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Sunday (11/3)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


  • 12:00 pm—TAMA Meeting
  • 6:00 pm—Catechism Class
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


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


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


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Mindy Bell (friend of David Holzrichter); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jeff & Jo Coon (friend of David Holzrichter); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Whitney Czerwonka; Mitzi Dingler (cousin of John Harvey); Cindy Ekstrom; Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Mary Jane Jones; Pat Maree; Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Cary & Beth Rahn; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Thomas Roughton (infant son of John & Christine Roughton); Ruth Sims; Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Irene Wattjes.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith


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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Mary Jane Jones; 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 . . . Ex. 32:1–20; 1 Thess 4:13–18; Matthew 24:15–28.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “A great multitude from all tribes and peoples and languages,” cry out “salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–17). Faith-filled saints from every place and time with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we too, “shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1–3). Joined with the throng of angels and a myriad of saints, we shall “serve him day and night in his temple” (Rev. 7:9–17). In our earthly tension vacillating between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits, and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ propels us forward, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament, to our eternal home. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure, and the persecuted are all blessed and we will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” This is one of many Bible passages that remind us that we reap what we sow. Likewise, what God puts into us (His own love, mercy, kindness, and generosity)—flows back out of us. For it all starts with His self-giving!

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Greg & Donna Campbell to the glory of God on the occasion of the birthday of their grandson; Amadeus.

GUEST PRESENTER & POTLUCK . . . On Sunday, November 24, the Board of Christian Education is sponsoring a guest presenter with a potluck following the presentation. Rev. Dr. Ken Schurb will be preaching and giving a special presentation during the Bible Class hour on Justification and Eschatology. Eschatology is the study within the Bible on the last things. It covers topics like temporal death, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, the end of the world, eternal damnation and eternal salvation. He will be answering the question of how the doctrine of justification—the teaching that we are saved by grace through faith because of Christ—makes these last things a joyful and hopeful anticipation, not a fearful and hopeless reckoning. The Board of Christian Education is providing the meat, please bring a side dish to share.

GREETERS ARE NEEDED . . . for the West door on December 29.  Please sign the chart across from the mailboxes if you are available.  Thank you for your help.

2020 SCHEDULES . . . will be coming out soon. Check your email, and sign up for flowers on the newly posted chart. Thank you for your support and service.

THE NOVEMBER CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.

JOHN’S MATTOON . . . is hosting our 66th Annual Pancake Supper on Sunday, November 10, 4–7 pm. Cost is $6 for all and 5 and under are free. Proceeds will go to support the Tara Stortzum family. Please call (217) 234-4911 for more information.

THANK YOU TO THE FUNERAL LUNCHEON LADIES . . . Your kind expression of sympathy is gratefully acknowledged and deeply appreciated. Thank you for providing such a wonderful meal for Ruth Lewis’ funeral. The family of Ruth Lewis.

FALL/WINTER ISSUE OF THE CID NEWSLETTER . . . the GatePost is now available online HERE!



  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)


  • Greg & Celeste Nau (West)
  • Mark Whitson (East)



  • Mark Whitson
  • Wanda Long; Lexie Russo


  • Mark Whitson
  • Sharon Allen; Ava Whitson



  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Trey Waldrop (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


  • Oliver Braaten (Crucifer)
  • Trey Waldrop (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Beau Whitson (Gospel)


  • Sharon Allen—November
  • Greg & Celeste Nau—December


  • Lauren Braaten—November
  • Sharon Allen—December


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