Important Information from the 12/13/20 bulletin:

FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are placed to God’s glory by Duane & Betty Liesmann in celebration of the 30th birthday of their children, Joseph Liesmann and Kimberly (Liesmann) Adler on December 12th.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM will be received in the 6:00 pm Saturday Service by Josephine Claire Brunkhorst, infant daughter of Kyle Brunkhorst & Ellory Frick. Her sponsors are Sheila & Bill DeLong. We welcome Josephine into the Lord’s family!

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE for cards and prayers while George has gone through surgery and recovery, and now likely facing more surgery. We appreciate your care and concern very much. –George Roberts & Sandra Martin

Those Who Celebrate Birthdays This Week:
Dec. 13 – Wiatt Lewis, Rose Olivio, George Roberts
Dec. 14 – Chase Carrier, Parker Marquart, Spud Maupin,
Gary Vogel
Dec. 15 – Kiersten Brown, Le’ah Gruber, Carly Hamlyn,
Terry Hinrichs, Allie Littrell, Holly Self
Dec. 16 – Don Blakley, Anne Munger, Kerry Walker
Dec. 17 – Haley Nadler, Jonathan Stigge
Dec. 18 – Steve Brown, Ed Lorenz, Campbell Pohlmann
Dec. 19 – Wayne Brown, Aaron Hallien

THIS WEEK’S CALENDAR
Sun. 9:00 am Radio Broadcast (KLPW 1220 AM & 92.7 FM)
11:45 am Congregational Meeting
Mon. 6:00 pm Worship / Holy Communion
Tues.
Wed. 12:00 pm Advent Worship
5:30 pm Public School Confirmation
6:30 pm Advent Worship
Thu. 5:30 pm Joyful Ringers
Fri.
Sat. 6:00 pm Worship / Holy Communion
Sun. 8:00 am Worship / Holy Communion
10:45 am Worship / Holy Communion

THE SCRIP PROGRAM is a great way to purchase gift cards for Christmas. Buy gift cards to give as gifts or use them yourself and earn money for ILS and you. There is only one order date left before Christmas: Dec. 14. Orders are due Mondays by 12:00pm. Orders can be turned in to Kim Dawson, the office, the red “Crusader Cash” box in the lobby, or placed on-line through shopwithscrip.com. Scrip-To-Go, gift cards available for immediate purchase, will be available Sunday, December 13 and 20 from 9:00-10:45 am in the Narthex as well as in the school office from 7:45am-3:15pm when school is in session. New to scrip… You may now choose to ship your scrip gift cards to your home. You need to pay with a linked bank account or credit card and there will be a small shipping fee. Sonic gift cards are now available. There is an 8% rebate and physical cards are available for $10 or $25.

Private Confession and Absolution
Pastor Mark Bangert or Pastor Craig Wehmeyer will be available an hour before every service for private confession and absolution. If you wish to partake in the wonderful gift, simply approach the pastor and ask for private confession and absolution, and he will lead you to a place of privacy where you can confess your sins and hear the Words of Christ’s forgiveness for you.

Advent & Christmas
Worship Opportunities in December

Midweek Advent Worship Schedule
Wednesday, December 16th at 12:00pm & 6:30pm
(with special presentations by Immanuel 8th Grade students in the 6:30 pm service)

Christmas Worship Schedule

Christmas Eve
Friday, Thursday, December 24th at
3:00, 5:00, 7:00 & 11:00pm
With Holy Communion in all services

Christmas Day
Friday, December 25th at 9:00 am
With Holy Communion
New Year’s Eve
Thursday, December 31st at 7:00 pm
With Holy Communion

Wednesday Advent Services will be live-streamed at 6:30 pm each Wednesday. You will receive an email invitation on those Wednesdays to join the live-stream. If you miss the service, it will also be recorded and will be available on YouTube by about 7:30 pm.
The Christmas Eve Worship Service will be recorded and will be available on Immanuel’s YouTube channel by 5:30 on December 24th.

COMFORT DOG MINISTRY
On December 13th, we celebrate Sheba’s 6th birthday! We cannot have our usual party this year, but we give thanks for the blessing she is and the blessing of our Comfort Dog Ministry Team to share the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ! We are thankful we have been able to continue to bring comfort and encouragement during the pandemic, especially focused lately on bringing treats to essential workers. We also give thanks for the support of this congregation. We appreciate all your prayers and financial support that enables us to carry out this ministry!

IMMANUEL WOMEN’S ADVENT STUDY
JOURNEY THROUGH LUKE

In December we are reading through the book of Luke (one chapter a day) and discussing it through a specially created Facebook group. If you have questions about the study, or would like to join the group, please contact Deaconess Kelly at kelly.hardt@ imlutheran.org.

COMFORT DOG MINISTRY
SHEBA 2021 CALENDARS ARE ON SALE!

