September Anchor

       The Whole Armor of God for War
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”-Ephesians 6:11
“A mighty fortress is our God, A trusty shield and weapon.” -A Mighty Fortress Is Our God LSB 656 stz. 1 

By September, most, if not all, kids are back in school and “normal” schedules resume for parents, teachers, and for the kids themselves. Vacations and time off have been taken, and, theoretically, we are rested, refreshed, and ready to resume real life once more. I pray, that part of resuming the normal habits of life include resuming coming to church. This is my prayer for you, not for my sake, that I might boast in our attendance, but for yours.
Our Epistle reading for the first Sunday in September is from Ephesians chapter 6:10-20. I quoted just one verse above to try to summarize the reading and its focus which is this: everyday, in summer, fall, winter, and spring, you stand against the schemes of the devil, wrestling not just with flesh and blood, but with all sorts of forces and influences seen and unseen, known and unknown, and the only way we can withstand their constant assaults is to put on the whole armor of God.
Along with Ephesians six, the most famous Luther hymn, A Mighty Fortress, tells us what that armor is, it is God himself delivered to us in Word and Sacrament. For us to withstand the constant, daily, continual assaults of the devil, those we know and can recognize and those that we don’t even realize are effecting and influencing us, we ought to remain in God’s Word.
And God does not give us just one piece of armor. He does not send us into this battle with just a shield or a helmet or a breastplate, but with a whole suit of armor. He equips us and straps armor onto us with His word in many ways. Some of them you get in the Divine Service, the absolution, his Word read and preached, and the Lord’s Supper, but some of them are given outside of the Divine Service as well, through Bible class, daily devotions, and prayer, just to name a few. And to be as prepared as we can possibly be to stand against the devil and withstand evil, Bible class, devotions, and prayer are valuable pieces of armor and to be without them is to be vulnerable to attack like a soldier walking into battle without a helmet, a shield, or a breastplate.
Since Pentecost (May 20) and the beginning of the Season of the Church and the challenge I issued, we have had over 66% (over 2/3) of our member in worship (which is good), but we have only averaged 66 people in worship each Sunday (not as good). We have also had 15% of our members in Bible class and averaged 12 people (including both Sunday and Wednesday classes) per week, which is 18% of our average worship attendance (which is not great either). These numbers would suggest that we as Hope Lutheran Church may be vulnerable and under-equipped to stand in battle against the devil.
So I pray for you, I encourage and urge you, put on the whole armor of God. Do not face the devil alone or without the trusty armor, shield, and weapon that God gives to you in his Word or you will surely fail. Come and receive God’s gifts. Receive Jesus crucified for you for the forgiveness of your sins. Fasten on the belt of truth, put on the breastplate of righteousness, put on as shoes the readiness given by the gospel of peace, take up the shield of faith that can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one, take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, praying at all times. These are God’s gifts readily given to you for your good to protect you and give to you eternal life.
In the armor of God,
Pastor Simek

August Attendance 

Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
8/5 74/67 8 7/6
8/12 60/51 3 8
8/19 62/54 8 11/4
8/26 76/62 5 11/7

August Financial Report 

Date Plate Envelope Debt Fund Misc
8/5 368 1600   235
8/12 412 1840   405
8/19 195 2040   490
8/26 179 1780 100 117
 September at your service… 


Rick Whyers and Travis Trisler

Altar Guild

Ed & Deb Basham


First Sunday: Rick Angel, Jim Manns,
Nathan Martin

Second Sunday: Rick Angel, Ed Basham,

Third Sunday: Mike Roth, Rick Angel;
                        Randy & Travis Trisler

Fourth Sunday: Eric Trisler, Kris McGuire
                        Tim Van Hoveln, Rick Angel

Fifth Sunday: Tim Van Hoveln, Travis Trisler



2          Emily Strubberg
9          Chloe White             
16        Ava Roberts
23        Carter Raines          
30        Ella Roberts

Silent Auction
 Thank you to everyone who helped prepare and make the auction go so well. Glory be to God for his gifts. Stay tuned for the final amount raised.

Sunshine Circle News
The ladies meet each Wednesday morning at 9:30 to quilt, work on banners for the sanctuary, and have devotions.  Please join them when you are able! 

