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Sunday (9/16)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:00 pm—Adult New Members Class
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Study


  • 7:30 am—Matins


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


  • 10:00 am—Bethany Campbell Baby Shower
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (9/23)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:00 pm—Adult New Members Class


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 25:6–14; Ephesians 4:1–6; Luke 14:1–11.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . A large funeral procession carrying the only son of a widow is confronted by another large procession, Jesus and His followers. Death and Life meet face to face at the gate of the city (Luke 7:11–17). Filled with compassion, Jesus comes into direct contact with our mortality in order to overcome it. He touches the coffin and speaks His creative words of life, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” Jesus does what is neither expected nor requested. For through Christ, God the Father “is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think” (Eph. 3:14–21). Jesus bore our death in His body that we may share in His resurrection. Even as Elijah stretched himself out three times over the Zarephath woman’s son (2 Kings 17:17–24), God stretched Himself out over us in the threefold application of His name in the baptismal water, breathing new and everlasting life into us. “To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Ephesians 3:14–15 “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.” We have a Father in heaven. He cares for us. He knows how to give us all good things, beginning with our salvation in Christ Jesus. This knowledge frees us from worry and anxiety. Jesus returned to this theme again and again, and we should take Him at His Word.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Gary & Becky Kappes to the glory of God in thanksgiving for blessings received.

LADIES OF IMMANUEL . . . you are invited to a baby shower for Bethany Campbell on Saturday, September 22, at 10:00 AM in Immanuel’s fellowship hall hosted by Marissa Manor. Bethany is registered on Amazon. Regrets only to Marissa at mmanor17@gmail.com or 309-310-5915.

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.

LADIES AID FALL SALAD SUPPER . . . will be Thursday, October 4, 6:30 PM, in the basement of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sadorus. Come and enjoy fun, food, fellowship, and entertainment by Dan Ryan’s Express. RSVP no later than Monday, October 1, by calling Loretta Stoerger at (217) 598-2971.

A WORKSHOP . . . on “Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey – Recover the Joys of Piety” will be led by Rev. William C. Weedon, Director of Worship for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church, Normal, Illinois. Doors open at 9:00 AM and tickets are $10.00 per person, which includes lunch. You may reserve tickets by phoning Christ Lutheran Church at 309-452-5609, ext. 2 or by emailing at clcms@frontier.com by Friday, October 5. Payment for the tickets can be made with cash or check when you arrive. More information can be found in today’s bulletin insert.

WE NEED YOUR VOTE! . . . Camp CILCA has been nominated for the Illinois Times Best of Springfield competition in the Best Camp for Kids category. Voting will be online at www.illinoistimes.com between September 13 & 24 or in the September 13 and 20 print editions. Check the CILCA website or Facebook page for a direct link to the voting site beginning September 13. Thank you for your support!

GRACE, FAITH, SCRIPTURE & CHRIST ALONE . . . 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 teachings include: The History of Celibacy & the Priesthood, Marriage Vows, Jesus the Catechist, The Book of Lamentations 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 the book of Job on Thy Strong Word (weekdays at 11:00 AM CT), learn about the Lutheran for Life Conference from selected conference speakers on The Coffee Hour (9/19 at 9:15 AM CT), and hear a new study on Sharper Iron on “Heroes of Faith Alone” based on Hebrews 11 with Rev. Jonathan Fisk and guest pastors (weekdays at 8:00 AM CT). Find your favorite programs on demand at kfuo.org or wherever you get your podcasts!



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


  • Mark Whitson (West)
  • Greg & Celeste Nau (East)



  • Greg Nau
  • Dolores Ford; Marissa Russo


  • Greg Nau
  • Dolores Ford; Lexie Russo



  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)


  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


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


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


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