Bulletin Announcements

January 7, 2018 – The Baptism of Our Lord 

Installation of Officers

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Mark 1:7 – And John preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.”   John is right: Jesus is immensely greater than any of us, yet behold how He came to serve!  That is the upside down, outlandish grace of God: the innocent Jesus takes our sinner’s place.  This is the greatest act of giving the world has ever known or will know:  The Father gives His Son to die in the place of sinners.

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.

POINSETTIA PICK UP:  You may pick up your poinsettias TODAY after the 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. services.  There are plastic covers in the narthex on top of the coat racks at the north end which you may use to protect them.  Thank you for your participation in decorating our Church for the Christmas season.

NEXT SUNDAY, January 24th, will be our monthly door Offering for our Seminary student.

2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES:  Please pick up your 2018 Offering Envelopes today.  They are located on the table in the narthex.

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!

TODAY:  John and Paula Hardy are planning their annual trip to Ft Wayne, IN this coming  Friday, January 12th. Please bring your items to church TODAY, January 7th.  The Seminary needs clean usable clothes for men, women, and children. They also accept shoes, coats, and kitchen supplies.    There is a closet located in the hall upstairs where items are collected, and packed for our trip.  If you need help finding it just contact John (309) 310-7917.  Thank you!

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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  Please mark your calendar for 2018 – Saturday, February 10th.  Wittenberg Lutheran is hosting a Speaker’s Forum with the theme, “Cultural and Governmental Influence On God’s Design For the Family”.  The speakers are Tim Goeglein an LCMS Laymen who worked in the Bush White House and now is employed by “Focus On The Family”; and John Rosemond a family psychologist whose syndicated newspaper column appears in The Pantagraph on Saturdays.

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 on 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 LUTHERAN HOUR:  “How Well Does Jesus Know Me?” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from John 1:48-51.  It’s nice to have someone know and understand you.  Today the Lutheran Hours asks, “How do you feel about Jesus knowing you?”  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 computer 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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Bulletin Announcements

December 31, 2017

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Luke 2:39 “And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord. . .”  The Law of God is good. Of course, it always shows us our sins: but that is good, too!  We need to be driven back to the forgiveness of Christ.  But the Law also shows us the truly blessed way to live – as Mary and Joseph found their joy in a godly life, so should we see the Law as a guide for Christian living, as the roadmap for saying thank you to the Lord for all His grace and mercy to us.

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.

DINNER FOLLOWING NEW YEAR’S EVE WORSHIP SERVICE:  We will be going to dinner at the Ozark House this evening following the 7:00 New Year’s Eve Worship Service.  Anyone interested going to dinner please see or contact Linda Lange (309) 339-9930.  Thank you.

NEXT SUNDAY, January 7th, we will have the Installation of Church  Officers at both worship services.

2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES:  Please pick up your 2018 Offering Envelopes today.  They are located on the table in the narthex.

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!

CAN YOU HELP:  John and Paula Hardy are planning their annual trip to Ft Wayne, IN on Friday, January 12th. Please bring your items to church by Sunday, January 7th.  The Seminary needs clean usable clothes for men, women, and children. They also accept shoes, coats, and kitchen supplies.    There is a closet located in the hall upstairs where items are collected, and packed for our trip.  If you need help finding it just contact John (309) 310-7917.  Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  Please mark your calendar for 2018 – Saturday, February 10th.  Wittenberg Lutheran is hosting a Speaker’s Forum with the theme, “Cultural and Governmental Influence On God’s Design For the Family”.  The speakers are Tim Goeglein an LCMS Laymen who worked in the Bush White House and now is employed by “Focus On The Family”; and John Rosemond a family psychologist whose syndicated newspaper column appears in The Pantagraph on Saturdays.

