July 30th – Aug 6th

Read today’s Old Testament lesson from Deuteronomy 7:6-9. It is a love letter from God to His people. God’s love for us is undeserved and so amazing!
Order of Service   Divine Service 1, p 151
Hymns        802, 573, 588, 646
Lessons    Deuteronomy 7, p 193; Romans 8, p 1201; Matthew 13, p 1041
Sermon                “Because the Lord Loves You”   Deuteronomy 7:6-9
Solo                                “Amazing Grace”                        Arlo Peterson
Organists   Sat: Diane Alveshere    Sun: Lynette Finnern
PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Shirley Zaun, Dennis Karger, Ione Frandle, Linda Self, Arlo Peterson, Hildegard Thompson, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Jerry Jacobs, Coleen McIntire, Cory Springer, Char Hjelm, Matthew Shamp, 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 Bob & Joannie Kalpin (56) 7/29, George & Pat Knox (51) 7/30 and Harry Blauert (80) 8/1.
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
Tuesday, August 1     8:30 AM Bible Breakfast
Wednesday, August 2     8:00 PM Evening Prayer Service
Thursday, August 3     9:30 AM Footcare
3:30 PM LWML Meeting
5:00 PM LWML Picnic
7:00 PM Worship with Communion
Friday, August 4       5-7 PM Cabin Lois Salad Supper
5:00 PM ACT Rodeo Food Stand
Saturday, August 5     9:00 AM ACT Food Stand at Fall Festival
Sunday, August 6    9:00 AM Worship with Communion
10:00 AM Coffee
10:00 AM ACT Food Stand at Fall Festival
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14

WORSHIP HELPERS July 29: Robin Samuelson and Jackson Lynch. July 30: Howard & Jean Ost, Laurel & Jurlienne Riedel and Colton Riedel. Aug 3: Chris & Jen Thomas and Hunter Penrose. Aug 6: Roger & Geneva Paulson, Greg & Amy Riedel Family and Mason Schroeder.

Thank you to everyone who helped clean our church building during July!
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 “On Thee the High and Lowly” based on Exodus 20:10 with Guest Speaker: Dr. Dale A. Meyer. It’s “Archives August” and we present a classic message from former Speaker, Dr. Dale Meyer.
Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com. Rev. Matthew Tooman of Immanuel Lutheran, Wahpeton, ND, preaches August 6. Watch the Sunday School episode from 10:30 to 11 AM.
The Wednesday Bible Class will NOT meet again until August 23 at 10 AM.
Pick up Small Catechism study guide 14 from the narthex counter.
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.
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.

INFORMATION FOR TODAY With whom can I share God’s love this week?

Voters Meeting is today at 10:30 AM. Plan to attend!
August Newsletter is in the mailboxes.
Michael Thomas and friends are giving a music concert at Immanuel today at 4 PM. There will be a variety of vocal and instrumental solos, duets and quartets. Pastor Ben Schimm, Dale Plasek, Jason Koehn and Noah Carruth will perform with Michael. Irma Brockberg will accompany some pieces. Bars and ice cream sundaes will be served afterwards.
St Johns, Garfield invites you to a Reformation presentation today at 6:30 PM. Rev. Terry Finnern will share pictures, stories and information from his recent trip through Luther territory in Germany.
Pastor and Karen will be on vacation on the west coast through August 15. Pastor Jeff Ross will lead worship August 3 and Pastor David Winter will lead worship August 6, 10 and 13. They and Pastor Justin Hesterman will be on call in case of a pastoral emergency.
End the day with prayer! Evening Prayer is Wednesdays at 8 PM this summer through August 16. It is a great way to end the day!
Needed: another nurse to help with Footcare on the first Thursday morning of the month. Please help spread the word.  Footcare is Thursday, August 3 from 9:30-11:30 AM.
Thursday 7 PM services will be held in August instead of Saturday services, beginning August 3.
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. Plan to come and bring a friend! 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.
ACT will have a food booth at the rodeo on Friday with tacos in a bag and mini donuts, as well as their traditional brat and hot dog stand at Fall Festival.
24 farm raised chickens have been donated to us. They are in the flower room freezers and are available for a $10 donation to Immanuel. Place in the offering plate or give to the office.
INFORMATION FOR YOU The 26th Annual Quilt Auction is coming up August 5 at Lutheran Island Camp. Proceeds go to the campership/scholarship program. For more information, check the posters in both narthexes.
Life Thoughts for July 30 – God proclaims every human person His treasure (Deuteronomy 7:6, Matthew 13:44), whatever contrary appearances they may be hidden under. He loves them and you enough to bind Himself inseparably (Romans 8:38-39) to you and your circumstances. He will give heaven and move earth itself to bring you into His joyful kingdom. O Lord our God, give us patience until You graciously give us all goodness even through hardship. Amen.
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.
Hospice of Douglas County is having a Memorial Butterfly Release Wednesday, August 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Alexandria City Park. You may purchase a butterfly in honor of, or in memory of someone for $10 the evening of the release.
Nidaros Lutheran Church is hosting The Polka Dots on August 7 at 7 PM. Don’t miss a fun evening of silly jokes, songs and music followed by refreshments. For more information check the poster in the narthex.
Lutheran Island Camp will be celebrating 65 years of serving our congregations. Join them for the celebration on August 20th beginning at 12:00 PM with tours. Worship service is at 2:30 PM. An early supper will be served at 4 PM. Please let them know that you are coming by calling 218-583-2905 or by email at info@islandcamp.org.
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.
CAN YOU HELP Needed: A WINGS Director for the coming year. Please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to be part of this Wednesday after school or evening ministry to the children of our community. See Pastor Lee or a Board of Ed member for more information.
Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for August 13 and 20. Sign up at the narthex counter. There are cookies in the freezer that you can serve.
  Immanuel has a Facebook page! Facebook people: liking or sharing posts will give greater exposure to what we, as a church, are doing.
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.
Please check the lost and found in the coat area and in the kitchen. Unclaimed items will be sold on the garage sale.
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.
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.  Thrivent Members: log into your account online to receive $50 in Thrivent Choice dollars, which must be designated by August 31.
Wanted: Someone to serve as our congregational scrapbook keeper. If you are interested, see Pastor.

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.