May 21st – 28th

Jesus’ body and blood in His Supper is given for the forgiveness of our sins. We celebrate this gift today as a community of LCMS members. Please speak with the Pastor if you have not knelt with us at the Lord’s Table before. Please register your attendance in the pew folder.
WORSHIP INFORMATION
Order of Service Divine Service 3, p 184
Hymns      463, 844, 480, 556, 482
Lessons   Acts 17, p 1178; 1 Peter 3, p 1295; John 14, p 1146
Sermon          “A Provoked Spirit”             Acts 17:16-31
Sunday School Choir             “Kids of the Kingdom”
Solo                “How Great Thou Art”                 Arlo Peterson
Organists   Sat: Gloria Hollatz   Sun: Lynette Finnern
PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Lorre McDermott, Arlo Peterson, Jim Klimek, Mike McDaniel, Jerry Jacobs, Ione Frandle, Coleen McIntire, Mary Springer, Cory Springer, Char Hjelm, Dave Gappa, Chloe Lee, Sally Sarff, Brandon Grant, Mary Blauert & Kalvin Blauert, Mary Klimek, Jay LaMere, Aiden Zaun, Jackie Roberts & Lori Thorson
We ask God’s blessings on Eileen Klein (91) 5/20.
God comfort the family of Diane Kelstrom (sis of Delbert & Rodney).
We pray for those serving in the Armed Forces.
THIS WEEK
Saturday, May 20     7:00 PM Worship with Communion
Sunday, May 21     9:00 AM Worship with Communion
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Bible Class
4:00 PM District Board Meeting through Monday
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
Tuesday, May 23     8:30 AM Baccalaureate Practice
8:30 AM Bible Breakfast
Wednesday, May 24   10:00 AM Catechism Study
Thursday, May 25     6:30 PM Circuit Ascension Service at Zion, Alex
Saturday, May 27   12:00 PM Open House Graduation Party for Noah Riedel
7:00 PM Worship
Sunday, May 28     9:00 AM Worship, Senior Recognition
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Bible Class
7:00 PM Baccalaureate
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
WORSHIP HELPERS May 20: John & Diane Potratz and Hunter Penrose. May 21: Mike & Teresa Harstad Family, Mike & Shelby Harstad Family and Aiden Larson. May 27: Deb Marquard, Joanie Oler and Rosalee Moske. May 28: Jon & Jurene Lammle, Susan, Morgan Lammle Family and Calin Mattocks. May 28(Baccalaureate): Our Elders and Hali Moske.
Life thoughts for May 21 – Sixth Sunday of Easter – Paul reasoned with his deceived neighbors rather than ridiculing them (Acts 17:17, 22ff.). They must have frustrated him, but he believed them just as much coveted creatures of God as himself. May our speaking truth give voice to Gospel hope, show divine gentleness, and share respect received from Jesus (1 Peter 3:15). Lord Jesus, fill our words with Your own. Amen.
INFORMATION FOR YOU FROM OUR LIBRARY:  Thanks for everyone helping in the library – many hands make work light. Little Lambs is still being used as a nursery and so gets messed up. Please help by picking up when you leave. Thanks.
FEATURE BOOK for Little Lambs:  Ideas for a Windy Day and Ideas with Water both by Marjorie Newman. They contain great ideas for when the kids need something to do at home after school is out. Check them out in the Junior/TN section.  Code: Black 305.2 New
FEATURE BOOK with DVD in the adult library:  23 Questions about Hell by Bill Wiese, tells of his amazing story and the lesson he has learned from his visit to Hell. A DVD is included in the book. Code: Blue 236 Wie  (It will be on the little table for you to check it out.)
A Special Quilt Sale is taking place in the narthex. These beautiful quilts are only $100 each! Place payment in an envelope, label as “Quilts” and drop into the LWML card slot.
A friendly reminder that the back pews are reserved for families with small children.
Interested in helping with the Lutheran Fair booth at the Douglas County Fair in August? Contact the church office.  Support our missionaries! Donate to the TIM fund.

WE REMEMBER THOSE IN THE ARMED FORCES:

