February 4th – 11th

Order of Service        Divine Service 4, p 203
Hymns                    Sat: 398, 835, 830       Sun:  790, 398, 395, 727, 816
Lessons          Isaiah 40, p 763; 1 Corinthians 9, p 1217; Mark 1, p 1064
Sermon                 “He Who Sits Above the Earth”        Isaiah 40:21-31
Organist                    Sat: Lynette Finnern  Sun: Maureen Diedrich
PARISH PRAYERS We pray for God’s healing for Jim Klimek, Betty Eggert, Isaac Olson, Werner Knapp, James Coe, Linda Self, Dan Cigelske, Elaine Wilson, Jerry Jacobs, Lois Zimmerman, Arlo Peterson, Bob Kalpin, Cory Springer, Lorre McDermott, Mike McDaniel, Coleen McIntire, Char Hjelm, Joan Arvidson(frd of Sjobecks), Greg Oney(s of Sheryl F), Andy Koep(fil Jim D), Kitty Rosin(m of Dawn Stach), Tammy DeVore, Steve Hanson, 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 pray for the missionary work of the Jastrams.
Saturday, February 3     9:00 AM ACT Sub Making as needed(sub pickup at 11 & 8)
7:00 PM Worship with Communion
8:00 PM Pastor Dan Jastram Mission Presentation
Sunday, February 4     9:00 AM Worship with Communion
10:00 AM Coffee and sub pick up
10:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Bible Class
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
Tuesday, February 6     8:30 AM Bible Breakfast
Wednesday, February 7   10:00 AM Bible Study
6:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation
8:00 PM ACT Bible Class
Saturday, February 10     7:00 PM Worship with Baptism
Sunday, February 11     9:00 AM Worship
10:00 AM Coffee
10:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Bible Class
1-4 PM Moske 50th Wedding Anniversary
7:00 PM Service on Cable Ch 14
WORSHIP HELPERS Feb 3: Michelle Moats, Joanie Oler and Faith Dodds. Feb 4: Audie & Kim Kruse, Brian & Heather Wittrock Family and Graham Larson. Feb 10: Jesse McKane/Jessica Randall Family and Spencer Mobley. Feb 11: Jeff & Teresa Blake, Lucy Hennargir, Jan Kroeger and Amber Venzke. Feb 14(W): Roger & Sandy Froemming, Dennis & Donna Karger and Rosalee Moske.
If you would like to give your offerings electronically, please contact the church office. Thrivent Members, please designate your 2017 Thrivent Choice dollars before they expire. See Scott Fassett if you have questions.
INFORMATION FOR YOU FROM OUR LIBRARY:  Remember the Donation Book sale will be set up on Feb. 13th.  A box is in the library for those suitable books that can be given for the sale. Thank you in advance.   FEATURE DVD: Facing Darkness from Samaritan’s Purse. Spring, 2014.  Ebola pandemic was sweeping across West Africa. This incredible true story of faith, determination and prayer … and how God performed a miracle. Code: Green SamP 1
Next Sunday’s Lutheran Hour radio program is “Was Blind, But Now I See” based on 2 Corinthians 4:3 with Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus. Would you rather be blind or visioned? That’s an easy one. But, how does a spiritually blind person become seeing?
Main Street Living Worship Service can be seen Sundays, 10 AM, on KVRR Fargo, and anytime at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com. Rev. Kirk Lee of Immanuel Lutheran, Parkers Prairie, MN, presents the message for February 11. 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. Pastor Clark Jahnke gives the message Feb. 18.
The Wednesday Bible Class are studying the Gospel of Mark Wednesdays at 10 AM. Everyone is welcome! Pick up study guide 4 from the narthex counter.

