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Sunday (10/30)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group Event


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop

Wednesday—No Bible Classes


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

Sunday (11/6)

  • 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); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Leona Czerwonka; Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Trena Knauss (sister of Tresa Pollock); Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Joan Rahn; Ellen Shawgo (niece of Ruth Rentschler); Roland Spomer; Tim Stumeier; Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Ken Yardley (father of Jaimee Whitson).

DEATH: Family of Wayne Meyer (friend of Arleigh Jones).



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 . . . Revelation 7:9–17; 1 John 3:1–3; Matthew 5:1–12.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35).  For He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Despite the false charges brought against him, Luther said that he was “the apostle of good works.” For only in being set free by the Gospel can we do good works. Jesus has set us free: His blood washes away our sins and now we stand before God as His beloved children, invited to live our lives to His glory for the good of His kingdom.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Jim Harbaugh to the glory of God in memory of Ethel Harbaugh, Jim’s wife, on her birthday and in memory of Ethel Rahn, Jim’s mother, on her birthday.

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . This Sunday is our monthly event. It is for anyone who has been confirmed. We’re meeting at Church at 7:00 pm. We’ll be heading to Champaign/Urbana to go to the Freak Show Haunted House. It will cost $20 to enter, you’re responsible for your own way in. Youth Group and a haunted house: What gives? As Luther well put, “The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.” So, this Sunday, we’ll be mocking the devil and dancing on his grave as we enjoy one another’s company and get a few laughs from the haunted house, knowing that “he’s judged, the victory’s won, the kingdom ours remaineth.”

THANK YOU . . . for all of your work and encouraging words for Pastor Appreciation Sunday. I was overwhelmed by the support you showed me and my family. We are blessed to be here and I consider it not only an honor, but a joy, to serve you with God’s gracious gifts.

PASTOR WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . on Wednesday, November 2; there will be no Bible Studies on Wednesday or Matins on Thursday morning. If you have an emergency you may contact Pastor Braaten on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Ronald Legg, Greg Nau, Bryce Reifsteck, Mark Whitson).

TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK . . . Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 6. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday before bed!

FROM THE FAMILY OF ANNE KOSS . . . We thank you so very much for your kind efforts to the dinner for our family. It was a wonderful gathering with plentiful and delicious food! We so appreciated the opportunity to spend time together in celebration of our mother’s life. We loved being together in the church that has been so important to us over the years. Your work was very much appreciated! Sincerely, the Family of Anne Koss.

JOAN MULLIGAN’S NEW ADDRESS . . . is Arbor Rose Memory Care Home, 106 E 2nd Street South, Arcola, Illinois, 61910.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . . for a special offering for Lutherans For Life (LFL) to be taken on Sunday, November 6, 2016 (All Saints’Day). LFL provides various media to equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for life. Immanuel’s Board of Missions and Evangelism will provide matching funds up to $200.

BE SURE TO STOP BY THE FELLOWSHIP HALL . . . Today is the last Sunday to check out the CPH book sale. These popular books make excellent Christmas gifts, and 20% of the sales go to support the Sunday School department.

ST. PAUL’S, DORANS . . . will be having their Annual Roast Beef Supper on Saturday, November 5, serving from 4:30–7:00 pm. A free will offering will be taken. Proceeds will go to: St. Paul’s Scholarship Fund and St. Paul’s Parochial School Fund. A silent auction will also be held sponsored by the youth of St. Paul’s. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is located 2 miles east of Dorans.

IMMANUEL’S LIVE NATIVITY . . . Immanuel again this year will be hosting a live nativity on Sunday, December 4, 2016, beginning at 4:30 pm. In addition, we will be participating in the Christmas Town Parade on Saturday, December 3. More details to come. Mark your calendars for both events and plan to join as we celebrate the glorious season of the birth of Christ!



  • Jim & Carolyn Dyer (West)
  • Joan Vukelich (East)


  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)



  • Greg Nau
  • Sharon Allen; Mackenzi Bowles


  • Greg Nau
  • Sharon Allen; Marissa Russo



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


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


  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—October
  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—November


  • Ruth Bretz & Janice Arthur—October
  • Joyce Alexander—November


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