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Immanuel News & Notes (Easter 05)

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Sunday (4/29)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 11:30 am—TAMA
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study


  • 12:05 pm—National Day of Prayer/Forty Martyrs Hall


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

Sunday (5/6)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Questioning
  •  6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Robert Bowles (father of Ryan Bowles); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Owen Clark (friend of Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mike Ekstrom; Susan Hall (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); 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; Jim McIntosh (cousin of Jerry Alexander); Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Janet Pollock; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Carl Smith (husband of Lynnette Ashwill-Smith); Irene Wattjes; Jim Wheeler (brother-in-law of Greg Campbell); Lynn Whitson (father of Mark Whitson); Jill Zartler.



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; 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 . . . Numbers 21:4–9; James 1:22–27; John 16:23–30.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Though Jesus has departed from us visibly to the right hand of the Father who sent Him, yet this is to our advantage. For Jesus—who is Lord over all creation, who intercedes for us before the Father, who is preparing a place for us in heaven—has sent the Helper, the Spirit of Truth (John 16:5–15). “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” through Jesus Christ (James 1:17). The Holy Spirit helps us by taking what is Christ’s and declaring it to us. In the Word of truth, the Spirit works repentance and delivers to us the forgiveness of sins, the righteousness of Christ, and victory over the devil. For the ruler of this world is judged and defeated by the cross. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we have been brought forth to new life in Him who is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Confident of our resurrection with Christ we confess, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid” (Is. 12:2).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . James 1:17—“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” How often this thought is repeated in the Scriptures! Everything good we have is from God. He loves to give. He loves to bless. He loves to show us generosity time and again – and He desires that we grow into His image, and reflect His love.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson to the glory of God on the occasion of their grandson Beau’s birthday.

THANK YOU! . . . What wonderful support the Board of Education received for our garage sale/lunch stand! We were thrilled with the weather, the donations, and the shoppers. A BIG shout out to Greg and Donna Campbell—the food was fantastic—always a treat when Greg grills. Coulson Poffenberger, Jake Dyer, and Jim Dyer kept everything running smoothly and lifted, carried, loaded, and sold sandwiches all day—thank you for making it a fun day! $1,400 was deposited into the Youth Group account. Thank you everybody for everything.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED TO MAKE CHILI . . . for the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Forty Martyrs Hall. This event is sponsored by the Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance (TAMA). The service is from 12:05–12:35, with lunch immediately following. Immanuel is asked to donate two large stockpots of chili. Let Leigh Ann know if you would like to volunteer.

CONFIRMATION QUESTIONING IS SUNDAY, MAY 6 . . . at 11:30 AM. Four confirmands will be examined, and everyone from the congregation is welcome to attend. Confirmation will be Sunday, May 20, during the Divine Service.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ILC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP . . . sponsored by the Board of Missions and Evangelism are now being accepted. The deadline is May 1, 2018. Applications are available on the church Web site: immanueltuscola.org.

CENTRAL ILLINOIS DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIP SUNDAY IS MAY 6 . . . Gifts will be used to support CID students who are attending a LCMS seminary or university to become a pastor, teacher, or full-time church worker. Please plan to make a generous gift now or on May 6. Checks can be made out to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Envelopes designated for CID Scholarship Sunday have been placed in member mailboxes, and additional envelopes can be found on the table in the Narthex. Your offering can be placed in the offering plate today or on May 6. Additional information can be found in today’s bulletin insert. Thank you!

IMMANUEL SERVICES TO THE HOMEBOUND . . . Immanuel’s Board of Missions and Evangelism is reaching out to our homebound by providing recordings of our Sunday Divine Service. Each week the service will be recorded, transferred to CDs, then distributed to our homebound members. The Board is seeking volunteers to deliver the CDs. These recordings bring our services to their doors, and delivering them offers wonderful opportunities for fellowship among our members. CDs will be ready for delivery each Tuesday beginning May 8. Sign-up sheets can be found on the table in the Narthex for those interested in being part of this outreach.

THERE ARE STILL OPENINGS FOR FLOWERS . . . on the flower chart. Sign up individually or team up with someone. Flowers are $35.00 per weekend. Thank you!



  • Greg & Celeste Nau (West)
  • Donna Campbell (East)


  • Corky & Theresa Fields (West)
  • Jim & Carolyn Dyer (East)



  • Greg Nau
  • Janice Arthur; Marissa Russo


  • Greg Nau
  • Janice Arthur; Lexie Russo



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


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


  • Laverl Byers—April
  • Ann Carroll & Ruth Sims—May


  • Theresa Fields—April
  • Janet Stumeier—May


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