Church Bulletin

  1. 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, view on demand later at our on-line sites listed on the previous page.
  2. Holy Communion will be alternated by weeks 2 different ways as follows:
  3.  WE have a continuous line with families separated by 6 feet. Please extend your hand to receive the wafer and carefully take the individual cup as it is offered. The chalice will not be used. Please do not feel rushed.
  4. WILL be served by tables. The ushers will release you at each side aisle by pew to proceed down the center aisle, to the respective altar rails. When your side table has received a blessing and dismissed, you may return to your pew by the side aisles.  Please complete a communion registration card and give it to your usher.  If you wish to be served at your pew, please let your usher or elder know.
  5. Offering plates will again be passed during our worship time.  The offering box will remain in the entry area and all offerings will be gathered to the altar at the conclusion of the offertory.

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Courtland, MN

Pastor:  Rev. Wayne Bernau

Principal:  Mr. Dan Erdman

Teachers:   Mrs. Sue Erdman, Mrs. Stacy Reinhart, Mr. Mark Dicke, Miss Emily Heintz, Mrs. Lynn Lease, Mrs Madelaine Lloyd, Jaime Schoper

Bible School teachers:  Cindy Schultz, Brenda Hermel, Kathy Blank, Carol Bents, Kristen Drill

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:

School & Church web site: 

To Live-Stream the service:\YouTube


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.

August 14th, 2022 10th Sunday after Pentecost

      • Order of Worship:      LSB p. 213  (all spoken)


        Hymns:          915,    712,    761,    953,    537,    924  


        Sermon Topic:       “Heroes of Faith”        Hebrews 11:17-31      


        Scripture Readings:     Jeremiah 23:16-29       Hebrews 11:17-31       Luke 12:49-53


        Weekly Bible Verse:     “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,                    who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat                          down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2


        Our Daily Prayer:     Lord God, we rejoice that Your Holy Spirit works saving faith in our                                          hearts through Your word.  Amen.


        Our Prayer Requests include:  

        • For Richard Mielke at home
        • For those who are dealing with COVID.
        • For an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on the Church.
        • Mission Prayer: For ILS as it prepares for a new school year.
        • For grace to develop our relationship with Jesus Christ and share Him with others.

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 yourselves to a Bible Busy Bag in the entryway, and a Children’s Weekly Busy Bulletin located next to the adult bulletins.


SUN —              9:30   AM      Sunday Morning Service w/Pastor Lauer leading the service

MON —                                   Pastor on vacation   August 8 – 18th

THURS  —        7:00    PM      Confirmation Parents meet

SAT —                         6:30     PM      Evening Service with Communion

SUN —              9:30   AM      Sunday Morning Service with communion



  1. Elder: Ralph Bents  (507-359-2007)
  2. Head Usher:  Kelly Bruns             Asst. Head Usher:   Travis Vogel
  3. Greeters:            August 14 – ReJean Struss-Buck and Alice Tanley           

                          August 20 – Dan & Sue Erdman

                          August 21 – Dan & Lisa Fischer family

  1. Organist/Pianist:     Sandy Gieseke
  2. AV Coordinator:  Vicky Harmening

      AV Operator August 14:    Glenda Beeck

      AV Operator August 20:    Mark Dicke

      AV Operator August 21:    Kathy Green

  1. Altar Duty for August:   Joyce Brandes
          • Announcements:Today, on the Lutheran Hour we listen to Guest Speaker Dr. Oswald Hoffmann as he presents to us a message based from Luke 12:15 titled, Everything is so Expensive.”   Everything is so expensive—but do we really need everything?                                                                                                                         Next week the message is titled,Facing the Worst.”    Listen to The Lutheran Hour at   6:05 a.m.  Sunday, on WCCO – Minneapolis 830   Or listen  on your computer:


            1. We thank Pastor Lauer for leading our service this Sunday while Pastor Bernau & Donna are gone on vacation for the week. (August 8 – 18).

                 You may contact Pastor Bode at Redeemer, New Ulm (233-3470) if there is an       urgent pastoral need.


            1.  TODAY, we thank the Bible School group for serving during our fellowship hour. Proceeds will go the Bible school supplies.  Anyone wanting to serve coffee and donuts for a weekend, there is a sign-up sheet on the kitchen counter.  Please sign your name and where you are planning your donations to go towards.


            1.    75th Anniversary Announcement Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 South Broadway, New Ulm will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a congregation on September 18, 2022.  Schedule of events includes:  10:00 Worship, 11:30 Social, 12:00 Dinner, 1:00 Program.   The catered dinner requires a ticket ($5) and can be purchased on Sundays in August or at the church office during the week.


