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Sunday (8/4)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service


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


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Mindy Bell (friend of David Holzrichter); 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); Thomas  Roughton (infant son of Christine & John Roughton); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Irene Wattjes.



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 . . . Jeremiah 23:16–29; Romans 8:12–17; Matthew 7:15–23.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . In the Garden of Eden, our first parents received food freely from the gracious hand of God, apart from any burdensome work (Gen 2:7–17). But after the fall, food would be received only through toil and labor. The curse declared, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground . . .” (Gen. 3:19). In other words, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). But into this wilderness world came Jesus the Messiah to restore creation. Having compassion on the weary multitudes, He renewed the bounty of Eden on the third day, freely granting an abundance of bread to the 4,000 (Mark 8:1–9). So also our Lord Jesus, having endured the burden of our sin, was raised on the third day to bring us back to Paradise. He now miraculously turns the bread of death into the Bread of Life in the Sacrament, giving us His very body and blood for our forgiveness. For “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 6:19 “For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” To be sanctified means to be set aside for God’s purposes. St. Paul encourages us to see ourselves, our bodies, our souls, and all that we are as set aside for God’s work—in all that we do whether in the home, church, or society at large.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Ron & Sara Urban to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is today, 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.  Facing 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.

REMEMBER TO CHECK THE BULLETIN BOARD . . . There are some new items to look at.

THERE ARE OPENINGS . . . on both the flower and greeter schedules. Take a look on the bulletin board across from the member mailboxes to see what opportunities are still available. Thank you!

THE FAMILY OF DOLORES BYERS . . . wishes to thank Pastor Jason Braaten and the members of Immanuel Lutheran Church for their outstanding fellowship and assistance as Dolores was laid to rest on July 24. A special note of thanks to Leigh Ann Whitson, Tim Pollock, Oliver Braaten, Jonathan Braaten, Josh Dyer, and Wanda Long and her team of fabulous cooks who prepared a tremendous luncheon. Your work and friendship is appreciated!



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


  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (West)
  • Jim Dyer (East)



  • Kenny Kresin
  • Donna Campbell; Cailin Munson


  • Jack Appleby
  • Donna Campbell; Isabel Burgener



  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Caiden Russo (Torches)
  • Isaak Burgener (Torches)
  • Evan Reifsteck (Gospel)


  • Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Trey Waldrop (Gospel)


  • Greg & Celeste Nau—August
  • Jerry & Joyce Alexander; Erin Pangburn—September


  • Tammy Kresin—August
  • Joy Stenger—September


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