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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (10/25)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group Event

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—CC Home School Coop

Wednesday

  • 8:30 am—Chapel for St. John’s Lutheran School, Mattoon, Illinois

Thursday

  • 1:30 pm—Ladies Aid

Friday

  • 5:30 pm—Reformation Party

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (11/1)

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

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Steve Cuppy (brother-in-law of Roland Spomer); Don Czerwonka; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Jim Harbaugh; Joel Hilgendorf; Marvin Kingery (father of Miranda Czerwonka); Erica Kremitzki; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos) Laurie McMillen; Mike Merna (friend of Joan Vukelich); Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Rev. Lynn Podoll; Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Roland Spomer; Madison VanSickle (daughter of Shawn Watkins); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes; Troy Wolte (son-in-law of Roland Spomer).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Hayden Folks.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Katelyn Lower.

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

MILITARY: John Bookas; 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 . . . Revelation 7:9–17; 1 John 3:1–3; Matthew 5:1–12.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35).  For He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Despite the false charges brought against him, Luther said that he was “the apostle of good works.” For only in being set free by the Gospel can we do good works. Jesus has set us free: His blood washes away our sins and now we stand before God as His beloved children, invited to live our lives to His glory for the good of His kingdom.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Jim Harbaugh to the glory of God in memory of Ethel Harbaugh, wife and mother, on her birthday.

TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK . . . Daylight Savings Time ends at 12:00 am on Sunday, November 1. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . . because the first week of December, Life Touch photographers will be at Immanuel to take family pictures for an updated church directory. Life Touch is offering a 20% discount on prints ordered in December. More information is forthcoming.

THERE ARE STILL . . . openings to put flowers on the Altar. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway by the sanctuary or call the church office. Flowers are $30.00 and can be special ordered. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service.

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . is today, Sunday, October 25, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm. We’ll be watching a movie about the Reformation.

WE’RE HAVING A PARTY! . . . A Reformation Party, that is, and if you dare to be Lutheran, you’ll plan to be there on Friday, October 30, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Hosted by the Board of Education, this night of fun includes games for kids, delicious German food, pictures from Luther sites during Pastor’s travels, hymn singing, and an overview of the Reformation. You don’t want to miss this. There will be a free-will offering to help the Sunday School purchase supplies. No indulgences necessary.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Theresa Fields; Cassie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Steve Hilgendorf
  • Theresa Fields; Mackenzi Bowles

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Ruth Sims—October
  • Craig & Carol Munson—November

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