THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Bible Class & Christmas Program Practice
- 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
- 7:00 pm—New Years Eve Evening Prayer
- 9:00 am—New Years Day Divine Service with Holy Communion
IN OUR PRAYERS
HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Brad Butler (friend of the Hilgendorf’s); Connie Coats; Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Nash Foreman (friend of Sofie Reifsteck); Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Adriane & Baby Heins (sister of Lauren Braaten) Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irence Wattjes); John Lamkin (friend of Dave Slaughter); Kurt McDaniel (friend of Joan Vukelich); Joan Rahn; Emma Silver; Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Irene Wattjes; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brooklyn Wiegel (great granddaughter of Linda Brewer); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop).
SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell, Preus Hasselbrook
DEACONESS STUDENT: Elizabeth (Fodor) Dobbelaire.
MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family
HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leona Czerwonka; Janet Pollock; Ruth Sims; Glen Stumeier; Irene Wattjes.
MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Josh Dyer; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Blake Stokes; Scott Walter.
ABOUT THE READINGS . . . In the beginning God created all things through His Word, His Son. But man fell into sin, and with man all creation was cursed. Therefore, God spoke His Word again, this time into the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary. The glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle of our human nature (Ex. 40:17–21, 34–38). “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1–14). The Son of God took on our flesh and blood and died on the cross in order that we might receive the right to become the children of God through faith. Baptized into Christ’s body, we are made partakers of a new Genesis, “the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4–7). In Christ, the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man has truly appeared.
THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 1:12 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” What a joy to be called the children of God! We have a Father who cares for us and loves us. Therefore we have no need to fear. For perfect love casts out fear. And with our fear set aside, we are free to serve the Christ who has become flesh.
A PRAYER FOR NEWNESS OF LIFE IN CHRIST . . . Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon ourselves the armor of light now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to visit us in great humility, that in the Last Day, when He shall come again in glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to life immortal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
NEW OFFICER INSTALLATION . . . will be Sunday, January 8, during the Divine Service immediately following the offering. If you are a newly-elected officer, please plan to attend. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the Divine Service to say thank you to out‑going, current, and in-coming officers. Their hard work and dedication are to be commended!
PASTOR WILL BE OUT OF OFFICE . . . Pastor will be out of the office Monday, December 26 and returning on Friday, December 30. For immediate assistance or emergencies please contact his mobile phone (217)-460-2077, or one of the elders.
THE DECEMBER CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.
SERVICES ONLINE . . . This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:
- On Immanuel’s Facebook page
- On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
- On Immanuel’s YouTube channel