Sgt Ryan Harris (son of Bob & Kelly)              National Guard
Spc CJ Jahnke (son of Charles & Val)                     National Guard
Spc Theo Jahnke (son of Charles & Val)                Stationed in Cuba
Spc Zakk Jahnke (son of Charles & Val)     Deploying to Lithuania
CJ Marotto (son of Craig & Karen)                     Stationed in Kansas
Colonel Kyle Riedel (son of Al & Diane)   Stationed in South Carolina
INFORMATION FOR TODAY With whom can I share the important news of Jesus this week?
In Sunday School today, our children will study “Jesus Ascends into Heaven” to prepare a place for us there with Him (Acts 1:1–11; Luke 24:44–53) and “John’s Vision of Heaven.” Ask the children to tell you about Jesus’ ascension and what it means for them.
Special Needs Fund offering is this weekend. Use an envelope in the pew rack to provide funds for local people in need.
Today is the last day of Sunday School. A special thank you to our superintendent, teachers and helpers for all of their service and dedication.
An Adult Confirmation Class is beginning. Contact Pastor to begin this seven-week class.
VBS need toilet paper tubes. Drop them off in the coat area.
The Wednesday Bible Class will meet May 24 at 10 AM. Pick up Small Catechism study guide 8 from the narthex counter.
Urgently Needed: a nurse (RN or LPN) to become our Footcare coordinator. Footcare happens once a month at Immanuel for a 2-hour period. It is currently the first Thursday of the month from 9:30-11:30 AM, but the day and time can be changed to accommodate the coordinator’s schedule. This is a needed and well-used ministry and we want to be able to continue it! Contact Donna Herdman or Pastor.
The Alexandria Circuit is celebrating Ascension Day on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, Alexandria. We will gather outside of the church (in the carport area- by the main entrance), will receive bulletins, and begin the service. Together we will head to the Ascension Day Scene (part of History on 3rd), view it, and proceed to the Sanctuary to continue our time of worship. There will be special music. A fellowship time will follow the worship service.
INFORMATION FOR TODAY Graduate Recognition will be May 28 at 9 AM. Seniors should be here at 8:40 with their gown to get a flower and choose a quilt.
PPHS Baccalaureate will be May 28, 7 PM, at Immanuel.
Vacation Bible School will be June 11-15 from 6 to 8:30 PM. Mighty Fortress is the theme. A free family supper will be served at 5:15. Registration forms and flyers are on the narthex counter. Take some flyers to invite children in your neighborhood. A few volunteers are still needed including a rec leader, preschool guide and 3rd & 5th grade helpers! Contact Kelly Hansen.
Needed: donations to the Pastoral Student & Seminarian Scholarship fund by this fall.
Sign Up to ride a Hart Travel bus to the statewide Reformation 500 Celebration on Sunday, October 29 at Concordia University, St Paul. Pres. Matthew Harrison will preach. Cost of the bus is $20. Bus will leave Immanuel at noon, stop at Carlos and Zion, Alexandria and then drive to Concordia for the 4 PM Celebration. The bus will stop on the way home for supper.
INFORMATION FOR YOU Immanuel has a Facebook page! Facebook people: liking or sharing posts will give greater exposure to what we, as a church, are doing.
15 pounds of ground pork, freshly butchered and frozen in one pound packages, have been donated to the church. Packages are available for a $3 donation. They are located in the kitchen freezer.
Thank you very much for your support and generosity by allowing me to use the small library to provide counseling through Lakeland Mental Health for so many years! It was very much appreciated! Love, Claudia
A canvas print was received from Claudia Liljegren as a thank you gift. It is hanging by Evon’s desk.
Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “The Best of Things in the Worst of Times” based on Philippians 1:27 with Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus. As another generation comes along that knows not the Lord or what He has done, God enables His people to do the best of things in the worst of times.
Main Street Living can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo and other Fox stations, and anytime at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com. Rev. David Wagner of Beautiful Savior in Fargo preaches May 28. And checkout the Sunday School episodes from 10:30 to 11 AM.   Prayers, generosity enable LCMS mercy efforts
Dick Keezer , a flood victim and member of First Lutheran Church, Neosho, Mo., prays with his pastor, the Rev. Steve Gillmore ; the Rev. Michael Meyer, manager of LCMS Disaster Response; and the Rev. Greg Mech (right), pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin, Mo., during a May 3 visit at Keezer’s flood-damaged home in Neosho.  Spring 2017’s severe storms have affected Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations and their communities in the Midwest and Texas; and once again, prayers and continued generosity from people across the Synod have equipped congregations to share Christ’s mercy in the aftermath. During torrents of heavy rain, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency April 29, after flooding began in several parts of the state. More flooding occurred in the following days as rivers and waterways crested, resulting in two reported deaths and the closure of major roadways going into and out of affected areas. May 16 tornadoes caused extensive damage and one death in Wisconsin.  April 27 four tornadoes had touched down in East Texas, killing four and injuring dozens, according to news reports. The most recent storms are only part of a string of destructive calamities putting pressure on available disaster-response resources. These resources are provided by generous contributions from people who make a difference in the lives of those facing fear and uncertainty. To help: designate a gift for LCMS Disaster Relief on your church envelope or make check to LCMS and mail to: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
Every Thrivent member has two action grants of $250 each that they can use each year for free. If you are willing to have your action grants used for projects at Immanuel, contact the church office.
Worldwide KFOU is the Official LCMS Radio. Listen at KFOU.org.
CAN YOU HELP The Lutheran Mission Center at the Douglas County Fair, Alexandria, needs a representative or two from our congregation. There are four meetings a year. In August, you work at the Mission Center for approximately 4 hours. It is a great opportunity for sharing your faith. The next meeting will be May 30th, 7:00 PM at Good Shepherd. Please consider becoming our representative. We also need three more people to help the day of the fair. Call the church office if you are willing to take a part in this Mission.
Wanted: Someone to serve as our congregational scrapbook keeper. If you are interested, see Pastor.
Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for June 18 and beyond. Signup sheet is on the narthex counter.
Needed: donations to the TIM fund to support the missionaries our circuit helps to sponsor. Use your missions envelopes or designate a gift on your regular envelope for TIM.
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes: Check out the garage sales for like new items/or brand new items on sale etc. First, choose an age group and then think: “What would I want my child to be given?” These children may never receive another gift so make it one they will remember. We encourage each member of our congregation to give a shoe box this year. START NOW!
Lutheran Island Camp is collecting old shoes in any condition. The bins for collection are located in the coat area. Shoes in good shape will be reconditioned for use in needy countries.
A basket of Prayer Shawls and Lap Robes is on the table by the elevator. They are for anyone in need of comfort, healing, remembrance, etc.   Please put the name of those receiving the prayer shawl or lap robe on the register with the date.