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Immanuel News & Notes (Advent 2)


Sunday (12/4)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Christmas Program Practice
  • 5:00 pm—Live Nativity at Ervin Park


  • 7:00 pm—Midweek Advent Service


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

Sunday (12/11)

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


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 . . . Isaiah 40:1–8; 1 Corinthians 4:1–5; Matthew 11:2–10.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The day on which our Lord returns will be a “great and awesome day” (Mal. 4:5). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will “set them ablaze” (Mal. 4:1). The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in: “. . . straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness will bring healing in His wings. Let us, then, give attention to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away. Let us “through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures” (Rom. 15:4) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus’ coming. Then, by God’s grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 15:4 “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction.” God’s Word was given to us to bless us. The Bible warns us of our sin and points us to Christ for our salvation. The Bible also instructs us as to how to live out our Christians lives—this is the “third use of the Law.” As Christians we should welcome this instruction in humble faith.

REMINDER: IMMANUEL BOARDS MEET . . . on Monday, December 12. If you have not done so already, please submit your 2023 budget request to the church office as soon as possible following your board meeting.

THE NEXT VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING . . . is Monday, December 19, 7:30 pm. Please submit Voters’ meeting material to the church office by Wednesday, December 14.

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 available in the Narthex. Please complete and return them by next Sunday, December 11. Poinsettias are $15.00 this year and can be taken and enjoyed at home immediately following the Christmas Day service.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SEMINARY STUDENTS . . . If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to our seminary students, their addresses are:  Mr. Gunnar Campbell; Mr. Preus Hasselbrook, and Mrs. Elizabeth Dobbelaire, at: 6600 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46825-4996.

CONTRIBUTIONS & ATTENDANCE . . . Total YTD offerings $267,490.83; Total YTD expenses, $199,886.36. Average weekend attendance for November, 61.

THE DECEMBER CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES AND EVENTS  . . .     

  •      Sunday, December 4, 10:30 am—Sunday School Christmas Service Practice
  •      Sunday, December 4, 5:00 pm—Live Nativity at Ervin Park
  •      Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  •      Sunday, December 11, 10:30 am—Sunday School Christmas Service Practice
  •      Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  •      Sunday, December 18, 10:30 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
  •      Monday, January 2—Immanuel Offices Closed

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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