Friday, October 13, 2017

Prayers for the Armand Peskey Family

Click here for Armand Peskey's prayer service and funeral information.

Reminder: The Immanuel youth will be beginning their scavenger hunt food drive at 4:00 this afternoon. If you know you will not be home please let Jodi know or if you have something but will not be home either let Jodi know where it will be or bring it to church on Sunday. The Salvation Army Food Pantry is not able to open up for us tonight now so we will have all of the food at church on Sunday (no food items that need to be refrigerated please) so you can all see just how generous our church family is. We will deliver the food on Monday!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October Parish Newsletter & Scavenger Hunt Food Drive

Click here to view the October 2017 Parish newsletter.

The 5th-8th grade Sunday School students will be doing a scavenger hunt food drive again on Friday, October 13th. We will start by the church around 4:30 pm and will work our way south around the country and end up in Huron by 7:00 pm. The collected items will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. The youth will have a list of items to earn them scavenger hunt points, but any non-perishable items (please nothing that needs to remain cold...some items are in our vehicle for 3.5 hours) that you donate will be more than appreciated. Last year, they collected 12,975 scavenger hunt points so they hope to get even more this year. If you will not be home, but would like to donate you may leave items at the church or talk to Jodi to make other arrangements. Also, if you know you will not be home please let Jodi know so we do not stop at your house.
Thank you in advance for helping us "Can Hunger!"

Note from Pastor Josh:

    The shooting in Las Vegas has left me feeling confused, in shock, angry, and heartbroken.  I have, several times, turned to God in prayer but had difficulty finding words.  If you feel this way now, or for times when you may, I have a couple suggestions.  Take them or leave them, but here they are.
1) Read the Psalms.  Open to the psalms and read until you find a verse that speaks the words you cannot muster.
   Psalm 39:12 is where I landed tonight.
      Hear my prayer, O Lord,
      and listen to my cry;
      do not shut your ears to my weeping.
         For I am but a sojourner with you,
         a passing guest,
         as all my forebearers were.

2) Read prayers written by others.  Our hymnal has a treasury of prayers written for various circumstances on pgs. 72-87.  Here are a few prayers for healing.

Healing for those in affliction
Lord Christ, you came into the world as one of us, and suffered as we do. As we go through the trials of life, help us to realize that you are with us at all times and in all things; that we have no secrets from you; and that your loving grace enfolds us for eternity. In the security of your embrace we pray.

For emergency workers
God of earth and air, water and fire, height and depth, we pray for those who work in danger, who rush in to bring hope and help and comfort when others flee to safety, whose mission is to seek and save, serve and protect, and whose presence embodies the protection of the Good Shepherd. Give them caution and concern for one another, so that in safety they may do what must be done, under your watchful eye. Support them in their courage and dedication that they may continue to save lives, ease pain, and mend the torn fabric of lives and social order; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For Protection through life
O God, full of compassion, we commit and commend ourselves to you, in whom we live and move and have our being. Be the goal of our pilgrimage, and our rest by the way. Give us refuge from the turmoil of worldly distractions beneath the shadow of your wings. Let our hearts, so often a sea of restless waves, find peace in you, O God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

And I am praying for all of you this night, my dear friends.
Dear Jesus, as a hen covers her chicks with her wings to keep them safe, protect us this night under your golden wings; for your mercy's sake.

Pastor Josh

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September Parish Newsletter and Announcements

Click here to view the September Parish Newsletter

Click here to view the Confirmation Schedule for 2017-2018  
Confirmation begins this week on Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Immanuel.

Immanuel Sunday School begins for the fall on Sunday, September 10th at 10:00, prior to 11:00 am worship.

Lutheran Outdoors Quilt Auction will be held Sunday, September 10th at Our Savior's Lutheran in Sioux Falls. Join us for the Lutheran Outdoors annual fundraiser to benefit the South Dakota camps of the ELCA. Live Auction will be at 1:00 pm and lunch will be served from 12-4 pm.

Immanuel September Duties:
Usher - Perry Puterbaugh
Cleaning - Jim Johannsen

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 2017 Parish Newsletter and Announcements for 8/6/17

Click here to view the August 2017 Parish Newsletter

WANTED: singers for parish choir for the Unity Service! We will have three practices at First Lutheran Church. If you like to sing, COME! We will sound great no matter what! Even if you can't make all 3 practices, still free to join us! The song is easy and it will be awesome!
August 6 @ 4:30 pm, August 10 @ 4:30 & August 20 @ 8:00 am
Feel free to ask Marti any questions.

Pie and Coffee with Bishop Zellmer is coming soon. Events closest to us will be August 22n at Trinity in Mitchell and August 24th at First in Volga. Events will be from 6:30-8:00 pm. All are invited to attend, especially congregational presidents, stewardship leaders and youth leaders.

Parish Treasurer: The Parish Council is looking for a volunteer to serve as treasurer for our parish. If interested, contact a parish council member. Parish council members are Stan Dubro, Dennis Peskey, Jean Wormstadt, Jerry Moore, Bob Schmit, Jeff Wormstadt, Lorelee Nelson, Nell Button and Voni Durant.

Confirmation Meeting: There will be a confirmation meeting on August 23rd for confirmation students and their parents at First Lutheran in Artesian at 6:30 pm. Confirmation will be for those entering 7th or 8th grade.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Muffin Mornings is Cancelled for July 29th

Marti needs to cancel Muffin Mornings this morning, July 29th. Sorry for the short notice, but she is suffering from a migraine.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Inviation to Rigge's to Celebrate Lane's Baptism

April & Jesse Rigge and family would like to invite everyone from Immanuel to their house after the service on Sunday for lunch to help them celebrate Lane's baptism and to thank everyone for all their prayers.