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Sunday (2/15)

  • 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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


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


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

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


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 . . . Joel 2:12–29; 2 Peter 1:2–11; Matthew 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 . . . were given by Craig & Carol Munson to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

BINGO . . . at the Tuscola Senior Center on Tuesday, February 17, after a lunch menu of Taco Salad at 11:30 am. The meal is for people over 60 for a donation of $3.50. Reservations must be made by noon on Monday, February 16, at (217) 2532278.

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



  • Tim & Teri Pollock (West)
  • Donna Campbell (East)


  • Harold Wattjes (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)



  • Mark Whitson
  • Donna Campbell; Cassie Russo


  • Mark Whitson
  • Donna Campbell; Mackenzi Bowles



  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Gospel)


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


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


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