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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (1/31)

  • 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, NO MATINS

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Saturday

  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers Meeting
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (2/7)

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

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Ava Binion (schoolmate of Regann Bowles); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); DeDe Eversole; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Richard Lading (brother of Mary Jane Jones); Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos) Laurie McMillen; Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Rev. Lynn Podoll; Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes.

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 . . . Samuel 16:1–13; 1 Cor. 13:1–13; Luke 18:31–43

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Sower sows the seed of His Word (Luke 8:4–15). This Word is living and powerful (Heb. 4:9–13) to conceive new life in those who hear it. But the planting of Christ is attacked by the devil, the world, and the flesh. Satan snatches the Word away from hard hearts. The riches and pleasures of this life choke off faith. Shallow and emotional belief withers in time of temptation and trouble. But see how Christ bears this attack for us! Christ’s cross was planted in the hard and rocky soil of Golgotha. A crown of thorns was placed upon His head. Satan and His demons hellishly hounded and devoured Him. Yet, through His dying and rising again, He destroyed these enemies of ours. Jesus is Himself the Seed which fell to the ground and died in order that it might sprout forth to new life and produce much grain. In Him, the weak are strong (2 Cor. 11:19–12:9). He is the Word of the Father which does not return void (Is. 55:10–13) but yields a harvest hundredfold.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 8:5 “And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot. . .” Know any farmers like this? Who just throw their crop seed wherever? That’s crazy! But God’s ways are not our ways—he is generous beyond compare! He delights in giving. As we are more and more conformed to his image, may we learn the joy of generosity and giving as well!

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . were given by Greg & Donna Campbell to the glory of God on the occasion of Gunnar’s baptismal birthday (February 1).

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.

IMMANUEL’S NEW CHURCH SECRETARY . . . Leigh Ann Whitson, begins this week on Monday, February 1. Her office hours are Mondays–Wednesdays, 8:00 am–3:00 pm, and Thursday, 8:00 am–10:00 am. If you need assistance you may call the church office.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, February 7. All loose cash in the offering will go toward BETHS Place.

LOOKING FORWARD TO SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY . . . Beginning on Wednesday, February 17, at 10:00 am, Pastor will offer a new weekly Bible Study looking at all the Propers (Introit, Gradual, Collect of the Day, and the Readings) for the coming Sunday. This will go into more depth on the things that don’t make it into the sermon. So if you’ve ever read or heard something in church from one of these readings and wondered more about it, this will be another opportunity, besides Sunday morning Bible Class, to explore it further.

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, Feb 10—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • Wed, Feb 17—Board of Education
  • Wed, Feb 24—Men’s Club
  • Wed, Mar 2—LWML
  • Wed, Mar 9—Board of Elders & Board of Trustees
  • Wed, Mar 16—Board of Stewardship

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Judy Legg; Marissa Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Mark Whitson
  • Judy Legg, Lexie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—January
  • Craig & Carol Munson—February

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