The Second Sunday in Advent

 The Second Sunday in Advent at Hope, Jerseyville

Pastor Simek

12/9/18

“The Lord and His Messenger”

Sermon Text: Malachi 3:1-7b

Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

What sort of pastor do you think Jesus would have been? I think we should be able to agree that He would have been a good pastor, the perfect and best pastor, but would you want Him as your pastor? Would you like Him as a pastor? What about John the Baptist? I don’t think we would be quite so eager to have John the Baptist as we would be to have Jesus, although I think having Jesus as a pastor would be harder than most would think, but we’ll get to that.

            When thinking about what kind of pastor and preacher John the Baptist would be, I think we can draw from both the Old Testament and the Gospel readings. The Old Testament reading talks about a messenger that will be sent to prepare the way before the Lord, and the Gospel reading identifies John the Baptist as that messenger, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’

This is the job of a pastor. Really, the work of John the Baptist is more like the work of a pastor than the work of Jesus. Jesus is the Lord and Savior. Your pastor is nowhere to save you. I can’t do that. What I can do is to point you to Jesus,prepare His way to come to you, to do the work that John the Baptist does. So what and how does he do this work?

Well the first words we hear from John are not, “grace, mercy, and peace,” but “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance… Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” A real cheery, feel good preacher isn’t he?

He calls the people he has been sent to preach to a “brood of vipers.” He calls them the offspring and children of a venomous, deadly serpent. Their lineage is not of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Promise as they would claim, but of that snake, the devil, who deceived Adam and Eve and led them into sin and death.

Their roots and origins, and ours, are not from a fruitful tree, but a deadly one. We are born and sprout and grow, not from the tree of life, but of sin and death. Our heritage, our blood, and our ways must change. We must repent, turn from our evil ways, and bear fruit in keeping with repentance. We must break off and break away from our self-righteousness, be cut off and cut away from our greed and selfishness, and be grafted into the vine and the tree that gives life. A total change of who we are to the very core. That is what John the Baptist calls for and the kind of pastor and preacher that John the Baptist shows himself to be.

And before you go off dismissing him as just the messenger, consider what the Old Testament reading and what John says about Jesus. The Old Testament says that the Lord who is to come “is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”John describes him with “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” The message and preaching of John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus is really not that different from the message and preaching of Jesus.

So often what we see of Jesus is nothing more than a caricature of him. You know those almost cartoony looking pictures that someone might draw of you at an amusement park where certain features or aspects are emphasized or exaggerated. The final product resembles the real thing enough to be identifiable, but the real thing is much different. Sure, Jesus is love and has care and concern for those who are in need, but He is also a just judge and harvester only keeping the grain that is good and throwing the weeds and the chaff into a fire that is never burned up.

Yes, Jesus is merciful and forgiving, but it is not without sacrifice and blood and gore. He’s not a ghost or a spirit who passes through you removing your sin and your impurity without you so much as feeling a thing. He is a refiner’s fire and fullers’ soap. As the refiner’s fire, He is not afraid to turn up the heat and put you to the fire to bring your sinful impurities to light. As the fullers’soap, He is not afraid to put on the pressure, to push and press the soap into a garment in order to draw the dirt and filth to the surface.

And when Jesus turns up the heat and puts on the pressure, “who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?” No one stands before the Lord and endures. No one is able to even stand before His messenger as John the Baptist puts the screws to those who come to hear him. These men come and preach to fill every valley, make every mountain and hill low, straighten out the crooked, and smooth out the rough.They do not come to make God’s Word softer or easier to handle and less harsh for you, but to change you that you are able to hear it and believe it. They sound like great pastors don’t they?

And yet, they are. A refiner does not purify silver to throw it away, and a fuller does not clean a garment in order to roll it into a ball and set it on fire. The messenger does not come to remove all the people and get them out of the way so that the Lord doesn’t have to deal with them. They preach to prepare you not to stand before the Lord when He appears, but in Him.

You may not have a  righteous bone in your body, a holy thought in your head, or even one sanctified blood cell in your veins, yet “you,O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” The impurity and the filth and the sin in you is drawn out, refined, pushed out, and washed by the refiner and purifier.

Jesus does not turn up the heat, put on the pressure, and preach the Law in order to kill you,but in order to separate you from your sin leaving you pure, holy, and righteous. And He does not leave you to endure the heat and the weight alone,but when the heat is the highest and the pressure is the greatest, He is endures it on your behalf, that you would be found in Him.

