The following members were elected last Wednesday (Oct. 21) at the Quarterly Voters' Meeting to these offices for next year. Thank you for your service & may God use you for His purposes. Please keep these servants in your prayers in the coming year, that God might guide them and guard them as they seek to serve and lead us.
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS- You're invited to join the High School Bible Class. We meet at 8:45AM on Sunday's in the library downstairs. ALL youth are encouraged & welcome to attend!
CONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE- Is having their annual CPH Warehouse Sale, November 4-10. You can save up to 75% off list prices on professional and academic books, Arch Books, Bibles, sheet music, bulletins, teaching materials and Bible studies.
LWML COLLECTION- We are collecting laser & ink jet cartridges, cell phones, GPS systems, papers, PDA's, iPods, MP3s, digital cameras, DVDs, video games, laptops, tablets, eReaders & iPads; and cancelled stamps. ALL stamps are wanted- including 'Forever' stamps. Please leave a 1/4 inch trim around it. Please leave them in the STAMP basket in the bottom drawer in the church entrance.
ANNUAL REPORTS ARE DUE- For the Quarterly Voter's Meeting. Church organization club, & committee presidents, chairpersons, or secretaries, please get your reports in to the church office as soon as possible. Thank you.
REMINDER: Church Council Meeting Wed Oct. 14 at 7:30PM, all Organization Presidents or Committee Chairpersons are welcome to attend.
Quarterly Voters' Meeting Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30PM. ALL confirmed members are welcome. Please plan to attend. We will be voting on the 2016 Budget and 2016 Church Officers. Have your voice heard, participate in the life and planning of our congregation. See you there.
THE JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING SERVICE PROJECT- is to bring new toys with them with a value of $5-10 for children from newborn through age 14. Their goal is to collect 500 toys. The toys will be given to children at one of the "Nehemiah" churches in inner-city Los Angeles. Our you leave on October 24th, so please bring toys in as soon as possible. Thank you.
Pastor: Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to worship You this day, we are worried!
People: May our hearts be opened to trust You!
Pastor: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).
Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to sing praises to You this day, we are distracted!
People: May our eyes be opened to be focused on You!
Pastor: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to hear Your Word today, we are clinging to so many things!
People: May our hands be opened to let go of the things of this world while clinging to You and Your Word!
Pastor: Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)
Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to receive Your forgiveness, our minds are racing!
People: May our mouths be opened to shout hallelujahs to You for Your mercy and grace!
Pastor: Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all (Matthew 6:31-32).
Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to receive Your body and blood today, our lives are cluttered!
People: May our hands be folded in prayers of thanksgiving to You for Your forgiveness!
Pastor: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
People: Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy!
Guide us, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, as we seek to put You and Your eternal Kingdom work first in our lives! Amen
OCTOBER LWML MTG- Wed. Oct. 7 at 6:30PM. A representative from the Charter Oak Community Cupboard will speak to our group. Please bring food items to help replenish the Community Cupboard. We welcome visitors and new members at any time. Please join us.
YOUTH IN GRADES 8-12- The LCMS National Lutheran Youth Gathering will be held in New Orleans July 16-21, 2016. All youth now in grades 8-12 are eligible to attend. Registration opens Oct. 21, 2015. The LYF will be having an informational meeting for youth & their parents on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7:00pm at the church, please plan to attend.
We were standing on the corner, watching the homecoming parade, when I glanced over my shoulder and the sunset behind the old Lutheran Church on the edge of town was amazing. Here it was the last day of September, but it may as well have been the last day of October. I couldn't help myself. I just stood there shooting. Happy "Lutheran Heritage Month!" (I just made that up)