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Congratulations

Published on March 6, 2016

Segen Hansen made the ENMU– R fall 2015 dean’s list. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.25 or higher grade point average while carrying at least 12 semester hours.

Congratulation to Reagan Bradford who is on the Roswell High School’s Charlie’s Angels Dance Team. They won the national title in the Large Varsity Pom Division at the 2016 Alliance National Championships in Orlando on Saturday night. Regan is a 9th grade student here at Immanuel, through Wittenberg Academy.

Did you notice Deana Bozarth’s picture in the Roswell Daily Record?
She belongs to the Roswell Woman’s Club who gave scholarships to selected students attending Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Each of the seven students received $500 to help with expenses. The Roswell Woman’s Club is one of the oldest clubs in town and is not only involved in education. For Valentine's day they took books to veterans in the nursing homes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARGARET JESSEN!. Margaret is a member here at Immanuel and an resident at Mission Arch Center. She celebrated her 103rd birthday on Feb 12 with friends and family at the center. She stated she owes her longevity to God and her family.

A GATSBY DINNER AND DANCE

Published on March 6, 2016

Immanuel Lutheran School Presents
A GATSBY DINNER AND DANCE
April 22, 2016- 6 p.m.- 12 a.m.; Dinner is at 7 p.m.
Place: The Country Club
Cost: $80.00 per person (This is a school fund raising event)
Wear your best 1920’s attire to be entered into a special drawing
If you would like to purchase a ticket, see Lisa in the church office.

March 2016 LCMS Stewardship Newsletter Article

Published on March 6, 2016

Lent is a season of repentance. Repentance is turning away from sin, while we turn toward God for the forgiveness of sins. During Lent, we hear the Word of God and consider our lives in light of it. We confess our failures, and receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, and then commit ourselves to do better.

What does God say about giving to the Church? The Bible tells us. Our giving should be first fruits giving (Genesis 4:4; Proverbs 3:9). Our giving should be regular, on the first day of week, which has the Divine Service in mind (1 Corinthians 6:1–2). Our giving should be proportional: according to our income (1 Corinthians 16:1–2), according to what we have been given (2 Corinthians 8:12; Luke 12:48), our giving should be given with a spirit of eagerness and enthusiasm (2 Corinthians 9:2), generosity and liberality (2 Corinthians 8:20), cheerfully without compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7). Our giving should be directed to those who teach us (Galatians 6:6–7) because a laborer is worthy of his hire, and we all know the going rate of such laborers in our communities (Luke 10:7; 1 Timothy 5:18).

Now consider your own giving in light of the Bible’s teaching. Are you giving of your first fruits, taking it out of your paycheck first, or does God get what’s left over? Are you giving voluntarily and cheerfully? Are you giving proportionally and generously? Are you giving with eagerness and enthusiasm? Are you giving to your local congregation, sharing all good things with the one who teaches you? If your answer to any of these is “No,” then repent. Turn away from your sin and toward God for forgiveness. Confess your failure. Receive absolution. And commit to do better. We know that the Spirit is willing but our flesh is weak. We believe, and we pray that God, through Word and Sacrament, would help our unbelief, our lack of trust in His ability to provide.

And this is precisely what God promises. This is what St. Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth: ““The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may about in every good work. As it is written, ‘He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’ He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor 9:6–15).

St. Paul tells us that the Lord of all will both supply and increase what you need to give to the church for its work in and for the world. He tells us that this work that God is doing in us will enrich and bless us in every way and through this it will produce thanksgiving to God. Everyone benefits. We will be blessed in our giving, and it will produce thanksgiving to God in those who receive it.

Giving to the church is not a burden, just like all of God’s teaching (1 John 5:2–4). They are not a burden because of He who gives it: the God who loves us and gave His only Son to die so that we may live. He loved us in that He sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption as sons. . . . So we are no longer slaves, but sons, and if a son, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:4–5, 7). We are heirs. We receive the full rights of sons, a status that Christ our Lord achieved for us by His death, resurrection, and ascension.

So we strive to do what He asks because we are His children. And when we don’t, we repent. We confess our sins. We receive absolution. We desire to do better, praying that God would work in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

From Pastor Paul

Published on March 6, 2016

29th February, AD 2016

A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, the guilt of sinners bearing,
And laden with the sins of earth, none else the burden sharing;
Goes patient on, grows weak and faint,
To slaughter led without complaint,
That spotless life to offer,
He bears the stripes the wounds, the lies,
The mockery, and yet replies,
“All this I gladly suffer.”
LSB 438:1

