Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sunday Bulletin

Week of December 9, 2018

Learning and worship opportunities at Immanuel:


Adult Bible Class is held after worship every Sunday at 10:30. Join us as we study Genesis.
Ladies Bible Group meets every Wednesday, at 9AM in the church library. Please come and join us as we study God’s Word.
Men’s Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7PM.
Tai Chi for Health classes continue - Thursdays at 5:15PM.

Reminder

Reminder regarding special envelope offering designations for upcoming holidays:

  • Advent mid-week and Christmas Day – missions
  • Christmas Eve – Lutheran Family Service
  • New Year’s Day - home

Advent

Mid-week Advent Service is at 6:30PM, Wednesday, December 12th.

Prior to mid-week worship service, a light supper will be served by Rebecca Circle.   

Looking Ahead

  • Mid-week advent services will be December 12th and 19th at 6:30PM.  A light supper will be served beginning at 5:30PM.
  • Christmas Eve Children’s Program will be at 6PM, Monday, December 24th.
  • Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion will be at 10P.M, on December 24th.
  • Christmas Day Worship with Holy Communion is Tuesday, December 25th, at 9AM.
  • New Year’s Day Worship with Holy Communion is Tuesday, January 1st, at 9AM.

Children and Parents

Kids and parents, please check practice times for the Children’s Christmas Program, Refer to the letter that was mailed in November.  A copy is posted on the board by the water fountain near the entrance to the gathering area.

Immanuel’s Adult Choir

On Sunday mornings prior to Worship Service, Immanuel’s Adult Choir will practice.  Everyone is welcome to participate.  Make a joyful noise!

Facebook

Evangelism Committee invites you to join Immanuel’s NEW Facebook page. Look for us at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church – St. Ansgar Iowa, then LIKE IT. Once you LIKE IT, all posts will come directly to your Home Page.

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Prayer Concerns

Pastor Squire welcomes your prayer concerns.  Pastor’s office door is always open for a personal visit but if he’s not available to speak with you directly, prayer request cards can be found at the back of the sanctuary. (Ask an usher or Elder if you need to fill one out.) Also, the church’s phone answering-machine is checked daily. The church’s e-mail address is ilstaworks@gmail.com. Just leave a brief message along with your phone number so he can get in touch with you.  

Offering Envelopes for 2018

Offering envelopes in the style which we have been using are no longer available.

New offering envelopes are available on the bench in the gathering space.  Your help is needed to make sure offerings are designated according to your wishes.  Write "missions" or "home" on the memo line at the lower left corner of your check with a corresponding dollar amount.

For example:  Memo: $50 missions, $50 home.  ("Missions" is designated to Synodical purposes and missions. "Home" is designated to salaries and expenses). If you have questions, please talk with John Groth, Karen Steinberg or a member of the Finance Committee.  Thanks.

Ten percent of the offerings are put in the Repair and Maintenance budget up to a balance of $15,000.

Special envelopes are used as follows:

  • New Year's Day special envelope- Home
  • Ash Wednesday/Lenten/Maundy Thursday/Good Friday special envelope - Missions
  • Easter Sunday special envelope - Home
  • Thanksgiving special envelope - Home
  • Advent Special Envelope- Missions
  • Christmas Eve special envelope - Lutheran Family Services
  • Christmas Day special envelope - Missions
  • Father's Day (no special envelope) loose plate money - Lutheran Family Services

All other loose plate money received is split, half designated for the Home budget and half designated for Mission budget.

2018 Church Council

Church Council members for 2017 are: David Steinberg – President, Ivan Wold - Vice President, Michele Heimer – Secretary, Karen Steinberg– Treasurer, Bruce Gerdts - Head Elder, Paul Hannam - Trustees, John Groth – Financial Sec’y, Julie Bless – Education, Bev Beaver - Stewardship, and Kendall Hansen– Evangelism.

RESERVING CHURCH FACILITIES

Please complete the Facilities Use form and submit it to the church council. It can be left in the church office mail slot.

Use of the church for non-church events must be approved by the council before being placed on the church calendar.

Your Offerings…

Direct Deposit is available for your weekly offerings.  Contact your local bank if you are interested in using this option.

Bibles, Sunday School materials, Portals of Prayers and CHRISTIAN literature

of all kinds are being collected by the Naomi Circle.  These will be sent to Love Packages in Butler, Illinois. Love Packages is a ministry aimed at putting CHRISTIAN LITERATURE and BIBLES into the hands of people around the world who are hungry for the word of God.  Place these materials in the specially marked basket in the Gathering Area.  No hymnals or Quarterlies can be used.  Thank you for caring and sharing.