White Creek Weekly

                MANY THANKS TO Rev. Greg Cynova for leading us in worship this morning.  Pastor Whitmore will be returning from vacation this Friday, July 21.
THERE WILL BE NO Bible Study this Wednesday, July 19, as Pastor Whitmore is on vacation.

SENIOR LEAGUE MEMBERSare reminded they will meet this evening at Bob Evans restaurant at 5:30 p.m. for supper and will then return to the Fellowship Room for their monthly meeting and socializing.  Guests are always welcome!
THE ANNIVERSARY DINNERof the CrossLife Ministries Auxiliary will be held tomorrow evening, Monday, July 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dudleytown.  All are invited to enjoy the evening of fellowship and become more familiar with this ministry to individuals, marriages, and families throughout Jackson and Bartholomew counties.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  Drinks and anniversary cake will be provided.
A BENEFIT CONCERT for Our Hospice of South Central Indiana will be held at St. Paul, Clifty, this Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m.  Robin Gratz will be the organist.  A free-will offering will be received for Hospice.  Everyone is invited.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED:  Trinity Lutheran high School has been welcoming more international students to the community, and we are in need of host families for at least 4 students this upcoming year.  Places are needed for girls from China, Vietnam, and Germany, and a boy from South Korea.  The visiting student provides a monthly stipend to families for help with food and transportation costs while here.  Please contact Ben Stellwagen (812-524-8547 or bstellwagen@trinitycougars.org) for more information.  Please give prayerful consideration to hosting one of these students and, as a result, help share the Gospel with the community abroad!
SEVERAL AREA CHURCHEShave recently suffered acts of vandalism.  If you are out and about, please keep an eye out for anything unusual around our church and school property.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   Romans 8:12“So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.”  We owe the flesh, the world, and the devil nothing at all.  We are not debtors to these enemies: we are freed by the blood of Christ.  We are joyful servants in Christ’s kingdom – servants that He calls friends.  We share our Lord’s plans and purposes – and this gives direction and purpose to our lives. T BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK! T
QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER ITEMSneed to be given to Becky by TOMORROW.
PASTOR WHITMORE & FAMILYwill be leaving on vacation this Thursday, July 13, and will return on Friday, July 21.  If pastoral care is needed during this time, please contact one of our elders, Ben Peters, Paul Otte, or Rex Enzinger.  Rev. Greg Cynova, a retired pastor from Fort Wayne, now living in Franklin, will lead us in worship next Sunday and Wednesday, July 19.
THERE WILL BE NO Bible Study on Wednesday, July 19, as Pastor Whitmore will be on vacation.
SENIOR LEAGUE MEMBERSare reminded they will meet next Sunday evening,  July 16,  at 5:30 p.m. for supper and will then return to the Fellowship Room for their monthly meeting and socializing.  Guests are always welcome!
A CD RELEASE Praise and Worship Celebration will be held at Ogilville Christian Church this evening at 6:30 p.m. With a lot of help and participation from drummer, Greg Hercamp, the worship team at OCC has recorded a CD.  This celebration will include lots of worship in song and sharing about the making of the CD.  Cupcakes and ice cream will follow.  Everyone is invited to join them!
THE ANNIVERSARY DINNERof the CrossLife Ministries Auxiliary will be held on Monday, July 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dudleytown.  All are invited to enjoy the evening of fellowship and become more familiar with this ministry to individuals, marriages, and families throughout Jackson and Bartholomew counties.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  Drinks and anniversary cake will be provided.
A BENEFIT CONCERT for Our Hospice of South Central Indiana will be held at St. Paul, Clifty, on Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m.  Robin Gratz will be the organist.  A free-will offering will be received for Hospice.  Everyone is invited.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED:  Trinity Lutheran high School has been welcoming more international students to the community, and we are in need of host families for at least 4 students this upcoming year.  Places are needed for girls from China, Vietnam, and Germany, and a boy from South Korea.  The visiting student provides a monthly stipend to families for help with food and transportation costs while here.  Please contact Ben Stellwagen (812-524-8547 or bstellwagen@trinitycougars.org) for more information.  Please give prayerful consideration to hosting one of these students and, as a result, help share the Gospel with the community abroad!
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   Matthew 11:28“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  Jesus has come to do the work so that we might have rest from burdens and labors we are not capable of bearing.  He frees us from sin, death, and the demands of the Law.  In that peace and rest of Jesus we find a new purpose – His light yoke which is no burden to bear, but a joy!

