White Creek Weekly

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS  have been given  by Eric & MelissaOtte to the glory of God in thanksgiving and celebration of their marriage last evening.  May God bless them with many happy years together!
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOM UPDATES: Pre-school – Still meeting in the kindergarten room; K-6thgrade – Meet in the fellowship room for opening; 7th-8thgrade – Still meeting in the 5th grade room;High school, adult Bible study – Meeting in the cafeteria (following video, high school to Mrs. Jack’s room for discussion)
PORTALS OF PRAYER devotional books for October-December will be available from the ushers after worship today.
OCTOBER CALENDAR AND NEWS ITEMSneed to be given to Becky by tomorrow.
MEET MARTIN LUTHER NIGHT:  The Senior League will be meeting this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Room and invite the congregation to join them for a light meal followed by a video recording of Rev. Paul Schwartzkopf, a former member of St. Peter’s, Columbus, giving a presentation of impersonating Martin Luther in first person dialog.  Following this viewing, the rest of the evening will be spent playing euchre.  Please RSVP to Glen & Wanda Meyer (812-522-8688) THIS MORNING if you would still like to be included.
YOUTH GROUPS will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m.
THE CHURCH  COUNCIL will meet this Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m.  All council members are urged to attend.
PLEASE BE REMINDED that all Reformation Theses items for the Orphan Grain Train School Backpack Project need to be in by Sunday, October 1.  A box is in the narthex to receive these items.
THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN DONATING:  Please note today’s insert about the SGO informational meeting at Trinity Lutheran High School on Tuesday, September 26. 
CONGRATULATIONS TO Dalton & Hannah Thompson on the birth of their son, MAVERICK SCOTT THOMPSON on September 12.  Maverick arrived weighing 7 lbs. 13 ozs. and measuring 21 ins.  All are doing fine – God’s blessings to them!
CONGRATULATION TO Tyler & Beth Meyer on the birth of their daughter, KATHRYN NICOLE MEYER on September 12.  Kathryn arrived weighing 6 lbs. 14 ozs.  Everyone is doing fine – God’s blessings to them!
MANY THANKS TO all who helped make a successful Smorgasbord: noodle makers, bread breakers, food peelers and choppers, cookers, food preparers and servers, cleaner-uppers!  It took the help of all to get the job done!
DISHES FROM THE SMORGASBORDare on the table in the Fellowship Room – please pick up today.
DEPOSITS OF $66.00 (church) and $215 (school) have been made on behalf of Thrivent Financial’s Thrivent Choice Program by the Directed Choice Dollars of Nathan & Jenny Eckelman, Robert Dale Sims, James & Charlotte Voelker.
BIBLE SALE: Concordia Publishing House’s Bible sale runs through September 30.  New and most popular Bibles and companion books are offered up to 33% off.  Check out cph.org/biblesale or see Becky in the church office if interested in ordering.
CLARITY OPEN HOUSE:  Clarity Pregnancy Services will hold an Open House this Tuesday, September 19, at The Commons (300 Washington St., Columbus) from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  Come and learn more about the ministry of Clarity and the impact your           partnership has made on our communities!  Tables will be set up, highlighting each aspect of the ministry of Clarity to help you learn more about this organization.  For more details, call 1-866-510-5067.
WOMEN’S RETREAT:  For only $95, spend a beautiful fall weekend at camp with ladies of all ages at Lakeview Ministries Women’s Retreat September 29 -  October 1. Hear from speaker Phyllis Wallace as she shares how to Pause to catch your breath, Pause to catch your balance, and Pause to catch a peek at God’s plan for the only You there will ever be! Make beautiful crafts, sing around a fire, go on an adventure, enjoy a message, or simply take a nap and relax.  Leave encouraged by new friendships, laughter, rest, and words of truth and love.  Come by yourself or with friends and know that you will finish the weekend with a new-found sense of joy and encouragement!  For more details and to register, go to www.camplakeview.com/womensretreat. 
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:    Romans 14:7               “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.”  E just don’t belong to ourselves: we belong first of all to God and through Him we belong to our neighbors.  We are here to serve God in our service to one another.  God has called you to this service through your vocation: as a Christian you serve others in the church; as a neighbor you serve others in society; and as a son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother, you serve your family.        
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OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL YEARbegins today at 10:15 a.m. (10:30 on communion Sundays).  The Adult Bible Study (including the high school students) will be looking at the life of Martin Luther and the reason behind the Reformation by viewing the video series put out by Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Sunday School children will meet in the following rooms:  Preschool-PreK: kindergarten room; K-6th grade: 1stgrade room; 7th-8th grade: 5th grade room; high school: fellowship room and then 2nd grade room for discussion.  Teachers are still needed!  Please contact Jessica Morphew.
