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Sunday (7/16)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Study


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 7:30 pm—Voters’ Assembly Meeting


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study


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

Sunday (7/23)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Randy Bergeson (friend of Pastor Braaten and Ann Carroll); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); John Hofer (relative of Jerry Alexander); Fred and Barbara Holste (friends of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Mike Kerner (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Laurie  McMillen; Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Ena Raaymakers (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Rev. Michael Schuermann; Joy Stenger; Jill Zartler.

DEATH: The family and friends of Joel Hilgendorf.



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 . . . Exodus 20:1–17; Romans 6:3–11; Matthew 5:20–26.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Lord called fishermen to be fishers of men (Luke 5:1–11). The net they would use is the message of the cross, which is foolishness and a stumbling block to the world (1 Cor. 1:18–25). The power of God to save is not in spectacular signs like wind and fire and earthquakes (1 Kings 19:11–21), nor is it to be found in human intelligence and wisdom. The power of God to save comes in the still, small voice of the preaching of Christ crucified. In worldly darkness the disciples could catch nothing. But in the light of Christ, whose Word was attached to the water, the boats were filled with fish. So it is that in Baptism you have been drawn in to the ship of the Church. Though the nets are breaking and some who hear the Word do not believe, pastors continue to cast the net of the Gospel and the Sacraments, that Christians may abide in the boat of the Church and that we may be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:8–15).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 5:5 “And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.’” All our toil, all our work, all our efforts mean nothing without the Lord’s guidance. But if we walk in the Word of Jesus . . . well, look what happened to Simon Peter!

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Terry & Rhonda Harbaugh to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY TOMORROW. . . Monday, July 17, at 7:30 pm. Just a reminder that all reports are due to Leigh Ann by 8:00 am tomorrow morning. Thank you!

CIRCUIT CONVOCATION! . . . The Mattoon Circuit of the Central Illinois District is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at our first ever Circuit Convocation on Saturday, August 5, at Saint John Lutheran Church, Mattoon. The celebration begins with 9:00 am Divine Service and includes lunch, supper, and an opportunity for the congregations of the circuit to share how they are doing. The night winds up with a presentation on Luther sites in Germany. Please sign up in the back of the church or let Pastor Braaten know if you are planning to attend.

PROVIDING ARTILLERY FOR THE CHURCH MILITANT ON THE FRONT LINES…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL.  This week’s teachings include:  Raising Children in an Age of Relativism, Martin Luther’s Sacristy Prayer, The Parable of the Weeds, Achnan’s Sin, Elijah, Ezekiel, Mary Magdalene and more.  You can listen to what you want when you want at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

DIET OF WORMS . . . Yuck…How did Luther get so fat? Luther obviously didn’t stick to his diet. A Diet was an imperial meeting of the Holy Roman Empire. Official business was conducted that changed things throughout the empire. Luther was called to the Diet that took place in Worms, Germany. There, he was told to say he recanted of what he wrote and taught. Luther responded that he could not in good conscience deny his writings because they proclaim the truth of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here I stand.



  • Craig & Carol Munson (West)
  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)


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



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Wanda Long; Marissa Russo


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Holly Wikoff; Lexie Russo



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


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


  • Donna Campbell—July
  • Greg & Celeste Nau—August


  • Wanda Long—July
  • Tammy Kresin—August


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