White Creek Weekly

THE POPE…. The Word conjures up many different thoughts.  Some say he’s the bishop of Rome and nowhere else.  Others say that he is the true earthly head of the Christian Church.  Still others say that he is the antichrist.  What do we with one voice believe and confess about the office of Pope?  As we meet for Bible study next Sunday, we will begin looking into what our confessions say about this office.  Hope to see you there!  In Christ, Pastor Whitmore. 
SUNDAY SCHOOL grades 1-8 will begin practice for the Christmas program in church next Sunday.  Preschool – Kindergarten will meet in the kindergarten room to practice their songs.
TIME AND TALENT SURVEY:  If you did not receive a Time and Talent Survey last Sunday/Wednesday, please ask an usher or the elder for one.  Please take a minute to complete the Survey and hand it to the usher when you leave today.  We would like a completed Survey from each confirmed member of our congregation.
THE LUTHERAN WITNESS:  Persons who would like to order/renew their subscription to The Lutheran Witness may contact Becky in the church office.  Cost for the year subscription is $19.  Checks may be made payable to our church.  Order deadline is TODAY.
CHILDRENS’ CHRISTMAS EVE PROGRAM DRAWINGS:  Children’s artwork will again be featured in this year’s Christmas Eve bulletin.  Submit your black/white drawing on an 8½ x 11 sheet of plain white paper (drawn with black ink is best).  Preschoolers will draw something in their Sunday School class.  Please turn in to Jessica Morphew by Sunday, December 3.
A SERVICE OF CAROLS AND READINGS will be held at our 9:00 a.m. worship on December 24.  If you would like to participate in a special choir for this service, please contact Lori Hill at 812-350-1474 as soon as possible.
THE STEWARDSHIP BOARDwill meet this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
GUILD MEMBERS are reminded of their meeting this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
DECEMBER CALENDAR AND NEWS ITEMSneed to be given to Becky by this Thursday.
SENIOR LEAGUE will meet next Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. at Bob Evans Restaurant for supper and will then return to the fellowship room for socializing.
YOUTH will meet next Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m.

FOOD GATHERING: In thanksgiving to God for our many blessings, we will be gathering non-perishable food items again this year for the local food pantry.  Donations may be left in the narthex beginning next Sunday through Thanksgiving Eve.
THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE is requesting that if you are interested in serving in an office and have not received a nomination letter, please contact Bryan Schroer (812-343-5352.  The following offices are up for re-election this year:            Chairman                                 Board of Evangelism            General Fund Treasurer          Board of Stewardship            Elder                                       Dist. Convention Delegate            Synodical Treasurer                Usher            Third Trustee                           Trinity Board            Board of Education               
BUILDING FUND UPDATE:The balance of our “Arise and Build” school expansion loan as of last Sunday was $13,513.00.  Envelopes for any remaining pledges/contributions are available in the narthex.
POSITION AVAILABLE:  The school board at St John’s White Creek Lutheran School is accepting applications for the position of Principal.  The position is full-time and will involve working with students from grades K-8. The position requires the candidate to have a Master’s Degree and Administrative Licensing. The individual may have teaching duties in addition to administration responsibilities. We are seeking someone caring and diligent about the Christian education of our children, so a Lutheran background and Synodical training is preferred.  Please send your resume to the school office by January 11, 2018.
LADIES AID will be meeting for their holiday luncheon on Thursday, November 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Stahl’s Restaurant in Brownstown.  Please respond to Jean Voelker (812-216-1489) by November 26.
DEPOSITS OF $50 (church), $313 (school) and $35 (Foundation) have been made on behalf of Thrivent Financial’s Thrivent Choice program by the directed Choice Dollars of Ken & Kyra Bode, Duane Eckelman, Keith & Amy Mensendiek, Tom Schroer, Kristin Simons, and Dr. Timothy & Lindsey Von Fange.
THE ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN netted $7,680.74 at the Ethnic Expo.  This organization is very thankful for your church for providing volunteers to work the food booth, the cultural booth, and build the float for the parade.  These funds are very helpful for shipping relief items to Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
EMANUEL, DUDLEYTOWN, will host its Harvest Festival this evening from 3:30-7:00 p.m.  A free-will offering will be received and carry-outs available.  Crafts and baked goods will also be featured.
