November 12th – 19th

Today we enter into the last Sundays of the church year. Our focus turns toward both the end of our lives and the end of the world. Read today’s Scripture lessons as you prepare for worship.
Order of Service         Divine Service 3, p 184
Hymns                     336, 516, 515
Lessons    Amos 5, p 975; 1 Thessalonians 4, p 1257; Matthew 25, p 1055
Sermon       “Those Who Were Ready Went In”   Matthew 25:1-13
Organist                           Sat: Gloria Hollatz     Sun:  Maureen Diedrich
PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Geneva Paulson, Arlo Peterson, Bob Kalpin, Elaine Johnston, Rodney Moske, Megan Hansen, Cory Springer, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Jerry Jacobs, Coleen McIntire, Char Hjelm, Harvey Jahnke, Bruce Springer, Dave Gappa, Beverly Dunker, Sally Sarff, Aiden Zaun, Mary Klimek(sis of Charlie), Jackie Roberts(m of Bobbi D.) and Jan Nelson(grm of Jayme Aune). We give thanks for our Veterans. We pray for our government and leaders. We pray for the leaders of our congregation.
Saturday, November 11     7:00 PM Worship
Sunday, November 12     9:00 AM Worship
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Bible Class
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
Monday, November 13     7:30 PM Dartball – Teams 1 & 2 at North Effington
Tuesday, November 14     8:30 AM Bible Breakfast
10:30 AM Ministerium at First Lutheran
3:00 PM St Williams Communion Service
Wednesday, November 15   10:00 AM Catechism Study
6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation
8:00 PM ACT Bible Class
Friday, November 17   10:00 AM LIC Board Meeting
Saturday, November 18     7:00 PM Worship with Communion
Sunday, November 19     9:00 AM Worship with Communion
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Bible Class
5:00 PM JCT/ACT Scavenger Hunt
6:30 PM ACT Meeting
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
WORSHIP HELPERS Nov 11: Russ & Nancy Sowers Family and Aleisha Thomas. Nov 12: Dave & Peggy Winter, Kelly Martin, Beth Welch and Madison Welch. Nov 18: Tim & Becky Lee and Spencer Mobley. Nov 19: Mitch & Kelly Messer, Don & Shelly Riedel Family and Colton Riedel.
INFORMATION FOR YOU FROM OUR LIBRARY:  Thanks to all the parents who brought their youngsters to the party “Project Little Lamb’s Library” on Oct. 29.  Everyone is invited to look and see our updated room.   FEATURE BOOK:  The Reformation by Cameron MacKenzie. This book provides a written overview of an amazing time of change and renewal in the Christian church.  It will help you sort thru the events that shook the church & foundation – the 16th century that questions what it means to be a human being. (If you don’t care to read, it is full of great photos!)  Code: Blue 270.6 Mac
Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “The Reckoning” based on Matthew 25:14-30 with Guest Speaker: Dr. Dale A. Meyer. You hear little talk about the “Fear of God” anymore, but if you don’t in some way fear your Creator who judges you down to your inmost being, why would you love your only Savior whom He sends you? A message about fearing and loving God.
Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at Rev. William F. Moeller, Jr., of Bethlehem Lutheran in Baudette, MN, preaches November 19. Watch the Sunday School episode from 10:30 to 11 AM. Thank you to all who made the Alexandria Circuit Reformation Event special. Whether you were a worship participant, created/”manned” a booth, shared your musical talents, came to the Reformation Fair, etc. We appreciate your participation. “It’s Still All About Jesus”!
INFORMATION FOR TODAY Who can I encourage this week to be ready for Christ’s return?
Today in Sunday School, our children study the Bible account “Jeremiah and God’s New Covenant.” God promised to restore His wayward people, pointing them to a new covenant and a righteous Branch of David. Jesus, the promised Branch, fulfilled this covenant of righteousness for Jeremiah, Israel, and all believers. Consider discussing, “What challenges did Jeremiah face in life? What promises did God make to faithful Jeremiah?”
