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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (8/31)

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

Monday

  • Labor Day—Offices Closed

Tuesday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Wednesday

  • 6:30 pm—Summer Confessions Study

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (9/7)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Sunday School Rally Day
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 3:00 pm—Open House at Parsonage

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Brenda Bunting; Ellie Crawford; Whitney Czerwonka; DeDe Eversole; Jim Harbaugh; Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee; Barb Pearson; Fred Rahn; Dana Stenger.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Dustin Fry.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Cora Jahnke; Neil Oliger; Corinne Oye; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Sam Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED . . . for the 2014–2015 Academic Year. If you are willing to teach for one, two, or three months out of the year, please contact Pastor Braaten. We still need one teacher for the 4th–6th grade class. If this position is not filled, those grades will not have Sunday School. Rally Day for Sunday School is on Sunday, September 7, and classes begin on Sunday, September 14.

PASTOR IS AWAY . . . on vacation August 18–August 31. If you have an emergency, you may contact him on his mobile phone (217) 460-2077, or you may contact one of the Elders.

THANK YOU TO . . . Rev. James Lee for serving in the Divine Service and teaching Bible Class this weekend while Pastor was on vacation.

THERE ARE STILL . . . openings to put flowers on the Altar. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway by the sanctuary or call the church office. Flowers are $30.00 and can be special ordered. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service.\

TAKE IT IF YOU WANT IT . . . There are several items found during the church clean-up day that the church no longer uses. They’re in the kitchen along the North wall. Take a look and help yourselves. Whatever isn’t taken will be sold in the Spring garage sale to help the Youth Group attend the Higher Things Youth Conference in July 2015.

CAMP CILCA GOLF OUTING . . . Come and enjoy a relaxing round of golf with your friends in support of Camp CILCA, the CID’s Lutheran Camp. The format is a scramble. So organize your own team of four or just come and be put on a team. The cost is $50.00 and that covers your golf, cart, meal, and prizes. The outing is at The Rail (Springfield, Illinois) on Friday, September 19, 1:00 pm. Contact Pastor Daniel Smith for details or to register (pastordan@grics.net).

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Ruth Sims (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Mark Whitson
  • Sherrie Hoel; Cassie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Josh Whitson
  • Sherrie Hoel; Mackenzie Bowles

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Harold & Irene Wattjes—August
  • Ann Carroll—September

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