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Sunday (6/24)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study


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

Sunday (7/1)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; 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); Theresa Fields; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Marylin Joergens; Pat Maree; Jim McIntosh (cousin of Jerry Alexander); Delvin Meyr (father of Willa’s godmother); Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Janet Pollock; Art Rahn: Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Carl Smith (husband of Lynnette Ashwill-Smith); Jim Wheeler (brother-in-law of Greg Campbell); Karen Yardley (mother of Jaimee Whitson); Jill Zartler.



MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Alan and Patricia Ludwig; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Lenore Nau; 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 Kings 19:11–21; 1 Peter 3:8–15; Luke 5:1–11.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Be merciful, even as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36–42). The old Adam in us wants to condemn and seek vengeance. But the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Rom. 12:14–21). To condemn, to avenge yourself, is to put yourself in the place of God. It is to fail to trust that He is just. Ultimately, it is to disbelieve that Jesus suffered the full vengeance for all wrongs. Only Christ is merciful as the Father is merciful. He is the one who overcame all evil with the good of His cross, forgiving even His executioners. Jesus is our Joseph, who comforts us with words of pardon and reconciliation (Gen. 50:15–21). He is the One who does not condemn but gives life that runs over. Only through faith in Christ are we sons of the Father—being merciful, forgiving, doing good to our enemies. For in Christ we know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:8–13).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” It is very easy to get caught up in the present and lose track of our ultimate destiny in the Kingdom of God. St. Paul encourages us to keep eternity in mind. This certainly has an application to our support for the Gospel—if we keep our focus on “the glory to be revealed” we will see our tithes and offerings in a new light.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

THANK YOU . . . from the Board of Christian Education for all of our daily and faithful volunteers and for the donations of snacks for VBS this year! A special thanks to Sara Burgener for donating leather and both Sara and Lauren Braaten for their time and work on the beautiful crafts, Leigh Ann Whitson for the music, and Pastor Braaten for making the daily lessons fun and engaging!

CAMP CILCA SCHOLARSHIP . . . The Board of Missions and Evangelism is offering a scholarship for anyone who wants to attend Camp CILCA. Camp CILCA Summer 2018 brochures can be found on the table across from member mailboxes. Please notify Pastor Braaten or Jaimee Whitson of your interest.

THERE ARE OPENINGS . . . on both the flower and greeter schedules. Take a look on the bulletin board across from the member mailboxes to see what opportunities are still available. Thank you!

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS . . . Beginning Monday, July 2, Leigh Ann’s office hours will be Monday–Wednesday, 8:00 am–3:00 pm. Normal office hours will resume with the start of Sunday School.

TODAY’S HYMN OF THE DAY . . . is a prayer for strength and guidance in the daily living of the Christian life. It was written by Pastor Johann Heermann (1585–1647) during a most difficult time in his life, between 1623 and 1630, when he was plagued by various bodily afflictions. It is a prayer, a genuine cry of faith from the Christian’s heart, and based on the confession of God’s promised faithfulness and goodness. Holy living, or the everyday life of the Christian, rests in his or her connection with and confidence in the faithfulness of God. It includes receiving the benefits of this life with thanksgiving and being a blessing to the benefit of others. While our sanctification is never perfect in this life and even can seem to disappear in the face of trials and troubles, God calls us to daily repentance, returning to our Baptism where He calls us forth every day anew. In this grace we look forward to our eternal rest and the joy of life everlasting with the Lord.

A PRAYER FOR NEWNESS OF LIFE IN CHRIST . . . Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon ourselves the armor of light now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to visit us in great humility, that in the Last Day, when He shall come again in glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to life immortal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

REV. ALAN LUDWIG’S LATEST NEWSLETTER . . . is posted on Immanuel’s bulletin board near the Fellowship Hall. This newsletter is devoted to the Siberian city of Tomsk, one of Pastor Ludwig’s favorite Siberian cities. Read his newsletter to discover why.

THE FAITH ONCE FOR ALL DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS . . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s teachings include: Modern Feminism, The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, The Prophet Jeremiah, 5th Century Archbishop Cyril of Alexandria, 2nd Century Bishop Irenaeus of Lyons and more.  You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

THIS WEEK ON KFUO.ORG . . . we’ll hear about the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession on The Coffee Hour (9:00 a.m. CT) and in Daily Chapel (10:00 a.m. CT) on 6/25, jump into the early chapters of the book of Romans on Thy Strong Word (weekdays at 11:00 a.m. CT), and hear Rev. Sean Smith and his crew of entertaining guests on Concord Matters discuss our Lutheran faith (6/26 at 2:00 p.m. CT). Find programs archived at kfuo.org!



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


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



  • Mark Whitson
  • Dolores Ford; Marissa Russo


  • Mark Whitson
  • Janet Stumeier; Lexie Russo



  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Gospel)


  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—June
  • The Whitsons—July


  • Dolores Ford—June
  • Wanda Long—July


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