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Immanuel News & Notes (Epiphany 3)


Sunday (1/22)

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


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


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

Sunday (1/29)

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


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.

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 . . . Ex 34:29–35; Peter 1:16–21; Matthew 17:1–9.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile (Rom. 1:8–17). Even in the Old Testament, the Gentiles were beneficiaries of God’s saving power. Though unimpressed at first with the Word of God, a Syrian commander is persuaded to receive that Word, and in the water he is cleansed and brought to faith in the God of Israel (2 Kings 5:1–15a). Evil is overcome by good (Rom 12:16–21). So also in the New Testament, a Roman centurion demonstrates great and humble faith in the Lord (Matt. 8:1–13). All he needs is the Word of Christ, for he trusts that Jesus’ Word of healing has authority to accomplish what it says. And indeed it does. The centurion’s faith is praised by our Lord above that of any Israelite. For the last shall be first, and the first last. Apart from faith in Christ, there is no salvation—not even for a Jew—but only weeping and gnashing of teeth.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 8:8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” The Word of the Lord is powerful and effective. What God says, goes. “Let there be light.” And there was light. His Word is still effective and creative for us: “This is my Body given for you.” “Your sins are forgiven.” This is why it is no burden for us to live according to the Word of God: we know that His Word is always bent on our blessing.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . given by Glen and Janet Stumeier to the glory of God for blessings received.

AN UPDATE FROM THE JASTRAMS . . . Take a look at what the Jastrams are up to in Japan.

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.

THANK YOU . . . to Steve Hilgendorf, Jack and Mary Appleby, and Mike and Caiden Russo for all the work they did to complete the inside of the new shed.

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

THE CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS . . . are distributed into individual mailboxes.

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . will meet next Sunday, January 29, 6:00 pm –7:30 pm. This month’s event will include a short study and some games. Snacks will be provided.

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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