Weekly Announcements

posted Sep 22, 2011, 4:46 PM by Shepherd By The Lakes   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 6:55 PM ]


The Cross and Passion of Our Lord Are the Hour of His Glory

The King of Israel comes into His royal glory by the path of humble obedience “to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). He “goes as it has been determined” (Luke 22:22), according to the Scriptures, willingly submitting to His Father’s plan for the salvation of sinners. “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9). His suffering and death open the way of repentance for the forgiveness of sins because He goes to the cross bearing the sins of the world. In His resurrection, God the Father vindicates His people and has compassion on His servants (Deut. 32:36). He kills to make alive; He wounds in order to heal. In remembrance of Him, we praise God, confessing “that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:11).


During worship, help your children to look for other things in the church that are considered holy (i.e., God’s Word, the Sacraments, etc.)  Ask them: “How does God use these things to make and keep us as His people?”


Why do we have a week called “Holy Week”? Why would we refer to a week as being “holy”?  Well, the word “holy” means that God has made it ‘holy’, for only He is holy. That’s why we call the Bible “holy”.  It just isn’t any book.  It is God’s living Word given to us for salvation!  The same goes for Holy Week.  This is “God’s Week.”  This is the week in the church year when we remember that Jesus paid for our sins and won our salvation!

Which days are in Holy Week? Of course all of them! But in particular we focus on Palm Sunday, when Jesus went to Jerusalem and people celebrated His arrival; Maundy Thursday, when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper; Good Friday, when Jesus died on the cross: and Holy Saturday, when we await His resurrection on Easter Sunday! There sure is a lot to look forward to this week!


Life Quote “This Sunday, the church [invites] the world to remember the One who comes into the midst of a very fickle humanity—duplicity, defeat, violence, injustice, pain, and all. He comes near to good and bad intentions, near the ashes of what was meant to be honor, the ruins of attempts on our own. And despite our oscillating thoughts, despite the sin we cannot leave, He invites us into a disruptively different sort of story of defeat. The Son has made His triumphal entry. And yet He comes to bring us the cross, to the one sacrifice that speaks to the world’s pain.” Jill Carattini, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Palm Sunday – Our Almighty Maker reserves the right and responsibility for decisions about life and death (Deuteronomy 32:39). Jesus has earned this authority by swallowing up death in His crucifixion. And He has proven Himself trustworthy in life-and-death matters by bringing forth joy even from sorrow in His resurrection. What a great relief! The times and terms of human lives and deaths rest securely in His loving and saving hand.

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 – Palm Sunday - John 12:12-19: No matter whether you celebrate Jesus riding into Jerusalem or His Passion, the message is clear:  Jesus came to Jerusalem to die for the sins of the world!  Because of that, we have hope for ourselves and plenty of additional hope to share with fellow sinners.  That truth gives us reason to wave a palm branch in bold faith and in thanksgiving to God that there is one true King who conquers sin, death, the grave and the devil, and only one true King worthy of all our praise, thanksgiving and daily witness.


Prayer Outreach at Enchanted HillsThursday3:00 pm

Maundy Thursday Service Thursday7:00 pm
    with Holy Communion

Choir Rehearsal ThursdayAfter service

Good Friday ServiceFriday7:00 pm

Choir RehearsalFridayAfter service


Easter Divine ServiceSunday7:30 am

with Holy Communion

Congregational Easter BrunchSundayAfter service



Elder – Don TatmanOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Beth BeckerUshers – Steve Kuhn & Brice Brown

Acolyte – Johnathon WestCrucifer – Amanda West

Fellowship – The HammansCounters – Lisa Kochensparger 
                                                                & Terrill Brown




Elder – Nate KlineOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Pam MenchUshers – Steve Kuhn & Brice Brown
                     & Doris Gierhan

Acolyte  Evie WinegardenCrucifer – Autumn Winegarden

Fellowship – MMSCounters – Lisa Kochensparger 
& Terrill Brown


Thanks to all who helped out at the Spring Workday yesterday!

We welcome today Mike Slabaugh from the Gideons who will speak briefly after service.  A free will door offering will be taken after service to support the work of the Gideons.

A sign up form for the Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Restoration Scripture study is on the table in the narthex.  The Study will be held from 10 – 11 am on the Saturdays of May 4, 11, 18, and 25.

If you plan to attend the ‘Outdoor Club’ event on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 pm,release forms are on the table in the narthexA signed form must be received by Pastor or Nate Kline before the event.

Adult study today continues to prepare ourselves for the usual Easter onslaught of false claims by this world against Christianity.  We are using a DVD series of Dr Paul Maier reviewing the archaeological discoveries and secular historical writings that bolster and broaden our view of the historicity of our faith.

LWML will collect Mites after service on April 28th. 

All ladies are invited to attend the Lutheran Women's Missionary League Kendallville Zone event on Saturday, May 4th, at Lake George Lutheran Chapel in Fremont. Shannon Thomas, director of Turning Point Homeless Shelter (Angola), will be the speaker. Registration and refreshments begin at 8:45 am. Cost of the luncheon is $5. Please contact Christy Mowrey at (574594-2971 by April 28th to R.S.V.P.