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Sunday (11/16)

  • 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—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


  • 7:00 pm—LWML


  • 1:30 pm—Ladies Aid Bible Study


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (11/23)

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


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Lauren Braaten (C-section); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); DeDe Eversole; Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Jim Harbaugh; Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee (sister of Jim Dyer); Steve Leonard (son of Betty Leonard); Laurie McMillen; Barb Pearson (friend of Joyce Alexander); Virginia Poke (sister of Anne Koss); Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Harold Wattjes.


DEACONESS STUDENT: Allison Gummerus.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Cora Jahnke; Neil Oliger; Corinne Oye; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

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


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Isaiah 65:17–25; 1 Thess 5:1–11; Matthew 25:1–13.

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 Greg, Donna, & Gunnar Campbell to the glory of God on the occasion of Leonard Boerngen’s birthday.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED . . . We are still in need of one teacher for the 4th–6th grade class. If this position is not filled those grades will not have Sunday School. Also beginning in January, we will need one teacher for the 1st–3rd grade class.

PASTOR WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . on Wednesday, November 19, for Lauren’s surgery and the birth of their baby. If you have an emergency, you may contact him on his mobile phone at (217) 460‑2077.

PEOPLE OVER SIXTY . . . are invited to play free bingo, with prizes, on Friday, November 21, after Peace Meal. Reservations must be made by 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 20, at (217) 253-2278. The meal will be turkey with all the trimmings. The meal cost is a donation of $3.50. Join us for the fellowship and the fun. Hope to see you there.

THANKSGIVING EVE DIVINE SERVICE . . . is scheduled for Wednesday, November 26, 7:00 pm.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING . . . The Youth Group will be Christmas Caroling to those who are homebound or in nursing homes on Sunday, November 30, 3:00 pm‑5:00 pm. But the entire congregation is invited to join us in bringing good tidings of great joy to those who are unable to hear it in church.

DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS . . . will be on Saturday, December 6, 9:00 am–11:00 am. Mark your calendars and help us make the church ready for the Christmas Season.

SAINT PAUL, SADORUS, . . . will be hosting A Living Christmas Tree Concert on Saturday, December 6, 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, December 7, 4:30 pm. These performances are free, but you will need a ticket. For tickets call (217) 598‑2259. As in the past, a free will offering will be taken, which will be given to The Phoenix and the Sadorus Food Pantry.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, December 7. All loose cash in the offering will go to the East Prairie Angel Tree. You also received an envelope for the Angel Tree Bi-Monthly Mission in your church mailbox. You can place cash or check in this envelope and place it in the offering on December 7 or return it to the church office on or before December 7. We expect that Thrivent Financial will match donations up to $200. So reach deep to help area children receive a few gifts under the Christmas Tree from our Church.



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


  • Ruth Sims (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)



  • Mark Whitson
  • Tonia Timlin; Lexie Russo


  • Mark Whitson
  • Tonia Timlin; Cassie Russo



  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Gospel)


  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Gospel)


  • The Alexanders & Pangburns—November
  • Laver Byers—December


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