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Sunday (4/24)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Sunday School & Bible Class
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 6:00 pm—Youth Group Event


  • 7:00pm—Bible History Class


  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (5/1)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Sunday School & Bible Class
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Jerry & Amanda Bergman (nephew of Irene Wattjes);  Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Abby Herzberg (daughter of Pastor Herzberg); Reuben Hostetler; Becky Kappes; Barb McElroy (friend of Sue Rothe); Kurt McDaniel (friend of Joan Vukelich); Mary Miller (friend of David Holzrichter); Joan Rahn; Emma Silver; Ocil Slone (grandfather of Josh & Jake Dyer); Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Dylan Taylor (friend of Becky Kappes), Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Irene Wattjes; Darrell Wattjes (son of Irene Wattjes); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell, Preus Hasselbrook


MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family; The McDermott Family, Julie Lutz

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 . . . 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 everyone who purchased a lily to beautify the sanctuary during Easter. Lilies left after the Easter services can be found in the kitchen.

THANK YOU . . . to everyone who donated items for the Easter Breakfast to help the Youth Group. The food was delicious. The conversation encouraging. And the time together uplifting.

BEGINNING SUNDAY, MAY 1 . . . Immanuel’s service bulletins will return to its normal layout, pre-pandemic. The ushers will also begin collecting the offering during service again.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER . . . is Thursday, May 5. The Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a time of prayer at Forty Martyr’s Hall, 109 E Van Allen St, from 12:05 pm –12:35 pm. A free soup lunch will follow the prayers. Immanuel is provided two pots of chili for the event. Please contact Pastor if you are willing to provide a pot of chili.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . . Immanuel’s VBS will be June 6–10, 9:00 AM–11:30 AM. We will be looking for volunteers to help with snacks, crafts, and check-in and check-out.

SUNDAY SCHOOL OFFERINGS PROJECT . . . The students in Sunday School would like to provide flowers for the graves of Immanuel’s faithful departed on Memorial Day. The Sunday School will purchase the flowers and deliver the flowers to the graves on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend to those who are buried in Tuscola Cemetery. If you would like a flower for your loved one buried in another cemetery, the Sunday School will provide the flower for you to pick up at service that Sunday. To order flowers, please fill out the order form that is in the Narthex.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . at a conference next week (May 2–4) in Fort Wayne, Monday–Wednesday. He will be back in time for Bible History that Wednesday evening. In case of emergency, you can contact him on his mobile phone.

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . is TODAY, Sunday, April 24. Please meet at the church at 6:00 pm.

WORSHIP SERVICE . . .Tuscola Health Care Center is next Sunday, May 1st at 2:30 pm.

IMMANUEL’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK . . . The Board of Mission and Evangelism have prepared a cookbook for Immanuel’s 125th anniversary, which is next July. The cookbooks will be available in early December and cost $15.00. You may pr-order using the order form.

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:

  1. On Immanuel’s Facebook page
  2. On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
  3. On Immanuel’s YouTube channel




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