THE BOARD OF STEWARDSHIPwill meet this Tuesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m.
GUILD MEMBERS are reminded of their meeting this Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m.  Guests are always welcome!
BIBLE STUDY:  Jean Jack’s Bible Study, “Four Parables of Jesus,” will begin this Wednesday, September 13, at 5:00 PM and continue every Wednesday for eight sessions.  This course will help you understand the meaning of these parables for the people who first heard them and how they still apply to us today.  Contact Mrs. Jack (714-768-5731) or Becky in the office if you would like to attend.
THE BOARD OF EDUCATIONwill meet this Thursday, September 14, at 6:00 p.m.
MEET MARTIN LUTHER NIGHT:  The Senior League will be meeting next Sunday, September 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Room and would like to extend an invitation to the congregation to join them for a light meal followed by a video recording of Rev. Paul Schwartzkopf, a former member of St. Peter’s, Columbus, giving a presentation of impersonating Martin Luther in first person dialog, dressed as a 15th century monk, covering Luther’s personal views of the events of his life.  Following this viewing, the rest of the evening will be spent playing euchre.  Please RSVP to Glen & Wanda Meyer (812-522-8688) or to Becky in the church office (812-342-3516) by this Friday, September 15, so adequate preparations can be made.
YOUTH GROUPS will meet next Sunday evening, September 17, at 7:00 p.m.
MANY THANKS TO those who supported the Aluminum Can Drive last weekend.
THE WOODEN CROSS in the school front entrance is the original cross that stood above the school’s 1955 bell tower.  It has been refurbished, and Luther’s seal has been added to its center.        It is such a blessing to have this cross back as a reminder of God’s faithfulness!
THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN DONATING:  Learn how you can help our Lutheran Schools and reduce your state income taxes by receiving a tax credit of 50% of your donation!  Come to this informational meeting at Trinity Lutheran High School on Tuesday, September 26.  Please RSVP to 812-522-3180 by September 20.  Soup and sandwiches will be provided at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation following at 7:00 p.m. Learn more at LutheranSGO.org/donate or call 260-203-4509.
OPEN HOUSE:  Trinity Lutheran High School invites students and their families to an open house next Saturday, September 16, from 8:00-10:00 a.m.  All interested eighth grade students in attendance will receive a $75 voucher that covers registration costs at Trinity for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please enter through the gymnasium.
THE CONGREGATION IS INVITEDto the wedding of Melissa Lucas and Eric Otte next Saturday, September 16, at 4:30 p.m. here at St. John’s and to the reception following at the Pavilion at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds.
SAVINGS FOR YOU!  It is time for the Trinity High School Resale Shop, The Cougar’s Den, at 201 W. Second St., Seymour, to change merchandise from summer to fall.  Summer clothing items will be ½ price September 5-16!  The shop will be closed September 18-20, but will reopen September 21-23 for an Open House with fall merchandise.  Come in and check it out and/or check their Facebook page.
DISHWASHER AVAILABLE:  A Champion 208/220 volt dishwasher that was used in our school kitchen is available to anyone interested.  New pump motor and door seals – first come, first serve for a free-will donation.  Contact the church office if interested.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:                      Matthew 18:4               “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  What does it mean to have childlike faith?  Certainly Jesus does not want us to have a faith that is childish: we are not called to ignorance or silliness.  Rather, we are called to trust the way a child trusts: with complete confidence in the Father.  We show that confidence in our lives when we follow His directives for our life: Father knows best, so we’ll take His advice!        
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ADULT BIBLE STUDY:  Beginning next Sunday, September 10, during our regular Bible study time, we will be looking at the life of Martin Luther and the reasons behind the Reformation by looking at a video series put out by Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Take this opportunity to learn more about what we will be celebrating in October.  Hope to see you there!” -  In Christ, Pastor Whitmore
OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL YEARwill begin next Sunday, September 10, at 10:30 on communion Sundays and 10:15 on non-communion Sundays.  Six more teachers/helpers are needed!  Two teachers are needed for each class so they would only teach half the time.  Extra volunteers are always appreciated in the preschool class. Please contact Jessica Morphew at 812-343-9110 or sundayschool@whitecreek.org if you would be able to help with this part of our church ministry.
OUR ANNUAL SMORGASBORD/BAZAAR is coming up next Saturday, September 9, 4:30-7:00 p.m.  It’s still not too late to sign up and take this opportunity to work and have fun with your church family!  Any donations for the bake sale and/or bazaar (including the second time around table) will be gratefully accepted this Friday afternoon, September 8, and Saturday morning, September 9.  Please note that items donated to the second time around table will be sold for $1.00 unless the person donating prices them beforehand.
