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Immanuel News & Notes (Easter 03)

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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (4/30)

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

Monday—Thursday: NO MATINS

Monday

  • 7:30 pm—Men’s Club

Wednesday

  • 10:00 am—No Morning Bible Study

Thursday

  • 12:00 pm—National Day of Prayer (40 Martyrs)

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (5/7)

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

Monday (5/8)

  • 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); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Sandy Bates (friend of Joan Vukelich); Randy Bergeson (friend of Pastor Braaten and Ann Carroll); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; John Hofer (relative of Jerry Alexander); Mike Kerner (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Ena Raaymakers (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Rev. Michael Schuermann; Sue Wisovaty (friend of Joan Vukelich).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Hayden Folks.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Carolyn Walsh.

MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Alan and Patricia Ludwig; Julie Lutz.

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

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

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Isaiah 40:25–31; 1 Peter 2:11–20; John 16:16–22.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11–16). He is not like the hireling, who cares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming. Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them (Ezek. 34:11–16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the broken and strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep. On the cross, Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil for you that you might be saved. He now lives to restore your soul in the still waters of baptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to prepare the table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23). “For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 10:16 “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.” The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice—and we delight to go where He leads. Of course, the world, the devil, and our own sinful flesh want to pull us in another direction. But following the Shepherd means life, and everything is of death. So no matter how difficult the path is that the Shepherd points out: let us follow Him!

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson to the glory of God on the occasion of Beau’s birthday.

WELCOME REV. MICHAEL BAHR . . . as our guest minister in Immanuel’s services this weekend on both Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE . . . Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance (TAMA) will be hosting a National Day of Prayer service on Thursday, May 4, 12:00 PM (noon), at 40 Martyrs Hall. It will begin with a 30-minute service followed by lunch. Thank you to our volunteers for providing the chili!

PASTOR BRAATEN WILL ANNOUNCE . . . his decision during the May 7 Divine Service regarding the call he received to serve as the Development Director for Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School in East Saint Louis, Illinois. Please continue to hold Pastor Braaten and his family in your prayers.

PASTOR BRAATEN . . . is out of town April 26–May 5. If you need assistance you may contact him on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Jack Appleby, Kenny Kresin, Greg Nau, or Bryce Reifsteck).

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ILC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP . . . sponsored by the Board of Missions and Evangelism are now being accepted. The deadline is May 1, 2017. Applications are available on the church Web site: immanueltuscola.org.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Corky & Theresa Fields (West)
  • Jim & Carolyn Dyer (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Janice Arthur; Lexie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Ruth Bretz; Cassie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Laverl Byers—April
  • Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson—May

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Theresa Fields—April
  • Judy Legg & Janet Stumeier—May

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