All who have yet to trust the Savior Jesus.
The persecuted church around the world.
Those battling addictions in their lives.
The families & marriages of our community & church.

Deb Wikoff has been diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery on Friday at CGH.  She
was expected to return home on Saturday.  After she is healed up from surgery, she will undergo 8
weeks of radiation therapy.

John VanderSchaaf had another surgical procedure on his toe last week and was expected to return
home on Friday.

Those who are healing & recovering: Judy Becker

Those undergoing cancer treatments: Nancy Rutledge, Pat Dykstra, Mary Rasmussen, Jake
Vandermyde & Jonelle Hook

Our servicemen and women serving our country, including Jason Akker, Riley Coffey, Brad Eissens,
Logan Frederick, Jacob Kunde, Rowdy Lathrop & Lloyd Wicker  

Kim Schroth in her home.
Wilma Johannsen & Betty Tegeler at Resthave.
Norma Boeck, Elwyn Nice, Roger & Marla Buikema at Windsor Manor.
Activities this week at Emmanuel
Thank you to our volunteers/servers
Dec. 16
Dec. 23

Welcome Center Hosts
Al & Donna Wagenecht
Corey & Tammy Johnson    
Betty Pruis
Al & Donna Wagenecht
Corey & Tammy Johnson    
Betty Pruis

Coffee Hour



Exit Greeters:   

Russ Renner
Paul Andersen
Jeff McDearmon

Paul Andersen
Jeff McDearmon
Russ Renner

Attendance last Sunday – 234

Attendance last year – 257
    Total Offering to Budget Last Sunday
    Mortgage Balance:  PAID IN FULL
    2018 Budget
    2018 Income YTD to Budget:        
    Total needed to meet Budget:
$ 8,016.00
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The Gathering:  As we countdown the start of Sunday Celebration, we welcome all of you to gather and move about in the
Sanctuary to connect with other brothers and sisters, visit, offer a welcome to our guests and prepare to experience God in a very special
way.  Feel free to bring your coffee in if you wish…this is a place for us to grow in a comfortable manner.  This is the day the Lord has
made…we are going to rejoice!
8:30 a.m. - Sanctuary Choir Warm-Up                      Choir Room
9:00 a.m. – Blended Worship Service                            Sanctuary
10:15 a.m. – Men’s Ministry “Take Ten”          Front of Sanctuary
10:15 a.m. – Coffee & Fellowship Time                   Christ Center
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School                                 Entire Campus
4:00-5:30 p.m. – Jr. High JAM                                 Youth Room
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Sr. High YF                                   Youth Room
**Please remember… If you
are unable to be here on
your assigned Sunday, it is
your responsibility to make
arrangements to trade with

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    *“Ode to Joy for Christmas”                                          
    *Welcome and Prayer
    Songs of Praise:         “Shout to the Lord”                         Exaltation                   
                                              “What Child is This?”  
                                               “Angels We Have Heard on High”

    Sanctuary Choir:        “Glad Tidings”                               The Hoppers  
    Pastoral Prayer                                                                                                       
    (concluding with The Lord’s Prayer using “debts & debtors”)  

    *Hymn # 546 (Vs. 1 & 2)  “Angels From the Realms of Glory”

    Receiving of our Tithes and Offerings
    *Prayer over the Gifts

    Time with the Younger Church

    Message Series:         Songs of the Season         
                           Week 1 – “Zechariah’s Song”  
                           Luke 1:67-80 (page 992)
    *Closing Hymn # 544 (Vs. 1 & 4) “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”


    *Final Acclamation:  “Go Tell it on the Mountain”

    *Organ Postlude:    “Toccata on Hark the Herald”         Arr. Bish

    9:00 a.m.…Sunday Celebration Begins!  
TODAY, Dec. 16
7:00 p.m. – EVOP’s Christmas Cantata performance

Monday thru Friday
5:30-9:30 a.m. – Walking ministry

Mon., Dec. 17                                       
NO Choir/EVOP Practices (will resume 1/14/19)

Tue., Dec. 18
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Moms in Prayer

Wed., Dec. 19
NO Adult Bible Study  (will resume 1/9/19)         

Sat., Dec. 22
8:30-10:00 a.m. – H. S. Girls’ Bible Study   



Dec. 16-Chloe Bielema
Dec. 17-Marlene Buikema
Dec. 20-Janae Janssen, Karen McDearmon, Zac Nardi,
Dec. 20-Jennifer Schuler
Dec. 21-Marcia Brands, Carol Heusinkveld, Parker Pruis,
Dec. 21-Hannah Stralow, Cassidy VanZuiden, Noah VanZuiden
Dec. 22-Don Reed, Dave Shetler
Morrison Helping Hands Christmas Project 2018:  Your wrapped packages were due back in
the Fireside Room TODAY. Thank you for your generous support of this project!

