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Sunday (11/18)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 11:30 am—Immanuel Potluck
  • 6:00 pm—Adult New Members Class
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Study


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 7:00 pm—Thanksgiving Eve Evening Prayer Service


  • Immanuel Offices Closed/Thanksgiving


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

Sunday (11/25)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Christmas Program Practice
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 6:00 pm—Adult New Members Class
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Theresa Fields; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Marylin Joergens; Pat Maree; Delvin Meyr (father of Willa’s godmother); Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Joan Rahn; Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Bob Vukelich; Irene Wright (mother of Ann Hilgendorf); Jolene Young (mother of Ryan Bowles).



MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; Julie Lutz.

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

MILITARY: 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 . . . “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed” (Luke 17:20). You must use your ears and not your eyes. For God’s kingdom in this world is one of faith, and faith comes by hearing the Word of Christ. The people of Israel, however, wanted to walk not by faith but by sight. When Moses delayed in coming down the mountain, they decided to make a visible god for themselves, the golden calf (Ex. 32:1). Upon such faithless and false worshipers God’s judgment comes. Only on the Last Day will our faith be turned to sight. “For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt. 24:27). The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, and He will gather His people to Himself, both the living and the dead. In a world in which our days are few and full of trouble (Job 14:1), let us comfort one another with these words of the resurrection and the coming of our Lord Jesus.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . 1 Thess. 4:13 . . . “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” Christians are different from unbelievers. Our trust in Christ changes us. Our hope in Christ means that we don’t grieve in the same way that unbelievers grieve: we know what comes after death. We don’t treat our time or money in the same way as unbelievers either. We start each week with a sacrifice of our time as we come to the Lord’s House to hear His Word and receive His Sacraments. And we also set aside a generous, first-fruits proportion of our income for the support of the Lord’s work in His Church. Our faith changes us and our actions . . . we don’t do anything as others do who have no hope.

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

WELCOME JOSHUA SCHIFF AND HIS FAMILY . . . who are visiting Immanuel this weekend! Joshua will be delivering the sermon this weekend. We’ll hear more about his trip to Israel and his studies during Bible Class at 10:30; following Bible Class, come to the potluck at 11:30 to talk more with Joshua and his family.

CHRISTMAS DECORATING . . . Saturday, December 1, 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 1 to help put up the Christmas trees and decorations that beautify Immanuel. Come and enjoy fellowship, Christmas music, and refreshments.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, December 2, and will be going toward the Angel Tree. An envelope designated for Angel Tree has been placed in your mailbox. You can place cash or check payable to Immanuel in this envelope and place it in the offering on December 2 or return it to the church office on or before December 2. Thank you for your generosity in helping area children receive a few gifts under the Christmas Tree.

MILK FOR KIDS . . . continues to be collected in the jug on the table in the Narthex. Consider contributing to help defray the cost of snack milk for those in need at North Ward. Thank you from the Board of Missions!

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS NEEDED . . . December 8, from 9:00 AM–12:00 PM. Bell ringers representing Immanuel 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!

TUSCOLA COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE . . . sponsored by the Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance (TAMA), Sunday, November 18, 6:00 PM at the Unity Church of Christ, 114 E Pembroke, Tuscola. Guest speaker is Minister Les Evans of First Christian Church, Tuscola. Light refreshments will be served after the service.

COLES COUNTY BARBERSHOP SINGERS . . . will present two annual Christmas Benefit Concerts on Sunday, December 2. At 3:00 PM, the one-hour free concert will be presented at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston. The First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon will host the 7:00 PM program. Admission is free, but a free will offering is collected. Both venues are wheelchair accessible and have adequate parking.

EARN A RETURN AND HELP OUR LCMS CHURCHES! . . . The Central Illinois District Church Extension Fund (CID-CEF) provides resources to churches in our Central Illinois District that wish to grow God’s ministry through building or expansion. We are able to do this because of conscientious LCMS members like you who support our churches by investing in the CID-CEF—we need your continued support and investments! As an added blessing for your investment, we are now offering a 24-Month SPECIAL RATE of 2.35% (minimum investment $500) to you as well as our church organizations to support the LCMS ministry. Please contact Chris Anderson or Susan Short at the CID-CEF (phone: 217-793-1802, email: cef@cidlcms) or visit our website (www.cidlcms.org, see link in lower left corner) for this special interest rate and other recent rate increases for our investment options. Thank you for investing in the future of our LCMS!



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


  • Tim Hoel (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)



  • Mark Whitson
  • Janet Stumeier; Lexie Russo


  • Mark Whitson
  • Janet Stumeier; Cailin Munson



  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Gospel)


  • Janet Stumeier—November
  • Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson—December


  • Lauren Braaten—November
  • Sharon Allen—December


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