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, IL.  Tickets are $40.00 each, and must be purchased before January 20th.  Purchase tickets by calling the Camp Office at (217) 487-7497, or by email at: camp@cilca.org.

THE LUTHERANHOUR:  “Cause I Said So” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Mark 1:21-28.  Many have pretended to be the Messiah.  Jesus authority is recognized and obeyed by His competition.  Reverend Dr. Ken Klaus is the speaker.  Hear his 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 at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE:  If you miss church, please be reminded that copies of the previous week’s sermon are available on the table in the narthex.  Also, the sermon will be available on our web site at www.goodshepherdblm.org.  Thank you.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.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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Sermon for Sunday, January 14, 2018: “Body Language.”

Jan. 14, 2018 – Sanctity of Human Life Sunday                  Text:  1 Corinthians 6:12-20

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

What do you think of when you hear these two words – body language?  You might think of non-verbal communication where are body language speaks to if we are happy or sad, mad or compassionate, giddy or gory.  You might think of the 1980’s game show “Body Language” that was a form of charades.  You might think of that girl or guy and well, you know.  Where does your mind go when I say – body language?

The Apostle Paul is going to speak to us today about body language.  It is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and God our Creator has given us all a body.  He has breathed life into our bodies.  He has sanctified and saved our bodies.  He wants us to use our bodies for His glory.

I am not going to stand in the pulpit today and piously point my finger.  I don’t want you to sit in the pew pompously either.  We are not going to surround Paul as he tells the world how horrible they are when it comes to use of the body.  See, Paul wasn’t writing to pagans.  He writes to Christians being influenced by a pagan world.  We need to take this personally.  The Holy Spirit will lead us to an understanding of . . .

“BODY LANGUAGE”

The Corinthians used improper body language when they thought their bodies were actually their own and therefore they could do whatever they desired.  We have modern day Corinthian thought.  “I have a right to do what I want with my own body” and “My body, my choice.”

Again, let’s not just point; let’s take it personally.  We use improper body language to justify pouring too much liquor into our bodies or eating to excess or sitting on our backsides instead of getting our hearts pumping or having sexual intercourse outside the bonds of marriage.  “Hey, it’s my body!  I can do what I want.”

What are we doing with our body language?  Society seems to think hook-ups and hang-ups and friends with benefits is the norm.  But recent studies seem to show the opposite.  Human beings are having less sex.  We can look at that two ways.  Good if it is the young and the unmarried.  Bad if it is husband and wife.  Our technological society shows that human interaction is waning.  We would rather be intimate with our devices.  Those movies of year’s past are coming true!

Paul’s body language is very clear:  “You are not your own” (v. 19).  You are not your own because you have been bought.  You are not your own because you have been bought with a price.  The price for you was high:  God’s own blood shed in the person of Jesus.  You are not your own, because that blood cleanses you from all your sin.  God dwells in you.

If you ever doubt your value or wonder about your purpose in life, remember Paul’s body language and take it personally!  In Baptism, the Lord united your body with His.  God bought you, cleansed you, and declared you holy.  Once we see how God values us and how He made our bodies holy then we can use them properly.  Our body language will speak of His glory.  “So glorify God in your body” (v. 20b).

Allow me to speak to our young people and singles here today.  Sometimes the Church sees you as just raging hormones and zits.  That is part of who you are but you are so much more.  God created you and knit you together in your mother’s womb.  God created you and then in Baptism united you with Jesus.  He purchased you with His blood and declared you His most holy place, where His Spirit is pleased to dwell.  You can make good, God-pleasing decisions.  You can glorify God with your body language.

The same goes for our husbands and wives.  Let’s take us back to our marriage worship service where the Pastor said this:  “The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for mutual companionship.  Marriage was also ordained so that man and woman may find delight in one another.  God also established marriage for the procreation of children.”  You, too, can make good, Biblical, God-pleasing choices and glorify God with your body language.  If you have children, you then pass on a God-ordained model.

Listen to God’s body language.  We are not to become monks but to use our bodies in ways that are pleasing to God.  We live in our ever-changing world but we don’t succumb to their immorality.  When they say:  “Go ahead put that drug in your body.”  Listen to God’s body language:  “I made your body for the Lord, to be united with Jesus.”  When the world’s body language says, “You have a right to do what you want with your body,” listen to God’s body language:  “Your body is not your own, for you were bought with a price.”  When the world and sometimes even the church say, “You can’t control your body, go ahead…be safe,” listen to God’s body language:  “You’ve been united with me.  I live in you.  I will help you.  You can glorify Me with your body.”

