September

Sept – 1 Cub Scouts 6:30om

                NA 7pm

Sept 2 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Women’s Na 8pm

Sept 3 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-anon 9:30am

                Choir 6:30pm

                W&M 7:30pm

Sept 4 – Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

                Property 7pm

Sept 5 – Needlers 7pm

Sept 6 –

Sept 7 – Worship 8:30& 11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

                Gods Work Our Hands

Sept 8 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

                Finance 7pm

Sept 9 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Women’s NA 8pm

Sept 10 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-anon 9:30am

                Hope Circle 1pm

                Choir 6:30pm

Sept 11 – Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

Sept 12 –

Sept 13 –

Sept 14 – Worship 78:30 & 11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

                Church Picnic 12pm

Sept 15 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

Sept 16 – Food Pantry (must pre register)

                TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Esther Circle 7:30pm

                Women’s NA 8pm

Sept 17 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-anon 9:30am

                Rebecca Circle 1:30pm

                Choir 6:30pm

Sept 18 – Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

Sept 19 – Social Hall 3-9-pm

                Needlers 7pm

Sept 20- Social Hall

Sept 21 – Worship 8:30am & 11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

Sept 22 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

Sept 23 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Women’s NA 8pm

Sept 24 – Al-anon 9:30am

                Choir 6:30pm

Sept 25 – Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

Sept 26 –

Sept 27 –

Sept 28 – Worship 8:30 & 11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

                New Member Classes 9:45am

                Social Hall 12-5pm

Sept 29 – Cub Scouts 6:30pom

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

Sept 30- TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Women’s NA 8pm

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

Reformation Sunday

John 8                                               INI

There is no word we prize more reverently than freedom. We love the sound of it – freedom. We crave all the freedom we can get. But there is no word more deeply misunderstood. Today the offended crowd snaps back at Jesus, “We are children of Abraham and have never been in bondage to anyone.” Really? You are a nation of slaves whom God must liberate. That is how you started back in Egypt, and what you will always be. Jesus knows our dirty little secret, that so much we prize as freedom is nothing but slavery in a very thin disguise.

Consider Nigel. Nigel does whatever he likes. No one tells him what to do. So he is constantly in trouble. He learned that spankings, grounding, fines and a few nights in the county poky are just the price he must pay for doing what he wants. He’s the Bad Boy mom warned you against.

But will he ever realize that being reckless is not freedom? That being impulsive and irresponsible is not freedom? That being a self-centered fool is not freedom? He will never be free for a stable life, stable relationships or a stable income. He is a slave to his irresponsibility, his wild desires and the unrecognized fears that drive him to self-sabotage and self-destruction.

Or consider Henrietta. She is accustomed to success. Whatever she wants she sets her mind to and she gets. Her success has allowed her to accumulate a pile of toys and trophies. She is the envy of her friends. But now she has encumbered herself with a lifestyle that is very hard to sustain. Her bills are enormous. Something is always breaking and needing repair. Keeping it all secure is a nightmare. And she worries

about what will happen if the music stops. Will she be able to endure

any amount of failure?

Henrietta is a slave to her compulsion to win. She is a slave to her possessions. She is a slave to everything she depends on for all that success. She is a slave to all the turns of fortune she has temporarily managed to surf on successfully in an uncertain world that can turn at any time.

And then there’s us, free for the time being because sickness and poor health have given us a reprieve. Free because age and death haven’t come for us yet. Free because we are unaware for now of the guilt that lies on us for some wrong. Free because we ignore some duty that really does lie on us even if we don’t see it. Free because we do not even recognize the powers that control us, drive us, hinder us. Free because we are not yet paying the price for bad decisions in the past.

Jesus knows that so much of our freedom is sheer illusion – the mere appearance of being able to control what is too powerful for us, our bondage to the very shaky and uncertain grasp we have on what is really good for us, our slavery to our own desires, fears and self-will.

So today he offers us real freedom. And it comes at the price of knowing the truth. The truth about ourselves. The truth about the world. The truth about God. The truth about ourselves is that we are sinners. We live in defiance of God’s truth, which is insanity. For us, the form freedom takes is enlightenment and forgiveness. Hard-won forgiveness for those who will accept mercy they don’t deserve and haven’t earned.

The truth about us is that we are frail creatures, made mostly of water

and living in a world of sharp edges. These days we think a lot about

ebola and terrorists. They are merely the current symbols for what can go wrong. But many more people will die this year of flu and accidents than of ebola and terrorism.

For us freedom cannot mean blanket immunity to anything that might possibly hurt us. Freedom means that our lives are rooted and grounded in Christ. He made it his mission to touch the body fluids of the sick and to face the weapons of the hateful, to take it under his own skin and defeat in his body all that is dangerous to us. Because we are bonded to him, we have the power to endure our misfortunes in hope, the power to live lives that are bigger than what goes wrong, and to live in eternal life when this world has been overcome.

The truth about us is that we are often afraid of real freedom, afraid of standing up and standing out. So we sell ourselves to those who will tell us what to do and what to think, to those who will do the scary things we don’t want to do, though they do it for an exorbitant price.

The truth about this world is that we are surrounded by powers that try to dominate us. The power of fanaticism that goads us into hatred and violence. The power of the media that tries to shape our minds and exploit our fears. The political powers that try to recruit us to their cause. The economic powers that machine us down to cogs in someone else’s money machine. All the powers that try to corrupt us and shackle us with our own weaknesses and failings.

For us freedom comes in the form of courage to resist them, to expose them, to tell the truth in the face of their lies and evasions. This courage comes from resting in the power of God, from acknowledging him alone

as the master, not only of our private lives, but of the universe. This

freedom comes from the gift of faith in the one who promises, “In this world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer – I have overcome the world.” This freedom comes through the gift of faith in the one who says, and who alone can say, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Thanks be to God.      

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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