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Sunday (12/1)

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


  • 12:00 pm—TAMA Meeting
  • 6:00 pm—Catechism Class
  • 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service


  • 11:00 am—Christmastown Parade
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion


  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Adult Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:15 am—Church Council Meeting
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 4:30 pm—Drive-through Live Nativity


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Mindy Bell (friend of David Holzrichter); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Burnie Campbell (father of Greg Campbell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jeff & Jo Coon (friend of David Holzrichter); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Whitney Czerwonka; Cindy Ekstrom; Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Mary Jane Jones; Pat Maree; Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Cary & Beth Rahn; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Thomas Roughton (infant son of John & Christine Roughton); Emma Silver; Ruth Sims; Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Irene Wattjes.

DEATHS: Family of Orville Hinton (brother-in-law of Dolores Ford).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.


MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leonard Boerngen; Mary Jane Jones; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Malachi 4:1–6; Romans 15:4–13; Luke 21:25–36.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The new Church Year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. “Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey” (Matt. 21:5). Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be “The LORD is our Righteousness” (Jer. 23:5–6). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ’s body and blood, we also sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matt. 21:9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for “our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Jeremiah 23:6 “And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’” Jesus is our righteousness, our justification, our all. In Jesus we are forgiven and free. This knowledge sets us free to live as children of the Heavenly Father without fear. Freed from the supposed need to justify ourselves, good works can be done by us for the right reason: to thank God and to serve our neighbor.

REMINDER: ANGEL TREE . . . offering envelopes are due today, Sunday, December 1. An envelope designated for Angel Tree has been placed in your mailbox. You can give cash or a check, payable to Immanuel. Use the envelope to return your gift in the offering on December 1. Or you may return it to the church office on or before December 1. Thank you for your generosity in helping area children receive a few gifts under the Christmas Tree.

REMINDER: IMMANUEL BOARDS MEET . . . on Monday, December 9. If you have not done so already, please submit your 2020 budget request to the church office as soon as possible following your board meeting.

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SERVICE . . . will be Sunday, December 15. The service is at 6:00 pm, followed by refreshments hosted by the Board of Education. Join us for a Christmas Service where our children will remind us of the real reason for the season with all your favorite Christmas hymns and then food and fellowship.

POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS . . . are included in this weekend’s bulletins. Please complete and return them by Sunday, December 15. Poinsettias are $14.00 this year and can be taken and enjoyed at home immediately following the Christmas Day service.

ADVENT BIBLE CHALLENGE . . . This Advent the Board of Christian Education is sponsoring a challenge to get through the Book of Luke by Christmas Eve. There are twenty-four chapters in the Book of Luke, so if you read one chapter a day, you will have read all the recorded events of our Lord’s birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection. See the bulletin insert for the schedule, and put your name on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Those who finish will receive a prize. For more information, contact Pastor or a member of the Board of Christian Education. Let’s delve into God’s Word during the season we anticipate that Word becoming flesh to dwell among us.


  • Sunday, December 1, 10:30 am—Sunday School Christmas Service Practice
  • Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Saturday, December 7, 10:00 am—Christmastown Parade
  • Sunday, December 8, 10:30 am—Sunday School Christmas Service Practice
  • Sunday, December 8, 4:30 pm—Drive-Through Live Nativity
  • Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Sunday, December 15, 10:30 am—Sunday School Christmas Service Practice
  • Sunday, December 15, 6:00 pm—Sunday School Christmas Service
  • Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Tuesday, December 24, 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Service with Communion
  • Wednesday, December 25, 9:00 pm—Christmas Day Service with Communion
  • Thursday, December 26—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED
  • Friday, December 27—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 31, 7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Divine Service with Communion
  • Wednesday, January 1—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED



  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (West)
  • Greg & Celeste Nau (East)


  • Mark Whitson (West)
  • Dave & Michelle Stumeier (East)



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Janet Stumeier; Marissa Russo


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Lexie Russo



  • Oliver Braaten (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Gospel)


  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


  • Greg & Celeste Nau—December
  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson—January


  • Sharon Allen—December
  • Joan Vukelich—January


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