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Sunday (7/28)

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


  • No Matins


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service


  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 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); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Joyce & Jerry Alexander); 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 Families of Dolores Byers and Kathleen Boerngen.



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 . . . Genesis 2:7–17; Romans 6:19–23; Mark 8:1–9.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:20). God demands nothing less than perfection and holiness from you in regard to His commandments (Ex. 20:1–17). Your only hope, then, is not in your own goodness but in the goodness of Christ, who did not come to destroy the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfill them for you. In Christ, your righteousness does indeed exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. For you have been baptized into Christ’s death and your sinful nature crucified. Therefore, he who has died has been freed from sin (Rom. 6:1–11). You are now raised with Christ to walk in newness of life and to share in His resurrection on the Last Day. Christ has brought you through the baptismal sea “out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Ex. 20:2). Therefore, “consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 5:24 “First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Our giving to the Lord’s work is part of our wider Christian life. The Lord wants us to walk in His ways in all we do—He wants our hearts united to His. It’s not our gift the Lord wants—it is our very selves in all we

REV RICK MILAS’ RETIREMENT CELEBRATION . . . is today! 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.  We invite you to attend either or both celebrations.  Please RSPV to rick.milas.unilu.retirement@gmail.com. We pray for God’s blessing on Pastor and

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.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, August 4, and will be going to SAM Pantry.  An envelope designated for SAM Pantry has been placed in your mailbox. Please make your check out to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Thank you!

FREEZER MEAL PREP . . . is Saturday, August 17, at 9:00AM.  It is yet another opportunity to be a blessing in our congregation!  Grab your apron and come to the church kitchen.  We will be making freezer meals to take to some of our members as a way to bless them and show them that we care.  No experience in the kitchen required; however, we may as you to help with the dishes. Contact Leigh Ann Whitson or Lauren Braaten with any questions.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Roger & Wanda Long to the glory of God for many blessings received.

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).

UPCOMING LLL RETREAT . . . District LLL Retreat: “St. Paul’s Missionary Journeys”, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Camp CILCA.  Doors open at 8:00 AM; opening devotion at 9:00 AM. Closing at 3:30 PM.  Advance registration is requested.  Payment can be made at check-in.  It is open to anyone that is interested and registered.  The apostle Paul set out into the Mediterranean world, telling the Good News of Jesus.  No setting proved too formidable for him, no place too forbidding.  Paul got his resolve from his message and his Master.  Faced with the mission challenges of the 21st century, we will study how Paul by God’s grace met mission challenges in the first century. Please read Acts, Chapters 13-20 ahead of time, and bring your Bible to the retreat! Registration is $10.00 which includes lunch. For planning purposes, we request registration by Sunday, September 1, 2019. Contact Deloris Blessman for questions and to register at (309)-361-1461 or email: delorisblessman@yahoo.com.  Or snail mail; 24204 CR 1850N, Topeka, IL  61567.  Payment can be made at check-in or by mail to Deloris.

CARLE HOSPICE IS STILL LOOKING . . . for compassionate individuals to help serve our community by providing respite care and companionship to hospice patients for just a few hours.  Some activities include listening to concerns, being a support person, keeping the patient company, writing a letter, or reading to the patient.  We DO NOT ask the volunteers to provide any type of health services, just friendly visits.  If you are interested, please visit Carle.org/volunteer and click the Hospice button to fill out an application.  For questions, call (217) 383-8721 or email Despina.Hadjiagapiou@carle.com.  A flyer is posted on the board by the kitchen for further information.

THERE ARE SOME OPENINGS FOR FLOWERS . . . on the flower chart. Sign up individually or team up with someone. Flowers are $35.00 per weekend. Thank you!



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


  • Greg & Celeste Nau (West)
  • Craig & Carol Munson (East)



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Sherrie Hoel; Ava Whitson


  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Cailin Munson



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


  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Gospel)


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


  • Wanda Long—July
  • Tammy Kresin—August


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