Newsletter

Warm Tree

Published on December 15, 2015

The Warm Tree will be up soon. We need clothing, mittens, socks, hats, scarves, coats, etc. Items must be new. If you have questions call Ginny T. or Zandra O.  The committee will be happy to shop if you simply wish to make a monetary donation.

Services-other than Sundays during Advent, and Christmas

Published on December 15, 2015

December 2– Advent Midweek Evening Prayer 1– 7:00 p.m.
December 9– Advent Midweek Evening Prayer 2– 7:00 p.m.
December 16– Advent Midweek Evening Prayer 3– 7:00 p.m.
December 24– Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Lessons & Carols– 7 p.m.
Midnight Divine Service- 11 p.m.
December 25– Christmas Day-Divine Service-10 a.m.
December 31– New Year’s Eve– Divine Service– 7 p.m.

In December we will be having special Matins service on December 26 at 9 a.m. (St. Stephen), and December 28 at 9 a.m. (Feast of Holy Innocents)

*Also we have Matins service Monday-Friday on school days at 8:05 a.m. and Tuesdays we have Divine Service at 5:30 . (No Tuesday Divine Service on 29 December)

From Pastor Paul

Published on October 9, 2015

Lord God, to Thee we give all praise,
With grateful hearts our voices raise,
That angel hosts Thou didst create
Around Thy glorious throne to wait.

They never rest nor sleep as we;
Their whole delight is but to be
With Thee Lord Jesus, and to keep
Thy little flock, Thy lambs and sheep.

LSB 522:1&3, Philipp Melanchthon

The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels was celebrated this past week with Matins. Michaelmas, as it was often called, begins to usher in the close of our Church Year. This month concludes with the Festival of the Reformation. Next month begins with All Saints and concludes with the Last Sunday of the Church Year and the First Sunday in Advent. Thus the cycle repeats again. Why such repetition? Why such an emphasis on this ordering of our lives as Christians? The Church Year is moulded around Christ and His Bride the Church. As we live our lives in Christ through faith and the Holy Spirit, this should have import in all aspects. Our days are ordered in his peace, and so can daily find our Sabbath rest in the preaching and readings of the Church Year as we remember the various Sundays, Feasts and Festivals.

Living in the peace of Christ, we then are given ways to live out our lives as Christians mainly in our daily vocations. As always strength for your vocation can be found in hearing and studying God’s Word. Matins is offered every school day at 8:05. This half hour service is a wonderful way to begin the day: hearing God’s Word, singing hymns, and praying. Bible and theology studies are offered throughout the week for the building up of faith. However, daily vocation does sometimes prohibit the usual pattern of attendance at the Sunday Divine Service and Bible Study. If a weeknight Divine Service would benefit you and your family, please let me know. I have spoken to some of you and found that need apparent. It would give me great pleasure to offer the Lord’s Supper more than once a week for those who desire it. We have had the Divine Service on some weeknights (Feasts and Festivals), but this would be a weekly spoken Divine Service perhaps early evening for the purpose of delivering the forgiveness of sins to those whose jobs prohibit regular Sunday attendance. Sabbath rest is Sabbath rest. The day is not prescribed. Please speak with me, if this would benefit you.

We are nearing the end of the calendar year, and my newsletter series on the Catechism draws to a close. This month and next month cover the Sacrament of the Altar. December will handle the Table of Duties. In January the newsletter series will focus on hymns. Hymns, which exemplify the season/month, will be explained and discussed with the purpose of introducing or remembering the chief hymns of our Lutheran confession and identity.

As we enter the month of the Reformation, October, let us keep our eyes fixed on the means of grace by which we receive the true Gospel. Forgiveness is here for you at Immanuel. God grant us a desire to receive His Word and Sacrament freely and often.

God bless you!

In Christ,

Pastor Paul

Golf Fundraiser for Church and School

Published on October 8, 2015

The ILS PTO is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser on October 31, 2015 at the NMMI Golf Course.  Its purpose is to raise funds to furnish our new playground with equipment for our students.  We will play a 3 man scramble with a shotgun start at 9 AM.  There will also be a ladies only flight.  Entry fee will include breakfast, lunch, range balls, green fees, and give away.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Black Betty.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.  There will be prizes for closest to the pin and longest putt as well.  Even if you are not a golfer, we will have plenty of opportunities for everyone to participate.  Entry forms will be mailed out to families in the coming days.  There will also be some available at the school.  If you have any questions, or would like to know how you can help, please contact Katie C. at 575-910-3750.  We are looking forward to making this a great annual event.

 

Madelena Chavez, Goddard High School Student of the Month

Published on September 15, 2015

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Congratulations to Madelena Chavez for being named one of Goddard High School students of the month for September!

Madelena Chaves 17, is the Student Council senior class vice-president and enjoys studying, crocheting, and procrastination. She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She plans on attending Eastern New Mexico University in Portales to study nursing. She is the daughter of Teryll Cardona. (Taken from the Roswell Daily Record).