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Sunday (5/5)

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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


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


  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 6:00 pm—Adult Information Class


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Carolyn Coon (mother-in-law of David Holtzrichter); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mitzi Dingler (cousin of John Harvey); Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Cindy Harbaugh; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Joe Irace (friend of Roger & Wanda Long); 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); Joan Rahn; Isabelle Richard (friend of the Naus); Chris Rogan (friend of Josh Whitson); Thomas Roughton (infant son of Christine & John Roughton); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Irene Wattjes; Lynn  Whitson (father of Mark Whitson); Irene Wright (mother of Ann Hilgendorf); Jolene Young (mother of Ryan Bowles).



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Mary Jane Jones; Ruth Lewis; 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 . . . Isaiah 40:25–31; 1 Peter 2:11–20; John 16:16–22.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11–16). He is not like the hireling, who cares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming. Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them (Ezek. 34:11–16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the broken and strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep. On the cross, Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil for you that you might be saved. He now lives to restore your soul in the still waters of baptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to prepare the table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23). “For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 10:16 “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.” The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice—and we delight to go where He leads. Of course, the world, the devil, and our own sinful flesh want to pull us in another direction. But following the Shepherd means life, and everything is of death. So no matter how difficult the path is that the Shepherd points out: let us follow Him!

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . were given by Tim and Teri Pollock to the glory of God on the occasion of the anniversary of their wedding.

IMMANUEL JUNIOR CHOIR . . . will be singing next Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day).

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . at the CID Spring Pastors’ Conference in Decatur, Illinois, Monday through Wednesday of this week. If you need assistance or have an emergency, you may contact him on his mobile phone or notify one of the Elders.

SECRETARY VACATION HOURS . . . Connie will be out of the office on May 15–May 21. She will be in the office May 13–14 and May 22–24.

REMINDER . . . all boards will be meeting next Monday, May 13.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ILC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP . . . sponsored by the Board of Missions and Evangelism are now being accepted. The deadline is June 1, 2019. Applications are available on the church Web site: immanueltuscola.org.

PASTOR RICK MILAS . . .  of University Lutheran Church & Student Center, announced he is retiring July 28, 2019.

COLLECTION FOR FAMILY OF AARON WOLF . . . We are continuing to collect free-will donations for the family of Pastor’s friend, Aaron Wolf, who was called home to the Lord, leaving behind his wife and six children (one of which has muscular dystrophy). The collection plate is in the narthex.



  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)


  • Craig & Carol Munson (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)



  • Josh Whitson
  • Janice Arthur; Ava Whitson


  • Josh Whitson
  • Ruth Bretz; Cailin Munson



  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Torches)
  • Evan Reifsteck (Gospel)


  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


  • Ann Carroll & Ruth Sims—May
  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—June


  • Janet Stumeier—May
  • Dolores Ford—June


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