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Immanuel News & Notes (Advent 1)


Sunday (11/27)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Christmas Program Practice


  • 7:00 pm—Midweek Advent Service


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

Sunday (12/4)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Christmas Program Practice
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Brad Butler (friend of the Hilgendorf’s); Connie Coats; Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Nash Foreman (friend of Sofie Reifsteck); Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irence Wattjes); John Lamkin (friend of Dave Slaughter); Kurt McDaniel (friend of Joan Vukelich); Joan Rahn; Emma Silver; Nell Slone (grandmother of Josh & Jake Dyer);Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Irene Wattjes; Darrell Wattjes (son of Irene Wattjes); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brooklyn Wiegel (great granddaughter of Linda Brewer); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell, Preus Hasselbrook

DEACONESS STUDENT: Elizabeth (Fodor) Dobbelaire.

MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family; The McDermott Family, The Dicke Family

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leona Czerwonka; Janet Pollock; Ruth Sims; Glen Stumeier; Irene Wattjes.

MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Josh Dyer; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Blake Stokes; Scott Walter.


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 4. 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 4. Or you may return it to the church office on or before December 4. Thank you for your generosity in helping area children receive a few gifts under the Christmas Tree.

REMINDER: IMMANUEL BOARDS MEET . . . on Monday, December 12. If you have not done so already, please submit your 2022 budget request to the church office as soon as possible following your board meeting.

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SERVICE . . . will be Sunday, December 18. 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 located on the table by this weekend’s bulletins. Please complete and return them by Sunday, December 11. Poinsettias are $15.00 this year and can be taken and enjoyed at home immediately following the Christmas Day service.

CHRISTMAS DECORATING . . . Saturday, December 3, 9:00 am. The Christmas season is near! With it come the sights, the sounds, and the fellowship that unite Christians as we anticipate the birth of our Savior. Come on December 3 to help put up the Christmas trees and decorations that beautify Immanuel.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR . . . Immanuel will be participating in a churchwide drive-through live nativity sponsored by TAMA on Sunday, December 4. Sign-up sheets can be found in the Narthex.

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS . . . Pastor and his family as he deliberates the call extended to him from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Terre Haute, Indiana, to serve as their pastor. Pastor will announce his decision by Sunday, December 4.

THE DECEMBER CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.


  •      Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am—Put up Church Christmas Decorations
  •      Sunday, December 4, 10:20 am—Sunday School Christmas Service Practice
  •      Saturday, December 4, 5:00 pm—Live Nativity at Ervin Park
  •      Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  •      Sunday, December 11, 10:20 am—Sunday School Christmas Service Practice
  •      Sunday, December 11, 4:30 pm—Drive-through Live Nativity
  •      Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  •      Sunday, December 18, 10:20 am—Sunday School Christmas Service Practice
  •      Sunday, December 18, 6:00 pm—Sunday School Christmas Service
  •      Saturday, December 24, 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Divine Service with Communion
  •      Sunday, December 25, 9:00 am—Christmas Day Divine Service with Communion
  •      Monday, December 26—Immanuel Offices Closed
  •      Saturday, December 31, 7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Divine Service with Communion
  •      Sunday, January 1, 9:00 am—Divine Service with Communion

SERVICES ONLINE . . . This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:

  1. On Immanuel’s Facebook page
  2. On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
  3. On Immanuel’s YouTube channel




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