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Week of June 25, 2017

Sunday’s Bulletin

is sponsored by Charlie Heugel in memory of Valerie, his bride 61 years ago.

neXtgen

neXtgen, our fellowship group for families with young children, will have a “Date Night” outing on July 7th at Ancient Ovens in Saint Jo. Please RSVP to Jessica Hobert by July 2nd. Cost is $24 per person payable to Jessica by July 2nd.

Armed Forces Sunday

will be observed at Our Redeemer next Sunday, July 2nd. We’d like to invite all active military and veterans to wear their uniforms that day as part of our observance.

Bulletin Announcements for Sunday July 16th

If you have an announcement for the Bulletin on Sunday July 16th, please ensure that the office receives it by Thursday morning July 6th. The week of July 10th the office will have very limited staffing and the July 16th bulletins will need to be completed the week before.

Thanks to Our Newly Elected (or Re-Elected) Officers
Who Begin Their Terms on July 1st …

• Mike Luebke, Treasurer
• Glenn Wuthrich, Vice President
• Terri Williams, Outreach Chair
• Judy Whittington, Stewardship Chair
• Eddie Carlton, Elder
• David Fuhrman, Elder
• David Hill, Elder
• David Nelson, Elder
• Steve Norton, Elder
• Lloyd Dean, Trustee
• Eric Sanchez, Trustee
• Tom Yule, Trustee

We also want to thank the elected officers who are now completing their terms of service at ORLC … Max Schlegel, Vice President; and Glenn Wuthrich, Elder.

Ladies Night

Join us THIS Thursday, June 29 at Gypsy Uncorked at 7pm for a GLOW event! We will enjoy fellowship, a devotion, getting to know one another better. RSVP to Jessica Hobert.

PORTALS OF PRAYER

… for July-September are available now at the Information Center in the West Entry Hallway.

Also Available

… The bookmarks for July’s “Read Thru the Bible” readings are now available there as well.

Jr. Youth Swimming/Trampoline/Ice Cream Party

All students who are going into 6th-8th grades are invited to come to the Hobert Home on July 5 from 2-5pm for a day of fun and devotions! Bring your swimsuit! RSVP on the youth bulletin board or by emailing DCE Michaela Seeliger at mcseeliger@gmail.com.

Serving in God’s House Next Sunday (July 2nd) …

Early Service
Elders: John Martischnig
Acolyte: Danielle Parish
Ushers: John Martischnig and Gary Lucas
Altar Guild: Beth Peterson
Jr Altar Guild: Brooke Parish and Danielle Parish
Greeters: Mike Foreman and Donna Foreman

Late Service
Elders: Steve Marten
Acolyte: Olivia Vogtsberger
Ushers: Roy Vogtsberger, Mike Wiese and Lloyd Dean, Jacob Fuhrman
Altar Guild: Kathy Beck
Jr Altar Guild: Mackenzie Neal and Bella Westmoreland
Greeters: Bill & Carolyn Baird and Mary Twyford

GROWTH, SERVICE & FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

TODAY 25 – LWML National Convention in Albuquerque
Monday 26 – Sr. Youth @ Higher Things in San Antonio (thru Friday)
Thursday 29 – Bible Class 9 am
GLOW, Women’s Bible Study – Ladies Night 7 pm @ Gypsy Uncorked
Friday 30 – Crafts 9 am
Saturday 1 – Trustees 9 am
Sunday 2 – Loose Change Sunday
Armed Forces Sunday

Sewing for Missions

Our first endeavor was a great success. We took 47 bright colored print pillow cases with pillows to Faith Refuge. They were distributed to each of the women and children there and they loved them and now have a personal item of their own that they can take with them when they leave. The staff there told us it looked so nice when the beds are made and each has a brightly colored pillow on it. It brightens up the room. We would like to continue this outreach project, so if anyone has any bright colored medium weight cotton material you would like to donate or you see a great sale, the team would love your donation. They can be left in the Faith Refuge Clothing Drive bin at the Information Center.

