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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Maundy Thursday (3/29)

  • 7:00 pm—Maundy Thursday Divine Service with Holy Communion

Good Friday (3/30)

  • 7:00 pm—Good Friday Divine Service with Holy Communion

Saturday (3/31)

  • 5:30 pm—Easter Vigil Divine Service with Holy Communion

Easter Sunday (4/1)

  • 6:00 am—Easter Sunrise Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 7:00 am—Easter Breakfast
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt

Monday — Church Offices Closed

Tuesday—Thursday — NO MATINS

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Wednesday

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

Saturday

  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (4/8)

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

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Owen Clark (friend of Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mike Ekstrom; Susan Hall (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Pat Maree; Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Carl Smith (husband of Lynnette Ashwill-Smith); Irene Wattjes; Jill Zartler.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Joshua Schiff.

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; 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 . . . Ezekiel 37:1–14; 1 John 5:4–10; John 20:19–31.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7). By the shed blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, eternal death has passed over us. Now we pass with Christ through death into life everlasting. For Christ the crucified One is risen! The stone has been rolled away from the tomb, revealing that the tomb could not hold Him (Mark 16:1–8). Now our Redeemer lives eternally to save us from sin and Satan and the grave, and we can live in the sure hope of our own bodily resurrection with Christ. “After my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:26). Feasting on the living Christ, who is our meat and drink indeed, we boldly say: “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? . . . But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:54–55, 57).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 20:1 “Now on the first day of the week.” All is made new by the Resurrection of Jesus! Even the day of worship has transitioned from the Old Testament’s Saturday Sabbath to the Lord’s Day of the New Testament. For the Lord has made all things new: He has begun a new week for a new creation in rising from the dead as the New Adam. We are also made new in Him—a new heart, a new life, new desires, a new outlook toward God: all this comes from our Risen Lord’s grace.

APRIL BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is today, Sunday, April 1. April’s bi-monthly offering has been designated for the Immanuel Funeral Fund. This fund is intended to supplement funeral dinner costs, such as the meat, that are over and above the food items graciously provided by our congregation. An envelope has been put in your member mailbox for your convenience; additional envelopes can be found in the back of the church. Your generosity is truly appreciated.

THANK YOU . . . to everyone who purchased a lily to beautify the sanctuary this Easter. You may take them home after the 9:00 am service this morning.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ILC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP . . . sponsored by the Board of Missions and Evangelism are now being accepted. The deadline is May 1, 2018. Applications are available on the church Web site: immanueltuscola.org.

THE CAMP CILCA WORK DAY . . . is Saturday, April 7, from 8:30-1:30. Lunch will be provided. Come help get the campgrounds up and running for the 2018 season, opening cabins, landscaping, chopping wood, and more. See you there!

RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD . . . “Who will roll away the stone for us?” (Mark 16:3). Does abortion solve surprise pregnancies or only add death to sin? Does assisted suicide settle incurable conditions or only pile guilt upon grief? Death offers no answers but only deepens despair with darkness. Christ is risen for just such situations! Jesus brings life and salvation, hope and joy, peace and purpose. His dying and rising rolls back the stone, revealing a forgiving Father and a gracious Savior in this with us! Lord Jesus Christ, work out Your resurrection within and among us. Amen.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Corky & Theresa Fields (West)
  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Joan Vukelich (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Jack Appleby
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Marissa Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Jack Appleby
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Lexie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Laverl Byers—April
  • Ann Carroll & Ruth Sims—May

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Theresa Fields—April
  • Janet Stumeier—May

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