January 7th – 14th

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.

WORSHIP INFORMATION

Order of Service        Divine Service 1, p 151

Hymns                        399, 405, 394, 395, 397

Lessons                      Genesis 1, p 1; Romans 6, p 1199; Mark 1, p 1063

Sermon                      “The Heavens Opened”                     Mark 1:4-11

Solo                           “How Great Thou Art”                    Arlo Peterson

Organist                    Sat: Lynette Finnern  Sun: Maureen Diedrich

PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Lorene Lenz, Betty Eggert, Linda Self, Jerry Jacobs, Elaine Johnston, Lois Zimmerman, Jim Klimek, Arlo Peterson, Bob Kalpin, Cory Springer, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Coleen McIntire, Char Hjelm, Lester Olson(grf of Val Jahnke), Andrew Coopet, 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 Joanne Huwe (82) 1/8.

THIS WEEK
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

6:00 PM Circuit Forum

7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14

Monday, January 8     7:30 PM Dartball – Team 1 & 2 at Immanuel, Team 1 hosting

Tuesday, January 9     8:30 AM Bible Breakfast

10:30 AM Ministerium at Immanuel

3:00 PM St Williams Communion Service

6:00 PM Board of Evangelism

7:30 PM Altar Guild

Wednesday, January 10   10:00 AM Bible Study

5:30 PM WINGS

6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation

8:00 PM ACT Class

Friday, January 12     6:00 PM Circuit Epiphany Dinner

Saturday, January 13     7:00 PM Worship

Sunday, January 14     9:00 AM Worship

10:00 AM Coffee

10:30 AM Sunday School

10:45 AM Bible Class

12:00 PM Gene Moske birthday dinner

2:00 PM St Williams Service

7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14

WORSHIP HELPERS Jan 6: Garry Clark, Rodney Uran and Jasmine Wendt. Jan 7: Al & Darcy Peppersack, Rhonda & Abby Pooler and Isabella Woodworth. Jan 13: Kim Martel Family & Hali Moske. Jan 14: Don & Karla Kalpin, Ryan & Jessica Quinn Family and Riley Thoennes.

INFORMATION FOR YOU FROM OUR LIBRARY: A reminder – Our Library Donation Sale starts on February 14th. Please bring in suitable books, movies that you no longer use for the book sale. There is a box inside the library under the corner shelves for those items. Proceeds will be used to purchase new DVDs & books. Thanks.

FEATURE BOOK:  Critical Care by Candace Calvert. After her brother dies in a trauma room, Claire cannot face the ER. So, she moves to a new hospital for a new career in nursing education. But God has other plans for her. Code: white cal

This week in WINGS our children will study the account of “The Golden Calf.” We fail to keep Him first in our lives time and time again. The Israelites chose to worship the golden calf rather than the God who brought them safely out of Egypt. Consider discussing, “What things are you tempted to put ahead of God? How often does God forgive us when we fail to put Him first?”
INFORMATION FOR TODAY Who can I tell about God opening the heavens this week? In Sunday School today, our children will learn that at Pentecost, God sent the Holy Spirit to His Church (Acts 2:1–21). Now, through Word and Sacrament, God gives us His Holy Spirit to create and sustain saving faith in Jesus. Ask the children to tell you about what happened at Pentecost. Ask them when they received the Holy Spirit (in Baptism).

Mites: 25% of our mites go for the 2-year International LWML mite goal of $2,000,000; including $100,000 to Current Missionary Need – LCMS International Mission. 75% of our congregational mites are used for our district goal of $137,000, including $14,000 for CROSS Appeal for Lutheran Schools in the Minnesota North District.

Sunday Bible Class will meet today.

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 as soon as possible.

Join the Tuesday Bible Breakfast Study as they look at the Gospel of John, Tuesdays at 8:30 AM. Everyone is welcome!

Quilting will begin Tuesday, January 9 at 1 PM. Anyone is welcome to participate. No special skills are needed. Quilts are given for missions and people in need. Come any Tuesday at 1 PM in the education building.

Altar Guild will meet this Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Come to the meeting if you’d like to help in 2018.

The Wednesday Bible Class are studying the Gospel of Mark Wednesdays at 10 AM. Everyone is welcome! Pick up a study guide from the narthex counter.

WINGS meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 PM! Pick up a flyer and registration form at the narthex counter to invite a child!

You are invited to a 65th birthday and get reacquainted dinner for Gene Moske next Sunday, January 14. Fellowship at 11:30, dinner at noon. RSVP to Gene or the church office by Wednesday.

Wanted: a few people to be on a Sunday coffee serving committee. If you are interested, let Pastor know.

January Newsletter is in the mailboxes. Portals of Prayer for January-March are on the narthex counters.

INFORMATION FOR YOU 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.

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.

If you are interested in receiving The Lutheran Witness, cost is $22. Please use the signup sheet on the narthex counter if you are a new subscriber.

We have met and surpassed our congregational TIM goal for this year with a total of $3,635! Thank you for your generous gifts!

Advent & Christmas Coloring Sheets are available on the narthex counter.

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

Zion Lutheran School, Alexandria, will be having their Sloppy Joe Supper, Bake Sale, and Book Fair on Thursday, January 25th from 4-7 PM. Tickets for the event will be sold at the door for $6 each, children 5 and under are free. Everyone is welcome to attend! Stop by for great food & relaxing fellowship with neighbors of our surrounding communities! Thank you for your support and God’s blessings to you!

2018 Men’s Retreat at Lutheran Island Camp is February 16-18.  Pick up a registration form at the camp table.

2 Immanuel Cookbooks are available for $10 each. They are on the narthex counter.

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.

CAN YOU HELP? Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for January 14 & 21. Sign up at the narthex counter.

Needed: another person to help with nail care 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.

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.

INFORMATION FOR YOU Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “How Well Does Jesus Know Me?” based on John 1:48-51 with Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus. It’s nice to have someone know and understand you. Today the Lutheran Hour asks, “How do you feel about Jesus knowing you?”

Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com. Rev. Matthew Meyer of Beautiful Savior, Calloway, MN, presents the message for January 14. 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.

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

Life Thoughts for January 7 – John’s Baptism convicted every human being – “all the country of Judea” (Mark 1:5). No physical incapacities excused anyone. Jesus’ Baptism consecrates every human being. God, in giving His Son, identifies with us at our weakest and embraces us at our worst. Even when we don’t resemble anything our Maker intended, He doesn’t call us “unwanted” or “better off dead.” Instead He declares, “You are my beloved [child]; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11). In this newness of life (Romans 6:4), Christians can also welcome the least among us. Lord, construct Your kingdom of little ones like us. Amen.