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ACTIVITIES AND OUR SERVICE AT IMMANUEL
Please refer to the monthly calander and the schedule page for upcoming activities and our service to the Lord's house. Thank you!
- Prayer requests: Grace Crow, Bob Runge, Roger Abbott’s sisters (Janet & Janice), Pat Runge, Marge Lilly, Doris Cook, Shirley Petty, Randy Martin, Jean Runge, Rusty Buerger, Ann Bacher, Darlene Whaley (Pat Runge's daughter), Hadley Davis, Philip Canfield (step-brother of Teri Carson), Shawn and Larinda Bucklew, Sheila Butler, the family of Sharon Jurgens (Pastor Gefaller's cousin), Bill & Ruby Wilson (friends of the Bucklews), Annette Turnbull, and Lindynn Kathleen Bacher (new granddaughter of the Bachers) ; also Ryan Buerger, Aaron Sampe, and Michael Hengst (armed forces).
WHAT’S GOING ON...AT HOME
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH!!!
Jenny Pickard 1
Camille Houghton 6
Karla Petty 16
Luke Gefaller 19
Joe Kaczor Jr. 19
Pastor Gefaller 22
Doris Cook 23
Betsy Oesch 23
Amanda Miller 24
Holly Dockery 31
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY THIS MONTH!!!
Don & Jennifer Tucker 9
William & Lindsay Davis 13
Louis & Annie Mae Hengst 18
John & Lory Maxson 27
LWMS Fall Circuit Rally. Join us Saturday, Oct. 14th from 9:00am to 3:00pm, here at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The speaker will be Pastor James Buske, Executive Director of Lighthouse Youth Center (An Urban Ministry In Milwaukee, Wisconsin).
NO Men’s Bible Study on October 14th.
NO Evangelism Meeting on October 14th.
Vietnamese Ministry. There has been some interest in starting a Vietnamese ministry here at Immanuel. If you would like to help with this please speak with Tom Lantry or Pastor Gefaller. We will have a short meeting after church next Sunday, Oct 15th.
ESL Classes. Anyone interested in helping with ESL (English as a Second Language) classes here at Immanuel please speak with Pastor Gefaller. You do not need to know how to speak another language, just have a willing heart. We will have a short meeting after church next Sunday, Oct 15th.
New Luther movie. “A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy” DVD is now available to purchase at $12 each. You may sign up on the sheet in the narthex. Please make your check payable to Immanuel and indicate on it “Luther DVD”. The deadline for ordering is October 22nd.
Reformation Dinner and Movie UPDATE. We will be having a Reformation “German” meal and “Luther” movie – Oct. 31st at 6:00pm. Please sign up in the narthex if you would like to attend. ALSO, please sign up for “German” side dishes that you may bring to share.
“Theology on Tap” Bible Study – September 10th thru October 15th. These evening fellowship studies will take place Sunday evenings at 7:00pm at Nikki’s restaurant on Lola and Davis. Please let Pastor know if you are interested in attending so arrangements can be made with Nikki’s!
The first 6 week session of Theology on Tap is dedicated to the discussion of skeptical questions and well-loved Gospel accounts which may help us think through some of the current questions in the present culture and prepare us to make a defense to anyone who asks us about the hope that is in us; and to do so with courtesy and respect.
October 15: “ What if I believe only what I see?”
To a materialist everything has a natural explanation. Love is a chemical reaction in the brain, there is no providence only coincidence, believing God is gracious is a particular psychology. Yet, these very people feel something close to gratitude at their baby’s first cry. They know pleasures and joys they cannot explain. Not everything needs to be seen to be believed. Some things need to be believed to be seen. God comes all the way down to us, calling us forgiven and calling us his own. (Prepare for discussion by reading: Luke 2:21-35;Acts 17:30; Isaiah 43:1; John 20:29)
My prayer is that this study theme will be useful to you in Scripture application and that courteous and respectful discussions will scatter gospel seeds. If you like, you may consider the topics further by reading “Prepared to Answer” by Mark Paustian available through Northwestern Publishing House.
