First Sunday in Advent
27 November 2022
The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us
The new Church Year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. “Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey” (Matt. 21:5). Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be “The LORD is our Righteousness” (Jer. 23:5–6). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ’s body and blood, we also sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matt. 21:9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for “our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11)
Martha C. McKibben Funeral On Tuesday, November 22, it pleased our Lord to call Martha C. McKibben to his nearer presence. Martha’s funeral will be Tuesday, November 29 at 1:00 pm at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, with viewing from 11-1. Immanuel will host a luncheon afterwards. All are encouraged to attend. Blessed are those who die in the Lord.
YPI Christmas Party. Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00 for a fun evening of fellowship! We will have pizza and snacks, a gift exchange, and we will also be sending Christmas cards to our congregation’s shut-ins. And, new this year, we will be decorating Christmas wreaths and hanging them around the Parish Center! Please let Amy Cracraft know if you’ll be coming to the Christmas Party at email@example.com.
College Student Fellowship Meal Join us on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 pm for fellowship and a meal provided by our Board of Education. All college students and college age young adults are welcome!
German Service Mark your calendars for December 18 at 4:00 pm for our annual German Service. We will host our guests after service to a reception with authentic German treats and even German coffee. If you would like to help or donate treats, please contact Leslie Bilyeu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Christmas Program will be Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 pm. Rehearsals will be during Sunday School. All children 6th grade and under are encouraged to participate. Please contact Amy Cracraft at email@example.com or the church office if you would like to help with this annual event.
New Pictorial Directory Pictorial Directory Photos are needed from all members to complete our new directory. Stop by the backdrop in the parish center and have your photo taken with your phone. Photo instructions are posted on the wall next to the backdrop. Email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t own a phone? Ask someone who does. Or email an appropriate photo you already have. Please include all names listed in photo, current address, ph# and email when submitting your photo. One photo per address, please, unless adult children want their photo separate. We’d like to have all photos by the end of the year.
Volunteers Needed to run the iPad playing the organ. Volunteers should be communicant members of Immanuel, age 18 years or older. Training provided. Sign up sheet on the bulletin board outside the parish office or contact Kris Wineinger at email@example.com to volunteer.
Sacred Music For The Advent Season… ”Savior of the Nations, Come,” “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry,” “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending,” “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” You can listen to sacred music for the Advent season 24/7 at lutheranpublicradio.org, TuneIn, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
This Week at Immanuel
Today First Sunday in Advent
- Sunday School /Adult Bible Class, 9:00 am
- Divine Service, 10:30 am
- Funeral of Martha McKibben, Visitation 11-1/Funeral 1:00pm
- Advent Midweek Meal, 5:30 pm/Advent Evening Prayer, 7:00 pm
- Council of Deacons Meeting, 8:00 am
- Youth Catechesis, 9:00 am
- Youth Christmas Party, 4:00 pm
Next Sunday Second Sunday in Advent
- Sunday School/Adult Bible Class, 9:00 am
- Divine Service, 10:30am
- Annual Congregational Assembly Meeting, 12:00 pm
- College Student Dinner, 5:00 pm