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Sunday (9/8)

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


  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pm—Board of Education
  • 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees
  • 7:00 pm—Board of Elders


  • 5:30 pm—”Bring Giving Home” Workshop


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Lesson Planning Meeting
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service


  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Adult Bible Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service


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); 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; Bob Vukelich; 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 . . . 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 The Board of Education 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 today, Sunday, September 8, 10:30 am. Come and join in the celebration and register your child(ren) for the 2019–2020 Sunday School year.

THANK YOU . . . to all of the volunteers who helped deliver Peace Meals in August. Your continued help and support for the Peace Meal program is extremely valuable and appreciated!

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.

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.

THE ENEMIES OF CHRIST AND HIS WORD . . . 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 feature a series on The Devil, The World, and The Sinful Nature.  The guest will be LCMS Worship Director Rev.  William Weedon.  You can tune in live weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on KFUO, 850 AM in St. Louis.  You can also listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

MESSAGE FROM DOUGLAS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY . . . Tuesday, September 3, was the last CodeRED test call for Douglas County Emergency Notification System. The county will be switching to the Hyper-Reach Emergency Notification System. It is similar to CodeRED. Hyper-Reach will still be able to administer weather warning calls through the National Weather Service and community calls such as boil orders, everyone in the 911 database will receive the county calls. Residents will need to sign up for Weather Warning and Community calls. Please visit http://hyper-reach.com/ildouglassignup.html to sign up. You can manage your account by setting up a password. Any time you have a change of information, you may sign into this portal with your username and password. If you have any questions, please contact the Douglas County EMA Office at (217) 253-9538.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS . . . Thank you to Lauren Braaten, Joel Burgener, Carol Munson, Bryce Reifsteck, Michelle Stumeier, and Josh Whitson for agreeing to teach Sunday School this year.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . on Thursday, September 12, at a meeting of the Lutheran Chruch Extension Fund. Pastor was elected to its Board of Directors at the 67th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod this summer in Tampa, Florida. If there is an emergency you may contact him on his mobile phone.



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


  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson (East)



  • Jack Appleby
  • Dolores Ford; Cailin Munson


  • Josh Whitson
  • Celeste Nau; Isabel Burgener



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


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


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


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


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