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Sunday (5/28)

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

Monday — Church Offices Closed for Memorial Day


  • 7:30 am—Matins


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


  • 7:00 pm—Ascension Day Divine Service with Holy Communion


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

Sunday (6/4)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class (No Sunday School)
  • 12:00 pm—Potluck (Fellowship Hall)
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Sandy Bates (friend of Joan Vukelich); Randy Bergeson (friend of Pastor Braaten and Ann Carroll); Laverl Byers; Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; John Hofer (relative of Jerry Alexander); Fred & Barbara Holste (friends of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Mike Kerner (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Ena Raaymakers (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Rev. Michael Schuermann; Sue Wisovaty (friend of Joan Vukelich).



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; 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 . . . Genesis 11:1–9; Acts 2:1–21, 36–41; John 14:23–31.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Spirit of Truth bears witness to Jesus, who is the truth. But the world does not receive the truth. It loves its own and hates those who are of the truth. Just as Jesus was scorned, so is His Church. “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God” (John 16:2). Yet it is by Jesus’ suffering and death that we are saved. Therefore we rejoice to share in His sufferings, that we may also share in His resurrection glory (1 Pet. 4:7–14). Through the ministry of the Spirit of Truth, we are cleansed from the deceit of our idols and given a new heart and a new spirit, the heart and Spirit of Christ (Ezek. 36:22–28). He now works in us fervent, self-giving love for one another, love which covers a multitude of sins, “that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Pet. 4:11).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . 1 Peter 4:10—“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” God’s grace is His undeserved mercy toward us. And what do we have that is not a gift flowing from God’s grace? He means for us to use all these gifts in service toward one another. And chief among the ways we serve one another is to support the Church’s work of bringing more of God’s grace to more of God’s people. And that’s what it means to be a steward!

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Corky & Theresa Fields to the glory of God for Immanuel’s newest members, Maggie Braaten and Stella Reifsteck.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY . . . due to Memorial Day Weekend. Adult Bible Class will meet as scheduled. Immanuel’s offices will be closed tomorrow (May 29).

IMMANUEL YOUTH GROUP . . . will be meeting tonight, May 28, 7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. It’s game day, so bring your favorite game to play!

JUNE 1, 2017, MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY . . . of Pastor Braaten’s ordination into the ministry. A potluck to recognize this anniversary will be held next Sunday, June 4, 12:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Plan to attend to celebrate with him through food and fellowship!

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is next Sunday, June 4. This bi-monthly mission will go to support Camp CILCA. An envelope for this purpose has been placed in your mailbox. Thank you!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL . . . is set for Monday, June 5–Friday, June 9, 9:00 am–11:00 am. Go to https://immanueltuscola.org/ to sign your child(ren) up. The Board of Education is seeking donations of various items and volunteers to help where needed. See the board in the back of the church, pick a post-it, and join in the fun!

IMMANUEL JUNIOR CHOIR WILL SING . . . on Sunday, June 11. Next Sunday, June 4, is our last opportunity to practice. Please be sure to have your child(ren) here to practice on the 4th and sing on the 11th.

TODAY IS THE HOG ROAST . . . at Camp CILCA! Come for lunch between 11:30 and 2:30. The beach will be open in the afternoon for swimming and boating. Pulled-pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, and desserts will be served. Adults are $8, children (4-12) are $5. See you there!

READ LIKE A LUTHERAN . . . Concordia Publishing House’s summer reading program that works to encourage people to read Christ-centered books all year long. Starting May 27, 2017, anyone can start reading for a chance to win one of our prizes! Visit http://books.cph.org/read-like-a-lutheran-2017 for more information.

CAMP CILCA SCHOLARSHIP . . . The Board of Missions and Evangelism is offering a scholarship for anyone who wants to attend Camp CILCA. Camp CILCA Summer 2017 brochures can be found on the table across from member mailboxes. Please notify Pastor Braaten or Deborah Reifsteck of your interest.

THE MATTOON CIRCUIT IS PLANNING A CONVOCATION . . . on August 5 at St. John, Mattoon, for our circuit churches to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A combined choir from the circuit’s churches will be part of that celebration. As a central location for choir practice, they are meeting here at Immanuel in the sanctuary on June 6, 6:30 pm. Anyone is invited to participate. Just show up that evening and join in singing praises to God!

A PRAYER FOR PURITY . . . Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love You and worthily magnify Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.



  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)


  • Jim & Carolyn Dyer (West)
  • Craig & Carol Munson (East)



  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Sue Rothe; Lexie Russo


  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Sue Rothe; Cassie Russo



  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Gospel)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


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


  • Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson—May
  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—June


  • Judy Legg & Janet Stumeier—May
  • Dolores Ford—June


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