TRINITY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL is sponsoring a donation drawing, Tickets for Textbooks.  For every $20 donated, a ticket will be placed in a drawing for one of three items – a 2018 Ranger Polaris XP 900 EPS, a Tikka T3K Hunter .308 caliber rifle, or an LG 55” Ultra HD 4K Smart HDTV.  Donate $100 and get 6 tickets (buy 5, get 1 free).  See our Trinity representatives, Sue Voelker or Tom Schroer, to make your donation or check at any of Trinity’s upcoming sporting events.  The drawing will be held at the home boys’ basketball game on Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:    Matt. 25:4               “…but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.”  Why did they take flasks of oil with them?  Because they listened to the Bridegroom’s words and believed them.  Our actions always start with and flow from our beliefs.  What do your actions in the realm of stewardship say about what you believe?
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WE REJOICE WITH Tyler & Beth Meyer as they bring their daughter, KATHRYN NICOLE, and Pastor & Jennifer Whitmore as they bring their son, JACOB BENJAMIN, to Holy Baptism this morning.  Kathryn’s sponsors are her uncles and aunts, Matt & Caleh Koeberlein, and Ed & Colleen Koeberlein, and Jacob’s sponsors are family friend, Mary Anne Schneider, and cousin, Hannah Gallup.  God’s blessings to all of them!
ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY:We pause today to remember all those who have gone to their heavenly home, especially those during this past year:  Cheryl Heckman, Bettie Noblitt, Betty McCrory, Bill Thompson, and Tim Brandt.  Please note the memorial display today in the narthex.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND ADULT BIBLE STUDYwill not meet next Sunday, November 12. Instead, we will give thanks for our many blessings and enjoy pie and fellowship with each other after worship!  Please see Lloyd Meyer in the narthex today to sign up to bring a pie!   
SUNDAY SCHOOL will begin practice for the Christmas program today.  If your child(ren) cannot attend Sunday School that day, but would like to participate in the program, please call Jessica Morphew (812-343-9110) or email her at sundayschool@whitecreek.org.
PIE SUNDAY:  Pie sheets and Christian Growth Cards are still available in the narthex. If you already have a Christian Growth Card, please bring it back next Sunday to be put into a sealed envelope. Next year these cards will be given back to each family so they can see how they did with the goals that they set.
EVERY CONFIRMED MEMBER should have received a Time and Talent Survey upon entering church today.  (If you didn’t receive one, let the Elder know.)  Please take a minute to complete the Survey and return it to the usher when you leave today.  We would like a completed Survey from each confirmed member of our congregation.
THE POPE…. The Word conjures up many different thoughts.  Some say he’s the bishop of Rome and nowhere else.  Others say that he is the true earthly head of the Christian Church.  Still others say that he is the antichrist.  What do we with one voice believe and confess about the office of Pope?  As we meet for Bible study beginning November 19, we will begin looking into what our confessions say about this office.  Hope to see you there!  In Christ, Pastor Whitmore. 
THE LUTHERAN WITNESS:  Persons who would like to order/renew their subscription to The Lutheran Witness may contact Becky in the church office.  Cost for the year subscription is $19.  Checks may be made payable to our church.  Order deadline is next Sunday, November 12.
YOUTH GROUPS will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m.

THE CHURCH COUNCIL AND STEWARDSHIP BOARD will meet this Thursday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m.  Pastor Phil Krupski from the LCMS Foundation will be presenting information regarding the possibility of setting up a foundation for our school through the LCMS Foundation.  You are urged to please attend.
BUILDING FUND UPDATE:As of October 31, the balance of our “Arise and Build” school expansion loan was $16,228.60.  Envelopes for any remaining pledges/contributions are available in the narthex.
WCLS 18THANNUAL BASKET BINGO NIGHT will be held this Friday, November 10, in our gym.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with Bingo starting at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are still available from any WCLS student or through our school office - $20/person for 20 games.