Purchase your calendar for yourself or as a gift for someone for the low cost of $5. Calendars are available next to the doghouse in the Narthex. You can simply take a calendar and leave your money in the doghouse.
During the pandemic our team continues to reach out and bring encouragement and Jesus’ comfort to others. Some ways we are doing this include sending cards to the isolated and lonely (especially those in nursing homes) and bringing food/treats to essential workers. We have not been able to do our usual fundraisers, so we greatly appreciate any donations to support our ongoing ministry!

THE CONCORDIA SEMINARY FOOD BANK has had to close temporarily due to COVID19. We will suspend our food collection at this time and begin again once they are open. Watch the bulletin for news about collecting items again.

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB
Do you enjoy reading? Then we hope you will join us for Book Club! Buy the book ahead of time and read it, and then come and discuss it with other women. We usually meet every other month on the third Tuesday 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, contact Deaconess Kelly at 636-239-4705. Here’s our schedule:
January 19: The Potluck Club (Book 1) by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson
March 16: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
May 18: Letters from a Skeptic by Gregory A. Boyd and Edward K. Boyd
July 20: Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

PRAYER PARTNERS
An opportunity to connect with sisters in Christ!
We know the pandemic has presented many challenges, and we often miss the ways we were able to have fellowship with each other. We want to give any woman in the congregation who is interested an opportunity to be matched with another woman at church, and you will have the opportunity to check in with each other and share prayer requests with each other. If you are interested this is what you do:
–E-mail Deaconess Kelly at: kelly.hardt@imlutheran.org to let her know you would like to be matched with someone as a prayer partner.
–Deaconess Kelly will ask you a few questions so that she can gather your contact info. and pass it on to the person you will be matched with.
–You and the prayer partner you are matched with will receive contact information for each other, and you will keep in touch over this next year by whatever means you feel comfortable (phone calls, e-mail, in person if you feel comfortable with that), and will pray for each other.

In the past we have matched women as prayer partners at our Women’s Retreat. Sadly, we were not able to have our Retreat this year due to COVID-19, and we will not be holding one in 2021, BUT we are pleased to still offer the prayer partner opportunity for women who are interested!

If you have any questions, contact Deaconess Kelly!

LIVING THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS starts with a solid financial plan! Austin and Molly Beers will be leading a virtual Financial Peace University class (through Zoom) where you will learn to dump debt and build wealth. You won’t even have to leave home!
Visit fpu.com/1129418 to sign up for our class and start your 14-day free trial of Financial Peace. The class currently is scheduled to start on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, but that can change based on what works best for the group. Why not start the New Year on the right foot and gain peace with your finances in the midst of all of this chaos? If you have any questions, reach out to Austin Beers at 636-432-2883 (call or text) or austindbeers@ gmail.com.

SERVING NEXT WEEK
Care of the Altar: Judy Groteluschen, Kathi Clamors, Lynn Cox,
Kim Dawson, Robbi Eckman, Marquita Edmond, Cindy Frick,
Leslie Guehne, Jill Ince, Nancy Jones, Lisa Riegel
Ushers: 6:00 – Jim Karl
8:00 – Bill Wood, Dave Dawson, Matthew Wood,
Jon Wood, Adam Wood, Darrel Barrett, Joe Kamphoefner,
Phillip Lehr
10:45 – Curt Mauldin, Rich Ulsas, Clara Wunderlich,
Don Maris, Tom Stelzer, Charles Self, Brian Ameiss

USHERS SERVING FOR ADVENT, DECEMBER 16
6:30 pm – Garry Gerhart, Robert Fuhr, Kirk Gruber, Eric Heining,
Jeff Loeb, Mike Perkins

LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE with your spouse in a whole new way! Registration is now open for the next VIRTUAL Lutheran Marriage Encounter Experience – January 29 – 31, 2021. You can participate privately from your home or anywhere that affords you privacy as a couple. Apply now (or learn more) at GodLoves Marriage.org. Questions? Contact Bob & Billie Dee Briggs at 330-608-3595 or bobandbd@roadrunner.com. Pre-registration is required to send your encounter materials to you via snail mail – don’t miss out!

DOES YOUR COMPANY MATCH GIFTS TO CHARITIES? Many companies do. Doesn’t hurt to ask or look online. What a great way to double your offerings!

SCHOOL NEWS
Advent Service
Even though this year’s Christmas Joy Advent service and the Choral Vespers Advent service had to be canceled, our 8th grade class will be participating in our third Advent service on Wednesday, December 16th. Our 8th grade students will be singing several songs and then sharing dramatic readings that focus on finding hope, love, peace, and joy in the world around us.

Christmas Gift-Giving Made Easy!
This year, consider using gift cards to buy gifts for family and friends or simply give these gift cards as presents! The Scrip Program allows you to purchase gift cards to hundreds of stores and restaurants. There is no cost to families using this program nor does the value of a gift card get reduced from the face value of the card. Orders can be placed between Sunday services or can be turned in at the school office. For more information, email scrip@ imlutheran.org or talk with Kim Dawson.

