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Sunday (1/28)

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

Monday—Thursday — No Matins


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


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

Sunday (1/28)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion 
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 4:30 pm—Youth Group leaves Immanuel for St. John, Mattoon
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


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); 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); Joy Stenger; Randy Wallace (friend of the Campbells); Kevin Weaver (friend of Guy & Margie Stevens); Jill Zartler.

BIRTH: Zachariah Joel DeWitt (son of Andy & Rachel DeWitt)



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 . . . Isaiah 55:10–13; 2 Cor 11:19–12:9; Luke 8:4–15.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The people of Israel contended with the Lord in the wilderness (Ex. 17:1–7). They were dissatisfied with His provision. In the same way, the first laborers in the vineyard complained against the landowner for the wage he provided them (Matt. 20:1–16). They charged him with being unfair, but in reality he was being generous. For the Lord does not wish to deal with us on the basis of what we deserve but on the basis of His abounding grace in Christ. The first—those who rely on their own merits—will be last. “For they were overthrown in the wilderness” (1 Cor. 10:5). But the last, those who rely on Christ, will be first. For Christ is the Rock (1 Cor. 9:24–10:5). He is the One who was struck and from whose side blood and water flowed that we may be cleansed of our sin.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . 1 Corinthians 9:25 “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” Self control is a fruit of the Spirit – for the desires of the flesh are at war with the desires of the Spirit. Having received the new life in Christ by his grace, he now calls us to follow him deliberately, with self-control, with intention.

ALTAR FLOWER CHART . . . There are still a number of openings available for altar flowers. If you’d like to provide altar flowers or team up with someone in the congregation, sign up on the chart in the hall across from the mailboxes. Flowers are $35 per weekend. Thank you!

YOUTH GROUP . . . will not meet today, Sunday, January 28, but instead meet on Sunday, February 4, at St. John, Mattoon, 5:00 pm—9:30 pm, for a Circuit-wide Youth Group Super Bowl Party. We’ll leave the church’s East parking lot at 4:30 pm.

PASTOR BRAATEN WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . January 30–February 2. If you need assistance you may contact him on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Jack Appleby, Kenny Kresin, Greg Nau, or Mark Whitson).

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.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION FOR BETHS PLACE . . . is Sunday, February 4. For your convenience, an envelope designated for BETHS Place has been placed in your church mailbox. Checks are payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Thank you!

CAN YOU DICE AND CHOP? . . . Do you like stirring and sautéing? Are you a whiz at baking frozen pizzas? Want to be a blessing to someone in our congregation? Then grab your apron and mark your calendars for Saturday, February 10, at 9:00 am in the church kitchen. We will be making freezer meals to take to some of our members as a way to bless them and show them that we care. This is a trial run to see if this is something we as a church family can do routinely when there is a need within the congregation. The LWML has graciously donated seed money to start this endeavor, and we are very grateful. No experience in the kitchen required; however, we may ask you to help with the dishes. Please continue to watch the bulletin for more information and contact Leigh Ann Whitson or Lauren Braaten with any questions.

PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION VS. CLASSICAL LUTHERAN EDUCATION . . . You can listen to in-depth teachings by Dr. Thomas Korcok of Concordia University Chicago on topics like: Methods Driven Education, Socialization, Technology in the Classroom, The Role of Teacher, Goodness & Beauty in Education, Teaching Worldviews and more.  Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

CAMP CILCA 2018 SUMMER PROGRAM BROCHURES . . . are on the table across from member mailboxes. The theme this year is Justice Reigns based on Isaiah 32:1, “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.” CILCA is also in need of Medic of the Week during the summer program. Although staff is trained in First Aid and CPR, it is beneficial to have an EMT, nurse, or physician on call for the week. If interested, contact the camp office at 217-487-7497.

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



  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (West)
  • Jim & Carolyn Dyer (East)


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



  • Mark Whitson
  • Ann Carroll; Mackenzi Bowles


  • Mark Whitson
  • Ann Carroll; Marissa Russo



  • Josh Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


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


  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson—January
  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck—February


  • Joan Vukelich—January
  • Ruth Sims, Tammy Kresin—February


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