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WE REJOICE WITH Brent & Charissa Reedy, as they bring their daughter, ADALYNN FAYE, to be baptized this morning.  God’s blessings to you, Adalynn!
WE INCLUDE prayers today for the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces in remembering the men and women of our armed forces and the chaplains who bring them the changeless Gospel message in a challenging and dangerous world.  Please note today’s insert.
THE QUARTERLY VOTERS’ MEETING will be held this morning after worship.  All confirmed members of our congregation, 18 years and older, are encouraged to attend.
THE ELDERS will meet this Wednesday, July 5, after worship.
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet this Thursday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m.
QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER ITEMS need to be given to Becky by Monday, July 10.
JOIN US in giving thanks that God has provided us with a teacher for next year following Mr. Noelker’s announcement that he has accepted a call to Michigan.  Mrs. Jessica (Rieckers) Sons will be teaching departmentalized social studies and science for our upper graders and serving as sixth grade homeroom teacher.  Mrs. Sons has a degree in history, is a member at St. John’s, Sauers, and is active in 4-H.  We welcome her and include her and all of our staff as they prepare for the new school year.
KINDERGARTEN SURVEY:  As a follow-up to the suggestion left for the Board of Education to consider 5-day kindergarten, a survey was requested of the congregation over the past few weeks.  These are the results: 21 in favor of 5-day kindergarten, 9 against, and 1 undecided.  These results lead the Board to continue to look at the various aspects of this situation, and in the future more input may be requested of St. John’s members.
BRICKS for our sidewalk and Memorial Garden may be ordered anytime from now through Labor Day.  Cost is $100/brick.  Contact Ernie & Donna Dettmer or Larry & Janice Claycamp to order.
A CD RELEASE Praise and Worship Celebration will be held at Ogilville Christian Church on Sunday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. With a lot of help and participation from drummer, Greg Hercamp, the worship team at OCC has recorded a CD.  This celebration will include lots of worship in song and sharing about the making of the CD.  Cupcakes and ice cream will follow.  Everyone is invited to join them!
THE ANNIVERSARY DINNER of the CrossLife Ministries Auxiliary will be held on Monday, July 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dudleytown.  All are invited to enjoy the evening of fellowship and become more familiar with this ministry to individuals, marriages, and families throughout Jackson and Bartholomew counties.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  Drinks and anniversary cake will be provided.
HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF EVENTS RELATIVE TO THE REFORMATION:1506 – Luther takes final vows as Augustinian Monk, autumn1507 – Luther ordained priest at Erfurt Cathedral, April 31509 – John Calvin born in Noyon, France, July 10·         Luther obtains Bachelor of Theology degree, March 9; returns to Erfurt·         Henry VIII becomes king of England

STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   Matthew 10:42“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”  The tithes and offerings you give to the Lord’s work in His church go to supporting all manner of discipleship: they provide for a minister of the Gospel to preach, teach, and conduct the Sacraments; they provide for our missionaries and ministries of mercy here and abroad; and they make sure that the folks in your area have a place to go to worship the Lord.  The Lord is pleased with this work – and He wants to bless you through supporting it.
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PORTALS OF PRAYER devotional books for July-September are available in the narthex if you did not receive one last week.  Large print are also available.
JULY CALENDAR AND NEWSwill be available from the ushers after today’s worship.
THE QUARTERLY VOTERS’ MEETINGwill be held next Sunday, July 2, after worship.
LADIES AID MEMBERS are reminded that they will NOT meet this Wednesday, but will meet this Thursday, June 29, at 9:00 a.m. at the Orphan Grain Train warehouse in Jonesville to help sort items.  Guests are welcome to join them – they will lunch at The Brick afterwards!
POSITION AVAILABLE:  Mr. Jay Noelker has accepted a call to a school in Michigan.  We wish him God’s blessings as he makes this change.  White Creek Lutheran School is accepting applications for a social studies/science teacher for the middle and upper grades for the 2017-2018 school year.  Questions and resumes may be directed to the school office.
KINDERGARTEN SURVEY:  As a follow-up to the suggestion left for the Board of Education to consider 5-day kindergarten, a survey was requested of the congregation over the past few weeks.  These are the results: 21 in favor of 5-day kindergarten, 9 against, and 1 undecided.  These results lead the Board to continue to look at the various aspects of this situation, and in the future, more input may be requested of St. John’s members.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Rev. Jacob & Emily Hercamp on the birth of their daughter, ELLA MARGRETE HERCAMP, this past Tuesday, June 20.  Ella arrived weighing 7 lbs. 5 ozs. and measuring 20 ins.  Everyone is doing fine – God’s blessings to them!
FOSTER FAMILIES like you are needed for youth in our community!  Answer the call and offer a safe and welcoming home to a child in our community.  Call 812-376-9361 or email  www.IN.gov/dcs/foster to learn how you can become certified to be a foster parent today.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   Romans 6:13“Present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”  Everything we have – even our own existence, our very selves – is a gift from God to be used for His purposes.  God has called you to be His own and has given you tasks to perform in home, church, and society.  How will you serve Him today?

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