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Sunday (9/5)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class

Monday—Offices Closed (Labor Day)


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


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

Sunday (9/12)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Rev. Paul Brink (cousin of Ann Carroll); Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Leona Czerwonka; Lynn Davis (cousin of Mark Whitson); Cindy Ekstrom; Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Forrest Harvey (son of John Harvey); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Reuben Hostetler; Mary Miller (friend of David Holzrichter); Mary Negangard (grandmother of Bryce Reifsteck); Dennis Pickett (friend of Ann Carroll); Cary & Beth Rahn; Joan Rahn; Jody Reifsteck (mother of Bryce Reifsteck); Emma Silver; Ocil Slone (grandfather of Josh & Jake Dyer); Joy Stenger; Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Dylan Taylor (friend of Becky Kappes), Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Debbie Tiffan (friend of Deborah Reifsteck); Aurelia Tuegal (grandmother of Bethany Campbell); Brian Walker (uncle of Bryce Reifsteck); Pete Walker (friend of Glenda Rahn); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop); Dennis Wiltzius (father of Michelle Stumeier).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.


MISSIONARIES: The Naumann Family; The McDermott Family, Julie Lutz

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leonard Boerngen; Jim Harbaugh; Janet Pollock; Ruth Rentschler; Ruth Sims; Irene Wattjes.

MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Josh Dyer; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Blake Stokes; Scott Walter; 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.

NORTHWARD MILK MONEY . . . The jug to collect milk money for Northward, will be set out since school has begun. The Board of Mission and Evangelism has been in contact with the school about where the funds are needed most. So, the funds collected in the milk money jug will go toward the “Help A Child Fund” this year. Thank you for your ongoing support.

BUNCO IS BACK! . . .  In keeping with what we have done in the past, meeting on the first Sunday of each month, the ladies of Immanuel are invited to play Bunco on Sunday, September 5 at 6:30 PM. No experience necessary — it’s an easy game to learn. We will be meeting in the church fellowship hall. Please bring a snack (and a friend or two!) and be ready to laugh!

FIRST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL . . . is Sunday, September 12. The opening begins at 10:20 am in the Sanctuary. Music will be in the choir loft. And then classes in the Sunday School classrooms

CAMP CILCA SCRAMBLE GOLF OUTING . . . is Friday, September 24! Be sure to save the date. We will be back at Hickory Point, Forsythe, IL. Shotgun start at 1:00 pm. Put together a team or be placed on a team. Lutheran Legacy Foundation has prepaid for Golf and dinner so the sponsorships and money you give will go right to CILCA and the CILCA Endowment. While $60 will cover your costs, you are free to give what you like! Checkiin begins at 11AM, lunch on your own. Get registered by emailing Pastor Daniel Smith at revdms@gmail.com today. See CILCA.ORG for more info.

THANK YOU . . . to the volunteers who helped deliver Peace Meals for the month of August.  It can be interesting and rewarding, so please consider helping next August when it’s again Immanuel’s turn.  You are appreciated!  Joyce Alexander

WHY? . . . The pulpit and lectern may be seen as embellishments of two of the horns, or corners, of the altar, the traditional places from which the Word of God was read. In Old Testament temple worship, the four horns of a freestanding altar were actually projections to which the sacrificial lamb was bound. As the sacrifice was bound to the horns of the altar (Psalm 118:27), so today, in the age of fulfillment, the Word of God is the message of Christ crucified, our sacrificial Lamb. Traditions are divided on the placement of the pulpit, some placing it at the Gospel side, so called because this was where the Gospel reading was originally read (the left side while facing the altar from the pews), and others at the Epistle side, so called because this was where the Epistle reading was originally read (the right side while facing the altar from the pews). The placement of the pulpit on the Gospel side highlights the importance of the sermon’s content, that it is primarily an exposition of the Gospel reading, and by extension also a proclamation of the Gospel in all its fullness. The placement of the pulpit on the Epistle side (as it is in our congregation) highlights rather the importance of those whom the sermon addresses, namely, the congregation. For the Epistles were directed specifically to the Church in a specific location, so the sermon is directed to the Church in this location.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . for last Sunday were given by Dorothy Hostettler to the glory of God for answered prayers.

PASTOR BRAATEN WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . Sept 5-7. If you need assistance you may contact him on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Jack Appleby, Bryce Reifsteck, Joshua Whitson, or Mark Whitson).

THERE ARE OPENINGS . . . on the flower schedule for September and October. Take a look on the bulletin board across from the member mailboxes to see what opportunities are still available. Thank you!

SERVICES ONLINE . . . A copy of the service bulletin, which includes all the responses and the hymns, is available at Immanuel’s website under the Sermons tab by clicking on the button labeled PDF. This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:

  1. On Immanuel’s Facebook page
  2. On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
  3. On Immanuel’s YouTube channel




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