Today’s Prayer

Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.—Joshua 24:14 (NIV)

Dear heavenly Father, surely I would not worship the gods of our ancestors. That was so long ago, I can’t even think of their names.  But, you still use your Bible to speak to me.  “Throw away your gods,” you say.  Lord, do I have gods I worship today?  Do I have time-robbers, things that take my eyes off you?  Are you speaking to me and my life, Father?  Do you mean Facebook, video games, TV, obtaining and spending money, etc.?  Have these become my modern day gods that are taking my eyes off you?  Do I reach out to them first thing in the morning rather than to you?  Do I end my evenings in their presence rather than yours? Forgive me, for Jesus' sake, for the times I have served these gods instead of you. Father, I ask you to empower me through your Holy Spirit to fend off all these worldly gods and enable me to serve you and you only with all faithfulness.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

 

Church Picnic

Come enjoy visiting with fellow church members and enjoy some great food today at the church picnic following the worship service. 

 

Photography

Two local WELS photographers will be on site today to capture images of the building, during worship service, and of members socializing. We will use the photos in different mediums—website, newsletter, Facebook, etc. Names will not be used, but if you prefer not to have your face appear online or in public advertisements, please speak to Pastor Voss or Janeen Roska, and your privacy will be respected.  Silence will be understood as permission. In front of the cameras, conduct yourself as you normally do; don't change a thing! The goal is to capture our congregation as we are and to display the Christian community we have.

 

September Newsletter

Please pick up your September newsletter in the narthex.

 

No Labor Day Monday Worship

Due to Labor Day, there will be no worship on Monday, September 3. Monday worship will resume on September 10.

 

Sunday School

Sunday School will begin again this fall.  It is held after Sunday morning worship during the time that Bible Class is held.  It is open to children in grades 4K-6th grade.  A sign-up sheet is in the narthex.  You can also sign-up online at our website.  We are looking for volunteers to help teach this year.  If you are willing to help out in the teacher rotation, please call, text or e-mail Brian Haag.

 

New Member Welcome Brunch

Get to know our new members a little bit better at the New Member Welcome Brunch on Sunday, September 9. This will take the place of Bible Class and Sunday School.  Hot ham and rolls will be provided.  Please bring a dish to pass.  Hope to see you there!

 

Scrip Order

With some advance planning, you can raise funds for our Tuition Assistance Fund by using scrip.   Scrip is a program where you buy gift cards at face value.  A percentage of that gift card is donated to Living Water.  Those funds are added to our Tuition Assistance Fund. Order forms are available in the narthex.  Orders are due next Sunday, September 2. You can also order Scrip cards online.

 

Help Needed for Trunk or Treat Festival

Would you like to help reach out to families in our area? What if you could do it by handing out candy from your car in the church parking lot? Join other Living Water family members on October 27 for Trunk or Treat. We'll welcome families from our community onto our property so that children can trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk and the whole family can enjoy other fun fall activities. But we need at least ten vehicles by mid September to get this event up and running. Sign up in the narthex today!

 

Secretary Office Hours

Janeen Roska will be in the office this week on Wednesday, August 29 from 3:30-5:30 pm and Friday, August 31 from  9:00-11:00 am.  Beginning in September, her usual office hours will be Wednesdays from 3:30–6:00 pm and Fridays from 1:30-3:30 pm.

 

 

THANK YOU FOR SERVING

TODAY
     Pianist: Tracy Hankwitz
     Greeters: Brian & Veronica Haag
     Flowers: Jim & Janice Prochaska
     Ushers:  Team 4: Dave DeAngelis, Brian Haag, Craig Scherbarth, Matt Timm

NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
     Greeter: Bob Leverenz
     Flowers:  Jane Galvan
     Fellowship Host:  Needed
     Cleaning:  Needed
     Team 1: Duane Cleven, Bob Leverenz, Ryan Moldenhauer, Art Plautz

 

 

AROUND THE WELS

 

NPH Retail Store Closing

September 8 will be NPH Christian Books & Gifts’ final day of operation.  Northwestern Publishing House is thankful for the support and prayers during the transition to online sales only.  After the retail store is closed, NPH will continue to provide us and our congregation with the resources we need through their online store found at www.nph.net.

 

Job Opening

Christ Lutheran School in Big Bend is seeking an individual to become our school janitor beginning in mid-August of this year. The position involves the performance of basic janitorial duties in a Christian pre-school and elementary school environment. The job will be expected to be accomplished within twenty  hours a week; Monday through Friday beginning at 2:30 P.M.  If you have an interest in this position or if you have any questions regarding this posting please contact our Principal Mr. Steven Janke at Christ Lutheran School in Big Bend. He can be reached by calling (262) 352-8742 or e-mailing sjanke76@gmail.com.

 

Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors Convention

The 2018 OWLS convention is being held on October 10-12 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Each year the OWLS host a fall convention with the purpose of getting members together to be spiritually enriched, have fun, meet new people, and renew old acquaintances. The Organization of WELS Seniors (OWLS) convention is open to all WELS/ELS members who are retired and/or over the age of 50. Learn more at wels.net/events.