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Immanuel News & Notes (Trinity 27)



Sunday (11/26)

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


  • 11:00 am—ChristmasTown Parade (line up at 10:30)
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (12/3)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 4:30 pm—Live Nativity


HEALTH CONCERNS: Joyce Alexander; 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); 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 . . . Jeremiah 23:5–8; Romans 13:11–14; Matthew 21:1–9.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:1–11). The arrival of the bridegroom will be sudden and unexpected. Therefore you are to be watchful and ready like the five wise virgins. “For you know neither the day nor the hour” when the Son of Man is to return. (Matt. 25:1–13). The lamps are the Word of Christ. The oil in the lamps is the Holy Spirit, who works through the Word to create and sustain the flame of faith in Christ. The foolish are those who do not give proper attention to the working of the Holy Spirit in baptism, preaching, and the supper, and so their faith does not endure. The wise, however, are those who diligently attend to these gifts of the Spirit, and who therefore have an abundance of oil. The flame of faith endures to the end. By God’s grace they are received into the eternal wedding feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, the new heavens and the new earth created by the Lord for the joy of His people (Is. 65:17–25).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 25:4 “ . . . but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.” Why did they take flasks of oil with them? Because they listened to the Bridegroom’s words and believed them. Our actions always start with and flow from our beliefs. What do your actions in the realm of stewardship say about what you believe?

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

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, December 3. All loose cash in the offering will go to the Angel Tree. You also received an envelope for the Angel Tree Bi-Monthly Mission in your church 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. Reach deep to help area children receive a few gifts under the Christmas Tree from our Church.

BIBLE HISTORY CLASS . . . Because of Advent services, there will be no Wednesday evening Bible History class November 22 through December 27. Bible History class will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PARADE AND LIVE NATIVITY . . . Please see the sign-up sheets in the back of the church. We need volunteers for decorating the Christmastown float and walking in the parade on Saturday, December 2. Volunteers for the live nativity on Sunday, December 3, are needed for portraying the holy family, shepherds, and magi. Everyone is invited to join in singing carols as cars drive through – the more carolers, the merrier! Snacks and drinks for the volunteers are always welcome, too!

POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS . . . are located on the table by this weekend’s bulletins. Please complete and return them by Sunday, December 10. Poinsettias are $13.00 this year and can be taken and enjoyed at home immediately following the Christmas Day service.

THE DECEMBER CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.

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.

ST. LUKE LUTHERAN CHURCH, RURAL SAN JOSE, . . .  will host its annual Chili and Oyster Stew Supper on Monday, December 4, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Chili, oyster stew, chicken salad, ham sandwiches, hot dogs, and a wide variety of desserts will be served for a donation.  The church is located at 15757 N. County Road 3600 E., San Jose.  Please come and enjoy food and fellowship! 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.


  •      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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