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Immanuel News & Notes (Easter 3)


Sunday (4/23)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 4:00-6:00 pm—Visitation for Katie Ruggles (Funeral Home)


  • 9:00 am—Visitation for Katie Ruggles (Church)
  • 10:00 am—Funeral for Katie Ruggles (Church)
  • 11:30 am—Funeral Luncheon for Katie Ruggles (Church)


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

Sunday (4/30)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:00 pm—Youth Group Event


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mary Appleby: Bernita Ashwill; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jack Bubb (classmate of Sofia Reifsteck); Brad Butler (friend of the Hilgendorf’s); Connie Coats; Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Brayden DeLeva (friend of Evan Reifsteck); Nash Foreman (friend of Sofie Reifsteck); Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Adriane & Baby Heins (sister of Lauren Braaten); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irene Wattjes); John Lamkin (friend of Dave Slaughter); Kurt McDaniel (friend of Joan Vukelich); Joan Rahn; Sofie Reifsteck: Emma Silver; Carl  Smith (husband of Lynette Ashwill-Smith); Sara Strache (daughter of the Uthes): Irene Wattjes; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brooklyn Wiegel (great granddaughter of Linda Brewer).

DEATHS:  Family of Katie Ruggles.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell, Preus Hasselbrook

DEACONESS STUDENT: Elizabeth (Fodor) Dobbelaire.

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; Blake Stokes; Scott Walter.


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 . . . are given by Josh and Jaimee Whitson to the glory of God on the occasion of all family birthdays.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE . . . Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance (TAMA) will be hosting a National Day of Prayer service on Thursday, May 4, 12:00 PM (noon), at 40 Martyrs Hall. It will begin with a 30-minute service followed by lunch.

PASTOR BRAATEN . . . is out of town Tuesday, April 25—Saturday, April 29 and May 1–May 3. If you need assistance you may contact him on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Bryce Reifsteck, Tim Hoel, Steve Hilgendorf, Les Sluder).

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ILC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP . . . sponsored by the Board of Missions and Evangelism are now being accepted. The deadline is May 1, 2023. Applications are available by contacting Pastor.

CAMP CILCA SCHOLARSHIP . . . The Board of Missions and Evangelism is offering a scholarship for anyone who wants to attend Camp CILCA. Camp CILCA Summer 2023  brochures can be found on the table across from member mailboxes. Please notify Pastor Braaten or Deborah Reifsteck of your interest.

CAMP CILCA . . . registration is open.  Please see insert for further details.

THE MAY CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.

CANDIDATE CALL SERVICE 2023 . . . Gunnar Campbell will be receiving his placement into the Office of the Holy Ministry on Tuesday, April 25. You may attend the service Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Kramer Chapel for the annual Candidate Call Service, and learn where concluding students will be serving their first calls. Guest preacher Rev. Dr. Allan Buss of the LCMS Northern Illinois District will be giving the sermon. The live streamed service will be accessible through CTSFW’s Call Day webpage (available soon, check at www.ctsfw.edu), the Chapel page, and the seminary’s Facebook page. A complete list of calls, along with photos of our candidates, will be available on the Call Day page shortly after the conclusion of the service.

TRUSTEES NEED YOUR HELP! . . .  Saturday, May 6, 9 am … the trustees will be laying sod in the front of the church.  Anyone interested in helping is welcome!

CID SCHOLARSHIP SUNDAY . . . is May 7, 2023. Please see insert for further details.




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