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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (5/1)

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

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Wednesday

  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward To Sunday Bible Study

Thursday

  • 12:05 pm—National Day of Prayer (Forty Marytrs Hall)
  • 7:00 pm—Ascension Day Divine Service

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (5/8)

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

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Regann Bowles; Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); DeDe Eversole; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Mary Jane Jones; Jeff Knight (friend of the Campbells); Erica Kremitzki; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Jeff Maxfield (friend of the Vukeliches); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Tim Pollock; Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Roland Spomer; Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes; Jill Zartler.

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; Carl Crawford; 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 . . . Ezekiel 36:22–28; 1 Peter 4:7–11; John 15:26–16:4.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you” (John 16:23). To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray as one who has been baptized. For it is in the water that He put His name upon you, claiming you as His own, making you a son of God with access to the Father. By His incarnation and crucifixion, our Lord Jesus broke through the barrier of sin which separated us from God, opening a portal to the Father. To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray with faith in Him as the one Mediator between God and men, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Tim. 2:1–6). Like Moses in the wilderness, Jesus is our go-between and intercessor before the throne of heaven. He was lifted up for us on the cross that we might be saved and restored to fellowship with the Father (Num. 21:1­9). Looking into this perfect teaching of liberty (James 1:22–27) we pray with boldness and confidence as dear children of God.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . James 1:22“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” The Word of God is not merely to be heard, but to be received and believed. Our faith is implanted and strengthened by the Word of God. And as Luther said, “Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. And so it is impossible for it not to do good works incessantly.” James reminds us of this—and encourages us to examine our lives and come to repentance where we can see that we are not living out our faith in sincerity.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Greg & Celeste Nau to the glory of God on the occasion of their son Paul’s birthday.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE . . . is Thursday, May 5, 12:05 pm, at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church Hall, 109 E Van Allen St, Tuscola. There will be a 30-minute service followed by a soup lunch. This event is sponsored by the Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance (TAMA). Please plan to attend.

PORK CHOP DINNER . . . sponsored by the Tuscola Moose to benefit the SAM Food Pantry is Sunday, May 8, 2016, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The cost is $10 per ticket; tickets can be purchased at First Federal of Tuscola or by calling Betsy Stuerke at 2534390.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ILC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP . . . sponsored by the Board of Mission and Evangelism are now being accepted. The deadline is May 1, 2016 (TODAY). 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. Camp CILCA Summer 2016 brochures can be found on the table across from member mailboxes. Please notify Pastor Braaten or Tammy Kresin of your interest.

MAY NEWSLETTER . . . is available in hard copy as well as on Immanuel’s website. Copies can be found on the table across from the member mailboxes. If you would like the newsletter through email, please tell Pastor Braaten or Leigh Ann Whitson.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Craig & Carol Munson (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Janice Arthur; Lexie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Ruth Bretz; Cassie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Laverl Byers—May
  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—June

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Judy Legg/Janet Stumeier—May
  • Dolores Ford—June

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