Epiphany 3


January 23, 2022

Epiphany 3

 Welcome to long-time Lutherans, to Christians from every tradition, and  to people new to the faith.

Welcome to you who have no church home, or who want to follow Christ, have doubts, or do not know for sure what you believe.

 Welcome to new visitors and old friends

 Welcome to people of every age and size, color and culture, every sexual  orientation and gender identity, socio-economic status, marital

status, ability and challenge.

 We welcome your questions and your beliefs

 Welcome to Lebanon

All are welcome in this place

Readings for  today: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 8-10,  Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians

12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21. Readings for next week; Jeremiah 1:4-10,

Psalm 71:1-6, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30. Try reading

these ahead at home and see if  you can find  what  holds them together.

We need  a volunteer reader for Sundays.


Did you know …..

…..that you can always watch recent worship services on our website, and find the Yellow Pages for each week there too?  www.lebanonlutheranchurch.com


 Worship on the Web –  Sundays at 10:15am

 Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates when then occur.


 Hand sanitizer is located at several stations. Please leave 6’ distance

between you and others that are not in your family.  We ask that you

kindly wear a mask whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.

 It is cold, flu and COVID season. Please DO NOT place your used tissue back into the box!  Thank you!


It is an important part of our ministry to be constantly praying for one another.

We add names to the prayer list with consent in order to maintain privacy and confidentiality.

Prayers for those who are homebound:              Our Minister

Helen Bartlett, at home

Mary Bernhardt, at Robinswood Assisted Living #115 (Kay Snell)

Marlene Holmstrom, at home

Elaine Liska, at White Lake Assisted Living – Whitehall

Ruth Nurmi, with health concerns

Nancy Peterson, at Heartland , Room #405 B

Bernie Weidner, at Sanctuary of the Oaks.        (Danielle Jacobs)

Marty Windbacher, at home

Special Prayer Concerns:

Steve Albert, with health concerns

Tracey Allen, (Roger Silk’s cousin) diagnosed with terminal brain cancer

Jennifer Snowden Bossi, 34,  (Ardy Bulthouse’s granddaughter) diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Lucas Carlson, (Terry and Mary Beekmans grandson) for new treatment.

Diane, (friend of Cheri Crouch) diagnosed with cancer.

Dan Girvan, with health issues

Cora Hendrick, (Curt Crouch’s mother) diagnosed with cancer

Terri Hissong, (Margaret Everling’s sister) health concerns

Paul Honoré, recently diagnosed with cancer

Lauren Kerkstra, (Darrel and Jeanette Otto’s granddaughter), recovering slowly, able to walk and take commands. Remains non-verbal .

Donna Knoth, with heart issues.

Jeff Knoth, recently diagnosed with cancer

Amy Jean Knorr, ( Brian Holmblades aunt in Tucson) turned 105 years old on November 28.

Mary, (Meg Eatons mother) with health concerns after a fall.

Dwight Mead (Paula Moreau’s brother-in-law), non-hodgkin lymphoma mantel type (stage four).

Irene Parks, recuperating from heart valve replacement surgery, 12/16

Shirley Palmatter, (Cindy Alberts mother)

Shirley, (friend of Barb Aardema) recently diagnosed with cancer.

Tammy, (daughter of Wietse and Melanie Schaafsma) with brain cancer & diabetic. At home.

Jen, (Tammy’s sister ) suffered aneurysm, at home.

Harry and Yolanta Swiatek, home recuperating from surgery complications – prayers for continued healing.

Darlene Willbrandt, recuperating from eye surgery.

Our hearts grieve with Art and Sue Plewka, Jason, Will and Bennett MacGregor, on the passing of their daughter, wife and mother Lara on January 18, 2022. No arrangements have been made at this time. Our hearts also grieve with the family of Lois Fuller who passed away 1/5/22. A funeral is planned for spring 2022. 