MANY THANKS to everyone who made every aspect of our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation a resounding success!  A special thank-you to Thrivent for the financial support and to Lester Otte and Pork Producers for providing the pork burgers.
THANK YOU for your support of the Orphan Grain Train Backpack Project.  As part of our Reformation Celebration, the kids filled 50 backpacks that will be shipped overseas, complete with special cards they made themselves.  The kids were excited to help others who do not have what we tend to take for granted!
A BIG THANK-YOU to the Foundation for the funding for our new copier and for helping with the expense of our new wireless network system – two much-needed great improvements!
VETERANS’ DAY PROGRAM:Trinity Lutheran High School is hosting is Annual Veterans’ Day Program this Friday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. with a light reception following.  This year will include a special recognition of local veterans and those who serve in the Indiana National Guard.  If you are an Indiana veteran and would like to be included in the program’s slideshow presentation, please send a scanned photo along with your name, rank, military branch, and years of service to veteransday@trinitycougars.org.  The public is invited – thank you for helping us recognize those who have served our country.  Please call the Trinity office (812-524-8547 with any questions.
GERMAN HERITAGE EVENT:  Guest speaker, Ken Selking, will give two presentations about Pastor Wyneken next Sunday, November 12, at St. Paul, Clifty.  Wyneken was a Lutheran pastor in Germany who came to America in 1838 to serve people on the frontier (Indiana).  There will be a church service at 8:00 a.m., followed by a coffee hour and the presentation beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The second service will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by the Girl Scout Chili Cook-off/Lunch at 12:00.  A second presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come for all or part of the day.
ST. JOHN’S, SAUERS, Annual Turkey & Ham Supper and Ladies Aid Bazaar will be held this evening, 4:00-7:00 p.m.  A free-will offering will be received, and carry-outs will be available.
EMANUEL, DUDLEYTOWN, will host its Harvest Festival next Sunday, November 12, from 3:30-7:00 p.m.  A free-will offering will be received and carry-outs available.  A bazaar offering crafts and baked goods will also be featured.
“LEGACY OF FAITH” is the theme for the 13th Annual Lakeview Dinner Auction, which will be held on Saturday, November 18, at the Primo Banquet Hall & Conference Center in Indianapolis.  Tickets are $50/person or a table of 8 for $400.  Contact the camp office at 812-342-4815 to get information on how to get half price tickets!  All proceeds benefit God’s work being done at Lakeview Ministries.  For more information, call the camp office or email office@lakeviewministries.com.
HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF EVENTS RELATIVE TO THE REFORMATION:1518 – Philip Melanchthon comes to Wittenberg University·         Heidelberg Disputation, April·         Process against Luther begins in Rome·         Luther appears before Cardinal Cajetan in Augsburg, Oct.-Nov.·         Luther appeals to General Council, refuses to recant·         Frederick the Wise refuses to surrender Luther, December1519 – Ulrich Zwingli begins preaching on the New Testament·         Charles V elected Holy Roman Emperor, June 28·         Leipzig Debate between Luther and Eck, July
TRINITY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL is sponsoring a donation drawing, Tickets for Textbooks.  For every $20 donated, a ticket will be placed in a drawing for one of three items – a 2018 Ranger Polaris XP 900 EPS, a Tikka T3K Hunter .308 caliber rifle, or an LG 55” Ultra HD 4K Smart HDTV.  Donate $100 and get 6 tickets (buy 5, get 1 free).  See our Trinity representatives, Sue Voelker or Tom Schroer, to make your donation or check at any of Trinity’s upcoming sporting events.  The drawing will be held at the home boys’ basketball game on Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.
ITEMS MAY BE BROUGHT yet today to the Aluminum Can Drive.  The trailer is parked on the south side of church.  Our school’s WCA sponsors this project.  Many thanks for supporting this effort!
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:    Matt. 5:7               “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”  This is one of many Bible passages that remind us that we reap what we sow.  Likewise, what God puts into us (His own love, mercy, kindness, and generosity) – flows back out of us.  For it all starts with His self-giving!T BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK! T
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND ADULT BIBLE STUDY will not meet today after church – instead, come and enjoy lunch and special Reformation activities! 
