December 31st – January 7th

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.
Hymns        Chosen by Congregation
Lessons       Isaiah 61, p 789; Galatians 4, p 1238; Luke 2, p  1090
Sermon          “My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation”       Luke 2:22-40
Organist                    Sat: Gloria Hollatz  Sun: Maureen Diedrich
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). We ask God’s blessings on Ivy Diedrich (86) 12/30, Roger Froemming (80) 1/2, Howard Ost (81) 1/2 and Jim Klimek (81) 1/5. We thank God for His blessing in 2017 and ask for His presence and guidance in 2018.
Saturday, December 30     7:00 PM Worship with Communion & 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
Tuesday, January 2     8:30 AM Bible Breakfast
1:00 PM Library Team Meeting
Wednesday, January 3   10:00 AM Bible Study
6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation
Thursday, January 4     9:00 AM Footcare
1:00 PM LWML Officers Meeting
1:30 PM LWML
Friday, January 5     8:00 PM ACT Lock In
Saturday, January 6     7:00 PM Worship with Communion
Sunday, January 7     9:00 AM Worship with Communion
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Bible Class
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
 WORSHIP HELPERS Dec: 30: Mel & JuAnn Riedel and James Grant. Dec 31: Mark Pierce, Mary Springer Family, Audrey Klukken Family and Reghan DeBoer. Jan 6: Garry Clark, Rodney Uran and Jasmine Wendt. Jan 7: Al & Darcy Peppersack, Rhonda & Abby Pooler and Isabella Woodworth.
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 Operation Christmas Child: Our shoeboxes were shipped out on Nov 25th and Nov. 27th. Their destinations: 11-25 to South Africa and 1127 shipment went to Gabon (A French speaking county in Central Africa.)  One of the boxes was paid on line before it was given to us and it went to Liberia. Did you know, kids who receive shoeboxes are also given Bible Lessons? These 12 Lessons guide them through a study of who Jesus Christ is, what it means to follow Him and how to share this exciting message to others.
Advent & Christmas Coloring Sheets are available on the narthex counter.
INFORMATION FOR TODAY Who can I help to see the Lord’s salvation this week?
Being baptized Saturday evening is Lydin Paul Newberg, son of Justin & Samantha Newberg. Lydin’s sponsors are Scott Iverson and Sarah Stephan. May God bless and keep Lydin always!
Sunday Bible Class will meet today.
January Newsletter is in the mailboxes.
Portals of Prayer for January-March are on the narthex counters.
Join the Tuesday Bible Breakfast Study as they look at the Gospel of John, Tuesdays at 8:30 AM. Everyone is welcome!
A Library Team meeting will be Tuesday, Jan 2 at 1 PM.
The Wednesday Bible Class will begin a study of the Gospel of Mark Wednesday, Jan 3 at 10 AM. Everyone is welcome! This is a good time to start Bible Study. 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 and registration form at the narthex counter to invite a child! This week in WINGS our children will study the account of “God Gives the Law.” The children will learn that the Law was given through Moses, but grace and mercy came through Jesus Christ. Talk about how God commands that we love Him and how His Law shows us our sin when we fail to keep His commands. Ask your children, “Who kept the Law perfectly for us?” Though we sin much, daily we have God’s forgiveness because of Christ, His Son.
A LWML Officers Meeting for incoming and outgoing officers will be at 1 PM on January 4. The regular LWML meeting is at 1:30 PM.
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.
All organizations and ministries are asked to turn in a report of your activities in the past year to include in our congregation’s Annual Report. Please have reports turned in by January 7.
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.
INFORMATION FOR YOU Our 2018 Member Directory pages are on a table in the narthex. Please look over your address, phone numbers and email and put a check mark by your name if it is correct. If there are any changes, please write them in. Thank you!
Baptismal Birthdays will be included in the newsletter each month. Please consider including those celebrating baptismal birthdays in your daily prayers this year.
Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for all of January. Sign up at the narthex counter.
Needed: another nurse to help with Footcare on the first Thursday morning of the month. Please help spread the word.
If you would like to give your offerings electronically, please contact the church office.
We have met and surpassed our congregational TIM goal for this year with a total of $3,625! Thank you for your generous gifts!
2 Immanuel Cookbooks are available for $10 each. They are on the narthex counter.
A big thank you to everyone for your Christmas cards, gifts and wishes! We are thankful for your love.                                        Pastor & Karen
A Quilting and Knitting Retreat at Lutheran Island Camp is being held January 23-28. Check the camp table for more information.
CAN YOU HELP? Wanted: 1 twin size bed for a family in need. Contact Pastor or the church office if you can help.
Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “Breaking News!” based on Isaiah 60:1-6 with Lutheran Hour Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer. Epiphany calls us to believe that the Light has come into the world. A New Year’s message about confidence, if you’ll believe it!
Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at Rev. Scott Sailer, SD District President, presents the message for January 7. 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.

Birthdays 65/Reacquaint Dinner  – Gene Moske requests the presence of relatives, Classmates (class of ’71), friends and neighbors, and members of Immanuel Church for a 65th birthday gathering at Immanuel Lutheran on January 14, 2018. A time for those turning 65 to connect with the present and past; to rekindle old and new relationships through Christian fellowship. Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM, fellowship starting at 11:30 AM and continuing after lunch. Please NO cards or gifts. A free will offering towards Immanuel Lutheran Scholarship fund will be appreciated. Thank You! Reservations by: January 10, 2018            to:  Gene at 320-510-1692       Immanuel at 218-338-2511

Life Thoughts for December 31 – Since God has come born of a woman under the law to redeem (Galatians 4:4-5), neither age nor appearance nor ability nor any other illegitimacy will be able to separate from the love of Christ (Romans 8:38-39) and the right to life as His children (Galatians 4:5-6). In this fullness of time, let us not keep silent or stand still about it (Isaiah 62:1)! Christ Jesus our Lord, raise us up as banners and lamps testifying to righteousness. Amen.

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.