December 3rd – 10th

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.
Order of Service         Order of Matins, p 219
Hymns                 Sat 592/Sun 355, 332, 333, 336, 331
Lessons       Isaiah 64, p 791; 1 Corinthians 1, p 1210; Mark 11, p 1077
Sermon       “He Who Comes In The Name of the Lord”   Matthew 11
Organist                     Sat: Gloria Hollatz           Sun: Maureen Diedrich
PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Betty Eggert, Darlene Samuelson, Pat Hendrickson, Jim Klimek, Geneva Paulson, Arlo Peterson, Bob Kalpin, Rodney Moske, Megan Hansen, Cory Springer, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Jerry Jacobs, Coleen McIntire, Char Hjelm, Craig Hennagir(s of Lucy), Gary Bast, Andrew Coopet, Harvey Jahnke, Dave Gappa, Sally Sarff, Aiden Zaun, Mary Klimek(sis of Charlie), Jackie Roberts(m of Bobbi D.) and Jan Nelson(grm of Jayme Aune). We ask God’s blessing on Donald Potratz (85) 12/2, Jerry Wussow (87) 12/2 and Joanne Thun (81) 12/4. We pray for comfort for the family of Michael Mousseau.
Saturday, December 2     3:30 PM Set Up for Christmas Brunch
7:00 PM Worship with Communion and Baptism
Sunday, December 3     9:00 AM Worship with Communion
10:00 AM ACT Christmas Brunch
10:30 AM Sunday School & Program Practice until Noon
4:00 PM District Board Meeting through Monday
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
Tuesday, December 5     8:30 AM Bible Breakfast
Wednesday, December 6   10:00 AM Catechism Study
6:00 PM 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation
7:30 PM Advent Service
Thursday, December 7     9:00 AM Footcare
1:30 PM LWML
2:30 PM LWML Christmas Party
Saturday, December 9     7:00 PM Worship
Sunday, December 10     9:00 AM Worship
10:00 AM Coffee & Prayer Partner Revealing
10:30 AM Sunday School & Program Practice until Nnoon
10:45 AM Bible Class
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
WORSHIP HELPERS Dec 2: Bob & Evon Hanson and Faith Dodds. Dec 3: Tony & Tonya Woodworth Family, Jack & Mary Hanson and Isabella Woodworth. Dec 6(Wed): Aaron & April Adickes, Mike & Missy Wendt and Jasmine Wendt. Dec 9: Scott & Chrystal Kreidler and Caden DeBoer. Dec 10: Jeff Riedel, Brad Warzecha, Stephanie Nelson Family and Kaylee Riedel. Dec 13(Wed): Tim & Carol Larson, Todd & Heidi Lucht and Sabrina Moske.
Immanuel has a Facebook page! Facebook people: liking or sharing posts will give greater exposure to what we, as a church, are doing.
INFORMATION FOR YOU Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “Prep Time” based on Mark 1:1-3 with Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus. Preparing for Christmas is quite different than preparing for Christ. Today’s Lutheran Hour message explores those differences.
Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at Rev. Jonathan Durkoop of Trinity English Lutheran, LaMoure, ND, preaches December 10. Watch the Sunday School episode from 10:30 to 11 AM. Donations are needed to support this ministry. They can be given through the offering here at Immanuel or sent to Main Street Living North, 821-5th Ave S, Fargo, ND  58103.
Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for December 24. Sign up at the narthex counter.
Needed: a coffee serving coordinator beginning January 1. A big thank you to Dennis & JoAnn Stende for doing this for the past few years!
December Newsletters are in the mailboxes.

INFORMATION FOR TODAY To whom can I tell the true meaning of this season this week?

Baptized Saturday is Makayla Jo Magney, daughter of Sarah Riedel and Richard Magney. Makayla’s sponsors are Stephanie West and Sonya Riedel. God bless Makayla always!
Mites: 25% of our mites go for the 2-year International LWML mite goal of $2,000,000; including $25,000 to Tanzanian Sewing Center – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. 75% of our congregational mites are used for our district goal of $137,000, including $10,000 for Caring for Our Pastors (Doxology).
Door Offering for Children’s Christmas Candy bags will be after worship today.
ACT Christmas Brunch is today after worship. Join them for Swedish pancakes, sausages, fruit and fry bread donuts!
Today in Sunday School, our children will focus on “God’s People Go Home”. God used unbelieving kings to restore His exiled people to Jerusalem according to His will. God sent Jesus, the King of kings, to Jerusalem to restore His wayward people to Himself forever. As a family, discuss, “What preparations did the people need to make before they returned to Jerusalem? How can you prepare for worship each week?”
  Today is the last day to order a poinsettia for Christmas. Order forms are on the narthex counter. Turn in to the office.
The Wednesday Bible Class meets Wednesdays at 10 AM. Pick up Small Catechism study guide 26 from the narthex counter.
7th & 8th Grade Confirmation will begin at 6:00 PM through the Advent season.
Midweek Advent Services will begin Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 PM. Confirmation students will serve refreshments after the services.
All women are invited to the LWML Christmas Party on Thursday, December 7, at 2:30 PM.
A huge thank you to Tim Malmgren for coordinating the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and to all the volunteer workers, food donors and participants!
Prayer Partner Revealing will be next Sunday, December 10, during coffee.
A Birthday Party for Arlo Peterson will be December 10 at Vogrin Hall, St Williams Living Center, at 1 PM. Everyone is welcome!
PLAN TO ATTEND 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 with Gary Bach; 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.
Advent/Christmas Hymn Festival with Johnathan Moeller and Garrett Steinbring will be Friday, December 15, 7 PM, at Immanuel. Plan to attend!
Children’s Christmas Program will be December 17 at 4 PM. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
ACT Live Nativity will be displayed from 3-4 PM that day.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be at 3 PM and 5 PM.
Christmas Day Carols & Communion will be at 9 AM.
Pastor Dan Jastram will be home on furlough and preach at Immanuel at our Saturday service on February 3.
CAN YOU HELP? 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.
Consider designating part of your offering to our TIM fund to support the missionaries we help to sponsor as a circuit. We have received $1,640 towards our congregational $2,500 TIM goal for this year.
Wanted: 2 twin size beds for a family in need. Contact Pastor or the church office if you can help.
Life Thoughts for December 3 – The hand of God tenderly, intentionally forms every human person (Isaiah 64:8). No life happens by mistake (though God’s accidents would surpass humankind’s grandest feats). Inabilities due to stage or state of life do not disqualify a person any more than our sins (Isaiah 64:6) disqualify us. Without our merit or worthiness does He make us each His own, on account of His Fatherly goodness. Omniscient Lord of all, reveal to us the wonders You bring out of every human life until we cherish them all. Amen.

Children’s Christmas Program Immanuel Lutheran Church Parkers Prairie, MN   Come and join  our Sunday School children in celebrating the meaning of Christmas!   December 17 @ 4 PM (Sunday School Children please be here by 3:30 PM) Listen to our children sing, tell,  and portray the Miracle of Jesus’ birth!   Immanuel Youth will present an outdoor  Live Nativity from 3-4 PM that day.   Refreshments will be served following the     service. Everyone is welcome!

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.