Announcements at Immanuel

Announcements for June 27, 2021

immanuelosmond | 22 June, 2021 10:53

WE WELCOME EVERYONE to worship with us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

OUR CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Kaden Polt and Cody Gansebom. Next Sunday they will be Kenzie von Rentzell and Ella von Rentzell.

OUR READER for this Sunday is LYF member, Karter Johnson. Next Sunday the reader will be Paul Koehler. Helping with communion next week will be Ed Brummels and Larry Krohn.

ADULT BIBLE CLASS has begun a new series on the book of Judges. The Old Testament book of Judges is very contemporary for our lives today. A repeated phrase in Judges is: “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes,” and that phrase pretty much describes life in the United States today. Join Adult Bible Class to explore how God’s people handled life in similar circumstances to today. In addition, the book of Judges has some very interesting accounts, perhaps, the most humorous story in the Old Testament. See you in Bible Class!

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church this morning. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. Any comments or suggestions may be given to the committee members: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL will be held today! Summer Sunday school will be held the last Sunday of June, July and August.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) will be held July 12-15 from 5-8 p.m. and the closing program will be on Sunday, July 18th during the church service. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is up in the back of church. Please consider helping this mission right here in our own community. Registration deadline for students is Friday! Please register your children today!

A VBS VOLUNTEERS MEETING will be held on June 30 at 7:30 pm. Everyone who signed up or is interested in helping with VBS should plan to attend. We are grateful for everyone who is willing to give their time and talent to furthering the Christian education of our young people and praise God that we can return to 'normal' this year.

SIGN-UP SHEETS FOR FOOD FOR VBS are now in the back of church! Please consider helping with this project. Thank You!

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the speaker. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “Amazing Grace” – a man who has come from a poor beginning to a rich and full life must learn not to forsake his Christian faith. Worship Service – Rev. James Travis of Calvary Lutheran Church in Sioux City, IA, delivers the message “Does God Want Me to Have a Better Job?” based on Psalm 84. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

QUILT SHOW: Christ Lutheran Church in Pierce is hosting a quilt show on July 3rd from 10 AM – 3:30 PM in their fellowship hall. There will be refreshments and games for the kids plus a raffle for a Queen size quilt with proceeds going to the Youth Mission Trip.

CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN DAVID DEAN will be at the Pierce High School Gymnasium on Friday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. Free event. Open to the public – Family Friendly – All ages welcome. Sponsored by Hands for Christ Committee. See posters on both entry doors.

WHAT ABOUT BOOKS are available for you near the bulletin boxes. These books are easy to read and explain what Lutherans believe and teach about topics important for today.

THE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CEMETERY will be mowed tomorrow, June 28th at 6:00 p.m. The following members are asked to please come and help mow:

Brian Guenther

Aaron Gutz

Marvin Gutz

Mike Gutz

Phil Gutz

Ryan Gutz

Travis Gutz

Jared Halsey

Doug Hartner

Cory Hille

Brad Huwaldt

Donald Johnson

Please note!! If you cannot come Monday evening, you may come Sunday evening or Monday afternoon, but please contact your chairman, Dave Blunck at 402-360-1182. Women and older children are also welcome to help mow. We need riders, push mowers and trimmers in order to do a good job.

Announcements for June 20, 2021

immanuelosmond | 18 June, 2021 11:39

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER for this morning is Ed Brummels and next Sunday our reader will be LYF member, Karter Johnson. Helping with communion this morning are Ross Stelling and Paul Koehler.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Cali Gutz and Zaylah Pfanstiel. Next Sunday they will be Kaden Polt and Cody Gansebom.

TODAY WE GIVE THANKS FOR FATHERS. We give thanks for those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. We give thanks for those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become good fathers. We give thanks for those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. We pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children. We give thanks for those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children’s lives. We give thanks for those fathers who have adopted children, and whose love and support has offered healing. We give thanks for those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and have earned their stepchildren’s love and respect. We give thanks for those fathers who have lost children to death, and who, despite their grief, continue to hold those children in their hearts. We give thanks for those men who have no children but cherish the next generation as if they were their own. We give thanks for those men who have ‘fathered’ us in their roles as mentors and guides. We give thanks for those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children. And we give thanks for those fathers who have died, but who live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us. We give thanks for fathers. Happy Father’s Day!

TODAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS begins a new study series on the book of Judges. The Old Testament book of Judges is very contemporary for our lives today. A repeated phrase in Judges is: “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes,” and that phrase pretty much describes life in the United States today. Join Adult Bible Class to explore how God’s people handled life in similar circumstances to today. In addition, the book of Judges has some very interesting accounts, perhaps, most humorous story in the Old Testament. See you in Bible Class!

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY GROUP will meet this Thursday morning at 6:30 AM. The men’s group enjoys a lite breakfast, fellowship, study, and prayer. The group has started a study on the book of Psalms, which passionately touches the human heart because it expresses the emotions of the human heart. Psalms touches our hearts today because we have the same emotions. Now is the time to join a lively men’s study group. See you Thursday morning at 6:30 AM.

REMINDER: Deb will be out of the church office for the National LWML Convention from Wednesday through Monday. The bulletin for next Sunday will be printed on Tuesday morning. Please have any announcements to the church office by 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. Thank you!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held July 12-15 from 5-8 p.m. and the closing program will be on Sunday, July 18th during the church service. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is up in the back of church. Please consider helping this mission right here in our own community. Registration has begun (in back of church), so register your children now!

A VBS VOLUNTEERS MEETING will be held on June 30 at 7:30 pm. Everyone who signed up or is interested in helping with VBS should plan to attend. We are grateful for everyone who is willing to give their time and talent to furthering the Christian education of our young people and praise God that we can return to 'normal' this year.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and/or designated donations from members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may be addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Today, "Clearly Christian: Spiritual" -- Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler -- God is above all, but that doesn't mean material "stuff" is somehow beneath Him. Dr. Michael Zeigler talks about the unique nature of Christian spirituality. (Genesis 1:31) The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “The Other Wiseman” – The story of Artaban, the Persian scholar, who sets out to meet his friends with three precious jewels as gifts for the newborn King. Worship Service – Rev. Ricky Jacob of Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Church in Winnebago, NE, delivers the message “A Win-Win Situation” based on 1 Peter 5:6-11. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

WHAT ABOUT BOOKS have been revised and are available for you near the bulletin boxes. These books are easy to read and explain what Lutherans believe and teach about topics important for today.

BECKENDORF JUNE UPDATE is in your bulletin this morning!

QUILT SHOW: Christ Lutheran Church in Pierce is hosting a quilt show on July 3rd from 10 AM – 3:30 PM in their fellowship hall. There will be refreshments and games for the kids plus a raffle for a Queen size quilt with proceeds going to the Youth Mission Trip.

PANCAKE FEED:  at St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 55203 854th Road, Pierce, NE on Sunday, July 4th. Serving pancakes, sausage and milk or orange juice (specially designed children's pancakes).  Suggested donation of $7/Adults and $4/children.  All proceeds going towards theier 150th Anniversary Celebration on September 4-5, 2021.  Just remember....$7/$4 on 7/4.

CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN DAVID DEAN will be at the Pierce High School Gymnasium on Friday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. Free event. Open to the public – Family Friendly – All ages welcome. Sponsored by Hands for Christ Committee. See posters on both entry doors.

Announcements for June 13, 2021

immanuelosmond | 11 June, 2021 10:37

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER for this morning is Larry Krohn and next Sunday our reader will be Ed Brummels. Helping with communion next week will be Ross Stelling and Paul Koehler.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Spencer Hille and Owen Severson. Next Sunday they will be Cali Gutz and Zaylah Pfanstiel.

ADULT BIBLE CLASS this morning finishes the series: “Dangerous Teachings of the Bible.” Today’s study finishes the question of evil or suffering. The number 1 reason people cite for not believing in God is evil or suffering. People say: “How can a good God permit suffering?” It seems that many times we don’t have good answer for that valid question. Why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? Since every Sunday class is a stand-alone topic, you can join today’s class for this important question.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held July 12-15 from 5-8 p.m. and the closing program will be on Sunday, July 18th during the church service. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is up in the back of church. Please consider helping with this mission right here in our own community. Registration has begun (in the back of church), so register your children now!

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may be addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

A VBS VOLUNTEERS MEETING will be held on June 30 at 7:30 pm. Everyone who signed up or is interested in helping with VBS should plan to attend. We are grateful for everyone who is willing to give their time and talent to furthering the Christian education of our young people and praise God that we can return to 'normal' this year.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “Jeremy” – This episode deals with the relationship between a mother and a mentally challenged son who lives at home. Worship Service – Rev. David Doellinger of Trinity Lutheran Church in Marcus, IA, delivers the message “The Word of God is Planted and Grows to Give You Life” based on Mark 4:26-34. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Today, "Clearly Christian: Good" - Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler -- Many think they know what Christianity is all about, but Dr. Michael Zeigler asks, what if what they think it is, it isn't? The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

REMINDER: The cemetery will be mowed this evening and tomorrow. If you want to keep your flowers and ornaments, and they are not in a vase on the headstones, please remove them by this afternoon or they will be disposed of. Thank you!

THE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CEMETERY will be mowed tomorrow, June 14th at 6:00 p.m. The following members are asked to please come and help mow:

Jason Curtis

Jerry Dennis

Brian Evans

Brody Friedrich

Meril Friedrich

Clark Gansebom

Kent Gansebom

Larry Gansebom

Randy Gansebom

Shawn Gansebom

Tyler Gansebom

Loren Gerdes

Please note!! If you cannot come Monday evening, you may come Sunday evening or Monday afternoon, but please contact your chairman, Marvin Kumm at 402-748-3228. Women and older children are also welcome to help mow. We need riders, push mowers and trimmers in order to do a good job.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL today! Summer Sunday school will be held the last Sunday of June, July and August.

NEXT SUNDAY the Adult Bible Class will begin a new study series on the book of Judges. The Old Testament book of Judges is very contemporary for our lives today. A repeated phrase in Judges is: “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes,” and that phrase pretty much describes life in the United States today. Join Adult Bible Class to explore how God’s people handled life in similar circumstances to today. In addition, the book of Judges has some very interesting accounts, perhaps, most humorous story in the Old Testament. See you in Bible Class!

PASTOR LILIENKAMP is available Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Thursday mornings, he is available before and after 9:00 AM Bible class. Thursday afternoon available until 3 PM. To ensure contact, please call Pastor Lilienkamp (402-369-2529) to check availability as sometimes shut-in visits, home visits or meetings might be scheduled during these times. Thank You! If you need pastoral care other days, please call his phone number listed.

Announcements for June 6, 2021

immanuelosmond | 04 June, 2021 10:38

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER this morning is Ed Brummels and next Sunday our reader will be Larry Krohn. Helping with communion this morning are Paul Koehler and Ross Stelling.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Blake Bahr and Connor Gutz and next Sunday they will be Zachary Huwaldt and Parker Johnson.

ADULT BIBLE CLASS this morning completes the series: “Dangerous Teachings of the Bible.” Today’s study tackles the question of evil or suffering. The number 1 reason people cite for not believing in God is evil or suffering. People say: “How can a good God permit suffering?” It seems that many times we don’t have good answer for that valid question. Why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? Since every Sunday class is a stand-alone topic, you can join today’s class for this important question.

LYF SENIOR FAREWELL/FRESHMAN WELCOME will be this Sunday, June 6th, at 5:00 at the park. Supper will be served. We will also be electing new officers.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY GROUP will meet this Thursday morning at 6:30 AM. The men’s group enjoys a lite breakfast, fellowship, study, and prayer. This Thursday, the group will start a new study on selected psalms. The book of Psalms passionately touches the human heart because it expresses the emotions of the human heart. Psalms touches our hearts today because we have the same emotions. Now is the time to join a lively men’s study group. See you Thursday morning at 6:30 AM.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held July 12-15 from 5-8 p.m. and the closing program will be on Sunday, July 18th during the church service. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is up in the back of church. Please consider helping with this mission right here in our own community. Registration for students will begin soon.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and designated donations from members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may be addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “Some People Need Help” – (originally aired in 1975) A crusty amputee from a Veteran’s hospital must learn that hurting others will not help him. Worship Service – Rev. David Daumer of St. John’s Lutheran in Ireton, IA, and Faith Lutheran in Orange City, IA, delivers the message “D-Day” based on Genesis 3, Corinthians 4, and Mark 3. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Today, "Out of the Depths" Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jason Broge -- When our words fail us, we find God's word of promise in the words of Psalm 130. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG-AM 780 and WJAG-FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM. THANK YOU to everyone who has helped mow the cemetery the past two weeks. Your willingness to help is much appreciated!

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL today! Summer Sunday school will be held the last Sunday of June, July and August.

WORKERS NEEDED!!! The Nebraska Lutheran Laymen’s League plans to host the LLL State Fair booth in Grand Island Friday, Aug. 27, through Monday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. This is a great opportunity to share your faith and offer valuable printed resources on Christian beliefs - resources with answers to today’s problems and challenges - and visit with fair goers about faith issues. If enough volunteers do not come forward by Saturday, June 12, the booth will not be able to operate this year for the first time in many years. If you are willing to help for a few hours, please contact Paul Schmidt, LLL State Fair Booth Coordinator, cell or text 402-460-0004, or email psflatwater@inebraska.com Thank you for your help!

Richard Hoestje has returned home to continue his recovery from COVID-19 and is doing well. Thank you for the prayer support.

Announcements for May 30, 2021

immanuelosmond | 28 May, 2021 11:20

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

THE CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Anna Kahny and Julianna Kumm and next Sunday they will be Blake Bahr and Connor Gutz.

OUR READER for this morning is Ross Stelling and next Sunday, the reader will be Ed Brummels. Helping with communion next Sunday will be Paul Koehler and Ross Stelling.

MEMORIAL DAY: Each May, the United States celebrates a day called Memorial Day. Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A. Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldier’s graves. In the following years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those brave men and women who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the U.S. military. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971. The U.S. celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May (tomorrow May 31). We thank God for the sacrifice of all that have gone before (veterans and civilians) who have sacrificed for our nation.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL today! Summer Sunday school will be held the last Sunday of June, July and August.

