Weekly Announcements

posted Sep 22, 2011, 4:46 PM by Shepherd By The Lakes   [ updated Aug 22, 2019, 10:11 AM ]


The Cross of Christ Is the Way into the Kingdom of God

With the cross of Christ, the time has come “to gather all nations and tongues” (Is. 66:18). The sign of the cross is set forth in the preaching of the Gospel, the declaration of the Lord’s glory “among the nations” (Is. 66:19). Many “will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29), but only by the narrow way of the cross. Those who refuse to follow Christ crucified will ultimately find only “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Luke 13:28), whereas Christ’s disciples, called from all the nations, will eat and drink with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of God. They will come into “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:22).


Before the Divine Service, remind your children to pay close attention to the words of the prayers.  Encourage them to join in the responses with the rest of the congregation.  Try using these responses in your prayers at home.


What is the “Prayer of the Church”?  The Prayer of the Church, or the “Prayers” as it is sometimes called, is the part of the service where the pastor leads us through a series of petitions, or prayers, with responses from the congregation.  For example, after each petition the pastor may say: “Let us pray to the Lord,” and the congregation responds with, “Lord, have mercy.”  What closing and response will we use today?   

Why do we do this in the Divine Service?  Do you know anyone who needs praying for?  Wouldn’t you like to have the rest of the congregation praying for that person too?  If so, then this is a good time to do it!  During the Prayer of the Church, we pray for all of the people of our congregation or people they know who are sick, suffering, or in any need.  We pray for missionaries, our government, for all believers, and many others.  No wonder it is called the Prayer of the Church!    


Flowers on the altar today are given to the GLORY OF GOD by Pam Mench in celebration of the life of Ron Gerling.

Today we thank our Sunday School teachers from last year:  Jon Mark, Pam Reed, Lisa and Kanaan Kochensparger, Jim Bartzsch, Doris Gierhan, Carmen Gierhan, Alysha Kline, Falon Kuhn, Jim Mowreyand Seminarian Peiser,

Altar Guild meets today after studies

LWML mite boxes will be gathered today after service

Sunday Study Changes for 2019-2020:

The curriculum for the young: SBTL will switching to the new Concordia Enduring Faith Bible Curriculum.  With several age levels, the curriculum supports our younger members at whatever stage of life they are to sustain faith that endures for a lifetime.  As students progress through the program, they learn all about their Savior Jesus Christ, what their Savior means for them, how to defend their faith, and how to teach their faith to others. Age-appropriate activities build skills to strengthen their Bible learning.

Adult class this year:  As new creations in Christ, we will focus this year on studies that aid us in the life we are called to lead – lives of reconciliation, witnessing to our Lord and stewardship of the gifts we have been given.

Immanuel, Avilla, celebrates 175th anniversaryImmanuel will mark the 175th anniversary of its founding on Sunday, Oct. 13.  Immanuel was established in 1844 through the work of Lutheran missionary, the Rev. Friedrich C. D. Wyneken, who helped found the LC-MS and was its second president.  The Rev. Dr. Daniel Brege, president of the Indiana District, will be the guest speaker at the 9:30 a.m. service. Following a carry-in luncheon, a program will be presented on the history of the church. Friends and former members of Immanuel are invited to the event.



Life Quote - “The love of Jesus is not a pie-in-the-sky ideal for people He never knew; it was tangible, messy, and ultimately cost him His life. In Jesus, we see heaven on display in the hell of individual lives. If we seek to follow Him, vague ideals about tolerance must give way to flesh and blood reality—loving the all-too-human in front of us.” Margaret Manning Shull, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries


Pentecost XI – A complicated pregnancy certainly qualifies as the day of trouble (Psalm 50:15). So does an incurable illness or chronic pain. Abortion and assisted suicide summon death to solve the difficulties. But He who possesses cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) gives Jesus for redemption. He urges us not to settle for incomplete remedies, however immediate. Appeal instead all the way to the top: “Call upon me and I will deliver you.”


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 13:22-30: The door to eternal life is narrow.  It is not true that all religions lead to the same place.  Only one religion (or faith) leads to salvation and that is the Christian religion.  There is no name under heaven other than the name of Jesus that is the door to eternal life.  May the Holy Spirit help us to be bolder and more winsome in sharing this treasure we have in Jesus!


Divine ServiceSunday9:30 am

Rally Day/Teacher WorkshopSunday11:00 am



Elder – John PankopOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Christy MowreyUshers – Tom Reed & Curtis Gierhan

Acolyte – Evie WinegardenCrucifer –  Autumn Winegarden

Fellowship – The PankopsCounters –  Lisa Kochensparger &
         Terrill Brown


Elder – James BartzschOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Christy MowreyUshers – Terrill Brown & Jim Mowrey

Acolyte  Rhys SchmidtCrucifer –  Parker Schmidt

Fellowship – Counters –  Dale Dachenhaus 
David Dachenhaus