Life Quote:

“There is a logical slippery slope between euthanasia for adults and for children. If death is regarded as a ‘benefit’ for sick or depressed adults, then it is difficult to see why children should not be given this ‘benefit’ as well … Euthanasia and assisted suicide are contrary to the ethos of medicine, which is to care, not kill … We must … ensure that treatment is only withdrawn from patients of any age for a good medical reason. The motive for withdrawing treatment should never be to end a life.”
Dr. Anthony McCarthy, SPUC Pro-Life

The Augsburg Confession

The Augsburg Confession consists of 28 articles presented by Lutheran princes and representatives of “free cities” at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25, 1530, setting forward what the Lutherans believed, taught and confessed. The articles were both positive (theses) and negative (antitheses) statements. The theses are 21 Chief Articles of Faith describing the normative principles of Christian faith held by the Lutherans; the antitheses are seven statements describing what they viewed as abuses of the Christian faith present in the Roman church.
I God: Christians believe in the Triune God and reject other interpretations regarding the nature of God.
II Original Sin: Lutherans believe that, from conception, the nature of man is sinful, described as being without fear of God or trust in Him.
III The Son of God: Lutherans believe in the incarnation, that is, the union of the fully human with the fully divine in the person of Jesus. Jesus Christ alone brings about the reconciliation of humanity with God.
IV Justification By Faith: Man cannot be justified before God through our own abilities; we are wholly reliant on Jesus Christ for reconciliation with God. (This is often described as the one article by which the “Lutheran church stands or falls”.)
V The Office of Preaching: Lutherans believe that to ensure that the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed throughout the world, Christ has established His office of the holy ministry.
VI Of The New Obedience: Lutherans believe that good deeds of Christians are the fruits of faith and salvation, not a price paid for them.
VII Of The Church: Lutherans believe that there is one holy Christian church, and it is found wherever the gospel is preached in its truth and purity and the sacraments are administered according to the gospel.
VIII What The Church Is: Despite what hypocrisy may exist in the church (and among men), the Word and the Sacraments are always valid because they are instituted by Christ, no matter what the sins may be of the one who administers them.
IX Of Baptism: Lutherans believe that Baptism is necessary, and that the grace of God is given through Baptism. Children are to be baptized so that they are received into God’s grace.
X Of the Lord’s Supper: Lutherans believe that Christ’s body and blood is truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine of the sacrament and reject those that teach otherwise.
XI Of Confession: Lutherans believe that private absolution should remain in the church, though a believer does not need to enumerate all of his sins as it is impossible for a man to recall all the sins for which he needs forgiveness.
XII Of Repentance: Repentance consists of two parts: Contrition for sins committed, and Faith (trust) in the forgiveness given through the Gospel.
XIII Of the Use of the Sacraments: The Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper) are physical manifestations of God’s Word and His commitment to us. The Sacraments are never just physical elements, but have God’s word and promises bound to them.
XIV Of Ecclesiastical Order: Lutherans allow only those who are “rightly called” to publicly preach or administer the Sacraments.
XV Of Ecclesiastical Usages: Lutherans believe that church holidays, calendars and festivals are useful for religious observance, but that observance and ritual is not necessary for salvation. Human traditions (such as observances, fasts, distinctions in eating meats) that are taught as a way to “merit” grace work in opposition to the Gospel.
XVI Of Civil Affairs: Secular governments and vocations are considered to be part of God’s natural orders; Christians are free to serve in government and the military and to engage in the business and vocations of the world. Laws are to be followed unless they are commandments to sin.
XVII Of Christ’s Return to Judgment: Lutherans believe that Christ will return to raise the dead and judge the world; the godly will be given everlasting joy, and the ungodly will be “tormented without end”. This article rejects notions of a millennial kingdom before the resurrection of the dead.
XVIII Of Free Will: Lutherans believe that we have free will in the realm of “civil righteousness” (or “things subject to reason”), but that we do not have free will in “spiritual righteousness.” In other words, we are free to choose and act in every regard except that we are not free to choose salvation. Faith is not the work of men, but of the Holy Spirit.
XIX Of the Cause of Sin: Lutherans believe that sin is caused not by God but by “the will of the wicked”, turning away from God.
XX Of Good Works: The Lutheran notion of justification by faith does not somehow condemn good works; faith causes them to do good works as a sign of our justification (or salvation), not a requirement for salvation.
XXI Of the Worship of the Saints: Lutherans keep the saints, not as saviors or intercessors to God, but rather as examples and inspirations to our own faith and life.

