Sunday Services 9:00am
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday’s)
Sunday School Sunday’s 10:15am (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Sr. LYF 2nd Sunday 10:15am (Falls, Winter, Spring)
Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
Pastor Michael Boothby
Church Phone: 712-278-2324
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Twenty Second Sunday a. Pentecost-October 16, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 141 Sunday School 40
Addisyn Van Oort & Grace Schuller
*Jim & Kristi Marco, Kent & Marva Hoogland, Duane & LeaAnn Bonnema
Elder of the Month:
Gloria Ping, Denice Ping, Brenda Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Holy Communion
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Harvest Dinner
Wednesday: 5:45 p.m. – Confirmation Classes
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
5:30 p.m. – Council Meeting
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School/Voter’s Meeting
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Jeanette Wakeman
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Kody Hedden, Kathy Huitink, Marjorie Smith
Servicemen: 1SG. Mike Shannon, TSgt. Jesse Richardson, HM3 Rodrigo Banda, CPL Aaron Hoogland
Missionaries: Shaun Daugherty: Missionaries in China, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics
HARVEST DINNER: The Sr. LYF will host their annual Harvest Dinner today from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Ireton Community Center. Ticket costs are: Adult $10.00, 6 yrs-10yrs $5.00 and 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door and carry outs are available. The meal includes Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn, Salads, Rolls, Drinks & Dessert. Thank you to everyone that donated food items for the dinner!
GIFT BASKET FUNDRAISER: Gift baskets have all been moved to the Community Center. The final bids and winners will be today at the Harvest Dinner. You will be contacted if you had the highest bid and are not present. Proceeds go toward the new sound system.
PROPOSED LEADERSHIP BALLOT: The proposed church leadership ballots have been put in your church mailboxes and there are also some by today’s bulletins in the Narthex.
2017 CHURCH LEADERSHIP: There is still time if you are interested in being a church leader in 2017. Youth counselors are still needed. The board in the Narthex is all of those who have agreed to be on the ballot. Copies of the constitution and the new possible revisions can be found by the list so you can check out the leader responsibilities.
VOTER’S MEETING: Our Quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be next Sunday, October 23rd at 10:15am. We will be voting on our new leaders for 2017 and the 2017 budget will be presented. Make plans to attend!
LWML DONATIONS: The LWML is taking donations of women and children’s new underwear and socks in the packages for their Fall Rally. The deadline is October 28th. Contact Jean Bertram with questions.
NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: A new Sunday School class for parents and kids who are younger than age 3 is starting this week! We will be meeting in Room 11 on the lower level, during the Sunday School hour. If you have any questions please contact Rachel Boothby.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.’ Christian generosity to the Lord’s work through our stewardship begins with this realization: We are the sheep of God’s pasture, it is He who made us, not we ourselves. Genesis 1:1
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: From the newborn infant to the hospice patient at death’s door and all of us in between, the physical touch of another person is critically important. Even when they receive nourishment, infants who aren’t touched die from Failure to Thrive Syndrome. For adults, physical touch can reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. In today’s crazy, fearful and politically correct world, we avoid the touch we need more than ever before. How long has it been since you held another person’s hand, placed your arm around someone’s shoulder or given or received a big bear hug? Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000, Sioux City, IA
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Worship is the activity at the center of our Christian life. We come to church in order to hear God's Word, receive His gifts, and enjoy the reality of His grace. Even though the worship service is a wonderful and faith-building experience, it is often seen as a chore or an obligation. One of the complaints that is pretty common among Christians is that the service can be difficult to access and understand. I believe that part of this problem stems from a lack of education from the pastor to the parishioners. The purposes of various sections of our liturgy are not immediately obvious. This is why I would like to explain some aspects of our liturgy over the next several months' newsletter articles. This month we will discuss the “Invocation” and the “Confession and Absolution.” I will use the liturgy specifically from Divine Service Setting 3, but the information can apply to any of our orders of worship.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The worship service does not begin with the ringing of the bell, the lighting of the candle or the opening hymn. In one sense, the worship service begins at the invocation. The gathered worshipers have assembled and now hear and recall the name of Him who promises to be with us always.
At the invocation, the members of the congregation may make the sign of the cross on themselves, a sign first placed on each gathered worshiper at the time of his or her baptism. The invocation reminds us that only through faith can we come into God’s house and approach God’s heavenly throne. We invoke God only because we have been made one of God’s gathered guests through the waters of Baptism.
O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.
In Martin Luther's time, of private confession was misunderstood by the laity and misused by the clergy. This caused a general confession to be introduced in Lutheran Churches in later centuries. This confession clearly places the need for Christ at the center of the worshipers’ thoughts and words. The worshipers acknowledge that only through Christ is there forgiveness and the possibility of living Christlike lives in God’s presence.
Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The Office of the Keys is given to the Christian church. A Christian congregation by the command of Christ calls pastors to carry out the Offices of the Keys publicly in His name and on behalf of the congregation. Through the absolution, the pastor clearly speaks the word of forgiveness on God’s behalf. Luther reminds us in his small catechism that we receive forgiveness from the pastor as from God Himself.
Pastor Mike Boothby
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