SUNDAY SCHOOL will begin practice for the Christmas program next Sunday, November 5.  If your child(ren) cannot attend Sunday School that day, but would like to participate in the program, please call Jessica Morphew (812-343-9110) or email her at sundayschool@whitecreek.org.
PIE SUNDAY: If you did not get a pie sheet last Sunday, you may get one from the narthex today.  Please complete this pie sheet (you may also color it if you like!) and return it so it can be posted on the windows in the narthex.  The Christian Growth Card for each family is also available in the narthex to help each family sit down and consider what gifts God has given to them and what they are doing with those gifts. These will then be put into sealed envelopes to be put in a basket in the church on Pie Sunday, November 12th.  If you already have a Christian Growth Card, please bring it back on the 12th. Next year they will be given back to each family so they can see how they did with the goals that they set. 
NOVEMBER CALENDAR AND NEWS will be available from the ushers after today’s worship.
THE LUTHERAN WITNESS:  Persons who would like to order/renew their subscription to The Lutheran Witness may contact Becky in the church office.  Cost for the year subscription is $19.  Checks may be made payable to our church.  Order deadline is Sunday, November 12.
BUILDING FUND ENVELOPES are available in the narthex for your remaining pledge/contribution to our “Arise and Build” school expansion project.
THE ELDERS will meet this Wednesday after Worship.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Pastor & Jennifer Whitmore on the birth of their son, JACOB BENJAMIN, last Monday, October 23.  Jacob arrived weighing 8 lbs. 3 ozs. and measuring 20.5 ins.  Everyone is doing fine.  God’s blessings to them!
HUGE SUCCESS: Thank you to all who helped make the Friends of Germany Ethnic Expo booth and float a huge success.  Not only did our float win the Mayor’s Choice Award, but our booth raised almost $9,000 for Orphan Grain Train!  God provided many helping hands, great weather, and a hungry community, the perfect combination which resulted in a completely sell out!  To God be the glory!
“LEGACY OF FAITH” is the theme for the 13th Annual Lakeview Dinner Auction, which will be held on Saturday, November 18, at the Primo Banquet Hall & Conference Center in Indianapolis.  Tickets are $50/person or a table of 8 for $400.  Contact the camp office at 812-342-4815 to get information on how to get half price tickets!  All proceeds benefit God’s work being done at Lakeview Ministries.  For more information, call the camp office or email office@lakeviewministries.com.
GERMAN HERITAGE EVENT:  Guest speaker, Ken Selking, will give two presentations about Pastor Wyneken on Sunday, November 12, at St. Paul, Clifty.  Wyneken was a Lutheran pastor in Germany who came to America in 1838 to serve people on the frontier (Indiana).  There will be a church service at 8:00 a.m., followed by a coffee hour and the presentation beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The second service will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by the Girl Scout Chili Cook-off/Lunch at 12:00.  A second presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come for all or part of the day. 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 2018 Trinity Auction to be held on Saturday, February 24, at Trinity Lutheran High School.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:    John 8:36               “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  Happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!  Luther is rightly remembered as a champion of the Gospel – but he also called himself “the apostle of good works.”  For only in being set free by the Gospel can we do good works.  Jesus has set us free:  His blood covers over our sins and now we stand before God as His beloved children, invited to live our lives to His glory for the good of His Kingdom.
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WE REJOICE WITH Dalton & Hannah Thompson as they bring their son, MAVERICK SCOTT, to be baptized.  Maverick’s sponsors are his uncles, Sean Mensendiek and Kaleb Thompson.  God’s blessings to you, Maverick!
PIE SUNDAY: Pie sheets are being handed to all worshipers today.  Please complete this pie sheet (you may also color it if you like!) and return it so it can be posted on the windows in the narthex.  A Christian Growth Card is also being given to each family of our congregation and is intended to help each family sit down and consider what gifts God has given to them and what they are doing with those gifts.  These will then be put into sealed envelopes to be put in a basket in the church on November 12.  Next year they will be mailed back to each family so that each family can see how they did with the goals that they set. 
