Worship Emphasis

Through the 3rd Sunday in October, the overall emphasis for worship is: To Deepen Our Understanding of His Grace, Jesus Becomes All in All to Us.  This coming weekend’s specific emphasis or theme is: A God-pleasing Life Is Expressed through Mutual Concern and Righteous Living

Sunday's Bible Study Homework
Those who attended this past Sunday's Bible study were encouraged to work through part of the lesson at home this week.  Attached to this email are the answers to those study questions along with other Scriptural thoughts. 

SAA Meetings on Saturday and Sunday

Many of you have signed up to participate on Saturday for Bible study and discussion this Saturday, October 3rd, as part of the SAA (Self-Assessment and Adjustment) program that we are currently engaged in.  Pastor Steven Pagels (from St. Matthew’s, Oconomowoc) is coming to lead us from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Lunch will be served. Babysitting is available on Saturday and some have responded that they need it.  If you haven’t contacted one of the pastors or the church office about babysitting, please do so ASAP so that we know how many kids to  prepare for.  On Sunday, Oct. 4, from 9:00am to 10:30am (between services), Pastor Pagels will help us determine what adjustments to our ministry, if any, we would like to make over the next year. If you haven’t signed up and would like to come, please respond to this email so that we can adequately prepare.

Wednesday Night Bible Study Continues

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, we began participating again in a Bible study streamed online live.  Pastor Keith Wessel, a professor at Martin Luther College, is leading a Bible study on the life and ministry of Elisha.  We’ll watch it and discuss it together in the church basement each Wednesday at 6:00pm, this evening, Wednesday, September 30. 

First Evan Family Night

The next First Evan Family Night will be held on Wednesday, October 21st, from 6pm-7:30pm, in the church basement.  We will have a devotion topic on “Are there ghosts?” and also do an activity.  Watch for more information to come, but for now keep this date on your radar!

College Student Addresses Needed

If you have a son or daughter currently attending college, please send his or her address to the church office.  We want to be able to stay in touch over the course of the year.  Please include the full mailing address, and if possible an email address and the student’s major or area of study.  We would live to know even if the address is the same as last year, and even if the student is living at home.  You can email this information to churchoffice@firstracine.org or call 633-8267.

Lutheran Voyagers

This year the Lutheran Pioneer program is undergoing some exciting changes! The plan is to form an independent group called the Lutheran Voyagers.  The program will continue to focus on Christian friendships but will be expanding to include the whole family!  Lutheran FIRL Voyagers will be meeting the first Thursday of the month, beginning in October.  Similar to last year, special events will be held throughout the school year including a visit to Reck’s farm, Skatetown, and the 2nd annual Father/Daughter dance.  Participants for the Girl Voyagers will be grades K-4.  If you are interested in this program for girls, please contact Heather Drury athdrury03@aol.com; or Ryan Sittig for the boys’ program at rufishing4@yahoo.com

Have you seen the videos about Planned Parenthood? 

Are you angry or upset about the death of millions of children in America to abortion? You can do something about it. The Choices of Life Pregnancy Help Center (currently located in First Evan’s Parish House) aims to show scared mothers that abortion isn't their only option. We offer assistance for children after they're born as well as counseling for devastated mothers who have had abortions. In short, we offer Jesus to those who need it. We need you. We currently need clerical help, counseling help, hot liners who answer the phone and provide comfort for scared women, and men for our Board. You can make a difference at this critical moment on the pro-life front. Join us! For more information, call Pastor Emile Burgess at 713-398-5649 or email eburgess@trinitycaledonia.org

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 30  - Elisha (online) Bible study begins at 6:00pm

Wednesday, September 30  -  Senior Choir practice, 7:30-8:30pm

Saturday, October 3  -  SAA meeting for everyone at church, 9:00am—5:00pm

Sunday, October 4  -  SAA follow-up meeting at church, 9:00am—10:30am (no Adult Bible Study)

Wednesday, October 21  -  First Evan Family Night from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Saturday, October 24  -  Worship at the Cross (Jesus Cares) at New Hope beginning at 10:00am

Sunday, October 25  -  Circuit-wide Reformation Service at 4:00pm


Prayer Requests

Keep the following in your prayers:

1. The Bible study and discussion during Saturday’s SAA meeting.  


Personal Bible Study

This coming Sunday, October 4, is the 19th Sunday after Pentecost.  The Scripture lessons for Sunday follow.  With each reading, take the time to reflect on four questions: 

1. What does this teach me to do? (ACTION); 

2. What does this teach me to thank God for? (THANKSGIVING); 

3. What does this teach me to confess? (CONFESSION); 

4. What does this teach me to ask God for? (PETITION). 

God bless your study!


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A God-pleasing Life Is Expressed through Mutual Concern and Righteous Living


Numbers 11:16,24-29

The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you.

24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. 25 Then the Lordcame down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.

26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”

28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”

29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”


James 4:7-12

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

11 Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?


Mark 9:38-50

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us.41 I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

Causing to Sin

42 “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where

“ ‘their worm does not die,

and the fire is not quenched.’

49 Everyone will be salted with fire.

50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Aaron Dolan and Pastor John Roekle

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