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Sunday (9/10)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Rally Day Activities—NO BIBLE CLASS
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 3:00 pm—Church Picnic


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 11:30 am—TAMA Meeting
  • 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


  • 9:00 am—Mattoon Circuit Pastors’ Meeting (Dorans)
  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study


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

Sunday (9/17)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 2:00 pm—Youth Group


HEALTH CONCERNS: Joyce Alexander; Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Randy Bergeson (friend of Pastor Braaten and Ann Carroll); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mike Ekstrom; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); John Hofer (relative of Jerry Alexander); Fred and Barbara Holste (friends of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Mike Kerner (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Jane (Rahn) Maxwell; Laurie  McMillen; Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Robert Murkin (brother of Rhonda Harbaugh); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Virginia Osborne; Ena Raaymakers (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Ruth Rentschler; Rev. Michael Schuermann; Carl Smith (husband of Lynnette Ashwill-Smith); Joy Stenger; Jane Whitson (mother of Mark Whitson); Jill Zartler.



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; 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 . . . Proverbs 4:10–23; Galatians 5:16–24; Luke 17:11–19.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Law cannot help us or give us life. Rather, it confines everyone under sin as wounded and naked before God (Gal. 3:15–22). So it is that two figures of the Law, the priest and the Levite, passed by the injured man on the side of the road (Luke 10:23–37). Only the promised Seed of Abraham can rescue us and make us righteous before God. Only the Samaritan, our Lord Jesus, had compassion. He came down to us in our lost and dying condition, pouring on the oil and wine of the Sacraments. He placed us on His own animal, bearing our sin and brokenness in His body on the cross to restore us. Jesus brought us to the inn, that is, the Church, and gave the innkeeper two denarii, that His double forgiveness might continue to be ministered to us. In this way the Lord, by whose Law we are torn and stricken, heals us and revives us by His Gospel and raises us up with Himself on the third day, that we may live in His sight (Hos. 6:1–6).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 10:25 “And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’” That’s just not a good question! Doing and inheriting just don’t go together: what can you do to inherit the English throne? Nothing. Inheriting is about birth right; doing is about merit. We receive eternal life by birth right in our Baptism into Christ. All of our doing in the Kingdom of God flows from this, from who we are by our new birth. It can never be the other way around.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Greg & Donna Campbell to the glory of God for blessings received.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY . . . is today Sunday, September 10, 10:30 am. Come and join in the celebration and register your child(ren) for the 2017–2018 Sunday School year. There will be a parent meeting with Pastor Braaten, a balloon release, and fun games for the kids. Kids are welcome to change into play clothes.

CATECHISM CLASSES BEGIN . . . today, September 10, 12:30–2:00 pm, for all students prepared to begin.

IMMANUEL’S CHURCH PICNIC . . . is today Sunday, September 10, 3:00–6:00 pm (eat at 4:00 pm). The Board of Missions and Evangelism will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers, and the Men’s Club will be frying fish. 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.

IMMANUEL YOUTH GROUP . . . is going paintballing on Sunday, September 17, at Firemark Paintball (http://www.firemarkpaintball.com/)! Please meet at the church at 2:00 pm; you will be returning to the church around 6:00 pm. The cost per person is $45.00, which includes everything you need.

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!

FIGHTING ILLINI FOOTBALL . . . We have a total of 41 signed up for the September 29 football game between Illinois and Nebraska. The cost per ticket is $45.00. Please make your check payable to Immanuel Lutheran; the deadline to pay is September 24. We have already submitted a deposit, and the balance of the ticket cost will be due closer to game day. Please turn your check in to Leigh Ann or leave it in the church office. Information on parking and tailgating to come.

MEMBERS OF IMMANUEL . . . We are continuing to accept donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey through today, Sunday, September 10. An envelope has been placed in your mailbox for this purpose; please make your check payable to Immanuel Lutheran. Thank you for your generosity!

YOUR LIFELINE TO THE LUTHERAN WORLDVIEW . . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s topics include:  The Nashville Statement on Sexuality, Christian Wisdom, What Does It Mean To Be a Confessional Lutheran?, Christ in the Old Testament and more.  You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

CHECK OUT THIS MONTH’S LUTHERAN WITNESS . . . for articles on what we believe, teach, and confess, why memory work is important, and why we sing what we sing!



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


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



  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Judy Legg; Marissa Russo


  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Judy Legg; Lexie Russo



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


  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Erin Pangburn—September
  • Jerry & Joyce Alexander—October


  • Joan Rahn—September
  • Ruth Bretz & Janice Arthur—October


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