December 24th – 31st

This year is the shortest possible advent season. The fourth Sunday of advent turns into the celebration of our Lord’s birth later in the same day. In the morning we hear the message of the angel Gabriel: You will conceive in your womb and bear a son and shall call his name Jesus. In the late afternoon we hear fulfillment of the angel’s message, the birth of our Savior.


Order of Service         Order of Matins, p 219

Hymns                     332, 900, 359, 374

Lessons            2 Samuel 7, p 330; Romans 16, p 1209; Luke 1, p 1087

Sermon             “You Have Found Favor with God”       Luke 1:26-38

Solo              “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came”   Riley Springer

Organist                    Sat: Diane Alveshere  Sun: Gloria Hollatz

PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Linda Self, Jerry Jacobs, Elaine Johnston, Lois Zimmerman, Jim Klimek, Arlo Peterson, Bob Kalpin, Cory Springer, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Coleen McIntire, Char Hjelm, 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).

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

Tuesday, December 26   NO Bible Breakfast

Wednesday, December 27   NO Confirmation or ACT Class

Saturday, December 30     7:00 PM Worship with Baptism

Sunday, December 31     9:00 AM Worship with Communion

10:00 AM Coffee   NO Sunday School

10:30 AM Bible Class

7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14

WORSHIP HELPERS Dec 23: Elaine Wilson and Jasmine Wendt. 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. Dec: 30: Mel & JuAnn Riedel and James Grant. Dec 31: Mark Pierce, Mary Springer Family, Audrey Klukken Family and Reghan DeBoer.

Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “Children of Promise” based on Galatians 4:4-7. Our identity as God’s children encourages us to live in His grace, to embrace the freedom Jesus won, and to resist the ways of the world that strive to keep us captive.

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.  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

INFORMATION FOR TODAY Who can I tell about God’s Favor this week?

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

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. TODAY is the deadline to order!

Tuesday Morning Bible Breakfast will not meet Dec 26.

The Wednesday Bible Class will not meet this week. Class will resume Wednesday, Jan 3 at 10 AM to begin a study of the Gospel of Mark. Pick up a study guide from the narthex counter.

WINGS begins Wednesday, January 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM! Pick up a flyer at the narthex counter to invite a child!

Holy Communion will be celebrated Sunday, December 31.

Thank you to the Kelly Hansen family for coloring our fourth Advent poster, Jennessa Moeller for coloring our Christmas poster and matting all the posters. Pick up smaller versions of all 5 posters from the narthex counter to color at home.

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

Special thanks to everyone who helped with our Advent and Christmas services and activities: musicians, service helpers, decorators, food servers, and everyone! We appreciate your talents and service.

Needed: a coffee serving coordinator beginning January 1. A big thank you to Dennis & JoAnn Stende for doing this for the past few years!

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

Offerings Envelopes for 2018 are available in the Gathering Space. If you would like envelopes and didn’t receive any, please contact the church office.

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

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

INFORMATION FOR YOU Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for all of January. Sign up at the narthex counter.

A LWML Officers Meeting for incoming and outgoing officers will be at 1 PM on January 4.

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

We have met and surpassed our congregational TIM goal for this year with a total of $3,595! Thank you for your generous gifts!

A Quilting and Knitting Retreat at Lutheran Island Camp is being held January 23-28. Check the camp table for more information.

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

CAN YOU HELP? Wanted: 1 twin size bed for a family in need. Contact Pastor or the church office if you can help.

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. Jamison Hardy, Vice President of the LCMS, presents the message for December 31. 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 24 – Jesus brought God delicately amidst sinners, as humble in crucifixion as He was helpless in conception. Yet this estate did not hinder but in fact heralded the full realm and reign of God for us. And thereby He reaffirmed the worth of even the feeblest human beings. God’s gift of life arrives all the better for the plain packaging He habitually hides it behind. Lamb of God, make our taking hold of You to cradle Your little ones as well. Amen.