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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (7/13)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 11:15 am—Church Council Meeting

Monday–Thursday

  • No Matins

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (7/13)

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

Monday

  • 7:30 pm—Voters’ Meeting

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Brenda Bunting; Ellie Crawford; Whitney Czerwonka; Jim Harbaugh; Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee; Barb Pearson; Fred Rahn; Ellen Shawgo; Dana Stenger.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Dustin Fry.

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.

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . 1 Kings 19:11–21; 1 Peter 3:8–15; Luke 5:1–11.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Be merciful, even as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36–42). The old Adam in us wants to condemn and seek vengeance. But the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Rom. 12:14–21). To condemn, to avenge yourself, is to put yourself in the place of God. It is to fail to trust that He is just. Ultimately, it is to disbelieve that Jesus suffered the full vengeance for all wrongs. Only Christ is merciful as the Father is merciful. He is the one who overcame all evil with the good of His cross, forgiving even His executioners. Jesus is our Joseph, who comforts us with words of pardon and reconciliation (Gen. 50:15–21). He is the One who does not condemn but gives life that runs over. Only through faith in Christ are we sons of the Father—being merciful, forgiving, doing good to our enemies. For in Christ we know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:8–13).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” It is very easy to get caught up in the present and lose track of our ultimate destiny in the Kingdom of God. St. Paul encourages us to keep eternity in mind. This certainly has an application to our support for the Gospel—if we keep our focus on “the glory to be revealed” we will see our tithes and offerings in a new light.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Donna Campbell to the glory of God on the occasion of Gunnar Campbell’s eighteenth birthday.

CHECK OUT IMMANUEL’S NEW WEBSITE . . . Immanuel has a newly designed website. All the same information is there, but in a much easier to use and view format. Check it out at www.immanueltuscola.org.

EDUCATION & EDIFICATION . . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor, Rev. Todd Wilken, and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, Illinois. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org.

SIX SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE . . . on the trip to Italy with Pastor Dave Bueltmann and Dave Rohe on November 5–14, 2014. The cost of the all-inclusive-trip from Chicago is $2,948.00. For more information, call Pastor Bueltmann at (217) 691‑1252 or Dave Rohe at (217) 691‑8804.

THERE ARE STILL . . . many openings to put flowers on the altar. Check the flower chart on the bulletin board in the hallway outside the Sanctuary for openings and sign up. Flowers are $30.00 and can be special ordered if desired. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service. There are cups in the Sacristy under the sink to put the flowers in. Please do not take the inserts home.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED . . . for the 2014–2015 Academic Year. If you are willing to teach for one, two, or three months out of the year, please contact Pastor Braaten. We are in need of three teachers. If these positions are not filled those grades will not have Sunday School.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . teaching at a Conference at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, July 14–July 17. If you have an emergency, please call his mobile phone, or contact one of the Elders.

COME TO THE ALL CHURCH PICNIC . . . on Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:00 pm‑6:00 pm. The Men’s Club is frying fish. The Board of Mission & Evangelism is providing hot dogs and hamburgers. Come with a side dish or a dessert to pass. We will be eating at 4:00 pm. Our Seminary Adopt-A-Student, Dustin Fry, will be with us that morning to preach during the Divine Service and will be staying for the church picnic to mingle and get to know you all better. Come out to meet him and enjoy the food and camaraderie that our Lord gives in the family of His church.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Jim Dyer (West)
  • Joan Vukelich (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Ruth Sims (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Josh Whitson
  • Holly Wikoff & Mackenzi Bowles

NEXT WEEK

  • Josh Whitson
  • Holly Wikoff & Marissa Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Ron & Judy Legg—July
  • Harold & Irene Wattjes—August

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