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Immanuel News & Notes (Epiphany 4)

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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (1/29)

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

Monday—Thursday—NO MATINS

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Wednesday

  • 10:00 am—NO Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm—NO Bible History Bible Study

Saturday

  • 3:30 pm—NO Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (2/5)

  • 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; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; John Hofer (relative of Jerry Alexander); 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); Roland Spomer.

DEATH: The family and friends of Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom).

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 . . . Exodus 34:29–35; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Matthew 17:1–9.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . In Jonah we see ourselves. For Jonah fled from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:1–17) even as we sinners turn our backs on God and go our own way. This brings the storm of God’s judgment. But in Jonah we also see Christ. For even as he was in the great fish for three days and three nights, so also Christ Jesus was buried in the depths of death for us and raised on the third day. The Lord of creation, who rules over the wind and the wave (Matt. 8:23–27), saved us from the fury of divine wrath by taking the judgment in His own body. His love is the fulfillment of the Law (Rom. 13:8–10). Though our faith be weak in the face of peril, yet we are kept in safety on the ship of the Church; for the Son of God is with us. Though the whole creation groans with us under the curse, yet by Jesus’ speaking, there is a great calm. For we know that our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory to be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18–23).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 8:26–27 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Jesus diagnoses the disciples’ fear as being caused by a lack of faith in Him. Indeed, every one of our temptations to sin is really about our faith—will we trust the Lord or not? It’s the same with our stewardship—will we trust the Lord’s Word when it comes to supporting the Lord’s ministry, or will our lives be dictated by fear and a lack of trust in God’s provision?

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . were given by Greg & Donna Campbell to the glory of God for blessings received.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION FOR BETHS PLACE. . . is Sunday, February 5. For your convenience, an envelope designated for BETHS Place Bi-Monthly Mission has been placed in your church mailbox. You may place cash or check payable to Immanuel in this envelope; in addition, all loose change in the offering plate will go to BETHS Place.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FROM BETA SIGMA PSI . . . for young men who are confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation and starting college in the Fall 2017 semester. Applications are due February 17 for priority consideration. More information can be found on the bulletin board in the hall near the kitchen.

PASTOR WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . January 30–February 5. If you need assistance you may contact him on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Jack Appleby, Kenny Kresin, Greg Nau, or Bryce Reifsteck).

LEIGH ANN WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . February 5–16. If you need anything, please let her know this week.

CARLE HOSPICE . . . is seeking volunteers in our local area to provide services to patients and their families who depend on hospice care. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about Carle Hospice can contact Letisha Owens, Carle Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at (217) 383-3151 or Letisha.Owens@carle.com.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Joan Vukelich (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Jack Appleby
  • Judy Legg; Marissa Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Jack Appleby
  • Judy Legg; Lexie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh 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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