May the Lord help us all with our…BODY LANGUAGE.     Amen.

Sermon for Sunday, January 7, 2017: “The Voice.”

January 7, 2018 – The Baptism of our Lord                       Text:  Mark 1:4-11

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

Most of us are not crazy about the realities of life, but our society does have a fascination with reality TV.  Survivor, The Amazing Race, and America’s Got Talent fills the airwaves throughout the week.

One of the more popular programs is called The Voice.  I am no connoisseur of this type of program but the lady I sleep next to at night is, so I know a little about the show.  The Voice is looking for the next big singing star.  The unique thing about this show is that when the singer auditions for the first time, the judge cannot see them.  They have their back to the performer.  They may not like the look, the clothes or their movements, but if they like The Voice, they turn around and say, “I want you!”  Then that judge becomes their coach.  It’s all about the voice.

Our reality this morning is that we are filthy rags of sin and we need forgiveness for our misdeeds.  We may not always want to hear that, but we can’t ignore the voice that tells us.  Even if we don’t like this reality in ourselves, we should not dislike hearing the voice.  Quite the contrary, rejoice in

“THE VOICE”

There is a voice in the wilderness that is preparing us for the Mighty One.  This voice has no previous fanfare or an agent trying to promote him – John the Baptist appears in the wilderness.  Could this possibly be the next great voice?  Is he in line to be a star preacher?  From the look of things let’s not crown his head quite yet.  Look at him – rough leather, camel’s hair (didn’t that go out in the stone age), locusts, wild honey.  But has he ever got a voice.

He uses that voice to pass on a painful reality to the crowds, you are all sinners.  You besmirch your neighbor with your talk.  You kill with words just for the sport of it.  You take things that do not belong to you.  Repentance is needed.  Without it you are all going to perish.

But this was no voice of despair.  John was preparing the way of the Lord’s forgiveness.  Crowds did hear the voice.  They came out to John and did repent.  They were baptized and in that baptism they were forgiven.  Most importantly, they heard the voice that the One who would secure this forgiveness was coming.

The voice from heaven announces to us the beloved Son.  Now appears another one who appears on the scene that we would not recognize as a star.  Jesus is just another guy in the crowd.  From the podunk town of Nazareth in backward Galilee.  In fact, He comes to be baptized, like all those sinners.

But you can’t ignore this voice, The Voice:  God the Father in heaven.  Jesus may not look like much.  The Holy Spirit isn’t there to put on a show; He comes simply as a dove.  But the voice has power.  This voice needs no coaching.

This is no audition.  It is not a contest.  This voice has the final Word:  “My beloved Son is the final Word.”  God the Father is well pleased that Jesus will now begin the task of saving all his children lost in the wilderness.  The Father is pleased that His Son is heading off to the wilderness to defeat temptation for all who have given into it.  The Father is well pleased that His beloved Son will go to the cross to take the punishment for all our sinful failures.

The voice declares these same wonderful things to us today.  In His Baptism, He put himself in our place.  He came to John to be baptized so that he would be the sinner in our stead.  That is, Jesus’ Baptism sent him to the cross for our sins.

That means the opposite is also true; we who are baptized are now in Jesus’ place.  Jesus’ Baptism sanctified all water to be powerful when the voice of the Pastor speaks God’s Word.  In Baptism, we receive the holiness of Jesus’ life, the forgiveness of his death.   Our loose talk and sticky fingers and hurtful words are washed clean from our body and soul.

Therefore, the Voice of God the Father can be heard in the Pastor’s voice.  “You – fill in your name – are my beloved son, beloved daughter.  With you I am well pleased.”  “You are my holy one, my child to live with me forever.”

Unlike The Voice with their blind auditions and backs turned on the performers.  God sees us for who we are, but he does not turn his back on us.  We are chosen by Him, not because of what we look like or even how we sound, but because we are connected to him through Christ’s Baptism.  We hear the voice of God calling us to repentance, and we follow him in faith.  Now, then, with great joy, we rejoice to hear THE Voice.

Amen.

 

Sermon for July 23, 2017: “What’s In An Anniversary?”

July 23, 2017                                                                          Text: Romans 8:19

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

A nation.  A family.  An individual.  Each punctuates its life with anniversaries.  They point to the past and define the present.  When did you last observe an anniversary?  Last year I had two milestones my 25th year in the ministry and our 25th wedding anniversary.  I look back and find it hard to believe that I have been a called and ordained servant of the Lord for that long.  Toni looks back at our anniversary and probably thinks, “How have I lived with this guy for 25 years!”  These are happy moment in our life.

