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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (8/10)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 11:30 am—Parent-Pastor Catechism Meeting

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Wednesday

  • 6:30 pm—Summer Confession’s Study

Saturday

  • 8:00 am—Church Clean-Up Day
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (8/17)

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

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Brenda Bunting; Ellie Crawford; Whitney Czerwonka; DeDe Eversole; Jim Harbaugh; Erica Kremitzki; Amy Lee; Barb Pearson; Fred Rahn; Dana Stenger.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Dustin Fry.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Cora Jahnke; Neil Oliger; Corinne Oye; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Sam Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Tom & Ruth Bretz 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–Thursday, beginning at 11:00 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.

CHURCH CLEAN-UP DAY . . . will be next Saturday, August 16, 8:00 am‑3:00 pm. We will be cleaning up some of the outside, washing windows, organizing and cleaning the kitchen, classrooms, offices, and sanctuary. Lunch will be provided. So mark your calendars and bring your work gloves and tool boxes.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED . . . for the 2014–2015 Academic Year. If you are willing to teach for one, two, or three months out of the year, please contact Pastor Braaten. We are still in need of two teachers. If these positions are not filled those grades will not have Sunday School.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . on vacation August 18–August 31. If you have an emergency and need to contact him, you may do so on his mobile phone (217) 460‑2077, or you may contact one of the Elders.

THERE ARE STILL . . . openings to put flowers on the Altar. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway by the sanctuary or call the church office. Flowers are $30.00 and can be special ordered. Flowers can be taken home after the Sunday’s service.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

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

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Wanda Long; Mackenzie Bowles

NEXT WEEK

  • Ronald Legg
  • Wanda Long; Marissa Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Jake Dyer (Torches)
  • Caleb Stumeier

NEXT WEEK

  • Gunnar Campbell (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Harold & Irene Wattjes—August
  • Ann Carroll—September

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