July 23rd – 30th

Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the tares in today’s Gospel from Matthew 13. Read these words as you prepare for worship and reflect on what Jesus is saying to you.
Order of Service Divine Service 3, p 184
Hymns                                               827, 892, 921
Lessons    Isaiah 44, p 769; Romans 8, p 1201; Matthew 13, p 1040
Sermon          “He Who Has Ears, Let Him Hear”         Matthew 13
Organists   Sat: Diane Alveshere    Sun: Elaine Beulke
PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Dennis Karger, Ione Frandle, Linda Self, Arlo Peterson, Hildegard Thompson, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Jerry Jacobs, Coleen McIntire, Cory Springer, Char Hjelm, Dave Gappa, Sally Sarff, Brandon Grant, Mary Blauert, Kalvin Blauert, Aiden Zaun, Pam Christensen, Garrett Grommesh(fr of Holly Collom), Mary Klimek, Jackie Roberts, Shannon Olson & Lori Thorson.
We ask God’s blessings on Roger Wallner (88) 7/28.
Saturday, July 22    7:00 PM Worship
Sunday, July 23    9:00 AM Worship
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Bible Class
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
Tuesday, July 25     8:30 AM Bible Breakfast
7:00 PM Elders Meeting
Wednesday, July 26   10:00 AM  Catechism Study
6:00 PM Board of Education
7:00 PM ACT Meeting
8:00 PM Evening Prayer Service
Thursday, July 27     6:00 PM Evangelism Meeting
7:00 PM Council Meeting
Saturday, July 29     7:00 PM Worship
Sunday, July 30     9:00 AM Worship
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Voters Meeting
4:00 PM Music Recital
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
WORSHIP HELPERS July 22: John & Diane Potratz and Jaqui Neitzert. July 23: Glen & Dawn Olson Family, Roy Olson, Nathan & Laura Westad Family and Nick Jirik. July 29: Sandi Rud, Robin Samuelson and Jackson Lynch. July 30: Howard & Jean Ost, Laurel & Jurlienne Riedel and Colton Riedel.
Life Thoughts for July 23 – Weeds infiltrate even the Lord’s gardens (Matthew 13:26-27), and creation itself groans (Romans 8:22). Choosing life can mean suffering, but soon comes harvest. God’s glory cannot stay long concealed (Matthew 13:43), and Christ’s resurrection assures that it will more than make up to us for all annoyances (Romans 8:18). Son of Man, our Rock and our Redeemer, sow such hope in our hearts that we fear not in any weakness. Amen.
INFORMATION FOR YOU FROM OUR LIBRARY:  Yes, we do have some LARGE PRINT books. They are in the bookcase just behind the door by the desk. We hope to add more.   FEATURE BOOK:  Lena by Margaret Jensen. Lena was a godly woman in Margaret’s life. In her darkest hour she drew upon Lena’s unshakable faith. Together they are with Ralph whose tortured mind struggles between good and darkness. Yet God was preparing a way of escape… Code:  Green Jen
Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “Confidence to Face Whatever Comes Our Way” based on Romans 8:28-39 with Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz. No matter what life throws our way, God promises that His eternal purposes can never be thwarted.
Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com. Rev. Carl L. Noble from St Paul’s Lutheran in Perham, MN, preaches July 30. Watch the Sunday School episode from 10:30 to 11 AM.
Thrivent Members: log into your account online to receive $50 in Thrivent Choice dollars, which must be designated by August 31.
Mission Booth at the Fair – Fair time is fast approaching. If you have items to donate or are planning on making items, please bring them to the library from now until the fair starts. Dishcloths, towels, plants, fresh veggies, etc. are all items we can sell.

INFORMATION FOR TODAY With whom can I share the Words of Jesus this week?

The Wednesday Bible Class will meet July 26 at 10 AM. Pick up a Small Catechism study guide 13 from the narthex counter.
Attention LWML! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 26. It’s time to make plans for the regional Fall Rally that is coming up in October. The planning meeting will be held at Zion, Alex, at 10 AM in the fireside room.
End the day with prayer! Evening Prayer is Wednesdays at 8 PM this summer. Everyone is welcome. It is a great way to end the day!
Church Council meeting will be July 27 at 7 PM. Voters Meeting is July 30 at 10:30 AM. Plan to attend!
Mark your calendar: Michael Thomas and friends are planning a music concert at Immanuel on July 30 at 4 PM. There will be a variety of vocal and brass solos, duets and quartets.
St Johns, Garfield invites you to a Reformation presentation on July 30 at 6:30 PM. Rev. Terry Finnern will share pictures, stories and information from his recent trip through Luther territory in Germany.
Needed: another nurse to help with Footcare on the first Thursday morning of the month. Please help spread the word.
Wanted: a quieter, small to medium size generator for the ACT food stand at the Rodeo on Friday, August 4. Contact Kelly Hansen or Pastor.
Cabin Lois Salad Supper will be August 4 from 5-7 PM. Proceeds go towards Cabin Lois and LIC Camperships. Cost is $8 for adults, 5-12 $4, and preschool is free.  Please consider donating a salad to Cabin Lois Salad Supper. A signup sheet is located on the narthex counter.  If you would be willing to help with the Cabin Lois Salad Supper, a signup sheet is located on the narthex counter.
Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for August 6 and 13. Sign up at the narthex counter. There are cookies in the freezer that you can serve.
  July is church cleaning month. Come any time and clean the area of your choice. See custodians or office for cleaning supplies. Put the area cleaned on the sheet in the kitchen.
Needed: donations to the Pastoral Student & Seminarian Scholarship fund by this fall. We want to provide scholarships for Riley Springer, Michael Thomas and Steph Wilde.
INFORMATION FOR YOU Do you like to organize? We’d like a couple of volunteers to do some cleaning and organizing in the basement and education wing. See Pastor  if interested.
Needed: ice cream pails with lids and smaller food containers for the kitchen.
If you are borrowing items from the kitchen, there is a small whiteboard by the sink to record your name, the date, and what item you have borrowed. Thank you!
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- Find a shoe box and fill it for a child who needs hope. A list of ideas for the 3 age groups is on the narthex counter. Start now to fill your boxes! Please remember: no candy, gum or toothpaste, or war items.
PLAN TO ATTEND Esther Lutheran Church’s Annual Ice Cream Social will take place on Sunday, July 30th from 2-7 PM. There will also be a hymn sing at 3 PM. Homemade ice cream, pie and sandwiches will be served. Esther Lutheran is located at 11019 625th Ave, Parkers Prairie.
Lutheran Island Camp Quilt Auction will be Saturday, August 5. Viewing starts at 8:30 AM and the sale begins at 11 AM. Over 300 quilts and craft items will be available. See poster for more information.
Lutheran Island Camp invites you to a celebration of its 65th anniversary on Sunday, August 20 at 2 PM.
Congregational Garage Sale will be August 25-26. Hours of sale are Friday 4-8 PM and Saturday 8-2 PM. Items in good condition can be brought to church beginning August 20 at noon. No electronics, large furniture or appliances. Call Linda Maughan at 253-307-1465 if you have questions.
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. Sign up by August 31.

Immanuel has a Facebook page! Facebook people: liking or sharing posts will give greater exposure to what we, as a church, are doing.

Support our missionaries! Donate to our Together in Mission fund. 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.
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.
Wanted: Someone to serve as our congregational scrapbook keeper. If you are interested, see Pastor.
  Please check the lost and found in the coat area and in the kitchen. Unclaimed items will be sold on the garage sale.