THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL
- 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)
Monday—Church Offices Closed
- 7:00 pm—New Year’s Eve Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 9:00 am—New Year’s Day Divine Service with Holy Communion
IN OUR PRAYERS
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); 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.
DEATH: Family and friends of Mac Boyd (cousin of Mark Whitson).
SEMINARY STUDENT: Hayden Folks.
DEACONESS STUDENT: Carolyn Walsh.
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.
ABOUT THE READINGS . . . In the beginning God created all things through His Word, His Son. But man fell into sin, and with man all creation was cursed. Therefore, God spoke His Word again, this time into the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary. The glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle of our human nature (Ex. 40:17–21, 34–38). “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1–14). The Son of God took on our flesh and blood and died on the cross in order that we might receive the right to become the children of God through faith. Baptized into Christ’s body, we are made partakers of a new Genesis, “the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4–7). In Christ, the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man has truly appeared.
THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 1:12 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” What a joy to be called the children of God! We have a Father who cares for us and loves us. Therefore we have no need to fear. For perfect love casts out fear. And with our fear set aside, we are free to serve the Christ who has become flesh.
NEW OFFICER INSTALLATION . . . will be Sunday, January 8, during the Divine Service.
POINSETTIAS GIVEN BY
- Jerry & Joyce Alexander in memory of Barbara Pearson.
- Jack & Mary Appleby in memory of Rev. Dr. M.D. & Adeline Hilgendorf, and Willis & Pat Appleby.
- The Ryan Bowles Family in memory of Jim Stilwell.
- Tom & Ruth Bretz in thanksgiving for the blessing of family.
- Ann Carroll in memory of Carl & Marie Charnetzki, and Steve, Troy, & Michael Allison.
- Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones in thanksgiving for all God’s blessings.
- Kenny & Tammy Kresin in memory of our parents.
- Bob Kresin in memory of Pat Kresin.
- Ronald & Judy Legg in memory of our parents.
- Coulson Poffenberger & Cailin Munson in memory of Leo Rothe & Thomas Blagg.
- Joan Rahn & Family in memory of Duane A. Rahn.
- Guy & Margie Stevens in memory of Steve & Lou Stevens, Warren & Lois Wilson.
- Glen & Janet Stumeier in thanksgiving for all God’s blessings.
- Bob & Joan Vukelich in thanksgiving for blessings received through the year.
- Irene & Rita Wattjes in memory of Harold Wattjes.
- Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson in memory of Ray Richner and Matt Whitson.
- Laverl Byers (West)
- OPEN (East)
- Ron Legg
- Pastor Braaten; Mackenzi Bowles
- 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