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Sunday (12/18)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 4:00 pm—7:00 pm—Visitation for Alberta Dallas (Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Tuscola)


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 10:00 am—Funeral for Alberta Dallas
  • 11:00 am—Committal for Alberta Dallas (Lewis Cemetery)
  • 12:00 noon—Luncheon for Alberta Dallas
  • 7:30 pm—Voters’ Assembly Budget & Elections Meeting


  • 7:00 pm—Midweek Advent Service


  • 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (12/25)

  • 9:00 am—Christmas Day Divine Service with Holy Communion


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Alberta Dallas; Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Trena Knauss (sister of Tresa Pollock); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Ellen Shawgo (niece of Ruth Rentschler); Roland Spomer.

DEATHS: Family of Alberta Dallas



MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Alan and Patricia Ludwig; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

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


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Ex. 40:17–21, 34–38; Titus 3:4–7; St. John 1:1–14.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The coming of God in all His unveiled power at Mount Sinai was terrifying to the people of Israel. The thundering voice of the Lord puts sinners in fear of death (Deut. 18:15–19). God, therefore, raised up a prophet like Moses—the Messiah, the Christ. God came to His people veiled in human flesh. The skies poured down the Righteous One from heaven; the earth opened her womb and brought forth Salvation (Introit) through the blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of the Lord (Luke 1:39–56). The fruit of her womb is the very Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the One whose sandal strap John was not worthy to loose (John 1:19–28). In Jesus we are delivered from fear and anxiety. In Him alone we have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:4–7).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Paul puts two things in opposition to each other: anxiety and prayer. So trade your worries for prayers! You have a Father who loves you and desires to hear your prayers and bless you.

THANK YOU FROM . . . the Board of Missions & Evangelism for your generous support through envelopes and loose change which made the Angel Tree project a great success this year. The Board of Missions & Evangelism would also like to thank the Board of Education for assisting this year with their Sunday School offerings. Together we raised $693.37! These funds were used to purchase clothing, shoes, boots, and toys for a family with six children. The remaining funds were used for a gift card to IGA. In addition, the Sunday School kids will be making cards to be given to the family. Thank you for your generosity toward this family’s only Christmas and this very worthwhile project within our community. As we know, with God all things are possible, and He has pressed your love toward neighbor into His service for their benefit.

POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS . . . are due to the church office today. The cost for each poinsettia is $13.00.

THE VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY BUDGET AND ELECTION MEETING . . . will be on Monday, December 19, at 7:30 pm.

ADULT BIBLE CLASS . . . will not meet next week (Christmas Day) or on January 1 (New Year’s Day). We will resume on Sunday, January 8.

LOOKING FORWARD TO SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY . . . will not meet this week or next.  Class will resume on Wednesday, January 4. If you haven’t attended, but would like to, the class meets on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Come and learn more about what you will hear on Sunday!

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) TRAINING . . . will be provided to Immanuel members who are interested. Please sign up by January 1 on the sheet in the Narthex if you would like to participate in training. Training sessions will be scheduled in January with dates and times to be determined by the number of participants. If you have any questions about the AED and training, please talk with one of the Trustees.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SEMINARY STUDENTS . . . If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to our seminary students, their addresses are:  Mr. Hayden Folks, 5502 River Run Tr., Apt. D, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 46825; Ms. Carolyn Walsh, 6600 N. Clinton St., Box 294, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 46825.

MEN’S RETREAT . . . Camp CILCA’s Men’s Woodcutters Retreat will take place February 3-5, 2017. Bring your ax, log splitter, and Bible for a weekend of cutting up firewood and hearing the Word of God. Men will stay in the Christian Growth Center. The cost is $30 each. To register go to www.cilca.org or call the camp office at 217487-7497.

BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR . . . from your Lutheran Radio Station Worldwide KFUO.org! Tune in this week to kfuo.org to hear all of your favorite hymns and classical arrangements that celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Regular programming resumes Monday, January 2, 2017. Follow us on Facebook.com/KFUOradio or Instagram @kfuo.radio for shareable photos and program information.


  • Monday, December 19, 7:30 pm—Voter’s Budget Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • *Saturday, December 24, 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Service
  • Sunday, December 25, 9:00 am—Christmas Day Service
  • *Saturday, December 31, 7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Service

* 7:00 pm services on these Saturdays replace the 5:30 pm service



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


  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • OPEN (East)



  • Ron Legg
  • Judy Legg; Cassie Russo


  • Ron Legg
  • Pastor Braaten; Mackenzi Bowles



  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Laverl Byers—December


  • Scott Dallas & Sharon Allen—December


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