Bible Class
Join us Sunday mornings at 8:15 or Wednesday mornings at 11a. We are currently learning “Bible 101”

Season of the Church Challenge  
Throughout the Season of the Church, from Pentecost until Advent, we will be keeping track of the percent of our membership that have attended worship and Bible Class, and the number of visitors in worship. This is a friendly challenge to encourage us to invite members and non-members to worship and Bible Class. How well can we do? Have questions? See Pastor’s June Anchor article or talk with him.

Will resume Sunday September 16that 6:00 p.m. All students in fourth grade and above are welcome and encouraged to attend. If your child will be in class but you were unable to attend the parent meeting, please speak with Pastor so he can be sure to have enough materials available for class.

Newsletter Items
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Sunday Mornings

Sunday School
8:30-9:15 a.m.  All children are welcome – bring a friend with you — the more the merrier! 

Bible Class
8:15-9:15 a.m.  If you have never been before or haven’t been lately, join in the fellowship & learning. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Divine Service
9:30 a.m. Come worship and give thanks for all of the gifts God gives us.


Bible Class
11:00 a.m.  The same material as the Sunday class, just a bit later in the week.

Contact Updates
If you have not filled out a pink information sheet, please do so and give it to an usher or leave it in the church office mailbox. Thank you.

September Prayer Partners
 We pray particularly for these brothers and sisters in Christ:
 Week of September 2 Jim & Kelly Little, Zander, Dane & Taryn
Week of September 9 J.D. Lyming
Week of September 16 Jim & Noreen Manns
Week of September 23 Nick & Robin Manns, Josh, Ailee
Week of September 30 Jason & Jennifer Morgan, Emily, Samantha, Lincoln 
September  Birthdays
3                   Randy Neal
4                   Joey Greene
7                   Ed Basham
8                   Pastor Simek
8                   Jennifer Morgan
10                 Gary Kallal
13                 Kelly Little
14                 J.D. Lyming
17                 Alexandra Towell
18                 Heidi O’Neal
20                 Zander Little
20                 Amy Deist
22                 Cary Roberts
24                 Kelly Miller
24                 Amelia Singleton
25                 Ethan Curry
26                 Linda Blasa
26                 Garret Blasa
29                 Steve Bick
29                 Johanna Franklin
Thanks to Jamie Green for baking the cupcakes for August. And thanks to Ruth and Leroy Stiles for purchasing supplies for the August and September cakes. 

September Anniversaries

4 Ed & Darlene Gowin
5 Roy & Barb Young
10 Dr. Abbas & Anita Assar
10 Nick & Robin Manns
21 Steve & Maggie Bick


September 2018

Sun Sep 2, 2018
8:15am – 9:15am Bible Class
8:30am – 9:15am Sunday School
9:30am – 10:30am Divine Service
11pm – 11:30pm Elders Meeting

Mon Sep 3, 2018
All day Labor Day

Wed Sep 5, 2018
9:30am – 11am Sunshine Circle
11am – 12pm Bible Class

Sun Sep 9, 2018
8:15am – 9:15am Bible Class
8:30am – 9:15am Sunday School
9:30am – 10:30am Divine Service
11am – 11:30am Council Meeting

Wed Sep 12, 2018
9:30am – 11am Sunshine Circle
11am – 12pm Bible Class

Thu Sep 13, 2018
12pm – 6pm Red Cross Blood Drive

Sun Sep 16, 2018
8:15am – 9:15am Bible Class
8:30am – 9:15am Sunday School
9:30am – 10:30am Divine Service
6pm – 7pm Catechesis Class

Wed Sep 19, 2018
9:30am – 11am Sunshine Circle
11am – 12pm Bible Class

Sun Sep 23, 2018
8:15am – 9:15am Bible Class
8:30am – 9:15am Sunday School
9:30am – 10:30am Divine Service
6pm – 7pm Catechesis Class

Wed Sep 26, 2018
9:30am – 11am Sunshine Circle
11am – 12pm Bible Class

Sun Sep 30, 2018
8:15am – 9:15am Bible Class
8:30am – 9:15am Sunday School
9:30am – 10:30am Divine Service
6pm – 7pm Catechesis Class

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1009 N State St

Jerseyville, IL 62052-1111

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