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Sunday (2/11)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pm—Board of Christian Education
  • 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees
  • 7:00 pm—Board of Elders


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop
  • 9:00 am—Circuit Pastors’ Meeting (Grace, Paris)


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 5:30 pm—Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • 7:00 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion


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

Sunday (2/18)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion 
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Leonard Boerngen; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Owen Clark (friend of Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mike Ekstrom; Susan Hall (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Pat Maree; Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Carl Smith (husband of Lynnette Ashwill-Smith); Randy Wallace (friend of the Campbells); Kevin Weaver (friend of Guy & Margie Stevens); Jill Zartler.



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.


ASH WEDNESDAY’S READINGS . . . Joel 2:12–19; 2 Peter 1:2–11; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The seeing are blind, while the one who is blind can see (Luke 18:31–43). Jesus tells the twelve that He is going up to Jerusalem to suffer and die and rise again, but they cannot understand or grasp what He is saying. The meaning of His words is hidden from their sight. However, as Jesus makes His way up to Jerusalem, a blind man calls out to Him for mercy. This blind man sees that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior, for he calls Him “Son of David.” Indeed, Jesus is the Lord’s anointed, the keeper of sheep (1 Sam. 16:1–13) who goes to lay down His life for the sheep. He is the incarnate love of the Father who suffers long and is kind, who is not puffed up, who never fails us (1 Cor. 13:1–13). Jesus opens the eyes of the blind (Is. 35:3–7) to see Him not according to outward appearances of lowliness, but according to His heart of mercy and compassion. Those who behold Him thus by faith follow Him to the cross through death into life.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 18:34 “This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.” Even our understanding of the Word of God is a gift—the disciples here can’t understand Jesus because it is not given to them to understand him. By nature they are deaf to the Word. So everything we have is a gift of God. To realize this is the beginning of thankfulness, generosity, and kindness.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Laverl & Dolores Byers to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

THANK YOU . . . to everyone who has been providing time, talent, and heavy lifting for the flooring project here at Immanuel. What a beautiful facelift for our sanctuary!

THANK YOU . . . to those who spent time on Saturday preparing freezer meals for members in our congregation. It is a great blessing to be able to offer a homemade meal to someone when cooking may not be possible. If you missed the opportunity, don’t worry—we’ll do this again!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR . . . for our annual spring cleaning day on Saturday, March 10, 2018. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

WHERE CHRISTIANITY MEETS CULTURE . . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s topics include: The Early Warning Signs of Fascism, Western Civilization: Bane or Blessing?, Dave Ramsey & Financial Peace University, Late Term Abortions and more.  You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

FORMER LUTHERAN HOUR SPEAKER . . . Reverend Gregory Seltz and Congressman John Shimkus will team up to help us discover the challenges and opportunities of being God’s people in the Culture today. Together they will talk about the unique challenges that modern culture and politics are presenting to the church and how God’s people can respond. This event is part of the Central Illinois District LLL Convention on March 17, 2018. See Immanuel’s bulletin boards for more information and registration.

LENTEN MIDWEEK SUPPERS . . . will be served this year before the Midweek services. Serving time will be 5:30 pm–6:45 pm. Ash Wednesday is typically the most well-attended; we invite the congregation to bring a dish to pass. The serving schedule is as follows:

  • Wed, Feb 14 — Congregational Potluck
  • Wed, Feb 21 — Boards of Stewardship & Trustees
  • Wed, Feb 28 — LWML
  • Wed, Mar 7 — Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • Wed, Mar 14 — Board of Christian Education
  • Wed, Mar 21 — Board of Elders



  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Tim Hoel (East)


  • Mark Whitson (West)
  • Craig & Carol Munson (East)



  • Mark Whitson
  • Ann Carroll; Lexie Russo


  • Mark Whitson
  • Wanda Long; Cassie Russo



  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Gospel)


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


  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck—February
  • Craig & Carol Munson—March


  • Ruth Sims, Tammy Kresin—February
  • Joyce Alexander—March


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