Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sunday Bulletin

Week of December 10, 2017

Bible Study

Join us for Adult Bible Study in the church library following worship service. We are studing God's Word.

Vacancy Plans at Immanuel

Pastor Michael Parris agreed to be our vacancy Pastor.  In addition to being at Immanuel on Sundays, he plans to be with us on Wednesdays, teaching confirmation, visiting shut-ins, etc. We will do our best to keep members of our congregation informed as we move forward with the Call process.  Prayers for all concerned are important and appreciated.

A Pastoral Call was extended November 19. Now we wait and pray. Thank you to the Board of Elders, the Church Council for their leadership through this process. We also appreciate the guidance of Pastor Parris, Pastor Kaltwasser, Circuit Visitor and LCMS-IDE President Brian Saunders.

Advent Services

The first Sunday in Advent is December 3rd.

Wednesday evening Advent Services begin December 6th. Supper will be served at 5:30 PM, Worship will begin at 6:30 PM. Rachel Circle will serve Sloppy Joe’s this Wednesday.

After Advent service, please stay for Choir Practice (about a half-hour). Choir will sing during the Christmas season.

The word 'advent' is from the Latin word for 'coming' and as such, describes the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ into the flesh. Advent begins the church year. The traditional use of Advent candles originated in eastern Germany even prior to the Reformation. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ.

Christmas Schedule

Christmas Eve Children’s Service will be Sunday, December 24th at 6:00PM. Please note the time – the Lamplighter is incorrect. NOT 6:30PM – it starts at 6PM.
Christmas Day Worship and Holy Communion is at 9AM, Monday, December 25th.  

Offerings

As we approach the end of 2017, please remember your offerings.  As of this time, the Missions budget has not been met. 

Your offering envelopes are divided into two parts. One part is for "Home" budget, and one is for "Missions". Ten percent of the offerings are put in the Repair and Maintenance budget up to a balance of $15,000.

Special envelopes are used as follows:

  • New Year's Day special envelope- Home
  • Ash Wednesday/Lenten/Maundy Thursday/Good Friday special envelope - Missions
  • Easter Sunday special envelope - Home
  • Thanksgiving special envelope - Home
  • Advent Special Envelope- Missions
  • Christmas Eve special envelope - Lutheran Family Services
  • Christmas Day special envelope - Missions
  • Father's Day (no special envelope) loose plate money - Lutheran Family Services

All other loose plate money received is split, half designated for the Home budget and half designated for Mission budget.

Thank you  -

to all who volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels during November. We deliver again in February – if you can help, please speak with Bev Wolff. Thanks!

2017 Church Council

Church Council members for 2017 are: David Steinberg – President, Ivan Wold - Vice President, Michele Heimer – Secretary, Karen Steinberg– Treasurer, Bruce Gerdts - Head Elder, Mel Schroeder - Trustees, Connie Groth – Financial Sec’y, Julie Bless – Education, Bev Beaver - Stewardship, and Sue Sandera – Evangelism.

Facebook

Evangelism Committee invites you to join Immanuel’s Facebook page. Look for us at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church – St. Ansgar, then LIKE IT. Once you LIKE IT, all posts will come directly to your Home Page. Look for more information, as we establish an advisory board made up of our Youth, young adults and parents. Our goal is to share information that brings value to your day.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church St Ansgar

RESERVING CHURCH FACILITIES

Please complete the Facilities Use form and submit it to the church council. It can be left in the church office mail slot.

Use of the church for non-church events must be approved by the council before being placed on the church calendar.

Your Offerings…

Direct Deposit is available for your weekly offerings.  Contact your local bank if you are interested in using this option.

Bibles, Sunday School materials, Portals of Prayers and CHRISTIAN literature

of all kinds are being collected by the Naomi Circle.  These will be sent to Love Packages in Butler, Illinois. Love Packages is a ministry aimed at putting CHRISTIAN LITERATURE and BIBLES into the hands of people around the world who are hungry for the word of God.  Place these materials in the specially marked basket in the Gathering Area.  No hymnals or Quarterlies can be used.  Thank you for caring and sharing.