When the full weight of the world and the wrath and punishment of God for your sin squeezed the life out of the sinner, Jesus was the one who was condemned, pronounced guilty, and lost His life as the just and right sentence for your crime. And when the heat of the unquenchable fires of hell burned at their hottest, it was Jesus who had descended into hell for He could endure their heat, overcome their torturous flames, and walk away alive with nothing more than a few scars on His hands, feet, and side.

And enduring the punishment of the cross, of death, and of hell for you, He comes to you again,wipes and washes away all of the impurity and filth of your sin by the water and His Word put upon you in your Baptism so that you would not stand before Him, but in Him as forgiven, pure, and righteous. By cutting Himself off from His Father, He cuts you from your tree of sin and plants you in Himself. He separates you from that brood of vipers, crushes the head of that mother, and makes you a child of God who is fed and nourished in body and soul by the body and blood of Christ given for you. From your stone cold, sinful heart, He raises up a child of Abraham, a child of Promise, a child of everlasting life. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

December Anchor

 

Congregational Catechesis and the Small Catechism

“Lord, help us ever to retain The Catechism’s doctrine plain As Luther taught the Word of truth In simple style to tender youth.”

-John 8:29-31

 

How well do you know the Bible and what it teaches? This was a question that Luther sought the answer to nearly ten years after nailing the 95 Thesis to the door of the church in Wittenberg, effectively beginning the Reformation. From 1526-1528, Luther visited common area churches in what is known as the Saxon Visitation, to consider what pastors and people knew of Scripture and the Reformation. What he found both pleased him and heavily disappointed him.

He found people free of the Roman Catholic slavery to the Law and sacramental system of merit which was wonderful. But, he also found people were free of Scripture and the Gospel entirely and unable to articulate even the basics of the Christian faith such as the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. In an attempt to provide a solution to the problem, Luther wrote the Small (and Large) Catechism in order to teach the basics of the faith and the Word of God.

He wrote it in a simple, easy to teach and learn method of questions and answers that put the Word of God in the mouths of the people. What he taught was not in addition to Scripture, but in agreement with it and reflect the truths of the Bible. There is no difference between the Bible and the Catechism, but they say the same thing. The Catechism (coming from the Greek word for resound or echo) literally means and does echo back the Word of God teaching what it says about the Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar. This six chief parts of the Catechism teach us what God says in the Bible about the basic elements of the Christian faith.

So, how well do you know the Catechism? Whether the answer is not at all or that you have it all learned by heart, we ought to continue to keep it before us just as we continue to keep the Bible and the Word of God before us as the Catechism teaches the Bible. This was Luther’s intention for the Small Catechism, as he explains in his preface to the Small Catechism (which you really ought to read), that it should be taught “year after year.”

Luther calls upon pastors, reminding them of what God has called them to do and their ordination vows (1 Tim. 4:13), in a desperate and gravely serious plea to teach their people. So as I have vowed before God and men at my ordination, I am trying to do the thing God and you have called me to do, which is both to preach and teach God’s Word by putting before all of us God’s Word as explained in the Catechism.

So, before each Sunday service, we will recite a portion of the Catechism together. We will recite the same portion for a month, before taking up the next portion in the following month. We have broken down the Catechism and its six chief parts into 24 portions so that we would repeat the entirety of the Catechism every two years. This should help us to learn the Catechism and the basics of the Christian faith in a timely manner (rather than taking 3 or 4 years) while making each portion manageable (short enough to learn easily).

This should help us not only to learn the Catechism and the Christian faith by heart, but also give us a vocabulary to talk with our neighbors and give a defense (explanation) of the faith. By continuing to repeat it, I pray it begins to roll of the tongue without having to think about it (like 1+1=2), helps us to talk about the faith, and in grains in us trust in the Promises of God.

In the teachings of Christ,

Pastor Simek

 

 

News & Notes 

Sunshine Circle News

The ladies meet each Thursday morning to quilt, work on banners for the sanctuary, and have devotions.  Please join them when you are able!

Annual Cookie Walk

will be held Dec. 15 from 9am to 11am

2018 Church Council

President:                     Eric Trisler

Vice President:          Jim Sharich

Secretary:                    Sharon Butler

Treasurer:                     Linda Blasa

Financial Secretary: 

Education: 

Evangelism:    

Properties:                     Bob Hall

Stewardship:                 Tim Butler

Youth:                                Rick Whyers

Social Committee:     Joan Brown

Worship:                          Rick Angel

Altar Guild:                     Deb Basham

2018 Elders

Dave Jacobs

Jim Sharich

Travis Trisler

Tim Van Hoveln

Rick Whyers

Higher Things

The Youth have decided to go to Higher Things at Concordia University, Mequon, WI. from July 16-19, If any confirmed youth or confirmed member would like to go, please see Pastor for a registration sheet. Registration sheets are due back before Jan.1.