Reformation 500 Worship
The WELS Reformation 500 Committee has prepared worship resources that highlight the “solas” of the Reformation. The resources are coordinated according to a four-Sunday schedule:
· Scripture Alone,
· Christ Alone,
· Grace Alone,
· Faith Alone.
These worship outlines are designed to be accessible and “visitor-friendly.” They are rooted in the familiar liturgies, hymns, and psalms. The Apostle’s Creed is set to the familiar hymn tune, Ode To Joy, and a gathering rite based on selected Psalms is set to original music.
Following is the schedule of special Reformation observances:
· November 5, 2017: Scripture Alone (Reformation)
· November 26, 2017: Christ Alone (Christ the King)
· December 17, 2017: Grace Alone (Advent 3)
· January 7, 2018: Faith Alone (Epiphany)
Please put these dates on your calendar and plan to attend here at Immanuel.
Immanuel’s “Christ Cares Ministry” has been developed to help us care for our brothers and sisters in Christ. It consists of members visiting shut-ins and hospitalized, sending greeting cards, and phoning members; and an email/phone prayer circle. It is exciting to see how God is working in our midst and uniting us as a family. We need your help to reach out. If you feel God is calling you to help with this ministry please speak with Pastor.
Some ways you may serve the Lord here at Immanuel:
Altar Guild - the reverent preparation of the altar and chancel area for worship services including communion preparation, care of sacred linens, banners, and other related items. Contact Keri Wempner for more information.
Stitching Hope Ministry - making various needlework projects for Children’s Hospital, VA Hospital, Meals on Wheels, etc. To get involved or to donate, contact Marge Lilly at 817-428-5459.
Christ Cares Ministry – praying, visiting, phoning, sending greeting cards. To be a part of this ministry, contact Pastor Gefaller at 817-908-4663.
Hospitality Ministry – making coffee and hosting Sunday fellowship time. To help out, contact Beth Gefaller.
Greeting and Cleaning – Contact Beth Gefaller to be included on the schedule.
•“Theology on Tap” Bible Study starting September 10th, and lasting 6 weeks. These evening fellowship studies will take place Sunday evenings at 7:00pm at Nikki’s restaurant on Lola and Davis.
• Men’s Bible Study meets every second Saturday at the church starting with a breakfast at 8:30am.
• Women’s Bible Study meets every fourth Saturday, 10:00am at the church, followed by a potluck-style brunch.
• Adult Bible Class is held every Sunday at 10:30am in the church kitchen. Coffee, juice, and doughnuts are provided.
• Sunday School runs year-round for all ages.
• Youth Group (includes age applicable devotions/Bible study). We will meet every 2nd Saturday of each month. Everyone 5th grade to 12th grade is invited to join us. Please speak with Duane or Stacey Hengst for more information.
“Noteworthy News” is now being sent out to members’ email addresses. Please make sure the church office has your current email address.
Sermons on our website! Pastor's Sunday sermons are now being recorded and posted on our church's website for the benefit of those who work, travel, are ill or unable to attend on a given Sunday. You may also direct friends and family there or find them edifying to simply review. On the homepage place your cursor over 'Worship' and select 'Sermon'. ( Closed captioning is available.)
WHAT’S GOING ON...ELSEWHERE
WELS DFW Joint Reformation service will be at Calvary Lutheran Church in Dallas on Sunday, October 29th at 4:00pm. This year we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Joint Choir Update. Thanks to all who have participated in our first Reformation rehearsals. We have gotten off to a great start with rehearsals both at Calvary and Our Saviors. As a reminder of upcoming rehearsal times:
* Our Savior's in Arlington -- Saturdays at 10:30am
* Calvary in Dallas -- The Calvary choir meets Wednesday's at 7:30pm; we are also meeting this coming Sunday 8 October at 3pm at Calvary in Dallas, including the brass
* The brass meets next on Sunday 8 October at 2pm at Calvary in Dallas
If you have any questions about singing in the choir please speak with Ray Soucheck, Reformation Music Director.
