Pastor Jerry Powers, Vacancy Pastor
President: Gary Thinnes
Vice President: Ron Clayton
Head Elder: Philip Phelan
Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School and Bible Study – 8:45 a.m
We’ve all heard that stewardship is giving to the church of our time, talents, and treasure. This alliterative trinity helps us see that giving is not just about money, but about our whole lives. For God has given us everything we have and enjoy as we confess in the meaning to the First Article of the Apostle’s Creed. And what we confess first among those is that God gives us “our body and soul, our eyes, ears, and all our members, our reason and all our senses.” Only then do we confess that he gives us material things. Thus the time, talents, and treasure trinity places before our eyes the fact that we are to give something of all of these things toward the mission of the church in thanksgiving for what God has provided. For everything we have and indeed everything we are comes from God’s fatherly divine goodness and mercy.
The problem with this alliterative trinity comes when we replace one little word with another little word—when we replace the word and with the word or. It is always written with the and, but when we read it, we read it with the or. Thus this quite helpful trinity, which extolled that everything that we have and are is a gift from God and which is to be pressed into the service of God in His church, turns into a trinity that we can pick and choose which of the trinity we use into the service of God. The giving of our time, talents, and treasure turns into the giving of our time, talents, or treasure.
Then the question arises: Can we give of our time and talents instead of our treasures? Or perhaps it is the other way round: Can we give our treasure and not of our time and our talents? But these are the wrong questions. The right question is, can we give of our time and our talents in addition to our treasure? Yes, indeed, we are called to give of all three. The things that God gives us are not to be pitted against one another. They are given to us and we are to press them all into God’s service for benefit of His church and our neighbors in need.
Thus we give all three. We give our treasure in the form of a generous, first-fruits, proportion of our income. We give of our time in generosity for the benefit of Christ’s holy church. We give of our talents in the same manner. Since God gave us all these things, we are called to give generously of all these things in faith toward Him and in fervent love to our neighbors.
For God has provided all these things to us. Out of His fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, He gives us each time, talents, AND treasures as a means to bless those around us. We serve our neighbors with these things, blessing them with the blessings in which God has blessed us. We give of our time, talents, and treasures to our families, our society, and to our church, our local congregations. And we do this because we know that we are not our own. Rather, we belong to God. We have been bought with a price—with the holy precious blood and innocent suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. He gave everything—His time, His talents, and His treasure,—to have us as His own and to live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. We have these things as gifts and blessings from God. Let us then press them all into service for the sake of His love—time, talents, and treasures together.
Resource: LCMS website
FEBRUARY SUNDAY READINGS
|Feb. 5||Fifth S. a. the Epiphany||Is. 58:3–9a||Psalm 112:1–9||1 Cor. 2:1–12
|Feb. 12||Sixth S. a. the Epiphany||Deut. 30:15–20||Psalm 119:1–8||1 Cor. 3:1–9||Matt. 5:21–37|
|Feb. 19||Seventh S. a. the Epiphany||Lev. 19:1–2,
|Psalm119:33–40||1 Cor. 3:10–23||Matt. 5:38–48|
|Feb. 26||The Transfiguration of Our Lord||Ex. 24:8–18||Psalm 2:6–12||2 Peter 1:16–21||Matt. 17:1–9|
|Altar Duties for February 2017|
Fifth S. a. the Epiphany
|Feb. 12||Sixth S. a. the Epiphany
Check Altar Cloth
Seventh S. a. the Epiphany
Clean Altar Cloth
|Feb. 26||The Transfiguration of our Lord
Feb 2 – Madeline Larsen Feb 14 – Nyla Peterlin/Jen Hentzen
Feb 3 – Melody Rosenwinkel Feb 17 – Connie Clayton
Feb 4 – Kassi Lower Feb 19 – David Robinson
Feb 5 – A’maurie Duckwitz Feb 23 – Sandra Eldridge/Charlie Biermann
Feb 8 – Rich Hentzen Feb 24 – Gwen Serr
Feb 10 – Amanda Baker Feb 26 – Sarah Chinn
Feb 11 – Beth Meyer
Sunday School will be offered to all God’s children from two year old through senior citizens.