Christmas Poinsettias

The order forms and payment envelopes are in the narthex.  Flowers are $8.00 each and may be ordered until Sunday December 10th.

Bible Class We continue our Bible 101 class on both Sunday and Wednesday. Join us as we discuss Genesis 37 and Joseph and his coat.

Catechesis continues Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. Please pray for our catechumens.

Advent/Christmas Devotional Books are available in the narthex.  The Higher Things Reflections offer daily readings and devotions for everyday of Advent and Christmas.

Congregational Catechesis in an attempt to refresh our memories of Luther’s Small Catechism, we will be reciting portions of the Catechism every Sunday prior to service.  For more explanation, please read the Catechism insert or see Pastor’s December Anchor article.

A Simple Explanation books can be found in each pew.  The Christian faith (Luther’s Small Catechism) and the Divine Service are explained briefly and simply.  Please feel free to take these with you or grab a copy in the narthex.

Church Basement Ladies a Christmas Musical Comedy, will be held Nov. 8th – Jan. 6 at the Playhouse in WestPort Plaza, St. Louis.  For more info, contact Joan or info is in office.

Advent Midweek Services will be held on Dec. 5th, 12th, and 19th at 7:00 p.m.  The focus of these services will be the Ten Commandments.

 

   

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.

Stewardship Corner

November Attendance

Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
11/4 81/59 5 9/
11/11 68/56 5 9/6
11/18 81/60 6 10/
11/21 26/22
11/25 69/56 5 11/

At your service…

Elders

Lead:             Jim Sharich

Assisting:     Rick Whyers

Altar Guild

Gary & Jan Kallal, Mary Ann Husmann

Ushers

First Sunday: Rick Angel, Jim Manns,

Nathan Martin

Second Sunday: Rick Angel, Ed Basham,

Owen Roberts, Matthew Baecht

Third Sunday: Mike Roth, Rick Angel;

Randy & Travis Trisler, Jim Manns

Fourth Sunday: Eric Trisler, Kris McGuire

Tim Van Hoveln, Rick Angel

Fifth Sunday: Tim Van Hoveln, Travis Trisler

Acolytes

December:                     

Samuel Baecht

Carter Raines

Ella Roberts

Samuel Baecht

Samantha Strubberg

Ava Roberts

Emily Strubberg

   

 Our Church Family

December Prayer Partners

We pray particularly for these brothers and sisters in Christ:

Week of Dec. 2nd: Jim, Korri, & Tanner Ontis

Week of Dec. 9th: Alex & Whitney Hendricks

Week of Dec. 16th: Gary & Jean Pinkard

Week of Dec.23rd: Susy Pohlman

Week of Dec. 30th: Ed & Ella Jane Pointer

December Birthdays

12/3   Sarah Mansfield

12/4   Karley Blasa

12/5   Ella Pointer

12/9   Bob Hall

12/9   Kurt Hall

12/11 Samantha Strubberg

12/12 Brienne Conklin

12/12 Norma Anderson

12/13 Trish LeBlanc

12/14 Austin (LeBlanc) Seymour

12/15 Erinn Hileman

12/18 Whitney (Ontis) Hendricks

12/20 Abigail Jacobs

12/21 Susy Pohlman

12/22 Jason Morgan

12/29 Roy Young

12/29 Billie Whyers

12/30 Hannah Greene

12/30 Nick Manns

12/30 Lincoln Morgan

12/31 Vance Miller

 December Anniversaries

Dec. 9th Eric & Tina Trisler

Dec. 10th Gary & Jean Pinkard

                                                                                                        

   Pastor Simek Cell: 618-410-9827, hopelutheranpastor@gtec.com                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/HopeJerseyville/               

Church Office 618-498-3423

November Anchor

H o p e   L u t h e r a n   C h u r c h

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

 

 

October Anchor

 

The Anchor October         

For All the Saints

“And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing His love for me, And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.”

-What Wondrous Love Is This LSB 543 stz. 4

I know it’s only October and All Saints Day isn’t until November 1st,  and even then we won’t be celebrating and observing it until November 4th, but I am beginning to think about it and plan for it. All Saints Day is a day of the Church Year when we take a moment to remember and give thanks for all the saints who have gone before us and passed down the faith to us. While this includes all those in the Old and New Testament, all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and disciples, along with the church fathers and reformers and all the rest, it also includes more recent saints. For some of us, those might be great-grandparents or grandparents, parents or friends, a husband or wife, or even children whom we remember. Because of this, these relationships and the meaning these people had and continue to have in our lives, All Saints Day can be an extremely emotional day.

