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Sunday (7/30)

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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward To Sunday Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


  • 9:00 am—Mattoon Circuit Convocation (St. John’s, Mattoon)

Sunday (8/6)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


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); Kenny Kresin; 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; Jane Whitson (mother of Mark Whitson); Joy Stenger; 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; 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 . . . Jeremiah 23:16–29; Romans 8:12–17; Matthew 7:15–23.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . In the Garden of Eden, our first parents received food freely from the gracious hand of God, apart from any burdensome work (Gen 2:7–17). But after the fall, food would be received only through toil and labor. The curse declared, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground . . .” (Gen. 3:19). In other words, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). But into this wilderness world came Jesus the Messiah to restore creation. Having compassion on the weary multitudes, He renewed the bounty of Eden on the third day, freely granting an abundance of bread to the 4,000 (Mark 8:1–9). So also our Lord Jesus, having endured the burden of our sin, was raised on the third day to bring us back to Paradise. He now miraculously turns the bread of death into the Bread of Life in the Sacrament, giving us His very body and blood for our forgiveness. For “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 6:19 “For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” To be sanctified means to be set aside for God’s purposes. St. Paul encourages us to see ourselves, our bodies, our souls, and all that we are as set aside for God’s work—in all that we do whether in the home, church, or society at large.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Ron & Judy Legg to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

CIRCUIT CONVOCATION . . . is Saturday, August 5, beginning with 9:00 am Divine Service. The Mattoon Circuit of the Central Illinois District is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at our first ever Circuit Convocation at Saint John Lutheran Church, Mattoon. The celebration 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. Child care will be available.

JUST A REMINDER . . . Immanuel’s August 5 Saturday Evening Divine Service is canceled to allow members the opportunity to attend the Circuit Convocation.

PEACE MEALS . . . August is Immanuel’s month to deliver Peace Meals. Peace Meals delivers Monday–Friday, beginning at 11:00 am. Team up with someone from church to help get these low-cost, nutritious meals to those in need. Please contact Roger & Wanda Long to volunteer.

LOOKING FORWARD TO SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY . . . resumes this Wednesday, August 2, at 10:00 am.  Pastor offers a weekly Bible Study looking at all the Propers (Introit, Gradual, Collect of the Day, and the Readings) for the coming Sunday. This goes into more depth on the things that don’t make it into the sermon. If you’ve ever read or heard something in church from one of these readings and wondered more about it, this is another opportunity, besides Sunday morning Bible Class, to explore it further.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, August 6, and will be going to SAM Pantry.  An envelope designated for SAM Pantry has been placed in your mailbox. Please make your check out to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Thank you!

IMMANUEL YOUTH GROUP TO TURKEY RUN . . . on Friday, August 18! The plan is to camp overnight on August 18 and return home on Saturday, August 19. Yes, canoeing is planned, too! We must know in advance who is going. If you are going, sign the sheet on the Youth Group bulletin board next to the Fellowship Hall.

FIGHTING ILLINI FOOTBALL . . . Friday, September 29, is an opportunity for us to go as a group to watch the Fighting Illini take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers! U of I offers group rates, and they have contacted us to consider going as a group. We will have a designated parking area for tailgating and a section available for us to sit together. Ticket prices vary depending on the size of our group, so the more participants, the more affordable the price! Let Leigh Ann know by Sunday, August 13, if you are interested.

LISTEN TO WORLDWIDE KFUO.ORG . . . your radio station for practical Lutheran talk, daily Bible and Confession studies, current issues from a Lutheran worldview, and daily worship opportunities. Programs are archived at KFUO.org for 24/7 on-demand listening. You can also find our programming wherever you get your podcasts! Have a question or comment? Find us at @KFUOradio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

THIS WEEK ON KFUO.ORG . . . we continue on weekdays with newly named Oratio and Sharper Iron (formerly known as His Time) beginning at 7am CT with Rev. Jonathan Fisk, study chapters 14-18 of the Gospel of John (Thy Strong Word @ 11am CT), and engage in rich conversation about our Lutheran Confessions on Concord Matters (8/1 @ 2:00pm CT). Listen on-demand at kfuo.org or wherever you get your podcasts! Call 800-730-2727 or email letstalk@kfuo.org to join the conversation on “Let’s Talk!”



  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Dave & Michelle Stumeier (East)


  • Tim & Teri Pollock (West)
  • Donna Campbell (East)



  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Donna Campbell; Cassie Russo


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Mackenzi Bowles



  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)


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


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


  • Wanda Long—July
  • Tammy Kresin—August


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