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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (5/17)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Confirmation Questioning

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (5/24)—Confirmation Day

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Mary Appleby; Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Konnie Crist (father of Teri Pollock); Alberta Dallas; Jim Harbaugh; Joel Hilgendorf; Marvin Kingery (father of Miranda Czerwonka); Erica Kremitzki; Laurie McMillen; Mike Merna (friend of Joan Vukelich); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Barb Pearson (friend of Joyce Alexander); Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Roland Spomer; Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Dustin Fry.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

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

MILITARY: John Bookas; 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 . . . Genesis 11:1–9; Acts 2:1–21; 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 Pastor & Lauren Braaten to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

FRIENDSHIP LUTHERAN CHURCH OF JOY . . . is looking for a Church Secretary/Office & Financial Assistant. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm. MS Word, Exel, Publisher, PowerPoint/Propresenter, QuickBooks experience helpful. High school diploma and four years office experience required. Call (217) 3550454 for an application or e-mail office@friendshiplutheran.com with resume and cover letter.

CAMP CILCA SCHOLARSHIP . . . The Board of Mission and Evangelism is offering a scholarship for anyone who wants to attend Camp CILCA. Please notify Pastor Braaten or Tammy Kresin of your interest. Scholarships are also available from the LWML. Please notify Irene Wattjes, Theresa Fields, or Joyce Alexander if you plan to attend.

HELP NEEDED . . . Due to the state budget crisis, BETHS Place is on the verge of closure. In our current situation, we will not be able to continue serving the women and children of domestic violence in Douglas County. We are asking for any monetary contributions to help us remain open and serving in our local communities. Thank you for your consideration and prayers.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Harold Wattjes (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Holly Wikoff; Mackenzi Bowles

NEXT WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Wanda Long; Marissa Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Janet Stumeier—May
  • Laverl Byers—June

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