Anniversaries can also be sad.  This past week on Monday my mom would have been 75.  You have your own dates of loved ones birthdays or dates of death that you remember when the dates come and go.

This is an anniversary year in the Lutheran Church.  The Reformation – 500 years ago.  What do such moments mean?  Are these moment’s in the church’s life no different than other anniversaries?  Are they simply the church’s equivalent of 1776 or a 25th wedding anniversary?  St. Paul, speaking as an apostle of Christ, calls us to a very different type of observance.

“WHAT’S IN AN ANNIVERSARY?”

Our text for this morning.  “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”  There is a different dimension to the church’s observance of the Reformation.  More than just a remembrance or an observance it is a confession.  A confession of Christ.  Christ’s resurrection has changed everything.  For those who are in Christ, there is a new calendar and a new creation.

This confession began in our baptism.  “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we to may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)  When the church marks its moments, it confesses that every moment is now lived out in the light of Christ’s resurrection.

We still live though with the oppression of death.  Luther knew about it.  We know about it first-hand, up close and personal.  Death touches each of us.  It arches over all the structures of this world.  The years teach us that creation is caught.  Ultimately death devours every emperor and nation and family.  Pride and self-indulgence is no match for its power.  Our culture’s technological glitz and entertainment lifestyle can disguise the reality of death.

One of the most sophisticated of planned communities in Southern California, Irvine, has bicycle paths, golf courses, and swimming pools beautifully placed amidst the homes.  But nowhere, nowhere, in this state of the art, planned city is there a cemetery.  But, you and I know, the disguise doesn’t work.  It too needs a cemetery.

The years, and months, and days envelope every project, even the planned community.  Time can be managed.  It can be spent wisely or foolishly.  But, all too soon, it is gone.

Into this trapped world, however, comes another way to measure time.  “In the year of our Lord.”  A church anniversary is an affirmation that Christ has defeated death.  And, now every year, and month, and day is a confession of His holy name and life.

United to Him in baptism, guided by His living voice in the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures, and nourished by His very body and blood in the Lord’s Supper, we confess His presence as the living Lord.  As Luther wrote in a hymn, “Sin, death, hell are now undone.”  This is why St. Paul can write, “The creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”

Nations will come and go.  Corporations and tycoons will fade.  But the church, the body of Christ, will live life and “live it to the full” (John 10:10) because “Sin, death, hell are now undone.”

Join this confession.  Join her Pastors who at the font, before the altar, from the pulpit, by the bedside, on the street, in the classroom, beside the casket make this confession with their lips by God’s grace:  “In Christ, sin, death, and hell are now undone.”

“With angels, and archangels, and all the company of heaven,” that is our confession.  With creation we wait with eager longing for the sons of God to be revealed.  We seek to bring this confession to the world.  As we work and wait for His coming, confess Him in your observance of this Reformation anniversary.  Confess Him in your prayer and your homes and your daily walk with Thee.  Such a confession will not fade.  Such an anniversary will not pass.  Rather, this confession will continue until each child of God beholds the face of Christ.

Lastly, pray for your brothers and sisters around the world who make this confession in fear and silence.  In the end as our Gospel lesson from Matthew 13 reminds us, all will be revealed, and God’s children will receive their reward.

May the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – grant such a life and confession of Christ our Savior.

Amen.

Bulletin Announcements

December 18, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Matthew 1:21:  “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.””  What our good works could never do, Jesus has done: He has saved us from our sins, paid our debt, set us free.  How can we not give thanks to Him with lives of generosity and godliness? And so what God’s Law could not do – truly motivate us to truly good works – Jesus’ love has done!

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS:  All adults and youth are invited to attend the Bible Class in the basement this morning at at 9:15 a.m.  Karson Lueck will present the second part of his topic: “Church and Millenials”.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, we learn about Jesus teaching the Pharisee Nicodemus under the cover of night.  Since the fall into sin, all are born spiritually blind, sinful, and unclean.  We are like Nicodemus and cannot see our sin or understand who Jesus truly is for us.  As children of God, born of water and the Spirit, we can see our sinfulness and the salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ. Discuss with your children, “How did Baptism change you?  What does Baptism do?”

TODAY:  Thank you to our Choir for leading us in “The Lessons and Carols Service” this morning.  We appreciate the time they have given and their God-given talents.

