Church Bulletin

  • Welcome to worship! May we all be fed by God’s Word and sacrament as we gather in this faith community.  If you are unable to attend, our services are live-streamed or available later at our on-line sites listed below.

Contact Information

Pastor’s Office Hours:  10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Tues. – Friday       

Church Phone:   359-2505 

Facebook:   ImmanuelCourtland

Church Office E-Mail address:

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Immanuel Lutheran Church, Courtland, MN

Pastor:  Rev. Wayne Bernau

Principal:  Mr. Dan Erdman

Teachers:   Mr. Mark Dicke, Mrs. Stacy Reinhart, Mrs. Sue Erdman, Mr. Riley Pfiffner

Pre-School Teachers: Mrs. Madelaine Lloyd (Mon. & Wed.), Mrs. Jillian Van Ness (Tues. & Thurs.), Cindy Wiederhoeft (Fri.)

Bible School teachers:  Cindy Schultz, Kathy Blank, Abby Havemeier, Abby Voges

Mission Statement: 

“We teach God’s true Word, grow in Christ-centered faith, and serve, sharing God’s love.”


The Lord’s Supper

is a special celebration of the Gospel of God’s love, forgiveness, and salvation. This sacred meal is for those who repent of their sins, believe in Jesus as their Savior, and who hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness. Communion is also a holy union of God with His people and His people with each other. VISITORS who are members of LC-MS congregations are welcome to commune with us. Other visitors please check with Pastor before communing with us, or consult with blue folder in the pew Bibles for more info.     ****Communion is celebrated the first and third Sundays of each month. During the summer we also celebrate on the corresponding Saturday evenings of these first and third Sundays at 6:30 PM.

February 18th, 2024 First Sunday in Lent

Order of Worship:       LSB p. 184 with communion


Scripture Readings:   Genesis 22:1-18       James 1:12-18         Mark 1:9-15


Sermon Topic:    “The Trials and Temptations of Life”     James 1:12-18  


Hymns:                       770,    656,    563,    707,    718


Weekly Bible Verse:      Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial.”   James 1:12


Our Daily Prayer:      Jesus, thank you that in all the trials and temptations of life, we may                              approach your throne of grace with boldness and confidence.  Amen.


Our Prayer Requests include: 

  • For our communicants.
  • For grace and growth during Lent.
  • For the nation of Israel and peace in our world.
  • For grace to develop our relationship with Jesus Christ and be faithful witnesses.
  • For good stewardship of our earthly resources as we share God’s love.

Welcome to Worship, where the Lord feeds us with His Word and shelters us in His love. Visitors please sign our guest register and come again soon.  Children, please help your selves to a Bible Busy Bag in the nursery, and a Children’s Weekly Busy Bulletin, next to the adult bulletins.


SAT –                                                   NO SATURDAY SERVICE

                                                            Pastor Bernau gone Feb 16 through 19th.

SUN–              9:30  AM                    Morning Service w/comm,  lead by  Rev. Fredric Hinz

                         10:45  PM                  Bible Study on current issues

TUES —           8:45  AM                     Confirmation 

                        4:00  AM                     Worship Planning  

WED —            8:45  AM                     Chapel

                      6:30   PM               Lenten Service

                        7:30  PM                    Confirmation Parents Meet

THURS  —       8:45  AM                     Confirmation

                        6:00  PM                     Bible School

                        6:00  PM                     Confirmation

FRI —               8:45  AM                     Confirmation 

SUN–             9:30  AM                     Sunday Morning Service

                        10:45  AM                   Bible Study



  1. Worship attendance Sunday Morning Service  02/11/24 —  63
  2. Loose plate offering – $68.50 Mission Offering – $355.00
  3. Worship attendance Ash Wednesday Evening Service  02/14/24 —  72
  4. Loose plate offering – $143.00 Mission Offering – $50.00


      1. Elder: Tim Harmening  – (507) 359-1198
      2. Head Ushers:  Travis Vogel       Assistant Head Usher:  Ethan Goff
      3. Greeters: Feb.   18 – Scott & Kendra Hoffmann family

                              Feb.   21  Lenten Service  – xx

                              Feb.   25 –  Cory & Kelly Hulke family

      1. Organist/Pianist:   Lisa Fischer
      2. AV Coordinator: Vicky Harmening
      3. AV Operators: Feb.   18 – Kathy Green                      

                                        Feb.   21 –  Mark Dicke

                                        Feb.   25 –  Vicky Harmening

      1. Altar Volunteers for February: Jerry & Gloria Fitzner
      2. Next committee to serve at funerals – #4

The Immanuel-Lites would once again like to have Easter plants to adorn our sanctuary Easter morning. We are getting our plants from Village Flower (Perry Dauer) for our March 31st Easter Services. If members of the congregation would like to donate a plant in memory of loved ones, in honor of a special event such as birthdays or anniversaries, or just place a plant on the altar, please: - Fill out the order form below and include your check (made payable to Immanuel-Lites) in an envelope labeled Easter Flowers. - Place your order in the collection plate by Sunday, March 17, 2024. These plants will be available to take home with you after the 2nd service on Easter Sunday. Your name will be on the back of your plant. If you would like to bring your own plant, please label. DEADLINE FOR ORDERING IS SUNDAY, MARCH 17th, 2024 Enclosed is __________ for the plant given by ________________________________ If given in honor of someone or in memory of someone, please fill in that information below. This information will be printed in the bulletin. In honor of In memory of Please check the plant that you would like: ______ Easter Lily ($15.00) _______Tulips ($12.00) ______ Rieger Begonia ($15.00) ______ Daffodils ($12.00) ______ Daisy Mum ($15.00) ______ Hyacinth ($12.00) ______ Kalanchoe ($15.00) ______ Cyclamen ($15.00)


  1. Today, on the Lutheran Hour we listen to Speaker, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler as he presents to us a message based on Mark 1:12-13 titled, “Redeeming DIY.”   Dr. Michael Zeigler talks about spiritual growth in the season of Lent and dying to self in a “do-it-yourself” world.         Next week’s message is titled, “When Winning Is Losing.”   Listen to The Lutheran Hour at   6:05 am Sunday, on WCCO – Minneapolis 830 or  listen on your computer:


  1. Thank you to Pastor Fredric Hinz of Gaylord for filling in this weekend while Pastor and Donna are away. During Bible Study, Pastor Hinz will lead a discussion abot current issues in our culture.


  1. This morning we thank the Marcia and Brian Kral family, representing the PTL, for snacks and beverages for our fellowship hour. Free will offerings will go towards the PTL.

    Anyone willing to bring snacks with beverages and serve for a weekend, or just sponsor a ‘Self-Serve’ Fellowship Hour (Only prepare beverages: coffee, hot water, etc. — No free will offering)  after a Sunday service, there is a sign-up sheet on the kitchen counter. 


  1. Our Lenten services continue this week. Our theme this year is, “Witnesses to Christ: People from His Passion.”   This week’s title is “Mary, Sister of Lazarus and Martha.”  The text is from John 12:1-11.  Lenten services begin at 6:30 PM.

     The supper hosted by the ILS students  will be Hot dogs with campfire Mac & Cheese, chicken noodle soup, veggies & dip, ice cream and fixings. Lunch will be held from 5:30- 6:15 before this week’s Lenten service. 


  1. The Immanuel-Lites would once again like to have Easter plants to adorn our sanctuary Easter morning. Order forms for Easter flowers are setting in the entryway. Place your order in the collection plate by Sunday, March 17, 2024.


  1. During Lent our freewill offering (plate on the table) will go to support Faith Comes By Hearing. Their goal is to get the Bible translated to every language in the world by 2033 and to make these recordings free to as many people as possible. They also continue to distribute Military Bible Sticks. Thanks for your prayers and financial support!


