June 21, 2020 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

The audio recording for today includes the readings seen below. Feel free to also check out

Prayer of the Day

Teach us, good Lord God, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that we do your will, through Jesus Crist, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

A Reading from St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians

Ephesians 5:1–2

1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "Shine, Jesus, Shine" on the piano. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Introducing Our Sister Congregation

This month we are beginning a sister congregation relationship with another member of our synod. St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation roughly the same size as ours, located in Campbell Hill, Illinois, about 20 miles northwest of Carbondale. We will be keeping that congregation in our prayers.

Becoming a Good Steward

Looking for a new book? Instead of buying your own copy, check out your local library for your next read. Libraries are valuable community centers, and chances are you'll only read the book once—no need to purchase every copy for yourself! If you like using e-readers, borrow books from the library digitally. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Local Note: Both the Bloomington and Normal public libraries are now, even during partial closure, open for curbside pickup of materials (books, audio recordings, and videos) reserved online. Many smaller communities have interlibrary agreements that would allow someone with a Carlock, Chenoa, Gridley, etc. card to borrow books from one of these libraries.

Emergency Fundraising for Madagascar Companion Synods

The Central/Southern Illinois Synod has begun COVID-19 emergency fundraising for our companion synods in Madagascar to financially support pastors and catechists in the Ambovombe-Androy Synod and the Ft. Dauphin Synod of the Malagasy Lutheran Church. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought difficult challenges for faith communities around the globe. Our companion synods in Madagascar hope to maintain the proclamation of God's word and a sense of unity and spiritual fellowship centered in Christ during this global crisis. However, our Malagasy sisters and brothers face a much steeper slope. All they have to carry their evangelism initiatives under lockdown is radio broadcasts. Furthermore, ministers in the field must overcome a complete loss of income, which forces them to deviate from their call just to try to make a living.

For this urgent request, the Synod is asking that initial contributions be sent to the synod office by June 25. Any and all gifts will be accepted at any time. Use the green "Donate" button on the synod website and select the "Aid to Madagascar Pastors" fund or send to: C/SIS-ELCA, 524 S. Fifth Street, Springfield, IL 62701.

Food Drive

The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

There is a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

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