But in celebrating All Saints Day, we do not remember these people for their own sake or merit, but for Christ’s. That is why the first reading for that day from Revelation 7 depicts them all as clothed in white robes. This is truly a beautiful, comforting, and emotional picture give to us by Scripture. We remember and celebrate the work of Christ for those who have passed away. We remember and celebrate that Christ laid aside His crown for the souls of our loved ones, that as much as we love them, Christ loved them even more, laying down his life for them that they may live eternally and be free from death.

I know I have talked about my grandpa many times, especially in connection with All Saints Day, and so I will again. He was the faithful rock and head of the household and  family in my life that rain or shine, sleet or snow, sickness or health was in his pew every Sunday until he was no longer physically able to be there. He was my example of a faithful man and leader of a family and congregation whom I loved, and still love dearly. All Saints Day is the day I get to celebrate him in church, but not him, but the faith God had given him which he instilled in me to his dying day and to this day.

I will never forget his funeral. I will never forget the hymn What Wondrous Love Is This, the hymn of the day for his funeral, and the beautiful Gospel it proclaims for my grandpa and for me. So on All Saints Day, we will be singing this hymn in memory of him and God’s work for him together “While millions join the theme, I will sing,” with you, my grandfather, and all of our loved ones, of God’s wondrous love for us.

And I want to give you the chance to do the same for your loved ones. I would like to take song requests for All Saints Day in loving memory of those who have gone before us in the faith. If there is a hymn that reminds you of the faith of one of your loved ones, I would like to know, and I would like to sing it with you on All Saints Day in memory of what God has done for them in Christ. Whether it is a hymn from their funeral, one of their favorites, or one that always reminds you of them, please let me know that we might sing it together, along with all the saints, remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus for them that though they have died, yet they live and will be raised on the Last Day when we will get to stand beside them and sing to God and to the Lamb we will sing, and through eternity, we’ll sing on. I’ll sing on. Amen.

With all the singing saints in Christ,

Pastor Simek

 

 

Stewardship Corner

September Attendance

 

Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
9/2 49/53 5 9/8
9/9 60/51 5 10/7
9/16 62/54 6 8/6
9/23 76/62 3 7/9
9/30 64/57 4 8

 

 

September Financial Report

 

Date Plate Envelope Debt Fund Misc
9/2 162 1255
9/9 221 2320 140
9/16 246 2066 100
9/23 465 1370 409
9/30 94 1985 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October at your service…

 

Elders

 

Rick Whyers and Travis Trisler

 

 

Altar Guild

 

Ed & Deb Basham

 

Ushers

 

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

 

 

\Acolytes

 

October

7     Samantha Strubberg

14   Chloe White

21   Ava Roberts

28   Emily Strubberg

News & Notes

Silent Auction

Thank you to everyone who helped prepare and make the auction go so well. Glory be to God for his gifts. The current final total is $12,531.20.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

October Prayer Partners

 

We pray particularly for these brothers and sisters in Christ:

Week of October 7 Nick & Robin Manns, Josh, Ailee

Week of October 14 Jason & Jennifer Morgan, Emily, Samantha, Lincoln

Week of October 21 Vance & Kelly Miller, Karley, Nicholas, & *Andrew

Week of October 28 Elke Monroe

 

October  Birthdays

1                   Dr. Assar

3                   Matthew Baecht

4                   Sharon Butler

6                   Nichole Lewis

10                 Ella LeBlanc

12                 Debbie Basham

13                 Sara Stiles

18                 Reagan Walters

23                 Jeff Blasa

24                 Anita Assar

24                 Elizabeth Morgan

26                 Trevor Sedlacek

28                 Tim Butler

28                 Ed Pointer

 

 

 

 

 

October Anniversaries

4        Ed & Darlene Gowin

5        Roy & Barb Young

10      Dr. Abbas & Anita Assar

10      Nick & Robin Manns

21      Steve & Maggie Bick

24      Travis & Crystal Trisler

25      Jim & Korri Ontis

26      Jim & Angela Sharich

 

 

Thanks to Jamie Green for baking the cupcakes for September. And thanks to Ruth and Leroy Stiles for purchasing supplies for the August and September cakes.