[ABUSES CORRECTED]
XXII Of Both Kinds In The Sacrament: It is proper to offer communicants the consecrated bread and wine, not just the bread.
XXIII Of the Marriage of Priests: Lutherans permit their clergy to enter the institution of marriage, for the reasons that the early Church bishops were married, that God blesses marriage as an order of creation, and because marriage and procreation is the natural outlet for human sexual desire.
XXIV Of the Mass: Lutherans retain the practice of the Mass, but only as a public gathering for the purposes of community worship and the receiving of the Sacraments. Lutherans reject the practice of using the Mass as a “work” for both salvation and worldly (monetary) gain.
XXV Of Confession: Lutherans uphold the need for confession and absolution, but reject the notion that Confession should induce guilt or anxiety to the Christian. Absolution is offered for all sin, not just sins that can be recounted in a confession, as it is impossible for a man to know all of his transgressions.
XXVI Of the Distinction of Meats: Human traditions that hold fasting and special observances with dietary restrictions as a means of gaining the favor of God are contrary to the gospel. While fasting and other practices are useful spiritual practices, they do not justify man nor offer salvation.
XXVII Of Monastic Vows: Man cannot achieve purity in community or isolation from the rest of the world, and perfection cannot be attained by any vow taken or actions of man alone.
XXVIII Of Ecclesiastical Power: The only power given to priests or bishops is the power offered through Scripture to preach, teach and administer the sacraments. The powers given to the clergy in issues of government or the military are granted and respected only through civil means; they are not civil rulers of governments and the military by divine right.

Week of June 18, 2017

Sunday’s Bulletin

is sponsored by Doug and Kathy Beck in celebration of their 36th anniversary.

On Sunday

We will be blessed to have Rev. Ron Halamka lead us in worship as Pastor and Kathy Snyder are at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ft. Worth, celebrating the baptism of their newborn grandson, William. Rev. Halamka and his wife, Claire, are members at Faith Lutheran Church, Graham, and have been an active part of the life and faith of that congregation AND so many others churches in our area, too. Here at Our Redeemer they have, among other things, participated in choir, circuit-wide events, and have donated wonderful theological books to our library. The Halamkas are planning a move to Waxahachie this July, and we will miss them greatly. But we rejoice that they are here today to share God’s Word and the love He has for us in Christ Jesus!

Armed Forces Sunday

will be observed at Our Redeemer on Sunday, July 2nd. We’d like to invite all active military and veterans to wear their uniforms that day as part of our observance.

Many thanks to

Eddie Carlton, Steven Ulrick, Dr. Roy, Dr. Heidi, Olivia, and Thomas Vogtsberger, Dennis, and Glenn Wuthrich for your hard work on Saturday, June 10, 2017, picking up trash on the two mile stretch of State Highway 79. It was a beautiful day, and we collected 13 bags of trash. The highway looks excellent. God bless you for taking time out of your busy schedules to help us with this important project. Interested in helping with our churches Adopt-a-Highway program? Call Doug Beck or Mark Snyder.

PORTALS OF PRAYER

… for July-September are available now at the Information Center in the West Entry Hallway.

Also Available

… The bookmarks for July’s “Read Thru the Bible” readings are now available there as well.

A big Thank You

to Steve & Tina Martin, John & Lisa Martischnig, Harris & Vernie Torgerson, Sheryl & Carl Willard, and Wayne & Terri Williams for directing your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Our Redeemer this quarter!

Sharing God’s Mighty Word

Our 2017 Vacation Bible School Offering Mission Project was to help provide Bible-based literature to kids around the United States. The project focused on reaching inner-city kids, Hispanic kids, Native American kids and kids who are in crisis. We raised $1,004 to help Concordia Gospel Outreach send Arch Books, Promise Comic Books, Teen Devotionals, Spanish Coloring Books and VBS Starter Kits to these children. Thank you for your generous donations. The children did a wonderful job of showing their support in helping teach these children about the Bible and, especially, about Jesus.

Sewing for Missions

Our first endeavor was a great success. We took 47 bright colored print pillow cases with pillows to Faith Refuge. They were distributed to each of the women and children there and they loved them and now have a personal item of their own that they can take with them when they leave. The staff there told us it looked so nice when the beds are made and each has a brightly colored pillow on it. It brightens up the room. We would like to continue this outreach project, so if anyone has any bright colored medium weight cotton material you would like to donate or you see a great sale, the team would love your donation.

Primetimers

Primetimers, our fellowship group for those who are age 60+, will meet for lunch together at Red Lobster on Tuesday June 20th at 11:30 am. Contact Lynn Goyen if you plan to attend.

