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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (1/3)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 7:30 pm—Men’s Club

Tuesday

  • 11:00 am—TAMA Meeting

Saturday

  • 9:00 am—Take down the Christmas Decorations
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (1/10)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:15 am—Church Council Meeting
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class

Monday (1/11)

  • 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

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Ava Binion (schoolmate of Regann Bowles); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Don Czerwonka; Jon Dorr (father of Lauren Braaten); DeDe Eversole; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Joel Hilgendorf; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos) Laurie McMillen; Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Rev. Lynn Podoll; Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Hayden Folks.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Katelyn Lower.

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

MILITARY: John Bookas; 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 42:1–7; 1 Corinthians 1:26–31; Matthew 3:13–17.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Israel and all his family went and dwelt in Egypt (Gen. 46:1–7). God made a great nation of him there, but that nation would prove unfaithful to the Lord. Therefore, the New Israel came. In fleeing the murderous Herod, our young Lord goes to Egypt (Matt. 2:13–23), that the prophecy might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my Son” (Hos. 11:1). Jesus brings to perfection what old Israel could not. He is the faithful Israel, the embodiment of the people of God. He offers His perfect and holy life in place of our own. He submits Himself to persecution and suffering in order to save us. Therefore, we should not think it strange when we who are in Christ experience trials because of the faith (1 Pet. 4:12–19). Rather, we rejoice to share in Christ’s sufferings, knowing that we will also share in His glory.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Genesis 46:6 “They also took their livestock and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan . . .” Look at all the temporal blessings that God gave to Jacob! We have also been greatly blessed to live in a land of freedom and prosperity. Shouldn’t that make us thankful and generous?

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR . . . are given by Ray & Norma Uthe to the glory of God on the occasions of their birthdays.

THE 2015 CHURCH OFFICERS . . . will be installed today, Sunday, January 3, during the 9:00 am Divine Service.

POINSETTIAS . . . may be taken home after the Divine Service today, Sunday, January 3. If you forget, they will be in the kitchen on the counter.

TAKING DOWN THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS . . . Join us next Saturday, January 9, 9:00 am, to take down the Christmas decorations.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY . . . On Sunday, January 17, 7:00 pm, at Bryce Reifsteck’s home, a new Men’s Bible Study will begin. We will meet monthly at someone’s home to talk about the Bible, Lutheran Theology, our vocations as husbands, fathers, sons, and workers, over good food and barley sodas. Bring your own favorite beverage and an appetizer to pass, plus your Bible.

A PRAYER FOR THE SICK . . . O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need, look with favor upon Your servant name. Assure him/her of Your mercy, deliver him/her from the temptations of the evil one, and give him/her patience and comfort in his/her illness. If it please you, restore him/her to health, or give him/her grace to accept this tribulation with courage and hope; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A PRAYER FOR THE YOUNG . . . Gracious Father, Your Son grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and all people. Bless, guide, and govern the children and young people of Your Church by Your Holy Spirit, that they, too, may grow in grace and in the knowledge of Your Word. Grant that they may serve You well and usefully, developing their talents not for their own sakes but to Your glory and for the welfare of their neighbor. Protect and defend them from all danger and harm, giving Your holy angels charge over them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Jim Dyer (West)
  • Joan Vukelich (East)

NEXT WEEK

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

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Carol Munson; Marissa Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Carol Munson; Lexie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—January
  • OPEN—February

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