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, view on demand later at our on-line sites listed on the previous page.
  • Holy Communion will be alternated by 2 different ways as follows: 
  •            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. (3rd weekend)
  •            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. (1st weekend)
  • 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.

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: 

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Immanuel Lutheran Church, Courtland, MN

Pastor:  Rev. Wayne Bernau

Principal:  Mr. Dan Erdman

Teachers:   Mrs. Emily (Heintz) Holtzhueter, Mr. Mark Dicke, Mrs. Stacy Reinhart, Mrs. Sue Erdman

Pre-School Teachers:  Mrs. Lynn Lease, assisted by Mrs. Jaime Schoper and Mrs. Madelaine Lloyd

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

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.

March 26th, 2023 5th Sunday in Lent/Witness Sunday

Order of Worship:      LSB P. 203     Witness Sunday with confirmands


Hymns:            915,    712,    707,    740,    (CPW 183—Peace Be Yours)


Sermon Topic:       “Who’s Lost?”      Luke 15    (see insert devotion)


Scripture Readings:     Ezekiel 37:1-14        Romans 8:1-11         John 11:17-27, 38-53


Weekly Bible Verse:      “Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge                                          before My Father in Heaven.”    Matthew 10:32


Our Daily Prayer:     Lord Jesus our Redeemer, help us always boldly confess You before                                             others. Amen.


Our Prayer Requests include:  

  • Mission Prayer: For World Vision in providing clean water to many.
  • For the family of Rev. Dr. Kenneth K. Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of the Lutheran Hour radio program, who died this past Thursday, March 23, at his home in Texas.
  • For Dillon Meyer, recovering from a serious accident.
  • For good stewardship of our earthly resources.
  • For grace to develop our relationship with Jesus Christ and share Him with others.
  • For a blessed Lenten season.

2023   is  “A Year in the New Testament” at Immanuel.   This coming week we read Luke chapters 17 through 21, with Luke chapter 19 being our key chapter, and a message next Sunday titled, Jesus is Coming to You!  God’s Word instructs us about salvation, guides us in living God-pleasing lives, and encourages us in our life and journey of Christian Faith!


SUN —          9:30       AM     Witness Sunday with 5 Confirmands

                    10:45         AM    Bible Study on Matthew

TUES —         8:45       AM      Confirmation

                      6:30       PM      Immanuel-Lites

WED –           8:45       AM      CHAPEL

                      5:30       PM      Bible School

                      6:30       PM      Lenten Worship Service

THURS-        8:45       AM      Confirmation

                      6:00       PM      Confirmation

FRI —             8:45       AM      Confirmation

                                                SCRIP ORDERS DUE

SAT —           6:30       PM     Evening Service with Communion

SUN —           9:30      AM      Palm Sunday/Confirmation Sunday w/Communion



      1. Elder: Gary Pehling  (507-340-7465)
      2. Head Ushers: Kelly Bruns    and     Travis Vogel
      3. Greeters:  March 26 – Jeff and Becky Wills family

                              March 29 – Jeff Zajac family

                              April 1 –    

                               April 2 – Dan & Sue Erdman

      1. Organist/Pianist:     Lisa Fischer  
      2. AV Coordinator: Vicky Harmening

            AV Operators:   March 26 – Kathy Green

                                       March 29 – Glenda Beeck

                                        April 1 –            Mark Dicke                                                                                    April 2 – Vicky Harmening

      1. Altar Volunteers for April: Judy ® Bode,
      2. Next committee to serve at funerals – #1
          1. Today, on the Lutheran Hour we listen to the Guest Speaker, Rev. Dr. John Nunes as he presents to us a message based from John 11 titled, Is God Missing in Action?”  Is God “missing in action?”  Not if we see things from God’s eternal perspective.     Next week’s message is titled,Hell:  No One Has to Go There?”     Listen to The Lutheran Hour at 6:05 a.m.  Sunday, on WCCO – Minneapolis 830   or    listen on your computer:


          1. We thank our 5 confirmands for a clear witness of their Christian faith today. They are:     Caden Michael Brustad           Noah Walter Fitzner           Arya Delrose Goblirsch                                         Chloe Cheyenne Kachelmeier            Braydon Mitchell Kral


          1. We thank the Men’s Club today for serving refreshments and snacks during our fellowship hour. Proceeds will go towards Camp Omega. Looking for people to serve for a weekend, there is a sign-up sheet in the kitchen.  Please sign your name and where you are planning your donations to go towards.


