This weekend's first lesson comes from Isaiah Chapter 40. This passage was written around 538 BCE when the Jewish exile was coming to an end. John the Baptist would use Isaiah’s words some 500 years later in his proclamation that the Messiah was near. In Isaiah, we hear that God has forgiven Jerusalem (the exiled Jewish people) his sins and will come to his people. In Mark, John the Baptist calls on a people under conquest to receive a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The words of Isaiah and John the Baptist remind us that our lives are dependent upon the one who gives life and that life comes through the forgiveness of sins.

 

This weekend we remember those affected by riots in Israel. We also remember those affected by the wildfires and small earthquakes in southern California. Closer to home we remember the families of Rory and Ryan Miller and all affected by the farming accident that occurred near Nachusa last week.

-          Pastor Dave

THE PRAYER GROUP will be praying for this week’s worship Prayer Concerns plus Families/Members:

Joan Camery                  Danielle Campton                      David Canady                   Matthew & Susan Carlson

 

ALTAR FLOWERS…are given by Gene and Wanda McBride to Celebrate the Love, Joy and Peace of the season with our Immanuel family.

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS…are located in the Narthex at a small table to sign for Pastor and our Bishops. Please take a minute to send your Christmas blessings by signing the cards.

 

CHRISTMAS FRIENDSHIP TREE...The Friendship Tree is up! Please choose a card bearing the name of one of Immanuel’s homebound members and sign and send! Feel free to call the office for phone numbers or address and make a call, or pay them a visit also if you wish. It will be very much appreciated this Christmas season.

 

CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE…The Call Committee will be studying additional candidates in the near future.

 

YEAR END GIFTS…..Please bring or send your year-end gifts to the church the week of December 25th with Sunday December 31st being the deadline to be included on your 2017 statement. Thank you.

 

A CAROLING WE WILL GO… We are going caroling on December 17, 2017. We will have a quick pizza lunch at church after the 10:30 service and leave for caroling at 12:15. We will be singing at the Franklin Grove Nursing Home, The Meadows, Dixon Rehabilitation Center and Countryside Manor. Whether you can carry a tune or not, we would love to have you join us for some great fun spreading Christmas Cheer. Please sign up on the back bulletin board so we can make eating and driving plans, accordingly.

 

POINSETTIAS… There are six Poinsettias for sale costing $25 each. They can be picked up after the 11:00 service Christmas Eve

 

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS UPDATE: Groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sunday, November 12. The building process will be moving forward with the removal of the cement pads and fencing around the play area and the pouring of the cement slab along with constructing the outer shell. We are continuing to accept donations for the addition. Please prayerfully consider helping to meet the needed $75,000 in cash/$75,000 in commitments by December 31, 2017. Your donation will help provide quality education and Christian values to more children in the area. Thank you for your continued support and faithfulness to this important mission of Immanuel Lutheran.

 

BULK MAIL…The Torch Newsletter delivery has been slower than usual and we are at the mercy of the bulk mail system. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, plans are to mail December’s issue out on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Give the office a call and let us know when you receive your December Torch so we can see if the early mail date helps. Thank you.

Regular Church Worship Services

Saturday December 23   5:30 p.m.

Sunday December 24 8:00 a.m.

 

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES – Sunday December 24, 2017

 

10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Sunday School Christmas Program

 

7:00 p.m. Family Service with Communion and Candlelight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

11:00 p.m. Carols and Candlelight Service with Communion