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Sunday (7/21)

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


  • No Matins


  • 10:00 am—Funeral Service for Dolores Byers
  • 12:00 noon—Funeral Luncheon for Dolores Byers


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service


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


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Carolyn Coon (mother-in-law of David Holtzrichter); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Ellie   Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mitzi Dingler (cousin of John Harvey); Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Cindy Harbaugh; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Joe Irace (friend of Roger & Wanda Long); Marylin Joergens; Mary Jane Jones; Ruth Lewis; Pat Maree; Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Cary & Beth Rahn; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Chris Rogan (friend of Josh Whitson); Thomas  Roughton (infant son of Christine & John Roughton); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Irene Wattjes.

DEATHS: The Family of Dolores Byers



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Marylin Joergens; Mary Jane Jones; Ruth Lewis; 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 . . . Exodus 20:1–17; Romans 6:3–11; Matthew 5:20–26.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Lord called fishermen to be fishers of men (Luke 5:1–11). The net they would use is the message of the cross, which is foolishness and a stumbling block to the world (1 Cor. 1:18–25). The power of God to save is not in spectacular signs like wind and fire and earthquakes (1 Kings 19:11–21), nor is it to be found in human intelligence and wisdom. The power of God to save comes in the still, small voice of the preaching of Christ crucified. In worldly darkness the disciples could catch nothing. But in the light of Christ, whose Word was attached to the water, the boats were filled with fish. So it is that in Baptism you have been drawn in to the ship of the Church. Though the nets are breaking and some who hear the Word do not believe, pastors continue to cast the net of the Gospel and the Sacraments, that Christians may abide in the boat of the Church and that we may be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:8–15).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 5:5 “And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.’” All our toil, all our work, all our efforts mean nothing without the Lord’s guidance. But if we walk in the Word of Jesus . . . well, look what happened to Simon Peter!

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Corky & Theresa Fields to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

REV RICK MILAS’ RETIREMENT CELEBRATION . . . is next week! University Lutheran Church at the University of Illinois has been blessed by the ministry of Pastor Rick Milas for the last 25 years.  We are honored to host his retirement service on Sunday July 28 at 10:30AM.  Following the service will be a cookout at University Lutheran Church.  For those who cannot make it that Sunday; an additional Saturday (July 27) event will be held from 3:00–7:00 PM, also at the University Lutheran.

PEACE MEALS . . . August is Immanuel’s month to deliver Peace Meals. Peace Meals delivers Monday–Friday; meal pick-up time is 10:30 am. Team up with someone from church to help get these low-cost, nutritious meals to those in need. Please contact Roger & Wanda Long to volunteer.

UPCOMING LLL RETREAT . . . “St. Paul’s Missionary Journeys,” Saturday, Sept. 7 at Camp CILCA. Registration begins at 8:00; opening devotion at 9:00. Closing at 3:30. Please read Acts 13-20 ahead of time, and bring your Bible to the retreat!  Speaker: CID Executive for Missions Rev. Dr. Ken Schurb. Dr. Schurb was a parish pastor for 19 years and for seven years an Assistant to the President of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He taught theology (including the “Life of Paul” course) at Concordia College, Ann Arbor and is presently an adjunct instructor for Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.

PASTOR BRAATEN WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . July 29–31, presenting at the Bugenhagen Conference. If you need assistance you may contact him on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Jack Appleby, Kenny Kresin, Joshua Whitson, or Mark Whitson).



  • Jim Dyer (West)
  • Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck (East)


  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Mark Whitson (East)



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Sherrie Hoel; Lexie Russo


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Sherrie Hoel; Ava Whitson



  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


  • Oliver Braaten (Crucifer)
  • Trey Waldrop (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Evan Reifsteck (Gospel)


  • Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson—July
  • Greg & Celeste Nau—August


  • Wanda Long—July
  • Tammy Kresin—August


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