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Sunday (5/22)

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


  • 7:00 pm—LWML


  • 7:30 am—Matins


  • 10:00 am—Looking Forward To Sunday Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


  • 11:00 am—Ladies Aid Luncheon (Flesor’s Candy Kitchen)


  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (5/29)

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

Monday (5/30)—Church Offices Closed (Memorial Day)


HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Regann Bowles; Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); DeDe Eversole; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Mary Jane Jones; Jeff Knight (friend of the Campbells); Erica Kremitzki; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Jeff Maxfield (friend of the Vukeliches); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Tim Pollock; Roland Spomer; Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes; Jill Zartler.



HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Corinne Oye; 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 by Ryan and Jami Bowles to the glory of God in memory of Jami’s father, Jim Stilwell.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . Monday, May 23–Tuesday, May 24. If you have an emergency you may contact Pastor Braaten on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Ronald Legg, Greg Nau, Bryce Reifsteck, Mark Whitson).

LADIES AID LUNCHEON . . . If you are going with Ladies Aid to lunch at Flesor’s Candy Kitchen on Thursday, May 26, 11:00 am, contact Dolores Ford at 2175522921 so she can reserve a table.

CAMP CILCA’S ANNUAL HOG ROAST . . . is next Sunday, May 29. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans, and desserts. The day begins with worship at 10:30 am. Lunch is served from 11:30—2:30. Adults are $8, children ages 4—12 are $5, children 3 and under are free. Join us for a weekend of camping, swimming, campfire devotions, and more. Check out cilca.org for more information.

A PICNIC-ON-THE-LAWN . . . is planned for next Sunday, May 29, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charleston, Illinois, as part of their 90th anniversary celebration. Please bring all you will need for your meal including food, drinks, service, and blanket. Grills will be available. Immanuel’s address is 902 Cleveland Avenue, Charleston, Illinois. Plan to attend for fellowship and celebration!

BI-MONTHLY MISSION . . . is Sunday, June 5. All loose cash in the offering will go to Camp CILCA.

PEORIA BACH FESTIVAL . . . will be held June 5-12, 2016. This year’s festival will feature eight concerts and six other events including a free lunch lecture and an event for children. The first concert on Sunday, June 5, will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1420 Moss Ave., Peoria) with all other concerts and events held at Trinity Lutheran Church (135 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria). More information can be found on Immanuel’s bulletin boards, as well as calling (309) 676-4609 or visiting www.peoriabachfestival.org.

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.

A PRAYER FOR RESPONSIBLE CITENZSHIP . . . Lord, keep this nation under Your care. Bless the leaders of our land that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Grant that we may choose trustworthy leaders, contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare, and serve You faithfully in our generation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.



  • Ruth Sims (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)


  • Donna Campbell (West)
  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)



  • Greg Nau
  • Ruth Bretz; Marissa Russo


  • Greg Nau
  • Sue Rothe; Lexie Russo



  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)


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


  • Laverl Byers—May
  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—June


  • Judy Legg/Janet Stumeier—May
  • Dolores Ford—June


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