 

 

October 2018

 

Wed Oct 3, 2018

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class

 

Sun Oct 7, 2018

8:15am Bible Class

8:30am Sunday School

9:30am Divine Service

6pm Catechesis Class

11pm Elders Meeting

 

Mon Oct 8, 2018

All day Columbus Day

 

Wed Oct 10, 2018

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class

 

Sun Oct 14, 2018

8:15am Bible Class

8:30am Sunday School

9:30am Divine Service

11am Council Meeting

6pm Catechesis Class

 

Wed Oct 17, 2018

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class

 

Sun Oct 21, 2018

8:15am Bible Class

8:30am Sunday School

9:30am Divine Service

11am Quarterly Voters Meeting

6pm Catechesis Class

 

Wed Oct 24, 2018

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class

 

Sun Oct 28, 2018

8:15am Bible Class

8:30am Sunday School

9:30am Divine Service

6pm Catechesis Class

 

Wed Oct 31, 2018

All day Halloween

Calendar: Holidays in United States

9:30am Sunshine Circle

11am Bible Class6pm – 7pm Catechesis Class

 

 

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… 

Elders

Rick Whyers and Travis Trisler

Altar Guild

Ed & Deb Basham

Ushers

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
 

Acolytes

September

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.

Catechesis
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
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 

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.

Wednesday

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

Copyright © 2018 Hope Lutheran Church Jerseyville, All rights reserved. 
This is your Monthly Anchor Newsletter 

Our mailing address is: 

Hope Lutheran Church Jerseyville

1009 N State St

Jerseyville, IL 62052-1111

August Anchor

The Supper Or Not the Supper?
“Now, my tongue, the myst’ry telling Of the glorious body sin, And the blood, all price excelling, Which the Gentiles’ Lord and King, Once on earth among us dwelling, Shed for this world’s ransoming.”
-Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling LSB 630 stz. 1

The Supper Or Not the Supper?
In the month of August, three out of the four Gospel readings are from the Gospel of St. John, the sixth chapter. The first 21 verses are left out of the read through of this chapter of John because we got them, or at least their Markan parallel, in July with the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:30-44 and John 6:1-15) and Jesus walking on water (Mark 6:45-56 and John 6:16-21). The remainder of John 6 is sometimes called the “Bread of Life Discourse” as Jesus talks about being the Bread of Life.
This is actually a very controversial passage in many Lutheran circles. The controversy revolves around the question of whether or not Jesus is talking about the Lord’s Supper. Obviously, in John 6, early in the Gospel, Jesus has not had the Last Supper with His disciples yet, but the question remains about whether this points to the Supper or not? Luther says that Jesus is not talking about the Lord’s Supper here as he addresses and refutes Calvin’s claim that the Supper is not the physical body and blood of Jesus, but only the spiritual body and blood, especially in reference to verse 63 (“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all.”). So Luther denying that this is the Lord’s Supper is within the context of a larger theological debate, but nevertheless I (and most Lutherans) are usually pretty hesitant to disagree with Luther, even when Jesus says things like, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” (Jn. 6:54-55)
So is Jesus talking about the Lord’s Supper or not? Rev. Dr. Weinrich, seminary professor in Fort Wayne, author of the Concordia Commentary Series on the book of John, and one of the leading, foremost living Lutheran scholars on the book of John says no, and yes. He says, “no” at the beginning of this discourse, but, “yes,” by the end. At the beginning of the discourse (v. 22-51), Jesus speaks only of the bread, and it seems he is speaking not of the Supper, but of the crucifixion. After that though, Jesus changes and begins talking about eating and drinking, which had not been mentioned before. It is there where Dr. Weinrich believes Jesus moves from talking about the crucifixion to talking about the Supper.
Obviously, there are some fine and complexed theological points in this whole thing, but either way, it does not change what we believe about the Lord’s Supper. And as we read through (and I preach through) John 6, I would suggest that when we talk about the Supper, we are talking about the crucifixion, and when we talk about the crucifixion, we talk about the Supper. The two are intimately connected, and I would be hesitant to separate one from the other. Just as Baptism delivers Jesus to us, so, too, does the Supper. The cross and its benefits are delivered to us through the body and blood of Jesus in, with, and under the bread and wine for us Christians to eat and to drink. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Cor. 11:26) “And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (Jn. 6:51). In the Supper, you receive the body and blood of Christ given and shed for you on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins. In the Supper, you receive the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ
In the body (and blood) of Christ,
Pastor Simek

July Attendance

Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
7/1 75/52 8 7/6
7/8 62/52 3 8
7/15 62/52 3 11/4
7/22 54/46 5 11/7
7/29 75/56 3 7/x