BIBLE CLASS: The adult Bible class will continue the series: “Dangerous Teachings of Christianity.” Today the focus will be on atheism, which denies the existence of God. Today’s atheism is different from the atheism of Madalyn Murry O’Hair of the 1960s. Actually, there is no such thing of as atheism, because everyone, no exceptions, exalts something as god. How can you engage in conversation with today’s atheist? Come to this morning’s Bible and explore the possibility.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held July 12-15 from 5-8 p.m. and the closing program will be on Sunday, July 18th during the church service. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is up in the back of church. Please consider helping with this mission right here in our own community. Registration for students will begin in June.

THE LYF will be having their Senior Farewell and Freshman Welcome party on Sunday, June 6th at the park at 5:00 pm. Supper will be served. There will be a short meeting to start the night and new officers will be elected.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church this morning. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. Any comments or suggestions may be given to the committee members: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

THANK YOU RECEIVED from Rev. Paul A. Nelson and family for the donation of $1588 made to Mission Central distributed to them to help them deploy to Southeast Asia, where he will serve as a regional Theological Educator. He will be at Grace Lutheran in Norfolk on Sunday, June 20th and at Mission Central on Monday, June 28th at 2:00 p.m. if you would like to meet them.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “Return Trip” – (1974) the modern-day story of a prodigal daughter. Worship Service – Rev. Michael Buchhorn of Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne, NE, delivers the message “The Greatest Love” based on John 3:16. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the speaker. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

MANY DISHES AND PANS are on the tables in the kitchen. Please check the tables to see if there are any dishes or pans that belong to you. We would like to get them to their proper homes.

THE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CEMETERY will be mowed this Thursday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. The following members are asked to please come and help mow:

Grant Albers Curtis Alderson Brett Bahr

Jason Bahr James Bessmer David Boyle Rob

Broekemeier Ed Brummels Josh Brummels

Rod Brummels Ryan Buchanan David Buchholz

Please note!! If you cannot come Thursday evening, you may come Wednesday evening or Thursday afternoon, but please contact your chairman, Lyle Kuhlman at 402-748-3865. Women and older children are also welcome to help mow. We need riders, push mowers and trimmers in order to do a good job.

WORKERS NEEDED!!! The Nebraska Lutheran Laymen’s League plans to host the LLL State Fair booth in Grand Island Friday, Aug. 27, through Monday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. This is a great opportunity to share your faith and offer valuable printed resources on Christian beliefs - resources with answers to today’s problems and challenges - and visit with fair goers about faith issues. If enough volunteers do not come forward by Saturday, June 12, the booth will not be able to operate this year for the first time in many years. If you are willing to help for a few hours, please contact Paul Schmidt, LLL State Fair Booth Coordinator, cell or text 402-460-0004, or email psflatwater@inebraska.com Thank you for your help! 

Announcements for May 30, 2021

immanuelosmond | 28 May, 2021 11:20

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

THE CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Anna Kahny and Julianna Kumm and next Sunday they will be Blake Bahr and Connor Gutz.

OUR READER for this morning is Ross Stelling and next Sunday, the reader will be Ed Brummels. Helping with communion next Sunday will be Paul Koehler and Ross Stelling.

MEMORIAL DAY: Each May, the United States celebrates a day called Memorial Day. Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A. Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldier’s graves. In the following years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those brave men and women who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the U.S. military. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971. The U.S. celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May (tomorrow May 31). We thank God for the sacrifice of all that have gone before (veterans and civilians) who have sacrificed for our nation.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL today! Summer Sunday school will be held the last Sunday of June, July and August.

BIBLE CLASS: The adult Bible class will continue the series: “Dangerous Teachings of Christianity.” Today the focus will be on atheism, which denies the existence of God. Today’s atheism is different from the atheism of Madalyn Murry O’Hair of the 1960s. Actually, there is no such thing of as atheism, because everyone, no exceptions, exalts something as god. How can you engage in conversation with today’s atheist? Come to this morning’s Bible and explore the possibility.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held July 12-15 from 5-8 p.m. and the closing program will be on Sunday, July 18th during the church service. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is up in the back of church. Please consider helping with this mission right here in our own community. Registration for students will begin in June.

THE LYF will be having their Senior Farewell and Freshman Welcome party on Sunday, June 6th at the park at 5:00 pm. Supper will be served. There will be a short meeting to start the night and new officers will be elected.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church this morning. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. Any comments or suggestions may be given to the committee members: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

THANK YOU RECEIVED from Rev. Paul A. Nelson and family for the donation of $1588 made to Mission Central distributed to them to help them deploy to Southeast Asia, where he will serve as a regional Theological Educator. He will be at Grace Lutheran in Norfolk on Sunday, June 20th and at Mission Central on Monday, June 28th at 2:00 p.m. if you would like to meet them.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “Return Trip” – (1974) the modern-day story of a prodigal daughter. Worship Service – Rev. Michael Buchhorn of Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne, NE, delivers the message “The Greatest Love” based on John 3:16. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the speaker. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

MANY DISHES AND PANS are on the tables in the kitchen. Please check the tables to see if there are any dishes or pans that belong to you. We would like to get them to their proper homes.

THE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CEMETERY will be mowed this Thursday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. The following members are asked to please come and help mow:

Grant Albers Curtis Alderson Brett Bahr

Jason Bahr James Bessmer David Boyle Rob

Broekemeier Ed Brummels Josh Brummels

Rod Brummels Ryan Buchanan David Buchholz

Please note!! If you cannot come Thursday evening, you may come Wednesday evening or Thursday afternoon, but please contact your chairman, Lyle Kuhlman at 402-748-3865. Women and older children are also welcome to help mow. We need riders, push mowers and trimmers in order to do a good job.

WORKERS NEEDED!!! The Nebraska Lutheran Laymen’s League plans to host the LLL State Fair booth in Grand Island Friday, Aug. 27, through Monday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. This is a great opportunity to share your faith and offer valuable printed resources on Christian beliefs - resources with answers to today’s problems and challenges - and visit with fair goers about faith issues. If enough volunteers do not come forward by Saturday, June 12, the booth will not be able to operate this year for the first time in many years. If you are willing to help for a few hours, please contact Paul Schmidt, LLL State Fair Booth Coordinator, cell or text 402-460-0004, or email psflatwater@inebraska.com Thank you for your help! 

Announcements for May 23, 2021

immanuelosmond | 21 May, 2021 12:12

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Mason Gansebom and Karter Johnson. Next Sunday they will be Anna Kahny and Juliana Kumm.

OUR READER for this morning is LYF member, Kaden Polt. Next Sunday the reader will be Ross Stelling.

GUEST PASTOR TODAY is Pastor Erik Christensen, Associate Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Wayne, NE. We thank Pastor Christensen for his Christ-centered message and may God bless his work at Grace, Wayne.

THE VOTERS extended a Divine Call on April 25th to Pastor Caleb Kruse, Associate Pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, NE to be pastor here at Immanuel. Please hold Pastor Kruse in your prayers as he considers this call. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him in discernment as to where he might better use his gifts in the Church. A decision should be reached by today.

