Announcements for the week of October 28, 2018

FRIENDS BAGS ARE READY FOR PICK UP The B.O.B. kids have finished filling the Friends Bags and can be picked up in the Narthex. The bags are for you to keep in your car and when you see a homeless person or hitchhiker that is asking for money for food you give them a bag of snacks instead of money. Please take only 2 bags at a time so everyone that wants some will be able to get them. These friends bags may also come in handy this winter if you would become stranded.
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40

MEMBERSHIP CONTACT DIRECTORY We are updating our membership contact directory. The current information sheets are available in the narthex. Please check for accuracy, make changes and additions for missing information, and indicate if there is an item you do not want published. Thank you!
EMPTY TOMB Are you looking for some place to volunteer and help people in need? Empty Tomb is looking for volunteers in many areas of ministry, such as sorting clothes, sorting food, delivering furniture, being a friend to a family who needs a friend. If you would like to volunteer, contact empty tomb at 356-2262, or contact Pastor Oman for more detail in volunteer activities. This is an excellent way to share the blessings of Christ with others.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will be Sunday, November 11, 2018, following the worship service. Just a reminder that voting members of the congregation are confirmed members who have communed and made a financial contribution of record during the current or preceding calendar year. Members of this congregation who have satisfied these basic standards shall have the privilege of voice and vote at every regular and special meeting of the congregation.

THRIVENT As we pray for those who have been affected by Hurricane Florence and Michael, Thrivent – a membership organization of Christians – is mobilizing its financial resources and members to help those in need. Thrivent members and others who want to help with the recovery efforts are encouraged to visit to learn more about our organization’s commitment to match individual personal donations and other ways in which people can help.

VOLUNTEERS Our worship service volunteers are always appreciated and we are always looking for more people to help during the services. If you are interested in helping out, please prayfully consider how you would like to help and fill out a volunteer sign-up sheet out in the narthex and put it on the desk in the office for Melissa. Thank you!

HOSTING SOME GOOD IDEAS? Our church is seeking a few hosts or hostesses to lend your skills. We have been fortunate enough to enjoy various activities and social events over the past few years many coordinated by the Fellowship Committee. And this committee might just be the place for you to continue and create new fellowship gathering during the coming year. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Oman or Lisa Schwarzentraub. A planning meeting will be scheduled later this year to plan for 2019.
SAMARITAN’S PURSE OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – B.O.B. Youth group is packing shoeboxes for Christmas again this year. We are collecting items for these gifts and also shoeboxes. See the flier enclosed in the bulletin for information on items needed. Gently used, clean toys can be donated. Last year we were able to pack 50 shoeboxes with items donated. The shoeboxes will be packed on Nov 14 and will be taken to drop off location later that week so we need to have the items brought to the church by Nov 11.

JARS FOR B.O.B. The BOB youth are in need of a few pint-size glass jars for luminaries they will be making. If you have any old glass pint size jars that you would like to donate that would help us out. Please leave them by the table in the narthex. We need them by Nov 14. Thanks

THANK YOU TO BETTY SABATO for donating the brass altar book stand. It will hold the altar liturgy book for ease of use and is a welcome addition to the chancel. We dedicate the altar book stand to the glory of God!

LINCOLN TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY ON NOVEMBER 9, 2018. The students and staff at Lincoln Trail Elementary School will host their annual Veterans Day Assembly on November 9, 2018. We would like to show our appreciation to the veterans and active duty personnel who have made, and are making sacrifices for our country. The assembly will include music performed by the students as well as recognition of veterans and active duty personnel in attendance. Join us at 9:15 in our cafeteria to enjoy coffee and cookies with fellow veterans. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 in the Lincoln Trail Gymnasium. Please join us for this special tribute to our veterans!

NEXT SUNDAY IS ALL SAINTS SUNDAY, when we remember our loved-ones who have gone to be with the Lord. As part of the service we will be lighting candles in memory of our loved-ones. As we grieve and miss our loved ones, let us remember that our grief is tempered by the assurance of the resurrection to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Let us always rejoice in the gift of eternal life we have in Jesus!
THE EMPTY TOMB CHRISTMAS GIVE AWAY is coming Dec. 7-8, 2018, and there is much that needs to be done in preparation for it. Cindy Gates is overseeing the event and she is looking for volunteers to help her. Empty Tomb already has hundreds of gift items; volunteers are needed to put together theme baskets for children to give to their parents, and to clean and organize toys. In general, volunteers can help on Tuesdays and Saturdays anytime between 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays between 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., as well as Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you are able to help, please call empty tomb and leave a message for Cindy at 217-356-7913 (not a public number). Thanks!

THE GLENWOOD ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY is looking for volunteers to do activities with the residents-crafts, games, conversation, etc. See Pastor Oman for details.

QUARTERLY REPORTS are available for pick up in the basket in the narthex.

LUTHER’S SEAL In a July 8, 1530 letter to Lazarus Spengler, Luther interprets his seal: Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. “For one who believes from the heart will be justified” (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theologiae [summary of theology]. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen.

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