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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (4/19)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 7:30 pm—Voter’s Assembly Meeting

Thursday

  • 1:30 pm—Ladies Aid Bible Study

Saturday

  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers Meeting
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (4/26)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 7:30 pm—Youth Group Event

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Mary Appleby; Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Konnie Crist (father of Teri Pollock); Alberta Dallas; Jim Harbaugh; Marvin Kingery (father of Miranda Czerwonka); Erica Kremitzki; Laurie McMillen; Mike Merna (friend of Joan Vukelich); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Barb Pearson (friend of Joyce Alexander); Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Roland Spomer; Bob Vukelich; Harold Wattjes.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Dustin Fry.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Joan Mulligan; Corinne Oye; 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 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!

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ILC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP . . . sponsored by the Board of Mission and Evangelism are now being accepted. The deadline is May 1, 2015. Applications are available on the church Web site: immanueltuscola.org.

CAMP CILCA SCHOLARSHIP . . . The Board of Mission and Evangelism is offering a scholarship for anyone who wants to attend Camp CILCA. Please notify Pastor Braaten or Tammy Kresin of your interest. Scholarships are also available from the LWML. Please notify Irene Wattjes, Theresa Fields, or Joyce Alexander if you plan to attend.

HELP NEEDED . . . Due to the state budget crisis, BETHS Place is on the verge of closure. In our current situation, we will not be able to continue serving the women and children of domestic violence in Douglas County. We are asking for any monetary contributions to help us remain open and serving in our local communities. Thank you for your consideration and prayers.

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . is next Sunday, April 26, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm. We will be watching the movie God Is Not Dead. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Ruth Sims (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Harold Wattjes (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Ruth Bretz; Mackenzi Bowles

HOLY WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Sue Rothe; Marissa 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

  • Greg & Celeste Nau—April
  • Janet Stumeier—May

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