316NOW Sharing Grace in China. Beginning on October 2 and continuing until November 14, six faculty members from our online Bible institute will represent 316NOW in China. Their time in China will be staggered and will overlap.
Teaching will fill their days. Most of the people in their classes will be Bible institute students. But our faculty members will also recruit more students. In addition our professors will spend personal time with these leaders of Christian churches to encourage them and help them with the ministry issues they face.
Pray that the studies we present help our students to help their congregations.
Ask the Spirit to ensure that the sound teaching of law and gospel are shared with the minority people and young Bible school students in the remote mountain areas of China.
What a blessing to witness in China about God's grace again! Ask our Father to use our time in China to bring many to faith, to strengthen others in faith, and to baptize more into Jesus’ saving name.
There is growing resistance to the gospel in the upper levels of the Chinese government. Pray that we and our students are kept safe from persecution. Ask the Holy Spirit to curtail any forces that would slow the spread of his gospel.
Please pray that God will bless our time in his Word with our students. Ask him to enable these Chinese Christian leaders to grow in their faith. Ask God to grant us and our students many opportunities to share his Word.
Please pray that the Lord grants our students continued spiritual growth and strength.
ALSO - If you would like to be a world missionary from your own living room and teach simple Bible stories to children in China, you can do this by internet through JCW (Joy-filled Children of the World). Please contact Pastor Jim Radloff at email@example.com . (Brochures are available on the table in the church narthex.)
Interactive Faith online Bible study series. Beginning in October, study “Luther’s Lasting Impact” with Rev. Joel Otto from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in a new Interactive Faith Series. This Bible study will examine some of Luther’s key theological emphases and note how they impacted the life of the church in areas like his translation of the Bible into the language of the people, education and his catechisms, worship, and everyday Christian living. This six-week study will be streamed live twice every Wednesday night between Oct. 4 and Nov. 8 at 6pm and 8pm (central).
Go to wels.net/interactivefaith.
Camp Shiloh event. “Transformed - Equipping Youth Leaders” Monday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m. – Tuesday, November 7 @ 12:30 p.m.
PURPOSE: If you work with the youth of your church in any form or fashion - Sunday School, Kids Church, Catechism, Youth Group, and even with their families – then this retreat is for you. We are putting this together for you. We hope and pray to serve you in these ways. We want to encourage you and refresh you at this retreat. We want to provide you with one or two things that you can take home and put to work. We also want to learn from you how we as a district can support, encourage, and equip you beyond this retreat.
Please register no later than Friday, October 20.
Call Conal McDanal, director of Camp Shiloh, to reserve a room (903-855-1800).
You may refer to the posting on the bulletin board across from the church library for more details.
Please remember you are precious to Jesus and to us.
We look forward to seeing you again next week.
We’ll be sure to save you a place!
Whom do I ask? Whom do I talk to? Here’s a list of “who’s who” in
Church Council Trustees (Vacant), President
Bill Wunrow, Financial Secretary
Wes Wempner, Treasurer
Tom Turnbull, Facilities
Church Council Elders Ray Soucheck
Facilities Committee Tom Turnbull, Tom Lantry, and
Assistant Treasurer Vacant
Recording Secretary Gary Petty
Church Secretary Vacant
Head Usher Eric Foster
Choir Director Ray Soucheck
Musician Coordinator Delores Sawall
Altar Guild Keri Wempner, Coordinator
Flowers Keri Wempner
Sunday School Stacey Hengst, Coordinator
Children’s Choir Ray Soucheck
Pastor Rev. Mark Gefaller
Please pray that God grants them a measure of faith, wisdom and
love to carry out their new callings as leaders in his church here!
Please also look for opportunities to serve on their various