Pastor’s Email Blast for 4th Sunday of Easter, “The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep”

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Join us Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School and Bible Class at 10:45  (New Adult Class on Worship and Liturgy)

The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep

 

Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11–16). He is not like the hireling, who cares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming. Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them (Ezek. 34:11–16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the broken and strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep. On the cross, Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil for you that you might be saved. He now lives to restore your soul in the still waters of baptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to prepare the table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23). “For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25). lcms.org

Preparing for Worship: For those preparing to receive The Lord’s Supper, please refer to p. 328 in the hymnal. Prayers for worship are located on the first page of the hymnal.

Prayers for the week:

* Lloyd Bailey, surgery on Tuesday. * Thanksgiving for our new building. * Bert Whitmire, health issues. * Ron Martinez’ sister, Nancy.* Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, recovering from surgery and cancer. Also, his friends, Howie and Jan—Jan has advanced cancer. * The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, who has advanced cancer.

*If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Thursday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444.

Announcements  in Sunday’s bulletin:

Today we will be welcoming Gregory Phillips into membership via transfer from Faith, Plano. We will also be saying farewell and Godspeed to Angela and Nancy Keese, who are moving to Florida. A cake reception after service today.

Save the date for our Ascension Potluck Picnic at the Park: Sunday, May 6th, after Divine Service. Frisco Commons Park, Covered Pavilion #2, 8000 McKinney Rd, Frisco, TX 75034

HELP WANTED! With our new location we are looking for a few good men to serve as Trustees. Help us take care of our new facility and plan for the future. If you can help serve, talk to any Council Member or Elder.

New Class on Worship and Liturgy! Lutheran Worship 101! Not sure what lecterns, pulpits, and chasubles symbolize liturgically? What about making the sign of the cross or the order of the service? Join us today to learn or reinforce why we do what we do.


EDUCATION & EDIFICATION…Issues, Etc.
 is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL.  This week’s topics include: Men & Church, Christian Privilege, Making the Case for Life to Millennials, Megachurch Pastor Mark Driscoll’s Return, Deaf Ministry and more.  You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

Calling all members that would be interested in participating in interior decor decisions for our new sanctuary.  Please notify Mary Junker 703-216-5235 or Carolyn Phillips 972-978-5252 if  you are interested. The first meeting will be scheduled after we receive the altar.

Ladies Group: We have a location; let’s start a group. Bible study, service group, quilting, sewing, or something else. Share your interest and ideas with an elder or pastor and let’s make it happen.

New Location Update: This is not our final version of being set-up, as the council, elders and volunteers will be working to have a chancel/altar area built, as well as some walls and other décor. When construction is complete, we will have a dedication.

An Evening Bible study? Talk to pastor if interested.

New location and schedule: Classes, meetings, and services will now be here at our new location. The Men’s breakfast study will remain at IHOP (121 & Preston) at 6:30 a.m., but will be moving from Thursdays to Wednesdays. Youth Catechesis will remain Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. but will be here from now on.

Building Fund: As reported at the last Voters’ meeting, we have started a building fund, for our long-term goal of a permanent location. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please write, “Building Fund” on your check/envelope along with the amount.

Stewardship: John 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” What does it mean to know the Lord? It starts with being known by the Lord: He claims us as His own and calls us by name. Then, once we are His, we learn to know Him … and in knowing Him we learn to imitate Him. And that is how the Christian life of good works and generosity grows from the Lord’s grace.

Amazon Smile: Don’t forget you can support our church by designating St. John through Amazon Smile.

Week at a Glance:

Today: Divine Service 9:30 a.m., Cake Reception, Sunday School & Bible class 10:45

Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. Men’s study at IHOP (121 & Preston); Youth Catechesis 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday: 11:15 a.m. Bible Study–R.S.V.P. to pastor.

Sunday: Divine Service 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School & Bible class 10:45

Private Confession and Absolution offered all-week upon request.

 

Pastor Clint Stark

St. John Lutheran Church

Frisco, TX

www.stjohnfrisco.org