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[Jesus said:] 1"Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers." 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So again Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Make sure to turn off and unplug items when they're not in use. The socket draws electricity even when items are "turned off." Some items that are often plugged-in when not in use are blow-dryers, phone chargers, electric kettles, and coffee pots. Other items that are often left in the "on" position when not in use are televisions, computers, and video game consuls. Using the battery-saving function on smart phones and computers helps them last longer, as well as save energy. Perhaps you have a spare refrigerator you only need to run when you're preparing to entertain guests. Look around your house and find what can be unplugged. You might be surprised by your energy savings! (Creation Justice Ministries)
The Wednesday night bible study has resumed, on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in participating should contact the church office to get the call-in information and to be sure they get the weekly readings sent to them.
The OSLC Mission Committee would like to thank all who volunteered to either work or donate at the blood drive this past weekend. Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, the blood drive met the Red Cross goal of 25 units collected.
Please mark your calendars for the next American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the OSLC Mission Committee. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
Several announcements from the Church Council have been posted to the website since April's Council meeting. You can always look for these online, but they were also be in the recent edition of The Way, which was sent via postal mail to anyone not on the email distribution list. These announcements include the following:
The Church Council is planning an online recognition of graduates this year. Please submit the names and graduation information of your graduate to the church office by May 4. We hope to have an additional, in-person recognition when we are able to gather once again.
In preparation for when we gather again after May, the Church Council approved the following summer schedule:
The Church Council notes that offerings have been good, considering the circumstances. Please continue to submit your offering by mail, in person, or by direct payment from your financial institution. If you drop your check in the mailbox, be sure to put it in an offering envelope.
The Parish Education Committee would like to thank and recognize the following people for serving as educators to our congegration's youth in the following ways: