January 18, 2015 - Immanuel Lutheran Church and University

Immanuel Lutheran Church
& University Student Center
2104 Bob Billings Parkway
Lawrence, Kansas 66049-2722
(785) 843-0620 ♦(785) 843-1576 (fax)
[email protected]
website: ImmanuelLawrence.org
A Stephen Ministry Congregation
2nd Sunday after
the Epiphany
January 18, 2015
Pastor: Rev. Randall L. Weinkauf
Worship Services at 8:30AM & 11:00AM
Sunday School & Bible Classes (all ages) at 9:45AM
Our Mission: To share God’s love in Jesus Christ by word and deed.
We Warmly Welcome You to Our Worship Services:
We welcome all visitors and pray that our worship will provide an opportunity for you to experience God’s
love. We invite you to return and share in our mission and ministry for our Savior.
Attendance Registration Books:
Please fill out the attendance registration book found in the hymnal holders on the backs of the pews and
chairs. Print neatly using complete name and address. Pass it down your row; after everyone has filled it
out, return it to the center isle to be collected by the ushers.
Holy Communion:
We proclaim that the body and blood of Christ are present with the bread and wine in the Sacrament for the forgiveness of sins and recommitment of our lives. Those able to examine themselves,
accept Jesus as their Savior, confess their sins, and acknowledge his true presence in the Sacrament
are welcome to partake. Holy Communion is offered with both common and individual cups (8:30 AM).
If you desire the common cup, wait for the server to bring it. The common cup is filled with wine. The
individual cups also have wine, except for the inner ring of cups in the serving tray, which hold white
grape juice. Gluten-free wafers are available. If you have questions, please speak to the Pastor. If you
would like assistance to the altar during communion, speak to an usher.
Nursery and Infant Care Rooms:
Nursery care is available for children under four years of age from 8:15am – 12:15pm on first floor; take
south elevator from narthex to first floor. The Infant Care Room with a changing table and rocker is located in Classroom 13 on the sanctuary level (second floor). Additional changing tables are available on the
sanctuary level in the family and men’s restrooms, in the women’s restroom located across the hall from
the Nursery in the lower level, and women’s restroom on the same floor as the Activity Center.
Sunday School:
Visitors: If you are visiting today and your child would like to attend Sunday school, please bring the child
to Rooms 14 and 15, east of the sanctuary where they will be directed to the appropriate classroom.
Fellowship Between Services:
Please join us for refreshments and socializing in the Activity Center. Thank you!
Special Needs:
Visual: Large print service folders services are available.
Worship service folders are available in Braille upon request.
Hearing: Hand held amplification receivers with ear pieces are available at the usher’s table.
Mobility: Spaces in the center aisle next to the short pews in the sanctuary are reserved for wheelchairs,
scooters and seated walkers. In addition, two wheelchairs are available for use in the building. One is
located on first floor of the west accessible entrance near the elevator; the second is located in the coat rack
of the narthex near the sanctuary.
Please ask an usher to assist you if needed.
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INTRODUCTION
All the baptized have a calling in God's world. God calls not just the clergy but also the youngest
child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael
initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn't important;
it's where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to the story of the vision of Jacob, who called
the place of his vision "the house of God, and...the gate of heaven" (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he
himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God.
Confession of Peter
Today the church remembers the apostle Peter's great acknowledgement of Jesus as "the Christ,
the Son of the living God." This festival serves as a fitting beginning to the week in which we
particularly pray that all Christians might be united in faith and witness.
PRE-SERVICE MUSIC
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
Stand
GATHERING HYMN
“This Is the Spirit’s Entry Now”
Words: Thomas E. Berhanson, b. 1933, alt., copyright © 1978 Augsburg Fortress Publishers. All rights
reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-717236.
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GATHERING
INVOCATION
P: In the name of the Father, and of the  Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.
THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
P: Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are clothed with God's mercy and forgiveness.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.
Blessed are you, O God, maker and ruler of all things.
Your voice thundered over the waters at creation.
You water the mountains and send springs into the valleys
to refresh and satisfy all living things.
Through the waters of the flood you carried those in the ark to safety.
Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery to freedom.
In the wilderness you nourished them with water from the rock,
and you brought them across the river Jordan to the promised land.
By the baptism of his death and resurrection,
your Son Jesus has carried us to safety and freedom.
The floods shall not overwhelm us, and the deep shall not swallow us up,
for Christ has brought us over to the land or promise.
He sends us to make disciples,
baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Pour out your Holy Spirit;
wash away sin in this cleansing water; clothe the baptized with Christ;
and claim your daughters and sons,
no longer slave and free, no longer male and female,
but one with all the baptized in Christ Jesus,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.
GREETING
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
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CANTICLE OF PRAISE
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PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Let us pray. Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the
countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more
dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.
P: Almighty God, you inspired Simon Peter to confess Jesus as the Messiah and Son of the
living god. Keep your church firm on the rock of this faith, so that in unity and pace it may
proclaim one truth and follow one Lord, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.
Sit
WORD
FIRST READING—1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
(Please see the back page of this worship folder.)
At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the
divine word. Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to
respond. This marks the beginning of Samuel's prophetic ministry.
After the reading:
A: The word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.
PSALMODY—Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18
P: O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
C: you discern my thoughts from far away.
P: You search out my path and my lying down,
C: and are acquainted with all my ways.
P: Even before a word is on my tongue,
C: O LORD, you know it completely.
P: You hem me in, behind and before,
C: and lay your hand upon me.
P: Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
C: it is so high that I cannot attain it.
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For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
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that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
I come to the end—I am still with you.
P: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
C: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
SECOND READING—1 Corinthians 6:12-20
(Please see the back page of this worship folder.)
Paul is helping the Corinthians understand that God has claimed the entirety of their lives through the death
of Christ. Hence Christian relationships and conduct, including areas of human sexuality, are to reflect the
reality that we belong to Christ and that the Holy Spirit lives within us.
After the reading:
A: The word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.
Stand
GOSPEL—John 1:43-51
(Please see the final page of this worship folder.)
In John's gospel, Jesus' ministry begins with the call of disciples, who
then bring others to Jesus. Philip's friend Nathanael moves from
skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to "Come and see."
Before the reading:
P: The holy gospel according to John.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
After the reading:
P: The gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
Sit
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SERMON
John 1:43-51
“Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?
HYMN OF THE DAY
“Will You Come and Follow Me—The Summons”
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Words: John L. Bell, b. 1949, copyright © 1987 GIA/Iona Community/WGRG. All rights reserved. Reprinted
under OneLicense.net #A-717236.
Stand
APOSTLES’ CREED
P: God had made us God’s people through our baptism into Christ. Living together in trust
and hope, we confess our faith.
C: I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life  everlasting. Amen.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
P: Called to know, love, and follow you, O God, we pray for the church, the world, and all in
need.
After each petition:
P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
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The prayers conclude:
P: Trusting your love and healing, O God, we commend to you all for whom we pray,
knowing you will hear and answer, through Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.
Sit
GATHERING OF OFFERINGS
OFFERTORY
RECEIVING OF OFFERINGS
GATHERING OF ATTENDANCE SHEETS
(All members, visitors, and guests are asked to sign the red Record of Fellowship and
return it to the end of the row.)
Stand
OFFERTORY PRAYER
P: Let us pray. Merciful God, as grains of wheat scattered upon the hills were gathered
together to become one bread, so let your church be gathered together from the ends of
the earth into your kingdom, for yours is the glory through Jesus Christ, now and forever.
C: Amen.
MEAL
PREFACE
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
PROPER PREFACE
P: It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks
and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord. Sharing our life, he lived
among us to reveal your glory and love, that our darkness should give way to his own
brilliant light. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your
name and join their unending hymn:
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HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
P: Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life:
Blessed are you for the birth of creation.
Blessed are you in the darkness and in the light.
Blessed are you for your promise to your people.
Blessed are you in the prophets' hopes and dreams.
Blessed are you for Mary's openness to your will.
Blessed are you for your Son Jesus,
the Word made flesh.
In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
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P: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
C: Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
P: With this bread and cup
we remember your Word dwelling among us,
full of grace and truth.
We remember our new birth in his death and resurrection.
We look with hope for his coming.
C: Come, Lord Jesus.
P: Holy God, we long for your Spirit.
Come among us.
Bless this meal.
May your Word take flesh in us.
Awaken your people.
Fill us with your light.
Bring the gift of peace on earth.
C: Come, Holy Spirit.
P: All praise and glory are yours,
Holy One of Israel,
Word of God incarnate,
Power of the Most High,
one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.
LORD’S PRAYER
C: Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
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INVITATION
P: Everyone who hungers, come to the table.
LAMB OF GOD
Sit
DISTRIBUTION OF THE SACRAMENT
DISTRIBUTION HYMNS
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Hymn 784
Hymn 688
“Take My Life and Let It Be”
“‘Come, Follow Me,’ the Savior Spake”
Stand
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POST-COMMUNION BLESSING (11:00 a.m. worship service only)
P: The body and blood of our Lord strengthen and preserve you steadfast in the true faith to
life  everlasting.
C: Amen.
POST-COMMUNION PRAYER
P: Let us pray. Everlasting God, we bless you that you have fed us with the life and light of
your Son. Send us in his name from this place to bring light into dark corners, healing where
lives are torn, and nourishment to every hungry heart, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior
and Lord.
C: Amen.
SENDING
BENEDICTION
P: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor
and  give you peace.
C: Amen.
SENDING HYMN
Hymn 685
“Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus”
POST-SERVICE MUSIC
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2014 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted
by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #44406.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National
Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Please Join a Bible Study Group:
Tuesdays:
+ 4th Tues., LWML Women’s Bible Study, 7:00PM - Rm 205
Thursdays:
+ 9:30 a.m., “The Story” — Rm 205
Saturdays:
+ 8:00 a.m., Men’s Bible Study: “12 Ordinary Men”- Rm 205
Sunday Morning (10:00AM) - Adults/Students/Youth:
+ Adults - “A Study of the Incarnation” - AC
+ Youth - IFLY Bible Studies – Rm 105
+ iROCC - Middle Schoolers’ Class - Rm 205
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COMMEMORATIONS FOR THE WEEK
January 18—Confession of Peter
(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins)
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25) is framed by
two commemorations, the Confession of Peter (a relatively recent
addition to the calendar) and the older Conversion of Paul. Both
apostles are remembered together on June 29, but these two days
give us an opportunity to focus on key events in each of their lives.
Today we remember that Peter was led by God’s grace to
acknowledge Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt.
16:16). This confession is the common confession that unites us with
Peter and with all Christians of every time and place.
January 19—Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, martyr, died 1156
Henry, an Englishman, became bishop of Uppsala, Sweden, in 1152
and is regarded as the patron of Finland. He traveled to Finland with
the king of Sweden on a mission trip and remained there to organize
the church. He was murdered in Finland by a man he had rebuked
and who was disciplined by the church. Henry’s burial place became
a center of pilgrimage. His popularity as a saint is strong in both
Sweden and Finland.
January 21—Agnes, martyr, died around 304
Agnes was a girl of about thirteen living in Rome, who had chosen a
life of service to Christ as a virgin, despite the Roman emperor
Diocletian’s ruling that had outlawed all Christian activity. The details
of her martyrdom are not clear, but she gave witness to her faith and
was put to death as a result, most likely by the sword. Since her
death, the church has honored her as one of the chief martyrs of her
time.
From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2015 Augsburg Fortress. all rights
reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual
License #44406.
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Prayer Requests
“A Praying Church Is a Growing Church”
Members/friends in retirement centers/nursing homes/at home:
John Bond—Brookside, Overbrook
Harold Galyardt – The Windsor
Rev. Richard Kaczor– Pioneer Ridge
Lois Llewellyn, Jo Lutz, Jim Schubert, Andy Siler – at home
Special Prayer Requests:
Boldness in our mission for Jesus to our community and world.
Families to attend worship and Bible Study, and faithfully bring children to Sunday School.
Protection and care for those in the military, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our ministry to students, faculty, and staff of Kansas, Baker, and Haskell Universities.
For Healing:
For Karyn Bredehoft
For Jo Lehman
For Christine, friend of Paul & Angela Signor
For Eric and Sara Huerter
For the Larry Michel’s family
For Julie Hammer, daughter-in-law of Lou Hammer
For Nicholas Courtney, friend of Marek Koch
For Ken Lahm, father of David Lahm
For Lee Flachsbarth
For Brian Nelson
For Crystal, sister-in-law of June Floyd
For Lois Capps
For Scott Andersen, friend of Dudley & Charlotte Karstensen
For Barb Wells, friend of Kristel Lewis
For Carol Haberstock, sister of JoAnn Siler
For Jan Seal, friend of Christine Frese
For Fran Lucas, sister of Rick Lucas
For Lois Llewellyn
For Bob & Kate Freeland, friends of Marty & Sheila Couchman
For Jen Nigro
For Pr. Don Miller’s sister, Marilyn
For Cindy Morrison, sister of Sandra Studley
For Kriss Miller-Kruzel
For Comfort:
For the family of Fred Couchman, Jr., cousin of Marty Couchman, at his death on Dec. 26
For the family of Dan Steitz, brother of Barb Riley, who died on Dec. 30
*Please inform the pastor when a name should be removed from the prayer list. Thank you.
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OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK:
Jan. 18 - 25, 2015
S=Sanctuary LL= lower level LIB=library (Rm 23) AC= Activity Center
Youth/Campus Room=Rm 105 North Classroom= Rm 205
Today
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2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
8:30 AM
Worship Service with Communion – S
9:45 AM
Sunday School & Bible Class – classrooms
11:00 AM
Worship Service with Communion – S
1:00 AM
Handbell Choir Practice - S
Monday
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11:00 PM
1:00 PM
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Tuesday
20
6:00 PM
Wednesday 21
11:00 PM
7:45 PM
Thursday
22
9:30 AM
Noon
8:00 PM
Friday
23
11:00 PM
Saturday
24
8:00 AM
Sunday
25
Faithfully Fit Forever – AC
Ministry to the Blind Committee – Rm 205
Deaf Ministry Meeting—Rm 105
Men’s Group - LL
Board of Education Ministries – Rm 205
Faithfully Fit Forever – AC
Choir Rehearsal – music room
Bible Study – Rm 205
Quilting for LWR – LL
Bible Study @KU - Alcove B, Level 3, KU Student Union
Faithfully Fit Forever – AC
Men’s Bible Study – Rm 205
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
8:30 AM
Worship Service with Communion – S
9:45 AM
Sunday School
10:00 AM
Annual Voters’ Meeting - AC
11:00 AM
Worship Service with Communion – S
1:00 AM
Handbell Choir Practice - S
5:00 PM
Jr. Confirmation Classes – Rm 205
CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome all students! Worship with us regularly and participate in ministries of our campus
group and congregation. Speak with Pastor Weinkauf about the opportunities.
Join us for:
 Thursdays, 8PM, Bible Study @KU – Alcove B, Level 3, KU Student Union
(THURSDAY BIBLE STUDIES RESUME JANUARY 22, 2015)
LSF facebook link is at www.immanuel-lawrence.com!
Please be sure to put your Lawrence address and telephone number on attendance sheet
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PARISH NOTES AND NEWS
WE WELCOME BACK TO IMMANUEL REV. ROCKY MEASE! Chaplain Mease was born in
Nashville, Kansas where he was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He attended
Lutheran High Schools in Winfield, Kansas; Seward, Nebraska; and Concordia, Missouri. Rocky’s
college experience was at St. John’s and Concordia Senior College. He graduated from Concordia
Seminary, St. Louis and served parishes in Waverly and Dubuque, Iowa.
Rocky trained for chaplaincy at Wesley Medical Center and serviced as a staff chaplain for Via
Christi. He was called by the Kansas District in August of 1999 and has served the people of the
Kansas District as Executive Chaplain since that time.
Rocky is married to Donna and they have three adult children: Joel (married to Erica), Anna
(married to Richard), and Aaron. Rocky and Donna make their home in Derby, Kansas and are the
very proud grandparents of Joseph James, Kaleb Michael, Grace Evelyn Joyce, Isabella Leigh and
Kaitlynn Marie.
PASTOR RANDY returns to his pastoral duties tomorrow morning.
THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are in celebration of Lee Flachsbarth’s 75 th birthday from his
granddaughters: Hadley Mae, Audrey Lee, and Sydney Kay Ornes.
PRINTED COPIES Pastor Randy’s sermons for the past month are available for your taking. They
are located in the plastic rack on the front corner of the table in the church entryway.
COME VISIT OUR NEW WEB SITE: WWW.IMMANUELLAWRENCE.ORG A fresh new
website with improved features and information is now available, but it’s missing two things. Your
“new member account”, found in the bottom right corner of the home page titled, “Create an
account”, and your feedback! Please take some time to view the new site. Let us know what you
like, what is missing, and feel free to send us your content to add to our site. For more information
contact: Dudley Karstensen, [email protected]
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FORM Here's your chance to put your time and talents to use!
Please prayerfully review the Volunteer Opportunity form, mark the opportunities you want to do,
and return the form TODAY, January 18, 2015. There is a box on the usher's table in the narthex for
the completed forms.
MEN’S GROUP will meet at 7pm on January 19 in the lower level (west side of church).
Sauerkraut and brats will be served. Please let Marvin, Gary, or Al know if you plan to attend.
QUILTING FOR LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF: Immanuel's quilt group will start meeting the
2nd and 4th Thursdays each month to work on mission quilts. We start with a potluck lunch at noon
in the lower level, and work from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. We will meet on the 22nd. With spring just
around the corner, perhaps you might be inspired to clean out your closets and donate fabric to our
project? Cottons are our favorite, but for the mission quilts we can use a variety of fabrics. Also,
clean flat sheets are terrific for quilt backs. Items may be left on the lower level kitchen counter.
The invitation is always open to anyone who would like to join us. Or, we have several Quilt Kits
that you could sew at home. Please see Kristie Rock, Sharon Hettinger, or Dee Kaczor for a kit.
Tied in Faith. Sent in Hope. Wrapped in Love.
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ANNUAL VOTERS’ MEETING will be held on 10am on January 25 in the Activity Center.
Packets of the 2014 Annual Reports are available for you to pick up from the table in the narthex.
All communicant members are eligible voters – please plan to attend!
PROPERTY & GROUNDS COMMITTEE will hold their next meeting on Monday, Jan. 26,
6:30pm in the library (room 23).
THE GIFT OF LIFE: On January 29th there will be a Red Cross blood drive at Immanuel in the
Activity Center, noon to 6pm. Volunteers are needed – see the signup sheets in the volunteer
notebook in the narthex. Please consider being a donor, also. Thank you.
SAVE THE DATE! February 15, 5:30pm - VALENTINE BANQUET. Tickets go on sale January
25.
ANNUAL OFFERING STATEMENTS are in members mailboxes in the narthex. Members should
report any discrepancies to Cristi Hansen (in person; by phone, 749 -235 (leave message); or by
email, [email protected]).
2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES If you didn't receive any in your box in the narthex and you want
them, please fill out the "virtual" offering envelopes form indicating you do want a box of offering
envelopes and return it to Cristi Hansen (put in her box or give it to her in person). If you didn't get
a box of offering envelopes and you do not return the form, you will be assigned a "virtual" offering
envelope number and will not receive a box of offering envelopes in 2015.
ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE It feels so good to be home in Lawrence, Kansas. Thank you,
Lord Jesus, for keeping me alive following my fall and surgery. Also, I want to express my
gratitude to Pastor Randy, Karen, and members of Immanuel. Thank you for your prayers, warm
thoughts, cards, letters of encouragement, flowers, and phone calls to Lee. My mantra is the 23 rd
Psalm.
I met many Christians during my rehabilitation. Van and cab drivers who would transport me from
Golden Living West Rehab Center to the Mayo Clinic Campus for appointments. Also, the staff,
medical personnel and pastors at GLW who would also, if they could, pray with me. I evidently
looked terrible. Rochester, MN, citizens have had millions of experiences with seriously ill persons.
They realize the importance of prayer in our lives. Mayo celebrated their sesquicentennial in 2014.
Now, their Mayo Clinic patient numbers are over nine million.
It is a very humbling and gratifying experience when someone asks, “May I pray with you?” —
Lois Capps-Plank
SPECIAL THANK YOU to everyone who helped with Christmas decorating and tear down.
Outside lights: Gary Allan and Al Kuhlman. Inside setup and watering: Richard Angeletti,
Marvin & Karyn Bredehoft, Kathy Buffington, Gary & Elois Allan, Stan Vickers, Amy & Mark
Wilson (Advent candles), Virgil & Jan Dean, and Al & Donna Kuhlman. Teardown & cleanup:
Marvin & Karyn Bredehoft, Al & Donna Kuhlman, David Lahm, Stan Vickers, Dudley & Charlotte
Karstensen, and Virgil & Jan Dean. Please take a moment and say “Thank You’ to this great crew.
The church was beautiful during the holiday season.
KEYS If you’ve had a key checked out to you and you no longer need to access the building after
hours, please return the key to the church office. Thank you.
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SUNDAY MORNING FELLOWSHIP SNACKS Please volunteer to bring snacks and goodies for
Sunday morning fellowship time after the 11am service. A signup sheet is in the volunteer notebook
on the table in the narthex and also in the new kitchen. Contact Martha Preboth, 316 -207-6455, if
you have questions.
SAVE YOUR GROCERY STORE RECEIPTS FOR SCHOOL BENEFIT HyVee and Checkers
will donate a portion of the value of purchases to Lawrence schools that collect and turn in the
receipts. You can place them in the basket on the narthex table. Receipts for purchases of groceries,
gasoline, or pharmaceuticals are accepted. The receipts can be taken to a different school each
month. If you’d like to choose a month(s) to deliver receipts to a school of your choice, please
contact JoAnn Siler, 843-3544.
CROP WALK: A TRADITION OF HELP, A LEGACY OF HOPE Thank you, Immanuel, for
your continuing support of the Lawrence CROP Walk for the past 35 years. Our congregation was
able to raise $730.87. Good Shepherd and Immanuel combined raised $3,372.87. (75% will support
Lutheran World Relief and 25% will locally benefit Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition
Kitchen and Jubilee Café.) Immanuel’s Change Challenge garnered $290.87 from Pre -K thru 4 th,
iROCC and IFLY. As a city, Lawrence raised $10,974.87 in 2014 towards curbing hunger and
providing fresh water for our mission to “Walk with Us – Change the World!!” – Delisa K. Drewes,
Lawrence Executive Secretary/Treasurer.
THANK YOU, THRIVENT! Immanuel is blessed to have a partnership with our local Chapter
#30285 of Thrivent Financial – “Connecting Faith and Finances for Good.” Through grants and
fundraisers, we have been able once again to make a difference in 2014 . Some of the ministries
receiving funds included Meals on Wheels, Cans for the Community, Haskell LIGHT Uganda
Service Mission Trip, IFLY’s Lutheran Valley Retreat, and Teach My Kenyan Children through
“Care Abounds in Communities” matching grants. Also, donations went to the Lawrence CROP
Walk, the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Charity, and the Larry Michel’s family whose home
was destroyed by fire. Prayers for all as we continue our mission in His name.
GOING TO THE HOSPITAL? HAVE A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY WHO IS? Please
notify the church office if you or your family member wishes to be visited when hospitalized.
Because of hospital policies, the church does not receive a phone call notifying us when a member is
admitted to the hospital. Thanks for keeping this in mind!