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.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Breaking News!” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Isaiah 60:1-6.  Epiphany calls us to believe that the Light has come into the world.  A New Year’s message about confidence, if you’ll believe it!  Reverend Dr. Dale A. Meyer 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 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 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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Stewardship Corner January 2018

It’s a new year. It’s a time when we take stock of the year past in order to improve the year to come. It’s a time when we sit down to plan and implement what we want to accomplish and even change. Part of that is planning our stewardship for the coming year.

Often we find this difficult and daunting and even joyless. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it is really quite simple and full of joy. So here are some tips to make that planning less stressful. You begin by answering these three questions: Who are you? To whom do I give? And how much?

So, who are you? The Table of Duties in the Small Catechism informs us. Are you a hearer of God’s Word? Are you a citizen of society? Are you a member of a family? Stewardship covers these three estates: church, society, family. We don’t particularly struggle to give to society or family. Our struggles, our difficulties and our questions arise in giving to the church.

So, what is our duty as members of the church with regard to giving? The Table of Duties, again, gives us a guide. If you are a hearer, a member of the church who receives instruction, St. Paul taught: “Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor” (Gal. 6:6). This means the local congregation is primary.

Your pastor is the one called to preach the Gospel to you and administer the Lord’s blessed sacraments to you. Your congregation is the place where those things happen. Thus, when God calls us to give to the church, He has the local congregation in mind. For “the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:14).

How much do we give to the local congregation? Our only instructions are these: to give regularly (1 Cor. 6:1–2), proportionally (1 Cor. 16:1–2; 2 Cor. 8:12), and generously (2 Cor. 8:20) of our first fruits (Gen. 4:4; Prov. 3:9; Lev. 27:30) with a spirit of eagerness (2 Cor. 9:2), earnestness (2 Cor. 8:7), cheerfulness (2 Cor. 9:7), and love (2 Cor. 8:23).

In other words, giving to the church is not to be an afterthought, given after everything else is spent. In this way, it is deliberate. We give regularly – weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly – keeping in mind our own strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. We set it aside beforehand – before anything else is spent.

From those first fruits, we set aside a proportionate and generous amount. Ten percent was the standard for the Israelites. This was a command for the ancient Israelites. We can give as much as we want, but ask yourself: do we really want to be less generous than was commanded of the Israelites? Is the job of the New Testament Church bigger or smaller than the job given to Israel?

And how are we to give it? We give it with eagerness and earnestness. We give it cheerfully and with love, not out of compulsion. For through the preaching of the gospel and the administration of the sacraments, God has made us His children, forgiven us all our sins, given us grace upon grace, promised us life everlasting with Him in His kingdom, and filled us with His own Spirit, the Holy Spirit. This makes giving a joy, as Jesus said, “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

It’s that easy. And it is joyful. For in stewardship, our gracious and giving Lord invites us to take part in the work that He accomplishes here on earth, providing for the ongoing preaching of the gospel as well as those who are in need. Taking part in that makes all our work holy – work that is done in service to the Lord as priestly members of His kingdom.

Celebrating January 2018

Birthdays

Carin Henson                  Jan  1

Nicholas Hitch                 Jan  2

Pat Orr                             Jan  3

Bud Kessler                     Jan  4

Mary McEleney               Jan  6

Cathy Cloyd                     Jan  9

Bob Hanner                     Jan  9

Nancy Thomas                Jan 19

Greg McNeely                 Jan 20

Beth Mosier                     Jan 20

Cooper Mosier                 Jan 27

Linda Dirks                      Jan 28

Jill Holland                       Jan 31

Baptismal Birthdays

Bud Barnett                     Jan  1

Charles Nottingham        Jan  1

Shirley Potter                   Jan  1

Chloe Hitch                      Jan  2

Jackie Kwasny                Jan 11

Jessica Isaac                  Jan 12

Bud Kessler                     Jan 21

Bulletin Announcements

December 24, 2017

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP:  Tonight will be our Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion.  The Service begins at 6:00 p.m.  We continue with our theme of: “The Word Becomes Flesh”.  Tonight’s message: “We Have Seen His Glory”.

CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP:  Tomorrow morning will be our Christmas Day Worship Service with Holy Communion beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The message: “The Word Dwelt Among Us”.

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  2 Samuel 7:4 – “But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan …”  Nathan thought David’s idea was great, so he blessed it with the Lord’s name.  But later that night, the Word of the Lord set him straight.  The Word of the Lord must be the basis for what we think, say, and do in God’s Kingdom: not our own desires or whims.

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.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS AND SUNDAY SCHOOL will be from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. this morning.  The adults meet in the basement and the Sunday School in our Choir Room on the upper level.

PASTOR’S SCHEDULE:  Pastor, Toni, Karson and Holden will be in Wisconsin on Tuesday and Wednesday surviving another family Christmas.  Pastor will be in the office on Thursday.  A Blessed Christmas!

DINNER FOLLOWING NEW YEAR’S EVE WORSHIP SERVICE:  We will be going to dinner at the Ozark House on New Year’s Eve following the 7:00 Worship Service.  Anyone interested going to dinner please see or contact Linda Lange (309) 339-9930.  Thank you.

2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES:  Please pick up your 2018 Offering Envelopes today.  They are located on the table in the narthex.

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!

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.

CAN YOU HELP:  John and Paula Hardy are planning their annual trip to Ft Wayne, IN on Friday, January 12th.  Please bring your items to church by Sunday, January 7th.  The Seminary needs clean usable clothes for men, women, and children. They also accept shoes, coats, and kitchen supplies.    There is a closet located in the hall upstairs where items are collected, and packed for our trip.  If you need help finding it just contact John (309) 310-7917.  Thank you!

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Children Of Promise” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Galatians 4:4-7.  Our identity as God’s children encourages us to live in His grace,  to embrace the freedom Jesus won and to resist the ways of the world that strive to keep us captive. Reverend Dr. Anthony Cook 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 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 17, 2017

TODAY in our 10:30 worship we publicly acknowledge the Baptism of Hope Grace Kirchner.  Hope was baptized by Pastor Lueck at Children’s Hospital in Peoria, IL on October 30, 2017.  Hope’s sponsor is Holden LUECK.

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.

MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP:  The third our three Advent Services is this Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m.  This year’s theme is: “The Word Becomes Flesh”, based on John 1:1-18.  This week’s message is: “Chosen Children” Meals are served at 5:30 p.m. in the basement.  The food sign-up is in the narthex and this week’s free-will Offering will go to our Seminary Student.

2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES:  Please pick up your 2018 Offering Envelopes today.  They are located on the table in the narthex.

POINSETTIAS FOR THE ALTAR:   We have a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex for poinsettias on the altar for Christmas.  They are $8.00 each and you may sign up until Wednesday, December 20th.  They will be available to be taken home after Epiphany on Sunday, January 7th.  There will be an envelope 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.

THIS WEEK:  The Ladies Morning Bible Study will have their Christmas Gathering this coming Tuesday, December 19th at 9:30 a.m.  We are meeting at the Club House, south of the church.

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!

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.

FROM THE OFFICE:  We received a Christmas letter from Pastor Jacob Hercamp and family.  Jacob was the Seminary Student we supported last year.  It is on the bulletin board outside the church office.

CHRISTMAS EVE MORNING:  The Elders at their November meeting made a worship change for Christmas Eve morning.  We will have one Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. with Sunday School and Adult Bible Class from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.  The Christmas Eve Candlelight Evening Worship will be at 6:00 p.m.

CAN YOU HELP: John and Paula Hardy are planning their annual trip to Ft Wayne, IN.  It will be sometime after the holidays, hopefully mid-January. The Seminary needs clean usable clothes for men, women, and children. They also accept shoes, coats, and kitchen supplies.  Please bring them to church.  There is a closet located in the hall upstairs where items are collected, and packed for our trip.  If you need help finding it just contact John (309) 310-7917.  Thank you!

