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Sunday (9/2)

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


  • Immanuel Offices Closed—Labor Day


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 11:30 am—TAMA
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study


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

Sunday (9/9)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Sunday School Rally Day Activities
  • 3:00 pm—Immanuel Church Picnic


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 . . . 1 Kings17:8–16; Galatians 5:25–6:10; Matthew 6:24–34.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The ten lepers cried out from a distance, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (Luke 17:11–19). Their condition cut them off from God and others. So also do the works of the flesh cut us off from God and others. “Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:16–24). Thus we cry out with the lepers, “Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy,” eagerly seeking His good gifts. Jesus said to the lepers, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. So too, we walk by faith and not by sight, being confident of Jesus’ help before we see any evidence of it, trusting that Jesus’ cleansing words of forgiveness will restore us to wholeness in the resurrection. Let us be as the one leper who returned to the true High Priest to give Him thanks and glory. For Jesus bore our infirmities in His sacrifice at Calvary. His words are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh (Prov. 4:10–23).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 17:18–19 Jesus said, “Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Faith and thanksgiving go together. How could they not? Our Lord gave Himself for us and we trust Him and His every Word. Once we have this faith, we want to say thank you—it’s only natural. And thus our stewardship is only a natural part of the Christian faith: we thank the Lord with our gifts, which enable the Church to reach more people with the Good News of Christ.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Greg & Celeste Nau to the glory of God on the occasions of the birthdays of their daughters LaNéce and Alexis.

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!

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS . . . will be installed next Sunday, September 9, during the Divine Service immediately following the offering.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY . . . is next 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 next 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.

LOOKING FORWARD TO SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY . . . resumes this Wednesday, September 5, at 10:00 am.  Pastor offers a weekly Bible Study looking at all the Propers (Introit, Gradual, Collect of the Day, and the Readings) for the coming Sunday. This goes into more depth on the things that don’t make it into the sermon. If you’ve ever read or heard something in church from one of these readings and wondered more about it, this is another opportunity, besides Sunday morning Bible Class, to explore it further.

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 . . . begins today at 11:30 am. $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children aged 4–12. The live auction begins at 1:00 pm. The beach will be open from 1:00–4:00 pm. See you there!

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.

EQUIPPING THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS . . . 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 topics include: Miscarriage, Teaching Our Children the Christian Faith, The U.S. Constitution, Stealing, Moses, Jeremiah and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at  www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER . . . is available in hard copy. Copies can be found on the table across from the member mailboxes. If you would like the newsletter through email, please tell Pastor Braaten or Leigh Ann Whitson.



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


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



  • Jack Appleby
  • Celeste Nau; Cassie Russo


  • Jack Appleby
  • Celeste Nau; Mackenzi Bowles



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


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


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


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


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