Christmas Break
There will be a half-day of school on Friday, December 18th as we begin Christmas break. Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes will dismiss as normal at 11:00 am while students in Kindergarten – 8th grade will dismiss at 11:30 am. The Infant and Toddler classes will be in session for the full day.

Classes resume in the new year on Monday, January 4th with a regular school day.

School Recruitment
We are quickly approaching the time of year where people begin thinking and asking about school choices in our community. Our ILS parents and ILCS families are the best recruitment tool for us! If you know of someone looking for a change of school or interested in finding out more about ILS, talk with them about Immanuel! Then invite them to call the school office at 636-239-1636. We would be happy to set up a tour of the school with them and show them what ILS has offer to them and to their children!

YOUTH
NEWS

YOUTH CHRISTMAS PARTIES
JR & SR. HIGH YOUTH – Our Annual Christmas Parties will take place TODAY at our regular times. Jr. High from 4 – 6 PM, Sr. High from 6:30 – 8:30. PLEASE WEAR A MASK! Social distancing will also be practiced. If you could bring some Christmas cookies to share that would be GREAT!

Included is our traditional While Elephant Gift Exchange. PLEASE DO NOT go to any additional expense. More goofy the better! Games, Bible study and a gift from Mr. W. is included. Hope you can join us! If you have been away for a while we would love to see you!
5th & 6th grade party is on the 20th from 3 – 5 PM.

IMMANUEL COLLEGE STUDENTS!! For the first time since we started our College reunions many years ago, we are CANCELING for this year due to Covid. But….

We would love to hear from you and share a gift to help you close out this semester. Simply contact Mr. W. by text, call, mail, or in church and share your contact info: Name, address and phone and we will send you a gift card to Panera for a snack as you finish out the term. We hope to see you in church. Feel free to stop in during the week at the office to say hi! Have a Merry Christmas, and STAY SAFE!!

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL
CAMPAIGN 2020

We thank those of you who have responded to date from the letter sent a few weeks ago! Over $6000 has been collected! Your love for our educational mission is great! Over $60,000 was given last year and was put to use for new doors, windows, educational needs, and helped to get the new toddler program going! We strive to put Gifts in Motion! In addition we have been able to utilize the funds to purchase material and equipment to help with the current COVID problem and to keep our children, families and staff safe! THANK YOU!!!

As we start our fall campaign this year we would ask 3 things of you:

  1. CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL, OUR TEACHERS, AND FAMILIES. Everyone is feeling the stress of COVID, and while we have been blessed to have limited exposure, the secondary effects of being open and in person to minister to children and families has been great. Please pray that we can ALL find peace and comfort in a God who is always with us and will NEVER forsake us!
  2. ASK! If you have some time and would like to volunteer in some way please ASK! We have needs that can be filled and would love to have your help.
  3. SHARE A GIFT! Over the years your financial support has really been a blessing to help us in many more ways than those listed above from the past year. Gifts of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated! The Lord works through them all.
    If you would like to be a part of “ILS Campaign 2020” simply pray about a gift of any size (checks payable to ILS) and send it to the school, (214 West 5th Street, Washington MO 63090) or drop it in the offering plate. Please label it:
    ILS CAMPAIGN 2020
    We thank you in advance for your prayers, your time and your gifts shared at this time. May the Lord continue to bless all of you as we enter this VERY special time of the year!
    In HIs Service,
    Alan Wunderlich, SDG

Immanuel Family Devotions
Worship is faith that receives all the promises of God and responds through devotional living. As a community during the month of November, we are going to examine this definition and see how worship flows out of the sanctuary into our daily lives.
As a household you are encouraged to participate in the following order of worship on a daily basis because it sets our eyes on our time together.

Invocation
Remember and invoke your induction into the family by saying these words together: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”

Confession and Absolution
As a household, confess your sins to one another and then forgive each other as Christ forgave you.

Word and Offering
Read the assigned scripture passage or song lyrics for the day and read, or watch, the Immanuel Family Devotions. Discuss together how this Word can be lived as an offering to the world around you.
The Immanuel Family Devotions for the week of December 14
Monday, Dec. 14: “Hark the Glad Sound”
(last Sunday’s Opening Hymn)
Tuesday, Dec. 15: “Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding”
(last Sunday’s Hymn of the Day)
Wednesday, Dec. 16: “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”
(last Sunday’s Sanctus)
Thursday, Dec. 17: Samuel 7:1-11, 16
(this coming Sunday’s Old Testament Reading)
Friday, Dec. 18: Romans 16:25-27
(this coming Sunday’s Epistle Reading)
Saturday, Dec. 19: Luke 1:26-38
(this coming Sunday’s Gospel Reading)
Prayer of the Church
To the right, is a list of the church’s prayer requests. Add your own, and pray together as a family. If you wish, each member of the household may offer a petition. Each person can conclude their petition with the words: “Lord, in Your mercy.” The entire family will then respond: “Hear our prayer.”

The Sacrament
Enjoy a meal together as a family in anticipation for the meal that we share as a Church family every Sunday.