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Sunday (10/22)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


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


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

Sunday (10/29)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group


HEALTH CONCERNS: Joyce Alexander; Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Randy Bergeson (friend of Pastor Braaten and Ann Carroll); Leonard Boerngen; Regann Bowles; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); John Carico (brother of Greg Nau); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mike Ekstrom; Charles Gilbert (brother of Janice Arthur); Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Fred and Barbara Holste (friends of Arleigh and Mary Jane Jones); Mike Kerner (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Joan Mulligan; Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Mary Negangard (grandmother of Bryce Reifsteck); Janet Pollock; Ena Raaymakers (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Ruth Rentschler; Carl Smith (husband of Lynnette Ashwill-Smith); Joy Stenger; Jill Zartler.

DEATH: The family & friends of Onnie R. Hilgendorf (brother of Rev. Dr. M.D. Hilgendorf); family & friends of Lisa Kelpe (friend of Gunnar Campbell).



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: John Bookas; Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Rev 14:6–7; Romans 3:19–28; Matthew 11:12–19.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Lord does not require us to ascend to Him; in mercy He descends to us (Gen 28:10–17). The ladder in Jacob’s dream was not for climbing; it was the means by which the Lord came to bless Jacob. This event finds its fulfillment in Christ who descended from His throne to save and bless us. By His incarnation He is the eternal bridge between heaven and earth. “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Matt 9:1–8). The Lord was present in the flesh to absolve the paralytic. Jesus also healed and restored this man’s body. “For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation” (Small Catechism). The Lord still has power on earth to forgive sins. In holy absolution He raises up the new man (Eph 4:22–28) and bestows the healing medicine which will bring about our resurrection on the Last Day. Thus we say with Jacob, “This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Gen 28:17).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Ephesians 4:24 “Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” The battle between the old self in Adam and the new self in Christ is fought in the heart and mind of every Christian. Paul encourages us to put on the new man which is created in the image of God. Our sanctification, our growth in godliness, is a growth into God’s image. So we do this by keeping our eyes on Christ and imitating Him in everything: in love, in kindness, in self-giving generosity.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Joan Rahn to the glory of God in thanksgiving for blessings received.

PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH . . . is during October. Members throughout the LCMS are expressing in various ways their appreciation and support for those whom God has called. We are blessed and thankful to have Pastor Braaten and his family here at Immanuel; although there is no formal celebration planned, you are invited to express in your own way your appreciation and support to Pastor and his family. Attending Sunday morning Bible Class, words of appreciation written in a card are just examples of how we can openly show our appreciation for God’s work in our lives and here at Immanuel.

THE ALTAR AREA . . . will remain in its original configuration. Thank you all for your comments. After much discussion at the October 16 Voters’ Assembly meeting, the vote was to move forward with only the carpet and tile replacement project. For further explanation, please direct your questions to the subcommittee members reporting on the determination:  Mary Appleby, Tammy Kresin, Craig & Carol Munson, and Josh Whitson.

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

JOSHUA SCHIFF . . . Joshua Schiff sent us a wonderful letter on his studies and on his family. His children, Eli and Alexis, sent two pictures along with the letter. Stop at the Adopt-A-Student bulletin board in the hallway and learn more about Joshua and his family!

DOUGLAS COUNTY GOOD LIFE FAIR FOR 50+ . . . The Annual Douglas County Area Good Life Fair for 50+ will be Friday, October 27, 9:00–11:00 am, at the Tuscola Community Building. Free breakfast buffet by Flesor’s Candy Kitchen (9:00–10:00 am, or while servings last!), Lions Club free screenings for hearing and Diabetic Retinopathy, and free giveaways. No appointment is required for any of the tests or screenings. Call Douglas County Health Department at 217-253-4137 if you’d like more information.

SPORTING CLAY SHOOTOUT . . . on Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am, at the Olde Barn Sporting Clays, Oakland, Illinois. Proceeds will go to the LCMS Hurricane Relief Fund. Registration is due by November 15. Can register individually or as a 4-shooter team. Registration fee of $75 per shooter includes lunch, and prizes will be awarded to the top shooters. If you are interested, registration forms with additional information can be found on the table across from member mailboxes.

PRAYER FOR RIGHT RECEPTION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER . . . O Lord, our God, in Holy Baptism You have called us to be Christians and granted us the remission of sins. Make us ready to receive the most holy body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of all our sins, and grant us grateful hearts that we may give thanks to You, O Father, to Your Son, and to the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

PRAYER FOR THANKSGIVING AFTER RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT . . . Blessed Savior, Jesus Christ, You have given Yourself to us in this holy Sacrament. Keep us in Your faith and favor that we may live in You even as You live in us. May Your body and blood preserve us in the true faith to life everlasting. Hear us for the sake of Your name.



  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Dave & Michelle Stumeier (East)


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



  • Greg Nau
  • Sharon Allen; Cassie Russo


  • Greg Nau
  • Sharon Allen; Mackenzi Bowles



  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Gospel)


  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)


  • Jerry & Joyce Alexander—October
  • Ruth Sims & Leigh Ann Whitson—November


  • Ruth Bretz & Janice Arthur—October
  • Lauren Braaten—November


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