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Immanuel News & Notes (Advent 1)

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Sunday (11/30)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 3:00 pm—Christmas Caroling with Youth Group


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 11:30 am—TAMA Luncheon
  • 7:00 pm—Midweek Advent Service


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (12/7)

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


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich);  Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); DeDe Eversole; Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Jim Harbaugh; Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee (sister of Jim Dyer); Steve Leonard (son of Betty Leonard); Laurie McMillen; Barb Pearson (friend of Joyce Alexander); Virginia Poke (sister of Anne Koss); Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Harold Wattjes.


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 . . . Malachi 4:1–6; Romans 14:5–13; 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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING . . . The Youth Group will be Christmas Caroling to those who are homebound or in nursing homes on Sunday, November 30, 3:00 pm5:00 pm. But the entire congregation is invited to join us in bringing good tidings of great joy to those who are unable to hear it in church.

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL POTLUCK AND CHRISTMAS SERVICE . . . is set for Sunday, December 14. The service is at 7:00 pm, preceded by a potluck at 5:30 pm hosted by the Board of Education. The Board of Education is providing the main dish and is asking members from Immanuel to prepare a side dish or a dessert. Join us for food, fellowship, and then for a Christmas Service where our children will remind us of the real reason for the season with all your favorite Christmas hymns.

DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS . . . will be on Saturday, December 6, 9:00 am–11:00 am. Mark your calendars and help us make the church ready for the Christmas Season.

SPECIAL EVENTS . . . in Advent:

  • Sunday, November 30—3:00 pm Christmas Caroling with Youth
  • Wednesday, December 3—7:00 pm Advent Midweek Service
  • Saturday, December 6—9:00 am Church Christmas Decorating
  • Sunday, December 7—10:30 am Sunday School stays until noon
  • Wednesday, December 10—7:00 pm Advent Midweek Service
  • Thursday, December 11—12:00 pmLadies Aid Christmas Lunch
  • Sunday, December 14—10:15 amLWML Cookie Walk
    • 10:30 am Sunday School stays until noon
    • 5:30 pm Potluck before SS Christmas Service
    • 7:00 pm Sunday School Christmas Service
  • Monday, December 15—7:30 pm Voter’s Budget Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 17—7:00 pm Advent Midweek Service
  • Wednesday, December 24—7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service
  • Thursday, December 25—9:00 am Christmas Day Service
  • Wednesday, December 31—7:00 pm New Year’s Eve Service

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. Also beginning in January, we will need one teacher for the 1st–3rd grade class.



  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Harold Wattjes (East)


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



  • Mark Whitson
  • Tonia Timlin; Marissa Russo


  • Steve Hilgendorf
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Lexi Russo



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


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


  • The Alexanders & Pangburns—November
  • Laver Byers—December


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