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posted Sep 22, 2011, 4:46 PM by Shepherd By The Lakes   [ updated Nov 15, 2019, 10:34 AM ]


God’s Plan of Redemption Trumps Earthly Destruction and Violence

There are signs of the Lord’s coming all around: the cross that marks His Church, the violence and death of the sinful world, and the shaking of the natural order. “There will be great distress upon the earth” (Luke 21:23), but the faithful know that “the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31). Therefore, “straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Be awake and alert, and heed the words of Christ, which “will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). For you, “the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). He sends His preachers of repentance in the spirit and power of Elijah “before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (Mal. 4:5), in order to “direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5). Although you are often faithless, “the Lord is faithful,” and by the preaching of His Word “he will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3). Therefore, “do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thess. 3:13). In the midst of calamity, believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ. 


Elder – John PankopOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Sandra TatmanUshers – Mike Berning 
                                                & Lukas Winegarden

Acolyte – Autumn WinegardenCrucifer –  Evie Winegarden

Fellowship – The MowreysCounters – Don Tatman & Tim Hamann


Elder – Nate KlineOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Christy MowreyUshers – Mike Berning 
                                                & Lukas Winegarden

Acolyte  Rhys SchmidtCrucifer –  Parker Schmidt

Fellowship – The BartzschsCounters – Don Tatman & Tim Hamann







Life Quote -   “God’s labor of redeeming—Word become flesh, Christ reconciling the world by dying and rising again—proves all human beings precious … His undiscriminating grace—not anyone’s age or appearance or ability, wherever we come from and whatever we have done—imparts sanctity and affirms significance to every member of the species homo sapiens.” Rev. Michael W. Salemink, executive director of Lutherans For Life 

Pentecost XXIII – Surprise pregnancies can feel worse than the world ending. Terminal diagnoses can seem like the universe working against you. They also bring opportunity to bear witness to God’s love for humankind (Luke 21:13). The Son of Man has entered in, even in just such humble circumstances. While society crouches in fear and anger (Luke 21:25-26), we may stand up straight, lift heads and hands (Luke 21:28), and receive each life as a gift!

Abortions in America Since 1973: 60,942,033 Source: National Right to Life 

For those who have made an abortion decision, there is a Word of Hope, Lutherans For Life’s post-abortion healing ministry. Call 888.217.8679 or email

We Witness – Luke 21:5-28 (29-36): With all the things that the Lord predicted in the “last days” in our Gospel text, it’s hard not to be downcast with chins to our chests.  But our Lord tells us to “straighten up”: in other words, look up and be confident, because things are looking up despite the earthquakes, pestilence, false teachers and all other things that could keep us down.  Redemption is drawing near and is present with us always in the living Word, Jesus Christ, and the salvation found in His life, death and resurrection.  We are encouraged to speak up as we look up because we have the Good News to share.


Pew Sisters Bible StudyMonday6:00 pm

ConfirmationWednesday4:30 pm & 6:30 pm

Divine Servicewith Holy CommunionSunday9:30 am

Studies after FellowshipSunday11:00 am


We welcome Rev Galen Drawbaugh this morning who will lead the service and conduct the Adult Bible study.  Pastor Winegarden returns this evening.

Any Board/Auxiliary/Individuals who would be willing to host a lite Advent meal before Wednesday service on Dec 4th  or 18th, please see Pastor.  Offering gathered at the meal will be designated for use by the hosting group.

Next Sunday begins the DVD series in the Adult studies class on witnessing and having a method at hand to comfortably do it.  We are called to witness – always; therefore, we are to always be prepared to witness.  

Christmas Eve Choir: Would like to work with interested members on Saturday mornings to rehearse a piece for Christmas Eve. Please see Jim Bartzsch in the Fellowship Hall after service. 


Seeking Donations and Volunteers for the Annual Bake Sale Fundraiseron Saturday, December 7th. This coincides with the Wawasee Middle School Christmas Craft Bazaar. The bake sale is a major fundraiser for the Auxiliarywhose purpose is to foster Christian love, service and fellowship within our congregation and among our neighbors. Please consider supporting this fundraiser. Sign up sheets are available in the fellowship hall. Please contact Christy Mowrey@ 594-2971 with any questions.
Encouraging Christmas Greetings for Our Military Members. Christmas cards for our military members are located in the Narthex. Please let these members know you are thinking of them by signing each card.

Gathering Donations for ‘Exam Week’ Care Packages for our members away at college.  A list of suggestions is available on the collection box. Donations will be taken through Dec 1 and then sent to out student members.

Collecting LWML Mites on November 24th. There will be a brief LWML meeting after the service.

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