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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (12/9)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Christmas Program Practice

Monday—Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pm—Board of Education
  • 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees
  • 7:00 pm—Board of Elders

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Circuit Pastors’ Meeting (Broadlands)

Wednesday

  • 7:00 pm—Midweek Advent Service

Saturday

  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (12/16)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:15 amCookie Walk
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Christmas Program Practice
  • 6:00 pmSunday School Christmas Service

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Marylin Joergens; Pat Maree; Delvin Meyr (father of Willa’s godmother); Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Joan Rahn; Isabelle Richard (friend of the Naus); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Bob Vukelich; Irene Wright (mother of Ann Hilgendorf); Jolene Young (mother of Ryan Bowles).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Joshua Schiff.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Stephanie Wilde.

MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Isaiah 40:1–8; 1 Corinthians 4:1–5; Matthew 11:2–10.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The day on which our Lord returns will be a “great and awesome day” (Mal. 4:5). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will “set them ablaze” (Mal. 4:1). The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in: “. . . straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness will bring healing in His wings. Let us, then, give attention to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away. Let us “through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures” (Rom. 15:4) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus’ coming. Then, by God’s grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 15:4 “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction.” God’s Word was given to us to bless us. The Bible warns us of our sin and points us to Christ for our salvation. The Bible also instructs us as to how to live out our Christians lives—this is the “third use of the Law.” As Christians we should welcome this instruction in humble faith.

THANK YOU . . . from our local Salvation Army Team. “All the money raised this year will stay in Tuscola. We are most grateful for the church’s continued support for a worthy cause!”

REMINDER: IMMANUEL BOARDS MEET . . . on Monday, December 10.

THE VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY BUDGET AND ELECTION MEETING . . . will be on Monday, December 17, at 7:30 PM.

POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS . . . are included in this weekend’s bulletins. Please complete and return them by next Sunday, December 16. Poinsettias are $13.00 this year and can be taken and enjoyed at home immediately following the Christmas Day service.

LWML . . . With sadness and regret, our congregation’s LWML group is disbanding after 55 years. This is due to “age and infirmity” of many members and inability to interest new members to join. We have records dating back to January 1963 when the current group organized. Over the years LWML has gathered mites and had fund raising activities to donate thousands of dollars to charities and projects both locally, nationally, and some internationally. Over the years many of our members have enjoyed rallies and conventions at the zone, district, and national levels. For the past 16 years, we have hosted a Christmas cookie walk. With the help and support of the whole congregation, we have successfully raised a great deal of money for many projects and charities. We thank you for all of your support!

CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK . . . will be held in the fellowship hall on Sunday, December 16, after the Divine service. The LWML Cookie Walk has been a staple here for so many years, and even though the LWML has decided to disband, donating money to a worthy cause through the Cookie Walk can continue. The money ($7/tin) this year will be split between Angel Tree and SAM Pantry. Although we already have some committed cookie bakers ready to bake, donations of cookies are encouraged and very much appreciated!

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SERVICE . . . will be next Sunday, December 16. The service is at 6:00 PM, followed by refreshments hosted by the Board of Education. Join us for a Christmas Service where our children will remind us of the real reason for the season with all your favorite Christmas hymns and then food and fellowship.

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES AND VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES . . . can be found in your mailboxes. There are a few openings for greeters, so if you’d like to take an extra spot, just let Leigh Ann know. Thank you for your ongoing volunteerism!

THE 2019 FLOWER CHART IS AVAILABLE . . . Please sign up on the bulletin board across from member mailboxes. Flowers will be $35.00 again in 2019 and can be special ordered. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SEMINARY STUDENTS . . . If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to our seminary students, their addresses are: Mr. Joshua Schiff, 5309 Stonehedge Blvd., Apartment 6, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46835; Ms. Stephanie Wilde, 6600 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46825.

UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES AND EVENTS

  • Wednesday, December 5—7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Saturday, December 8—9:00 am—Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Shopko
  • Sunday, December 9—10:20 am—Sunday School Christmas Service practice
  • Wednesday, December 12—7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Sunday, December 16—10:20 am—Sunday School Christmas Service practice
  • Sunday, December 16—6:00 pm—Sunday School Christmas Service
  • Monday, December 17—7:30 pm—Voters’ Budget/Officer Election Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 19—7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Monday, December 24—7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Service with Communion
  • Tuesday, December 25—9:00 am—Christmas Day Service with Communion
  • Wednesday, December 26—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED
  • Thursday, December 27—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED
  • Monday, December 31—7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Evening Prayer Service
  • Tuesday, January 1—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck (West)
  • Dave & Michelle Stumeier (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Jim Dyer (West)
  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Marissa Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Lexie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson—December
  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson—January

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Sharon Allen—December
  • Joan Vukelich—January

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