For our partners in faith, our companion synods in Salud para la Vida in San Pedro Sula, Honduras for their mission and ministry in their place as we fulfill our mission in our place; for all the churches of the Lutheran World Federation, for people of the gospel throughout the world

Each week we pray for one of our members or families.  This week we pray for :  Doug and Barb Aardema

Congregation Prayers for January 2022:  Mary Bernhardt.

Prayers for February: Amy Swope, Mary & Terry Beekman, Mary Koernen,  Jone Benedict.



Praying for Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop, ELCA and Craig Satterlee, Bishop of the Northwest Lower Michigan Synod. Salem Lutheran, Flint and Pastor Monica Villareal.

 As Jesus calls us to be one even as he and the Father are one, please remember these leaders, and judicatories in prayer on Sunday mornings.– Today we pray for: Redeemer Lutheran Church/Lansing; Rev. Janice Hite.  Next week we pray for: St. Stephen Lutheran Church/Lansing; Rev. Alex Aivars.

 Due to the increase in the Covid 19 Delta variant, masks are required to be worn correctly over nose and mouth when in the church building. Masks are available at the church entrances should you forget yours. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our visitors and congregation safe.

Last Week at Lebanon 

Budget…………………………………  ……              3,411.00

Non-Budget………………………………                   415.00

In & Outs……………………………………                    0.00

Total Deposit………………………………            3,826.00

2021 Budget                                                  183,353.00

Budgeted giving needed through November (89.2%)                   163,550.88

Actual budget giving through November                                         176,242.07

Fund of the Month / January ……..150th Anniversary         87.00

Food Pantry :  1/19/22 –   57  families and  119  individuals. 





Giving through our Vanco Mobile app is an easy and convenient way to donate to our church. It only takes a moment to set up and account:

  1. Download the free Vanco Mobile app from the App store or

Google Play.


2.  Find our Church by searching for our Church name: Lebanon Lutheran Church

  1. Donate: to the General Fund

                        Thank you for your generosity!

Bible Study via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Please email Pastor Ogden or Kathy Keller

( Kellerk2@msu.edu) for the link


Take home – Prayer Ventures January 2022 


These petitions are offered as guides to prayer for the global, social and outreach ministries of the ELCA.

Thank you for your continued prayers for the life and mission of this church.

23 Give thanks that Jesus is our true Savior, light and hope — the Son of God, who lived among us and continues to dwell with us through the Spirit.

24 January is when outdoor ministry leaders begin recruiting staff for our summer camps. Pray that the Spirit will inspire young adults to respond to the call to serve in our outdoor ministries across the country and to share their faith and enthusiasm with campers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

25 Ask God to help us understand that force, vengeance, wealth disparity and dominance over others are inconsistent with God’s justice and power, and that these are revealed to us through Jesus’ life and teaching, which exemplify humility, compassion, generosity, service, love without prejudice and advocacy for neighbors in need.

26 Rejoice and give thanks to God for uniting us in the body of Christ, which welcomes our diverse gifts, experiences, questions, complexities, ethnicities and cultures.

27 Pray for victims of violence and their families, that God will ease their pain, suffering and grief; pray for those who commit murder or other acts of violence, that God’s grace will transform their hearts and lives.

28 Pray for our leaders and congregations, which create opportunities for us to study Scripture, share our questions and thoughts in conversation, and affirm one another’s gifts for living the gospel, serving our neighbor and growing the church.

29 Pray for the ministry and impact of Lutheran Services in America, a nationwide network of 300 Lutheran social ministry organizations that serve 6 million people each year, using the gifts and skills of 250,000 paid staff and 150,000 volunteers.


Annual Meeting will be Sunday, January 30, 2022 after 10:15 am worship! Please attend!

Don’t forget to check your mailbox and pick up your ballot and Annual Report ahead of the annual meeting.




Lebanon Lutheran Church

1101 S. Mears Avenue

Whitehall, MI 49461

(231) 893-5745

Rev. Douglas M. Ogden