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Immanuel News & Notes (Lent 4)

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Sunday (3/26)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward To Sunday Bible Class
  • 5:30 pm—Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • 7:00 pm—Lenten Midweek Service


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

Sunday (4/2)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Sandy Bates (friend of Joan Vukelich); (Randy Bergeson (friend of Pastor Braaten and Ann Carroll); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; John Hofer (relative of Jerry Alexander); Mike Kerner (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Ena Raaymakers (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Rev. Michael Schuermann; Roland Spomer; Sue Wisovaty (friend of Joan Vukelich).



MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Alan and Patricia Ludwig; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

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


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Genesis 22:1–14; Hebrews 9:11–15; John 8:46–59.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Lord provided bread from heaven for His people in the wilderness (Ex. 16:2–21). Now He who is Himself the living bread from heaven miraculously provides bread for the five thousand (John 6:1–15). This takes place near the time of the Passover, after a great multitude had followed Jesus across the sea, and when He went up on a mountain. Seen in this way, Jesus is our new and greater Moses, who releases us from the bondage of Mount Sinai and makes us free children of the promise (Gal. 4:21–31). Five loaves become twelve baskets—that is, the five books of Moses find their goal and fulfillment in Christ, whose people continue steadfastly in the doctrine and fellowship of the twelve apostles, and in the breaking and receiving of the bread of life, which is the body of Christ together with His precious blood, and in the prayers (Acts 2:41–47). So it is that God’s people “shall not hunger or thirst” (Is. 49:8–13). For He abundantly provides for us in both body and soul.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 6:8–9 “One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?’” The disciples focus on the numbers: so little for so much! But the Lord’s grace will not be limited by the narrow vision of His disciples. The Lord has a plan to use even the little for His work of greatness. So let us be faithful even in the little and watch the Lord use it for His great works!

EASTER LILY ORDER FORMS DUE . . . Sunday, April 2. If you would like to order an Easter Lily as a memorial or thank offering, please fill out the order form included in your bulletin and leave it in the church office or in Leigh Ann Whitson’s mailbox. Lilies are $13.00 each; checks are made payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

IMMANUEL JUNIOR CHOIR WILL SING . . . on Sunday, April 2. Come and hear them make a joyful noise to the Lord!

APRIL BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, April 2. April’s bi-monthly offering has been designated for a newly-created Immanuel Funeral Fund. This fund is intended to supplement funeral dinner costs, such as the meat, that are over and above the food items graciously provided by our congregation. Your generosity is truly appreciated.

EASTER BREAKFAST . . . It’s time to sign up for the Easter Breakfast—Easter is April 16! We’re asking for donations of an egg dish/breakfast casserole, muffins, fresh fruit or juice. Or all of the above! Signup sheets are located on the table in the Narthex. Donations this year will go to Immanuel Youth Group’s trip to the Higher Things Conference in San Antonio. Come have a tasty breakfast from 7:00 am to 8:30 am on Easter morning. Thanks!

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS’ OPEN HOUSE . . . will be here at Immanuel on Tuesday, March 28, from 9:00 am–12:00 pm. Come and learn more about them and their education program. See more information on Immanuel’s bulletin boards.

JARMEN CENTER JOB OPPORTUNITY . . . as a Resident Supervisor for the overnight shift—flexible 3 or 4 nights per week and occasional dayshift help. Please see the bulletin board across from member mailboxes or call Tom Wold at 217-253-2323.

LCMS RURAL & SMALL TOWN MISSION . . . is sponsoring an event on Saturday, April 22, 9:30 am–3:00 pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Green Valley, Illinois. One theme, “Engaging the Wandering”, focuses on building and strengthening relationships with inactive members. Please let Pastor Braaten or Leigh Ann know if you would like to attend this event with Pastor. The cost is $25.00 per participant.

DAILY EXERCISE FOR THE CHRISTIAN MIND . . . is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, Illinois, and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s topics include: Martin Luther on Liberty & Free Speech, A Strategy for Christians Living in a Post-Christian Nation, The Augsburg Confession, Law & Gospel, Peter Denies Jesus and more.  You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

LENTEN MIDWEEK SOUP & SANDWICH SUPPER . . . We will be having our Lenten Midweek suppers before the Midweek Services this year, 5:30 pm–6:45 pm. The serving schedule is as follows:

  • Wed, Mar 29 — Board of Stewardship
  • Wed, Apr 5 — Board of Elders & Board of Trustees



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


  • Corky & Theresa Fields (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Theresa Fields; Marissa Russo


  • Greg Nau
  • Ruth Bretz; Lexie Russo



  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Craig & Carol Munson—March
  • Laverl Byers—April


  • Joyce Alexander—March
  • Theresa Fields—April


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