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Sunday (9/28)

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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


  • 7:00 am—Youth Group Event (Fall Regional Conference)
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (10/5)

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


HEALTH CONCERNS: Brenda Bunting; Ellie Crawford; Whitney Czerwonka; DeDe Eversole; Janice Funk; Jim Harbaugh; Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee; Laurie McMillen; Barb Pearson; Fred Rahn; Dana Stenger; Harold Wattjes.

DEATHS: Family of Mary Sue Visvadra


DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Cora Jahnke; Neil Oliger; 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.


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . 1 Kings17:17–24; Ephesians 3:13–21; Luke 7:11–17.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “You cannot serve God and money” (Matt. 6:24–34), for they require two contrary forms of service. Worry is the worship given to the false god of mammon, an unbelieving anxiousness and focus on the things of this world. Faith is the worship of the true God, a confident trust that He is a loving Father who will care for all of our needs in both body and soul. The widow of Zarephath served God—that is, she believed the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah that the bin of flour would not be used up nor would the jar of oil run dry (1 Kings 17:8–16). He who feeds the birds and clothes the flowers will certainly provide for our daily needs. For He has already provided for our eternal needs, clothing us with Christ’s righteousness in Baptism and feeding us His body and blood for our forgiveness. With such confidence we are liberated from worry and freed to do good with our material resources, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 5:25–6:10).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.” Our anxieties and fears all come down to one thing: worrying that we will not get our way. But God is our loving heavenly Father: He will always care for us and His will is always best. That confidence should set us free from worry and free us for service according to the callings God has given us.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED . . . We are still in need of one teacher for the 4th–6th grade class. If this position is not filled those grades will not have Sunday School.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . for the Central Illinois District Fall Pastors’ Conference on Monday, October 6–Wednesday, October 8. If you have an emergency or need to get in touch with Pastor Braaten, you may call his mobile phone, or contact one of the Elders.

A NOTE FROM ALLISON GUMMERUS . . . Greetings from Fort Wayne! I pray that you are all doing well, and that the Lord is blessing you with a wonderful day. Life at the seminary is going very well. By the grace of our Lord, I arrived safely and now have the blessed opportunity of beginning my studies, and also beginning my cultivation as Christ’s servant. I look forward to corresponding with you through the seminary’s Student Adoption Program, and I thank you for your kindness, support, and care as I begin my journey here! Please feel free to e-mail me at allison.gummerus@ctsfw.edu. May God’s peace be with you all. Your sister in Christ, Allison Gummerus.

A NOTE FROM DUSTIN FRY . . . Dear Saints of Immanuel. What a joy it was to join you in worship around our Lord’s gifts this summer. It was meaningful to meet the individuals who have prayed for me this last year. God has richly blessed your congregational life together. Thank you for your generosity in the student adoption this last academic year. My mother and I are grateful for the warm reception we received at the church picnic. May God continue to bless your life in Tuscola this Fall. In Christ, Dustin Fry.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, October 5, LWML Sunday. All loose cash in the offering will go to support Immanuel’s LWML Chapter. For more information about the LWML and how it serves the church and the community, or to inquire about how you can join, speak with Joyce Alexander, Irene Wattjes, or Lauren Braaten

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . for September will be held on Saturday, October 4. We will be going to the Regional Fall Youth Conference in Lincoln, Illinois. To reserve your space, call or e-mail Pastor by Thursday, September 25. For more information on the conference, see the Events Page on the church website.



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


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



  • Mark Whitson
  • Sherrie Hoel; Cassie Russo


  • Steven Hilgendorf
  • Ann Carroll; Mackenzie Bowles



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


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


  • Ann Carroll—September
  • Ruth Sims—October


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