Serving in God’s House Next Sunday (Jun. 25th) …

Early Service
Elders: John Martischnig
Acolyte: Brooke Parish
Ushers: Glenn Wuthrich and Steven Wuthrich
Altar Guild: Sue Hardon
Jr Altar Guild: Rene’ Falnes and Brayden Weyher
Greeters: Kim Yule and Tom Yule

Late Service
Elders: David Hill
Acolyte: Brennin Rumfelt
Ushers: Don Lindsey, David Nelson and Dee Roy & Mark Snyder
Altar Guild: Terri Williams
Jr Altar Guild: Lauran Hobert and Abby Hobert
Greeters: Lloyd & Juanita Dean and Julia Blackmon

KIC LOCK-IN

All students going into 1st grade through those just finishing 5th grade are invited to the annual KIC Lock-In on June 20-21. We will meet at ORLC at 8:30am on June 20, take a field trip to the OKC ZOO during the day, spend the night back at ORLC, and parent pick up will be 8:30am on June 21. RSVP to mcseeliger@gmail.com or sign up on the youth bulletin board by Sunday, June 18. We will be needing plenty of parent volunteers to help chaperone this event, so please let DCE Michaela Seeliger know if you can help.

New NeXtgen class is here!

Is Genesis History? Come explore this question with other young families starting TODAY. We’ll watch the documentary, “Is Genesis History?” and discuss the points made by these Christian scientists. We’ll read through Genesis, one chapter per week. This class will meet at 9:15am on Sundays in the Bethlehem room. If you have questions, contact Jessica.

GROWTH, SERVICE & FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday 18 – Donuts with Dad 9:00 – 9:15 am in Fellowship Hall
Monday 19 – Church Council meeting 6:30 pm
Tuesday 20 – KIC Lock-in 8:30 am – 8:30 am Wednesday
Primetimers 11:30 am
Thursday 22 – Bible Class 9 am
LWML National Convention in Albuquerque
Friday 23 – Crafts 9 am

Donuts with Dad

Join us in the fellowship hall Sunday from 9 to 9:15 am for Donuts with Dad sponsored by the Holy Smokers men’s group and served by our GEMS group: Girls Embracing Missions (Jr. LWML). Come help all of our men celebrate Father’s Day.

Jr. Youth Swimming/Trampoline/Ice Cream Party

All students who are going into 6th-8th grades are invited to come to the Hobert Home (1401 Tilden) on July 5 at 2-5pm for a day of fun and devotions! Bring your swimsuit! RSVP on the youth bulletin board or by emailing DCE Michaela Seeliger at mcseeliger@gmail.com.

A letter from one of our ‘Adopt-a-Student’ scholarship recipients at Concordia Seminary …

Dear brothers and sisters of Our Redeemer:
Greetings in the name of Jesus! Call day was April 26th. I received my vicarage placement assignment to St. John’s Lutheran Church in East Moline, IL. Our family (my wife, Juliana, and my son, Gabriel) will begin vicarage in mid-July. I’m looking forward to putting everything that I’ve learned these past seven years into practice!
As I’m writing this, the quarter has ended. Thanks be to God! This past quarter’s class schedule was very demanding and challenging. I enjoyed the assignments and work here at the seminary, but the sheer quantity of it could be overwhelming. I imagine they make it that way to prepare us for the rewarding, yet challenging work of the ministry.
Although classes have ended, I’m still working at a before-and-after-school program. I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve had this past year to work with children (most of whom have come from difficult and broken family settings) in an environment where I could mentor them and teach them about Jesus.
As I reflect on this past quarter and this past academic year, I’m reminded of the many challenges I have faced as well as the many people who have helped me through them. Thank you for supporting me through prayer and finance during this past year of my seminary formation. Words cannot express how grateful my family and I are for all of the support God has given us through his body, the church (especially through you!). May the Lord continue to bless and uphold you in your work and service!
God’s Blessings, Julian, Juliana and Gabriel LaMie

Life Quote:

“Children, vulnerable and dependent, desperately need security, and it has ever been a duty and a joy of fatherhood to offer it. Being a father requires strength … and more than a little courage … to persevere, to fight discouragement, and to keep working for the family … With God’s grace, fathers find the patience to teach, the fortitude to provide, the compassion to comfort, and the mercy to forgive. All of this is to say that they find the strength to love their wives and children selflessly … Let us express our thanks and affection to our fathers, whether we can do so in person or in prayer.”
President Ronald Reagan, Father’s Day 1988