Greetings and a Blessed Lent to you!
                                                                                          The Services of Holy Week
The month of March marks the final stages of Lent. This Sunday, 6 March is Laetare, “Refreshment Sunday.” Rose vestments symbolize the joy in the midst of sorrow as we hear from St. John the “Feeding of the Five Thousand” and we too are fed and nourished by Word and Sacrament. Passiontide begins on 13 March, Judica. The black sash will adorn the cross (placed when the Gospel says, Jesus hid himself), for it is during the final two weeks that we focus chiefly on Jesus’ Passion and when his glory is hidden in his suffering ultimately to be revealed in his death. Then finally 20 March marks Palmarum, Palm Sunday. Holy Week is the most significant week for the Christian Church. During those eight days services are offered here so that you can hear the passion narratives of our Lord (Matthew, Sunday; Mark, Tuesday; Luke, Wednesday; John, Friday) and mark the Institution of the Lord’s Supper (Maundy Thursday), Christ’s crucifixion (Good Friday), and the new birth and life we have in him (Easter Vigil). Finally, the Divine Service of Easter Sunday is the culmination of this most holy week when the Church sings her Alleluias, Glorias, and “This is the Feast.”

This year, since we have school during Holy Week, Matins (8:05am) will be offered on Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday Evening (7 pm) we will have the Divine Service for the Institution of the Lord’s Supper with the Stripping of the Altar. This also marks the beginning of the Triduum, the three days, leading up to Easter. On Good Friday, two services will be offered this year. The first at noon is the chief Service, which contains the reading of the St. John Passion, the singing of the reproaches (passages from the Scriptures which teach us of God’s mercy in the midst of our apostasy and sin), the Bidding Prayer, and a brief service of the Sacrament.

The second is the traditional Tenebrae (Candlelight) Evening Service at 7 pm. Easter Vigil this year will include the Service of Light, Readings, Baptism, Prayer, and the Easter Gospel. Finally Easter Sunday observes the restoration of all that we put away for Lent, Alleluia, Gloria, and “This is the Feast.” Gold vestments are used to symbolize the rising sun of Christ who has conquered death and the devil. The Gospel Procession with “Christians to the Paschal Victim (LSB 459/460)” teaches the faithful the significance of our Lord’s Resurrection and his continued presence among us as our risen Lord for our forgiveness, life, and salvation.

                                                                            The Vestments of the Pastoral Office
Lent and Holy Week mark times of great ceremony in the Lutheran Church. Along with those ceremonies (Gospel Processions, Procession of the Paschal Candle, Stripping of the Altar, Palm Procession, Veiling of the Cross) which teach the Gospel, the vestments of the pastor echo these same teachings and aid in placing the focus upon God’s person and work by covering up the pastor. At the basic level, the pastors’ vestments symbolize his office. The black clerical shirt and cassock (long black robe) represent the sinful state of the man in the office, while the white collar represents the pure preaching of the Gospel. The alb (long white robe with fitted sleeves) or surplice (long white robe with flowing sleeves) represents the purity of Christ, the white symbolizing the righteousness of Christ. For prayer services, American Lutherans place the stole (a symbol of the yoke of Christ) over the cassock and surplice/alb. The color matches the season: Violet for Lent; black for Good Friday; White for Maundy Thursday; Gold for Easter.

In the Western Tradition (Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Anglican), fuller vestments have been used for Holy Communion. This has been true since the Middle Ages and remained true throughout the Reformation. American Lutheran practice has varied, but make no bones about it: liturgical vestments (chasubles, copes, etc.) are Lutheran. Lutherans throughout history have used these to teach the glory of Christ’s Work and the significance of His person when distributing Christ’s body and blood. The vestments for the Lord’s Supper consist of the amice (a protective white garment which adorns the neck), the alb (long white robe with fitted sleeves), the cincture (the rope belt), the stole, the maniple (the decorative wrist handkerchief), and the chasuble (the large colorful liturgical poncho, if you will). Here the man is fully covered in garments which portray not himself but the office that he fills. He is there to preach, teach, and deliver the forgiveness of sins. Sufficiently covered in the vestments of the Church, it should be clear that he is there only for the Bride of Christ, standing in Christ’s office and never for himself. Vestments cover the man and deliver our Lord and his death and resurrection.

Of course, other traditions use vestments as well (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Episcopalian, Orthodox, etc.); but the Lutherans have always retained traditions for what they have taught and never for their own sakes (Apology XXIV). Lutheran congregations represent various methods of vestment usage, and this is okay. There is freedom in the Gospel in this, as in many other matters! Here at Immanuel, let us use the fullness of our Lutheran heritage to proclaim the fullness of the Gospel as we approach the blessed feast of Easter,

Blessed Lententide, Passiontide, and Eastertide.

In Christ,
Pastor Paul

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Christmas Congregational Dinner

Published on December 15, 2015

On Sunday December 13 with SS Children’s Program. This will be a carry-in dinner so bring your favorite dish (or dishes) and join us. Guests are always welcome.