November Anchor

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T h e A n c h o r

November       

The End Is Near

So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

-Mark 13:29-31

It is now November, which is the final month of the Church Year and the end of the Season of the Church, which means the challenge that I issued to us all on Pentecost is coming to a close (though not an end, as we are to always urge our neighbors to come and hear the Gospel). I really had no idea what to expect and where we would end up by the end of this time, but would appreciate your thoughts on how it all went.

One thing that struck me about our numbers so far is the number of visitors we have had. In 23 Sundays (or weeks from May 27 to the end of October), we had nearly 45 different visitors in our church. That is an average of about two new people every Sunday! I don’t know about you, but that was a lot more than I thought we would have and that is fantastic. But who are these people and now what do we do about them?

Some of them are members of different LCMS congregations. Others are members of other local churches of a different Christian denomination. Others don’t really have a church home. And thinking about all of the visitors I met over this time, very few, if any, were strangers to the congregation. By and large, almost all, if not all of these visitors were people who knew at least one or more families within our congregation. And I don’t mean knew them as though they had met them once, but that they were part of the lives of our members on a regular basis. If they were not direct family members (sibling, children, grandchildren, etc.) of a member of Hope, they were good friends of them, people that we would see on a relatively regular basis and have an ongoing relationship with. That is evangelism and that is our greatest opportunity for evangelism and church growth: telling those people we know and see on a regular basis, people we see or talk to every day or every week, about God’s gift of faith which He has given to us.

And so as this challenge wraps up in this month of November, I would encourage you again to talk with those you know and see on a regular basis and invite them to Hope because the Lord is doing amazing things here. His Word is being taught and preached and His Sacraments are being administered. His Son, His cross, and the salvation that He won is being delivered to His people. The Holy Spirit is working through those people, through you, to continue to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28 (“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”) as well as the purpose of this congregation (“to proclaim and propagate the Christian faith through the Means of Grace and to cooperate in the work and service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church” -Constitution of Hope Lutheran Church, Article II).

So now, just one more month remains of this season and time of the Church Year. One more month remains to make a final push and plea to those you know. Four more weeks remain for God to work through you that you would proclaim His Word and share in His joy that you might be the difference in the life of your neighbor and the reason they go to heaven instead of hell. One more opportunity is before you to bear witness to all that God has done for you through His Son. That God sent His only begotten Son to become flesh and die for the forgiveness of your sins to give to you His resurrection and life everlasting.

In the mission of Christ,

Pastor Simek

In this Issue

Page 1 Pastors Corner Page 4 Our Church Family
Page 2 Stewardship Corner Page 5 Calendar
Page 3 News & Notes

 

 

Stewardship Corner

October Attendance

 

Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
10/7 67/49 2 7/8
10/14 64/47 6 8/5
10/21 72/55 5 7/10
10/28   72/52 5 7/7

 

 

September Financial Report

 

Date Plate Envelope Debt Fund Misc
10/7 387 1620
10/14 213 1960
10/21 335 1820 25
10/28 273 1680

 

 

 

November at your service…

 

Elders:

Lead (open) Assisting: Jim Sharich

 

 

Altar Guild:

Bob & Carol Skibbe

 

Ushers:

 

First Sunday: Rick Angel, Jim Manns, Nathan Martin

 

Second Sunday: Rick Angel, Ed Basham, Owen

Owen Roberts, Matthew Baecht

 

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

 

 

Acolytes:

 

November

4    Carter Raines

11  Ella Roberts

18  Samantha Strubberg

21  Samuel Baecht

25  Ava Roberts

 

 

News & Notes

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!

 

Thanksgiving Baskets

Will be given to our burdened and shut-in members.  If you are able to donate any money or items for these baskets, please take food to the shopping cart near the elevator or give money to Joan Brown.  Thank you for your efforts to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Donations are due by Nov. 11th.

 

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.

 

Catechesis

has begun Sunday nights at 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. Please pray for our catechumens.

 

Catechumen Sponsors

We are again looking for people to sponsor our catechumens by praying for them, encouraging them, and paying for the expenses of the class, such as books. More information is available on the signup in the narthex.

 

Newsletter Items

Please note if you have any blurbs for the monthly Anchor, email them to the office no later than the third Sunday of the month at hopelutheran@gtec.com

 

 

 

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.

 

Advent services

on Wednesdays in December (12/5, 12/12, 12/19) at 7 p.m.  Services will be preceded by an Advent supper beginning at 6 p.m.

 

THANKSGIVING

will be celebrated Nov. 21st with Divine Service at 7 p.m.  Join us as we give thanks to God and receive his gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Mornings

General Schedule

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.

 

 

 

Wednesday

Bible Class

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

 

 

Our Church Family

November Prayer Partners

We pray particularly for these brothers and sisters in Christ:

Week of November 4 Bennie & Donna Morris

Week of November 11 Vera Neal

Week of November 18 Randy & Mary Neal

Week of November 25 Alan, Becky, & Haley Nevlin

 

November Birthday’s

2  Becky Baecht

2  Isaiah Gundlach

3  Ethel Summers

4  Koty Rethorn

5  Carol Skibbe

6  Chloe White

7  Darlene Gowin

8  Donna Morris

9  Vince Sibley

22  Barb Young

24  Rosemary Seehausen

25  Leroy Stiles

November anniversaries

4     Greg and Jamie (Fester) Green

5     Ashly and Amanda Thomas

14   Jason and Jennifer Morgan

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Jamie (Fester) Green for supplying the cupcakes for October birthdays!

 

november 2018

 

 

Sun Nov. 4, 2018

8:15 am Bible Class

8:30 am Sunday School

9:30 am Divine Service

6:00 pm Catechesis Class 6:00 pm

11:00 pm Elders Meeting 11:00 pm

 

 

Wed Nov. 7, 2018

9:30 am Sunshine Circle

11:00 am Bible Class

 

 

Sun Nov. 11, 2018

8:15 am Bible Class

8:30 am Sunday School

9:30 am Divine Service

11:00 am Council Meeting

6:00 pm Catechesis Class

 

 

Wed Nov. 14, 2018

9:30 am Sunshine Circle

11:00 am Bible Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Nov. 18, 2018

8:15 am Bible Class

8:30 am Sunday School

9:30 am Divine Service

6:00 pm Catechesis Class

 

 

 

Wed Nov. 21, 2018

9:30 am Sunshine Circle

11:00 am Bible Class

 

 

Sun Nov. 25, 2018

8:15 am Bible Class

8:30 am Sunday School

9:30 am Divine Service

6:00 pm Catechesis Class

 

 

 

Wed Nov. 28, 2018

9:30 am Sunshine Circle

11:00 am Bible Class

 

 

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