Sunday Bible Class will watch and discuss a video about Luther.
The Wednesday Bible Class meets Wednesdays at 10 AM. Pick up Small Catechism study guides 23 & 24 from the narthex counter.
Food Shelf Collection will take place at Immanuel during Thanksgiving week, from November 18-26. Bring non-perishable food items to the table in the Gathering Space.
Thanksgiving Day Worship will be November 23 at 9 AM.
Sign up to attend the Thanksgiving Dinner here at Immanuel on Thursday, November 23 at noon. A sign-up sheet is on the narthex counter. Volunteer workers are needed to help prepare food earlier that week, to help in the kitchen that morning, to deliver meals at 11 AM in town and to help with clean up after the meal. To volunteer, use the sign-up sheet or contact Tim Malmgren.
A Getting Through the Holidays service will be on Sunday, November 26 at 6 PM at Vogrin Hall at St Williams Living Center for anyone who has lost a loved one. Everyone is welcome! If you have a loved one who died in the past year, please give their name and date of death to the church office, so that on November 28, we can include them in a reading of those whom the Lord has called home.
Consider designating part of your offering to our TIM fund to support the missionaries we help to sponsor as a circuit. We have received $1,130 towards our congregational $2,500 TIM goal for this year.
Wanted: a queen size mattress and/or bed, a twin size mattress and/or bed or an air mattress for a family in need. Contact Pastor or the church office if you can help.
Thank you so much for your support of God’s work in East Africa! I love sharing the Good News of Jesus with others – thanks for making this possible!                                                 Missionary Sarah Kanoy
INFORMATION FOR YOU Turkey Bingo in Parkers Prairie will be Sunday, November 19 at 2 PM at the Parkers Prairie Event Center to support the Ambulance.
Turkey Bingo in Miltona is November 18 at 7 PM at the Community Center sponsored by the Fire Department Auxillary.
Orphan Grain Train is requesting donations to ship a semi-load of potatoes (21 tons) and a load of vegetables to the Texas/Mexico border. Make checks to Orphan Grain Train and send to PO Box 61, Morris, MN  56267.
The November Lutheran Witness has a feature on Sarah Kanoy, our mission festival speaker
Copies of the Lutheran Witness are available on the tables in the library and coat area.
Island Christmas at Lutheran Island Camp begins Dec 8 – Island Christmas Dinner featuring Mary Weber, “A Stringed Christmas”; Dec 9 – Island Christmas Lunch, Christmas Songs by Erin; Dec 10 – Island Christmas Dinner, St Paul’s Henning Choir; Dec 15 – Island Christmas Dinner, “Moline Sisters Quartet”; Dec 16 – Island Christmas Lunch, Christmas Carols by Gail Guse; and Dec 17 – Island Christmas Dinner, Messiah’s Minutemen Christmas Drama. Cost is $25 including meal, entertainment and devotions. Call camp at 218-583-2905 to sign up.
Pastor Dan Jastram will be home on furlough and preach at Immanuel at our Saturday service on February 3.
CAN YOU HELP? WINGS: We have several staff volunteers, we just need an adult leader. 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. We want to start in January.
Substitute Teachers are needed for Sunday School. Sign up at the narthex counter or contact Dedra Zwieg.
Needed: another nurse to help with Footcare on the first Thursday morning of the month. Please help spread the word.
Altar Guild volunteers are needed. See Rhonda Pooler or Pastor for more info. Volunteers typically serve 2-3 months during the year. Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for November 19 & 26. Sign up at the narthex counter.
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.
Life Thoughts for November 12 – Our Savior considers human bodies so precious that He eagerly anticipates restoring them on the Last Day (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). He has not designed humankind’s bodily existence as disposable but as indispensable to our identity and abundant life. How shall this affect our approach to illness, disability, conception, and age? King of creation, increase our respect and protection for the bodies of others with the esteem You bestow upon our own. Amen. Immanuel has a Facebook page! Facebook people: liking or sharing posts will give greater exposure to what we, as a church, are doing.