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Sunday (10/7)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:00 pm—No Adult New Members Class
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


  • 7:30 am—No Matins
  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pm—Board of Education
  • 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees
  • 7:00 pm—Board of Elders


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study


  • 7:30 am—No Matins


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

Sunday (10/14)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:15 am—Church Council Meeting
  • 2:00 pm—Circuit Forum
  • 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); Ann Carroll; Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Theresa Fields; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Marylin Joergens; Pat Maree; Melinda Marmion (daughter of Becky Kappes); 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); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Joan Rahn; Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer).



MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; 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 . . . Isaiah 55:1–9; Eph. 5:15–21; Matthew 22:1–14.

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 to the glory of God in thanksgiving for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

LWML SUNDAY . . . is today, Sunday, October 7. Following today’s service, the LWML ladies invite the congregation to the Fellowship Hall for hot apple cider and cookies to thank you for your support.

REMINDER: IMMANUEL BOARDS . . . meet tomorrow, Monday, October 8.

REMINDER: CHURCH COUNCIL MEETS . . . Sunday, October 14, at 11:15 AM. The Voters’ Assembly meeting is Monday, October 15, at 7:30 PM. Please submit Voters’ meeting material to the church office by Wednesday, October 10.

ON OCTOBER 20TH ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN, MATTOON . . . will host the Central Illinois District evangelism workshop entitled, “Everyone His Witness” or E1HW. This workshop will focus on helping each and every Christian share their faith with their neighbor. Registration starts at 9:00 AM. There is a $10.00 registration fee which will cover the cost of lunch for the day. You may mail your registration fee in advance to St. John Lutheran Church 200 Charleston Ave. Mattoon, IL 61938 ATTN: E1HW. Books and materials for individuals and congregations may be purchased at https://www.cph.org/p-31876-every-one-his-witness-workbook.aspx. Let Pastor or Leigh Ann know if you are interested in attending this event.

VENDOR FAIR AT CAMP CILCA! . . . Are you a craftsman, artist, or vendor? Contact the camp office to register for the vendor fair during the CILCA Homecoming on October 27 from 11:00 AM–2:00 PM. $15 gets you a table and two chairs and access to over 100 Homecoming attendees. The vendor fair will be outdoors, or in the Dining Hall in case of rain or cold. Call 217-487-7497 or email camp@cilca.org to reserve your table.

THE CILCA RUN 5K . . . is October 27 at 10:00 AM. Sign up at www.cilca.org for a beautiful and challenging trail run through the 225 acres of Camp CILCA. Registration is $30 for those 12 and over. Runners under 12 are free. The race will be followed by a vendor fair, live music, games, food trucks, hayrides, and more at the CILCA Homecoming from 11:00 AM–2:00 PM.

OCTOBER 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.

YOUR DAILY LUTHERAN BIBLE CLASS . . . 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 teachings include: The Rich Man and Lazarus, Coveting, Martin Luther on Isaiah, Moses and the Burning Bush and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

THIS WEEK ON KFUO.ORG . . . hear from “He Restores My Soul” authors Deaconess Kristin Wassilak and Heather Smith on The Coffee Hour (10/9 & 10/11 at 9:15 AM CT), continue studying the book of Job on Thy Strong Word (weekdays at 11:00 AM CT), and explore a curious theological topic on Cross Defense with Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller and his guest (10/8 at 2:00 PM CT). Find your favorite programs on demand at kfuo.org or wherever you get your podcasts!



  • Joan Vukelich (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)


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



  • Greg Nau
  • Becky Kappes; Cailin Munson


  • Greg Nau
  • Becky Kappes; Marissa Russo



  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


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


  • Jerry & Joyce Alexander—October
  • Janet Stumeier—November


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


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