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Sunday (2/16)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 4:00 pm—Adult Information Class


  • 6:00 pm—Catechism Class
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers Lesson Planning
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion


  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 4:00 pm—Adult Information Class
  • 6:00 pm—Youth Group


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Mindy Bell (friend of David Holzrichter); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jeff & Jo Coon (friend of David Holzrichter); Lynn Corrie (friend of the Joneses); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Whitney Czerwonka; Cindy Ekstrom; Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Barbara Holste (friend of the Joneses); Mary Jane Jones; Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Dennis Pickett (friend of Ann Carroll); Cary & Beth Rahn; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Emma  Silver; Ruth Sims; Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Brian Walker (uncle of Bryce Reifsteck); Irene Wattjes; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.


MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leonard Boerngen; Mary Jane Jones; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

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


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . 1 Samuel 16:1–13; 1 Cor. 13:1–13; Luke 18:31–43

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Sower sows the seed of His Word (Luke 8:4–15). This Word is living and powerful (Heb. 4:9–13) to conceive new life in those who hear it. But the planting of Christ is attacked by the devil, the world, and the flesh. Satan snatches the Word away from hard hearts. The riches and pleasures of this life choke off faith. Shallow and emotional belief withers in time of temptation and trouble. But see how Christ bears this attack for us! Christ’s cross was planted in the hard and rocky soil of Golgotha. A crown of thorns was placed upon His head. Satan and His demons hellishly hounded and devoured Him. Yet, through His dying and rising again, He destroyed these enemies of ours. Jesus is Himself the Seed which fell to the ground and died in order that it might sprout forth to new life and produce much grain. In Him, the weak are strong (2 Cor. 11:19–12:9). He is the Word of the Father which does not return void (Is. 55:10–13) but yields a harvest hundredfold.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 8:5 “And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot . . .” Know any farmers like this? Who just throws their crop seed wherever? That’s crazy! But God’s ways are not our ways—he is generous beyond compare! He delights in giving. As we are more and more conformed to his image, may we learn the joy of generosity and giving as well!

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . were given by Craig & Carol Munson to the glory of God on the occasion of the anniversary of their wedding.

A NEW ADULT INFORMATION CLASS . . . begins today, February 16, 4:00 pm. All the main teachings of the Bible will be studied. If you know of someone who is interested in this class, perhaps a husband or wife, a neighbor, or someone from work, please invite them to attend.

THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION . . . is seeking three individuals, not already serving on a board, willing to serve as the board’s appointed members for one-, two-, and three-year terms respectively. An appointed member is not required to be a voting member or attend Voters’ Assembly meetings. Prayerfully consider serving the little ones of our congregation and contact Pastor or a member of the board (Deborah Reifsteck, Sharon Allen, Lauren Braaten, Celeste Nau) if interested.

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 tentative serving schedule is as follows, please look it over and share with your committee members. Thank you

    • Wed, February 26 (Ash Wednesday)—Congregational Potluck
    • Wed, March 4—Immanuel Meal Prep Group
    • Wed, March 11—Boards of Stewardship & Trustees
    • Wed, March 18—Board of Mission & Evangelism
    • Wed, March 25—Board of Christian Education
    • Wed, April 1—Board of Elders



  • Craig & Carol Munson (West)
  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck (East)


  • Jim Dyer (West)
  • Mark Whitson (East)



  • Josh Whitson
  • Wanda Long; Cailin Munson


  • John Harvey
  • Wanda Long; Ava Whitson



  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Trey Waldrop (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Evan Reifsteck (Gospel)


  • Oliver Braaten (Crucifer)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Trey Waldrop (Torches)
  • Beau Whitson (Gospel)


  • Donna Campbell—February
  • Craig & Carol Munson—March


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


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