Jesus speaks extensively about children and their place in God’s kingdom in today’s Gospel lesson. As you read these words, note all the things Jesus says about children.
Order of Service Divine Service 1, p 151
Hymns 867, 605, 862
Lessons Ezekiel 33, p 914; Romans 13, p 1206; Matthew 18, p 1046
Sermon “Putting Children in their Place” Matthew 18:1-20
Solo “Children of the Heavenly Father” Joanne Thun
Organist Gloria Hollatz
PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Lorene Lenz, Cory Springer, Shirley Zaun, Arlo Peterson, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Jerry Jacobs, Coleen McIntire, Char Hjelm, Matthew Shamp, Dave Gappa, Sally Sarff, Mary Blauert, Kalvin Blauert, Aiden Zaun, Rick Schmidt(fr of Blauerts), Mary Klimek(sis of Charlie), Jackie Roberts(m of Bobbi Duberowski, Shannon Olson & Lori Thorson(fr of Jackie Duberowski). We ask God’s blessings on Ralph Samuelson (84) 9/12 and Chris Precht (86) 9/15. We pray for God’s blessings on our Sunday School students and teachers.
Saturday, September 9 7:00 PM Worship
Sunday, September 10 9:00 AM Worship
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Bible Class
5:00 PM Fall Pastors Conference at LIC through Tuesday
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
7:00 PM Dartball Practice
Monday, September 11 7:30 PM Dartball – Both Teams at S Effington
Tuesday, September 12 8:30 AM Bible Breakfast
4:00 PM St Williams Communion Service
7:00 PM Adult Confirmation
Wednesday, September 13 10:00 AM Catechism Study
6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation
Saturday, September 16 7:00 PM Worship with Communion, Special Needs Offering
Sunday, September 17 9:00 AM Worship with Communion, Special Needs Offering
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Bible Class
6:00 PM ACT Parents Meeting
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
WORSHIP HELPERS Sept 9: Ken & Kim Thormodson and Reghan DeBoer. Sept 10: Ralph & Sheryl Freudenberg, Derek & Tiffany Eggert Family and Jackson Lynch. Sept 16: Sheena Smith, Elaine Wilson and Dawson Smith. Sept 17: Andrea Meissner Family, Scott & Katy Fassett Family and Eric Klimek.
INFORMATION FOR YOU Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “Unleash the Power of Forgiveness in Your Life” based on Matthew 18:21-35 with Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz. Life with God is not about keeping score; it’s about living for others in the grace Jesus earned for us.
8 farm raised chickens are left of those donated to us. They are in the flower room freezer and are available for a $10 donation to Immanuel. Place in the offering plate or give to the office.
Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com. Rev. Paul O. S. Preus of Zion Lutheran, Ellendale, ND, preaches September 17. Watch the Sunday School episode from 10:30 to 11 AM.
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 table in the narthex. Some school and learning ideas are: dull edge scissors, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, notebooks/tablets (size of shoe boxes please), crayons, color pencils, tape, blank index cards, books, color books, etc. Check out the example shoe boxes on display in the narthex.
Ottertail County has received a grant to help provide housekeeping, repairs and outdoor yardwork for seniors age 60 and above on a sliding fee scale. They are also looking for individuals interested in being hired to provide these services. Contact Sheila Stave at 218-632-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
INFORMATION FOR TODAY With whom can I share Jesus’ love for children this week?
Sunday School starts today for all children ages 3 through 6th grade. Sunday School is from 10:30 to 11:30 AM each Sunday. Parents, please register your children after worship in the gathering space. All children will begin Sunday School at 10:30 in the church sanctuary for opening. If you would be willing to be a substitute teacher sign up at the narthex counter for the dates you can help.
Dartball Practice is this evening at 7 PM. Both teams play at South Effington tomorrow at 7:30 PM. All men are welcome.
Bible Breakfast is beginning a study of the book of John. Anyone is welcome, Tuesdays at 8:30 AM.