IT’S TIME TO ORDER POINSETTIAS:  We have a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex for poinsettias on the altar for Christmas. The cost is $8.00 each and you may sign up until Sunday, December 18th. The poinsettias will be available to be taken home after Epiphany which is on Sunday, January 8th.  An envelope is also available with the sign-up sheet for your check or cash.  Please make checks payable to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and list “Poinsettia” on memo line.  If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Kwasny at (309) 662-4995 or Luanne Huth at (309) 829-6897.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE:  Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion will be Saturday, December 24th,  at 6:00 p.m.  Christmas Day, (December 25th; next Sunday) we will have only one worship service at 9:00 a.m.  We will celebrate Holy Communion.  There is no Adult Bible Class or Sunday School that day.

2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES:  Your 2017 Offering Envelopes are available on the cart that is located in the narthex.  We encourage everyone to pick up your envelopes!

THE LUTHERAN ANNUAL:  It’s time again to order your copy of “The Lutheran Annual”, this being the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  The cost is $25.00.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Janet in the church office or by phone (309) 662-8905 or email at: goodshepherdblm@frontier.com. Or even in person.

PORTALS OF PRAYER:  The January—March 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:  “What We Really Want” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Galatians 4:4-5.  What do you want this Christmas?  Jesus is God’s greatest gift to a sinful world.  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 makirchner@yahoo.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.

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Bulletin Announcements

December 4, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Matthew 3:1-2:  “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, {2} “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” John prepared the way for Jesus by preaching repentance. Then, when Jesus’ ministry was complete and He was raised from the dead, He sent out his disciples to preach “repentance and the forgiveness of sins.”  We never outgrow the need for repentance – for examining our lives, turning away from our pet sins, and turning toward Jesus in faith to receive his forgiveness and strength for a renewed life of godliness.

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, the children learn the story of “Jesus Changes Water into Wine” at the wedding in Cana.  Through His first miracle, Jesus revealed Himself to be true God.  God uses His Word and physical means—water, bread, and wine—to reveal to us that Jesus is our Savior. Discuss the story with your children: “How we are like the disciples, not sure just who Jesus is? How do we sometimes doubt Him and His Word?”

TODAY:  Advent Devotion Booklets are available on the table in the narthex.  Pick up your copy today.  Reflect on your own Christmas memories while you take an Advent journey with the Gospel writer Luke as he shares the story of the Savior’s birth.

TODAY:  Your 2017 Offering Envelopes are available on the cart that is located in the narthex.  We encourage everyone to pick up your envelopes!

MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP:  The second of our three Advent Worship Services is this Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m.  The theme for our Advent/Christmas messages is “Family Life”.  This week’s sermon is “Our Way”.  A meal is served at 5:30 p.m. and you may sign-up in the narthex to bring food.  The free-will Offering will go to the Hilbert’s and their work for Lutheran Bible Translators.

SPECIAL WORSHIP AND BIBLE CLASS:  Please join us for worship and Bible Class on Sunday, December 18th, as we have two special things planned for that day.  Both the 8:00 and 10:30 worship will be “A Service of Lessons and Carols” led by our Choir.  There will be no Holy Communion in either service.  Because of this, we will have Holy Communion in both worship services on Sunday, December 11th.  Also that morning Karson Lueck will lead the Bible Class.  Karson will present part two of his topic, “The Church and Millenials”.  We encourage all adults and young people to be part of this timely and interesting study.

THE LADIES MORNING BIBLE STUDY will be meeting at the home of Diane Benjamin on Tuesday, December 13th at 9:30 a.m.

IT’S TIME TO ORDER POINSETTIAS:  We have a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex for poinsettias on the altar for Christmas. The cost is $8.00 each and you may sign up until Sunday, December 18th. The poinsettias will be available to be taken home after Epiphany which is on Sunday, January 8th.  An envelope is also available with the sign-up sheet for your check or cash.  Please make checks payable to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and list “Poinsettia” on memo line.  If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Kwasny at (309) 662-4995 or Luanne Huth at (309) 829-6897.

THE LUTHERAN ANNUAL:  It’s time again to order your copy of “The Lutheran Annual”, this being the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  The cost is $25.00.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Janet in the church office or by phone (309) 662-8905 or email at: goodshepherdblm@frontier.com. Or even in person.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Please be sure to mark your calendars that Good Shepherd will just have one Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. on Christmas Day.  The Sunday School and Adult Bible Class will not meet that morning.

CHRISTMAS LETTER:  The congregation received a Christmas letter from Reverend Tim Lorenz and family.  Pastor Lorenz is one of the many seminarians we have supported over the years.  The letter is posted on the bulletin board outside the church office.

