Weekly Announcements

posted Sep 22, 2011, 4:46 PM by Shepherd By The Lakes   [ updated Oct 6, 2019, 7:40 AM ]


We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness

We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3) because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4). In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all. Therefore, not by sight, experience or feeling, nor by works, “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), but as often as we sin, the Lord rebukes us, turns us to repentance and forgives us. We pray that He would thus “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And indeed, He does! Though we are His “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10), He prepares His Supper for us, dresses us properly and gives us His body and blood to eat and drink. He appoints pastors for us, “by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). For the Gospel brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10). This we believe. Therefore, “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard,” by which He guards you “in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13). 


Elder – James BartzschOrganist – James Bartzsch

Liturgist – Sem Jordan PeiserUshers – Steve Kuhn & Brice Brown

Altar Guild – Megan WinegardenCrucifer – Sam Bartzsch

Acolyte – Tyler KuhnCounters – Curtis Gierhan & Pam Reed 

Fellowship – The LWML


Elder – Don TatmanOrganist – James Bartzsch

Proclaimer – Sem Jordan PeiserUshers – Steve Kuhn & Brice Brown

Altar Guild – Pam MenchCrucifer – Amanda West

Acolyte – Johnathon WestCounters – Curtis Gierhan & Pam Reed 

Fellowship –







Flowers on the altar this morning are given to the GLORY OF GOD by Meg and Pastor in celebration of the birthdays of their children.


■ Mites will be gathered today after service.
■ Please join the LWML Kendallville Zone on Saturday, October 26, for the Fall Christian Life Conference at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 10275 E 550 S, Hudson, IN“A Bridge for Compassionate Ministry” will be presented by Rev. Mark Neubacher of Holy Cross in Fort Wayne. He will speak on the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog MinistryJared, a comfort dog from Holy Cross will be part of the presentation. All ladies are welcome to attend. Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 am with a luncheon at noon. There will be a $5 registration fee payable at the door. RSVP and questions are to go to Christy Mowrey (574-594-2971) by October 20th.
Right to Life of North Central Indiana is sponsoring the annual Life Chain today from 2 – 3 pm.  Participants will stand along IN 13 in Syracuse holding non-graphic signs provided at no cost.  Those who cannot stand are welcome to bring a chair.  Signs can be picked up at the corner of Pittsburgh St and IN 13 beginning at 1:45 pm.  For more info go to www.nci4life.org.
Last Week for the Maintenance and Cleaning Supply GatheringOut in the narthex is a bin to receive donations of cleaning supplies and small maintenance items used to keep our sanctuary, classrooms, and fellowship hall ready for services and study. Suggested items are BleachAmmoniaRenuzit deodorizerDisinfecting wipes, boxes of Kleenex, liquid soap (white) to refill dispensers, Lysol cleanerClorox toilet bowl cleanerHome Armor mildew and stain remover.






Life Quote “As Christians, we know that God loves all His children, even if they are unaware of their redemption in Jesus Christ. As advocates for life, we affirm the preciousness of human life as the key to virtually everything that matters, foundational to who we are and what we do as beings created in God’s image.” Rev. Dr. Gregory P. Seltz, executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.

Life Newsbytes Abortions in the U.S. Hit Historic New Low – On September 18, the Guttmacher Institute reported a seven-percent drop in abortions across the U.S. to a new all time low. Guttmucher records the numbers through a national census of abortion providers. According to the comprehensive abortion data, 862,320 abortions were reported in 2017, a decline from 926,200 in 2014, the report showed. The abortion rate also fell to 13.5 per 1,000 women of childbearing age—down from 14.6 in 2014 and 16.9 in 2011. According to the report, 32 states passed about 400 pro-life laws during the time period, including informed consent, parental consent, and waiting period requirements. The annual number of legal abortions shows a continued downward trend since its peak in the 1980s, with a slight uptick between 2006 and 2008. The analysis suggests the decline is at the lowest level of abortion on record since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure in 1973. (CNA.com, LifeNews.com, 9/18/19; CLR LifeWire, 9/19/19)

Pentecost XVII – Jesus warns against equating worth with girth (Luke 17:6). Mistaking more for better brings catastrophic consequences. Better a millstone around one’s own neck (Luke 17:2) than causing a little one (literally, of microscopic size) to stumble (literally, caught in a trap and brought to destruction). Raising a child in the truth and love, forgiveness and faith of Christ Jesus surpasses (2 Timothy 1:5-6) gaining even a lifetime of wealth to give them (Psalm 62:9-10).

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 info@word-of-hope.org

We Witness – Luke 17:1-10:  Every Sunday we pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  As we heed these words and forgive as we have been forgiven, we are giving a tremendous witness to the love of God found in Jesus Christ.  May our forgiving lead others to the ultimate forgiveness given through the cross.





Pew Sisters Bible Study  Monday  6:00 pm

Board for Congregational LifeMonday6:30 pm


Midweek ConfirmationWednesdayA- 5:00 pm
Y- 6:30 pm

Divine Service with Holy CommunionSunday9:30 am

Sunday StudiesSunday11:00 am