THANK YOU RECEIVED: Dear members of Immanuel, Osmond: Team Eden thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Osmond on Sunday, April 25th. Everyone was very welcoming to Eden & our team. You should be very proud of your well mannered & enthusiastic children. It was truly a blessing to worship with your congregation. Our team would like to thank you for your generous contribution to Eden’s K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. We will be able to continue to further educate, build & train our team to met the challenges facing all of God’s people in our region. Blessings to all – Warren & Mary Hellbusch, Marlene Olson & Team Eden

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church this morning. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. Any comments or suggestions may be given to the committee members: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held July 12-15 from 5-8 p.m. and the closing program will be on Sunday, July 18th during the church service. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is up in the back of church. Please consider helping this mission right here in our own community. Registration for students will begin in June.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL next Sunday! Summer Sunday school will be held the last Sunday of June, July and August.

MANY DISHES AND PANS are on the tables in the kitchen. Please check the tables to see if there are any dishes or pans that belong to you. We would like to get them to their proper homes.

QUILTING will be held tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

THE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CEMETERY will be mowed this Thursday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. so it looks great for Memorial Day weekend. The following members are asked to please come and help mow:

Ross Stelling Ben Timmerman Dan Timmerman Roger Timmerman Tucker

Timmerman Aaron von Rentzell Jason von Rentzell Chris Wagner

Jerry Wagner Ed Wattier Jared Wingert Shannon Wiseley

Please note!! If you cannot come Thursday evening, you may come Wednesday evening or Thursday afternoon, but please contact your chairman, Dave Blunck at 402-360-1182. Women and older children are also welcome to help mow. We need riders, push mowers and trimmers in order to do a good job.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the speaker. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “Man in the Middle” – (1975) Two men are left with a “secret” when one tells the other he has terminal cancer. Worship Service – Rev. Jared Hartman of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wisner, NE, delivers the message “A New Day for Christ’s Church” based on Acts 2:1-21. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

Announcements for May 16, 2021

immanuelosmond | 14 May, 2021 10:18

SERMON “The Joy of Ascension!” Luke 24:51-53

 

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER for this morning is Paul Koehler and next Sunday our reader will be LYF member, Kaden Polt. Helping with communion this morning are Larry Krohn and Ed Brummels.

 

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Caden Wingert and Kaden Polt. Next Sunday they will be Mason Gansebom and Karter Johnson.

THE VOTERS extended a Divine Call on April 25th to Pastor Caleb Kruse, Associate Pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, NE to be pastor here at Immanuel. Please hold Pastor Kruse in your prayers as he considers this call. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him in discernment as to where he might better use his gifts in the Church. A decision should be reached by May 23rd.

CHRIST CANDLE, standing near the pulpit, has been lighted for Sunday services since Easter morning. Because the Christ candle symbolizes the presence of the resurrected Christ with His Church, it is lighted from Easter to Ascension. Today, Sunday after Ascension, we observe with Ascension Day hymns, prayers, and sermon. However, since Ascension marks the bodily return of Jesus to the right hand of the Father in heaven, we do not light the Christ candle again until next Easter, except for the very special services such as baptisms and funerals.

ADULT BIBLE CLASS continues the series, “Dangerous Teachings of Christianity.” Today’s topic will zero in on miracles. Do miracles happen today? If they do, how do we explain that to unbelievers? Since every class is a “stand alone” unit, you can join class anytime and pick up the discussion. We often say today, “That was a miracle,” was it really?

NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Erik Christensen, Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Wayne, NE, will lead worship and adult Bible class. Pastor Carl and Darlene will be in Collinsville, Illinois for the confirmation service of grandson, Andrew. While Pastor is out-of-town, Pastor Jerome Leckband (402-992-0509) is available for any pastoral emergencies.

PASSING THE OFFERING PLATE is more than a ritual! The passing of the place gives opportunity to physically place our first-fruit gifts into the service of His Kingdom. In addition to singing, praising, and prayers, our offerings are acts of worship. The bringing of the gifts to altar, acknowledge that we take from our bounty and return to the Lord, literally putting them on the altar that they might be used wisely. We thank and praise God that we are blessed to take another step toward the normal life of the church.

QUILTING LADIES will meet Monday at 1:00 p.m.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may be addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

MANY DISHES AND PANS are on the tables in the kitchen. Please check the tables to see if there are any dishes or pans that belong to you. We would like to get them to their proper homes.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “Home Free” – (1978) A family learns the real meaning of love and that it comes free. Worship Service – Rev. Robert Mayes of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Beemer, NE and Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Wisner, NE, delivers the message “The Most Unusual Defense” based on John 17:11b-19. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, Gain a Heart of Wisdom" with Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler - Pentecost (Psalm 90:12). The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

WHAT ABOUT BOOKS have been revised and are available for you near the bulletin boxes. These books are easy to read and explain what Lutherans believe and teach about topics important for today.

GOT CONFLICT? We all do in our own ways. The real question is: how do Christians deal with it? You are invited to St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Pierce, on Wednesdays, starting June 16th, from 6:30-7:30pm, for a course on the gift of reconciliation through Jesus and how to live, proclaim and cultivate reconciliation in your marriage, home, workplace or other areas of life. The course will run approximately 10 weeks. Cost is $15 which includes the workbook. For more information or to register, please call St. John’s at 402-329-4298 or email Pastor Tuma at pastortuma@stjohnspierce.org Deadline to register is Monday, May 24th.

Announcements for May 9, 2021

immanuelosmond | 07 May, 2021 11:34

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER for this morning is Ross Stelling and next Sunday our reader will be Paul Koehler. Helping with communion next week will be Larry Krohn and Ed Brummels.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Kenzie and Tucker von Rentzell. Next Sunday they will be Caden Wingert and Kaden Polt.

MOTHER’S DAY is observed throughout the United States. In the beginning, God established marriage and families. We thank God for Christian mothers, grandmothers and women who take seriously the special task of raising families. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” (Proverbs 31:28). May God bless specifically Christian women seeking to follow His will.

BIBLE CLASS continues the series, “Dangerous Teachings of the Bible.” Today’s study focuses on the resurrection of Jesus. Can dead people live? The central teaching of the Bible is that dead people can live. Since the topics of each Sunday are “stand alone” questions, you can join class anytime. But don’t miss today’s class, it is a question of life and death.

PASSING THE OFFERING PLATE is more than a ritual! The passing of the place gives opportunity to physically place our first-fruit gifts into the service of His Kingdom. In addition to singing, praising, and prayers, our offerings are acts of worship. The bringing of the gifts to altar, acknowledge that we take from our bounty and return to the Lord, literally putting them on the altar that they might be used wisely. We thank and praise God that we are blessed to take another step toward the normal life of the church.

MEMORIAL BANNER We would like to thank the family of Lois Gerdes, who gave the Mother’s Day banner that is up this morning!

THE VOTERS extended a Divine Call on April 25th to Pastor Caleb Kruse, Associate Pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, NE to be pastor here at Immanuel. Please hold Pastor Kruse in your prayers as he considers this call. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him in discernment as to where he might better use his gifts in the Church. A decision should be reached by May 23rd.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may be addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

QUILTING LADIES: There will be quilting tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “A Will to Live” – A man leaves a large portion of his money to the church and hospital then has is will contested by relatives. Worship Service – Rev. Nathan Henschen of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE, delivers the message “Christ’s Impartial Love” based on John 15:9-17. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Today, "Seriously?" Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler --A preacher who gets upset when people take his message seriously--that's the story of Jonah.(Jonah 1-4) The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

PASTOR LILIENKAMP is available Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Thursday mornings, he is available before and after 9:00 AM Bible class. Thursday afternoon available until 3 PM. To ensure contact, please call Pastor Lilienkamp (402-369-2529) to check availability as sometimes shut-in visits, home visits or meetings might be scheduled during these times. Thank You! If you need pastoral care other days, please call his phone number listed.

