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Immanuel News & Notes (Trinity 22)

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Sunday (11/12)

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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 11:30 am—TAMA
  • 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


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


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


  • 9:00 am—Sporting Clay Shootout (Oakland)
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (11/19)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Study


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); Owen Clark (friend of Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mike Ekstrom; Charles Gilbert (brother of Janice Arthur); Rev. Andrew Gray (friend of Pastor Braaten); 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); 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; St. Paul, Sadorus; Carl Smith (husband of Lynnette Ashwill-Smith); Joy Stenger; Kevin Weaver (friend of Guy & Margie Stevens); Jill Zartler.

TRAGEDY: The people of the First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas.



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 . . . Prov. 8:11–22; Phil. 3:17–21; Matthew 22:15–22.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . With what shall we come before the Lord (Micah 6:6) who forgives all our sins, and how often shall our fellow Christians sin against us and we forgive them (Matt. 18:21)? Our gracious God on high does not need our “burnt offerings” or “thousands of rams” (Micah 6:6–7), which we could legitimately offer in thanksgiving. He is the Savior who gave His only-begotten Son for our transgression. He offers the fruit of His body, once hanging dead on a cross but now living and giving life in His holy Meal, for the sin of our souls (Micah 6:7). Because He releases us from our enormous debt of sin against Him, we need not imprison our fellow sinners with our lack of love and refusal of forgiveness (Matt. 18:24, 27, 30). As partakers of His grace, we yearn for one another “with the affection of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:8). As forgiven sinners, “filled with the fruit of Christ’s righteousness,” our “love may abound more and more, with knowledge and discernment” (Phil. 1:11, 9), for He leads us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God” (Micah 6:8).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Philippians 1:5 “I always thank God . . . because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” God doesn’t need anything we have. Yet He invites us to give so that we can indeed become “partners in the Gospel.” This is a gift of His grace: inviting us to do significant work in the Kingdom of God.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Ray & Norma Uthe to the glory of God in thanksgiving for all veterans.

PRAYER FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF OUR NATION . . . Lord God of hosts, stretch forth Your almighty arm to strengthen and protect those who serve in the armed forces of our country. Support them in times of war, and in times of peace keep them from all evil, giving them courage and loyalty. Grant that in all things they may serve with integrity and with honor; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

IMMANUEL’S LIVE NATIVITY . . . Immanuel again this year will be hosting a live nativity on Sunday, December 3, 2017, beginning at 4:30 pm. In addition, we will be participating in the ChristmasTown Parade on Saturday, December 2. More details to come. Sign-up sheets can be found in the Narthex.

CHRISTMAS DECORATING . . . Saturday, December 9, 9:00 am. The Christmas season is near! With it come the sights, the sounds, and the fellowship that unite Christians as we anticipate the birth of our Savior. Come on December 9 to help put up the Christmas trees and decorations that beautify Immanuel. There will be decorating for the kids, too! Come and enjoy Christmas music, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and doughnuts.

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.

ST. JOHN’S MATTOON MEN’S CLUB . . . will hold their 64th Annual Pancake and Sausage Supper today, Sunday, November 12, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. All proceeds are designated for church and youth activities. St. John’s is located at 200 Charleston Avenue.

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS NEEDED . . . to represent Immanuel on Saturday, December 2, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bell ringers will be inside of Shopko in Tuscola. Ideally, we could have enough volunteers to allow for reasonable time commitments. Please let Leigh Ann know if you would like to volunteer, so Salvation Army can finalize scheduling. Thank you!

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER . . . is available in hard copy as well as on Immanuel’s website. 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.



  • Tim & Teri Pollock (West)
  • Donna Campbell (East)


  • Craig & Carol Munson (West)
  • Jim & Carolyn Dyer (East)



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Janet Stumeier; Lexie Russo


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Janet Stumeier; Cassie Russo



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


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


  • Ruth Sims & Leigh Ann Whitson—November
  • Janet Stumeier—December


  • Lauren Braaten—November
  • Sharon Allen & Scott Dallas—December


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