            There is a Farmers Market every Wednesday from 3 to 6 pm

            at our school.  ALL are welcome to have a site to sell produce.



              The Immanuel Lutheran Ice Cream Social is coming up quickly on 

            Wed., September 14th, from 4:30–7:00pm.   A sign-up sheet is posted in the entryway. Please sign up for your favorite job and donation.  Thank you to all who help make this a wonderful event. Your help is appreciated!



            1. Be equipped to serve. Be ready to share the Gospel. Be part of a Lutheran community. The latest complimentary copies of the Lutheran Life magazines from Concordia Publishing House are in the fellowship hall for members to take. These magazines contain current issues as you continue to live your faith in today’s world.


             REVIEW “THAT WE MAY GROW”

            1. Worship attendance Saturday Evening Service 08/06/22 — 38
            2. Loose plate offering – $30.00, Mission Offering – $100.00
            3. Worship attendance Sunday Morning Service 08/07/22 — 48
            4. Loose plate offering – $95.00, Mission Offering – $255.00
    1. ** A BIG thank you goes out to the Flitter family and Sharon Johnson for all the heavy lifting and cleaning at ILS this past year. We appreciate all your help on many projects! We thank you for all your service the past years. Due to their retirement we are now looking for a part time janitor at school. Please contact Mr. Erdman for more information.


      Registration is now open at

      Immanuel Lutheran School for 2022-2023!

      Our theme this year is based on Hebrews 12:1 – “Run the Race.”

      Registration can be completed on line at:

      • Our three’s preschool program is Tuesday and Thursdays with a half or full day option.
      • Our four’s preschool program is Monday, Wednesday, Friday with a half or full day option.

              Four’s will also have the option to attend 5 days a week and will         combine with kindergarten on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

      • We will again offer after school care until 5:30 each day for $4.00 per hour.

       Please register online by August 12


      Volunteers Needed:

      We will have a playground weeding and clean-up party on Sunday, August 21 from 3-6 pm. Bring your work gloves, shovels, etc…  and help us weed, clean out cobwebs and bee nests out of equipment and generally get the playground ready for the students return!  Thank you!

      Help needed:

      ILS is hiring a part-time janitor for school year 2022-2023. We also continue to look for a cook. If you have interest in either position please contact Mr. Erdman at (507) 351-3469.

      Help needed:

      ILS is looking for someone to pick up lunch at Nicollet Public School and bring to Immanuel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This position pays $20 per day. Contact Mr. Erdman if you are able to help with a day or both days. Your help is appreciated!



      Immanuel School is looking for volunteers to help with preschool and kindergarten.  Volunteering is good for you! It provides you with a sense of purpose, improves self-esteem, and brings fun into your life!

      We will need help Monday-Friday and will be thankful for any amount of hours you can give, even if it is just one or two!  Please prayerfully consider helping out and contact Dan or Sue Erdman if available.



      Our after school program – “Latchkey”  is looking for help Monday-Friday from 2:45-5:30. This is a paid position and involves supervising 1-8 students after school. Please contact Sue Erdman at (507) 351-3473 if you are available one or more days or even as a fill in person. 






      OUR 5K IS BACK!

      We are excited to have our 9th annual 5k for tuition assistance for Immanuel Lutheran School! Please check out the entryway counter for walk/run sign up forms and also sponsor forms. Businesses or individuals are encouraged to sponsor the 5K and get their name on the shirt! Information for the 5K this year is as follows:

      When:   Sunday, September 25 at 12 noon

      Where:   Intersection of 111 and closed HWY 14

      New:   A meal offered after church that day to benefit technology advancement at ILS. Even if you can’t walk you can support the cause by staying for this meal.  Cost is $10.00. Please sign up in entryway if you plan to stay to eat so we can gage how many meals we need.

      Registration deadline is September 1 in order to get a shirt. 

      Volunteers Needed: Please contact Jodi Goff, Sue Erdman, or Jaime Kirtz if you might be able to help the day of the race. We will need someone at the turn with water, help in the kitchen, and also parking attendants. Thank you!

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. 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.

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! Scrip can be used for just about any household purchase including food, clothing, entertainment, gasoline, and even dining out.

These are the dates we are going to put SCRIP orders in for the 2022–2023 school year:

September 1

October 7

November 4

December 2

January 6

February 3

March 3

March 31

May 5