Weekly Schedule

Immanuel News

2020 Offering Envelopes | The 2020 Offering Envelopes are available in the church fellowship hall and are in alphabetical order. If you can’t find your offering envelopes please let the church office know and a box will be made up for you.

2020 Calendars | 2020 calendars are available in the back of church courtesy of Herman-Taylor Funeral Home. Please feel free to take one.

Christmas Offerings | Areas where your offerings will help support.

The Christmas Eve envelope and plate offering will go to support the many charities that our congregation supports. The Christmas Day envelope and plate offering will go to the General Giving Fund of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

2019 Year End Contributions | If you would like to make any year-end contributions, please have your contribution into the Church office by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Offerings can also be put in the collection plate on Sunday, Dec. 29.

Holiday Office Hours | Church/School offices will be CLOSED Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Church office will be OPEN Dec. 23, Dec. 26, and Dec. 27 from 8am - 4pm, with Scrip available from 8:15am - 3:45pm. Please plan ahead for business (end of year offerings) and scrip purchases.

The Church/School offices will also be CLOSED on New Year’s Day. The Church office will be OPEN Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 from 8am - 4pm (Scrip 8:15am - 3:45pm) and then back to regular hours on Jan. 2 when school resumes.

Think Scrip | Scrip Christmas Season is here: Please let your family, friends, and co-workers know that they can use these gift cards for their Christmas shopping or to give as gifts themselves. We have some special denominations for the holiday season. Stop in during Scrip office hours to do your shopping.

Cancellations! | With the cold winter season upon us and snow snow snow.. please stay tuned to Immanuel’s social media pages in the event of any cancellations due to the weather.

He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed, Alleluia! | No, it’s not Easter. The Easter Living Cross has been a part of the Easter celebration at Immanuel for over 40 years. If the Living Cross is to continue, someone needs to step forward and take on this project. If no one volunteers to do this project by mid-February, the date that the flowers for the Living Cross have to be ordered, there will not be an Easter Living Cross in 2020. If you are willing to take on the responsibility for this project, please let the church office know. May God bless your day. Ron K

Immanuel Events

Newsletter Assembly | Due to the Christmas holiday we’ll be assembling the January newsletter early this month on Thursday, December 19 starting around 7:30-8:00am in the school cafeteria. Thank you to all who help put the newsletter together, we appreciate all you do.

Christmas Celebrations | Sunday, December 22 is full of Christmas cheer! Join us at 8:30am for treats and hot chocolate as the Senior Choir sings Christmas carols. Then at 9am stay for our Christmas Carols Worship, followed by a Birthday Party for Jesus for ALL ages at 10:30am.

Angel Tree 2019 | Please have your Angel Tree gifts returned to church or school by this Sunday, December 15. This is a program of Prison Fellowship that serves incarcerated parents by providing a pathway for strengthening and restoring their relationships with their children and families at Christmas, through the purchase/delivery of Christmas gifts to their children given on the parent’s behalf. IF you would like to volunteer contact Ted and Chris at 715-435-3816.

Live Nativity | Stop by the south side of the church and join Mrs. Macomber and a handful of Immanuel students on Wednesday, December 18 from 4 - 6pm as they portray a Live Nativity to celebrate Jesus’ birth and the true meaning of Christmas. We are looking for people to help serve coffee and hot chocolate… along with people who can bring in some cookies or bars to go along with the refreshments. If you are able to help us by bringing treats, please bring them right to the church basement by 2 pm on the 18th. Thank you.

Immanuel School Christmas Program | Join us Thursday, December 19 for the Immanuel School’s annual Christmas program at 1pm and 6pm in the school gym. The 5K - 8th grade students will present "Good News Ahead...The Signs of Christmas!" The students of Immanuel would like to share this message with you to enhance your spiritual walk during the Christmas season. Please come and join us to celebrate the True Reason for the Season. Join us for fellowship and refreshments in the cafeteria after the 6pm performance.

Ruby’s Pantry | Serving on Saturday, December 21 at The Boys & Girls Club, 501. Registration is from 8 -10am with distribution of food starting at 9. (Guests must arrive between 8 - 10am). Want to register online for a specific time frame? Go to www.rubyspantry.org. Distribution is open to anyone who eats and we ask for a $20 cash donation to offset costs. We also ask that guests bring 2 boxes or baskets for each share purchased.

Ruby’s Pantry Volunteers | Volunteers are needed and we encourage you to consider becoming a part of our team. Time frames and areas where volunteers are needed: 6:30 – 8:30am = Set Up 8:30 – 11am = Escorting Guests 10:30 – Noon = Clean up.. Or come for the entire morning. For more information on volunteering, please call the Immanuel Church Office at 715-423-3260.

Resolution Fair! | Join us Sunday, January 5th between services to explore some of the Bible Studies that currently meet, as well as some other resources and opportunities that you could make use of in your spiritual growth.

Jesus tells us "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Let's resolve to stay connected to the source of all truth and wisdom together in 2020!

Community Events

Lutheran Hour Radio Program | This week: "Love Is Enough" Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler; Loved and Sent Series - God shows us a different kind of love. It's love for the world that is not of this world, love that is focused outward, love that gives without requiring anything in return. (Matthew 22:35-40)

Aspirus Riverview December Blood Drives | The December blood drives at Aspirus Riverview Hospital, Lower Level Conference Center are Tuesday, December 17 from 10am - 3pm and Monday, December 23 from 2pm - 7pm. No appointment is needed! Questions? Call 866-566-5900.

Ministry Highlights

Holiday Worship Times

Sunday Advent Worship | December 15 at 8:15 & 10:30am;

December 22 one service at 9:00am only

Wednesday Worship | December 11, and 18 at 6:00pm

Christmas Worship

Christmas Eve Worship | 3:00, 6:00 and 11:00pm

Christmas Day Worship | 10:00am only

New Year’s

Sunday, December 29 | Regular Worship times at 8:15 and 10:30am

Wednesday, New Year’s Day | No Worship

Discipleship Hour

Want to know the Bible better? Want to grow your faith? Want to share Jesus better? Like people? Like Food? Sundays at 9:30am, Church Sanctuary.. Register for the all new adult Discipleship Hour! We will be engaging in a Bible overview and seeing how it connects to our daily lives.

Register at: www.immanuelrapids.com/church/discipleship-hour

Discipleship Hour KIDS!

 Bible Stories! Songs! Activities! Fun! Discipleship Hour KIDS! is for all kids ages 3 and up. Younger children and those not potty trained are welcome to attend with a parent. High Schoolers are welcome to attend adult Discipleship Hour or assist with Discipleship Hour KIDS Sunday mornings at 9:30am, in the Church Lower Level.  Register your kids at: www.immanuelrapids.com/church/discipleship-hour