THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Bible Class & Christmas Program Practice
- 7:30 pm—Voters’ Assembly Meeting
- 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
- 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Candlelight Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 9:00 am—Christmas Day Divine Service with Holy Communion
IN OUR PRAYERS
HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Brad Butler (friend of the Hildgendorf’s); Connie Coats; Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Nash Foreman (friend of Sofie Reifsteck); Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Adriane & Baby Heins (sister of Lauren Braaten) 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; Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); 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
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 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.
OUR CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM . . . is today, Sunday, December 18, at 6:00 PM. All of you are invited to come hear the children speak and sing the story of our Savior’s birth. There will be refreshments in the fellowship hall following the service, so please plan to attend. Thank you!
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.
NEW OFFICER INSTALLATION . . . will be Sunday, January 8, 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!
PASTOR WILL BE OUT OF OFFICE . . . Pastor will be out of the office Monday, December 26 and returning on Friday, December 30. For immediate assistance or emergencies please contact his mobile phone (217)-460-2077, or one of the elders.
THE DECEMBER CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES AND EVENTS . . .
- 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 Evening Prayer
- 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:
- On Immanuel’s Facebook page
- On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
- On Immanuel’s YouTube channel