MEMORIAL BRICKS for our sidewalk or Memory Garden may be ordered through tomorrow, Labor Day.  Bricks are $100.  Contact Ernie & Donna Dettmer or Larry & Janice Claycamp if interested in placing an order.  If you would like a special clip-art included on your brick, see Becky in the office for a sheet of what is available.  Any brick orders received after tomorrow will be held until next year’s order is placed.
THE ELDERS will meet this Wednesday after worship.
BIBLE STUDY:  Jean Jack’s Bible Study, “Four Parables of Jesus,” will begin on Wednesday, September 13, at 5:00 PM and continue every Wednesday for eight sessions.  This course will help you understand the meaning of these parables for the people who first heard them and how they still apply to us today.  Contact Mrs. Jack (714-768-5731) or Becky in the office if you would like to attend.
MEET MARTIN LUTHER NIGHT:  The Senior League will be meeting on Sunday, September 17, at 5:30 p.m. and would like to extend an invitation to the congregation to join them for a light meal followed by a video recording of Rev. Paul Schwartzkopf, a former member of St. Peter’s, Columbus, giving a presentation of impersonating Martin Luther in first person dialog, dressed as a 15th century monk, covering Luther’s personal views of the events of his life.  Following this viewing, the rest of the evening will be spent playing euchre.  Please RSVP to Glen & Wanda Meyer (812-522-8688) or to Becky in the church office (812-342-3516) by Friday, September 15, so adequate preparations can be made.

THE ALUMINUM CAN DRIVEcontinues yet today.  The trailer is parked on the south side of church to receive items.  This project is sponsored by our school’s parent organization, the WCA.
MUM SALE:  Our school is currently sponsoring its fall mum sale.  Please see any WCLS student by this Wednesday, September 6, if you would like to place an order.  Eight-inch and fourteen-inch mums in a variety of colors are included in this sale.  All proceeds go to our Children’s Fund to help with field trip expenses.
THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN DONATING:  Learn how you can help our Lutheran Schools and reduce your state income taxes by receiving a tax credit of 50% of your donation!  Come to this informational meeting at Trinity Lutheran High School on Tuesday, September 26.  Please RSVP to 812-522-3180 by September 20.  Soup and sandwiches will be provided at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation following at 7:00 p.m. Learn more at LutheranSGO.org/donate or call 260-203-4509.
OPEN HOUSE:  Trinity Lutheran High School invites students and their families to an open house on Saturday, September 16, from 8:00-10:00 a.m.  All interested eighth grade students in attendance will receive a $75 voucher that covers registration costs at Trinity for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please enter through the gymnasium.
HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF EVENTS RELATIVE TO THE REFORMATION1514 – Albert of Brandenburg, cardinal, Archbishop of Mainz, and elector, begin his reign.1516 – Erasmus publishes Novum Instrumentum, the first Greek New Testament.
THE CONGREGATION IS INVITEDto the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Larry & Connie Borgman next Saturday, September 9, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at the Pines Evergreen Room, Seymour.  No gifts, please.
THE CONGREGATION IS INVITEDto the wedding of Melissa Lucas and Eric Otte on Saturday, September 16, at 4:30 p.m. here at St. John’s and to the reception following at the Pavilion at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds.
SAVINGS FOR YOU!  It is time for the Trinity High School Resale Shop, The Cougar’s Den, at 201 W. Second St., Seymour, to change merchandise from summer to fall.  Summer clothing items will be ½ price September 5-16!  The shop will be closed September 18-20, but will reopen September 21-23 for an Open House with fall merchandise.  Come in and check it out and/or check their Facebook page.
THE BOARD OF HERITAGE OF HOPEwould like to invite you to participate in the 50th Annual Hope Heritage Days Parade on Sunday, September 24.  Persons may register online at www.hopeheritagedays.org.  Questions or special requests?  Contact Adora Paetzel, chairman, at 812-371-1459 or Paetzel1990@att.net.
DISHWASHER AVAILABLE:  A Champion 208/220 volt dishwasher that was used in our school kitchen is available to anyone interested.  New pump motor and door seals – first come, first serve for a free-will donation.  Contact the church office if interested.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:                      Matthew 16:26               “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?”  He who dies with the most toys….is dead.  But the one who trusts in the Lord, even though he dies, yet shall he live.  We live out our trust in the Lord by faithfully fulfilling the roles God has given us to play in home, church, and society as loving, generous people.  Those who don’t know the Lord are afraid to be generous because they think that what they give away is lost to them.  But we who know the Lord know that the things of this world become true blessings when they are used for God’s Kingdom.              
