January

Thu Jan 1, 2015

All day New Year's Day

Thu Jan 1, 2015 - Fri Jan 2, 2015

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All day Office Closed

Thu Jan 1, 2015 - Fri Jan 2, 2015

6:30pm - 7:30pm Boy Scouts

Fri Jan 2, 2015

7pm - 8pm Needlers

Sun Jan 4, 2015

All day Social Hall Reserved

Sun Jan 4, 2015 - Mon Jan 5, 2015

8:30am - 9:30am &11amWorship

9:45am - 10:45am Sunday School

Mon Jan 5, 2015

6:30pm - 7:30pm Cub Scouts

7pm - 8pm Confirmation

7pm - 8pm Finance

7pm - 8pm NA

Tue Jan 6, 2015

9:30am - 10:30am TOPS

5:30pm - 6:30pm AA

6:30pm - 7:30pm Bell Choir

7pm - 8pm Confirmation

8pm - 9pm Womens NA

Wed Jan 7, 2015

8am - 9am Bible Study

9:30am - 10:30am Al-Anon

6:30pm - 7:30pm Choir

7:30pm - 8:30pm W&M

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Thu Jan 8, 2015

6:30pm - 7:30pm Boy Scouts

6:30pm - 7:30pm Grief Share

7pm - 8pm Council

Sun Jan 11, 2015

8:30am - 9:30am &11amWorship

9:45am - 10:45am Sunday School

Mon Jan 12, 2015

6:30pm - 7:30pm Cub Scouts

7pm - 8pm Confirmation

7pm - 8pm NA

Tue Jan 13, 2015

9:30am - 10:30am TOPS

5:30pm - 6:30pm AA

6:30pm - 7:30pm Bell Choir

7pm - 8pm Confirmation

8pm - 9pm Womens NA

Wed Jan 14, 2015

8am - 9am Bible Study

9:30am - 10:30am Al-Anon

1pm - 2pm Hope Circle

6:30pm - 7:30pm Choir

Thu Jan 15, 2015

6:30pm - 7:30pm Boy Scouts

6:30pm - 7:30pm Grief Share

Fri Jan 16, 2015

7pm - 8pm Needlers

Sun Jan 18, 2015

8:30am - 9:30am &11amWorship

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9:45am - 10:45am Sunday School

Mon Jan 19, 2015

All day Martin Luther King Day

Mon Jan 19, 2015 - Tue Jan 20, 2015

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6:30pm - 7:30pm Cub Scouts

7pm - 8pm Confirmation

7pm - 8pm NA

Tue Jan 20, 2015

All day Food Pantry

Tue Jan 20, 2015 - Wed Jan 21, 2015

9:30am - 10:30am TOPS

5:30pm - 6:30pm AA

6:30pm - 7:30pm Bell Choir

7pm - 8pm Confirmation

8pm - 9pm Womens NA

Wed Jan 21, 2015

8am - 9am Bible Study

9:30am - 10:30am Al-Anon

1:30pm - 2:30pm Rebecca Circle

6:30pm - 7:30pm Choir

Thu Jan 22, 2015

All day 6:30-8pm 1st Communion Classes

Thu Jan 22, 2015 - Fri Jan 23, 2015

6:30pm - 7:30pm Boy Scouts

6:30pm - 7:30pm Grief Share

Sat Jan 24, 2015

12pm - 5pm Social Hall Rented

Sun Jan 25, 2015

8:30am - 9:30am &11amWorship

9:45am - 10:45am Sunday School

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12:30pm - 1:30pm Annual Meeting

Mon Jan 26, 2015

6:30pm - 7:30pm Cub Scouts

7pm - 8pm Confirmation

7pm - 8pm NA

Tue Jan 27, 2015

9:30am - 10:30am TOPS

5:30pm - 6:30pm AA

6:30pm - 7:30pm Bell Choir

7pm - 8pm Confirmation

8pm - 9pm Womens NA

Wed Jan 28, 2015

8am - 9am Bible Study

9:30am - 10:30am Al-Anon

6:30pm - 7:30pm Choir

Thu Jan 29, 2015

All day 6:30-8pm 1st Communion Classes

Thu Jan 29, 2015 - Fri Jan 30, 2015

6:30pm - 7:30pm Boy Scouts

6:30pm - 7:30pm Grief Share

Fri Jan 30, 2015

7pm - 8pm Needlers

Sat Jan 31, 2015

4pm - 8pm Boy Scouts Social Hall

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WELCOME TO AUGUSTANA HOBART

     Welcome to Augustana Lutheran Church, Hobart, Indiana. We are a worshiping community of baptized members of the Church of Christ, reponding in faith to the call of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel, preaching the Word, adminsitering the sacraments, and carrying out God's mission.

           We encourage you to look over our site. In our Home section you can find a devotional message we hope you find benficial. In the About Us section you will find information about our congregations history, and about the major ministries of the congregation. Check out or Frequetly Asked Questions, or FAQ, to find some of the answers we frequently get about us, such as worship times. Special Events are listed in our Services section, as some information about our worship life. The Contact Us section includes information about how to contact us, as well as a way for you to have us contact you. Finaly, the Gallery has some photos of our life here at Augustana.

          We hope you find our web site helpful and informative. Feel free to join us for worship. In the end we hope you find a measure of God's grace with us.

