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Sunday (8/18)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 4:00 pm—Visitation for Marylin Joergens (Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola, IL)


  • 10:00 am—Funeral Service for Marylin Joergens (Immanuel)


  • 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
  • 11:30 am—Parent-Pastor Catechism Meeting
  • 7:00 pm—Youth Group Event


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 Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Joe Irace (friend of Roger & Wanda Long); 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 John & Christine Roughton); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Irene Wattjes.

DEATHS: Family of Marylin Joergens.



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

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; 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 . . . Jer 8:4–12; 1 Cor 12:1–11; Luke 19:41–48.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness” (Luke 16:1–9). The steward’s shrewdness is praiseworthy for two reasons. First, he knew the master would be merciful. He trusted that the master would honor the debts he forgave in the master’s name. In the same way, though we have squandered our heavenly Father’s possessions in selfishness and sin, Jesus is the Steward who has canceled our debt, knowing that His forgiveness will be honored by the Father because of the holy cross. Secondly, the steward was shrewd in using oil and wheat to provide for his earthly welfare. So also do these earthly elements aid us when pressed into heavenly use in the anointing of baptism and the wheat of the Lord’s Supper. Those who have the Sacraments will have an eternal home when their earthly home fails. These provide us aid in times of temptation (1 Cor. 10:6–13). For the Lord is our strength and a shield to all who trust in Him (2 Sam. 22:26–34).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 16:8 “For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” Money is a tool that can be used for good or wicked purposes. Often unbelievers show more shrewdness in this than we Christians. If we really believe all that stuff we say in the Creed every Sunday . . . won’t that affect how we use our money?

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Matthew & Terra Waldrop to the glory of God on the occasion of their 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 Roger & Wanda Long to volunteer.

NEW SECRETARIAL HOURS . . . will be Monday–Tuesday, 8:00 am–2:30 pm, and Wednesday–Thursday, 8:00 am–12:30 pm, beginning the week of August 18. This enables Connie also to work with the PASS Afterschool Program.

PASTOR BRAATEN WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE . . . August 19–21, attending the CTSFW 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).

THE BOARD OF EDUCATION NEEDS YOUR HELP . . . moving furniture out of the classrooms and nursery so that we can have the carpets cleaned before Rally Day. Please plan to help out Sunday, August 25 immediately following the Divine Service. On Saturday, August 31st at 6:30 pm, following the Saturday night service, we will be putting the items back into the classroom. If you can help one or both days, we would really appreciate it. Thank you!

PARENT-PASTOR CATECHISM MEETING . . . Sunday, August 25, 11:30 am, in the Fellowship Hall to discuss what we will learn during the year, what is expected of the student, and what your responsibilities as a parent of a catechism student are. Catechism Classes will begin on Sunday, September 8, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm, at church for all students prepared to begin.

ST JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH IN BATH, IL . . . is hosting a Fish Fry on Monday August 26 from 4:30 PM –7:00 pm.  The menu will include breaded walleye, catfish fillets, chicken strips and home fries, as well as coleslaw, baked beans, and desserts! Funds raised will go toward supporting missions in our district. Church location is; 10844 N Co Rd 1400E, Bath, IL 62617. Hope to see you there!

CID GOLF FUNDRAISER . . . the Lutheran Legacy Foundation is hosting a golf scramble at Hickory Point in Forsyth, Illinois on Friday September 27. The fee is $60.00 with any further donations going directly to Camp CILCA and CILCA Endowment Fund. The registration deadline is September 23. You may email your registration to: revdms@gmail.com.

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.

KFUO . . . this week,  study Psalm 41 and Daniel 8–11 on Thy Strong Word with Rev. AJ Espinosa and his guest pastors (weekdays at 11:00 am CT), hear about the Saga of Salvation in Exodus 17–20 on Sharper Iron with Rev. Timothy Appel and his guest pastors (weekdays at 8:00 am CT), and hear about driving your tractor to church in mid-Missouri on The Coffee Hour (8/20 at 9:00 am CT). Find your favorite programs on demand at kfuo.org or wherever you get your podcasts!



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


  • Dave & Michelle Stumeier (West)
  • Tim Hoel (East)



  • Jack Appleby
  • Donna Campbell; Marissa Russo


  • Jack Appleby
  • Dolores Ford; Lexie Russo



  • Oliver Braaten (Crucifer)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Torches)
  • Beau Whitson (Gospel)


  • Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
  • Oliver Braaten (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Evan Reifsteck (Gospel)


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


  • Tammy Kresin—August
  • Joy Stenger—September


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