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Sunday (8/26)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group


  • 7:30 am—No Matins


  • 7:00 pm—LWML


  • 7:00 pm—No Bible History Bible Study


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

Sunday (9/2)

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

Monday (9/3)

  • Immanuel Offices Closed—Labor Day


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Owen Clark (friend of Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Florence Davis (aunt of Mark Whitson); Theresa Fields; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Katie Jackson (sister of Sara Burgener); Marylin Joergens; Pat Maree; Melinda Marmion (daughter of Becky Kappes); Jim McIntosh (cousin of Jerry Alexander); Kimberly Meyer (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Delvin Meyr (father of Willa’s godmother); Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Janet Pollock; Art Rahn: Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Carl Smith (husband of Lynnette Ashwill-Smith).



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; 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 . . . 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 to the glory of God in memory of Tom Threet from all his cousins and close friends.

IMMANUEL YOUTH GROUP . . . meets tonight, Sunday, August 26, 7:00 pm. It’s game night! Bring a favorite game and a snack to share.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY . . . is Sunday, September 9; activities begin at 10:30 am. Come and join in the celebration and surprise activities! Parents will have the opportunity to talk with Pastor Braaten and register the child(ren) for the 2018–2019 Sunday School year. Rally Day activities are held in lieu of Bible Classes that morning.

IMMANUEL’S CHURCH PICNIC . . . is also Sunday, September 9, 3:00–6:00 pm (eat at 4:00 pm). Hot dogs, hamburgers, and fried 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.

A NEW BIBLE INFORMATION CLASS . . . will begin on September 16, 6:00 pm. All the main teachings of the Bible will be studied. If you know of someone who is interested in this class, perhaps a husband or wife, a neighbor, or someone from work, please invite them to attend. If you have not attended since confirmation or when you became a member, please consider joining us for some rewarding Bible study. For more information, contact Pastor Braaten.

LADIES OF IMMANUEL . . . you are invited to a baby shower for Bethany Campbell on Saturday, September 22, at 10:00 am here at the church hosted by Marissa Manor. Bethany is registered on Amazon. Regrets only to Marissa at mmanor17@gmail.com or 309-310-5915.

CAMP CILCA’S CHICKEN FRY AND AUCTION . . . is next Sunday, September 2. $8 for adults and $5 for children aged 4–12. Camp out for a Labor Day weekend of swimming, games, campfires, devotions, and fried chicken! Dinner will be served Sunday, September 2, from 11:30–2:30. A worship service will be held on Sunday at 10:30 am. The live auction will begin at 1:00 pm. Check out auction items at www.cilca.org/auction-items.

CAMP CILCA FUNDRAISING AUCTION . . . is still in need of many themed baskets for the auction or other items such as quilts to auction off for a successful fundraiser! Please contact Amy Weseloh at 309-696-3782 or weselohamy@yahoo.com if you have any items you would like to donate.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, TUSCOLA . . . will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, September 21, from 10:00 am–2:00 pm and would like to get at least 30 people pre-registered. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. Information can be found on the flyers posted on both of Immanuel’s bulletin boards.

ESSENTIAL EXERCISE FOR THE CHRISTIAN MIND. . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL.  This week’s subjects include: Confirmation Hearings on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Numbering Our Days, Late 4th/Early 5th Century Bishop Augustine of Hippo, Old Testament Prophet Joshua and more.  You can listen live or on-demand at  www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

THIS WEEK ON KFUO.ORG . . . begin studying Galatians on Thy Strong Word with Rev. William Weedon and guest pastors (weekdays at 11:00 am CT), hear about Back to School Breakfasts (8/27) and missionary DCE Krista Young’s story (8/30) on The Coffee Hour (weekdays at 9:00 am CT), and study 2 Corinthians on Sharper Iron with Rev. Jonathan Fisk and guest pastors (weekdays at 8:00 am CT). Find these programs on demand at kfuo.org or wherever you get your podcasts!



  • Dave & Michelle Stumeier (West)
  • Tim Hoel (East)


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



  • Jack Appleby
  • Celeste Nau; Lexie Russo


  • Jack Appleby
  • Celeste Nau; Cassie Russo



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


  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Gospel)


  • Greg & Celeste Nau—August
  • Erin Pangburn—September


  • Tammy Kresin—August
  • Joy Stenger—September


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