SHARE YOUR GERMAN/LUTHERAN HERITAGE:  As part of our 500th Anniversary of the Reformation celebration, we would like to have on display items related to our German/Lutheran heritage - German baptismal, wedding, and confirmation certificates, old photos, German books, German Bibles and hymnals, and anything relating to the past.  If you have something that you would like to share, please contact Jean Voelker, Janeen Blomenberg, or Becky THIS WEEK for information cards to go with your items.
PASTOR WHITMORE will be attending the Indiana District Pastors’ Conference in Indianapolis Monday-Wednesday this week
NOVEMBER CALENDAR AND NEWS ITEMS need to be given to Becky by tomorrow.
LADIES AID will meet this Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. for Bible study and their monthly meeting.  Guests are always welcome!
BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE there will be NO Sunday School and Adult Bible Study next Sunday due to the special Reformation activities planned.  Check out the Reformation Celebration invitation included with today’s bulletin.
BUILDING FUND ENVELOPESare available in the narthex for your remaining pledge/contribution to our “Arise and Build” school expansion project.
“THERE ARE MANY times that we are humbled by the way that the love of God shows itself in our lives through others.  My family and I have been both humbled and grateful for the many blessings that so many of you have showered on us since we have been here at White Creek – for the fruit, the meat, the baby gifts, the cassock and cross, but especially the love that we have known from all of you since we have been here – thank you and God’s blessings as we continue to await the coming of our Lord in His splendor.”  In Christ – Pastor Whitmore & Family
“MANY THANKS TO our church family for all the thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement given to us before and after Claire’s recent surgery.  With all the prayers, Claire is well on the road to recovery!  God’s blessings to all!”  Love from Kevin, Rachel, Claire, and CJ Kidd.
EVERYONE IS INVITED to the wedding of Claire Perry and Derek Wessel here at St. John’s next Saturday, October 28, at 4:30 p.m. and to the reception following at Chateau de Pique, Seymour.
“LEGACY OF FAITH” is the theme for the 13th Annual Lakeview Dinner Auction, which will be held on Saturday, November 18, at the Primo Banquet Hall & Conference Center in Indianapolis.  Tickets are $50/person or a table of 8 for $400.  Contact the camp office at 812-342-4815 to get information on how to get half price tickets!  All proceeds benefit God’s work being done at Lakeview Ministries.  For more information, call the camp office or email office@lakeviewministries.com.
GERMAN HERITAGE EVENT:  Guest speaker, Ken Selking, will give two presentations about Pastor Wyneken on Sunday, November 12, at St. Paul, Clifty.  Wyneken was a Lutheran pastor in Germany who came to America in 1838 to serve people on the frontier (Indiana).  Mr. Selking will be dressed in period clothing to tell the story of this pioneer religious leader.  He will also talk about the spiritual life of the early German immigrants.  There will be a church service at 8:00 a.m., followed by a coffee hour and the presentation beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The second service will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by the Girl Scout Chili Cook-off/Lunch at 12:00.  A second presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come for all or part of the day.  Mr. Selking is president of the Friends of Wyneken.  This committee of members of the Indiana German Heritage Society was formed in 2004 to preserve the home of Pastor Wyneken, located near Decatur, Indiana, which will be used as an Educational Center to promote the area’s German-American heritage.  More information can be found at their website, FriendsofWyneken.org.
PASTOR WHITMORE’S SERMONS are now posted on our church’s website, www.whitecreek.org.  Please feel free to share!
PIRATES OF PENZANCE will be held at Trinity on November 2, 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00 p.m., with an additional performance on Sunday, the 5th, at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10/person and may be purchased through the Trinity office.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 2018 Trinity Auction to be held on Saturday, February 24, at Trinity Lutheran High School.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:    Matt. 22:21               “Then he said to them, ‘Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’”  So what is Jesus saying?  Doesn’t everything belong to God?  Yes – and God has a place for everything.  Some of what He gives us goes to Caesar.  Some must come back to the work of His Church.  And some goes to support the families He has given us.  All belongs to God – and He has work for us to do with what He has given us in the Home, in the Church, and in Society.
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