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Immanuel News & Notes (Lent 1)

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Sunday (2/22)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 4:00 pm—Answers New Members Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group Event


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


  • 7:00 pm—LWML


  • 5:30 pm—Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • 7:00 pm—Ash Wednesday Divine Service


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (3/1)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 4:00 pm—Answers New Members Class
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jack Appleby (surgery); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Jake Dyer; Jim Harbaugh; Marvin Kingery (father of Miranda Czerwonka); Erica Kremitzki; Beverly McDade (friend of Mary Appleby and Joan Vukelich); 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); Agnes Joan Spence (mother of Sherrie Hoel); Harold Wattjes.


DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

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

MILITARY: Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Sam Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Genesis 32:22–32; 1 Thess 4:1–7; Matt 15:21–28.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . In the Garden, man exalts himself to be a god in place of God (Gen 3:1–21). He succumbs to the temptation of the devil, and eating of the forbidden fruit, he receives death. But in the sin-cursed wilderness, God humbles Himself to become man in place of man (Matt 4:1–11). He does not eat but fasts and bears the onslaughts of the devil for us that we may be restored to life. Jesus stands as David in our place to do battle against the Goliath, Satan (1 Sam 17:40–51). Though outwardly Jesus appears weak, yet He comes in the name of the Lord of hosts. He draws from the five smooth stones of the books of Moses and slings the Word of God. The stone sinks into the forehead, and the enemy falls. In Christ we are victorious over the devil. Let us therefore not receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor 6:1–10), but seeing that we have a great High Priest, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain help in time of need (Heb 4:14–16).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 4:4  “But he answered, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’” What good are all the things of this world (food, drink, house, home, wealth, etc.) if we lose the things of God? What’s more important? How should our priorities be arranged?

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . Monday, February 23–Wednesday, February 25, to attend the baptism of his and Lauren’s new Godson. He will be back for the Midweek Lenten Service on Wednesday night. If you need to get in touch with him or an emergency arises, you may contact him on his mobile phone, or you may call one of the Elders (Steve Hilgendorf; Ronald Legg; Bryce Reifsteck; Mark Whitson).

PRAYER CHAIN . . . If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain, please contact Irene Wattjes, who volunteered to compile and publish the new list. Her phone number is (217) 5087824.

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

LADIES BUNCO NIGHT . . . You are invited to a night of fun and games. Join us Sunday, March 1, 6:30–8:30 pm at the parsonage for Bunco! If you’ve never played, don’t worry. The game is easy to learn and fun to play. Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share and be prepared to have a great time. If you have any questions, please talke to Celeste Nau, Jaimee Whitson, or Lauren Braaten.

MIDWEEK LENTEN SOUP & SANDWICH SUPPERS . . . We are trying something slightly different this year during Lent. Instead of having refreshments after our midweek Lenten services, we will be having a light soup and sandwich supper before the service, 5:30 PM—6:45 PM. The schedule is as follows.

  • Wed, Feb 18—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • Wed, Feb 25—Board of Education
  • Wed, Mar 4—Men’s Club
  • Wed, Mar 11—LWML
  • Wed, Mar 18—Board of Elders
  • Wed, Mar 25—Board of Stewardship



  • Joan Vukelich (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)


  • Ruth Sims (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)



  • Mark Whitson
  • Donna Campbell; Mackenzi Bowles


  • Ronald Legg
  • Theresa Fields; Marissa Russo



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


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


  • Craig & Carol Munson—February
  • Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones—March


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