FIRST IMMANUEL LUTHERAN MINISTIRES
First Immanuel Campus Cedarburg ~ River of Life Campus Saukville
Mission & Ministry Moments
Mid-Week E-Edition
October 2, 2019
In response to God, who reached down to us - the mission of First Immanuel Lutheran Ministries is to reach up to God, reach in to each other and reach out to the world.
This Week In Worship
To Prepare For Worship:
Pastor’s Prayer Partners Petitions
Pray Like Hannah
Hannah had a wonderful prayer life. Read about it in I Samuel, chapter 1. Hannah was childless. She longed to have a child. So she prayed. She called out to the Lord, O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life .
   Did you catch that? Hannah asks for something and offers something. Hannah asks for a son, so she can dedicate him to the Lord.
   When I ask the Lord for something, I note that it is usually for my best interest. I ask for things that will make me feel better, perform better, live better. Nothing wrong with that, however, Hannah demonstrates to us that the reason we would ask for things to better ourselves is that we could then better serve the Lord.
   Our prayers should have the ending of giving God service and glory, even when we are asking things for ourselves. 
   So go ahead. Ask for whatever you desire. But, do it with the Lord in mind. Ask, so that you may be better positioned to serve Him, honor Him and praise Him.
Thanks for your partnership,
Pastor Raasch
  PRAYING FOR YOURSELF
Reflect on what is on your heart and mind and take it to God in prayer.

Is there something we can pray about for you?
Praying for One Another
  • Muriel Going, Genevieve Anschuetz, Sonia Buhrow, Aiden Last, Lois Bublitz, Hope Kittel, Dee Lewis and Lois Jung, as they contend with ongoing health issues. Ask the Lord to grant healing and strength for the body and peace and joy for the soul.
  • Chad Plater and his family as they mourn the passing of Chad’s mother. Pray for the Lord’s peace to provide comfort at this time of loss.
  • Pastor Joel Brandt, a young husband and father who grew up in our congregation and is battling cancer. Pray for miracles, effective treatments and peace of heart and mind.
PRAYING FOR FIL MINISTRIES & OTHERS

Our “Better Men” day retreat. As we prepare for the first “Better Men” conference, which will be conducted at First Immanuel on Saturday, November 2, pray that the Lord would bless our preparations, guide our presenters and encourage many men to attend.

Our Mission of the Month, Operation Christmas Child , a ministry of “Samaritan’s Purse.” Operation Christmas Child provides gifts and the Gospel message to children in more than 100 countries around the world. Each shoebox gift can bring Good News and great joy to a child in need and their family.
KEEPING OUR MILITARY, MISSIONARIES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN MIND

Kristin Czisny ~ Tyler Schleg ~ Clay Felmer ~ Aaron McCatty ~ Greg Highstrom ~ Natalie Howard ~ Eric Albrecht ~ Tony Cook ~ Michael Button
MISSION OF THE MONTH
Operation Christmas Child 
Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered shoebox gifts packed by caring people like you to more than 113 million children around the world. A shoebox filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies tangibly demonstrates God’s Love to a child in need. First Immanuel is excited to collaborate with Samaritan’s Purse again this year through Operation Christmas Child.
 
Empty shoeboxes, packing labels, and packing instructions will be available in the Narthex areas at both First Immanuel and River of Life. Packing a box is easy and fun! Grab your family and friends, REACHGroup, teammates, or neighbors and follow these simple steps:
 
1.   GET A SHOEBOX: Pick up an unfolded shoebox from the table in the Narthex or purchase a shoebox-sized plastic container. The plastic containers actually become a part of the gift.
2.   BOY OR GIRL? Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Stickers to label your box are available on the table in the Narthex.
3.   FILL WITH GIFTS: Select a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, ball with pump, book, or stuffed animal. Then add other fun toys (yo-yo, jump rope, toy car, chalk); non-liquid hygiene items (toothbrushes, combs, washcloths, bar soap); school supplies (crayons, coloring books, markers, pens, pencils & sharpeners, calculators); and accessories (hats, sunglasses, t-shirts, socks, flashlights with batteries).
4.   PRAY: Pray for the child who will receive your box. Consider sending a personal card, picture of your family, or a drawing from a child.
5.   SHIPPING COST: Each box costs $9 to ship. Place a check inside of your box ( made out to Samaritan’s Purse ) or donate online to follow your box as it reaches its final destination.
6.    DROP OFF: Bring your box to church by Sunday, November 17 so we are able to ship the boxes off during NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK NOV 18-25. OUR GOAL THIS YEAR IS ONE THOUSAND BOXES!
 
Every shoebox gift you pack helps Samaritan’s Purse to reach children worldwide with the good news of God’s love and the true meaning of Christmas!
OCTOBER SERMON SERIES
We will be taking four weeks to go through Jonah, using these four themes:

