THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Bible Class
- 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night
- 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
- 6:00 pm—Board of Christian Education
- 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees
- 7:00 pm—Board of Elders
- 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
- 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Bible Class
IN OUR PRAYERS
HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Jerry & Amanda Bergman (nephew of Irene Wattjes); Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Reuben Hostetler; Becky Kappes; Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irence Wattjes); Barb McElroy (friend of Sue Rothe); Kurt McDaniel (friend of Joan Vukelich); Debra Parsley; Joan Rahn; Emma Silver; Ocil Slone (grandfather of Josh & Jake Dyer); Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Dylan Taylor (friend of Becky Kappes), Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Irene Wattjes; Darrell Wattjes (son of Irene Wattjes); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop).
SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell, Preus Hasselbrook
DEACONESS STUDENT: Elizabeth Fodor.
MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family; The McDermott Family, Julie Lutz
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; Joey Pollock; Blake Stokes; Scott Walter.
NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . 2 Sam 22:26–34; 1 Cor 10:6–13; Luke 16:1–9.
ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matt. 7:15). Deceit has its strength in masquerading as the truth. False prophets speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord (Jer. 23:16–29). They deny the judgment of the Lord, speaking peace to the unrepentant, when in truth there is condemnation and wrath. “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:20). The “fruits” of a true prophet are not outward righteousness or success but faithfulness in proclaiming the Word of the Lord. This is the will of the Father in heaven, that pastors take heed to the flock, the Father’s adopted ones (Rom. 8:12–17), warning them against the wolves and their lies, and shepherding the Church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:27–38). For indeed, the cross is that good tree bearing good fruit—namely, the body and blood of Christ, given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.
THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . 2 Corinthians 9:6 “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” St. Lawrence was in charge of the church’s almsgiving to the poor in Rome. When the Emperor demanded him to bring the treasures of the Church to the government coffers, St. Lawrence showed up the next day with the throngs of the poor and said: “Here, O Emperor, are the treasures of the Church!” Lawrence was martyred for his faith in Christ, which overflowed in his generous life toward others.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Sara and Ron Urban to the glory of God on the occasion of their 10th wedding anniversary.
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 Joyce Alexander to volunteer.
CID GOLF FUNDRAISER . . . the Lutheran Legacy Foundation is hosting a golf scramble at Hickory Point in Forsyth, Illinois, on Friday, September 23. The fee is $65.00 with any further donations going directly to Camp CILCA and CILCA Endowment Fund. You may email your registration to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMEMBER TO CHECK THE FLOWER CHART & BULLETIN BOARD . . . for opportunities and updated announcements.
THANK YOU . . . to everyone who helped in making Immanuel’s 125th anniversary celebration a memorable and enjoyable event! The spotless cleaning of our church, the preparation and serving of the bountiful and delicious food, the beautiful decorations and anniversary cards, the retrieving and restoration of the bell, and all of the work behind the scene were done exceptionally well and to the glory of God. May God continue to bless Immanuel and its members as we remain steadfast in His Word! — The Anniversary Committee.
WHY? . . . Why do we dress well for church? Sometimes it is said that people dress up for church only to show off.This is both improper to think (for we are required by the Eighth Commandment to think well and not evil of our neighbors) and likely to be wrong. The Christian’s desire to dress appropriately for worship comes from a knowledge of the fact that we come to stand in the presence of God when in church. That is, Christ is present in the Gospel and the Sacrament. The preaching of the Gospel and the Holy Liturgy contain Christ Himself, and this can be even more profoundly seen in the Holy Sacrament, which is the Body and Blood of Christ. One way to express our faith in this truth is to dress ourselves well, as people who know and live according to this truth. We dress up our building, we dress up our pastor, we dress up our altar and other church furniture. Is it not fitting, then, that we also dress up ourselves, according to our ability? But is this a law? Certainly not! It is, rather, by a recognition of the Gospel that we learn to dress ourselves well for church. In Christ we have been set free from the demands of the law to gain God’s favor. We live by faith in Him, and our faith has opportunity to express itself according to the freedom of the Gospel. But the law of love does have a bearing on the matter in two ways. First, in that we ought not to become our neighbor’s judges, ready to condemn someone for dressing a certain way; we Christians ought to bear with one another’s weaknesses, and so fulfill the law of Christ, as the Apostle says. Further, what a poor man might call dressing well ought never be looked upon with scorn by someone who has more than he. For to dishonor the poor is to dishonor Christ. Second, we ought to seek not to give offense by the clothing we wear to the altar, for love of the family of faith ought to be evident especially as we commune together. The liberty of a Christian must always be weighed against the Christian’s mindfulness of his neighbor.
SERVICES ONLINE . . . This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:
- On Immanuel’s Facebook page
- On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
- On Immanuel’s YouTube channel