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Immanuel News & Notes (Trinity 26)

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Sunday (11/14)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


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

Sunday (11/21)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Rev. Paul Brink (cousin of Ann Carroll); Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Leona Czerwonka; Cindy Ekstrom; Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Reuben Hostetler; Becky Kappes; Mary Miller (friend of David Holzrichter); Dennis Pickett (friend of Ann Carroll); Cary & Beth Rahn; Joan Rahn; Emma Silver; Ocil Slone (grandfather of Josh & Jake Dyer); Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Dylan Taylor (friend of Becky Kappes), Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Irene Wattjes; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop); Dennis Wiltzius (father of Michelle Stumeier).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.


MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family; The McDermott Family, Julie Lutz

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

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


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

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Behold, with the clouds of heaven there came One like a Son of Man (Dan. 7:13). The Lord Jesus will return in glory on the Last Day with all His holy angels. Before Him will be gathered all the nations . . . And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left (Matt. 25:3–33). Those on His left will be cast into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For they rejected Christ by failing to receive and support His brethren, that is, the preachers of the Gospel. But those on His right will inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world. For they received and supported His brethren and believed what they preached. We believe in the promise of Christ’s coming, even it is delayed because of His longsuffering mercy. Conducting ourselves in godliness, knowing that this fallen creation will soon pass away, we look forward to new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Philippians 1:3–5, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 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 through our tithes and offerings.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Jack Appleby and the Reifstecks to the glory of God on the occasion of Mary’s birthday.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, December 5, and will be going toward the Angel Tree. An envelope designated for Angel Tree will be placed in your mailbox. You can place cash or check payable to Immanuel in this envelope and place it in the offering or return it to the church office on or before December 5. Thank you for your generosity in helping area children receive a few gifts under the Christmas Tree.

CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES . . . have been placed in your boxes.  If you did not receive one and should have, please contact the office.

2022 FLOWER CHART . . . is now posted on the bulletin board across from member mailboxes. Don’t forget to sign up for flowers on the newly posted chart. Thank you for your support and service.

LIVE NATIVITY . . . The Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance will again be hosting the church-wide Live Nativity at Ervin Park this year on Sunday, December 5, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm. The Youth Group will help as it’s November/December servant event. But others are needed for set up and take down and other logistics. Please sign up to help on the sign-up sheets in the Narthex.

WHY? . . . Why do we sing “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace” after communing? This post-Communion canticle, called the Nunc Dimittis (Latin for “now dismiss”), is also called the Song of Simeon, for it is his response to receiving the Christ Child in his arms (Luke 2:25–32). For it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he, though we assume him to have been advanced in years, should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Thus when he at last sees the Child, with the words “My eyes have seen Your salvation” his is in effect saying, “now I can die in peace.” Likewise we Christians, when we receive this same Christ at the altar, appropriately say the same thing as he. For we do not see the flesh of His Body, but we do see His Body all the same, for this bread is, as the Apostle Paul says, “the communion of the Body of Christ,” which means that the bread and Christ’s body have communed together and become one substance. Thus, beholding the bread, we behold Christ’s Body; for they are the same thing. And we do not take Him into our arms, but receive Him by mouth, for He said, “Take, eat; this is My Body.” Hence we, in as authentic a way as did Simeon, behold and receive Christ at the altar, and so we, according to the same faith as he expressed, say the same words, in effect meaning, “Now I can die in peace.” This is, now I can face anything and everything which the world, the flesh, and the devil may cast in my path, for my eyes have seen God’s salvation; I have received my Christ here.

IMMANUEL’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK . . . The Board of Mission and Evangelism have prepared a cookbook for Immanuel’s 125th anniversary, which is next July. The cookbooks will be available in early December and cost $15.00. You may pr-order using the order form. They make great gifts for Christmas.

SERVICES ONLINE . . . A copy of the service bulletin, which includes all the responses and the hymns, is available at Immanuel’s website under the Sermons tab by clicking on the button labeled PDF. This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:

  1. On Immanuel’s Facebook page
  2. On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
  3. On Immanuel’s YouTube channel




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