Coffee Hour Hosts needed!  Please sign up TODAY in the Fireside Room.  We really appreciate
your service!

We are still in need of nursery workers for the Christmas Eve Service.  If you would be willing
to help out, please sign up in the Christ Center.

Attention new Emmanuel family!!  Our "Emmanuel Family" Christmas tree is located in the
elevator foyer.  If you have never brought in an ornament, something that might be special to
your specific family, please feel free to bring that into the church office so that it might be placed
on the tree.  We look forward to adding your ornament to the tree!

Come join the choir for Christmas Eve and sing the Hallelujah Chorus with us!!!  All are
welcome to help us pack the choir loft for Christmas Eve and sing the Hallelujah Chorus.  If you
have family that would like to sing, or are unable to join the weekly choir but would like to join
us on Christmas Eve only, please know that you are welcome.  We will rehearse at 5:30 in the
choir room prior to our 6 p.m. service.  The choir will be able to join their families in the
sanctuary after we sing.  If you are 7th grade and older, come sing with us!

2019 Offering Envelopes:  If you do not currently receive offering envelopes but would like to
receive them starting in 2019, please sign up in the Christ Center.

Church Directory Updates:  Please get all address, phone number & email changes or additions to
the office as soon as possible so that your information will be correct in the 2019 Church
Directory.  You may leave these changes in the bulletin box by the office or email Pam at

Wed. Night Meals & DELTA Club will resume on Wed., Jan. 9th!

Emmanuel will be hosting a blood drive for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center on
Tuesday, Jan. 15th from 12:30-5 p.m. in the gymnasium. Anyone who hasn’t donated since
Nov. 20th  will be able to give. To make an appointment, contact Deb Eissens @ 309-714-2008.  
If you would be willing to help out that day, sign up in the Fireside Room.  We will need set-
up/take-down people and cookie donations.

    Today the Candle of Joy is lit in our Advent Wreath.
Dec. 19-Mike & Dana McCoy, Don & Joy Tegeler,
Dec. 19-Matt & Brittany VanDrew
Dec. 20-Jim & Diane Landheer
Dec. 2 – Scott Mouw, Tom Venhuizen, Kasey Wiersema
Dec. 9 – Ernie Renkes, Tom Venhuizen, Tim VanZuiden
Dec. 16 – Don Reed, Tom Venhuizen, Lloyd DeShane
Dec. 23 – Scott Weets, Tom Venhuizen, Bill Bush
(Christmas Eve 6:00 pm)  Dec. 24 – Mike Damhoff, Tom Venhuizen, Corey Johnson
Dec. 30 – Daniel Deter, Tom Venhuizen, Ken Stralow
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Dec. 2 – Heather Lindstrom, Holly Wallander, Alli Hogue, Sarah Wallander
Dec. 9 – Dawn Roberts, Andrea Folkers, Megan Muur, Mackenzie Ryder
Dec. 16 – Nicole Reed, Sam Wiersema, Lauren Schlegel, Zach Coons
Dec. 23 – Lydia Ohlsen, Tammy Johnson, Kamryn Davis, Addi Wiersema
(Christmas Eve 6:00 pm)  Dec. 24 – need volunteers!!!
Dec. 30 – Lois Kuehl, Breeanne Findley, Fiona Huffstutler, Aiden Roberts
Dec. 2 – Corbin Allen and Ethan Farrand
Dec. 9 – Nathan Davis and Cael Wright
Dec. 16 – Megan Folkers and Gabbi Stichter
Dec. 23 – Joshua McDearmon and Luke Carpenter
Dec. 30 – Ethan Bush and Ethan Farrand
Dec. 2 – Scott & Breeanne Findley and family
Dec. 9 – Hilda Foster and Marlene Dorathy
Dec. 16 – Scott & Andrea Folkers and family
Dec. 23 – Darryl & Kathy Hogue and family
(Christmas Eve 6:00 pm)  
Dec. 24 – need volunteers!!!
Dec. 30 – Karine Fulton
Screens/DVD Operators
Dec. 2 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Dec. 9 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Dec. 16 – Addi Wiersema and Sarah Wallander
Dec. 23 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
Dec. 30 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Join us next Monday, December 24th at 6:00 p.m. for our
Christmas Eve service, a wonderful 60-minute celebration which will
include candlelight, beautiful music, familiar carols and a meaningful
message by Pastor Rich.  You won’t want to miss this amazing
celebration.  Invite your un-churched friends and neighbors to an hour
of meaningful Christmas memories!

**The offering will be designated to the Benevolent Fund**