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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (10/16)

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

Monday—Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 10:00 am—Visitation for Anne Koss (ILC Sanctuary)
  • 11:00 am—Funeral for Anne Koss (ILC Sanctuary)
  • 12:00 noon—Committal for Anne Koss (Villa Grove)
  • 1:00 pm—Funeral Luncheon for Anne Koss (ILC Fellowship Hall)
  • 7:30 pm—Voters’ Assembly Meeting

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Wednesday

  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Class

Saturday

  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (10/23)

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

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Leona Czerwonka; Scott Dallas; Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Trena Knauss (sister of Tresa Pollock); Jeff Knight (friend of the Campbells); Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Wayne Meyer (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Joan Rahn; Ellen Shawgo (niece of Ruth Rentschler); Roland Spomer; Tim Stumeier; Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Rich Zartler.

DEATHS: Family of Anne Koss

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 . . . Micah 6:6–8; Philippians 1:3–11; Matthew 18:23–35.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:1—2:3). The Father speaks, and it is so. His Word accomplishes what it says. He created all things out of nothing through His Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father’s creative Word became flesh in Jesus Christ, that He might restore fallen creation and save fallen man. To the nobleman whose son was deathly ill, Jesus says, “Go; your son will live” (John 4:46–54). And in the very hour Jesus spoke, the nobleman’s son was made well. The Word of Christ still accomplishes what it says. In baptism, absolution, and the Lord’s Supper, He declares His life–giving forgiveness to you, and it is so. This saving Word of God is the sword of the Spirit by which you are able to fight off all the onslaughts of the devil (Eph. 6:10–17). “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” We are not our own—God has made us and we are His. He made everything so it is all His. And how kindly He has blessed us with the many gifts of His creation! Faithful stewardship starts right here . . . in the beginning.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Josh & Jaimee Whitson to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION . . . is now offered weekly on Saturdays, 3:30–4:30 pm, when pastor is in town, beginning Saturday, October 22. As Luther wrote in the Large Catechism, “If there is a heart that feels its sin and desires consolation, it has here a sure refuge when it hears in God’s Word that through a man God looses and absolves him from his sins” (Large Catechism, Brief Exhortation, 14). Some members have expressed a desire to make use of this precious gift but do not want to burden pastor’s schedule with a separate meeting in the evenings. Since pastor is in the office on Saturday afternoons, he is setting aside one hour each Saturday afternoon for those to come and receive this wonderful gift. He will be in the sanctuary during that hour. The doors to the sanctuary will be closed. If someone is already with pastor, simply wait in the hallway until that person is finished. If you desire individual confession and absolution on another day, you may still make an appointment with him at your convenience. None of these meetings will be recorded on pastor’s visitation report.

IMMANUEL’S LIVE NATIVITY . . . Immanuel again this year will be hosting a live nativity on Sunday, December 4, 2016, beginning at 4:30 pm. In addition, we will be participating in the Christmas Town Parade on Saturday, December 3. More details to come. Mark your calendars for both events and plan to join as we celebrate the glorious season of the birth of Christ!

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Corky & Theresa Fields (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • David & Michelle Stumeier (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Becky Kappes; Lexie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Sharon Allen; Cassie 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

  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—October
  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—November

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Ruth Bretz & Janice Arthur—October
  • Joyce Alexander—November

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