St Williams Communion Service time has been changed to 4 PM this Tuesday.
The Wednesday Bible Class meets Wednesdays at 10 AM. Pick up Small Catechism study guide 17 from the narthex counter. We will begin a study of the Lord’s Prayer September 13.
Altar Guild volunteers are needed. See Rhonda Pooler or Pastor for more info. Volunteers typically serve 2-3 months during the year.
ACT has Pillsbury Grands Biscuits for sale in 8 count cans for $2 each in the kitchen refrigerator. They have 30 cans left. They also have packages of 18 count Johnsonville brats in the freezer for $12, 1 oz packets of sour cream 10 for $1, taco in a bag chips 4 for $1, 24 count cases of water for $2 and 24 count packs of pop for $6. Pay at the office.
Needed: another nurse to help with Footcare on the first Thursday morning of the month. Please help spread the word.
Immanuel’s Block Party will be September 24. Worship will be at 10 AM that day, followed by a meal, music and games for the whole family. Bars are needed. There is a signup sheet at the narthex counter if you would be willing to bring a pan of bars for that day.
Circuit Reformation Service Mass Choir – Attention singers: we need your voices! A circuit mass choir is in the making for our upcoming Reformation 500th Anniversary Service on October 31st at Zion, Alexandria. The choir will rehearse on September 27th, October 11th and 25th at 6:30 PM at Zion. Call Mike Sprengeler at 320-761-6052 by September 10th if you plan to sing with us.
Portals of Prayer for October-December are available in the narthex.
PLAN TO ATTEND Larry & Gloria Lundstrom, a ministry of humor, truth, music and life, will be at Miltona Community Center Sunday, September 10 at 3 PM. See poster in the narthex for more information.
Trinity Lutheran, Deer Creek, invites you to a chicken supper September 10 from 4:30 to 7 PM at the Deer Creek Community Center.
A Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction for Matthew Shamp will be Sunday, September 24 from 12 – 4 PM at the Eagles in Alexandria. Matthew, age 14, lost a leg in an accident in July.
Our Mission Festival will be October 8. Sarah Kanoy, missionary nurse for Africa, will be our speaker. A German Dinner will be served afterwards.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, will host “Reformation Hymn Sing-Singing Our Lutheran Heritage” in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on Sunday, October 8th at 2:00 PM. The acclaimed Lutheran musician and theologian, Rev. Richard C. Resch, will lead the hymn sing and provide commentary about Lutherans’ rich hymnody.
Reformation 500 Celebration at Concordia University in St Paul will be October 29, 4 PM, with Pres. Matthew Harrison as preacher. If you are interested in singing in the children’s, youth or adult choir, let Pastor know by September 24.
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.
Help those in need from Hurricane Harvey! Donate to LCMS Disaster Response by going to lcms.org/harvey or mail a check to LCMS, PO Box 66861, St Louis, MO 63166 designated for hurricane relief. Thrivent will match hurricane donations of Thrivent members. Go to Thrivent.com and give a gift to LCMS Disaster Response and it will be matched by Thrivent!
Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for October 1 and 15. Sign up at 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. We have received $630 towards our $2,500 goal.
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.
Immanuel has a Facebook page! Facebook people: liking or sharing posts will give greater exposure to what we, as a church, are doing.
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.
Wanted: Someone to serve as our congregational scrapbook keeper. If you are interested, see Pastor.
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.
Needed: donations to the Pastoral Student & Seminarian Scholarship fund. We are providing scholarships for Riley Springer, Michael Thomas and Steph Wilde.
Life Thoughts for September 10 – We warn our neighbors to turn from abortion, embryo destruction, assisted suicide, abuse, pornography, promiscuity, and perversion (Ezekiel 33:7-9). This is not merely because it is wicked but even more because they are God’s precious children to whom He has come in Christ to share His whole kingdom (Matthew 18:3-4, 10-14). Father in heaven, strengthen us to tell brothers, sisters, and lost ones of Your deliverance. Amen.