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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (3/8)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:00 pm—Board of Elders
  • 3:00 pm—Mattoon Circuit Forum (St. Paul, Dorans)

Monday

  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pm—Board of Christian Education
  • 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Circuit Pastors’ Meeting

Wednesday

  • 5:30 pm—Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • 7:00 pm—Lenten Midweek Evening Prayer

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
  • 4:00 pm—Adult Information Class

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;  Scott  Dallas; Orlean  McDaniel (friend of Bob & Joan Vukelich); 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; Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); 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; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson).

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 . . . Exodus 8:16–24; Ephesians 5:1–9; Luke 11:14–28.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Jacob wrestled with God; he would not let Him go until he received a blessing from Him (Gen. 32:22–32). So it was with the Canaanite woman. Though Jesus seemed to ignore and reject her, she continued to call upon His name and look to Him for help (Matt. 15:21–28). Even when the Lord called her a little dog, she held on to Him in faith and would not let Him wriggle out of His words: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” This Gentile woman shows herself to be a true Israelite, who struggles with God and man in Christ and prevails. “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire” (Matt. 15:27–28). This is the sanctifying will of God (1 Thess. 4:1–7)—to test your faith in order that it may be refined and strengthened. For tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope in Christ does not disappoint (Rom. 5:1–5).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 15:27-28 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!” Faith says “Yes” to all that the Lord gives us. The Canaanite woman trusted Jesus and so she knew there was a blessing for her in everything the Lord says—even when His words seemed difficult or harsh. We all need a faith like that!

CAMP CILCA . . . is in need of one or two assistant cooks to prepare meals for outdoor education, weekend retreats, and the summer camp program. Starting pay is between $12 and $14 per hour. Contact the camp office at (217) 487–7497 or camp@cilca.org for more information.

ISSUES, ETC . . . LCMS Pastor Will Weedon will begin a Bible study this week on the Book of Hebrews.  The Word of the Lord Endures Forever is a daily 15 minute verse-by-verse Bible study produced by Lutheran Public Radio.  You can listen at your convenience at thewordendures.org and on the LPR mobile app.

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

LENTEN MIDWEEK THEME . . . is about following Jesus, our greatest giver. When our Lord says to us all “follow me,” He bids us not simply to follow him on the journey through death to life, but He also calls us to imitate Him in all that we are, have, say, and do. This year we are looking to Jesus not just as our Savior but also as our example.

LENTEN MIDWEEK SUPPERS . . . will be served this year before the Midweek services. Serving time will be 5:30 pm–6:45 pm. Ash Wednesday is typically the most well-attended; we invite the congregation to bring a dish to pass. The tentative serving schedule is as follows, please look it over and share with your committee members. Thank you

    • Wed, March 11—Boards of Stewardship & Trustees
    • Wed, March 18—Board of Mission & Evangelism
    • Wed, March 25—Board of Christian Education
    • Wed, April 1—Board of Elders

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Tim Hoel (West)
  • Greg & Celeste Nau (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Mark Whitson (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • John Harvey
  • Sue Rothe; Isabel Burgener

NEXT WEEK

  • Joel Burgener
  • Sue Rothe; Ava Whitson

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Torches)
  • Evan Reifsteck (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Craig & Carol Munson—March
  • Laverl Byers—April


FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Joyce Alexander—March
  • Becky Kappes—April

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