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

Special thanks to Pastor Dan Jastram, missionary to Japan and son of our former pastor Rev. Robert Jastram, for preaching Saturday evening. Pastor Jastram will share information about his work in the fellowship hall following worship this evening.
Mites: 25% of our mites go for the 2-year International LWML mite goal of $2,000,000; including $100,000 to Lutheran Children’s Books for Families Worldwide – Lutheran Heritage Foundation. 75% of our congregational mites are used for our district goal of $137,000, including $15,000 for Gloria Dei School and Church Building in Cap Haitian, Haiti.
In Sunday School today, our children will study “The Conversion of Paul” and learn that as God did with Paul, so God does with us. Through the Law, we are crushed by the weight of our sin and are helpless. As God revived Paul through Ananias (Acts 9:1–31), He revives us through our pastors with the proclamation of His Word and the administration of His Sacraments granting forgiveness, life, and salvation to all who believe. Talk to your children about how the Sacraments and God’s Word revive you so that you may live as God’s child.
Congratulations to those who were elected to church council positions last Sunday: Secretary – Holly Downing, Co-Head Usher – Kirk Venzke, Board of Elders – John Duberowski and Gale Iverson, Board of Trustees – Leon Wunderlich, Endowment Fund – Deb Marquard, Board of Education – Teresa Harstad, Board of Evangelism – Joyce Malgren and Linda Maughan, Board of Finance – Paul Downing and Scott Fassett. A Big Thank You to those who are completing terms of service on our church council: April Adickes, Dave Schwartz, John Jirik, Becky Jirik, Ron Zaun and Greg Riedel.
A decision was made at our voters meeting to authorize our elders to work with Trinity, Carlos to call a seminary candidate who would serve half time at Carlos and half time at Immanuel. This is in place of applying for a vicar and would be the same cost for us. The goal is that within three years Carlos would need this person in a full-time capacity. Please keep this process in your prayers.
Pick up your February Newsletter and church directory from your mailbox today.
PLAN TO ATTEND Zion Lutheran School, Alexandria, is having their Preschool Roundup Monday, Feb 5 at 5:30 PM for 3-4 year olds and at 6:30 PM for 4-5 year olds. Zion will offer two different preschool options for 2018-2019. Children ages 3-4 can attend two days each week on Tuesday and Thursday (8-10:45 AM or 12:00-2:45 PM). Children ages 4-5 may attend three days each week (MWF, 8-11:15 AM or 12-3 PM). Or choose an enrichment program by attending all day MWF. Registration forms will be available at the roundup, or by visiting the website at www.zionalexschool.org.
Zion Lutheran School, Alexandria, is having their annual Kindergarten Roundup Tuesday, Feb 6 at 6:30 PM. Join Mrs. Meyer, our kindergarten teacher, for activities and information about kindergarten 2018-2019 at Zion. Completed registration forms with the registration fee and signed tuition agreement can be turned in that evening to secure a spot in our kindergarten class.
ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) is a new group we are helping to start at Immanuel. This will be a men’s breakfast and fellowship group. We will meet Thursday, February 8 at 8:30 AM in the back room at RK’s. We would like to meet there each second Thursday of the month. If you have questions contact Ron Zaun or Pastor.
Winter Adventure Camp for ages 8-14 is February 9-11 at Lutheran Island Camp. Pick up a brochure at the camp table.
Delbert & Linda Moske’s 50th anniversary open house is next Sunday, February 11 from 1-4 PM. Everyone is welcome.
Library Team meeting will be Feb 13 at 1 PM.
An adult confirmation class will begin February 13. Tentative meeting time is 6 PM. This seven week class will meet on Tuesdays. If you are interested, talk to Pastor Lee or come February 13.
Ash Wednesday is February 14. Our Lenten services will be at 7:30 PM. Soup Suppers will be served from 6:30-7:15 each week.
2018 Men’s Retreat at Lutheran Island Camp is February 16-18.  Pick up a registration form at the camp table. Ted Kober is the speaker. He is an interesting and engaging speaker.
Special Workshop at St John’s in Garfield will be held February 24 from 9-2 with registration at 8:30. Speaker is Pastor Karl Weber. The topic is Charismatic Gifts: Purpose and Place in Scripture. Pick up a registration form at the narthex counter.
INFORMATION FOR YOU Thank you! Members of Immanuel and others; it was a warm and peaceful atmosphere at my birthday luncheon January 14. Your attendance was greatly appreciated. Preparing and furnishing the lunch, having very helpful individuals serving and cleaning up made for a relaxing and enjoyable event. Hopefully we all shared our Christian values through the fellowship and increased our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, your free will offering added $400 to the Immanuel Scholarship Fund. Glory and thanks be to God!                 Gene Moske
Congratulations to Dawn Stach for being elected to the Lutheran Island Camp Board of Directors and Becky Jirik for being elected to the LIC Foundation Board.
This week in WINGS, our children see how “Abraham Rescues Lot” by God’s grace and strength. People need to be rescued from all sorts of predicaments. God commands that I respect life. This Bible account is an Old Testament picture of how God rescued all of us from sin’s condemnation. In family devotions this week, discuss, “What are some Bible stories that picture God rescuing someone?”
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.
CAN YOU HELP? Sunday Coffee Servers are needed for February 11 & 18. Sign up at the narthex counter.
If your group is interested in serving a Lenten soup supper, see Pastor.
Tammy Bertram has agreed to continue the congregational scrapbook. If you have any pictures of events in the church, please put them in Tammy’s mailbox.
Needed: volunteers to take pictures at church events for our scrapbook and the bulletin board.
Wanted: a few people to be on a Sunday coffee serving committee. If you are interested, let Pastor know.
Needed: another person to help with nail care on the first Thursday morning of the month. Please help spread the word.
Pot-holders are for sale at the card cupboard. Please put your donations into the mite box next to the pot-holders.
Thrivent Members, if you would like your Thrivent Action Grants used at Immanuel, please let Pastor know.
Life Thoughts for February 4 – Hearts struggle and suffer when Satan suggests death to them (Mark 1:32). Often they feel “[m]y way is hidden from the Lord” and believe “my right is disregarded by my God” (Isaiah 40:27). With empathy like Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 9:19-22), imitating Lord Jesus, we have been healed to intercede. We can approach and assist knowing that His wings of forgiveness and everlasting resurrection (Isaiah 40:28-31) will likewise lift them from their afflictions. Loving God, include us in Your servanthood that increases strength to the powerless. 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.