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Sunday (10/24)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 3:30 pm—Circuit Forum (St. Paul, Dorans)


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers Meeting
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession and Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (10/31)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Rev. Paul Brink (cousin of Ann Carroll); Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Leona Czerwonka; Cindy Ekstrom; Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Forrest Harvey (son of John Harvey); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Reuben Hostetler; Mary Miller (friend of David Holzrichter); Mary Negangard (grandmother of Bryce Reifsteck); Dennis Pickett (friend of Ann Carroll); Cary & Beth Rahn; Joan Rahn; Jody Reifsteck (mother of Bryce Reifsteck); Emma Silver; Ocil Slone (grandfather of Josh & Jake Dyer); Joy Stenger; Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Dylan Taylor (friend of Becky Kappes), Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long);  Aurelia Tuegal (grandmother of Bethany Campbell); Brian Walker (uncle of Bryce Reifsteck); Pete Walker (friend of Glenda Rahn); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop); Dennis Wiltzius (father of Michelle Stumeier).

DEATHS: Family of Debbie Tiffin

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.


MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family; The McDermott Family, Julie Lutz

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Jim Harbaugh; Janet Pollock; Ruth Rentschler; Ruth Sims; Irene Wattjes.

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


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

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:1—2:3). The Father speaks, and it is so. His Word accomplishes what it says. He created all things out of nothing through His Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father’s creative Word became flesh in Jesus Christ, that He might restore fallen creation and save fallen man. To the nobleman whose son was deathly ill, Jesus says, “Go; your son will live” (John 4:46–54). And in the very hour Jesus spoke, the nobleman’s son was made well. The Word of Christ still accomplishes what it says. In baptism, absolution, and the Lord’s Supper, He declares His life–giving forgiveness to you, and it is so. This saving Word of God is the sword of the Spirit by which you are able to fight off all the onslaughts of the devil (Eph. 6:10–17). “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” We are not our own—God has made us and we are His. He made everything so it is all His. And how kindly He has blessed us with the many gifts of His creation! Faithful stewardship starts right here . . . in the beginning.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Greg & Celeste Nau to the glory of God for many blessings received.

WHY? . . . Why are the host and cup elevated at the Lord’s Supper? Martin Luther wrote of the elevation (raising) of the elements at the Lord’s Supper in his introduction to The German Mass, 1526: “We do not want to abolish the elevation, but retain it because it goes well with the German Sanctus and signifies that Christ has commanded us to remember him.” The German Sanctus that Luther refers to has been translated and appears in our English hymnals as “Isaiah, Mighty Seer.” The words of Luther’s Sanctus show us that our ordinary Sanctus (“Holy, Holy, Holy”) is drawn from Isaiah 6:1–7. Isaiah 6 begins: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” At the Words of Institution we sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth,” even as the angels sang when Isaiah saw the Lord in the temple. Our Lord has promised us that where His Word is given with bread and wine, there is His Body and Blood, given and shed for the forgiveness of sins. As we believe in the real presence of Christ hidden under the Sacrament, so we show reverence to the Lord. The elevation of the elements is therefore in keeping with other common practices Lutherans have long done at the Lord’s altar: kneeling as one approaches to commune, bowing and/or making the sign of the cross at the dismissal of the table. All of these practices are neither forbidden nor commanded by God, but in Christian devotion, we adopted them to remind ourselves that this is no ordinary meal. The Lord has entered His temple.

THANK YOU . . . The parking lot is finished, and the grass is beginning to come up. The church grounds look beautiful. Thank you to the people of God here at Immanuel that God pressed into His service to bring this about: the donor who supplied the funds, Greg Campbell and Reuben and Dorothy Hostetler for their work in getting the soil ready for grass seed. Thank you also to Roger and Wanda Long for all their years of service to Immanuel in caring for the flowers. They are retiring from that work, but are donating all the flower pots to the church. If you have a green thumb and would like to take over this service for the church, please contact Pastor or a Trustee.

ORGAN RECITAL AND HYMN FESTIVAL . . . University Lutheran Church, Champaign, Illinois, is hosting an organ recital and hymn festival featuring newly composed hymns by Dr. Timothy Shewmaker and Katie Schuermann on Sunday, October 24, 4:00 pm. Pastor Schuermann will provide brief commentary and summary for these new hymns.

IMMANUEL’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK . . . The Board of Mission and Evangelism have prepared a cookbook for Immanuel’s 125th anniversary, which is next July. The cookbooks will be available in early December and cost $15.00. You may pr-order using the order form. They make great gifts for Christmas.

SERVICES ONLINE . . . A copy of the service bulletin, which includes all the responses and the hymns, is available at Immanuel’s website under the Sermons tab by clicking on the button labeled PDF. This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:

  1. On Immanuel’s Facebook page
  2. On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
  3. On Immanuel’s YouTube channel




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