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ADULT BIBLE STUDY:  Beginning September 10 during our regular Bible study time, we will be looking at the life of Martin Luther and the reasons behind the Reformation by looking at a video series put out by Lutheran Hour Ministries.  You do not want to miss this opportunity to learn more about what we will be celebrating in October.  Hope to see you there!” -  In Christ, Pastor Whitmore
OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL YEAR will begin on Sunday, September 10, at 10:30 on communion Sundays and 10:15 on non-communion Sundays.  Teachers/helpers are needed.  Two teachers are needed for each class so they would only teach half the time.  Extra volunteers are always appreciated in the preschool class. Contact Jessica Morphew at sundayschool@whitecreek.org if you would like to help with this part of our church ministry.
SEPTEMBER CALENDAR AND NEWSwill be available from the ushers after today’s worship.
“THESES” ARE STILL AVAILABLE.  If you take a “theses” please return the school supplies or donation for mailing fees on your “theses” by October 1.  A box is available in the narthex for these supplies.
OUR ANNUAL SMORGASBORD/BAZAAR is coming up on Saturday, September 9, 4:30-7:00 p.m.  Many helpers are needed for this yearly church-sponsored event!  Sign-up sheets for workers and donations are in the narthex today.  Sign up and take this opportunity to work and have fun with your church family!  Any donations for the bake sale and/or bazaar (including the second time around table) will be gratefully accepted on Friday afternoon, September 8, and Saturday morning, September 9.  Please note that items donated to the second time around table will be sold for $1.00 unless the person donating prices them beforehand.
MEMORIAL BRICKS for our sidewalk or Memory Garden may be ordered now through Labor Day.  Bricks are $100.  Contact Ernie & Donna Dettmer or Larry & Janice Claycamp if interested in placing an order.  If you would like a special clip-art included on your brick, see Becky in the office for a sheet of what is available.  Any brick orders received after Labor Day will be held until next year’s order is placed.
BIBLE STUDY:  Jean Jack’s Bible Study, “Four Parables of Jesus,” will begin on Wednesday, September 13, at 5:00 PM and continue every Wednesday for eight sessions.  This course will help you understand the meaning of these parables for the people who first heard them and how they still apply to us today.  Contact Mrs. Jack (714-768-5731) or Becky in the office if you would like to attend.
MOPS:  Mothers Of Preschoolers of Seymour invites all mothers with young children to it’s kick-off event this Friday, September 1, from 8:45-10:45 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church (1501 Gaiser Dr., Seymour).  Bring your little ones for silly songs and story time, then settle in with a cup of coffee for some peaceful conversation while childcare workers entertain the children.  Email mops@zionseymour.org to register.

MUM SALE:  Our school is currently sponsoring its fall mum sale.  Please see any WCLS student if you would like to place an order.  Eight-inch and fourteen-inch mums in a variety of colors are included in this sale.  All proceeds go to our Children’s Fund to help with field trip expenses.
OPEN HOUSE:  Trinity Lutheran High School invites students and their families to an open house on Saturday, September 16, from 8:00-10:00 a.m.  All interested eighth grade students in attendance will receive a $75 voucher that covers registration costs at Trinity for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please enter through the gymnasium.
MANY THANKS TO the following who have helped with the sidewalk, grounds cleaning, and other jobs recently:  Mark Meyer, Kevin Kidd, Rex Enzinger, Paul Otte, Pastor Whitmore, Bryan Schroer, Terry Schlehuser, Travis Eckelman, Terry Meyer, Jack Dunn, Fred Condra, Aaron Voelker, Lou Voelker, Mark Buss, Doyce Eckelman, Mark & Kim Ross.  Also, many thanks to Bill Kidd for donating and hauling the stone needed for the sidewalk.
DISHWASHER AVAILABLE:  A Champion 208/220 volt dishwasher that was used in our school kitchen is available to anyone interested.  New pump motor and door seals – first come, first serve for a free-will donation.  Contact the church office if interested.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:                      Matthew 16:27               “For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done.”  St. Paul talks about rewards on the Last Day in 1 Cor. 3, and Jesus says more about this “repaying” in Matt. 19:27-30.  Bottom line:  your good works can’t buy you heaven, but in Christ your good works do matter; they’re pleasing your Heavenly Father, and they will be rewarded.  In other words: your sacrifices for the Lord’s Kingdom are not in vain, they are not unnoticed by your Father.  This should encourage you in your faithfulness.              
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