Announcements at Immanuel

Announcements for May 16, 2021

immanuelosmond | 14 May, 2021 10:18

SERMON “The Joy of Ascension!” Luke 24:51-53

 

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 Paul Koehler and next Sunday our reader will be LYF member, Kaden Polt. Helping with communion this morning are Larry Krohn and Ed Brummels.

 

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Caden Wingert and Kaden Polt. Next Sunday they will be Mason Gansebom and Karter Johnson.

THE VOTERS extended a Divine Call on April 25th to Pastor Caleb Kruse, Associate Pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, NE to be pastor here at Immanuel. Please hold Pastor Kruse in your prayers as he considers this call. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him in discernment as to where he might better use his gifts in the Church. A decision should be reached by May 23rd.

CHRIST CANDLE, standing near the pulpit, has been lighted for Sunday services since Easter morning. Because the Christ candle symbolizes the presence of the resurrected Christ with His Church, it is lighted from Easter to Ascension. Today, Sunday after Ascension, we observe with Ascension Day hymns, prayers, and sermon. However, since Ascension marks the bodily return of Jesus to the right hand of the Father in heaven, we do not light the Christ candle again until next Easter, except for the very special services such as baptisms and funerals.

ADULT BIBLE CLASS continues the series, “Dangerous Teachings of Christianity.” Today’s topic will zero in on miracles. Do miracles happen today? If they do, how do we explain that to unbelievers? Since every class is a “stand alone” unit, you can join class anytime and pick up the discussion. We often say today, “That was a miracle,” was it really?

NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Erik Christensen, Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Wayne, NE, will lead worship and adult Bible class. Pastor Carl and Darlene will be in Collinsville, Illinois for the confirmation service of grandson, Andrew. While Pastor is out-of-town, Pastor Jerome Leckband (402-992-0509) is available for any pastoral emergencies.

PASSING THE OFFERING PLATE is more than a ritual! The passing of the place gives opportunity to physically place our first-fruit gifts into the service of His Kingdom. In addition to singing, praising, and prayers, our offerings are acts of worship. The bringing of the gifts to altar, acknowledge that we take from our bounty and return to the Lord, literally putting them on the altar that they might be used wisely. We thank and praise God that we are blessed to take another step toward the normal life of the church.

QUILTING LADIES will meet Monday at 1:00 p.m.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may be addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

MANY DISHES AND PANS are on the tables in the kitchen. Please check the tables to see if there are any dishes or pans that belong to you. We would like to get them to their proper homes.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “Home Free” – (1978) A family learns the real meaning of love and that it comes free. Worship Service – Rev. Robert Mayes of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Beemer, NE and Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Wisner, NE, delivers the message “The Most Unusual Defense” based on John 17:11b-19. 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, Gain a Heart of Wisdom" with Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler - Pentecost (Psalm 90:12). 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.

WHAT ABOUT BOOKS have been revised and are available for you near the bulletin boxes. These books are easy to read and explain what Lutherans believe and teach about topics important for today.

GOT CONFLICT? We all do in our own ways. The real question is: how do Christians deal with it? You are invited to St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Pierce, on Wednesdays, starting June 16th, from 6:30-7:30pm, for a course on the gift of reconciliation through Jesus and how to live, proclaim and cultivate reconciliation in your marriage, home, workplace or other areas of life. The course will run approximately 10 weeks. Cost is $15 which includes the workbook. For more information or to register, please call St. John’s at 402-329-4298 or email Pastor Tuma at pastortuma@stjohnspierce.org Deadline to register is Monday, May 24th.

 
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