  1. Thank you to everyone who donated to Connor Leonards tuition fund. We had a family pay for his entire tuition this year and the donations that came in will pay for the entire year next year. 
  2. A sign-up sheet for Altar Duty is located in the entryway on the counter.  Our spring and summer months are open.  Please sign up now for the month that works for you.  Your willingness to help is always appreciated.  Your service is special to the Lord and to us.
  3.   ILS is celebrating, “I Love to Read Month!” 

    Along with encouraging the children to read each day there will also be activities throughout the month.  We are paring the month with a marathon fundraiser to raise money for the school.  The goal for the month of February is to raise $2500.  All monies raised go directly to the school to support classroom activities, buy supplies, and other needs that may arise throughout the year. 

    Donations are 100% tax deductible.

     > If you have any questions please reach out to Becky Hulke at 507-380-6141.

         UPDATE:  We are over 1/4 of our way to the goal!



    Immanuel School children will be selling

    butterbraids and Swany’s take and bake pizza from February 13 through March 5. Funds raised will go to PTL to help pay for field trips, buses, and special events for students. There are order forms on the brown table right before the kitchen counter. Please write a separate check for each fundraiser and put in the envelope that is attached.

    Thank you! Questions please contact Mrs. Erdman.



    Rummage Sale, Bake Sale and Plant Sale


    Again this year we will be having our combined sales to benefit our school.  The dates are June 7th and 8th. Letting you know early so that you have time to gather your gently used items and perennial plants to donate.

    Thank you for your help and participation.

    Sincerely the Committee:

                    Carol Abbas:  Plant Sale


                    Jen Brooks and

                    Madelaine Lloyd:  Rummage Sale


                    Angie Abbas:  Bake Sale




    1. On a table in the entryway are:
    • Lamb of God, Lenten devotional booklets from Lutheran Hour Ministries.
    • 2024 offering envelopes.
    • Missing a coat/gloves/cap? There are some on the table in the fellowship hall.
    • Lutheran Life Magazine is back from Concordia Publishing House. 
    • 2024 calendars from MN Valley Funeral Home are on a table in the entryway.


    1. Be equipped to serve. Be ready to share the Gospel. Be part of a Lutheran community. Perhaps you’ve noticed we have some new magazines, ‘Lutheran Life’ on the table in the fellowship hall for members to take.  Take one and enjoy these complimentary copies from CPH.   These magazines contain current issues as you continue to live your faith in today’s world.


Scrip is simply a word that means “substitute money”;  in other words, Scrip cards are gift cards from national and local retailers. They are the same gift cards that you buy at the store. Many popular retailers participate in our Scrip program, including Kwik Trip, BP Gas, Subway, Wal-Mart, Target, Cub Foods, Hy Vee Foods, and many, many others (over 600!).

You’re probably asking yourself how these stores help us raise money. It’s simple: Scrip participating retailers agree to sell gift cards to our organization at a discount. Member families like yours buy the cards for full face value, redeem them for full face value, and our school keeps the difference as revenue. 

The beauty of Scrip is that you put your regular household shopping dollars to work. You earn money for our school without spending a single additional penny. Just spend your regular shopping dollars with Scrip at the stores that participate in the Scrip program! 

Do you purchase groceries or fuel for your vehicle? Need a birthday, anniversary, or thank you gift?  SCRIP cards are a quick and easy way to purchase everyday items while earning fundraising dollars for our church and school.

Scrip is exciting because everybody wins: the retailer gets cash up front and repeat business, you get a powerful fundraising alternative that involves no selling, our school gets a regular source of revenue.

Contact Becky Wills at 952-334-3593 for details and instructions on how to order.  Orders will be placed twice a month on the 1st and 3rd weekends.  Order forms can be placed in the SCRIP box located in the greeting card cabinet or given to Becky.

Thank you for supporting our Church and School through SCRIP!!