          1. Our theme this year for the Lenten services is, “Places of the Passion”.  This week’s place we visit is the “Pontius Pilate’s Judgment Hall,” based on Matthew 27:11-31.  Pastor Bode will lead our Lenten worship service.  Our Bible School students will sing.


          1. This Wednesday, the 7th & 8th graders will serve a meal before the Lenten service from 5:30-6:15 pm as a fundraiser for class field trips. Menu: MicRib Sandwiches, salad, and ice cream for dessert.


          1. On a table in the entryway are :

                  — Lenten booklets titled, “Man of Sorrows, People of Joy.” 

                  — 2023 Offering Envelopes.  Please pick them up for you and your family. 

                  — MN Valley Funeral Home has provided us with 2023 calendars.  Take one.


          1. Looking for volunteers for the altar committee through the summer months. Sign-up sheet is in the entryway of church.  Ladies, your willingness to help is always appreciated. Your service is special to the Lord and to us.
    1. Save the Date:                                                                 More info on the board in the entryway.


      ** Spring Rummage & Bake Sale at Martin Luther JR/SR     High School, Northrop, MN.

                  Thurs, March 30th      4 pm—8pm

                  Friday, March 31st      8 am – 8pm

                  Saturday, April 1st     8 am – noon  ($3.00 bag sale)


      ** Pork Chop Dinner, Sun., April 16th serving 11:00-1:00 pm             at here at Immanuel. Sponsored by the Imm. Men’s         Club and the Imm.-Lites.


      ** The Vettern College Choir from Jonkoping, Sweden, is     returning to Bernadotte Lutheran Church.  Tuesday,        April 18 at 6:00 pm. 


      **  You are invited to a come-and-go “Marriage warming” party for Galen and Emily Holzhueter on May 20th! It’s a casual event; come for as many of the festivities as you like! 

      4:00pm–affirmation of vows at St. Mark Luth., Mankato.         Backyard party to follow at 20780 582nd Ln, Mkto. 5:30-10:30  social hour, supper, and dance. 

      RSVP by April 20th to Emily at 507-360-4722 or The couple is registered

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      ** OH! What a KNIGHT! Dinner Auction, Sat., April 22, 2023.  Social hour: 4:30 PM     Catered Dinner:  6:00 PM.

      At Martin Luther JR/SR High School, Northrop, MN.


      **  Kinship Radio presents our 14th annual “A Day for Women” on Sat., May 6th at Hosanna Luth. Church in Mankato.  Space is limited so call 507-526-3233 or

      go online to to register beginning Monday, March 27th at 8AM.

      **  Attention:  We are again, this year, going to have a plant and bake sale. New this year, we will include at the same time, a rummage sale at school! The dates for this fundraiser to benefit the school will be June 2nd and 3rd.

         For the rummage sale portion, we will be accepting donations of sellable items only.

        For example: No tires, electronics, nor mattresses.

         If you have questions contact;

      Deb Schmidt 359-2879,   Bonnie Hulke 766-1400   or Carol Abbas 441-5825.

         We are excited to see what God will accomplish with this event and your participation is appreciated!

          We will need your donations of unneeded, saleable, rummage sale items, perennial plants, and baked goods. Please start searching, and setting aside items to donate.



        1. Worship attendance Saturday Evening Service 03/18/23 — 40
        2. Loose plate offering – $62.47, Mission Offering – $100.00
        3. Worship attendance Sunday Morning Service 03/19/23 — 66
        4. Loose plate offering – $121.26, Mission Offering – $250.00
        5. Worship attendance Wed. Lenten Service 03/22/23 — 64
        6. Loose plate offering – $123.00, Mission Offering – $.00
        7. Bi-weekly budget needs – $18,230.77; Money from General Envelopes – $17,901.57



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:

March 31

May 5