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Our Communion Practice

Our Communion Practice:

At Immanuel Lutheran Church we celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. Because of this, it is necessary that our guests understand our Communion practice.

The Bible and Lutherans teach that Holy Communion is a holy act instituted by Christ. Together with bread and wine we receive Jesus’ true body and blood. In this special meal Jesus gives the forgiveness of sins, strengthens our faith, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe. The Bible teaches us that only people who repent of their sins and receive proper instruction in the Christian faith should be admitted to this sacrament (Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 10:16; 1 Cor. 11:27-28; 1 Cor. 10:17).
     Because this sacred meal is to be celebrated among believers who are completely united in doctrine and practice it is called "Close Communion." This biblical practice is by no means a judgment on anyone's faith. We simply do not want to make any assumptions about something so precious. Therefore, we ask those who desire communion fellowship with us to speak with the pastor. We are eager to help you take this step! 
     As a courtesy, we ask guests from other WELS or ELS congregations to announce for communion with the pastor or an elder.  We look forward to visiting with you!

Make Note, there will be a Voter's meeting after worship services on October 28, 2018 at about 10:30 a.m.  We currently have only two more services at our beloved Immanual Evangelical Lutheran Church.

DFW Area Joint Reformation Service will be on November 4  at 4:00pm at Atonement in Plano, located at 4412 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024.  Pastor Don Patterson will be giving the sermon.  A meal will provided by the Atonement members will be served after the worship service.  All are invited to join!


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OTHER ITEMS:
As decided by the Voter's assembly on 23rd September, we are continuing with worship services through October.  Please continue to join us here, or feel free to visit other area WELS or ELS congregations.  Feel free to also let any of the elders or council member know if you need help in finding information on other area WELS or ELS congregations.


Also as directed by the Voter's assembly to investigate the potential of obtaiing a line of credit to be use  operating cash.  Pertinent financial and congreational information has been submitted to Veritex Bank to consider issuing the congregation a line of credit, up to $200,000.  At this writing we have not received a response or decision by the bank.

Attendance:
October 21, 2018:  21 at worship / 20 communing
October 14, 2018:  20 at worship / 19 communing
October 7, 2018:  17 at worship / 14 communing

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
:
October 16, Karla Petty

OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES:
None

Greeter Schedule:                                                                           

October
Oct. 21       Steve & Karen Paulsen
Oct. 28       Ray & Amy Soucheck and famil
y

Cleaning Schedule:
October
Oct. 15-27  Roger & Chris Abbott, and Wes & Keri Wempner

 
This report on Panama City, Florida area congregation was recently received:

Dear partners in gospel ministry,

I wanted to give a quick report on damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.  It appears that the most extensive damage among our district congregations occurred in Panama City.  I was able to speak with Vacancy Pastor Jerry Enderle last evening.  Portions of the roof had blown off the parsonage and they were trapped in their subdivision by flood waters.  They found a dry spot in the house to sleep for the night.  I just received pictures from the church.  The damage is obviously very extensive.  Early reports also indicate that there has been extensive damage to member homes.  We give thanks for no reports of injuries at this point.  We pray for the long recovery process ahead.  I have begun the process of relief assistance through CAR. 
 
Please join me in praying for the many affected by this storm.  He who once stopped the wind and waves with a word remains in complete control of this and every aspect of our lives.  May God use this event to provide us opportunity to proclaim his gospel and to serve our neighbor. 
 
Pastor Chuck Westra   
Teaching the unconditional Gospel of Christ! ~ John 3:16-17