Pastor Update 

Pastor Update
August 11th, 2017
Pastor Schulz Back From Vacation
Pastor Schulz and Jeanne traveled back to Michigan during the last week of July and the 1st week of August. They had a chance to spend 6 days with their daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in Grand Rapids, MI.  In addition, they spent time in Traverse City, Mi where they enjoyed reading a couple of books, swimming, shopping, and taking side trips to see the sites in the Sutton Bay and Old Mission districts.  Visited old friends in Indian River, attended a wedding in Charlevoix and then back to friends in Bay City. Pastor Schulz is now fully revitalized and ready to serve the great congregation we have here at Open Bible.
Construction Update
There has been a lot of progress on our building expansion during the past 2 weeks.  The three offices are now completely finished. Furniture has been placed in the offices, and Karen, Pastor Schulz, and the Counters have moved in.  There is so much room now in the secretary and pastor office that just wasn't there before. In addition, the counters have office desks, files, and rolling chairs for them to carry out their weekly tasks.  The 3rd office will also be a base station for our Mike Villemure, who has been serving our Independent Living Home outreach, Single's ministry, and care group.  
The roof has been put on, and all interior drywalling has been accomplished. The painters began work on Tuesday and hope to be done before the weekend on the interior of our expansion.  What remains is the arrival of the air conditioners and their installation, the installation of flooring, the slab of concrete for the porch area, the installation of the projector and screen in the fellowship area, and the complete painting of the outside of the church.  Of course, furniture needs to be put into our Welcome Area, and tables in the New Fellowship Hall.  Wonderful busy times at Open Bible.  
Roof On & Drywall Finished
Wishing Tree for Mornings With Mommy
Our Mornings With Mommy group that begins on October 3rd is in need of supplies.  Can you help?
There is a Wishing tree posted near the front entrance of church.  Please take a leaf with the name of an item on it.  Then check off what the leaf says on the inventory sheet list.  In the next month, bring the purchased item to church and put it in one of the bins near the front entrance.  If everyone takes a leaf, it will save a good deal of expense for our supplies.   Please help and thank you!!! 
 Fall Bible Studies

Our Early Bird Sunday Bible studies begin on September 10th from 8:00-8:50 A.M.
We will look at some Timely Topics in September:
September 10th: Visiting Heaven: Are these visits real?
September 17th: Haunted Houses; Debunking the myths and deciphering the mysteries
September 24th: Overweight or Overfit? The narrow Lutheran Middle.
As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lutherans recall how important the Bible was to Luther as he faced the burning questions of life and faith.  Join us for "A Return To Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy.  We will begin on September 6th from 5:00-6:00 P.M.  Bring dinner if you like.
September 6th:   The Beginning: Baptism
September 13th: God's Undeserved Gift: Justification by Grace
September 20th: Not For Sale: Forgiveness in Christ Alone
September 27th: Christ's Body and Blood: Holy Communion
** We will be finishing the New Testament "Story'' during the months of January, early February, and after Easter in April.  So please keep your Story workbooks and manuals.
 Special Messages for Unchurched Friends

Please let your friends know about some special messages coming up on 89.5 FM on Sundays from 11:00-11:30 A.M. 
August 13th: You are Worth Much More Than Your Net Worth!
Pastor Mark Schulz
Open Bible Lutheran Church
4671 Bellwether Lane, Oxford, FL  34484
Phone: 352.753.9038

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