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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (1/13)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:15 amChurch Council Meeting
  • 6:00 pm—Adult New Members Class

Monday—Tuesday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pmBoard of Education
  • 6:30 pmBoard of Trustees
  • 7:00 pmBoard of Elders

Wednesday

  • 7:00 pm—No Bible History Bible Study

Saturday

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

Sunday (1/20)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:00 pm—Adult New Members Class
  • 7:00 pmMen’s Bible Study

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); Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Cindy Harbaugh; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); 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).

DEATH: Family and friends of Barbara Jo Richner (aunt of Leigh Ann Whitson).

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 . . . Exodus 33:12–23; Ephesians 5:22–23; John 2:1–11.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Our Lord Jesus is baptized “to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:13–17). He partakes of a baptism for sinners in order that He might be our substitute and bear the judgment we deserve. In the water, Jesus trades places with us. Our sin becomes His sin. His righteousness becomes our righteousness. Our glory, therefore, is in “Christ Jesus, who became to us . . . righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:26–31). Jesus is the “chosen” One sent from the Father to release us from the prison house of sin and death (Is. 42:1–7). Baptized into Christ, we also become the chosen ones, beloved of the Father. We cross the Jordan with Jesus (Joshua 3) through death into the promised land of new life with God.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 3:14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” John is right: what Jesus is doing makes no sense! But this is the upside down, outlandish grace of God: the innocent Jesus takes our sinner’s place. This is the greatest act of giving the world has ever known or will know: The Father gives His Son to die in the place of sinners.

REMINDER: CHURCH COUNCIL MEETS . . . today, Sunday, January 13, at 11:15 am.

BOARD MEMBERS . . . For those new to serving on Immanuel boards and for those moving from one board to another, please note meeting times for Monday evening, which are listed under This Week at Immanuel. Thank you for serving!

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY . . . will hold their 1st quarter 2019 meeting on Monday, January 21, at 7:30 pm.

LAST OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE POINSETTIAS . . . If you would like your poinsettia, but have not taken it from the kitchen, please take it with you this weekend. Any left after this weekend will be shared with others.

JANUARY NEWSLETTER . . . is available in hard copy. Copies can be found on the table across from the member mailboxes. If you would like the newsletter through email, please tell Pastor Braaten or Leigh Ann Whitson.

EDUCATING A NEW GENERATION OF LUTHERANS . . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL.  This week’s teachings include: The Confession of Peter, Mortification, The Wedding at Cana, Daily Bread and more.  You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Jack Appleby
  • Carol Munson; Lexie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Mark Whitson
  • Carol Munson; Ava Whitson

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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