December 17th – 24th

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                   344, 338, 349, 341, 357, 387

Lessons      Isaiah 61, p 789; 1 Thessalonians 5, p 1258; John 1, p 1125

Sermon                 “Anointed to Bring Good News”       Isaiah 61:1-11

Organist                      Gloria Hollatz

PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Jerry Jacobs, Betty Eggert, Darlene Samuelson, Pat Hendrickson, Jim Klimek, Arlo Peterson, Bob Kalpin, Cory Springer, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Coleen McIntire, Char Hjelm, Craig Hennagir(s of Lucy), 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 pray for all people to hear the Good News.

Saturday, December 16     7:00 PM Worship with Communion

Sunday, December 17     9:00 AM Worship with Communion

10:00 AM Coffee

10:30 AM Sunday School and Program Practice until Noon

3:00 PM Live Nativity

4:00 PM Children’s Christmas Program

7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14

Tuesday, December 19     8:30 AM Bible Breakfast

Wednesday, December 20   10:00 AM Catechism Study

6:00 PM 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation Caroling

7:30 PM Advent Service

Saturday, December 23     7:00 PM Worship

Sunday, December 24     9:00 AM Worship

10:00 AM Coffee   No Sunday School or Bible Class

3:00 PM Candlelight Christmas Service    

5:00 PM Candlelight Christmas Service

7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14

Monday, December 25     9:00 AM Christmas Day Carols & Communion Service
WORSHIP HELPERS Dec 16: Tim & Sarah Alberts Family and Faith Alberts. Dec 17(9AM): Anthony & Michelle Moske Family, Scott Korkowski/Tanya Makela Family and Rosalee Moske. Dec 17(4PM): Dale & Vicky Downing, Mitch & Stacey Ahlers Family and Michael Ahlers. Dec 20(W): Rick Cowan, Gene Moske, Bryce & Becky Cook and Jackson Lynch. Dec 23: Christine Lorenzen Family and Jayden Gylsen. Dec 24(9AM): Gene Moske, Bruce Sjobeck and Norman Barge. Dec 24(3 PM): Dennis & Jeanette Bast, Kelly & Ryan Pexsa Family and Blake Adickes. Dec 24(5 PM): Greg & Tammy Larson Family, Dustin & Sheila Schilling Family and Aiden Larson. Dec 25(9 AM): John & Becky Jirik Family, Darrell Eggert, Betty Eggert and Nick Jirik.

INFORMATION FOR YOU FROM OUR LIBRARY:  We have a box in the library for suitable used books for our Donation Book Sale which starts the 2nd week in February. There is a bit more activity in the Library these days as we are switching from one person to a group of five helping to keep our wonderful library up-to-date. Rules and books will remain the same – so enjoy what we are so blessed to have. Although we have many Christmas movies we are listing only two.   FEATURE DVD:  The Bethlehem Star tells us more about the formation of the stars as God announced the Birth of Christ.  Interesting. Code: Blue but listed under white Chri 19. Also The National Tree is a fiction story from Hallmark runs for 88 minutes. Code: white Chri 30
Thank you to those who gave poinsettias to decorate our church! They are given in memory of: • Tanya Sanvik by Nicole Tabbert • Bill Hennagir by Lucy, Tim, Craig & Tracy • Tanya Caauwe Sanvik by Judy Moeller • Henry & Adeline Quitmeyer and Bill Moeller by John & Judy Moeller • Otto & Mildred Moske by Kathy Hawes Family • Harry Riedel and Grandson Caleb by Lorraine Riedel • Bertrin Wilke by Darlene Wilke • Marvin Duberowski by Isaiah Duberowski • Peggy Duberowski by Taylor Duberowski • Myrtle Schultz by Marisa Duberowski • Wayne Korkowski by Blake & Mya Adickes • Tanya Sanvik, Henry & Adeline Quitmeyer by Ray & Kathy Caauwe • Frieda & Walter Huwe, Otto & Laura Jahnke, Gilmore Jahnke by Joyce Jahnke • Marshall Kalpin, Lucy (Freske) Rehm, Tanya Sanvik, David Uhde and Quitmeyer & Rubner family members by Don & Grace Rubner • Edwin & Ruth Froemming, Larry & Edna Raap by Roger & Sandy Froemming
Given in Honor of: • Hilton Henschen & Lois Lee by Kirk & Karen Lee • Past, Present and Future LWML members by the LWML

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

ACT Live Nativity is today from 3 to 4 PM. The display will feature live animals and our youth portraying the Christmas characters.

Our Children’s Christmas Program is today at 4 PM. From Heaven Above is the theme. Come and hear the Christmas Story as told, sung and acted by our Sunday School children. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

7th & 8th Grade Confirmation Christmas Caroling is 6:00 PM Dec 20.

INFORMATION FOR YOU Thank you to Al & Diane Riedel for donating our Christmas Tree and Audrey Jensen and the elders for decorating it.

We have met and surpassed our congregational TIM goal for this year with a total of $3,445!

The Wednesday Bible Class meets Wednesday at 10 AM. Pick up Small Catechism study guide 28 from the narthex counter.

The final Midweek Advent Service is Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Confirmation students will serve refreshments after the services.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be at 3 PM and 5 PM. Christmas Day Carols & Communion will be at 9 AM.

Portals of Prayer for January-March are on the narthex counters.

Thank you to April & Mya Adickes for coloring our third Advent poster. Pick up a smaller version from the narthex counter to color at home.

A new edition of the Catechism has been published. It is the first update in over 25 years. See a copy and order one for yourself at the narthex counter for an introductory price of $14.50.

The Wednesday Morning Bible Class will begin a study of the Gospel of Mark January 3 at 10 AM. Mark is the Gospel we are reading in church this year. This would be a great time to come to Bible Study!

3 Immanuel Cookbooks are available for $10 each. They are on the desk in the fellowship hall.

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

Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “The Greatest Story Ever Told” based on Luke 1:30-32a with Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus. What is your favorite story? This Christmas Eve Day, The Lutheran Hour speaks about God’s greatest story.

Dear Friends at Immanuel,  Thank you so much for the beautiful prayer shawl and prayer to read over and over again. It really gives me peace and comfort during the tough days of chemotherapy!! I really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. It means a lot to me!! God Bless You!  Craig, Lori, Andrew & Joshua Hornberger

CAN YOU HELP? Angel Tree tags are available on the tree in the narthex. Angel Tree tags give gifts to local children in need. Please return gifts by December 20.

Altar Guild volunteers are needed. See Rhonda Pooler or Pastor for more info. Volunteers typically serve 2-3 months during the year.

Needed: another nurse to help with Footcare on the first Thursday morning of the month. Please help spread the word.

Wanted: 1 twin size bed for a family in need. Contact Pastor or the church office if you can help. A big thank you to the couple who provided the other bed this family needs.

Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for December 24 and January 7. 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!

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.

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.

Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of the LCMS, presents the message for December 24. 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.

Life Thoughts for December 17 –  Lord Jesus specializes in bestowing dignity upon lives the world views as insignificant or inconvenient (Isaiah 61:1-2). Indeed, He has dealt with each of us according to this graciousness. Therefore we savor participating in it by speaking and showing it to both our neighbors and the culture (Isaiah 61:4). Light of Life, anoint us with Your voice of grace to bring the poor good news. Amen