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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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 9:00 am—Classical Conversations Home School Coop


  • 7:00 pm—Thanksgiving Eve Evening Prayer Service

Thursday—Offices Closed (Thanksgiving Day)


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

Sunday (11/26)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group


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; 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 & Mary Negangard (grandparents 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.



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 . . . Isaiah 65:17–25; 1 Thess. 5:1–11; Matthew 25:1–13.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . When confronted with the civic duty of paying taxes, our Lord Jesus, Wisdom incarnate, walked “in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice” (Prov. 8:20) and discerned that wisdom “is better than jewels” and “better than gold, even fine gold” (Prov. 8:11, 19). When we set our minds on earthly things, such as wealth and passing glory, our “end is destruction” (Phil. 3:19). However, our humble and prudent Lord has rendered “to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21), namely, perfect fear, love, and trust, as well as the complete sacrifice for our sin. In so doing, He also rendered to Caesar the things of honor and justice, submitting to the law of the land that put Him on the cross. The true “riches and honor are with [Him],” because “enduring wealth and righteousness” (Prov. 8:18) are found in our heavenly citizenship from which “we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” He “will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Phil. 3:20–21).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things” (Philip. 3:19). There is the danger in setting our minds on earthly things, serving mammon, and caring more for our bodily comfort than our spiritual well being. God does not tell us to be faithful and generous in our stewardship of the things of this earth to ruin our fun. Rather, He tells us to give generously to teach us how to make sure the things of this world do not lay a hold of our hearts.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Roger & Wanda Long to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

IMMANUEL YOUTH GROUP . . . will be meeting for a study session the last Sunday of the month (November 26) at 7:00 pm.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, December 3 and will be going toward the Angel Tree. There will be an Angel Tree envelope in your member mailbox. You can place cash or check payable to Immanuel in this envelope and place it in the offering on December 3 or return it to the church office on or before December 3. Thank you for your generosity in helping area children receive a few gifts under the Christmas Tree.

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. The parade starts at 11:00 am; lineup at 10:30 at Ervin Park. Sign-up sheets can be found in the Narthex.

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!

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.

THE 2018 FLOWER CHART IS NOW AVAILABLE . . . Please sign up on the bulletin board across from member mailboxes. Flowers will be $35.00 again in 2018 and can be special ordered. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service.


  • Wednesday, November 22, 7:00 pm—Thanksgiving Eve Service
  • Thursday, November 23—Immanuel Offices Closed
  • Sunday, November 26, 10:20 am—Sunday School Christmas Service practice
  • Saturday, December 2, 11:00 am—ChristmasTown Parade (Line up at 10:30)
  • Sunday, December 3, 4:30 pm—Live Nativity
  • Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Saturday, December 9, 9:00 am—Immanuel Christmas Decorating
  • Sunday, December 10, 10:20 am—Sunday School Christmas Service practice
  • Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Sunday, December 17, 10:15 am—LWML Cookie Walk
    • 10:20 am—Sunday School Christmas Service practice
    • 6:00 pm—Sunday School Christmas Service
  • Monday, December 18, 7:30 pm—Voter’s Budget Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 pm—Advent Midweek Service
  • Sunday, December 24, 7:00 pm—Christmas Eve Service with Communion
  • Monday, December 25, 9:00 am—Christmas Day Service with Communion
  • Tuesday, December 26—Immanuel Offices Closed

There will be no evening New Year’s Eve Service since New Year’s Eve falls on Sunday



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


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



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Janet Stumeier; Cassie Russo


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Dolores Ford; Mackenzi Bowles



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


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


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


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


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