1) When you want to run from God
2) When you call out to God
3) When you listen to God
4) When you're angry with God
Bible Study Schedule
Oct.  6 Jonah
Oct. 13 Naaman’s Servant Girl
Oct. 20 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
Oct. 27 (TBD)
Nov.  3 John Mark
Nov. 10 Stephen
Nov. 17 Dorcas
Nov. 24 Esther
Dec.  1 Philip
Dec.  8 Melchizedek
Dec. 15 Gideon
Dec. 22 Anna and Simeon
Have you ever wanted to speak up during a sermon and say, “Pastor, can you repeat that last comment, it didn’t quite get that.” How about, “I really don’t understand where you are going with this message, Pastor!” SERMON REWIND can be your opportunity to do just that. SERMON REWIND will take place in the fellowship hall at First Immanuel from 10:10 – 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. You can get your questions answered or get a sneak peek at the sermon of that day. It is an informal Q&A based discussion so bring your questions and your sermon outline!
Here is a you tube clip Tanner created:   https://youtu.be/Hr6TNhSLpBQ
Interested In Decorating A Car For The Trunk-Or-Treat? Contact Karl at KRoeske@fils.org
Adult & Youth (5th - 12 grade) Volunteers Are Needed! If you can help (youth can earn Living Stones and service hours) please contact: Heidi at heidid74@aol.com.
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STEPHEN MINISTRY MOMENT
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” Matthew 18:20 In Matthew 18, Jesus promises to be with us. That is one of the great miracles of Stephen Ministry. When a Stephen Minister meets one-on-one with a care receiver, Jesus is present too. He brings the power of his transforming love and the peace, healing and comfort that only God can give. If you are going through a difficult time and would like the caring presence and prayers of a Stephen Minister or if you are aware of another person’s need, contact Pastor Reichmann at 377-6610. Please remember to ask permission before referring another person.
· ONGOING PROGRAMS
· SPECIAL EVENTS
· VOLUNTEERS
Adult Bible Studies
Sunday Mornings - 9:00 am First Immanuel Fellowship Hall & 9:30 am River of Life Sanctuary
Sermon Rewind - 10:10 am - 10:30 am First Immanuel Fellowship Hall. 
Wednesdays - 9:00 am & 7:00 pm First Immanuel Fellowship Hall.
Breakfast Bible Study - 6:00 am, Friday morning once a month on the First Immanuel campus. Next one is on October 11th.
Men’s Round Table - 7:30 am 1st & 3rd Saturday mornings the First Immanuel Campus. Woman’s Bible Study - 9:00 am 2nd & 4th Tuesday mornings River of Life Fellowship Hall
Children’s Ministries
KidMin - Children age 4 - 5th grade are invited to join in this
“Sunday School Like” group. It is held Sundays at 9:00 am on the First Immanuel Campus and at 9:30 am on the River of Life Campus.
Rooted - A VBS Style after school, Age Specific, “GROWTH” experience, once a month for students in Kindergarten – 5th grade.
Lutheran Women In Mission (LWML ) - Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 8th - First Immanuel Fellowship Hall . Katie Doerr, Development Director for A Place of Refuge (APOR) will be our speaker.  APOR Ministries is a network of volunteers who are committed to life and to caring for women facing crisis pregnancy in South Wisconsin.  We will be sharing the love of Christ by hosting an in-gathering of general baby care products to donate to the ministry.  Please bring your items to the meeting or drop off ahead of time in the Fellowship Hall.  Items requested include:  infant sleepers; receiving blankets; size 4 & 5 Pampers; infant hats and headbands; infant & children’s Tylenol, Motrin and Advil; books; lotion; body wash; Q-tips; Vaseline, etc.  Personal hygiene items for the moms are also appreciated. APOR has many opportunities for people wishing to volunteer their time. Please join us to find out more! 
Mom to Mom Group - Next Meeting: Thursday, October 10th at 8:45 am - First Immanuel Fellowship Hall. Please join us for our next Mom to Mom session.  Our topic will be “How to Be a Mother and a Person Too”.  So much of mothering is servant hood.  Let’s look at Jesus’ example to see how to keep a balanced sense of self amidst our servant role yet remain healthy servants. FREE CHILDCARE is provided with a bible story, craft, and snack. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Glory & Praise - Volunteers are needed to help the residents of local nursing homes get to a common area in their facility for a time of devotion and singing. Please contact Betty at: (414) 702-7920. The next opportunity:  Hamburg Home October 29th at 6:30 pm
Mom To Mom Childcare - Help with childcare is always needed for this group. If you’d be willing to help either on a regular basis or just occasionally as additional help is needed, please call Jane at (262) 993-7970.
THINGS TO KNOW & OTHER NEWS

Living Word Lutheran High School News
(Questions? Please contact John Winter at jwinter@lwlhs.com )
Tuesday, October 8th - Living Word Coffee Chat - Are you a parent interested in learning more about Living Word Lutheran High School? We are coming to you! Living Word is hosting a casual conversation about the school over a cup of coffee at First Immanuel on Tuesday, October 8th from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM. 
  After School Program Team Members Needed
After Care Classrooms - The growing after school care program is adding team members! We are looking for energetic, patient adults who can provide care, guidance and support of students in the after school program activities. The hours available are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. If you are interested in 1 shift/week or everyday please get in touch with us. We’ll work with you on a schedule that meets your needs. Contact Mrs. Dummann, Program Director, at : kdummann@fils.org or (262) 377-6610.
WEEKLY CALENDAR
(Events Held at the First Immanuel Campus in Cedarburg unless otherwise noted)
WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2019
9:00 am & 7:00 pm Adult Bible Class
5:30 pm Faith Education Class
6:30 pm Adult Bells
THURSDAY, October 3 2019
7:30 pm Senior Choir
SATURDAY, October 5, 2019
7:30 am Men’s Bible Study
5:00 pm Traditional Worship
SUNDAY, October 6, 2019
7:30 am Traditional Worship (w.comm)
9:00 am Traditional Worship
9:00 am KidMin & Adult Bible Study
10:10 am Sermon Rewind
10:35 am Contemporary Worship (w.comm)
River of Life (Saukville)
8:30 am Traditional Worship (w.comm)
9:30 am KidMin & Adult Bible Study
10:45 am Café Worship (w.comm)
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