Pastor Update 

Pastor Update
December 14th, 2018
Open Bible Lutheran Church
If you are in our Welcome Center this Sunday, take a look again at our Inspiration Wall.  On the Wall is a lighted board with the words, "Unto Us A Child Is Born" reflecting the joy we have as we worship the Christ child again this Christmas.  Open Bible will have a Candlelight Christmas Eve service on December 24th, at 5:30 P.M. and A Christmas Day Service, at 10:00 A.M.   
Our Christian Singles (SPLASH - Single People Loving and Serving Him) had a Christmas party at the Olive Garden on Monday, followed by a study at church on the book of Amos.
If you are single, and would like to join a fun-loving group of people, please feel welcome to join the group at any time. 
Luke, at Carrriage House, called me this week to say that Carriage House would like to present Open Bible with a gift of several hundred dollars to help some of the young families that have been attending our Mornings With Mommy Group.  He said we could use the money for gas cards, groceries, or anything else we think the families might need.  Luke said the residents selected Open Bible since we have been doing worship services there on Sundays and have a few of our membership volunteering time to help out the residents.  Go Open Bible!
A few weeks ago, Mary Peterson, a new full-time member of Open Bible sewed together 10 Teddy Bears, and put them into red gift bags.  At our "Celebrate Jesus" Mornings with Mommy this coming Tuesday, we will be giving the parents a Teddy gift.  Thanks Mary.  A great way to show your love for the little lambs of the flock.
Open Bible will be offering a blended worship service at our 4:00 P.M. Saturday service beginning in 2019.  The service will be held in our new Fellowship Hall, utilizing the new screen and a worship software program called Media Shout. (pictured above)  I have learned the program, and Jeanne is in the process of learning the program.  It takes quite a bit since we are so used to PowerPoint and this definitely isn't PowerPoint easy.  Even the terminology is foreign. We have put together rough draft services already for January 5th and 12th.  Jeanne will be listening and choosing more music in the coming weeks.  
Some have asked, "What is a blended service?"  A blended service includes the basics of a traditional liturgy.  We will have a confession of sins, absolution, Scripture readings, Creed, Prayers, Lord's Prayer and Benediction.  How it differs is that we will have appropriate modern Christian music played, where we will join the singers, by following along with the words on the screen. Since we do not have any guitar players, we will initially used recorded music with singers. Some traditional hymns will be included that are played by guitars and other instruments.  There will be a children's message each week, as well as a sermon based on one of the readings.  It is our hope that some of the young famlies who have participated in our Mornings with Mommy program, as well as members of our own membership who have interest in modern Christian music will join us for worship.  

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16