YOU ARE INVITED:  Christ Lutheran Church in Normal invites you to take a free guided 20 minute walking tour and experience “The Journey” that Mary and Joseph took so many years ago.  This tour features indoor and outdoor scenes with live drama, animals and singing.  “Journeys begin inside every 10 minutes between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. next Sunday, December 11th.  Free cookies and hot chocolate will be available.  Meals are also available for purchase between 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.  For more information please call the church at (309) 452-5609.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Let the Adventure Begin” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Isaiah 35:1-10.  In Christ, all of life is an adventure, one that is full of His promise and hope.  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 makirchner@yahoo.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.

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Elder, Usher, and Acolyte Schedules August 2016

Elder and Usher Schedule

Date
8:00
Elder
10:30
Aug 7Joshua Parry, Mike Field, Paul Gerike
Nathan KluenderHolden Lueck,
Will Dowell
Aug 14Daryle Schempp,
Nathan Kluender
Mike FieldBrian Dirks, Mike Huth, Ryan Kleiboeker
Aug 21Craig Culp, Gerald Semelka, Jeff Piper, Steve ParryPaul GerikeBryan Reichert, Greg McNeely
Aug 28Gene Fuller, Richard RossBarry HamlinHolden Lueck, Theron Noth, Will Dowell

Acolyte Schedule

Date
8:00 AM
10:30 AM
Aug 7Lucas PiperPastor/Elder
Aug 14Pastor/ElderJustin McNeely
Aug 21Summer SheleyPastor/Elder
Aug 28Pastor/ElderChristian Dowell

Bulletin Announcements

 April 24, 2016  †

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Revelation 21:1: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”  The things of this world are passing away.  We are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth that has been promised to us in Christ.  This knowledge is foundational for our stewardship of what God has put into our hands.  What is truly important?  What is worthy of our support?  How has God called us to use “unrighteous mammon” for the good of our neighbor and His kingdom?

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.

“THE GOOD SHEPHERD” IS OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON TODAY:  The children learn how we are all like sheep who have gone astray, in need of Jesus, our Shepherd, who rescues, gathers, and cares for us through His Word and Sacraments.  As a family, consider discussing; in what ways has Jesus rescued you?  Where can we find our Shepherd?

TODAY:  We welcome to our congregation by way of transfer Helen Jensen.  Helen comes from Austin, TX where she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  Helen retired as a librarian at the University of Texas.  Helen was blessed with three children (one who is in eternal glory); and five grandchildren.  She enjoys reading, working on her computer and research.  Helen lives at Luther Oaks, 601 Lutz Road, Bloomington IL 61704.  Her phone# is (512) 636-9928 and her email is: utex@gmail.com.  Take a moment to welcome Helen to our body of believers.

NEXT SUNDAY, May 1st, IS CONFIRMATION in the 10:30 a.m. Worship.  We will have Holy Communion in both services.

OUR ASCENSION DAY WORSHIP SERVICE will be Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m.  We will celebrate Holy Communion with the message: “Christ Is Lord Over Your Frustrations”.

FROM THE OFFICE:  Pick up your copy of the Church Directory located on the table in the narthex.

FROM THE OFFICE:  The congregation has received a thank-you note from the Ferch family concerning their recent visit.  It is posted on the bulletin board outside of the church office.

PORTALS OF PRAYER:  The April-June 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the bookrack 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.

GOOD SHEPHERD BLOOD DRIVE:  People are eligible to donate whole blood every eight weeks.  One unit of blood can help save up to three lives.  This is where you and your left or right arm come in.  Our Blood Drive for the American Red Cross is Monday, May 2nd, from 2-6:00 p.m.  You may sign-up either on the sheets in the narthex or go to: www.redcrossblood.org.  Put in the church’s zip code (61704-9103) and then follow the prompts.  Also, we have posters available for those who can put them in their workplaces.  Thank you for your help and if you have any questions, please speak with Pastor Lueck who is a long-time donor.

2016 REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Camp CILCA Outdoor Ministries 2016 Registration Information is available on the table in the narthex.  Camps are available for many different age groups.  The Camp is a CID LC-MS and LLL/LHM sponsored Camp.  It is located in Cantrall, IL which is northwest of Springfield, IL and west of Sherman, IL.  Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends are great for family camping.  Enjoy a Camp this summer.

FREE TICKETS:  The church has received free tickets for the ISU Men’s Baseball Game against Purdue on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m.  They are available on the mailbox cabinet in the church office.  Enjoy!

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “So, Ask Already!” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from John 16:22-33.  God loves you.  He wants to hear from you.  Ask Him anything and everything.  Go ahead, ask!  The speaker is Reverend Gregory Seltz.  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 makirchner@yahoo.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.

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