WHAT ABOUT BOOKS have been revised and are available for you near the bulletin boxes. These books are easy to read and explain what Lutherans believe and teach about topics important for today.

Announcements for May 2, 2021

immanuelosmond | 30 April, 2021 09:11

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER this morning is Paul Koehler and next Sunday our reader will be Ross Stelling. Helping with communion this morning are Ed Brummels and Larry Krohn.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Caleb Miller and Hunter Buchanan and next Sunday they will be Kenzie and Tucker von Rentzell.

MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2021 , who will graduate this coming Saturday and are celebrating their baccalaureate today here at Immanuel are:

   Blake Raymond Bahr, son of Jason & Rhonda Bahr

      Connor Paul Gutz, son of Marvin & Melanie Gutz

         Zachary Arthur Huwaldt, son of Bradley & Marla Huwaldt

            Parker Donald Johnson, son of Donald & Lisa Johnson

               Graysen Quinn Schultze, son of Timothy & Erin Schultze

                  Connor Nicholas von Rentzell, son of Aaron & Jennifer von Rentzell

TODAY’S BIBLE CLASS, continuing the series: “Dangerous Teachings of the Bible,” will focus on the person of Christ. There is no other person in history as significant as Jesus, the theanthropic man. Our culture permits us to worship Christ, as long as we worship a Christ, devoid of Biblical truth. Since each Bible class is a stand-alone unit, you can join any week and pick up the study.

THANK YOU to Jaxson Wingert who is playing the prelude to today’s worship service. The piece he is playing is “Classic Sonatina: Allegro, Andante and Presto”. Thank you for sharing your God-given talent with us today, Jaxson.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

QUILTING LADIES: There will be quilting tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

THE CALL MEETING SUNDAY NIGHT extended a Divine Call to Pastor Caleb Kruse, Associate Pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, NE to be pastor here at Immanuel. Please hold Pastor Kruse in your prayers as he considers this call. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him in discernment as to where he might better use his gifts in the Church. A decision should be reached in about 3 weeks.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the life of a young lady who may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy? Birthright of Norfolk is hoping to expand its list of volunteers and would love to have you join them. They ask that you volunteer in their office one day a month for about 3 hours. They will provide you with the training you need to be a well-informed volunteer. If this sounds like something you would like to try, please contact Cindy Dinkel at 402-371-5188 and she will be happy to visit with you about becoming a Birthright volunteer. The training sessions will be hell in late May or early June.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “A Dream of His Own” – (which originally aired in 1974) A father and son are at odds when the construction company will evict an Indian family. Worship Service – Rev. Randy Cormeny of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, IA, delivers the message “The Vine” based on John 15:1-8.These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG-AM 780 and WJAG-FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

RUBECKIA (BLACK EYED SUSANS) are on pop flats in both the east and west entrances this morning. Please take whatever you want.

Beckendorf May 2021 Update -

Dear Friends,

Greetings once again from Botswana! As you all are starting to warm up we are entering into Fall and are cooling down a bit. This is actually my favorite time of the year; the vegetation is still fairly green from the Summer rains (though we haven't had rain for about a month now) and the temperatures are much more bearable with highs in the 80's and lows in the 40's -- just about perfect.

The big news here is that we have just found out that our residency and work permits have been approved and are waiting for Tim to go down and pick them up (they are in the main town five hours south of us where we go to pick up supplies). It is such a relief to have these permits taken care of, especially since we were warned about others having their permits rejected because they home-school their children. We are definitely thankful for all your prayers on our behalf; the prayers have been graciously (and positively) answered.

We are still struggling to get both translators into the office at the same time to do team checking of what has been translated so far. One or the other will show up, but both at the same time is proving to be elusive. Please continue to keep Splash and Moronga, our translators, in your prayers; there is a lot of spiritual warfare going on and these two are really being affected by it.

Something coming up at the end of May will be our regional director and regional director-to-be making a trip to Botswana to visit the projects here. Our director, Jim Laesch, is retiring after a looong career with Lutheran Bible Translators and is passing the baton on to Sarah Esala, who served the Komba people in Ghana with her husband and family for many years and is now back in the States serving on the staff of LBT. The purpose of the visit is to acquaint Sarah with the projects and partners we work with. We are excited to have them come see us and our project -- especially since they have been gracious enough to agree to bring some things from the States for us . . . .

In our last update I told you that the only doctor in our area that I trust had COVID and was taken down to the capital city to get the care he

needed. Thankfully, after three weeks in the hospital he was released and is now back home taking it easy, recuperating, and gaining back his strength. We are so thankful to have him back!

Praises: - Thanksgiving that our residency and work permits have been approved! 

              - Thanksgiving that Dr. Philip is out of the hospital and back home.

              - Thanksgiving for beautiful weather .

Prayers:    * Please pray that the remaining Old Testament portions can be translated and checked this month.

                 * Please pray for good health for Splash, Moronga, their families, and us as we are in the Malaria season and Covid is spreading rapidly.

                 * Please pray for safe and uneventful travels for Jim Leasch and Sarah Esala.

Thank you again for all of your prayers on our behalf.

Tim, Lisa, Aaron & Andrew Beckendorf

 

Announcements for May 2, 2021

immanuelosmond | 30 April, 2021 09:11

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER this morning is Paul Koehler and next Sunday our reader will be Ross Stelling. Helping with communion this morning are Ed Brummels and Larry Krohn.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Caleb Miller and Hunter Buchanan and next Sunday they will be Kenzie and Tucker von Rentzell.

MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2021 , who will graduate this coming Saturday and are celebrating their baccalaureate today here at Immanuel are:

   Blake Raymond Bahr, son of Jason & Rhonda Bahr

      Connor Paul Gutz, son of Marvin & Melanie Gutz

         Zachary Arthur Huwaldt, son of Bradley & Marla Huwaldt

            Parker Donald Johnson, son of Donald & Lisa Johnson

               Graysen Quinn Schultze, son of Timothy & Erin Schultze

                  Connor Nicholas von Rentzell, son of Aaron & Jennifer von Rentzell

TODAY’S BIBLE CLASS, continuing the series: “Dangerous Teachings of the Bible,” will focus on the person of Christ. There is no other person in history as significant as Jesus, the theanthropic man. Our culture permits us to worship Christ, as long as we worship a Christ, devoid of Biblical truth. Since each Bible class is a stand-alone unit, you can join any week and pick up the study.

