Archive for March, 2023

Week of March 26 – April 1

22 Mar

FLOWERS – The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God by Kathy Dirr.


  • Wednesday – Lenten Service 7 PM

PRAYER LISTPrayer for the sick & recovering: Carole Bishop, Susan Bremer, Angie Hareidk, Don Norden, Paul DeLong, Amos DeLong, LaVon Graft, young relative of a church member who is suffering mentally and parents who need wisdom and comfort.

NEWSLETTERS – April newsletter is in your mailbox. May newsletter deadline is April 18th.

THANK YOU – Thank you to everyone who signed up to donate food for Easter Breakfast. Please bring your items to the church kitchen by Palm Sunday. This will allow us to make sure we have everything we need. 

RUMMAGE SALE – Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on the corner of Oak and Diamond Streets in Kendallville will have a Rummage Sale on Friday, March 31st, from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. On Saturday the SALE is $3.00 per paper grocery bag full.

PASTOR ON VACATION – Pastor Kuhlman will be on

vacation from Monday, April 10th thru Sunday, April 16th. The seminarian students will be in charge of the church service on April 16th.  If you are in need of pastoral care, please contact an Elder.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – is set for June 19-23, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.! God’s Living Water is the VBS theme this year. Last year Immanuel served 50 different children during the VBS week. About half of these children reported no home church. What a blessing for our congregation to host this ministry! We are in need a few more high school and adult volunteers for various contributions.  Please pray regarding your calling to contribute. There is an opportunity for everyone! Talk to Vi to discuss where you can contribute, whether before the VBS week, or during VBS.

We appreciate your prayers for VBS. Please pray for community children, that they will be brought to VBS and come to know and grow in Jesus, our Savior! Please pray that God will provide needed leaders and helpers for this important mission.

Brief VBS Meeting Sunday, March 26 after church:  If you are already planning to assist with VBS or would like to know more about how you can contribute, or have any other questions about VBS, please meet with Vi & April after church, west side of the Sanctuary.

CAMP LUTHERHAVEN – Registration for summer camp at Lutherhaven has begun!  It may not seem like it, but summer is right around the corner.  Have you made plans yet?  Camp Lutherhaven has something for everyone.  There are programs for kindergarten through High School, as well as some for the whole family!  Brochures are on the table in the east entrance.  Register online today at

Again, this year there are scholarships available to

members of Immanuel. To apply for one just write the child’s name, age, camp session attending and the cost. Place this paper on the secretary’s desk. Deadline to apply is May 1st. Any questions on the scholarships please speak to Pastor.

EASTER FLOWERS – As we have done in past years, we will be placing spring flowering plants around the wood Easter cross. 

This year you may order a single lily or bring your own plants to the church anytime before noon on Saturday, April 8th.  If you would like to order a lily there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the east entrance. The cost will be $14.00. We will place a slip of paper with your name on it in your pot.  If you bring your own plants, be sure to write your name on a slip of paper and place it in the flower pot so you can take it home after the late service or at your earliest convenience.


Seven times He spoke. On Good Friday, Jesus spoke seven times from the cross. He spoke words of forgiveness and promise and accomplishment, plus others. He spoke other words that are filled with meaning for us and our lives, a total of seven words. Each of Jesus statements from the cross teach us about Jesus and His character and His love for us. They help us to see everything Jesus came to be and do for us.  This year, midweek lent worship will focus on Jesus’ seven words from the cross.  The dates and themes are as follows:

  • March 29 – He Spoke a Word of Accomplishment         John 19:30

SOUP AND SANDWICH SUPPERS – We will be serving soup and sandwich suppers prior to our Lenten service on Wednesday’s at 6PM. Everyone is welcome to join in the fellowship and good food.


  • PALM SUNDAY – April 2 – 9:30 AM

We will celebrate the triumphal entry of our Savior into Jerusalem.

  • MAUNDY THURSDAYApril 6 – 7 PM          (Holy Communion)
    • He Spoke a Word of Invitation – Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:19-20
  • GOOD FRIDAY – April 7 – 7 PM
    • He Spoke a Word of Trust – Luke 23:46

We will remember the crucifixion of Jesus with a Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness)

  • EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE – April 9 – 9:30 AM

We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with services of


Easter Breakfast will be served at 8:00 AM.

An Easter Egg Hunt will follow the morning service.

PORTALS OF PRAYER – Portals of Prayer devotional books for April-June are available at the back of the church and at the side entrance.

LOOK UP – Looking Up is your first step to seeing past your struggles. Mental and behavioral health issues can be a silent battle. But there’s always hope on the horizon. You can start by looking here for resources, information, and providers.

  • Call 877-257-0208 – Available 24 hours every day
  • Text LookUp to 494949 – Available 24 hours every day

INFORMATION RACK– last week’s bulletin; extra newsletters; Visitors Packet; Portals of Prayer; Lutheran Witness; Cross Connection; Thrivent Dollars information; Lutherans for Life.

WEEKLY SERVICE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS are now on our website. The service can be found under Family Altar. The announcements in the bulletin each week can be seen on our website under Blog and then correct month.


Worship Attendance:

  • Sunday Morning:                    66 + Jesus
  • Wednesday Lenten Service:    24 + Jesus

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Christ is the essence of faith. Love is Christ at work in us.