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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (1/20)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Study

Monday

  • 7:30 am—Matins
  • 7:30 pmVoters’ Assembly Meeting

Tuesday

  • 7:30 am—No Matins
  • 9:00 am—CID Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday—Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Wednesday

  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study

Saturday

  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers Lesson Planning
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (1/27)

  • 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; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Carolyn Coon (mother-in-law of David Holtzrichter); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mitzi Dingler (cousin of John Harvey); Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Cindy Harbaugh; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Brody Heinz (friend of Jaimee Whitson); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Marylin Joergens; Pat Maree; Delvin Meyr (father of Willa’s godmother); Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Joan Rahn; Isabelle Richard (friend of the Naus); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Bob Vukelich; Irene Wright (mother of Ann Hilgendorf); Jolene Young (mother of Ryan Bowles).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Joshua Schiff.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Stephanie Wilde.

MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; Julie Lutz.

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

MILITARY: 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 ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given to the glory of God by Greg & Celeste Nau in remembrance of Lenore Nau.

REMINDER: VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING . . . is tomorrow, Monday, January 21, at 7:30 PM.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, February 3, and will be going to the Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance (TAMA). For your convenience, an envelope designated for TAMA has been placed in your church mailbox. You may place cash or check payable to Immanuel in this envelope. Thank you!

THANK YOU . . . for the opportunity to serve Immanuel as Administrative Assistant for the past three years. I have submitted my resignation effective February 2, 2019, so that I can spend more time with my family and on the farm. I look forward to continuing as Sunday morning organist and Sunday School music teacher, which also bring me great joy! Thank you for supporting me, making this position enjoyable, and stepping up to volunteer when I’ve needed you! Immanuel could not exist without your support. With warmest regards—Leigh Ann.

JOIN US FOR A RECEPTION . . . on Sunday, January 27, after the Divine Service to say thank you to Leigh Ann for serving Immanuel as Administrative Assistant.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Greg & Celeste Nau (West)
  • Mark Whitson (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Mark Whitson
  • Carol Munson; Ava Whitson

NEXT WEEK

  • Mark Whitson
  • Ann Carroll; Cailin Munson

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson—January
  • Donna Campbell—February

FUNERAL CHAIR

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

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