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Immanuel News & Notes (Trinity 26)



Sunday (11/19)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 6:00 pm—TAMA Thanksgiving Service


  • 7:00 pm—Thanksgiving Eve Service


  • 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
  • 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); Tim Burk (friend of Joan Vukelich); Brad Butler (friend of Hilgendorfs); Darren Cooper (friend of Joan Vukelich); 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 Houvanagle (friend of Hilgendorfs); Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irene Wattjes); John Lamkin (friend of Dave Slaughter); Eva McCall (daughter of Rev. Jonathan McCall); Larry Munro (father of Megan Hilgendorf); Steven Pingolt (friend of Mathew Waldrop); Rebecca (friend of Celeste Nau); Christy Sharp (wife of Rev. John Sharp); Emma Silver; Carl Smith (husband of Lynette Ashwill-Smith); John Stewart (grandson of Laura VanCleave); 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 . . . Deut. 26:1-11; 2 Cor 9:6-15; Luke 12:13-21.

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 the Roger and Wanda Long on the occasion of their 69th wedding anniversary.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, December 3, 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 3. Thank you for your generosity in helping area children receive a few gifts under the Christmas Tree.

BIBLE HISTORY CLASS . . . Because of Advent services, there will be no Wednesday evening Bible History class November 22 through January 3. Bible History class will resume on Wednesday, January 10, 2024

BOARD OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM . . . will be selling our church cookbooks again this Holiday season.  They are $15 each.  See one of the Board members:  Terra Waldrop, Lauren Braaten, Ann Carroll, Sue Rothe, Linda Brewer or Deborah Reifsteck.

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.

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.

THANK YOU. . . for your generous donation and support of the Lutheran High School Fundraiser at St. John Lutheran Church and School, Mattoon.  Ryan Eckhardt & The Eckhardt Financial Group

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.


  •      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—10:20 am, Sunday School Christmas Service practice
  •      Sunday, December 17—11:30 am, Voters’ Assembly
  •     Sunday, December 17—6:00 pm, Sunday School Christmas Service
  •      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





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