Church Bulletin


Immanuel Lutheran Church, Courtland, MN

Revised Protocols for Public Worship during Covid-19

Updated:  November 2021


  • Those who are ill or having Covid-like symptoms should stay home and take care of your health. We plan to continue live-streaming services each week via the internet.     FM broadcasting will be suspended.
  • Health officials are recommending the wearing of face masks when in close contact with others due to current new case counts. They are not being required, but we should be respectful of others whatever their choice may be.
  • Church occupancy will be at normal reasonable capacities. However, health officials are still advising to observe social distancing practices between those of different households.
  • Please observe good handwashing practices, especially when using the restrooms.
  • Sanitizer will be available in the entry and at kitchen serving areas.
  • The church will be cleaned after each service, with attention given to high contact surfaces.
  • Offerings will be placed in an offering box in the narthex, and brought forward during the service.
  • Communion will be in a continuous line process with families observing a social distance (6’) separation. Do not feel rushed at each station, because your time of prayer and communion with Christ’s means of grace should be a sacred time.
  • Communion servers will wash and sanitize their hands just prior to serving the elements. Please extend your hands to receive the wafer, and carefully take the individual cup as it is offered.  The common cup (chalice) will not be used at this time.
  • The Fellowship area will be limited to Church function gatherings only. Current Covid protocols should be observed and implemented as recommended and needed to keep us safe. Please follow directions as given at any of these gatherings.
  • The Elders & Pastor are in charge of establishing and implementing these guidelines based on information and directives given by health departments in our jurisdiction.
  • Further information regarding Covid-19 symptoms can be found on various government and  area healthcare provider websites.  If in doubt, please don’t come, take care of yourself, and get tested if conditions persist.


Immanuel Lutheran Church, Courtland, MN

Pastor:  Rev. Wayne Bernau

Principal:  Mr. Dan Erdman

Teachers:   Mrs. Sue Erdman, Mr. Mark Dicke, Miss Emily Heintz, Mrs. Madelaine Lloyd

Pre-School Teacher: Ms. Missy Fluegge  assisted by Lynn Lease and Cindy Wiederhoeft

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: 

  “The mission of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church and School is to remain steadfast in the true Word of God as spoken in the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions, to preach, teach, and train people for righteous living, to nurture the faith of its members through the Word of God and the Sacraments, and to faithfully proclaim that Word of Law and Gospel to the community in which God has placed on us.”

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.

**There will be a Drive-UP communion. After communion is taken inside, Pastor and an Elder will come out under the canopy in the front of the church and administer communion at that time. 

November 28TH, 2021 First Sunday in Advent

  • Order of Worship:      The Word is a Lamp service — spoken Liturgy

                                        Candle One:    Hope Candle


    Hymns:       331,    (AGPS 247—The Word Is A Lamp),    332 (1-4),    781 (1 & 2),     349,    923


    Sermon Topic:       “Seeing Jesus in Genesis”      (selected verses from the book of Genesis)


    Scripture Readings:      Jeremiah 33:14-16         I Thessalonians 3:9-13       Luke 21:25-36          

    Weekly Bible Verse:    “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think by them you               possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me.”    John 5:39


    Our Daily Prayer:    Lord Jesus, You reveal Yourself to us in the sacred Scriptures.  May we                await Your coming with humble repentance and fervent faith.  Amen.


    Our Prayer Requests include:

    • For those suffering with the COVID sickness.
    • For grace to encourage each other often as we patiently await Christ’s return.
    • For God’s blessings during the 4 weeks of Advent.

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 —1st Sunday of Advent

                       10:45    AM      Adult Bible Study from the book of Proverbs

TUES —            8:45    AM      Confirmation

                        9:00     AM      Ladies of Immanuel Tying Blankets

                        5:00     PM      Stewardship

                        6:30     PM      Ladies Bible Study

WED —             8:45    AM      Chapel

                        6:00     PM      Bible School

                        6:00     PM      Confirmation

THURS —         8:45    AM      Confirmation

                        6:30     PM      Board of Ed

FRI —               8:45     AM      Confirmation

SAT  —                       6:30     PM      Evening Service w/comm.

SUN —              9:30   AM      Morning  Service w/comm.

                       10:45    AM      Adult Bible Study from the book of Proverbs



  1. Elder: Ralph Bents   (507)  359-2007       Gary Pehling   (507)  340-7465
  2. Head Usher:   Travis Vogel        Asst. Head Usher:    Kelly Bruns
  3. Organist/Pianist:       Madelaine Lloyd
  4. AV Coordinator: Vicky Harmening
  5. AV Operator November 28th: Glenda Beeck
  6. AV Operator December 4th: Gina Harmening
  7. AV Operator December 5th: Vicky Harmening
  8. Altar Duty for November: Judy Brandes and Joyce Brandes   

      Altar Duty for December:   TBD


For those who are not comfortable or cannot come into church and be enclosed with a group of people, please know that our service is also live-streamed.