FUNERAL PLANNING: In the days following a death, it can often be overwhelming for family
members to put together the details of a funeral. Whether it is following a long illness or a sur prising accident, your loved ones may wonder what your wishes really were. Have you identified
your wishes, written them down, and shared them with your family? To help you with this decision making, ILCUSC’s Health and Wellness Committee has printed a “Funeral Planning Worksheet” for
your use. You may find copies of this document on the table in the church’s entryway.
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR NEW STAFF POSITION As you know, Immanuel has added a staff
position to the budget to assist with the education ministry, college ministry and the music ministry.
Please consider regular giving to fund that position. Donations can be made using the designated
gift envelopes or they may be included in your regular giving envelope. Please put “new staff
position” on the memo line on your check. Immanuel will need to have at least one year of salary in
the account before advertising for the position.
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LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES: Each Sunday this bulletin tells when one can hear on the
radio a Lutheran Hour worship service. This ministry is a blessing, especially to those who cannot
attend a regular worship service. But Lutheran Hour Ministries is sharing the gospel in many
additional ways as shown on the bulletin boards in our church. If you wish to support financially
Lutheran Hour Ministries, please use the envelope enclosed with this bulletin. Thank you for your
consideration.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR God's truth, as revealed in the Bible,
remains true regardless of whether anyone believes it or not.
Listen to “The Lutheran Hour” next Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on radio
station WIBW 580 AM (Topeka), at 8:00 a.m. on KCMO 710 AM
(Mission), or at 8:30 a.m. on KLWN 1320 AM (Lawrence), as Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran
Hour Rev. Ken Klaus preaches on the topic, “Just the Facts,” based on Isaiah 5:20-21. Or you can
listen to “The Lutheran Hour” on streaming MP3 at http://www.lutheranhour.org/default.asp
STEWARDSHIP SENTENCE - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “You are not your own, for you were
bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” God owns everything, including our very
selves. We were made to serve and glorify God and never truly will be happy or find our
fulfillment until we learn that lesson. Jesus has redeemed us and brought us back into the kingdom
of the Father—and that has set us free to serve God in joy, generosity, liberty, and faith.
ARE YOU STRESSED? DISCOURAGED? FEELING DOWN? You don't have
to go through difficult times alone. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you
with confidential, one-to-one, Christian care and support to help you get through a
tough time. So don't keep it all inside and struggle alone through the holiday season.
Our Stephen Ministers are "there to care." To find out more about Stephen Ministry,
talk with Pastor Randy, our Stephen Leader.
IMMANUEL AT A GLANCE
Jan. 25, 10am – Annual Voters’ Meeting, activity center
Jan. 29, noon to 6pm—Red Cross Blood Drive, activity center
Feb. 1 — Red Wagon Food Collection
Feb. 1, 5pm — Young Families Gathering, activity center
Feb. 8-15, 5:30pm to 6:30am — Family Promise, various classrooms
Feb. 15, 5:30pm – Valentine Banquet, activity center
ATTENDANCE LAST WEEK
Sunday Worship, Jan. 11
Sunday Adult Bible Study
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IMMANUEL’S WEBSITE/FACEBOOK/APP:
ImmanuelLawrence.org
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E-MAIL ADDRESSES FOR IMMANUEL AND STAFF:
[email protected] [email protected]
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SERVING IN THE LORD’S HOUSE TODAY
Preaching:
Organist:
Elders:
Rev. Rocky Mease
Dee Kaczor
Jake Lahm & Barb Riley (assistant)
Eleanor Woodyard & Kenneth Titus (assistant)
Herb & Tammie George; Pat & Debra McCandless
8:30
11:00
Ushers:
8:30
11:00
Greeters:
8:30
Dudley & Charlotte Karstensen
11:00
Lay Reader: 8:30
Scott Sponholtz
11:00
Denise Koch
Lay Caller:
Virgil Dean
Communion Care:
Lisa Lahm & Jon Jambor
Acolyte:
Ryan Lutz
Counters:
Carolyn & Jack Landgrebe
Nursery Attendants: 8:15-12:15 – Samantha Landgrebe
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