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Sunday (9/21)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


  • 11:30 am—TAMA Lunch Meeting


  • 1:30 pm—Ladies Aid Bible Study


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (9/28)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class


HEALTH CONCERNS: Brenda Bunting; Ellie Crawford; Whitney Czerwonka; DeDe Eversole; Janice Funk; Jim Harbaugh; Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee; Laurie McMillen; Barb Pearson; Fred Rahn; Dana Stenger; Harold Wattjes.

DEATHS: Family of Mary Sue Visvadra


DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Cora Jahnke; Neil Oliger; 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 . . . 1 Kings17:8–16; Galatians 5:25–6:10; Matthew 6:24–34.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . St. Matthew, also known as Levi, identifies himself as a former tax collector, one who was therefore considered unclean, a public sinner, outcast from the Jews. Yet it was such a one as this whom the Lord Jesus called away from his occupation and wealth to become a disciple (Matthew 9:9–13). Not only did Matthew become a disciple of Jesus, he was called and sent as one of the Lord’s twelve apostles (Matthew 10:2–4). In time, he became the evangelist whose inspired record of the Gospel was granted first place in the ordering of the New Testament. Among the four Gospels, Matthew’s portrays Christ especially as the new and greater Moses, who graciously fulfills the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17) and establishes a new covenant of salvation in and with His own blood (Matthew 26:27–28). Matthew’s Gospel is also well-known and beloved for its record of the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12); for the Sermon on the Mount, including the Beatitudes and the Our Father (Matthew 5–7); and for this institution of Holy Baptism and the most explicit revelation of the Holy Trinity (Matthew 28:16–20). Tradition is uncertain where his final field of labor was and whether Matthew died naturally or a martyr’s death. In celebrating this feast, we therefore give thanks to God that He has mightily governed and protected His Holy Church through this man who was called and sent by Christ to serve the sheep of His pastures with the Holy Gospel.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Ephesians 4:7 “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Each of us have different gifts, different “graces,” from God. Each of these gifts—whether in material wealth, or intelligence, or beauty, or family, etc.—is not only a gift but a duty. God gives us these gifts for a purpose—to serve our neighbor in Home, Church, and Society. How is God calling you to use your gifts?

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED . . . for the 2014–2015 Academic Year. If you are willing to teach for one, two, or three months out of the year, please contact Pastor Braaten. We are still in need of one teacher for the 4th–6th grade class. If this position is not filled those grades will not have Sunday School.

ANOTHER ADOPT-A-STUDENT . . . The Board of Mission & Evangelism has adopted another student studying at the seminary. It is a deaconess student. Her name is Allison Gummerus. She is originally from Michigan and is interested in serving the church as an overseas missionary. Her birthday is August 21, 1992. Anyone interested in sending her notes and cards can send them directly to her at this address: Allison Gummerus, 6600 N Clinton St, Box 291, Fort Wayne, IN, 46825. We will continue to support Seminarian Dustin Fry. Please keep both in your prayers.

SPIRITUAL & RELIGIOUS . . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor, Rev. Todd Wilken, and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, Illinois. You can listen on-demand at www.issuesetc.org.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, October 5, LWML Sunday. All loose cash in the offering will go to support Immanuel’s LWML Chapter. For more information about the LWML and how it serves the church and the community, or to inquire about how you can join, speak with Joyce Alexander, Irene Wattjes, or Lauren Braaten

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . for September will be held on Saturday, October 4. We will be going to the Regional Fall Youth Conference in Lincoln, Illinois. To reserve your space, call or e-mail Pastor by Thursday, September 25. For more information on the conference, see the Events Page on the church website.



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


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



  • Josh Whitson
  • Dolores Ford; Lexi Russo


  • Mark Whitson
  • Dolores Ford; Cassie Russo



  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Gospel)


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


  • Ann Carroll—September
  • Ruth Sims—October


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