As We Gather this weekend: True faith hungers for the Word of God. Apart from the preaching and hearing of God’s Word, faith grows weak and can even die. Those who feel they don't have to “be in church” to worship God are missing out on a great opportunity to get closer to Jesus. When we get close to Jesus by hearing his Word and praying to him, our faith grows and matures into a life of thanksgiving and worship. Like the one leper who was cleansed and returned to give thanks, it is only those who trust in Christ's Word who are drawn even closer to him. They are reconciled with God and receive forgiveness, life, and salvation. Praise be to God!
Stewardship Standard: Luke 17:19 says, “And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.’” Only one of the 10 lepers who were cleansed returns to give thanks to Jesus. Why is that? Surely the rest were thankful to be freed from such a terrible disease, too. But only the Samaritan leper had faith, and his faith turned into action. That is always the case with true faith! Our generosity toward God’s work, through the Church, is one way we put our faith into action.
The next “Concordia Sings” small-group meeting will be at 7 p.m., Monday, October 17, in the sanctuary. Come and make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Two of the three vacant congregations in the Altenburg Circuit have extended pastoral calls. Salem, Farrar, and Zion, Crosstown, have extended a call to Rev. Marcus Baikie of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Immanuel, New Wells, has extended a call to Rev. Ryan W. Meyer of St. Peter, Ill. Please keep these congregations, pastors, and their families in your prayers as they consider.
UCLS is sponsoring a free concert by AriSon on Friday, October 28. Jenny Williamson is an amazing singer who has performed nationally, including at Lutheran education conferences. Her beautiful voice and Christian witness will inspire and entertain. Please join us at 6 p.m. at the EPC Fairgrounds. Light snacks will be served.
UCLS students would like to help you this fall. On the morning of October 28, they will come to your home to collect walnuts. With your permission, they will sell the nuts and contribute the funds to the "Help Jen Breathe" fund which benefits Jennifer Lorenz, who is awaiting a lung transplant. Any other donations you make for this service will also be given to the "Help Jen Breathe" fund. Contact the school office at 573-824-5218 by October 24 if you would like for the students to serve you in this way. We will need your address and a contact number.
UCLS thanks you for your prayers and support over the last 12 years. Would you like to learn more about what is happening at the school and why it continues to prosper? Join the UCLS Board of Education for an informational meeting at 6:45 p.m. October 20 at Concordia Lutheran Church.
Lutherans for Life quote for October 9: “Moved by the Holy Spirit, may we help each other carry the crosses we face together. May we work to eliminate suffering together. And may we find healing, belonging, peace, and joy, together in the cross of Christ!” Michelle Bauman, director of Y4Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org