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Immanuel News & Notes (Easter 2)

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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (4/3)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Monday

  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pm—Board of Education
  • 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees
  • 7:00 pm—Board of Elders

Tuesday

  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Wednesday

  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study

Thursday

  • 7:00 pm—Maundy Thursday Divine Service

Friday

  • 7:00 pm—Good Friday Divine Service

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (4/10)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:15 am—Church Council Meeting
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Regann Bowles; Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); DeDe Eversole; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Jeff Knight (friend of the Campbells); Erica Kremitzki; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Rev. Lynn Podoll; Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes; Jill Zartler.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Hayden Folks.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Katelyn Lower.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Corinne Oye; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: John Bookas; Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Sam Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Ezekiel 34:11–16; 1 Peter 2:21–25; John 10:11–16.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood” (1 John 5:7). These three point to Christ and flow from Christ. Jesus shows His disciples His hands and side, from which blood and water flowed, saying “Peace be with you.” He presents the wounds which turn our fear to gladness and which restore us to the Father. Jesus breathes on His disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:23). His breath, His words are Spirit and life. They raise up our dry, dead bones and give us new and everlasting life (Ezek. 37:1–14). Christ now gives His ministers to speak His forgiving, Spirit-filled words to the penitent in His stead. Our Lord continues to come to His people, presenting His wounds to us in the Sacraments of water and blood. He bids us to touch His side at His table, to receive His risen body and blood in true faith, that believing we may have life in His name.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 20:19 “Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” The peace we have in Jesus is what makes a life of good works possible. Since we know that it is Jesus who saved us, and not our works, we are now free to do good works not out of self-interest, but for the right reasons: out of thanksgiving toward God and love for our neighbors.

THANK YOU . . . to the saints at Immanuel, who by your prayers, cards, flowers, food, and presence comforted us in our time of trouble, at the death of our thirteen-week old (gestational) child, Helena. St. Paul wrote that we are one body, the body of Christ, and if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice (1 Cor 12:26–27). You suffered with us. And we are honored by it, and so we rejoice. Rejoice with us now also. Thank you, Pastor, Lauren, and family.

THANK YOU . . . to everyone who purchased a lily to beautify the sanctuary during Easter. If you would like your Easter lily, please take it home after today’s service. Thank you also to all who helped with the Easter Breakfast by bringing food, helping serve, and cleaning up afterwards. We had a great turnout. A total of $173.00 was raised for BETHS Place. Thank you for your generosity!

FROM THE WATTJES . . . We would welcome visitors in our home. Just call before you come to be sure we are home. God Bless all of you!  We miss you all!  Harold & Irene.

LADIES BUNCO . . . Join us Sunday, April 3, 6:30–8:30 pm, at the parsonage for Bunco! Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share and be prepared to have a great time. If you have any questions, please talk to Celeste Nau, Jaimee Whitson, or Lauren Braaten.

APRIL BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, April 3, for the Tuscola Christmas Bureau.

APRIL NEWSLETTER . . . is available in hard copy as well as on Immanuel’s website.  Copies can be found on the table across from the member mailboxes.  If you would like the newsletter through email, please tell Pastor Braaten or Leigh Ann Whitson.

ROTARY AUCTION . . . The Rotary’s Annual Scholarship & Club Benefit Auction will be held Tuesday, April 5, at Iron Horse Golf Club, Tuscola. Doors open at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm and the auction at 6:30 pm.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Ruth Sims (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Harold Wattjes (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Lexie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Cassie Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

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

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones—April
  • Laverl Byers—May

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Theresa Fields—April
  • Betty Leonard—May

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