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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (1/26)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 3:00 pm—Pastor Schuermann Installation at University Lutheran Church
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group Event

Saturday

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

Sunday

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Mindy Bell (friend of David Holzrichter); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jeff & Jo Coon (friend of David Holzrichter); Lynn Corrie (friend of the Joneses); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Whitney Czerwonka; Cindy Ekstrom; Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Barbara Holste (friend of the Joneses); Mary Jane Jones; Pat Maree; Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Dennis Pickett (friend of Ann Carroll); Cary & Beth Rahn; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Emma  Silver; Ruth Sims; Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Brian Walker (uncle of Bryce Reifsteck); Irene Wattjes.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Emily McLean.

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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leonard Boerngen; Mary Jane Jones; 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 . . . Ex 34:29–35; Peter 1:16–21; Matthew 17:1–9.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile (Rom. 1:8–17). Even in the Old Testament, the Gentiles were beneficiaries of God’s saving power. Though unimpressed at first with the Word of God, a Syrian commander is persuaded to receive that Word, and in the water he is cleansed and brought to faith in the God of Israel (2 Kings 5:1–15a). Evil is overcome by good (Rom 12:16–21). So also in the New Testament, a Roman centurion demonstrates great and humble faith in the Lord (Matt. 8:1–13). All he needs is the Word of Christ, for he trusts that Jesus’ Word of healing has authority to accomplish what it says. And indeed it does. The centurion’s faith is praised by our Lord above that of any Israelite. For the last shall be first, and the first last. Apart from faith in Christ, there is no salvation—not even for a Jew—but only weeping and gnashing of teeth.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 8:8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” The Word of the Lord is powerful and effective. What God says, goes. “Let there be light.” And there was light. His Word is still effective and creative for us: “This is my Body given for you.” “Your sins are forgiven.” This is why it is no burden for us to live according to the Word of God: we know that His Word is always bent on our blessing.

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR . . . were given by Wayne & Janice Arthur to the glory of God for blessings received.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . attending an LCEF meeting Wednesday, January 29–Friday, January 31. In case of emergencies, you may call him on his mobile phone, or you may contact one of the Elders: Joel Burgener, John Harvey, Josh Whitson, and Mark Whitson.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, February 2, 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. Use the envelope to return your gift in the offering on February 2, or you may return it to the church office on or before February 2. Thank you!

ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE . . . Immanuel will be celebrating it’s 125 anniversary in 2022. We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Anniversary Committee. If you are interested in helping our church celebrate its 125 anniversary, please contact Pastor Braaten.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE ESSAY CONTEST . . . For more information see the bulletin insert and ask Pastor for detailed instructions.

THE FEBRUARY CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.


GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Josh Whitson
  • Ann Carroll; Cailin Munson

NEXT WEEK

  • Josh Whitson
  • Ann Carroll; Isabel Burgener

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Trey Waldrop (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Torches)
  • Evan Reifsteck (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Beau Whitson (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

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

FUNERAL CHAIR

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

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