THANK YOU to Jaxson Wingert who is playing the prelude to today’s worship service. The piece he is playing is “Classic Sonatina: Allegro, Andante and Presto”. Thank you for sharing your God-given talent with us today, Jaxson.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

QUILTING LADIES: There will be quilting tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

THE CALL MEETING SUNDAY NIGHT extended a Divine Call to Pastor Caleb Kruse, Associate Pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, NE to be pastor here at Immanuel. Please hold Pastor Kruse in your prayers as he considers this call. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him in discernment as to where he might better use his gifts in the Church. A decision should be reached in about 3 weeks.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the life of a young lady who may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy? Birthright of Norfolk is hoping to expand its list of volunteers and would love to have you join them. They ask that you volunteer in their office one day a month for about 3 hours. They will provide you with the training you need to be a well-informed volunteer. If this sounds like something you would like to try, please contact Cindy Dinkel at 402-371-5188 and she will be happy to visit with you about becoming a Birthright volunteer. The training sessions will be hell in late May or early June.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “A Dream of His Own” – (which originally aired in 1974) A father and son are at odds when the construction company will evict an Indian family. Worship Service – Rev. Randy Cormeny of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, IA, delivers the message “The Vine” based on John 15:1-8.These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG-AM 780 and WJAG-FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

RUBECKIA (BLACK EYED SUSANS) are on pop flats in both the east and west entrances this morning. Please take whatever you want.

Beckendorf May 2021 Update -

Dear Friends,

Greetings once again from Botswana! As you all are starting to warm up we are entering into Fall and are cooling down a bit. This is actually my favorite time of the year; the vegetation is still fairly green from the Summer rains (though we haven't had rain for about a month now) and the temperatures are much more bearable with highs in the 80's and lows in the 40's -- just about perfect.

The big news here is that we have just found out that our residency and work permits have been approved and are waiting for Tim to go down and pick them up (they are in the main town five hours south of us where we go to pick up supplies). It is such a relief to have these permits taken care of, especially since we were warned about others having their permits rejected because they home-school their children. We are definitely thankful for all your prayers on our behalf; the prayers have been graciously (and positively) answered.

We are still struggling to get both translators into the office at the same time to do team checking of what has been translated so far. One or the other will show up, but both at the same time is proving to be elusive. Please continue to keep Splash and Moronga, our translators, in your prayers; there is a lot of spiritual warfare going on and these two are really being affected by it.

Something coming up at the end of May will be our regional director and regional director-to-be making a trip to Botswana to visit the projects here. Our director, Jim Laesch, is retiring after a looong career with Lutheran Bible Translators and is passing the baton on to Sarah Esala, who served the Komba people in Ghana with her husband and family for many years and is now back in the States serving on the staff of LBT. The purpose of the visit is to acquaint Sarah with the projects and partners we work with. We are excited to have them come see us and our project -- especially since they have been gracious enough to agree to bring some things from the States for us . . . .

In our last update I told you that the only doctor in our area that I trust had COVID and was taken down to the capital city to get the care he

needed. Thankfully, after three weeks in the hospital he was released and is now back home taking it easy, recuperating, and gaining back his strength. We are so thankful to have him back!

Praises: - Thanksgiving that our residency and work permits have been approved! 

              - Thanksgiving that Dr. Philip is out of the hospital and back home.

              - Thanksgiving for beautiful weather .

Prayers:    * Please pray that the remaining Old Testament portions can be translated and checked this month.

                 * Please pray for good health for Splash, Moronga, their families, and us as we are in the Malaria season and Covid is spreading rapidly.

                 * Please pray for safe and uneventful travels for Jim Leasch and Sarah Esala.

Thank you again for all of your prayers on our behalf.

Tim, Lisa, Aaron & Andrew Beckendorf

 

Announcements for May 2, 2021

immanuelosmond | 30 April, 2021 09:11

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER this morning is Paul Koehler and next Sunday our reader will be Ross Stelling. Helping with communion this morning are Ed Brummels and Larry Krohn.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Caleb Miller and Hunter Buchanan and next Sunday they will be Kenzie and Tucker von Rentzell.

MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2021 , who will graduate this coming Saturday and are celebrating their baccalaureate today here at Immanuel are:

   Blake Raymond Bahr, son of Jason & Rhonda Bahr

      Connor Paul Gutz, son of Marvin & Melanie Gutz

         Zachary Arthur Huwaldt, son of Bradley & Marla Huwaldt

            Parker Donald Johnson, son of Donald & Lisa Johnson

               Graysen Quinn Schultze, son of Timothy & Erin Schultze

                  Connor Nicholas von Rentzell, son of Aaron & Jennifer von Rentzell

TODAY’S BIBLE CLASS, continuing the series: “Dangerous Teachings of the Bible,” will focus on the person of Christ. There is no other person in history as significant as Jesus, the theanthropic man. Our culture permits us to worship Christ, as long as we worship a Christ, devoid of Biblical truth. Since each Bible class is a stand-alone unit, you can join any week and pick up the study.

THANK YOU to Jaxson Wingert who is playing the prelude to today’s worship service. The piece he is playing is “Classic Sonatina: Allegro, Andante and Presto”. Thank you for sharing your God-given talent with us today, Jaxson.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. The committee is considering this a mission project. Any questions may addressed to the committee: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

QUILTING LADIES: There will be quilting tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

THE CALL MEETING SUNDAY NIGHT extended a Divine Call to Pastor Caleb Kruse, Associate Pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn, NE to be pastor here at Immanuel. Please hold Pastor Kruse in your prayers as he considers this call. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him in discernment as to where he might better use his gifts in the Church. A decision should be reached in about 3 weeks.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the life of a young lady who may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy? Birthright of Norfolk is hoping to expand its list of volunteers and would love to have you join them. They ask that you volunteer in their office one day a month for about 3 hours. They will provide you with the training you need to be a well-informed volunteer. If this sounds like something you would like to try, please contact Cindy Dinkel at 402-371-5188 and she will be happy to visit with you about becoming a Birthright volunteer. The training sessions will be hell in late May or early June.

MAIN STREET LIVING NEWS: This is the Life – “A Dream of His Own” – (which originally aired in 1974) A father and son are at odds when the construction company will evict an Indian family. Worship Service – Rev. Randy Cormeny of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, IA, delivers the message “The Vine” based on John 15:1-8.These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG-AM 780 and WJAG-FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

RUBECKIA (BLACK EYED SUSANS) are on pop flats in both the east and west entrances this morning. Please take whatever you want.

Beckendorf May 2021 Update -

Dear Friends,

Greetings once again from Botswana! As you all are starting to warm up we are entering into Fall and are cooling down a bit. This is actually my favorite time of the year; the vegetation is still fairly green from the Summer rains (though we haven't had rain for about a month now) and the temperatures are much more bearable with highs in the 80's and lows in the 40's -- just about perfect.

The big news here is that we have just found out that our residency and work permits have been approved and are waiting for Tim to go down and pick them up (they are in the main town five hours south of us where we go to pick up supplies). It is such a relief to have these permits taken care of, especially since we were warned about others having their permits rejected because they home-school their children. We are definitely thankful for all your prayers on our behalf; the prayers have been graciously (and positively) answered.

We are still struggling to get both translators into the office at the same time to do team checking of what has been translated so far. One or the other will show up, but both at the same time is proving to be elusive. Please continue to keep Splash and Moronga, our translators, in your prayers; there is a lot of spiritual warfare going on and these two are really being affected by it.

