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Sunday (11/8)

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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 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—CC Home School Coop
  • 9:00 am—Mattoon Circuit Meeting


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (11/15)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Catechism Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Steve Cuppy (brother-in-law of Roland Spomer); Don Czerwonka; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Jim Harbaugh; Joel Hilgendorf; Marvin Kingery (father of Miranda Czerwonka); Erica Kremitzki; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos) Laurie McMillen; Mike Merna (friend of Joan Vukelich); Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Rev. Lynn Podoll; Fred Rahn (son of Joan Rahn); Roland Spomer; Madison VanSickle (daughter of Shawn Watkins); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes; Troy Wolte (son-in-law of Roland Spomer).



HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Corinne Oye; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: John Bookas; 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 51:9–16; Colossians 1:9–14; Matthew 9:18–26.

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 Ray & Norma Uthe to the glory of God in thanksgiving for all veterans.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . . because the first week of December, Life Touch photographers will be at Immanuel to take family pictures for an updated church directory. Life Touch is offering a 20% discount on prints ordered in December. More information is forthcoming.

THE 2016 FLOWER CHART IS NOW AVAILABLE . . . Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway by the sanctuary or call the church office. Flowers are $30.00 and can be special ordered. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED . . . Immanuel Lutheran Church will be entering a float in the Tuscola Christmastown Parade (Saturday, December 5) and hosting a live Nativity (Sunday, December 6) at our church. The live Nativity is an opportunity for Immanuel to display its spirit of Christmas for the benefit of all members of our community. YOUR help is needed to make this possible. For the Parade: help is needed decorating the float.  We also need volunteers to walk in the parade with the float. For the Live Nativity: volunteers are needed to serve as the shepherds and magi. Christmas carolers are needed to sing as cars drive through to view the Nativity. Help is needed painting the backdrop. Next Wednesday evening, November 11, at 6:00 pm, the painting will commence at Jack & Mary Appleby’s home (275 E. CR 1100 N., Atwood). Please join us! To volunteer or RSVP for painting, contact Deborah Reifsteck at 217-369-5468 or daplby13@hotmail.com. Questions may be directed to the Board of Missions and Evangelism.



  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Harold Wattjes (East)


  • Jim Dyer (West)
  • Joan Vukelich (East)



  • Steve Hilgendorf
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Marissa Russo


  • Steve Hilgendorf
  • Ann Hilgendorf; Lexie Russo



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


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


  • Craig & Carol Munson—November
  • Laverl Byers—December


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