The Labor Day holiday bumped me back to a Wednesday status writing. I would make a brief medical update: Since my heart procedure of August 10th, my heart has gotten noticeably better. I have fewer and shorter episodes of poor rhythm. Today is a good day. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes and patience.
Worship tonight at 7! I am late with this letter so you don’t get much warning (notice). Tonight’s text is Romans 12:9-21. This is the best place to get a list of what to do and leave undone as a Christian. We are in a cosmic battle and it is good verses evil. Never use evil to combat evil, always use goodness to do battle with the evil one.
This is an important Sunday! It is Rally Day. We change many things so read this to prevent awkward surprises. Worship times change to 9:00 AM only. Sunday School Rally day will start at 10:00. There will be ice-cream and other treats with activities. We will use the time to check out our class size and register any who have not yet registered. I hope you can be there to check this out.
When I talk about Sunday School, I hope you have our purpose in mind. We have a Sunday School becauseJesus played with children and taught adults. So, we are intending a fairly happy experience for the kids, but the adults involved (teachers and parents) are learning what it takes to raise a human being from 4k upward in the Word of God.
That was an awkward way of saying that we believe that people are designed by God our maker to live our lives in the presence and in relationship with God. In order to do that we should learn and teach the stories of the Bible. Obviously, parents and teachers have to read them and wonder what to teach the little ones. In this process, the adults are learning as they teach and the children are playing in the stories. They are pretending that Jesus is at hand for them (and he is through the teacher). The Sunday School hour is worship and play all mixed together. Sometimes someone will say to me that they cannot teach because they don’t know the stories but I say to them; “this is how you learn them.” We will install the teachers at worship on Youth Sunday the 8th of October.
The worship text for Sunday’s worship service will be Matthew 18:15-20. The work of the church is to bring Christ into our lives, to bring the kingdom of heaven into our kingdom. The way to do this is to speak Christ’s work, to actually do it. The work of Christ is to forgive sins – everyone who is listening. It is also to teach righteousness and to build community. We are to practice hospitality. We are to be the kingdom at least for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning.
This Sunday I expect that the second major hurricane of the season will be on top of Florida. The call to help out is loud in church. Go to elca.org and make a donation at Lutheran Disaster Response for Harvey and Irma. If you are a member of Thrivent, go to Thrivent.com and learn how to double your donation. Did you know that Irma is the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic? Florida building codes were created to withstand wind forces of a cat. 3 hurricane after hurricane Andrew in 1992. Andrew was a cat. 5 and this one, Irma will be a 4. I hope government regulations will save a few lives.
I have the student books to show you for the Small Catechism adult class. I will show them this Sunday and maybe some of you will want to buy one. They are beautiful and totally worth $13.00.
Here are a few more announcements:
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September: The pass around offering will go to: CROP Walk. CROP began in 1947 (under the wing of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946), CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia.
September 6: Wednesday worship service at 7:00 p.m. Reading is Romans:12:9-21.
September 10: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. Reading is Matthew 18:15-20. Rally Day & Sunday School starts at 10:00-11:00 a.m.
September 11: Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. All Council meetings are always open to the congregation.
September 13: Wednesday worship service at 7:00 p.m. Reading is Romans 13:8-14. Confirmation Class at 7:30 p.m.
September 17: 15th Sunday after Pentecost Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. Reading is Matthew 18:2-35. Small Catechism Study for Adults at 8:00 a.m. at the church
September 19: Tuesday’s Small Catechism Study for Adults at 7:00 p.m. at the church
September 20: Wednesday worship service at 7:00 p.m. Reading is Romans 14:1-12. Confirmation Class at7:30 p.m.
September 24: 16th Sunday after Pentecost Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. Reading is Matthew 20:1-16. Small Catechism Study for Adults at 8:00 a.m. at the church.
September 24: 2017CROP WALK Sunday, the 28th Walk against hunger will start at Wildwood Park, in Shelter #1, without walls, to the right behind Wildwood Pavilion. Registration will begin at 12:30, the sendoff program at 1:15 p.m. and the walk at 1:30. There are 6, 3 and 1 mile routes. We ask that people bring their own water bottles, though water will be available. If you are part of a participating church, please sign up with your recruiter. Everyone is welcome to walk, so there will be sponsor records available at registration for those not walking with a church group. Young people under 18 need a parent’s permission.
September 26: Tuesday’s Small Catechism Study for Adults at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
September 27: Wednesday worship service at 7:00 p.m. Reading is Philippians 1:21-30. Confirmation Class at 7:30 p.m.
October 1: 17th Sunday after Pentecost Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. Reading is Matthew 21:23-32. Small Catechism Study for Adults at 8:00 a.m. at the church
October 3: Tuesday’s Small Catechism Study for Adults at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
October 4: Wednesday worship service at 7:00 p.m. Reading is Philippians 2:1-13. Confirmation Class at 7:30 p.m.
|9:00 a.m. Ushering||Offering Counters|
|9.10.17||Lin Schoenleben & Joe Fouts||9.10.17||May Hill||Glenn & Penny Ylitalo|
|9.17.17||Bill Knudson & Marla Morgan||9.17.17||Kami Weis||Heidi Binder|
|9.24.17||Rikki Starich & Susan Schoolman||9.24.17||Dan Mundt||Audra Stasser|
|10.1.17||Ben & Jannalee Lindquist||10.1.17||Nancy Leonard||Tom & Judy Strop|
|10.8.17||Ed & Ruth Raatz||10.8.17||Robin Beeman||Rikki Starich|
From the Office of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church