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Sunday (10/18)

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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 9:00 am—CC Home School Coop


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (10/25)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group Event


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Mackenzi Bowles; Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Steve Cuppy (brother-in-law of Roland Spomer); Don Czerwonka; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Jim Harbaugh; Joel Hilgendorf; Marvin Kingery (father of Miranda Czerwonka); Erica Kremitzki; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos) Laurie McMillen; Mike Merna (friend of Joan Vukelich); Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Rev. Lynn Podoll; Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Roland Spomer; Madison VanSickle (daughter of Shawn Watkins); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes; Troy Wolte (son-in-law of Roland Spomer).

DEATHS: Family of Nancy Kingery (neice of Dolores Ford)



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

MILITARY: John Bookas; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Sam 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 Holy Spirit sounds forth the Gospel call: “See, I have prepared my dinner . . . Come to the wedding feast” (Matt. 22:1–14). But many reject this invitation in favor of worldly pursuits. And so the call goes out to others, both the good and the bad. For the wedding invitation is not based on the qualifications of those invited but on the basis of the merits and work of Christ. The feast is free: “He who has no money, come, buy and eat . . . delight yourselves in rich food.” (Is. 55:1–9). Those rejecting the Spirit’s work shall experience God’s wrath and judgment. Those who are not clothed in Christ’s righteousness shall be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Let us therefore seek the Lord while He may be found, for He will have mercy upon us. Let us redeem the time, being filled with the Spirit, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 5:15–21).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Isaiah 55:2 “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” What Isaiah says here is reminiscent of what Jesus says about putting our earthly wealth in places where “moth and rust destroy.” Where we put the money God has given us to manage says a lot how we actually view life. What do your spending priorities say about what you think is truly important in life?

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Wayne & Janice Arthur to the glory of God in thanksgiving for blessings received.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . . because the first week of December, Life Touch photographers will be at Immanuel to take family pictures for an updated church directory. Life Touch is offering a 20% discount on prints ordered in December. More information is forthcoming.

THERE ARE STILL . . . openings to put flowers on the Altar. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway by the sanctuary or call the church office. Flowers are $30.00 and can be special ordered. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service.

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING . . . is scheduled for this Monday, October 19, 7:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall.

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . Next Sunday, October 25, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm, is our monthly Youth Group Event. We’ll be watching a movie about the Reformation.

WE’RE HAVING A PARTY! . . . A Reformation Party, that is, and if you dare to be Lutheran, you’ll plan to be there on Friday, October 30, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Hosted by the Board of Education, this night of fun includes games for kids, delicious German food, pictures from Luther sites during Pastor’s travels, hymn singing, and an overview of the Reformation. You don’t want to miss this. There will be a free-will offering to help the Sunday School purchase supplies. No indulgences necessary.

BINGO AT THE TUSCOLA SENIOR BUILDING . . . Friday, October 23, after a menu of saucy ham loaf, macaroni and cheese, Brussels sprouts, cherry delight, whole-grain wheat bread, and fresh fruit, at 11:30 am. The meal is for people over sixty for a donation of $3.50. Reservations must be made by noon on Thursday, October 22, by calling (217)  253-2278.



  • Harold Wattjes (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)


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



  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Donna Campbell; Lexie Russo


  • Bryce Reifsteck
  • Theresa Fields; Cassie Russo



  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


  • Ruth Sims—October
  • Craig & Carol Munson—November


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