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “The Greatest Story Ever Told” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Luke 1:30-32a. What is your favorite story?  This Christmas Day, the speaker talks about God’s greatest story.  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 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, December 10, 2017: “God’s Patience In Our Im(patience).”

Dec. 10, 2017                                                                         Text:  2 Peter 3:8-14

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

A man came to the Lord and asked, “Is it true for you a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day?”  The Lord said, “Yes.”  The man continued, “And is it true that to you a penny is like a million dollars and a million dollars are a like a penny?”  “Yes,” said the Lord.  The man said, “May I have a penny?”  The Lord responded, “Yes.  Tomorrow.”

Oh, how impatient we are.  The first video game that my family had was Pong and it had 28 bytes.  The newest I-phone has over 4 billion bytes.  And it is still not fastest enough for some.  We wait through Advent days while the world around us is already acting as though “It’s Christmas!”  Where are you on the Patience/Impatience scale?  And what about when it comes to the Lord?  This 2nd Sunday in Advent . . . Here it comes…wait, wait, wait . . .

“GOD’S PATIENCE IN OUR IM(PATIENCE)”

We may be impatient with God’s patience.  Some in Peter’s day were becoming impatient with God’s patience.  As they faced scoffers and persecutors, it seemed as if the Lord was never coming back.

Do we ever accuse God of slowness?  Why can’t I get better as I lay here in bed?  Lord, I sure wish you would get my child heading in the right direction.  Why won’t my spouse come to church when I’ve been praying all these years?  Will my retirement community ever address my problems?  Where is God?  Why won’t He use His power to end my problems?!

The fact is God is not slow but wishes that no one would perish.  God’s patience is for a gracious and glorious purpose.  If Christ returned at our convenience – think of the souls that could be lost.  Christ died for them too.

The Day of the Lord is going to come and creation as we know it will pass away.  Buildings and monuments and structures we have grown to love will be no more.  The event will be stunning and spectacular.  Creation will pass away but God’s Word will not pass away.

Knowing this, what sort of people ought we to be?  People who scoff and doubt?  No, we ought to be people who live in holiness and godliness.  People who trust in God to get us out of the sick bed.  People who know the Lord will lead our children in the right direction.  People who watch the spouse, led by the Holy Spirit, coming to worship.  People in the retirement community who have hope in the Lord their needs will be met.  This is what we ought to be, often not what we are.

Yet, for us, the Son left the splendor of paradise to live in this sinful and awful world.  For us, the Son humbled himself as a Servant.  For us, the Son went to the cross and grave.  For us, the Son will return in glory and gather His Church.

His promise is a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.  Unlike our “creations” which are temporal and artificial, His promise is for something far greater.  “In which righteousness dwells.”  Where all is holy and godly, where we suffer no more sadness and doubt and pain, even from our own sin.

During Advent we look back to remember how surely God keeps promises, leading to the manger.  We look forward to this promise yet to be kept, knowing God is faithful.

Therefore, we shall be at peace.  We will be found in Him.  We are reconciled with God by Jesus’ atoning death.  That is, we have peace from Christ and through Christ and in Christ.  As God’s servants we are messengers of peace; as God is patient, desiring repentance, so Advent, awaiting Christ’s return, is time to prepare others.

Medicines have them.  Batteries have them.  Coupons have them.  Warranties have them.  Even sour cream has an expiration date!  So does the world.  And so does every person living in this world.  But the date isn’t posted or printed for us to see.

The Advent reality is that the world’s days are numbered.  Its expiration is part of the salvation story.  Is the Lord’s return something you are impatient about?  Sit down, relax.  The return of Christ is both promised and certain.

God’s patience in your im(patience).  Stop fretting.  We wait in holiness and godliness and have the promise – peace in Christ.  Even in our impatience with all the things wrong in the world, our patient Lord is there for you.  It’s coming…I feel it…the Pastor is slowing down a little bit…The trumpet blast and….

Amen.