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Immanuel News & Notes (Trinity 23)



Sunday (11/12)

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


  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pm—Board of Christian Education
  • 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees
  • 7:00 pm—Board of Elders


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


  • 6:00 pm—Game Night


  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Lesson Planning
  • 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
  • 6:00 pm—TAMA Thanksgiving Service (Faith Baptist Church)


HEALTH CONCERNS: Joyce Alexander; Kathy Boller (friend of Dave Holzrichter); Mike Braaten; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Brad Butler (friend of Hilgendorfs); Rev. Perry Copus (friend of Pastor Braaten); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Tammy (Snyder) Dolman (friend of Hilgendorfs); Nash Foreman (friend of Sofie Reifsteck); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Sharon Helm (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Youn Heredia (friend of Reifstecks); Matthew Hostetler (nephew of Dorothy Hostetler); Mary Houvangle (friend of Hilgendorfs); Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irene Wattjes); John Lamkin (friend of Dave Slaughter); Eva McCall (daughter of Rev. Jonathan McCall); Steven Pingolt (friend of Mathew Waldrop); Rebecca (friend of Celeste Nau); Emma Silver; Carl Smith (husband of Lynette Ashwill-Smith); Kim Travis (friend of Jamiee Whitson); Irene Wattjes; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brooklyn Wiegel (great granddaughter of Linda Brewer).

SEMINARY STUDENT: David Scarborough, Jackson Scofield.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leona Czerwonka; Janet Pollock; Ruth Sims; Glen Stumeier; Irene Wattjes.

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


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Dan 7:9-14; 2 Peter 3:3-14; Matthew 25:31–46.

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 Gods (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 the Reifsteck’s and Jack Appleby to the glory of God on the occasion of Mary’s birthday.

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.

THE 2024 FLOWER CHART IS NOW AVAILABLE . . . Please sign up on the bulletin board across from member mailboxes. Flowers will be $35.00 again in 2024 and can be special ordered. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service.

CONTRIBUTIONS & ATTENDANCE . . . Total YTD offerings $147,760.21, YTD expenses $162,868.41 through 10/31/2023. Average weekend attendance for October was 59.

THANK YOU. . .to all those who took turns watering the flowers.  Joyce.

IMMANUEL’S LIVE NATIVITY . . . Immanuel again this year will be hosting a live nativity on Sunday, December 3, 2023, 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.

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.

THANK YOU. . .to Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson for hosting the Youth Group at their house.  Your hospitality and generosity are gifts from our Lord.  Thank you also to Jaimee Whitson & Tiffany Cash who have helped plan the Youth Group events this year.

TAMA Thanksgiving Service . . . is Sunday, November 19, at Faith Baptist Church on Northline Road.  Tony Couch, Pastor at First Christian Church will be preaching.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided following the service.





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