As we concentrate on the Creed in worship, we move on to an emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday/Monday Worship  -  The Creed:  A Changeless God in a Changing World 

Whenever we speak the words of the Apostles’ Creed, we are announcing our belief in a changeless God. He has not changed since Christians first spoke these words long ago, and he never will. In a changing world, a changeless God provides certainty and stability. The Creed summarizes what the Bible says about our changeless God.  This coming weekend, join us for worship as we concentrate on the third person of the Triune God: “The Holy Spirit and the Church.”  

Timely Topics, Timeless Truths - Adult Bible study

Have you ever felt unprepared to talk about today's hot-button issues from a Christian perspective? Do you wish you could be better equipped to defend why you believe what you do when your faith is challenged, and yet do it in a loving way? This coming Sunday (October 9) we begin a Bible study called “Timely Topics, Timeless Truths.” It will equip you with biblical truths for engaging in challenging issues with your family, friends, and coworkers.  This coming Sunday our topic is “Secret Baptism: A grandparent’s right – or wrong?”  

Sunday School for Parents

Nearly a dozen people attended the first Sunday School class for parents which met for the first time this past Sunday.    The class is designed to give moms and dads encouragement and hear strategies for bringing children to church while teaching and reinforcing the faith at home.  This group is designed especially for parents of children 8 and under, but any parent may come.  Sunday School for Parents meets on Sunday (9:15am) in the a classroom on the first floor of the school building.  There’s room for more.  Feel free to bring your babies and kids too young for Sunday School along! 

Caregiver Needed for Wisconsin Lutheran School Aftercare Program

Do you enjoy working with school age children (ages 4 - 10)?  We are looking for someone to care for the children in our Aftercare Program during the after school hours.  Your assistance would be needed weekly from 2:00pm - 5:30pm on TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday at the Bate Street campus.  If you are interested and available for all (or just some) of those days listed, pick up an application from Barb Pope in the MS office building - 718 Grand Ave.  For further info before applying, contact Debbie Peterson at debbie.peterson@wlsracine.org 

Conference Reformation Festival Service

In leading up to a worldwide celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in October of 2017 every pastoral conference of the WELS has been encouraged to hold a special conference reformation worship service this year. Please plan on setting aside Sunday afternoon October 30 to gather with other WELS members from the congregations of our region at Faith Lutheran of Antioch for a special worship service beginning at 4:00 PM.  Musicians and vocalists from the area have been invited to add their talents to this service. Professor Stephen Geiger of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will be the preacher. A special volunteer choir will be assembled for this service and will rehearse that Sunday afternoon from 2:30-3:30 PM at Faith (please see one of the pastors or your senior choir director for more information about singing with the choir).  We have much to celebrate and thank our Lord for in the Scriptural heritage that is ours as confessional Lutherans. Please consider this special opportunity to join fellow Christian from throughout the area in joining our hearts and voices in praise to the Lord for the blessings of the Lutheran Reformation.  The homepage for this service can be found at: http://wels.net/event/reformation-500-celebration-shoreland-conference/.  

Bible Instruction Class 

A few times each year we offer a class that gives an overview of what the Bible is all about. This class also serves as our membership class.  It also serves as a good ‘refresher’ class for members.  In fourteen lessons we’ll discuss the basics of the Bible and use God’s Word to build our faith. Each session will last a little less than an hour and will be taught on an alternating basis by the two pastors.  We are happy to start a class when we individuals express their interest in attending.  Call or email Pastor Dolan if you have questions or if you would like to register for the class: pastordolan@firstracine.org .  You can also sign up for the “Bible Instruction Class” at www.firstracine.org.  

Wednesday Night Bible Study

You have a midweek opportunity for Bible study.  We are meeting Wednesdays for an online streamed Bible study, led by Pastor John Braun, the editor of the magazine Forward in Christ.  The study is called "What does this mean? The continuing importance of Luther's Small Catechism."  We will study the importance of Luther's Small Catechism for our own society and culture.  What does it mean for Christian morality in today's world without moral standards?  What does it mean for Christian beliefs in a world where you can believe anything?  What does it mean for Christian devotion and our personal relationship with God?  What does it mean for our church life as Lutherans when the church appears to be more social than spiritual?  Join us Wednesdays at 6:00pm! 

First Evan Family Night (FEFN)

The next FEFN will take place on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the First Evan Center (FEC).  We will start out with a devotion, play backyard games and enjoy a snack.  Come out for an evening of fellowship and fun!  Bring a friend!  

Grand Opening!  

The Choices of Life Center of Racine is opening a satellite location on the campus of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Kenosha! Come check out our new digs, get a tour, and enjoy some goodies with us. Sunday, October 162:00-4:00pm. www.facebook.com/LL4Life

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 9  -  Adult Bible Class, Sunday School, and Sunday School for parents at 9:15am  

Sunday, October 9  -  Shoreland Chorale rehearsal at (at Shoreland), 6:00-7:30pm

Wednesday, October 12  -  Online Bible Study in church basement beginning at 6:00pm

Sunday, October 16  -  Grand for Choices of Life St. Luke’s, Kenosha location, 2:00 to 4:00pm

Wednesday, October 19  -  First Evan Family Night in church basement, 6:00pm-7:30pm  

Wednesday, October 26  -  Shoreland Dinner Concert in the Shoreland gym at 6:00pm

Sunday, October 30  -  Area Reformation Service at Faith Lutheran Church, Antioch, Illinois at 4:00pm

Prayer Requests

Please keep the following in your prayers: 

1. The people in Florida and the east coast, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, as Hurricane Matthew makes its way through.  

Personal Bible Study

This coming Sunday, October 9 is the Twenty First 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! 

 

Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

The Creed:  A Changeless God in a Changing World

The Holy Spirit and the Church 

 

Isaiah 55:8-13

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 

neither are your ways my ways,” 

declares the Lord.

9     “As the heavens are higher than the earth, 

so are my ways higher than your ways 

and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

10    As the rain and the snow 

come down from heaven, 

and do not return to it 

without watering the earth 

and making it bud and flourish, 

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 

11    so is my word that goes out from my mouth: 

It will not return to me empty, 

but will accomplish what I desire 

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 

12    You will go out in joy 

and be led forth in peace; 

the mountains and hills 

will burst into song before you, 

and all the trees of the field 

will clap their hands. 

13    Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, 

and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. 

This will be for the Lord’s renown, 

for an everlasting sign, 

which will not be destroyed.” 

 

Ephesians 2:11-22

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. 

 

John 3:1-8

            Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 

“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” 

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Aaron Dolan and Pastor John Roekle