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Sunday (12/23)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—No Bible Class & Sunday School


  • 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Service with Communion


  • 9:00 am—Christmas Day Service with Communion


  • Immanuel Offices Closed


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

Sunday (12/30)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:00 pm—Adult New Members Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group

Monday (12/31)

  • 7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Evening Prayer Service

Tuesday (1/1)

  • Immanuel Offices Closed


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Marylin Joergens; Pat Maree; Delvin Meyr (father of Willa’s godmother); Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Joan Rahn; Isabelle Richard (friend of the Naus); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Bob Vukelich; Irene Wright (mother of Ann Hilgendorf); Jolene Young (mother of Ryan Bowles).



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; 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 . . . Isaiah 11:1–5; Galatians 4:1–7; St. Luke 2:33–40.

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.

A BIG THANK YOU . . . to all who bought cookies, donated cookies, and helped with the Christmas Cookie Walk! Because of all the support, we collected $326!

THANK YOU FROM . . . the Board of Missions & Evangelism for your generous support to the bi-monthly fund for Angel Tree this year. Together with funds from the Sohrt Fund, we collected just over $500 to purchase clothing and toys. Thank you for your generosity toward 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.

THANK YOU FROM . . . the Board of Christian Education to all who participated in various ways in the Sunday School Christmas Program. The program was very well attended by family, friends, and members of our congregation. The Sunday School children were awesome in telling the story of the birth of Christ!

NEW OFFICER INSTALLATION . . . will be Sunday, January 6, during the Divine Service immediately following the offering. If you are a newly-elected officer, please plan to attend. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the Divine Service to say thank you to out‑going, current, and in-coming officers. Their hard work and dedication are to be commended!

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SEMINARY STUDENTS . . . If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to our seminary students, their addresses are:  Mr. Joshua Schiff, 5309 Stonehedge Blvd., Apartment 6, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46835; Ms. Stephanie Wilde, 6600 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46825.

MARCH FOR LIFE CHICAGO . . . Join area Lutherans at the March for Life Chicago on January 13, 2019.  LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison is among the featured speakers. Meet on Federal Plaza (50 W. Adams Street, Chicago) at 1:55 p.m. under the LOVE AFFIRMS LIFE and the EYES FOR LIFE banners. Ride a bus leaving from Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, 1101 Kimberly Way, Lisle, at 1 p.m. Free will donations are received to cover cost for the round-trip bus ride. Call Kris Blackwell at 630.234.1491 to reserve your seat.  Space is limited.

THIS WEEK ON KFUO.ORG . . . we wish our listeners a blessed Christmas! Hear Christmas worship service live from Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, MO, on 12/25 at 10:00 am CT. For the next two weeks, celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas on KFUO Radio with exceptional Christmas and Epiphany music selections, readings and prayers for the season, stories from our missionaries, and a special look at the Christmas hymnody of the church. Regular programming resumes January 7, 2019.


  • Wednesday, December 19—7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Monday, December 24—7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Service with Communion
  • Tuesday, December 25—9:00 am—Christmas Day Service with Communion
  • Wednesday, December 26—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED
  • Thursday, December 27—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED
  • Monday, December 31—7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Evening Prayer Service
  • Tuesday, January 1—IMMANUEL OFFICES CLOSED



  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Mark Whitson (East)


  • Mark Whitson (West)
  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck (East)



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Ava Whitson


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Cailin Munson



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


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


  • Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson—December
  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson—January


  • Sharon Allen—December
  • Joan Vukelich—January


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