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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (3/19)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)

Monday—Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Wednesday

  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward To Sunday Bible Class
  • 5:30 pm—Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • 7:00 pm—Divine Service with the Imposition of Ashes & Holy Communion

Saturday

  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers Lesson Planning
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (3/26)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Randy Bergeson (friend of Pastor Braaten and Ann Carroll); Leonard and Kathleen Boerngen; Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; John Hofer (relative of Jerry Alexander); Mike Kerner (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Ena Raaymakers (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Rev. Michael Schuermann; Roland Spomer.

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 16:2–21; Galatians 4:21–31; John 6:1–15.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the Word of the Lord (Jer. 26:1–15). So also, Jesus is accused of doing evil when in fact He is doing good. He casts out a demon from a mute man so that he is able to speak (Luke 11:14–28). But some said Jesus did this by the power of Beelzebul, Satan. Like Pharaoh of old, their hearts were hard (Ex. 8:16–24). They did not recognize the finger of God, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through Jesus. Jesus is the Stronger Man who overcomes the strong man. He takes the devil’s armor of sin and death and destroys it from the inside out by the holy cross. He exorcizes and frees us by water and the Word. We were once darkness, but now we are light in Christ the Lord (Eph. 5:1–9). As children of light, our tongues are loosed to give thanks to Him who saved us.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Ephesians 5:1–2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.” Our sanctification flows from the justification which we have received in Christ. His love for us transforms us into His image. This why the Bible talks so much about giving—because we are to imitate God in His generosity.

APRIL BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, April 2. April’s bi-monthly offering has been designated for a newly-created Immanuel Funeral Fund. This fund is intended to supplement funeral dinner costs, such as the meat, that are over and above the food items graciously provided by our congregation. Your generosity is truly appreciated.

JARMEN CENTER JOB OPPORTUNITY . . . as a Resident Supervisor for the overnight shift—flexible 3 or 4 nights per week and occasional dayshift help. Please see the bulletin board across from member mailboxes or call Tom Wold at 217-253-2323.

THE WARRIOR STORE . . . is a food pantry housed at Tuscola Community High School. The store is a resource to get food and necessary essentials into the hands of Tuscola students. It is available to all students who are in need in our district. The store is funded by generous donations and fundraising events. The first event is today (March 19) from 1:00–4:00 pm at the Tuscola Moose Lodge. See the bulletin board across from member mailboxes for more information.

YOU STILL AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD’S LOVE . . . “The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it” (Luther’s Works 31:57). God loves you. For no good reason … except His goodness. Though you may be tempted to work to improve to be more liked or loved, God doesn’t wait for your improvement. He doesn’t even require it. He loves you. His love is what changes you from sinner to saint. His love sent Jesus to die and rise for you. His love gives you salvation in Christ freely. His love caused Holy Scripture to be written so that you might hear and believe in His love. His love washed you in Baptism. His love feeds you in the Lord’s Supper. His love makes you lovable. He loves you freely and fully. No strings attached.

LENTEN MIDWEEK SOUP & SANDWICH SUPPER . . . We will be having our Lenten Midweek suppers before the Midweek Services this year, 5:30 pm–6:45 pm. The serving schedule is as follows:

  • Wed, Mar 22 — LWML
  • Wed, Mar 29 — Board of Stewardship
  • Wed, Apr 5 — Board of Elders & Board of Trustees

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson (West)
  • Jim & Carolyn Dyer (East)

NEXT WEEK

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

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Kenny Kresin
  • Theresa Fields; Mackenzi Bowles

NEXT WEEK

  • Kenny Kresin
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Marissa Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

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

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Joyce Alexander—March
  • Theresa Fields—April

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