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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (12/28)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group Event

Monday—Wednesday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Wednesday

  • 7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Divine Service with Holy Communion

Thursday—Church Offices Closed (New Year’s Day)

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
  • 11:30 am—Parent/Pastor Catechism Meeting

Monday

  • 7:30 pm—Men’s Club

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Lorraine Best (friend of Ann Carroll); 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); 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 . . . Genesis 46:1–7; 1 Peter 4:12–19; Matthew 2:13–23.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . A Rod has come forth from the stem of Jesse (Is. 11:1–5)—the Seed of David whose kingdom shall be established forever (2 Sam. 7:1–16). In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son Jesus to redeem us from the judgment of the Law (Gal. 4:1–7). Now He is presented in the temple in fulfillment of the Law and revealed to be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:22–40). Christ has enlightened us in baptism, giving us to be adopted as sons of God and heirs of eternal life. Receiving the Holy Sacrament of His body and blood, we are prepared to depart this world in peace, for our eyes have seen the salvation of God in Him.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 2:39 “And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord. . .” The Law of God is good. Of course, it always shows us our sins: but that is good, too! We need to be driven back to the forgiveness of Christ. But the Law also shows us the truly blessed way to live – as Mary and Joseph found their joy in a godly life, so should we see the Law as a guide for Christian living, as the roadmap for saying thank you to the Lord for all His grace and mercy to us.

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR . . . are given by Ray & Norma Uthe to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

THE YOUTH GROUP . . . meets today, Sunday, December 28, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm for a movie night. Snacks will be provided.

THE 2015 CHURCH OFFICERS . . . will be installed on Sunday, January 4, during the 9:00 am Divine Service. If you are a newly-elected officer, please note this in your calendar.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED . . . We are still in need of one teacher for the 4th–6th grade class. If this position is not filled those grades will not have Sunday School. Also beginning in January, we will need one teacher for the 1st–3rd grade class.

THANK YOU TO . . . Pastor Braaten and our Immanuel family for your comfort, care, and support through words, cards, and food during the loss of Mark’s brother, Matt Whitson. You are blessings in our life, and your love and concern are deeply appreciated. Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson

POINSETTIAS . . . may be taken home after the Divine Service on Sunday, January 4, 2015. If you forget, they will be in the kitchen on the counter.

DEACONESS STUDENT, ALLISON GUMMERUS . . . will be visiting Immanuel on the weekend of January 10–11. We will have a pot luck to welcome her on that Sunday, January 11, after Bible Class.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Joan Vukelich (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Janet Stumeier; Cassie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Steve Hilgendorf
  • Carol Munson; Marissa Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

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

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