Sunday, August 18, 2019 – 9:00 AM

Have you heard this phrase: “We are Easter people”?  I know I have.  What could I possibly find offensive in that phrase?  Because you know that there’s just SOMETHING about that phrase that sticks in my craw, don’t you?  And what does Easter have to do with God giving Moses the 10 Commandments for the second time?  Well, we’re going to talk about all of that stuff this Sunday and also introduce you to a new theological buzzword (MAYBE it’s new to you anyway): Gospel reductionism.  It’s a HUGE problem in the church today and, while it wasn’t strictly called that 3500 years ago, it impacted folks back then also.
Please join us at 9:00 am Sunday as we connect all of those dots, join together in worship, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.
I am going to incorporate the readings into the message this week (in order to help connect the dots more explicitly) and Sue L. will be bringing treats.  The readings for this week are:
NOTICE that there will be an Officers meeting on Sunday, August 18, after worship (or stump the chump, if you have burning questions)
Upcoming events:
August 18 – Shepherd Officers meeting after worship
August 25 – 9:00 am – Community Worship Service – Nord-Kalsem Park
August 25 – 5:00 pm – Ice Cream Smorgasboard and Annual Auction – Sheldahl UMC
September 14 – Lutherans For Life Regional Conference – Rochester, MN
September 29 – October 2 – LCMC International Gathering – Omaha, NE

 In your prayers this week:

The Tjernagels in Spain; Pastors Duggi, Swen, David, Dake, Moksha, Peter, Jonathan, and Jayasingh as they minister in India

Janis and Ieva Diekonts, Don Richman, and David Breidenbach as they conduct mission work in Latvia and other parts of eastern Europe.
The people of South Sudan and Ethiopia as civil war continues to rage – and for the South Sudanese Christians who have been forced to flee to Ethiopia

The children and staff at the Bethany-Good Shepherd Orphanage in Tanuku.  PLEASE prayerfully consider whether you could help out with a donation to help out the orphanage.

The members of the Lutheran Church in Gudipadu, Andhra Pradesh, as they rebuild their church.  Pastor Duggi is beginning a ministry to help aging women in their village.  Support of all kinds is needed.

Our nation and its leaders – for a return to God and the values on which this country was built

I pray that the rest of your week goes well, and I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 9:00 am.

Blessings,

Scott

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