Something coming up at the end of May will be our regional director and regional director-to-be making a trip to Botswana to visit the projects here. Our director, Jim Laesch, is retiring after a looong career with Lutheran Bible Translators and is passing the baton on to Sarah Esala, who served the Komba people in Ghana with her husband and family for many years and is now back in the States serving on the staff of LBT. The purpose of the visit is to acquaint Sarah with the projects and partners we work with. We are excited to have them come see us and our project -- especially since they have been gracious enough to agree to bring some things from the States for us . . . .

In our last update I told you that the only doctor in our area that I trust had COVID and was taken down to the capital city to get the care he

needed. Thankfully, after three weeks in the hospital he was released and is now back home taking it easy, recuperating, and gaining back his strength. We are so thankful to have him back!

Praises: - Thanksgiving that our residency and work permits have been approved! 

              - Thanksgiving that Dr. Philip is out of the hospital and back home.

              - Thanksgiving for beautiful weather .

Prayers:    * Please pray that the remaining Old Testament portions can be translated and checked this month.

                 * Please pray for good health for Splash, Moronga, their families, and us as we are in the Malaria season and Covid is spreading rapidly.

                 * Please pray for safe and uneventful travels for Jim Leasch and Sarah Esala.

Thank you again for all of your prayers on our behalf.

Tim, Lisa, Aaron & Andrew Beckendorf

 

Announcements for April 25, 2021

immanuelosmond | 23 April, 2021 12:58

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Parker Johnson and Connor von Rentzell. Next Sunday they will be Caleb Miler and Hunter Buchanan.

OUR READER for this morning is LYF member, Mason Gansebom. Next Sunday the reader will be Paul Koehler. Helping with communion next Sunday will be Ed Brummels and Larry Krohn.

ADOPT A COLLEGE STUDENT: Today is the last day!!!It is time again to adopt-a-college student. The 26 college students could use some extra love and support, especially as they approach the end of the school year and final exams. We need to have care packages mailed by tomorrow, April 26th, if possible, to help them prepare for finals week. Donna Kahny will have a list of college student names & addresses available before and after church in back today. If you are interested, please see her and she will give you the student’s name and mailing information, or you can contact the church office.

WE WELCOME EDEN, THE COMFORT DOG today from Peace Lutheran Church, Columbus. Eden will be here for church service, Bible study and Sunday School. Eden is a Sunday school project and will share how Lutheran Church Charities uses comfort dogs to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ, wherever there are hurting people. There will be an offering collected to help support this wonderful project. This is an offering plate in the back of church by the regular offerings for this project. Checks can be made payable to: Peace Lutheran Comfort Dog Ministry

TODAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS will continue the series, “Dangerous Teachings of Christianity.” Since the topics, each week are “stand alone,” you can join the class any time and pick up the discussion. Today’s class continues the subject of sanctity of life. At present, the United States is fostering a culture of death. Human life has little value in our present culture. We pretend to value life, but the nature of our culture denies life’s value. Of all the creatures in the world, only God breathed the “breath of life” into man. Join today’s class for an examination of perhaps the most vital issue facing our nation.

A CALL MEETING will be held tonight at 7:00 PM. The congregation is invited and encouraged to attend. Voters only will be allowed to vote on which candidate to call.

QUILTING LADIES: There will be quilting tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

LWML will meet this Wednesday, April 28th, at 7:30 p.m.

PASTOR LILIENKAMP is available in Osmond on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Wednesday evenings. Confirmation class is taught from 4-5:30 PM. Thursday mornings, he is available before and after 9:00 Bible class. Thursday afternoon available until 3 PM. To ensure contact, please call Pastor Lilienkamp at 402-369-2529 or the church office at 402-748-3301 to check availability.

CALL DAY SERVICES AT CONCORDIA SEMINARY, ST. LOUIS (CSL): Assignment of Vicarages & Internships will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. (CDT). Assignment of Calls will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). Services for Call Day 2021 at CSL will be streamed online at https://www.csl.edu/academics/call-day-services.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the speaker. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

MAIN STREET LIVING/THIS IS THE LIFE: This is the Life – “The Prisoners” – (originally aired in 1978) An elderly woman is attacked by a teenage gang. Worship Service – Rev. Neil Wehmas of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, IA, delivers the message “By This We Know Love” based on John 3:16.

THANK YOU to everyone at Immanuel for their cards, thoughts and prayers for Shelley and myself on the passing of Shelley's mother, Mary Crawford. It was greatly appreciated. God's Blessings!! Doug Hartner

BACCALAUREATE will be held next Sunday here at Immanuel. Members of our congregation in this year’s senior class are:

     Blake Bahr, Samantha DeLaCruz, Connor Gutz, Elisa Herrera, Zachary Huwaldt, Parker Johnson, Graysen Schultze and Connor von Rentzell.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church this morning. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. Any comments or suggestions may be given to the committee members: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

Announcements for April 25, 2021

immanuelosmond | 23 April, 2021 12:58

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Parker Johnson and Connor von Rentzell. Next Sunday they will be Caleb Miler and Hunter Buchanan.

OUR READER for this morning is LYF member, Mason Gansebom. Next Sunday the reader will be Paul Koehler. Helping with communion next Sunday will be Ed Brummels and Larry Krohn.

ADOPT A COLLEGE STUDENT: Today is the last day!!!It is time again to adopt-a-college student. The 26 college students could use some extra love and support, especially as they approach the end of the school year and final exams. We need to have care packages mailed by tomorrow, April 26th, if possible, to help them prepare for finals week. Donna Kahny will have a list of college student names & addresses available before and after church in back today. If you are interested, please see her and she will give you the student’s name and mailing information, or you can contact the church office.

WE WELCOME EDEN, THE COMFORT DOG today from Peace Lutheran Church, Columbus. Eden will be here for church service, Bible study and Sunday School. Eden is a Sunday school project and will share how Lutheran Church Charities uses comfort dogs to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ, wherever there are hurting people. There will be an offering collected to help support this wonderful project. This is an offering plate in the back of church by the regular offerings for this project. Checks can be made payable to: Peace Lutheran Comfort Dog Ministry

TODAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS will continue the series, “Dangerous Teachings of Christianity.” Since the topics, each week are “stand alone,” you can join the class any time and pick up the discussion. Today’s class continues the subject of sanctity of life. At present, the United States is fostering a culture of death. Human life has little value in our present culture. We pretend to value life, but the nature of our culture denies life’s value. Of all the creatures in the world, only God breathed the “breath of life” into man. Join today’s class for an examination of perhaps the most vital issue facing our nation.

A CALL MEETING will be held tonight at 7:00 PM. The congregation is invited and encouraged to attend. Voters only will be allowed to vote on which candidate to call.

QUILTING LADIES: There will be quilting tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

LWML will meet this Wednesday, April 28th, at 7:30 p.m.

PASTOR LILIENKAMP is available in Osmond on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Wednesday evenings. Confirmation class is taught from 4-5:30 PM. Thursday mornings, he is available before and after 9:00 Bible class. Thursday afternoon available until 3 PM. To ensure contact, please call Pastor Lilienkamp at 402-369-2529 or the church office at 402-748-3301 to check availability.

