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Immanuel News & Notes (Advent 4)

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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (12/21)

  • 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—Tuesday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Wednesday

  • 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Divine Service with Holy Communion

Thursday

  • 9:00 am—Christmas Day Divine Service with Holy Communion

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (12/28)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class

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; Jim Harbaugh; Andrea Kleiboeker (sister of Jim Dyer); Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee (sister of Jim Dyer); Steve Leonard (son of Betty Leonard); Lavern Magnus (brother of Dolores Ford); Laurie McMillen; Barb Pearson (friend of Joyce Alexander); Virginia Poke (sister of Anne Koss); Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Harold Wattjes.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Dustin Fry.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Cora Jahnke; Joan Mulligan; 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 . . . Isaiah 11:1–5; Galatians 4:1–7; Luke 2:33–40.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The coming of God in all His unveiled power at Mount Sinai was terrifying to the people of Israel. The thundering voice of the Lord puts sinners in fear of death (Deut. 18:15–19). God, therefore, raised up a prophet like Moses—the Messiah, the Christ. God came to His people veiled in human flesh. The skies poured down the Righteous One from heaven; the earth opened her womb and brought forth Salvation (Introit) through the blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of the Lord (Luke 1:39–56). The fruit of her womb is the very Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the One whose sandal strap John was not worthy to loose (John 1:19–28). In Jesus we are delivered from fear and anxiety. In Him alone we have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:4–7).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Paul puts two things in opposition to each other: anxiety and prayer. So trade your worries for prayers! You have a Father who loves you and desires to hear your prayers and bless you.

CHECK YOUR CHURCH MAILBOX . . . to pick up the offering envelopes for 2015.

VIRGINIA OSBORNE HAS MOVED . . . to the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont, Illinois. Her new address is 702 W Cumberland Road, Altamont, IL, 62411.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND POTLUCK . . . Thank you to all who attended the Sunday School Christmas Program and Potluck. The food was delicious and the message from Immanuel’s children, divine. A special thank you goes to the Sunday School teachers and the Board of Education who made it possible: Jami Bowles, Lauren Braaten, Donna Campbell, Tonia Duncum (Timlin), Carol Munson, Tina Russo, Deborah Reifsteck, Michelle Stumeier, and Leigh Ann Whitson.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY . . . in giving to the Board of Mission & Evangelism’s Bi-Montly Mission to support the Angel Tree Project. The congregation gave $400.00 with $200.00 of matching funds from Thrivent Financial for a total of $600.00. The Board was able to purchase gifts for five students at East Prairie and one family of Immanuel. Thanks be to God for your outpouring of love and support.

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

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Harold Wattjes (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Mackenzi Bowles

NEXT WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Janet Stumeier; Cassie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

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

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