Grades K-6 – will begin with some New Testament lessons that we did not finish last spring. Then we will go back to the Old Testament and study the stories from “The Twelve Spies in Canaan” through Joshua, Judges, Ruth and into the stories about David. A class for the parents will be offered on the same topics so that parents and children can study the same lessons and discuss them at home.
Middle School and High School – A topic has not been selected yet – there are so many interesting options. Watch the announcements to find out which topic is chosen.
Adult Bible Study – The Sunday morning Bible class looking at the periscopes, the Old Testament, Gospel and Epistle lesson used in each Sunday Service will be suspended this fall. In it’s place Gary Thinnes will be leading a class entitled: A Brief Introduction to the Lutheran Confessions. This Bible study is written for people who want to become more aware of the Lutheran Confessions. The study aims to show how the confessions fit into the history of the Lutheran Reformation and to give the class a taste of the Lutheran Confessions by having them read sample sections. Topics briefly surveyed include: the Apostle’s Creed, the Second Article of the Apostle’s Creed, Public Order and Secular government (the two kingdoms), Justification, the Real Presence in the Lord’s Supper, the antichrist, adiaphora, and free will.
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) meets once a month during the school year for Bible study and to hold a business meeting. Our Bible studies this year will be looking forward to the 500Th anniversary of the reformation in 2017. All women are invited to the Bible study and business meeting. LWML is Hope’s women’s auxiliary. Our goal is to assist women in affirming their relationship with God so that they are enabled to use their gifts in ministry. We help organize the women who are for the alter and serve in various ways in the congregation as well as sponsoring activities in the congregation, such as the Holiday Fair to support missions and Progressive Dinner for fellowship. Each month is Mite Sunday and information is shared about the missions LWML supports. Meetings are held third Thursday, 4:30 p.m. in the technology room at the church.
Message from Parrish Education:
In the LCMS Reporter, April 2016, Ben Freudenburg, from Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan, was interviewed. Ten years ago, he started eh Family Life Education program which has trained more than 130 people to provide help for families. He said the teaching of faith at home is so important because our churches have an hour or two at the most each week. God created the family to teach the faith. The church is here to provide help to the family as we go through pressure from the culture to accept non-Biblical values. Parents can “make the faith a natural part of conversation…family talk at the dinner table and saying prayers together…” Resources from Concordia Publishing House, (cph.org) include:
My First Catechism
My First Hymnal
Paul’s Word to Families
Family Time: A Collection of 98 Bible Studies and Devotions
5 Things You Can Do to Have a Stronger Family
Free resources can be found on the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod website: (lcms.org/resources/worship)
Ladies are invited to LWML Bible Study and Business meeting the third Tuesday, this month (January 17, 2017), at 4:30 p.m. in the technology room, unless otherwise announced. There are a variety of ways to serve in the congregation depending on your gifts and talents, for ideas contact Betty O, or Beth M. The 37th Biennial Convention of the National Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) will be June 22-25, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme will be “Empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament…I will proclaim “Jesus Above All.” June 24, 2017 will be the 75th Anniversary Diamond Dazzle event to celebrate 75 years of LWML. Registration details can be found on the LWML website (lwml.org) or in the Lutheran Women’s Quarterly, Winter 2016 issue. LWML items for sale: LWML theme “ Jesus Above All” shirts. Contact Peggy A. Collecting items for the LWML convention and World Relief: pencil sharpeners, bath towels and used “thinking of you” and “encouragement cards..”
Ladies Luncheon 11:30 a.m. February 8, 2016 at Firehouse Grill
Annual Lasagna Dinner and Dessert Auction will be held February 24th at 6:00 p.m. Your help is needed to provide Lasagna dishes and/or desserts. If you can help, please contact Carol Thinnes (524-0743).
School Carnival Friday February 10th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Calendar of events plus the Sunday announcements can be found at www.allabouthope.org
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