July Financial Report

Date Plate Envelope Debt Fund Misc
7/1 197 1735 350
7/8 58 1725 50
7/15 302 2978 140
7/22 270.50 1875
7/29 170 2495 240

August at your service…

Elders

Travis Trisler and Tim Van Hovelin

Altar Guild

Ruth Ficker, Rosemary Seehausen &
Ethel Mae Summers

Ushers

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

Acolytes

August
5 Ava Roberts
12 Emily Strubberg
19 Chloe White
26 Ava Roberts

Silent Auction
donation baskets are due Sunday, August 12th. We still have a few left so please take a look and see if there is one you would like to assemble and donate. Pick one on the board or come up with your own idea. Directions are posted above the board. Sign up sheets for “day of” service are out on the silent auction table. Please sign up for what you would like to help with. Next meeting is Tuesday, August 13th @ 5 pm. We will be training helpers and setting up the tables at this time also.

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.

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

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.

Wednesday

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.
August Prayer Partners

We pray particularly for these brothers and sisters in Christ:
Week of August 5: Gary & Jan Kallal
Week of August 12: Blake & Nicole Lewis and Elizabeth Morgan
Week of August 19: Steve & Kelli LeBlanc
Week of August 26: Christopher & Trish LeBlanc, Austin, Mason, & Ella, & *Nolan

August Birthdays
August 1 Rebekah Whyers
August 4 Joan Brown
August 4 Mary Ann Husmann
August 4 Yvonne Hartmann
August 9 Doloris Burnett
August 11 Jovee Hileman
August 13 Susan Jones
August 14 Samuel Baecht
August 16 Henry Bick
August 17 Marvin Frazer
August 19 Elke Monroe
August 21 Kristi Greene
August 21 Josh Manns
August 22 Ruth Ficker
August 22 Rebecca Greene
August 24 Bennie Morris

Thank You Joan Brown for baking the cupcakes for July and to Kim Frazer and the Thomas family for purchasing the materials for July. And thanks to Ruth and Leroy Stiles for purchasing supplies for the August and September cakes.

August Anniversaries
August 2 Bob & Carol Skibbe
August 14 Richard & Rosalyn Angel
August 17 Steve & Kelli LeBlanc
August 25 Randy & Mary Neal
August 26 Dennis & Brandi Smith

Sunshine Circle August 1, 2018 9:30 am More information

Bible Class August 5, 2018 8:15 am More information

Sunday School August 5, 2018 8:30 am More information

Divine Service August 5, 2018 9:30 am More information

Voters Meeting August 5, 2018 11:00 am More information

Summer Food Drive August 6, 2018 10:00 am More information

Sunshine Circle August 8, 2018 9:30 am More information

Bible Class August 8, 2018 11:00 am More information

Bible Class August 12, 2018 8:15 am More information

Sunday School August 12, 2018 8:30 am More information

Divine Service August 12, 2018 9:30 am More information

Council Meeting August 12, 2018 11:00 am More information

Summer Food Drive August 13, 2018 10:00 am More information

Silent Auction Meeting August 13, 2018 6:00 pm More information

Sunshine Circle August 15, 2018 9:30 am More information

Bible Class August 15, 2018 11:00 am More information

Bible Class August 19, 2018 8:15 am More information

Sunday School August 19, 2018 8:30 am More information

Divine Service August 19, 2018 9:30 am More information

Sunshine Circle August 22, 2018 9:30 am More information

Bible Class August 22, 2018 11:00 am More information

Bible Class August 26, 2018 8:15 am More information

Sunday School August 26, 2018 8:30 am More information

Divine Service August 26, 2018 9:30 am More information

Sunshine Circle August 29, 2018 9:30 am More information

Bible Class August 29, 2018 11:00 am More information

Copyright © 2018 Hope Lutheran Church Jerseyville, All rights reserved.
This is your Monthly Anchor Newsletter

Our mailing address is:
Hope Lutheran Church Jerseyville
1009 N State St
Jerseyville, IL 62052-1111

July Anchor

Mission Opposition
“See round You ark the hungry billows curling; See how Your foes their banners are unfurling And with great spite their fiery darts are hurling. O Lord, preserve us.”
-Lord of Our Life LSB 659 stz. 2

