News and Announcements are published on Friday of each week.
Sisters of Redeemer: It is with much Joy in my heart, that I am inviting you to “Be Still with me and Know that throughout every storm you face in this life, you always have rest and refuge in God”. You can still join me, as together, we will begin a study of rest and refuge based on Psalm 46, called “Be Still & Know” by Deb Burma. If you are interested in joining or if you have any questions send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Class has two time slots: Tuesdays at 10am in person and on Zoom and at 7pm on Zoom only.
Thy Strong Word Bible Study – Listen to Pastor Ingo Dutzmann with program host Pastor Brady Finnern on KFUO Radio on Tuesday, Jan 18 at 12:00 pm. The topic of the Bible Study is Matthew 10:16-33, Persecution Will Come.
Missions Unpacked is a free 4-week on-line series. Each week, you’ll learn about the LCMS mission work in one region of the world, meet missionaries in a live Zoom presentation, and experience local culture through language, food and more! Get a group together or tune in solo, attend every session or watch some here and there. Sessions are Jan 4 - Feb 20. Registration is free and is open now at https://international.lcms.org/missions-unpacked/.
English Conversation Partners. Volunteer as a conversation partner with English language learners around the world! Give your partner the chance to practice their English skills with a native speaker. This is a great opportunity to help the students grow in their confidence. You also get to support the work our missionaries are doing! The winter round of English Conversation Partners will have two sessions: Jan 24 - Mar 11 (Puerto Rico & Czech Republic) and Feb 14-Mar 28 (Canada). Here are the specifics and the Link FMI. You can also speak to Brenda about her experience with young people in Puerto Rico.
‘Recovering Our First Love for Evangelism’ Webinar: January 19, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Do you rejoice in the privilege of sharing the love of Christ with your neighbors, family and friends? Do you wish you could? Join in the conversation on how you might at this free webinar. Sign up at https://calendar.lcms.org/event/webinar-recovering-our-first-love-for-evangelism/
A new year…and a new experience? Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale, Iowa hosts the Hong Kong English Bible School. The next Zoom sessions are Feb 18 through Apr 29. The children practice their English speaking skills while learning about God’s amazing power through songs, Bible stories, and fun activities. As a volunteer you simply lead short prepared science and craft sessions to a small group. Classes are about two hours on Friday evenings. You may sign up for as few as four sessions. Many volunteers are needed to serve the 1800 students who have signed up. Might you step out in faith and give this try? Contact Brenda for more info.
1.1.1 For Church Planting in New England is a one year effort to raise more than one quarter million dollars to fund church planting in New England. You will receive an email about once each month to encourage your participation and to update you on progress. The first email will arrive in mid January.
Making Disciples for Life hosted a conference in early January and we will view the final presentation in Sunday morning Bible Class on Feb 27. Rev. Robert Zagore, Executive Director, Office of National Mission, LCMS will speak on what’s next for the church. The cultural trends and changes that are occurring all around us are a gift of God and an opportunity for the faithful church. Beginning with an examination of the theology of the cross and the current situation, the head of the LCMS Office of National Mission talks us through the strategy and resources that will help us to continue Christ’s mission in the world and as he considers what more needs to be done to meet future challenges. Plan to join us for this informative and inspirational presentation.
Gorham Food Pantry Update - Our friend Heather Whitaker, at present is feeding at least 110 families in Gorham. Much of the food is coming from the Gorham food Pantry and they are soliciting direct cash donations. If anyone would like to support them you can make a donation at their website www.gorhamfiveforfood.org.
Preble Street Resource Center is a mercy organization serving the needs of the homeless and underprivileged in the Portland area. Donations may be made by check to Preble St Resource Center and mailed to 38 Preble Street Portland, Maine 04101.
For those interested in supporting the new immigrants to our community the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center offers English Language Programs, and loans and mentoring to immigrant owed businesses among other activities. For further information contact www.welcomeimmigrant.org
If you need anything (rides, supplies, medicine pickups) or any assistance please feel free to contact Sandy or Tom DiPasqua at 207-883-2730 or email@example.com.
Next Sunday, January 23 after church, a bridal shower will be held for Erika Avery and Otto Skirbe. Lisa Sandeno is the contact person if anyone would like to bring food. Decorations and paper goods are already provided. Target.com has their list of needs under both their names if people want to bring a gift. All ladies of the church are invited.
Newsletter Deadline – If you wish to contribute to the February church newsletter, please email your submission to the church office by January 25.
We Stand Together Confessing God’s Gift of Life - Thousands of your brothers and sisters in Christ will be publicly confessing the God-given value of all human life during Marches for Life around the United States in 2022. Follow the link in the title to find out more.
Witness and Outreach Sentence: John 2:1-11: Jesus’ first miracle was done to meet a need: the wedding feast had run out of wine. How has Jesus met a need of yours? We all have a story to tell about how Jesus has and continues to meet our needs. Your own unique story can share Christ with someone and give witness to others about how Jesus meets their needs through His life, death, and resurrection.
Stewardship Note: John 2:3 – “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ ” Behold the faith of Mary. She sees a problem and simply lays it before her Son and Lord, saying, “They have no wine.” She does not offer a proposed solution, and she does not demand. She simply states her need and waits for the Lord’s response. She trusts that the Lord is a giver, and she knows that He always provides. May such a faith be ours!
Life Thought for January 16: God chose humankind in Christ Jesus. God chose you with the celebration of a wedding (John 2:11). God chose you with the love a husband has for his bride (Isaiah 62:4-5). God chose you and all offspring of Adam and Eve (Psalm 128:3). God chose you and every variety of human being, chose us into existence, chose us with forgiveness, chose us for making a difference (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
Your Daily Lutheran Bible Class… Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week's teachings include: A Biblical View of Marriage, The Book of James, The Confession of Peter, Old Testament Matriarch Sarah, Jesus Blessing the Children and more. You can listen at your convenience at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
All announcements and prayer requests received in the church office by noon on Thursday will appear in print that week in Friday’s email. If there is an announcement that you would like Pastor to make following Sunday’s FB live stream, please email him that information.