Bulletin – The 8th Sunday after Pentecost, July 15, 2018

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCHThis Weeks Events  (July 16 – 22, 2018)

Next Sunday:       8:45 a.m.      German Worship/Holy Communion

10:00 a.m.      English Worship

JESUS STANDS READY to give you both the encouragement and guidance you need to live.  We welcome all worshipers, visitors and members alike, who are with us today.  Visitors, do let one of our ushers know if you need help with anything while you are here.   Come again soon!

ATTENDANCE LAST SUNDAY (July 8):  German Service, 33; English Service, 83; TOTAL, 116.

TODAY’S USHERS:  Evan Johnson, Scott McLeod, Cuthbert Owenya, Rob Stark

NEXT SUNDAY’S USHERS:  Rob Bierer, Jonathan Buller, Joshua Buller, Jeff Laszewski

READ THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN, the national magazine of Lutheran Church-Canada.  Copies of the latest edition are still available this morning at the back of the church.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSURES THIS WEEK:  Our church office will only be open this week, Tuesday to Thursday, July 17-19, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE!  The weekend of July 17-19, 2020, has tentatively been set for the “100th Anniversary Festival,” marking a century since our church was formally organized in the living room of a private home at 776 Windsor Avenue.  Broad outlines of plans for the celebration are emerging, and there’s a lot of “filling in” to be done … but, for now, please set the date aside and don’t make plans to be anywhere but here with us!

LEADING OUR WORSHIP today in both services is Dr. Charles Schulz of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  We count him a treasured friend who helped our congregation repeatedly during the long pastoral vacancy, 2016-2018.  Next week we welcome Pastor Fritz Schmitt of Sterling Heights, Michigan, who will preach at both the German and English services.

DURING OUR PASTOR’S ABSENCE, if an emergency arises, Pastor Glenn Stresman is “on call” and can be reached by calling the church office (519-256-2667) and speaking with the secretary or leaving a message on the secretary’s voice mail.  Pastor Bugbee expects to return to the office on Tuesday, July 24.

IN YOUR PERSONAL PRAYERS THIS SUMMER please keep naming these concerns—and others—before the Lord:

–           That He would bless the travels and leisure time of members of our church family away on personal holidays;

–           That aside from travel, God would put it into our hearts to be here in His House and at Christ’s Table on Sundays as often as possible;

–           That the Lord would bless our First Lutheran Christian Academy with a growing number of new students for the new school year, starting in September;

–           That God would deepen a growing number of our members through the daily spiritual discipline of reading Scripture and a prayer life at home.

PORTALS OF PRAYER, the daily devotional guide, is yours for the taking at the back of the church and also in the hallway outside the church proper.  The new issue runs from July to September.  These booklets provide a daily Bible reading with brief reflections, as well as guidance for your private prayers at home.  Try it out, especially if you’ve never done so before!

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES has advised us that the need for blood donors is acute during the summer season.  Their donor clinic is open Monday-Saturday at 3909 Grand Marais Road East, Windsor.  A flyer detailing hours of operation is on the bulletin board in the hallway outside the pastor’s office door.  This is a valuable service you can provide for our community if you feel moved to do it; the supply is such that most donations are used within just a few days’ time.

LUTHERAN HOUR:  “My Feelings, Meet God’s Word” (Mark 6:  14-29) – Emotions often drive our lives.  When we think about our feelings in light of the Word of God, we are led to Jesus our Saviour, but ignoring God’s Word makes life a soap opera mess. Listen to today’s Lutheran Hour Speaker Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer on Sunday mornings at 1130AM at 6:30 a.m., 1600AM at 9:00 a.m., or 560AM at noon.  Streaming audio and pod-casts at www.lutheranhour.ca.