It has been about a month now, a little more, that we have been in the Season of Pentecost, the Season of the Church, and have been keeping a close eye on the number of visitors and percent of members in worship and the percent of members in Bible class. How do you think we are doing? Did you expect that we would have as many as we have? Did you expect we would have less and fewer than we have? How has it been going for you as you have been inviting others, members and non-members alike, to church and Bible class?
If you have found it difficult not only to ask and invite, but have found your efforts to be generally fruitless and difficult, you are not alone. As we look forward to the Gospel readings of our lectionary in July, we see that we are actually in very good company. In this month’s readings, Jesus and the disciples face all sorts of opposition to the proclamation of the Gospel which is why our hymn of the month for July will be LSB 659, Lord of Our Life.
Our Gospel readings for the month of July are a pretty straight forward reading through the Gospel of Mark. July 1st is Mark 5:21-43 where Jesus faces an ill and eventually dead daughter of Jairus and a woman with a flow of blood. July 8th is Mark 6:1-13 where Jesus is unable to perform miracles in his hometown because of their doubt and then sends out his disciples. July 15th is Mark 6:14-29 where we get the account of the death of John the Baptist. July 22nd is Mark 6:30-44 where Jesus faces the hunger of thousands of people and feeds them. And July 29th is Mark 6:45-56 where Jesus faces a storm at sea (an image of the devil and the chaos he causes) threatening to drown and kill him and his disciples. At every turn, Jesus is facing opposition to the Gospel and the teaching and preaching of the Word.
So in our hymn of the month, we get a picture of the enemies of the Gospel surrounding and assaulting the Church. In the second stanza (quoted above), the earthly enemies of God and the Gospel are described. In the third stanza (you will just have to look this one up), worldly darkness and hell itself assail us. We should not be surprised when we meet opposition to proclaiming the Word of God in the world.
People are comfortable in their darkness. Both members and non-members alike get comfortable in their routines, some of which include church on a regular basis, some don’t; some include Bible class on a regular basis, some don’t. In preaching the Gospel and inviting others to church, not only are we asking people to leave their routine, but to change, to repent and turn from themselves and turn to the Word of God. And of course, there is going to be opposition to change. People are not comfortable with change. People are not comfortable with the Gospel.
Yet it is a necessary change for salvation. It is a change for their (and our) eternal good. It is a change which puts them (and us) on what seems to be the losing side of this war and under assault and siege and we just described, but it puts us on the side of God. It makes us enemies with sin, this world, the devil, and hell, but it makes us at peace with God. As the fourth stanza of the hymn goes (again, look it up), “Peace in our hearts… Peace in Your Church… Peace when the world its endless war is waging, Peace in Your heaven.” Even in the face of this seemingly endless war on earth, the Gospel of Christ and Him crucified for me, for you, and for our neighbors gives peace now and forever.

In the war and peace of Christ,
Pastor Simek

June Attendance

Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
6/3 67/52 n/a 7/8
6/10 67/57 3 8/7
6/17 65/55 6 9/7
6/24 65/54 8 X / 7

 

June Financial Report

Date Plate Envelope Debt Fund Misc
6/3 297 1665 0
6/10 264 2085 25
6/17 208 2065
6/24 220 2065 40
July at
your service

Elders 
Rick Whyers and Travis Trisler

Altar Guild
Tim and Sharon Butler

Ushers 
First SundayRick Angel,
Jim Manns, Nathan Martin
Second SundayRick Angel,
Ed Basham,
Third SundayMike Roth, Rick Angel, Randy & Travis Trisler
Fourth SundayEric Trisler, Kris McGuire, Tim Van Hoveln,
Rick Angel
 Fifth Sunday: Tim Van Hoveln, Travis Trisler

Acolytes 
July
1                           Emily Strubberg
8                           Chloe White
15                         Ava Roberts
22                         Emily Strubberg
29                         Chloe White

Silent Auction Meeting
The silent auction donation baskets are out in the narthex. Please take a look at them and follow the directions listed above the basket board. If you have your own idea for a basket please fill out a slip at the table. Our next silent auction meeting will be July 17th @ 6pm.

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!

Higher Things
The Youth chose to attend the conference in July 3-6 at Carleton College, Northfield MN.
We currently have 7 youth and 2 chaperones registered.

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.

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

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.

Wednesday

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.

