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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (1/15)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Reception for Church Officers
  • 10:30 am—Sunday School

Monday—Wednesday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 7:30 pm—Voters’ Assembly Meeting

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Wednesday

  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study

Saturday

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

Sunday (1/22)

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

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Trena Knauss (sister of Tresa Pollock); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Ellen Shawgo (niece of Ruth Rentschler); Roland Spomer.

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 . . . 2 Kings 5:1–15a; Romans 12:16–21; Matthew 8:1–13.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The coming of the Messianic kingdom means the restoration of creation. The sign of this restoration is that “the mountains shall drip sweet wine” (Amos 9:11–15). When the elements of a fallen creation fail and run short at a wedding feast, our Lord Jesus steps in to restore creation and miraculously changes water into an abundance of the very best wine (John 2:1–11). With this sign, Christ manifests His glory. The “back” of God (Ex. 33:12–23) is revealed to those who believe. The hour will come when Jesus will again manifest His glory by taking creation’s curse into His own body to release us from its power. The Bridegroom will give His life for the Bride (Eph. 5:22–32), and from His side will flow water and blood, the holy sacraments by which she is cleansed and made one with Him. Through this sacrificial love of Christ we are enabled to “love one another with brotherly affection . . .” and to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:6–16).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” What must Mary have thought when Jesus replied, “What does this have to do with Me?” But she knew this: whatever her Son said to do would be a blessing, so she knows what advice to give to the servants: Do whatever He tells you! That’s still good advice for us in every aspect of our lives – including in our generosity toward the Lord’s work in the Church.

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

RECEPTION FOR CHURCH OFFICERS . . . will be held today, Sunday, January 15, following the Divine Service. Please plan to attend to say thank you to outgoing, current, and in-coming officers. Their hard work and dedication are to be commended!

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING . . . is Monday, January 16, at 7:30 pm.

IMMANUEL YOUTH GROUP . . . has been moved from January 29 to January 22. Please note that change on your calendars.

IMMANUEL MEN’S BIBLE STUDY . . . will not meet in January. The next Men’s Bible Study will be Sunday, February 19. Please let Leigh Ann know who will be hosting.

THANK YOU . . . from Roland Spomer:  Thank you all for your continued prayers, visits, and cards. My church family is a true blessing in my life.

TUSCOLA CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS . . . has given Immanuel the gift of a new microwave to let us know how much they appreciate the use of our church. Classical Conversations extends to Immanuel the wish that God continue to richly bless each and every one of us!

YOUR LIFELINE TO THE LUTHERAN WORLDVIEW . . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL.  This week’s topics include: Male & Female Sex Differences, Christian Marriage, Homosexuality, Transgender Identity, Contraception, Pornography and more.  You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Dave & Michelle Stumeier (East)

NEXT WEEK

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

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Carol Munson; Cassie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Judy Legg; Mackenzi Bowles

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson—January
  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck—February

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Joan Vukelich—January
  • Ruth Sims & Tammy Kresin—February

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