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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (12/14)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:15 am—LWML Cookie Walk
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 5:30 pm—Sunday School Christmas Service Potluck
  • 7:00 pm—Sunday School Christmas Service

Monday—Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 7:30 pm—Voters’ Budget Meeting

Wednesday

  • 7:00 pm—Midweek Advent Service

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (12/21)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Darrell Ford (hip-replacement surgery); Jim Harbaugh; Andrea Kleiboeker (sister of Jim Dyer); Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee (sister of Jim Dyer); Steve Leonard (son of Betty Leonard); Laurie McMillen; Barb Pearson (friend of Joyce Alexander); Virginia Poke (sister of Anne Koss); Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Ruth Sims; Harold Wattjes.

DEATHS: Family of Matt Whitson (brother of Mark Whitson) and Roy Snyder (father of Dave Snyder)

SEMINARY STUDENT: Dustin Fry.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Cora Jahnke; Neil Oliger; Corinne Oye; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

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

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Deut 18:15–19; Philippians 4:4–7; John 1:19–28

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The voice of John the Baptist cried out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord . . .” (Isa. 40:1). John called the people to be made ready for the Messiah’s coming through repentance, for “all flesh is grass” (Isa. 40:6). Now He asks from prison, “Are you the one who is to come . . .?” (Matt. 11:2). Jesus’ works bear witness that He is. The sick are made well; the dead are raised, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. Their iniquity is pardoned; they have received from the Lord’s hand double forgiveness for all their sins. The “stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 4:1) still deliver Christ’s overflowing forgiveness to the poor in spirit, comforting God’s people with the word of the Gospel which stands forever. This Gospel produces rejoicing among all those who believe.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . 1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” A steward manages the property of the owner for the owner’s purposes. We are stewards of all that God has given us. So we are called to use all that we are and all that we have for God’s purposes. How do we know what these are? Consider your vocations, your callings from God, in the Home, the Church, and Society: what are the roles God has called you to play? And how should you be using the gifts He’s given you to fulfill those roles?

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL POTLUCK AND CHRISTMAS SERVICE . . . is set for Sunday, December 14. The service is at 7:00 pm, preceded by a potluck at 5:30 pm hosted by the Board of Education. The Board of Education is providing the main dish and is asking members from Immanuel to prepare a side dish or a dessert. Join us for food, fellowship, and then for a Christmas Service where our children will remind us of the real reason for the season with all your favorite Christmas hymns.

LWML COOKIE WALK . . . is today immediately following the Divine Service. Any cookie donations are much appreciated. Please be sure to come and fill a tin. Matching funds up to $300.00 will be provided by Thrivent Financial.

SPECIAL EVENTS . . . in Advent:

  • Sunday, November 30—3:00 pm Christmas Caroling with Youth
  • Wednesday, December 3—7:00 pm Advent Midweek Service
  • Saturday, December 6—9:00 am Church Christmas Decorating
  • Sunday, December 7—10:30 am Sunday School stays until noon
  • Wednesday, December 10—7:00 pm Advent Midweek Service
  • Thursday, December 11—12:00 pmLadies Aid Christmas Lunch
  • Sunday, December 14—10:15 amLWML Cookie Walk
    • 10:30 am Sunday School stays until noon
    • 5:30 pm Potluck before SS Christmas Service
    • 7:00 pm Sunday School Christmas Service
  • Monday, December 15—7:30 pm Voter’s Budget Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 17—7:00 pm Advent Midweek Service
  • Wednesday, December 24—7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service
  • Thursday, December 25—9:00 am Christmas Day Service
  • Wednesday, December 31—7:00 pm New Year’s Eve Service

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Ruth Sims (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Tim & Teri Pollock (West)
  • Donna Campbell (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Steve Hilgendorf
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Cassie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Mackenzi Bowles

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Laverl Byers—December
  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—January

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