July 1, 2018 – Bible Class 1:15 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 1, 2018 – Sunday School 1:30 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 1, 2018 – Divine Service 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
July 2, 2018 – Summer Food Drive 3:00 pm-3:30 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 4, 2018 – Sunshine Circle 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
July 4, 2018 – Bible Class 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
July 8, 2018 – Bible Class 1:15 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 8, 2018 – Sunday School 1:30 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 8, 2018 – Divine Service 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
July 9, 2018 – Summer Food Drive 3:00 pm-3:30 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 11, 2018 – Sunshine Circle 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
July 11, 2018 – Bible Class 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
July 15, 2018 – Bible Class 1:15 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 15, 2018 – Sunday School 1:30 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 15, 2018 – Divine Service 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
July 16, 2018 – Summer Food Drive 3:00 pm-3:30 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 18, 2018 – Sunshine Circle 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
July 18, 2018 – Bible Class 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
July 22, 2018 – Bible Class 1:15 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 22, 2018 – Sunday School 1:30 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 22, 2018 – Divine Service 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
July 23, 2018 – Summer Food Drive 3:00 pm-3:30 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 25, 2018 – Sunshine Circle 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
July 25, 2018 – Bible Class 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
July 29, 2018 – Bible Class 1:15 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 29, 2018 – Sunday School 1:30 pm-2:15 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N State St, Jerseyville, IL 62052, USA
July 29, 2018 – Divine Service 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

June Anchor

June 2018
Church’s Challenge
“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..”
-Matthew 28:19-20aOn Pentecost, I issued a challenge to you in my sermon. It was a challenge for you and for all of us as a church. The challenge I issued and gauntlet that I threw down was to see how many of our members we could get in church, how many visitors we could get in church, and how many members we could get in Bible Class between now and Advent (which begins in December). We will be keeping track of these numbers each week in our bulletin as the percent of members in worship, the number of visitors in worship, and the percent of members in Bible Class. The idea is to get as many different people, both members and visitors, in Hope’s door at least once during this Season of the Church.
The goal of this challenge is twofold. First, the obvious reason, is for the sake of our neighbor: that they would come to church. If they are members here, then they ought to be here and you serve them not by beating them with the Law, but inviting them with the Gospel to come and receive the gifts they have been promised by God. If they have a church home somewhere else, that is fine, invite them to come with you, here, even if it is just once. If they do not already have a church home somewhere, that is even more reason to invite them, that they might hear the Word of God proclaimed through Law and Gospel and the Holy Spirit would work in them faith.
While I have no doubt that the Word of God does not return void and without doing the work God intended for it to do, I am also realistic and understand that many of these people may not come back. Of course, we pray that they do, but if they do not, God’s Word proclaimed through our liturgy, hymnody, and preaching will do and fulfill God’s purpose for which He sends it out, however and whatever that might be or look like. That is God’s work, the work of the Holy Spirit, and we trust in Him to do what He will. This means that we don’t have to propose a change in church membership or huge commitment to come every Sunday for the rest of the Season, but that they come once and that God will do and work with His Word what He will do.
That is why my challenge for Bible Class is not a final total number (though perhaps another year it will be), but the number of different people because I believe God’s Word will do its work on every different individual who comes. Ultimately, it is not my challenge, but God’s Word which will work to retain these people and keep them coming back whether it is in worship or Bible Class.
The other purpose that I issued this challenge for is for you. It is to get you (and me) into a more frequent habit and more comfortable with inviting people to church. It is a hard and scary thing to do if it is not something we do regularly (perhaps like attending Bible Class may be), but with practice, with failure and success, it will become less scary, more comfortable, and more habitual when God puts before us a person He has chosen to come and remain in faith.
So for you, for your neighbor, and for service to God and church, I encourage you to take up this challenge. Make it a challenge between you and the every Sunday member next to you to see who can bring more people. Make the mission and work of God your own personal mission as you are God’s own.
In the mission of Christ,
Pastor Simek
May Attendance
Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
5/6 78/56 8 6/7
5/13 83/63 5 6/6
5/20 112/76 N/A 8/6
5/27 67/52 N/A 7/

May Financial Report

Date Plate Envelope Debt Fund Misc
5/6 186 2195 50.75
5/13 196 3105 0 25
5/20 207 1715
5/27 297 1665
June at your service…
Elders
Tim Van Hoveln
Altar Guild
Joan Brown and Brandi Smith
Ushers 
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
Acolytes for June
3                          Ava Roberts
10                        Emily Strubberg
17                        Chloe White
24                        Ava Roberts
Silent Auction Meeting
The silent auction donation baskets are out in the narthex. Please take a look at them and follow the directions listed above the basket board. If you have your own idea for a basket please fill out a slip at the table. Our next silent auction meeting will be June 12th @ 6pm.Alton Donation Day
Please sign-up if you are able to help get donations from around Alton on June 16th for the Silent Auction

 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!

 Higher Things
The Youth chose to attend the conference in July 3-6 at Carleton College, Northfield MN.
We currently have 7 youth and 2 chaperones registered.

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

Congratulations
To our recent High School Graduates Chance Trisler and  Emma Sharich

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