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Sunday (6/19)

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


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward to Sunday Bible Study
  • 6:00 pm—Summer Confessions Study
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Bible Study


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (6/26)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 2:30 pm—Mattoon Circuit Forum
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group Event


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Janice Funk (mother of Mike Ekstrom); Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Mary Jane Jones; Jeff Knight (friend of the Campbells); Erica Kremitzki; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Jeff Maxfield (friend of the Vukeliches); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Tim Pollock; Roland Spomer; Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes; Jill Zartler.



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

MILITARY: John Bookas; Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . 1 Kings 19:11–21; 1 Peter 3:8–15; Luke 5:1–11.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Be merciful, even as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36–42). The old Adam in us wants to condemn and seek vengeance. But the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Rom. 12:14–21). To condemn, to avenge yourself, is to put yourself in the place of God. It is to fail to trust that He is just. Ultimately, it is to disbelieve that Jesus suffered the full vengeance for all wrongs. Only Christ is merciful as the Father is merciful. He is the one who overcame all evil with the good of His cross, forgiving even His executioners. Jesus is our Joseph, who comforts us with words of pardon and reconciliation (Gen. 50:15–21). He is the One who does not condemn but gives life that runs over. Only through faith in Christ are we sons of the Father—being merciful, forgiving, doing good to our enemies. For in Christ we know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:8–13).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” It is very easy to get caught up in the present and lose track of our ultimate destiny in the Kingdom of God. St. Paul encourages us to keep eternity in mind. This certainly has an application to our support for the Gospel—if we keep our focus on “the glory to be revealed” we will see our tithes and offerings in a new light.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Craig & Carol Munson to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

REV. DR. EDWARD NAUMANN . . . joins us this weekend to preach in the Divine Service and present in Bible Class. Plan to attend to learn more about Rev. Dr. Naumann’s role as theological educator in the mission field and how he and his wife share the Gospel with the people in the communities in which they serve and live.

SUMMER CONFESSIONS STUDY . . . is underway. We will meet at 6:00 pm every Wednesday that Pastor is in town. We’ll be making our way through the Lutheran Confessions in the Book of Concord. Besides Sunday morning Bible Class, this is the perfect place to ask any and all of your questions about what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess. Join us.

IMMANUEL YOUTH GROUP . . . is scheduled to meet here at church on June 26 at 6:00 pm to travel to Lake Fork Sportsman’s Club north of Atwood as guests of Jack Appleby. Youth Group is open to those entering 8th grade and to those in high school. Please confirm your attendance prior to June 26.

TUSCOLA’S SPARKS IN THE PARK PARADE . . . We are asking for volunteers to walk in the parade with our church banner and pass out popsicles and pencils. The parade is Saturday, July 9, at 10:00 am. Line-up begins at 9:30 am in Ervin Park. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex for all who are interested. Come and join us!

BOOK OF THE MONTH . . . is Being Lutheran by Pastor A. Trevor Sutton and is available from Concordia Publishing House at www.cph.org. When it comes down to it, being Lutheran is really very simple. It’s about following Jesus. We go where Jesus goes, we listen when Jesus speaks, we trust when Jesus promises. And we live because Jesus lives. Pastor Sutton treats not only Lutheran beliefs, but he also treats the attitudes and mindsets that those beliefs inform. Thus, he divides his book into two parts: what Lutherans challenge (being closed, lukewarm, confused, lazy, and ‘pastel’), followed by what Lutherans cherish (the new, the ordinary, the unresolved, purpose, and the local). This helps explain the quirks of Lutherans—why they are so doctrinally rigorous, yet so fond of paradoxes and unresolved doctrinal tensions; why they seem both conservative and radical; how their theological strictness manifests itself in a spirit of freedom; how they can make such strong supernatural claims, while also focusing on the much-neglected spiritual significance of what is ordinary—while also accounting for what we could describe as the Lutheran theological culture.

JUNE NEWSLETTER . . . is available on the table across from the member mailboxes.

CAMP CILCA . . . is looking for donations to auction off at the 2016 Chicken Fry and Auction on Sunday, September 4. If you would like to donate an item for auction please contact the camp office at 217-487-7497. Thank you in advance for your continued support!

LUTHERAN REFORMATION SERIES . . . 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. You can listen to a weekly series on Martin Luther and the Reformation with Reformation historian Dr. Ken Schurb. Topics include: Luther the Monk & Priest, The 95 Theses, The Doctrine of Justification, The Diet of Worms, The Small & Large Catechisms, Luther’s Death & Legacy and more. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

A PRAYER FOR NEWNESS OF LIFE IN CHRIST . . . Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon ourselves the armor of light now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to visit us in great humility, that in the Last Day, when He shall come again in glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to life immortal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord



  • Tim & Teri Pollock (West)
  • Donna Campbell (East)


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



  • Mark Whitson
  • Holly Wikoff; Marissa Russo


  • Mark Whitson
  • Holly Wikoff; Lexie Russo



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


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


  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—June
  • Josh & Jaimee Whitson—July


  • Dolores Ford—June
  • Wanda Long—July


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