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.

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Courtland, MN

Pastor:  Rev. Wayne Bernau

Principal:  Mr. Dan Erdman

Teachers:   Miss Emily Heintz, 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

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.

November 27th, 2022 First Sunday in Advent

      • Order of Worship:      “How Great Thou Art” Service


        Hymns:          343,    331,    801,    CPW 95—Hosanna,    770,    805


        Sermon Topic:      “Hosanna”         


        Scripture Readings:     Isaiah 2:1-5       Romans 13:11-14       Matthew 21:1-11    


        Weekly Bible Verse:      “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the                                                     name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”   Matthew 21:9


        Our Daily Prayer:     Lord, we anticipate with faith and joy Your glorious return. Help us                               to be ready.  Amen.


        Our Prayer Requests include:  

        • Mission Prayer: For the Becker’s in Kenya.
        • For an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on the Church.
        • For good stewardship of our earthly resources.
        • 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.


SUN —           9:30         AM      Sunday Morning Service  

                    10:45       AM      Bible Study on Matthew

TUES —         8:45       AM      Confirmation

                     4:30        PM      Worship Planning

WED –           8:45       AM      CHAPEL at school

                     6:00        PM      Confirmation

                     6:00        PM      Bible School

THURS —     8:45        AM      Confirmation

FRI —            8:45        AM      Confirmation

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

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

                   10:45        AM      Bible Study on Matthew



    1. Elder: Ralph Bents  (507-359-2007)
    2. Head Usher: Kelly Bruns               Asst. Head Usher:   Travis Vogel
    3. Greeters: November 27 – Dave & Becky Hulke family         

                              December 3 – Marcia Kral and family

                              December 4 – Chad & Rachel Johnson family

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

          AV Operator November 27:  Vicky Harmening

          AV Operator December 3:  Gina Harmening

          AV Operator December 4:  Kathy Green

    1. Altar Volunteers for December: TBD
              1. Today, on the Lutheran Hour we listen to LH Speaker, Rev. Dr. Michael Ziegler as he presents to us a message based from Isaiah 2:1-5 titled, Freshly Fallen Snow.”   Dr. Michael Zeigler talks about fresh snow, fresh starts, and three kinds of beauty.

               Next week the message is titled,Paradise Restored.”    Listen to The Lutheran Hour at   6:05 a.m.  Sunday, on WCCO – Minneapolis 830   Or    listen on your computer:


              1. Starting TODAY, our Bible School children are doing a very special Advent     Christmas activity!  Each week they will add ornaments of symbols of people and   events leading up to Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, which they prepared earlier to hang           on a Jesse Tree, which is in the front of the church.  Today they hang the ornaments      of (1.)  Creation & the Earth; (2.)   First Sin & Fruit; (3.)  Flood & the Rainbow; (4.)        Abraham and the Stars;  (5.)  Isaac and the Ram; and (6.) Jacob and the Ladder.


              1. TODAY, we thank The Men’s Club for serving cookies, etc. during our fellowship hour after our service. Donated proceeds will go to the Becker’s in Kenya.


              1. Do you have problems hearing in our services? You may wish to try one of the new black headsets that are on the shelf across from our mailboxes. There are 4 of these. You may use your own ear buds with them, if you choose.


              1. The Nicollet Blood Drive will be on Monday, December 5, 2022 from 12 PM to 6 PM at the Nicollet Legion. To make an appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1- 800-7332767) Or  Visit and enter:  Nicollet    to schedule an appointment.  You can also do Rapid Pass.  As you know Blood is very much in demand.  Please donate!
              2. Please remember to leave some room in the back pews for families

                        with small children.  Thank you.

              1. Our salvation begins with God promising to send a Redeemer. Read more about the wondrous drama of God’s love as it unfolds for us in this year’s Advent Devotional booklets, located on a table in the entryway. This year’s theme title is, “A SON IS GIVEN. There are both regular and large print booklets.

              There are 2023 calendars from MN Valley Funeral Home in the entryway also.

              1. Worship attendance Saturday Evening Service 11/19/22 —   21
              2. Loose plate offering – $74.00, Mission Offering – $75.00
              3. Worship attendance Sunday Morning Service 11/20/22  —   170
              4. Loose plate offering – $142.35, Mission Offering – $155.00
              5. Worship attendance Thanksgiving Day Service   11/24/22  —   118
              6. Loose plate offering – $325.00, Mission Offering – $180.00

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:

December 2

January 6

February 3

March 3

March 31

May 5