Health officials are recommending the wearing of face masks when in close contact with others. They are not required, but we should be respectful of others whatever their choice may be.

For communion, 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 at this time. Please do not feel rushed.

Please place your offerings in the black box at the entrance to our sanctuary.  No offering plates will be passed around. The offerings will be brought to the altar during the offertory.

    1. Today, on the Lutheran Hour we listen to Speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler as he presents to us a message from Luke 1:1-4 titled, A Response to the Problem of Evil.”   Why does God let evil happen? Will that question take us down the path of doubt or lead us to trust God more deeply?

          Next week the message is titled, “Because We Belong.”


    1. Today, after the church service our Men’s Club will serve during our Immanuel Fellowship Hour. Proceeds will go to the different missions they support.    There is a signup sheet located on the kitchen service counter.  Please sign up for a Sunday if your family or group would like to help and where you would like the donations to go to.  


    1. Our Adult Bible Study this fall is centered on the Old Testament book of Proverbs:

    God’ Wisdom for Living a Good and Godly Life.    We meet after Sunday service.  We hope you can join us for this practical and insightful study!  Today we look at passages relating to a good wife.


    1. During the month of December, we are in need of your help for volunteers for Altar Committee. A sign-up sheet is on the countertop in the entryway. Your good works and help are appreciated here in the church.


    1. A Message from Stewardship: Throughout this year we have always been able to keep up with our expenses.  But, we find now as the year is coming to a close, we see our congregation is running short.  For the month of November we need to bring in $28,000, and December we need about $29,000.  Please prayerfully examine the situation and consider how you can help erase this deficit. 
    2. A Portal of Prayer booklet with LARGE PRINT is available to anyone who would like one. Please let Pastor or the church secretary know if you or anyone you know who could use it.
      1. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 63924 – 240th Street, Gibbon, MN will celebrate and welcome their new pastor, Karl Martin Grant. St. Peter’s Church has had a vacancy since June. Installation will take place Dec. 11, at 10:00 am. 


      1. Ladies of Immanuel, Don’t forget — THIS Tuesday – Nov. 30th *

      we will be tying blankets again at Immanuel.            We will start at 9:00 AM.   Bring a scissors, yd. stick if you have one, (Mark them) and bring your own lunch.  We will make the coffee. 

          Blankets will go to “The Reach,” a program sponsored by the Lutheran Social Services of Mankato, to help young adults get on their feet.  It’s a Great way to help our community and kids having issues!!!




      1. Centennial Lutheran Church of Henderson, Minn presents  HARK THE GLAD SOUND,   featuring the Garms Family on Thurs. Dec 2.   This is a Thrivent Financial Action Team event.


      1. The Nicollet Blood Drive will be held at the Legion in Nicollet on Monday, December 6, 2021

      from 12 PM-6 PM.  Masks are required for all Volunteers

      and Donors even if you have had the COVID shots.

      See the poster in the entryway for more info.


      1. The Immanuel-Lites are planning the Christmas Party for the Men’s Club and Immanuel-Lites. It will be held on Tuesday, December 14that 6:00 PM in our church.  The cost will be $12.50 per person.  There is a

      sign-up sheet in the entryway for all interested members and spouses.  We need a final count this by Wednesday Dec. 1st.   The meal will be catered by Swany’s Pub and will include chicken and meat balls.


      1. Mark your calendars:
      • Centennial Lutheran Church, Henderson, MN presents ”HARK THE GLAD SOUND” featuring the Garms Family.  , December 2 at 7:00PM.  This is a Thrivent Financial Action Team event.
      • Redeemer Lutheran LWML Annual Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon, Fri Dec. 3 10:00 AM – 1:00pm
      • First Lutheran Church, Glencoe, MN Lunch, Bake & Craft Sale, hosted by LWML, NYG Youth group & Quilting Ladies, Sat., 4th – 9 Am – 1pm
      • Scandian Grove Luth. Church St. Peter, MN., is having a ‘Living Nativity’ Sun. , December 5 at 4:30-5:30 PM Tune your car radio to hear the choir sing carols as you drive through the nativity.
      • Nicollet blood Drive at the Legion in Nicollet on Dec. 6th, from 12 noon to 6 PM. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.
      • Peter’s Luth. Church at Gibbon, MN having Installation of a new pastor, December 11, at 10:00 AM service.

      More information is on the bulletin board in the entryway.



    1. Worship attendance Saturday Eve Service 11/20/21 —   40
    2. Loose plate offering – $41.00, Mission Offering – $125.00
    3. Worship attendance Sunday Morn Service 11/21/21 —   68
    4. Loose plate offering – $87.00, Mission Offering – $50.00
    5. Worship attendance Thanksgiving Day Service 11/25/21 —   103
    6. Loose plate offering – $185.08, Mission Offering – $150.00  
    7. Bi-weekly budget needs — $18,403.85; Money from Gen. Envelopes — $14,549.57

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 2021–2022 school year:

December  3

January 7

February  4

March  4

April   1

May  6