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Immanuel News & Notes (Trinity 17)



Sunday (10/1)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 4:00 pm—Church Picnic & Fish Fry

Wednesday — No Bible History


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

Sunday (10/8)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Church Council


HEALTH CONCERNS: Joyce Alexander; Mike Braaten; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jack Bubb (classmate of Sofia Reifsteck); Brad Butler (friend of the Hilgendorf’s); Rev. Perry Copus (friend of Pastor Braaten); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (great-granddaughter of Sharon Allen); Tammy (Snyder) Dolman (friend of Hilgendorfs); Nash Foreman (friend of Sofie Reifsteck); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Sharon Helm (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Youn Heredia (friend of Reifstecks); Mary Houvangle (friend of Hilgendorfs); Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irene Wattjes); John Lamkin (friend of Dave Slaughter); Steven Pingolt (friend of Mathew Waldrop); Rebecca (friend of Celeste Nau); Emma Silver; Carl Smith (husband of Lynette Ashwill-Smith); Ron Smith (cousin of Glenda Rahn and Gail Hoke); Kim Travis (friend of Jamiee Whitson); Irene Wattjes; Beau Whitson; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brooklyn Wiegel (great granddaughter of Linda Brewer), Henry Yoder (grandfather of Charlotte Cash’s friend).

SEMINARY STUDENT: David Scarborough, Jackson Scofield.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leona Czerwonka; Janet Pollock; Ruth Sims; Glen Stumeier; Irene Wattjes.

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


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Deut. 10:12–21; 1 Corinthians 1:4–9; Matthew 22:34–46.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence” (Prov. 25:6–14). Rather, take the lowest position at the table. Humble yourself before Him. For your place is not for you to take but for Him to give. Conduct yourself with all lowliness and gentleness, bearing with one another in love (Eph. 4:1–6), that the King may give you glory in the presence of those at the table with you. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:1–11). Is this not the way of Christ? He is the one who took the lowest place, who humbled Himself even to the point of death for us. He is now exalted to the highest place at the right hand of the Father that penitent believers may be exalted together with Him in the resurrection. To the humble at His Supper He says, “Friend, move up higher,” giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness that you may ascend to take part in the great wedding feast which has no end.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 14:11 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The Kingdom of God is always like this. We must die in baptism in order to truly live. We must be humbled so that we can be exalted. And when we give away, we receive much more than we bargained for: peace of mind, contentment, joy.

SPECIAL GUEST AT BIBLE CLASS NEXT WEEK . . . On Sunday, October 8, JC Hagen from St. John Lutheran Church, Mattoon, Illinois, will make special presentation to Immanuel about the new Lutheran High School that is being built in Mattoon. Please join us to learn about it.

REMINDER: VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING . . . is Sunday, October 15, at 11:30 am. Just a reminder that any voting member who is absent from the voters’ meetings for a full year without a valid excuse shall have his/her name removed from the roster of voting members. Those who are 65 and older can submit a written request to have their name placed on the senior voting member list and will be automatically excused. If any senior member is unsure whether or not there is a written request on file, please contact the office. If any member has been removed from the roster of voting members, he/she can be reinstated by a request to the elders and attendance at the voters’ meeting approving that request.

FOR ALL IMMANUEL LADIES . . . Save the Date.  Join us for St Paul Lutheran Church’s Advent by candlelight on Sunday, December 3rd, 2023.  An RSVP will be required in order to save your seat and to ensure space and proper amount of food.  Be looking for an official invitation in the near future.

OCTOBER BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is today, Sunday, October 1. October’s bi-monthly offering has been designated for CID Campus Ministries (given to one campus ministry per year on a rotation). This year’s offering will be given Wittenberg Lutheran Center at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Checks may be made out to Immanuel Lutheran Church. An envelope has been placed in your member mailbox for your convenience. Your generosity is truly appreciated.

IMMANUEL JUNIOR CHOIR . . . will be singing on Sunday, October 8. Parents, please have your children in the large classroom by 8:50 am. Come and hear them make a joyful noise as we celebrate!

YOU ARE INVITED . . . Saint John Lutheran Church in Sycamore invites you to its third annual Christian Faith & Life Conference on Saturday, November 18 (8:30am-1:00pm). Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz will be presenting on the theme “Strong Under Pressure: The Church’s Life in Paul’s First Letter to Timothy”. How can God’s people face the challenges and uncertainties of today and of the future? Paul’s first letter to Timothy will ready us to face the same challenges and receive the same blessings. Discussion and Q&A will follow each session, interspersed with fellowship and refreshments. More information, the conference schedule, and registration for this free conference are available at christianfaithandlife.com. All are welcome!

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . at the CID Fall Pastors’ Conference in Normal, October 24.  If you have an emergency, you may contact him on his mobile phone or contact one of the Elders.





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