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Immanuel News & Notes (Epiphany 2)


Sunday (1/15)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 11:30 am—Voters’ Assembly Meeting


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


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

Sunday (1/22)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Tuscola Health Care Center Worship


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita  Ashwill; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Brad  Butler (friend of the Hilgendorf’s); Connie Coats; Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); 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; Emma Silver; Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Irene Wattjes; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brooklyn  Wiegel (great granddaughter of Linda Brewer).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell, Preus Hasselbrook

DEACONESS STUDENT: Elizabeth (Fodor) Dobbelaire.

MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family

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 . . . 2 Kings 5:1–15a; Romans 12:16–21; Matthew 8:1–13.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The coming of the Messianic kingdom means the restoration of creation. The sign of this restoration is that “the mountains shall drip sweet wine” (Amos 9:11–15). When the elements of a fallen creation fail and run short at a wedding feast, our Lord Jesus steps in to restore creation and miraculously changes water into an abundance of the very best wine (John 2:1–11). With this sign, Christ manifests His glory. The “back” of God (Ex. 33:12–23) is revealed to those who believe. The hour will come when Jesus will again manifest His glory by taking creation’s curse into His own body to release us from its power. The Bridegroom will give His life for the Bride (Eph. 5:22–32), and from His side will flow water and blood, the holy sacraments by which she is cleansed and made one with Him. Through this sacrificial love of Christ we are enabled to “love one another with brotherly affection . . .”and to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:6–16).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” What must Mary have thought when Jesus replied, “What does this have to do with Me?” But she knew this: whatever her Son said to do would be a blessing, so she knows what advice to give to the servants: Do whatever He tells you! That’s still good advice for us in every aspect of our lives – including in our generosity toward the Lord’s work in the Church.

REMINDER: VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING . . . is today, Sunday, January 15, at 11:30 am.

HELP OUT LOCAL PRO-LIFE AGENCIES . . . Did you know January is Sanctity of Life month? In an effort to support the good and necessary work of the pro-life pregnancy resource centers near us, the Board of Mission and Evangelism would like to encourage you to donate items from the following list during the next four weeks. Please place them in the pack-n-play at the back of the church and see if we can fill it up. Let us be a blessing to those mothers in need who courageously chose life. Thank you! ITEMS IN NEED — NEW: diapers (all sizes up to 6), baby wipes, formula (all kinds), hooded towels, wash cloths, diaper rash cream, baby blankets, bottles, pacifiers, burp cloths, bibs, small toys, hygiene kits for baby. GENTLY USED: maternity clothes, baby clothes, pajamas, jackets, onesies, baby equipment (strollers, high chairs, pack and plays, bouncy seats).

THE FINANCIAL REVIEW COMMITTEE . . . is requesting the deposit ledgers and bank statements of all groups associated with Immanuel so that they may be reviewed as mandated by the church constitution. They may be set in the church office.

BELIEVE, BELONG, BECOME . . . Each week a new E-NEWSLETTER will be delivered called BELIEVE, BELONG, BECOME. It’s a tagline of sorts for our mission as Christians in this world. We BELIEVE that Jesus Christ purchased and won us from sin, death, and the devil with His own blood. Therefore, we BELONG to Him and in Him we belong to one another, so that we BECOME like Him as we mature in faith toward God and fervent love toward one another. There will be three sections in this e-mail. The BELIEVE section will highlight something we believe from the Catechism for us to review throughout the week. The BELONG section will give names of various people in our congregation, town, county, state, and nation to pray for by name. The BECOME section will high light what we as Christians are striving to become better at with some practical tips, often related to the upcoming readings of the church, but not always. The first BELIEVE, BELONG, BECOME will be sent early this coming week. The e-newsletter will not replace the Immanuel News & Notes, but will be in addition to them.

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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