Weekly Announcements

posted Sep 22, 2011, 4:46 PM by Shepherd By The Lakes   [ updated Dec 8, 2018, 9:30 AM ]


The Preaching of Repentance Prepares Us for the Coming of the Lord

The preaching and Baptism “of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3:3) prepare us for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ. The historic worof John the Baptist was completed with the first advent of our Lord Jesus in the flesh, but the ministry of the forerunner continues in the preaching of Law and Gospel and in Holy Baptism. Through His messengers, the Lord calls people of all nations to see the salvation of God” (Luke 3:6). Our haughtiness is removed and our mountains of pride are brought low, but the Lord humbles us in order to exalt us in His mercy. As the Lord has begun this good work of repentance in us, so also does He perfect it by His Word and Holy Spirit, and He “will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). He purifies us to be His priestly people, precious in His sight and abounding in faith and love, so that we offer our very lives in righteousness to the Lord (Mal. 3:3–4).


As you bring your children forward with you during the distribution of the Holy Supper to receive their baptismal blessing, remind them that Jesus is truly present in His Supper.  Then remind them He was present at their baptisms, is still with them now and that we will see Him face to face on the Last Day!


The Advent of Christ  As you may remember, the word ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’.  During the season of Advent, we prepare for the ‘coming’ of Jesus at Christmas.  But that is not the only coming of Jesus that we hear about in the Advent story.

What is the rest of the Advent story?  The ‘Advent of Christ’ has three parts.  First of all, God’s Word tells us that Jesus came to earth as human being at Christmas long ago.  Second, it tells us that He comes to be with His church today in His Word and Sacraments.  Finally, God’s Word reminds us that Jesus will return in judgment on the Last Day.  If you think about it, there sure are a lot of great things to remember and look forward to during the season of Advent!


Elder –James BartzschOrganist – James Bartzsch

Elder – John PankopOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Megan Winegarden Ushers – Aaron Tatman & Don Tatman

Liturgist – Sem. Jordan PeiserCounters – Lisa Kochensparger 
& Terrill Brown 


Elder – James BartzschOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild –  Pam  MenchUshers – Aaron Tatman & Don Tatman

Acolyte – Autumn WinegardenCrucifer— Evie Winegarden

Fellowship –Counters – Lisa Kochensparger 
& Terrill Brown 


Christmas Caroling TODAY from 1:00-4:00 p.m. We will meet at the church and then set out to visit our shut-ins and the residents of Merry Manor. All are welcometo join us as we share the joy and hope of this Advent season.

Angel Tree.  Every Advent the Mary-Martha Society puts out an Angel Tree as a way to help through gift cards those in the congregation in need this season/coming year.  If you wish to participate, just take an angel off the tree and purchase the recommended gift card and return it to an Elder or Pastor.  The card will then be given to a member who is financially struggling.

Brief Special Voters’ Assembly Meeting December 16th following service. At the last voters meeting a motion was made and carried to create a group to define our types of funds (i.e. memorial, designated…) and to determine the process on how any funds are controlled and may be redirected, if at all. The need from this comes to clarify and specify fund handling by an updated voters’ policy.  The approved motion stipulated the voters nominate this group and their policy recommendation is to be presented at the 2019 February Voters’ meeting. In order to meet these deadlines, the need for a special voters meeting is necessary to fulfill the motion. If you are over 18 years of age, a communicant member and sign the congregation’s constitution (which can be done at the meeting) you are eligible to vote. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else for this group you can do so at the meeting or let Steven Kuhn know ahead of time. Please remember any nominee must agree to the nomination prior to be nominated at the special voters meeting. Also our memorial list will be voted on.  For any questions please see Steven Kuhn.

Any board, auxiliary, or individuals who would be willing to host a light Advent supper before service on Wednesday, Dec 19th, please see Pastor.  Hosting group designates where the donations received at the meal are to be used. 







Life Quote -  “The very best light show comes from the smile on the Baby’s face in the manger. He is smiling because He likes you and has come to rescue you. ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8:12 NIV).” Rev. Mark Jeske, Time of Grace

Advent II – The Gospel of God’s grace awakens us to approve what is excellent (Philippians 1:10). Is facilitating a suicide “excellent”? Is experimenting on embryos a “fruit of righteousness”? Is advocating for abortion access “pure and blameless”? These involve ending a life that began by the holy work of God. And even when we cannot foresee how, He will bring it to completion, as sure as Jesus finished His mission, as sure as we ourselves exist. Gracious Savior, fill our hearts and throats with Your glory and praise. Amen.

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 3:1-14 (15-20):  John the Baptist was given a message to prepare the way for the coming Christ. This message shared the truth of repentance and forgiveness with all people. Here in worship, we have repented of our sins of thought, word, and deed and received full and free forgiveness through Christ.  This forgiveness equips us to share peace and pardon with those in our lives who have not yet received Jesus Christ.  Through our witness sharing the life, death and resurrection of Christ, may others rejoice in the opportunity to repent of their sin and receive forgiveness through Jesus












Board of EldersMonday6:30 pm

Advent SupperWednesday5:30 pm
Donations go to Mary-Martha Society activities

Whitco HS Choir PerformanceWednesday6:30 pm

Midweek Advent ServiceWednesday7:00 pm

Prayer Outreach at Enchanted HillsThursday3:00 pm

Christ Is The Key Bible StudySaturday9:00 am

Divine ServiceSunday9:30 am

Special Voters MeetingSunday10:45 am

Studies Sunday11:00 am