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Sunday (8/7)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 11:30 am—Parent-Pastor Confirmation Meeting


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 6:00 pm—Summer Confessions Study
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (8/14)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 4:00 pm—Immanuel Church Picnic


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Scott Dallas; Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Mary Jane Jones; Jeff Knight (friend of the Campbells); Anne Koss; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Carl Rideout (brother of Joan Rahn); Mike Ruggles (father of Mike Ruggles); Ellen Shawgo (niece of Ruth Rentschler); Roland Spomer; Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Jill Zartler.

HOLY MATRIMONY: Mollie Kresin and Daniel Cremens who were united in holy marriage on Saturday, August 13.



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Anne Koss; 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 . . .2 Chron 28:8–15; Galatians 3:15–22; Luke 10:23–37.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . A man who was deaf and therefore also had an impediment in his speech was brought to Jesus (Mark 7:31–37). In the same way, all are by nature deaf toward God and therefore also unable to confess the faith rightly. For “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:9–17). Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears, and He spat and touched His tongue. Even so in Holy Baptism, water sanctified by the words of Jesus’ mouth is applied to us; and the finger of God, that is, the life–giving Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 3:4–11) is put into our ears in the hearing of the baptismal Gospel. Jesus’ sighing “Ephphatha” opened the man’s ears, and his tongue was loosed to speak plainly as Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book” (Is. 29:18–24). So also, He who sighed and breathed His last on the cross for us has given us to hear and believe in Him and has opened our lips that our mouths may declare His praise.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . 2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” We are not sufficient, not enough, not capable in and of ourselves. But God gives us what is enough, what is sufficient, and makes us capable. That is the beginning of wisdom: we are utterly dependent on God’s mercy. Our whole Christian life flows forth from this dependence.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Kenny & Tammy Kresin to the glory of God on the occasion of Mollie’s wedding.

BIBLE STUDY ON DIETRICH BONHOEFFER . . . Today is the fourth and final session on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This video-based study will help us discover the major themes of Bonhoeffer’s writing and speaking and how he not only transformed an entire faith community in Germany during World War II, but also how his beliefs continue to impact the Christian faith of people throughout the world today. Pulling these themes from all his major books, we will understand why these spiritual truths meant so much to Bonhoeffer and how they can be an inspiration and challenge to our own faith. Come and join us during the Adult Bible Study at 10:30 am.

IMMANUEL CHURCH PICNIC . . . is August 21, 3:00—6:00 pm.  The Board of Missions and Evangelism and the Men’s Club will be hosting the annual Immanuel Church picnic. The Men’s Club will be frying fish, and the Board of Missions and Evangelism will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers. We’ll plan to eat at 4:00 PM. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. Come out and enjoy the food and camaraderie that our Lord gives in the family of His church.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY . . . will not be held on Sunday, August 21, due to Immanuel’s Church Picnic.

OPEN HOUSE AT THE PARSONAGE . . . Please join us on Sunday, September 4, 3:00 pm—6:00 pm, for an Open House at the Parsonage, and let us say thank you for your care and generosity throughout the year.

NORTH WARD MILK MONEY . . . will now be collected again in the Narthex. Thank you for your generosity!

FREE PRINTABLE CATECHISM MEMORY AND FLASH CARDS . . . that’s right, FREE! Go to http://education.cph.org/memorize-luthers-small-catechism/ and download the printable cards so you can help your children learn their catechism by heart. Keep these in the car to review on the way to school or games or at the kitchen table to quiz one another after dinner. Just five minutes a day makes a big difference. Board of Education.

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 $60.00 per person and that covers your golf, cart, meal, and prizes. The outing is at The Rail (Springfield, Illinois) on Friday, September 23. Check-in is at 11:30 am and the Shotgun starts at 12:30 pm.  If you are interested, let Leigh Ann Whitson (immanuel.tuscola@gmail.com) know.

CAMP CILCA . . . is looking for donations to auction off at the 2016 Chicken Fry and Auction on Sunday, September 4. If you would like to donate an item for auction, please contact the camp office at 217-487-7497. Thank you in advance for your continued support!

GOOD SHEPHERD INSTITUTE . . . is November 6—8, 2016, at Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, Indiana. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Lutheran Service Book and the 75th anniversary of The Lutheran Hymnal! This year’s conference will provide not only historical perspective of our hymnals but also practical ideas for making a fuller use of the treasures that they contain. The Good Shepherd Institute conference will provide opportunities for you to learn, evaluate, rejoice, give thanks, and sing. Coupled with the robust singing that is the hallmark of Kramer Chapel, the conference will kick off the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation with Bach Cantata 80, “A Mighty Fortress.”

AUGUST BOOK OF THE MONTH . . . Church History: The Basics offers an entry into the study of the formation of the Church. Themes, persons, and events are uncovered in historical and chronological order. Read this book to gain a global perspective from the time of the apostles to today. Read more about it in the August newsletter, and, as always, this book can be found in Immanuel’s library, or ordered from Concordia Publishing House (www.cph.org).



  • Tim Hoel (West)
  • Jim & Carolyn Dyer (East)


  • Joan Vukelich (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)



  • Ron Legg
  • Sherrie Hoel; Marissa Russo


  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Dolores Ford, Lexie Russo



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


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


  • Ann Carroll—August
  • Ruth Sims—September


  • Tammy Kresin—August
  • Joan Rahn—September


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