Introduction: Stories of the call to discipleship continue as the Time after Epiphany plays out the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is arrested for preaching in a similar way. Knowing that John was later executed, we see at the very outset the cost of discipleship. Still, the two sets of fisherman brothers leave everything they have known and worked for all their lives to follow Jesus and fish for people.
Purpose: To build a Christian community that is inviting and encourages and equips people to grow as committed disciples of Christ. Grow: in our relationship with God through prayer, Bible Study, and service.
Worship Servers: Each Sunday morning please meet in the workroom five minutes before the service begins for prayer.
Today, we welcome our special guest speaker, Rachel C. She recently returned from a year living and serving in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, through the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. There, she worked with a rural development NGO called Life With Dignity on issues ranging from good governance, to sustainable livelihoods, to climate change adaptation. She is thrilled to honor that experience through her current role as a Campaign Interpreter with Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA. In this capacity, Rachel shares stories of the YAGM program and other campaign ministries to engage members of the ELCA with the global church. To learn more about YAGM, the Global Church, and how to give, visit www.elca.org/globalchurch
Today’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God by the Mark & Heather G. in celebration of Sarah’s 15th birthday; and by Brian & Harriet R. in celebration of Tricia’s birthday.
The 2018 Flower Chart is now on the bulletin board. This offers the opportunity for many people to contribute to our worship service. You may include a dedication (please PRINT legibly). Altar flowers cost $30 per arrangement which you may include payment with your offering indicating “flowers”. Arrangements may be taken home following second service. Many openings available.
Adult Education: Animate Bible - No previous experience required!
You are invited to encounter scripture in new ways through this series Animate Bible. Each session will include a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith and then time for sharing questions and ideas. Come and grow in your understanding of the Bible – the coffee (and tea) will be ready!
Food Donations Needed: Donations to ACTS & Neabsco Elementary are running low. Please consider bringing in food items to be delivered for the holiday break. Thank you for helping! List of needs by Entrance Hall bulletin board.
We want to make Valentine’s Day extra special for our LCOC College Students, Homebound Seniors, and our Military. Please bring in home-baked cookies and candy by February 3rd so that we can package up these goodies and get them to the recipients by Valentine’s Day. You can also contribute money for the mailing of these gifts as well. Please bring in some food for Neabsco Elementary students also. Thanks for LIVING GENEROUSLY. Any questions, please see Stacey R. or Jo Ann.
The Bells are BACK! Join us for bell choir here at LCOC as we bring back a well-loved part of our music ministry! We will have weekly rehearsals on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm. We play our first piece on February 11th, Transfiguration Sunday. No musical experience required! Just contact Kurt H. at email@example.com for more details or to sign up!
Prayer Chain Ministry: please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the Prayer Chain Lead at 571-210-1979
Feb. 13 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper
Feb. 18 – Spaghetti Dinner – fundraiser for the Youth Gathering
March 10 – Rise Against Hunger – packing 30,000 meals