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Immanuel News & Notes (Lent 2)


Sunday (3/5)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class


  • 5:30 pm—Midweek Lenten Supper
  • 7:00 pm—Midweek Lenten Service


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

Sunday (3/12)

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


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jack Bubb (classmate of Sofia Reifsteck); 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); Clara Ruth McCumber (cousin of Tim Hoel): Kurt McDaniel (friend of Joan Vukelich); Joan Rahn; Emma Silver; Carl  Smith (husband of Lynette Ashwill-Smith); 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 . . . Exodus 8:16–24; Ephesians 5:1–9; Luke 11:14–28.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Jacob wrestled with God; he would not let Him go until he received a blessing from Him (Gen. 32:22–32). So it was with the Canaanite woman. Though Jesus seemed to ignore and reject her, she continued to call upon His name and look to Him for help (Matt. 15:21–28). Even when the Lord called her a little dog, she held on to Him in faith and would not let Him wriggle out of His words: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” This Gentile woman shows herself to be a true Israelite, who struggles with God and man in Christ and prevails. “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire” (Matt. 15:27–28). This is the sanctifying will of God (1 Thess. 4:1–7)—to test your faith in order that it may be refined and strengthened. For tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope in Christ does not disappoint (Rom. 5:1–5).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 15:27-28 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!” Faith says “Yes” to all that the Lord gives us. The Canaanite woman trusted Jesus and so she knew there was a blessing for her in everything the Lord says—even when His words seemed difficult or harsh. We all need a faith like that!

LENTEN MIDWEEK SUPPERS . . . will be served this year before the Midweek services beginning on Ash Wednesday. Serving time will be 5:30 pm–6:45 pm. We are returning to traditional way of providing food where each board provides a meal. Here is the schedule.

  • March 8, Midweek Lent 2—Youth Group
  • March 15, Midweek Lent 3—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • March 22, Midweek Lent 4—Boards of Stewardship and Church Council (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Financial Secretary)
  • March 29, Midweek Lent 5—Boards of Elders and Trustees

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS . . . Sunday, March 12. Remember to turn your clocks forward one hour!

EASTER LILY ORDER FORMS . . . Please return them to the office or Debra’s mail box by Sunday, April 2. Lilies are $17.00 each this year. These forms are on the back table in the Narthex.


Matins Service — At 10:30 am Trinity Lutheran Church will conduct a Matins Service commemorating Joseph, Guardian of Jesus. Central Illinois District (CID) President Michael Mohr will preach. Southern Illinois District President Timothy Scharr and Northern Illinois District (NID) Pastor Cory Estby will serve as Lectors. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 515 S. MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL 62704 (across the street from the capitol building on the northeast corner of 2nd and Monroe streets), about a block north of the Lincoln statue.

Light Lunch — A lunch will be available at Trinity Lutheran Church for those attending the Matins service. It will consist of a 4-inch Subway sandwich (ham or turkey), a bag of potato chips, a chocolate chip cookie, and a bottle of water. Suggested donation: $5.

Rally and the 2023 Illinois March for Life — A rally preceding the Illinois March for Life will begin at noon. Meet at the Lincoln statue on the front (east) lawn of the state capitol building in Springfield. CID President Mohr will speak at the rally. The march itself, walking a perimeter around the capitol complex, will follow at about 1:00 pm. Thereafter, the Illinois March for Life participants from Illinois are encouraged to visit the offices of their state legislators.

Transportation and Parking — There are several parking garages downtown. In addition, parking will be available at the former campus of Lutheran High School, 3500 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL, 62711-7923. If you plan to travel to the Illinois March for Life in a private vehicle (not a commercial bus or school bus, for example), you can consider parking there. NOTE: The school will NOT be accessible for restroom use, filling water bottles, etc. Please consider ride sharing to the March 21 events. The CID will provide shuttle service to downtown and back to the Lutheran High parking lot for DRIVERS ONLY. Drivers, please plan to drop -off and pick up your party downtown. Several shuttles will begin leaving the Lutheran High parking lot starting at 9:30 am through 10:10 am. At the end of the Illinois March for Life, return shuttles will depart from downtown starting at 1:45 pm through 3:05 pm.

Issues, etc. Radio Program — Issues, etc. will cover the Illinois March for Life, recording in-person interviews at Trinity starting at 11:30 and continuing to record through the early part of the afternoon. These will be broadcast on KFUO (850 AM, audible in southern and much of central Illinois) that same afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00. The entire program can be live-streamed or accessed on-demand.

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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