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Stones Or Bread?

STONES OR BREAD? Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, February 15, 2018 Read Matthew 4:1-4. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” (Matthew 4:3) I suppose the stones by Jesus’ feet looked a little like loaves of bread. To someone who had gone hungry for over a month, they probably really looked like bread. But they weren’t. Nobody wants a mouthful of rocks. And…
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For The Sunday We Missed

Church Bulletin News For the week of February 11, 2018 | The Transfiguration of Our Lord Announcements Financial Statements End of the year statements of giving are available for you to pick up in the narthex. If you have any questions about your statement please contact Laurie Behm at 781-6099 or Kimberly in the church office at 624-0333. Be a “Clicker”! We need more people to “click slides” on our power point projector at both services! It’s easy and Mike…
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No Sunday Services

Sunday Activities Canceled Immanuel’s Sunday Worship Services, Sunday School, afternoon Bible Institute and all related activities have been CANCELED for Sunday, February 11, 2018. No Sunday Services. A Winter Weather Advisory, along with slick streets, sidewalks and parking lot have caused us to cancel for safety reasons. Despite the best efforts of road crews and salting of sidewalks, the way to and from Immanuel are a literal “sheet of ice” and are expected to remain that way throughout Sunday morning.…
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No POWERwalk Tonight

Evening Service Canceled POWERwalk, Immanuel’s Service of Prayer, Praise and Preaching has been canceled for Saturday evening, February 10, 2018 at 6:00pm. A Winter Weather Advisory, along with slick streets, sidewalks and parking lot have caused us to cancel for safety reasons. We are currently working to salt the sidewalks in anticipation of more freezing precipitation throughout the day and evening, leading into Sunday morning. We hope to be open for worship on Sunday. In the unlikely event that we…
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Words To Humble And Strengthen You

From the Desk of Pastor Mech These words will humble and strengthen you as we approach Lent. Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations… A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. -Isaiah 42 And now the Lord says‚ … “It is too small a thing for you to be…
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Saved Through Water

Saved Through Water Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday) Read Mark 1:9-11. And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. (Mark 1:10) Water is hard to talk about because it carries so many meanings. Water is a symbol of life— before birth we develop in the water of our mothers’ bodies, and gushing water is a sign…
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Food Drive for Crosslines

Donate Food Items For Those In Need Collecting Until Sunday, February 4 Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Stewardship Board is sponsoring a Souper Bowl Canned Food Drive to benefit Crosslines Ministries in Joplin. Bring non-perishable food items by the church or school all this week to help feed Joplin area residents in need. In cooperation with the Youth Ministry Super Sub Sale happening this weekend, anyone who brings a food item to donate will receive free chocolate chip cookies with the purchase…
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Visits to Redeemer Springfield and Nixa

Comfort at Redeemer Louie and Jackson Comfort Dogs and their team have been out spreading the message of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry! Along with their handlers Heidi, Beth, and George, the boys spent the past two Sundays (January 14 & 21) at Redeemer Lutheran Church‘s Springfield and Nixa, Missouri locations. The people at Redeemer are curious about Comfort Dogs, and interest is building for them to begin a Comfort Dog ministry of their own. Team Joplin hopes that…
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Remembering Don Killebrew

Don J. Killebrew, Jr. December 26, 1938 — January 17, 2018 Immanuel thanks God for the eternal life in Jesus Christ given to long-time church member, Mr. Don Killebrew. Please pray for family and friends who mourn his loss. Judge Killebrew passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 and was buried privately with family gathered at his graveside. Pastor Mech officiated. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who…
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Usher Teams Forming

Be An Usher It’s time once again to prepare a schedule of Usher Teams to serve in 2018. If you are not currently on a team and would like to serve as an usher please call Kimberly in the church office 624-0333. Men and women are both encouraged to help — teenagers can serve as an usher as well, and you can serve at the service you normally attend. New teams begin in February — don’t wait!
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Give God Your All

A New Year and New Opportunities Stewardship Planning It’s a new year. It’s a time when we take stock of the year past in order to improve the year to come. It’s a time when we sit down to plan and implement what we want to accomplish and even change. Part of that is planning our stewardship for the coming year. Often we find this difficult and daunting and even joyless. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it…
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Keep Christ in Christmas

From the Desk of Pastor Mech The signs started popping up in 1977, exactly forty years ago, on billboards, church lawns and other places: Keep Christ in Christmas. It was a reaction to the increasing secularization and commercializing of a Christian holiday which seemed to have forgotten Christ, a birthday celebration where they forgot the birthday boy. This message was shored up by equally clever and ubiquitous signs stating Jesus is the reason for the season. I don’t know how…