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Sunday (6/11)

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


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

Sunday (6/18)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class (No Sunday School)
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Class (Fellowship Hall)


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Bernita Ashwill; Mark Ashwill; Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Sandy Bates (friend of Joan Vukelich); Randy Bergeson (friend of Pastor Braaten and Ann Carroll); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Judy Cox (daughter of Ruth Sims); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Tiffany Crouch and new daughter, Lauren; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; John Hofer (relative of Jerry Alexander); Fred & Barbara Holste (friends of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Mike Kerner (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Laurie McMillen; Rev. Ted Mitchell (pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church); Ken Moen (friend of the Vukeliches); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Ena Raaymakers (friend of Josh and Jaimee Whitson); Rev. Michael  Schuermann; Sue Wisovaty (friend of Joan Vukelich).



MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Alan and Patricia Ludwig; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: John Bookas; 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 15:1–6; 1 John 4:16–21; Luke 16:19–31.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . When Isaiah beheld the glory of the Lord, he cried out “Woe is me!” For the sinner cannot stand in the presence of a holy God and live (Is. 6:1–7). But God the Father lifted up His Son Jesus for us on the cross, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. This eternal life of Christ is given us according to the Holy Spirit’s good pleasure in Baptism. “Unless one is born [again] of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). To sinners in fear of death, the messengers of God place on our lips the living body and blood of Christ and speak His words of absolution, “Your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for” (Is. 6:7). Having received forgiveness and life from the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit, we join with the angels in praising the blessed Trinity, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!” (Is. 6:3). “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:33–36).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Isaiah 6:3 “And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’” Behold the threefold Name of God—here in Isaiah the angels cry Holy, Holy, Holy, which is nothing else than an indication of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the Name we are baptized into. We have been made a part of God’s family. And so we are now called to live lives that are in harmony with our new family: we are to be godly, to live in God’s image. As God is loving, and kind, and generous—so are we called to be.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given to the glory of God by Bryon & Marylin Joergens and Darrell & Dolores Ford who celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on the 7th of June.

THANK YOU ALL . . . for the notes of congratulations, gifts, and ongoing encouragement on the anniversary of my ordination into the office of the holy ministry. I was overwhelmed by your kindness. I consider it a joy to serve as your pastor, and pray that our gracious and giving Lord will continue to bless our time together as we receive His gifts, grow in knowledge and understanding of His Word, and eagerly await His return. Thank you again. Yours in Christ, Pastor Braaten.

THE 2017 VBS WAS A SUCCESS! . . . A huge thanks to all who volunteered their time, resources, and talents for our children this year! We made some new friends, too! A special and heartfelt thanks to Mary Appleby who provided the materials and her knowledge so the children could make beautiful stained glass pieces, some of which will be displayed in the Fellowship Hall after the Divine Service – please stop by and take a look!

THANK YOU TO OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS . . . for their dedication to serving the Lord by teaching our children all about the ministry of our Triune God! We will recognize the 2016–2017 teachers during the Sunday Divine Service: Jami Bowles, Lauren Braaten, Donna Campbell, Gunnar Campbell, Theresa Fields, Judy Legg, Celeste Nau, Michelle Stumeier, and Leigh Ann Whitson.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . Monday, June 12–Thursday, June 15. If you have an emergency you may contact Pastor Braaten on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Jack Appleby, Kenny Kresin, Greg Nau, or Bryce Reifsteck).

ICE CREAM SOCIAL . . . at St. Mary’s Pesotum today, June 11, 4:00 pm–6:30 pm. Homemade ice cream, BBQ, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, desserts, and drinks. Raffles, games, face painting, and a bounce house! $7.00/adult; $4.00/child; children 5 and under are free.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT . . . is playing at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois, July 19–30, 2017. Tickets are on sale now through the box office at 217-728-7375. Prices vary according to age. Visit http://www.thelittletheatre.org/ for more information. If anyone is interested in going as a group, let Leigh Ann know.

YOU CAN TEACH LAYPEOPLE THEOLOGY. . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, Illinois, and  hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: Jesus on Anxiety, David & Goliath, Purgatory, Prayer, The Movie “Alien: Covenant” and more.  You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

A PRAYER FOR THE SICK . . . O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need, look with favor upon Your servant name. Assure him/her of Your mercy, deliver him/her from the temptations of the evil one, and give him/her patience and comfort in his/her illness. If it please you, restore him/her to health, or give him/her grace to accept this tribulation with courage and hope; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A PRAYER FOR THE YOUNG . . . Gracious Father, Your Son grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and all people. Bless, guide, and govern the children and young people of Your Church by Your Holy Spirit, that they, too, may grow in grace and in the knowledge of Your Word. Grant that they may serve You well and usefully, developing their talents not for their own sakes but to Your glory and for the welfare of their neighbor. Protect and defend them from all danger and harm, giving Your holy angels charge over them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.



  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Joan Vukelich (East)


  • Tim & Teri Pollock (West)
  • Donna Campbell (East)



  • Jack Appleby
  • Sue Rothe; Mackenzi Bowles


  • Jack Appleby
  • Holly Wikoff; Marissa Russo



  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Gospel)


  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Gospel)


  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—June
  • Donna Campbell—July


  • Dolores Ford—June
  • Wanda Long—July


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