Augustana Lutheran Church will now have the option of Gluten Free Communion Bread at both services for those who have food allergies to Gluten.

MISSION STATEMENT

We, the people of Augustana, as a community of faith called by Christ to the fullness
of life in God commit ourselves to:

Worship God through word and sacrament

Teach the Gospel message Grace

Promote renewal and outreach

Share the blessings of God’s love

Support and equip one another in our calling

Celebrate and affirm our gifts

Serve our lording the church, society and world

In grateful & faithful response to God’s grace we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling these through word and by action in obedience to the command of Christ.

Amen
Last week's sermon

Epiphany 4, 25 January 2015

Mark 1:14-20                                  INI

These days my son works at Starbuck’s. He sees a lot of the regulars on his morning shift. After a few months now, not only does he recognize their faces; he knows their names and can remember Sue takes a venti macho mocha soy latte double shot three pump with a fried egg on top.

There’s even a customer who tells them what she wants and they don’t make it because she doesn’t like it so they make her what she likes instead of what she says. He even knows how much joking he can get away with with each customer.

Now, Starbucks is a huge corporation with stores all over. They can spend thousands of dollars researching the best kind of soy milk and the right combinations of taste and texture.  But they know how to make their products deeply personal. Folks come back because they feel known and respected. This is part of why Starbuck’s succeeds.

Big and personal. Actually, God has strung all human life on this tension between the group and the individual. We need both to do well. Without strong, healthy individualism we are stunted. Without strong, healthy groups we never become human and probably die.

This is why the first thing Jesus does after he is baptized and anointed is to start pulling together a group: Simon and Andrew, James and John, let’s go. He’d get Levi and the others later. But this is how God goes about his saving work always. He helps us as individuals by creating a group and pulling us into it.

It’s this way from the start. When he reaches out to the world he picks

Abraham, not to be a solitary guru sitting on a mountain, but to be the father of a people, a very large nation.  Now here again Jesus picks twelve people to symbolize a renewed people of God. His mission is not to create God’s elite inner circle, but to gather up the stragglers and strays, to hunt for those who have wandered off, to invite back those who have been kicked out, to fill up the ranks  and restore God’s dwindling and demoralized people. He’d need some help to do that.

This puts him a little out of step with modern culture. These days especially one often hears that spirituality is a personal path. We all must find our own way. No two paths are alike. We must move alone to the Unknown. The flip side of this is that organized religion is a waste of time.  Who wants a one-size-fits-all religious MacDonald’s, with its standardized doctrines and pat answers, when the spiritual quest has to be customized for every individual?

But remember Starbuck’s. If you want to make your own tie die chai tea tai chi skim decaf frappuchino, you probably won’t have the knowledge, skill, ingredients, and machines to do it. Let’s go from here. Let’s talk about how the most robustly, intensely personal faith is at the same time something we pursue as deeply-rooted members of God’s people.

For one thing, Jesus decided to build faith through a community of faith. Am I going to tell him he doesn’t know his job? Am I going to tell him his job? Faith means recognizing that God is in charge, not me.

For another thing, who do I think I am? Do I honestly think that while I am doing my job, caring for my family, cleaning the cat box and doing a hundred other things I can figure God out all by myself? The arrogance of living smugly by our own little truths is part of what God has to save us from and he does this by putting us among people who disagree.

Then too, life is hard. It can overload you pretty fast, and we get through by bearing one another’s burdens. My first advice to anyone in crisis is, “Get your group together.”  There is not only strength in numbers: there is also deep wisdom in the community, a fact I experience every week as I meet with others to ponder our Sunday readings.

But it goes still deeper. Our faith is basically not about sculpting our spiritual abs until we become magnificent individual specimens. Our faith is about a bunch of flawed people learning how to love and be loved in companionship with God. Good luck learning how to love when you are alone. Good luck learning about forgiveness when there is no one near to forgive or to be forgiven by.

This is why even the warts and flaws of the community can be so useful. I get really tired of people grading the church and flunking it if it doesn’t get a perfect score. Whatever do you expect? About the time you are ready  to lay a curse on some fellow believer, you are reminded that God has every reason to feel the same about you. You are reminded that God expects you to bless this person as you are able, or at least to pray at a safe distance. You are reminded that it was for such people that our Lord was content to die.

So what does this mean for our life together as a congregation? First, we expect to be an imperfect community that continually strives to learn and grow in the midst of its imperfections. Second, it means that that we do all we can to draw closer together as a spiritual community. We learn and grow together, we study and we act, we break new ground and take

risks together. We talk honestly and in depth. This is really how our personal faith grows: we let Jesus do his thing to us. Then our doubts and fears, our questions and hopes and experiences connect with someone out there who clicks with us. This is how the Spirit hops from one to another when he wants to get into our lives.

And above all we passionately love Jesus. All that we think, say and do is drawn through the light of Jesus, true God and truly human, dead and raised, our Lord and Master, who was and is and is to come.  

WORSHIP TIMES:

       8:30 and 11:00am

SUNDAY SCHOOL:

     9:45 to10:45 (Sept- May)

 

 

 

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Augustana Hobart
207 Kelly Street
Hobart, IN 46342
Phone: 219 -942-3574
Email: augustanahobart@gmail.com

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