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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (3/1)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 4:00 pm—Answers New Members Class
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Wednesday

  • 5:30 pm—Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • 7:00 pm—Ash Wednesday Divine Service

Friday

  • 5:30 pm—Men’s Club at the Whitson Tool Shed

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (3/8)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 4:00 pm—Answers New Members Class

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jack Appleby (surgery); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Alberta Dallas; Jake Dyer; Jim Harbaugh; Marvin Kingery (father of Miranda Czerwonka); Erica Kremitzki; Beverly McDade (friend of Mary Appleby and Joan Vukelich); Laurie McMillen; Mike Merna (friend of Joan Vukelich); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Barb Pearson (friend of Joyce Alexander); Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Agnes Joan Spence (mother of Sherrie Hoel); Harold Wattjes.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Dustin Fry.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Joan Mulligan; Corinne Oye; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Sam Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Exodus 8:16–21; 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!

PRAYER CHAIN . . . If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain, please contact Irene Wattjes, who volunteered to compile and publish the new list. Her phone number is (217) 5087824.

THE AUDIT COMMITTEE . . . is requesting the deposit ledgers and bank statements of all groups associated with Immanuel so that they may be audited as mandated by the church constitution. They may be set in the church office.

LADIES BUNCO NIGHT . . . You are invited to a night of fun and games. Join us Sunday, March 1, 6:30–8:30 pm at the parsonage for Bunco! If you’ve never played, don’t worry. The game is easy to learn and fun to play. Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share and be prepared to have a great time. If you have any questions, please talk to Celeste Nau, Jaimee Whitson, or Lauren Braaten.

MIDWEEK LENTEN SOUP & SANDWICH SUPPERS . . . We are trying something slightly different this year during Lent. Instead of having refreshments after our midweek Lenten services, we will be having a light soup and sandwich supper before the service, 5:30 PM—6:45 PM. The schedule is as follows.

  • Wed, Feb 18—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • Wed, Feb 25—Board of Education
  • Wed, Mar 4—Men’s Club
  • Wed, Mar 11—LWML
  • Wed, Mar 18—Board of Elders
  • Wed, Mar 25—Board of Stewardship

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Ruth Sims (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Harold Wattjes (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Theresa Fields, Marissa Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Theresa Fields; Lexie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones—March
  • Greg & Celeste Nau—April

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