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Sunday (9/1)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Adult Bible Class
  • 6:30 pm—NO Ladies Bunco Night

Monday—Church Offices Closed (Labor Day)


  • 12:00 pm—TAMA Meeting
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


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


  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Sunday School Rally Day


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Mindy Bell (friend of David Holzrichter); Bessie  Benson; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Carolyn Coon (mother-in-law of David Holtzrichter); Jeff  & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Ellie   Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mitzi Dingler (cousin of John Harvey); Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Cindy Harbaugh; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Joe Irace (friend of Roger & Wanda Long); Mary Jane Jones; Ruth Lewis; Pat Maree; Rev.  Ted  Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill  & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Cary  &  Beth  Rahn; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Thomas  Roughton (infant son of John & Christine Roughton); Ruth Sims; Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Irene Wattjes.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.


MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Mary Jane Jones; Ruth Lewis; 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 . . . Isaiah 29:17–24; 2 Corinthians 3:4–11; Mark 7:31–37.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard” (Gen. 4:1–15). For unlike Abel, Cain’s offering did not proceed from a heart that revered and trusted in the Lord. Thus, the lowly tax collector who prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” was the one who went down to his house justified before God, not the respectable, outwardly righteous Pharisee who trusted in himself and his own good living (Luke 18:9–14). “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:1–10). The one who penitently despairs of his own righteousness and relies completely on the atoning mercy of God in Christ is the one who is declared righteous. For Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day (1 Cor. 15:1–10). Therefore, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 18:11-12 “The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’” The Pharisees got so much right and so much wrong. It’s a good thing for this Pharisee to be faithful to his wife and faithful in his giving to the Lord’s work, but none of it is of any avail if it proceeds from a prideful heart!

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Glen & Janet Stumeier to the glory of God for blessings received.

RIDE REQUESTED . . . Ruth Sims is looking for someone who can provide a ride for her to church on Sundays. She resides at Carriage Crossing Senior Living, Arcola. She can be reached at 520-954-7352, or speak with Pastor.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY . . . is Sunday, September 8, 10:30 am. Come and join in the celebration and register your child(ren) for the 2019–2020 Sunday School year.

CID GOLF FUNDRAISER . . . the Lutheran Legacy Foundation is hosting a golf scramble at Hickory Point in Forsyth, Illinois on Friday September 27. The fee is $60.00 with any further donations going directly to Camp CILCA and CILCA Endowment Fund. The registration deadline is September 23. You may email your registration to: revdms@gmail.com.

UPCOMING LLL RETREAT . . . District LLL Retreat: “St. Paul’s Missionary Journeys”, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Camp CILCA.  Doors open at 8:00 am; opening devotion at 9:00 AM. Closing at 3:30 PM.  Advance registration is requested.  Payment can be made at check-in.  It is open to anyone that is interested and registered.  The apostle Paul set out into the Mediterranean world, telling the Good News of Jesus.  No setting proved too formidable for him, no place too forbidding.  Paul got his resolve from his message and his Master.  Facing with the mission challenges of the 21st century, we will study how Paul by God’s grace met mission challenges in the first century. Please read Acts, Chapters 13-20 ahead of time, and bring your Bible to the retreat!  Registration is $10.00 which includes lunch. For planning purposes, we request registration by Sunday, September 1, 2019. Contact Deloris Blessman for questions and to register at (309)-361-1461 or email: delorisblessman@yahoo.com.  Or snail mail; 24204 CR 1850N, Topeka, IL  61567.  Payment can be made at check-in or by mail to Deloris.

CARLE HOSPICE IS STILL LOOKING . . . for compassionate individuals to help serve our community by providing respite care and companionship to hospice patients for just a few hours.  Some activities include listening to concerns, being a support person, keeping the patient company, writing a letter, or reading to the patient.  We DO NOT ask the volunteers to provide any type of health services, just friendly visits.  If you are interested, please visit Carle.org/volunteer and click the Hospice button to fill out an application.  For questions, call (217) 383-8721 or email Despina.Hadjiagapiou@carle.com.  A flyer is posted on the board by the kitchen for further information.

THERE IS ONLY ONE OPENING LEFT . . . on the flower schedule for September 29. Thank you to everyone who has signed up this year!



  • Greg & Celeste Nau (West)
  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)


  • Jim Dyer (West)
  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck (East)



  • Jack Appleby
  • Dolores Ford; Ava Whitson


  • Jack Appleby
  • Dolores Ford; Cailin Munson



  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Trey Waldrop (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


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


  • Jerry & Joyce Alexander, Erin Pangburn—September
  • Janet Stumeier—October


  • Joy Stenger—September
  • Ruth Bretz, Janice Arthur—October


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