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Sunday (7/29)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 2:00 pm—Ethan Stumeier Eagle Court of Honor (Fellowship Hall)
  • 6:30 pm—Youth Group leaving for Champaign


  • 7:30 am—No Matins


  • 7:00 pm—No Bible History Bible Study


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

Sunday (8/5)

  • 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); Kimberly Meyer (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Delvin Meyr (father of Willa’s godmother); Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); 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); Greg Wamsley (best friend of Dave Slaughter).



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; 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 . . . Jer 8:4–12; 1 Cor 12:1–11; Luke 19:41–48.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness” (Luke 16:1–9). The steward’s shrewdness is praiseworthy for two reasons. First, he knew the master would be merciful. He trusted that the master would honor the debts he forgave in the master’s name. In the same way, though we have squandered our heavenly Father’s possessions in selfishness and sin, Jesus is the Steward who has canceled our debt, knowing that His forgiveness will be honored by the Father because of the holy cross. Secondly, the steward was shrewd in using oil and wheat to provide for his earthly welfare. So also do these earthly elements aid us when pressed into heavenly use in the anointing of baptism and the wheat of the Lord’s Supper. Those who have the Sacraments will have an eternal home when their earthly home fails. These provide us aid in times of temptation (1 Cor. 10:6–13). For the Lord is our strength and a shield to all who trust in Him (2 Sam. 22:26–34).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 16:8 “For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” Money is a tool that can be used for good or wicked purposes. Often unbelievers show more shrewdness in this that we Christians. If we really believe all that stuff we say in the Creed every Sunday . . . won’t that affect how we use our money?

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by David & Michelle Stumeier to the glory of God in thanksgiving for blessings received.

THE CONGREGATION IS INVITED . . . to the Eagle Court of Honor being held for Ethan Stumeier today, Sunday, July 29, in Immanuel’s Fellowship Hall. The ceremony begins at 2:00 pm, with Boy Scout Troop 95 leading the event. Ethan has worked hard to earn this highest rank in the Boy Scout organization. Please join us to celebrate his accomplishment.

IMMANUEL YOUTH GROUP . . . will be volunteering at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Champaign this evening (Sunday). Meet at the church at 6:20 pm. You will be leaving the church at 6:30 pm and should be back in Tuscola by 8:30 pm.

PASTOR BRAATEN WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . July 30–August 1 presenting at the Bugenhagen Conference in Racine, Wisconsin. If you need assistance you may contact him on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Jack Appleby, Kenny Kresin, Greg Nau, or Mark Whitson).

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, August 5, 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!

PEACE MEALS . . . August is Immanuel’s month to deliver Peace Meals. Peace Meals delivers Monday–Friday; meal pick-up time is 10:30 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.

FREEZER MEAL PREP . . . is Saturday, August 18, at 9:00 am. It is yet another opportunity to be a blessing to someone in our congregation! Grab your apron and come to the church kitchen. We will be making freezer meals to take to some of our members as a way to bless them and show them that we care. No experience in the kitchen required; however, we may ask you to help with the dishes. Contact Leigh Ann Whitson or Lauren Braaten with any questions.

LLL RETREAT—CAMP CILCA . . . September 8, 2018, sponsored by CID LLL. Dr. Joel Biermann, professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will share on the topic of “What Lutherans really believe about the Two Kingdoms.” Many have not explored what Luther himself taught about these realms. Come for a lively discussion. The day will begin with registration at 8:30 am and conclude around 3:00 pm.  The cost is $10 per person which includes the noon meal. Please contact Deloris Blessman by September 2 at 24204 ECR 1850N, Topeka, IL 62665, or at delorisblessman@yahoo.com in order to register.

WHIPPOORWILL CHALLENGE GOLF OUTING . . . is Friday, September 28, 2018, at Hickory Point, Forsyth, Illinois. You can form a foursome or go and be added to a team. Check-in is at 11:30 am; Shotgun starts at 1:00 pm. Registration is $60 per person which covers your golf, cart, meal, and prizes. See the flyer on Immanuel’s bulletin boards for additional information. Let Pastor Braaten or Leigh Ann Whitson know if you are interested.

EQUIPPING THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS . . . 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: Contemporary Worship, Song of Solomon, Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus Gives the Lord’s Supper and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

THIS WEEK ON KFUO.ORG . . . Join Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller for curious topics to excite the imagination and equip the mind with God’s ordering of the world in the Law and Gospel on Cross Defense (7/30 at 2:00 p.m. CT), hear about life on the mission field in Japan from the Going Family (The Coffee Hour 8/3 at 9:15 a.m. CT), and dive into a new book on Thy Strong Word as we study Micah (weekdays at 11:00 a.m. CT). Hear these programs on demand at kfuo.org or wherever you get your podcasts.

STILL SEARCHING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR GREETERS . . . Greeting on Sunday morning is a great opportunity to talk with fellow church members. See the open dates on the bulletin board across from member mailboxes and let Leigh Ann know if you would like to volunteer.



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


  • Greg & Celeste Nau (West)
  • OPEN (East)



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Sherrie Hoel; Lexie Russo


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Cassie Russo



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


  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


  • The Whitsons—July
  • Greg & Celeste Nau—August


  • Wanda Long—July
  • Tammy Kresin—August


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