CALL DAY SERVICES AT CONCORDIA SEMINARY, ST. LOUIS (CSL): Assignment of Vicarages & Internships will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. (CDT). Assignment of Calls will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). Services for Call Day 2021 at CSL will be streamed online at https://www.csl.edu/academics/call-day-services.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the speaker. The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

MAIN STREET LIVING/THIS IS THE LIFE: This is the Life – “The Prisoners” – (originally aired in 1978) An elderly woman is attacked by a teenage gang. Worship Service – Rev. Neil Wehmas of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, IA, delivers the message “By This We Know Love” based on John 3:16.

THANK YOU to everyone at Immanuel for their cards, thoughts and prayers for Shelley and myself on the passing of Shelley's mother, Mary Crawford. It was greatly appreciated. God's Blessings!! Doug Hartner

BACCALAUREATE will be held next Sunday here at Immanuel. Members of our congregation in this year’s senior class are:

     Blake Bahr, Samantha DeLaCruz, Connor Gutz, Elisa Herrera, Zachary Huwaldt, Parker Johnson, Graysen Schultze and Connor von Rentzell.

A DIGITAL SIGN is being considered to replace the sign on the NE corner of the church. A poster has been made and is in the back of church this morning. Donations from memorials and/or members is how the sign will be paid for. Any comments or suggestions may be given to the committee members: LaDonna Stanosheck, Randy Pfanstiel and Deb Gutz.

Announcements for April 18, 2021

immanuelosmond | 16 April, 2021 12:37

WE WELCOME EVERYONE who has worshipped with us this morning. We hope you will be able to worship with us again soon.

OUR READER for this morning is Larry Krohn and next Sunday our reader will be LYF member, Mason Gansebom. Helping with communion this morning are Ross Stelling and Paul Koehler.

CANDLELIGHTERS for this morning are Connor Gutz and Zachary Huwaldt. Next Sunday they will be Parker Johnson and Connor von Rentzell.

THE CHRIST CANDLE, standing near the pulpit, symbolizes the presence of the risen Christ with His Church, the Body of Christ. Since the candle symbolizes the presence of Christ with the Church, the liturgical rubric calls for it to be lighted from Easter Day to Ascension. It stands extinguished the rest of the year except for Funerals, Baptisms, and other significant services.

TODAY, the Synod will commemorate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s defiant defense of the pure Gospel by observing “Here I Stand” Sunday, as called for by the adoption of Resolution 4–09 at the 2019 Synod convention. April 18, 1521, three and a half years after he nailed the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Martin Luther made his historic stand at the Diet (official meeting) in the German city of Worms (pronounced “Vorms”). Accused of fostering heresy, he was directed by Charles V and other leaders to recant his teaching about the pure Gospel or face death. Luther concluded his statement to the Diet with the words: “I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. “I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen” (LW 32:112–13). Today the 500th anniversary of the historic meeting will be remembered in worship and be the subject of adult Bible class.

BLESSING OF SOIL, SEEDS, AND WATER: Sundays after Easter, normally Rogation Sunday, is a traditional time of praying for agriculture. Blessing of soil and seeds, traditionally celebrated on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Rogation Week, has been a time to pray for planting and for those working with the land. Historically in rural areas, many people bless the elements used in farming, the fields, the seeds, and animals. The prayer on behalf of growing season, is a time to show gratitude for soil, water, and growth, and to challenge Christians to think carefully of the food they eat, their care of water, earth and seed. Being in a rural community, we know that the increase of the earth requires the blessing of God’s care. Today, we bring samples of soil, seeds, and water to the altar asking God to bless the increase of the earth that people might enjoy food for earthly life. Genesis 1:11-12—Then God said: Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. And so it happened: the earth brought forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw that it was good.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet again this Thursday, April 22nd, at 6:30 AM. Men, young and old, are encouraged and invited to the study time.

THANK YOU! The trustees would like to thank Brian Guenther, Kevin Pfanstiel, Connor Gutz and Tucker von Rentzell for their help with “resodding” the grass along the church and parsonage sidewalks. Your help was truly appreciated!!

THE QUARTERLY VOTER’S MEETING will be held Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Minutes of the January Voter’s meeting are in the bulletin boxes of voting members.

A CALL MEETING will be held next Sunday, April 25th, at 7:00 PM. The congregation is invited to attend. Only voter’s will be allowed to vote on which candidate to call. You do have the opportunity to become a voting member by first attending Wednesday night’s voter’s meeting. Biography information on the three candidates to be voted on is in your bulletin boxes.

EDEN, THE COMFORT DOG -- Please join us next Sunday, April 25, as we welcome Eden, comfort dog from Peace Lutheran church, Columbus. Eden will be here for church service, Bible study and Sunday School. Eden is a Sunday school project and will share how Lutheran Church Charities uses comfort dogs to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ, wherever there are hurting people. There will be an offering collected to help support this wonderful project.

TO THE MEMBERS OF IMMANUEL: It is with a joy-filled heart that I greet you today and thank you for the generous gift your congregation sent to Alaska Mission for Christ. The funds have been split as requested to support my work as Servant Event Coordinator & Pastor & Darlene’s work as summer hosts in Anchorage. We thank God for your generous hearts. We will be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with for furthering the Gospel proclamation. To Him be praised! Jan Bruick, Alaska Mission for Christ

DEAR FRIENDS IN CHRIST AT IMMANUEL: What a blessing to receive your gift of love for the work of our dear Lord Jesus! This morning in my devotion the words of the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 rang so clear: “YOU DON’T BELONG TO YOURSELVES; YOU WERE BOUGHT FOR PRICE.” Jesus paid the price for our sins on that cross, and because of that it’s NOT about us. Yet we live in a world today where “It’s all about me”! We owe everything to Jesus…and your gift will be used to tell people in darkness about HIM! Thank you for participating in the outreach mission of the church. Old Missionary Gary, Mission Central

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: In the past year, $3,134 has been received from Thrivent Choice Dollars to be used at Immanuel. Also, $10,754.00 was received by Mission Central from Thrivent Choice Dollars. Because of all the volunteers of NOT NORMAL people, Mission Central now provides the MAJORITY of all the support of the missionaries of the LCMS, who have to raise their own support.

MAIN STREET LIVING: This is the Life – “The Main Event” – (1972) A boxer who is hit by a car becomes embittered until he meets a cheerful 8-year-old girl. Worship Service – Rev. Brett Witmer of Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland, IA, delivers the message “Peace to You” based on Luke 24:36-49. These shows air today beginning at 10:00 AM on KCAU-9 TV out of Sioux City.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: Each week the nation’s longest-running Christian radio broadcast speaks to more than a million people about the matchless love of God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ. Today, "One Greater Than Mrs. McCalliter" Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler (Jonah 1). The Lutheran Hour airs on WJAG both AM 780 and FM 105.9 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

PASTOR LILIENKAMP is available in Osmond on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Wednesday evenings. Confirmation class is taught from 4-5:30 PM. Thursday mornings, he is available before and after 9:00 Bible class. Thursday afternoon available until 3 PM. To ensure contact, please call Pastor Lilienkamp at 402-369-2529 or the church office at 402-748-3301 to check availability.

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM LOVE SIGNS will be here at Immanuel tomorrow (Monday, April 19th) at 4:00 p.m. to do a demonstration on a new sign that could possibly be a memorial project. Anyone interested, is invited to see the demonstration.

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