Announcements at Immanuel

Announcements for April 18, 2021

immanuelosmond | 16 April, 2021 12:37

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER for this morning is Larry Krohn and next Sunday our reader will be LYF member, Mason Gansebom. Helping with communion this morning are Ross Stelling and Paul Koehler.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Connor Gutz and Zachary Huwaldt. Next Sunday they will be Parker Johnson and Connor von Rentzell.

THE CHRIST CANDLE, standing near the pulpit, symbolizes the presence of the risen Christ with His Church, the Body of Christ. Since the candle symbolizes the presence of Christ with the Church, the liturgical rubric calls for it to be lighted from Easter Day to Ascension. It stands extinguished the rest of the year except for Funerals, Baptisms, and other significant services.

TODAY, the Synod will commemorate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s defiant defense of the pure Gospel by observing “Here I Stand” Sunday, as called for by the adoption of Resolution 4–09 at the 2019 Synod convention. April 18, 1521, three and a half years after he nailed the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Martin Luther made his historic stand at the Diet (official meeting) in the German city of Worms (pronounced “Vorms”). Accused of fostering heresy, he was directed by Charles V and other leaders to recant his teaching about the pure Gospel or face death. Luther concluded his statement to the Diet with the words: “I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. “I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen” (LW 32:112–13). Today the 500th anniversary of the historic meeting will be remembered in worship and be the subject of adult Bible class.

BLESSING OF SOIL, SEEDS, AND WATER: Sundays after Easter, normally Rogation Sunday, is a traditional time of praying for agriculture. Blessing of soil and seeds, traditionally celebrated on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Rogation Week, has been a time to pray for planting and for those working with the land. Historically in rural areas, many people bless the elements used in farming, the fields, the seeds, and animals. The prayer on behalf of growing season, is a time to show gratitude for soil, water, and growth, and to challenge Christians to think carefully of the food they eat, their care of water, earth and seed. Being in a rural community, we know that the increase of the earth requires the blessing of God’s care. Today, we bring samples of soil, seeds, and water to the altar asking God to bless the increase of the earth that people might enjoy food for earthly life. Genesis 1:11-12—Then God said: Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. And so it happened: the earth brought forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw that it was good.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet again this Thursday, April 22nd, at 6:30 AM. Men, young and old, are encouraged and invited to the study time.

THANK YOU! The trustees would like to thank Brian Guenther, Kevin Pfanstiel, Connor Gutz and Tucker von Rentzell for their help with “resodding” the grass along the church and parsonage sidewalks. Your help was truly appreciated!!

THE QUARTERLY VOTER’S MEETING will be held Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Minutes of the January Voter’s meeting are in the bulletin boxes of voting members.

A CALL MEETING will be held next Sunday, April 25th, at 7:00 PM. The congregation is invited to attend. Only voter’s will be allowed to vote on which candidate to call. You do have the opportunity to become a voting member by first attending Wednesday night’s voter’s meeting. Biography information on the three candidates to be voted on is in your bulletin boxes.

EDEN, THE COMFORT DOG -- Please join us next Sunday, April 25, as we welcome Eden, comfort dog from Peace Lutheran church, Columbus. Eden will be here for church service, Bible study and Sunday School. Eden is a Sunday school project and will share how Lutheran Church Charities uses comfort dogs to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ, wherever there are hurting people. There will be an offering collected to help support this wonderful project.

TO THE MEMBERS OF IMMANUEL: It is with a joy-filled heart that I greet you today and thank you for the generous gift your congregation sent to Alaska Mission for Christ. The funds have been split as requested to support my work as Servant Event Coordinator & Pastor & Darlene’s work as summer hosts in Anchorage. We thank God for your generous hearts. We will be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with for furthering the Gospel proclamation. To Him be praised! Jan Bruick, Alaska Mission for Christ

DEAR FRIENDS IN CHRIST AT IMMANUEL: What a blessing to receive your gift of love for the work of our dear Lord Jesus! This morning in my devotion the words of the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 rang so clear: “YOU DON’T BELONG TO YOURSELVES; YOU WERE BOUGHT FOR PRICE.” Jesus paid the price for our sins on that cross, and because of that it’s NOT about us. Yet we live in a world today where “It’s all about me”! We owe everything to Jesus…and your gift will be used to tell people in darkness about HIM! Thank you for participating in the outreach mission of the church. Old Missionary Gary, Mission Central

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: In the past year, $3,134 has been received from Thrivent Choice Dollars to be used at Immanuel. Also, $10,754.00 was received by Mission Central from Thrivent Choice Dollars. Because of all the volunteers of NOT NORMAL people, Mission Central now provides the MAJORITY of all the support of the missionaries of the LCMS, who have to raise their own support.

MAIN STREET LIVING: This is the Life – “The Main Event” – (1972) A boxer who is hit by a car becomes embittered until he meets a cheerful 8-year-old girl. Worship Service – Rev. Brett Witmer of Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland, IA, delivers the message “Peace to You” based on Luke 24:36-49. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, "One Greater Than Mrs. McCalliter" Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler (Jonah 1). The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

PASTOR LILIENKAMP is available in Osmond on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Wednesday evenings. Confirmation class is taught from 4-5:30 PM. Thursday mornings, he is available before and after 9:00 Bible class. Thursday afternoon available until 3 PM. To ensure contact, please call Pastor Lilienkamp at 402-369-2529 or the church office at 402-748-3301 to check availability.

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM LOVE SIGNS will be here at Immanuel tomorrow (Monday, April 19th) at 4:00 p.m. to do a demonstration on a new sign that could possibly be a memorial project. Anyone interested, is invited to see the demonstration.

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