Sunday, July 29, 2007

Daily Readings for July 29 - August 4

1 Samuel 14:47—15:9
Acts 24:1–23


1 Samuel 15:10–35
Acts 24:24—25:12

1 Samuel 16:1–23
Acts 25:13–27

1 Samuel 17:1–19
Acts 26:1–23

1 Samuel 17:20–47
Acts 26:24—27:8

1 Samuel 17:48—18:9
Acts 27:9–26

1 Samuel 18:10–30
Acts 27:27–44

Small Catechism for Memorizing – Trinity VIII (July 29)

Christian Questions with Their Answers

5. Do you hope to be saved? Yes, that is my hope.

6. In whom then do you trust? In my dear Lord Jesus Christ.

7. Who is Christ? The Son of God, true God and man.

8. How many Gods are there? Only one, but there are three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Bible Verse for Memorizing – Trinity VIII (July 29)

[A bishop must not be] a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Dumpster, Part Deux

Please help!

The Trustees have scheduled another workday for this Saturday, July 28, at 9 a.m.

Our primary tasks will be removing the items from the old front entrance of the church and the stage that are destined for the dumpster. Last week we had many helpers and the work went quickly - we were done well before the expected 3 p.m. If you can help at all, please come.

Last weekend I titled "The Cleansing of the Temple." I hereby entitle this weekend: Dumpster, Part Deux [Or, Dumpster, Part Dieu :) ]

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Dumpster o' Delight

Ah, progress!

We threw the junk down this hill...

...where it was broken up by men with steel saws and iron wills...

...and tossed into the Dumpster o' Delight:

Here the DoD sits, awaiting the nice men from Waste Management to empty her so we can begin Cleansing of the Temple: The Sequel (or, Dumpster, Part Deux).

Productive Weekend, II

These areas were filled with school desks, chairs, and books that had been replaced but not discarded. There were a lot of sore backs but smiling faces this morning, as we began to reclaim our church from the tyranny of clutter.

Productive Weekend

Look at these wonderfully empty rooms! An excellent group of people came out this weekend to help empty the clutter. These rooms are now clear for the workers to come in and make the rooms usable until the major renovation project can begin.


My high school band director used to have a big sign posted at the front of the rehearsal room: CARE.

After Divine Service this morning, when almost everyone had left, my wife caught somebody caring. It was not asked for or expected. But it was appreciated. Thanks for caring!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Renovation Preparations: Removing Useless Clutter

Some of these pictures illustrate both the clutter that we began cleaning out this weekend, as well as the damage and decay in the old building. Here is a hallway stacked with old useless desks and other junk. It was embarrassing to take people down this hallway:

The original front entrance of the church became a place for stashing more unused, unstable desks and chairs.

Another view of the original front entrance, riddled with unused furniture:
This weekend we began to reorient the culture of compulsive hoarding that was coming to characterize Immanuel. Junk from more than half a century filled this room; several attempts at cleaning were begun in the past, only to find more junk appearing.

School desk-chairs, old hymnals, and trash are stacked from floor to ceiling:

This is a Sunday School room! The demolition of this room begins Monday.

More water damage and mold in the Sunday School rooms:

Unused lockers and desks that need to be thrown away:

Lockers, a non-functioning computer, and boxes of junk:

More mold and water damage:

Thank you, Immanuel, for taking action to Build Immanuel's Future!

Immanuel at the White House

Several of us from Immanuel were privileged to be at the White House for President Bush's speech regarding the veto of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, which would destroy human children in their earliest stages of development and set a dangerous precedent that there are "lives unworthy of life." Here are a few pictures from that event.

Holy Baptism: Sofiya Kieselowsky

It's been more than a month now, but I finally uploaded my pictures from Sofiya's Baptism. Red for Pentecost!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Please Help: Cleansing of the Temple Weekend

This weekend will be our extensive clean-up effort focusing on the "old church" building.

  • The dumpster will be delivered on Friday. We plan to start at noon on Friday and work until 4:00pm.
  • Saturday we will start at 9:00am and work until 3:00pm (depending on the number of helpers).
  • On Sunday work will begin directly after Divine Service and go as long as needed.
If you can help at any of these times, it would be greatly appreciated!
On Monday Pocai Painting Co. is scheduled to begin work on the upper classroom/office area (damaged by the leaking roof), making it usable again until major renovations begin. Demo will be the first item on their agenda, so obviously that area needs to be completely clear.

Why are we doing this now?

As you may know, there are significant problems with the building (asbestos, mold, frayed wiring, and what our esteemed president has termed "third-world latrines"). In addition, certain areas of the old church have accumulated more than half a century's worth of broken furniture, outdated textbooks, and other items. This is not just a "cleaning project." Any renovation of the building will require removing everything that we do not need. If there are items that are personally dear to you, you are welcome to remove them - but please do so by Friday. If there are items that you need for ongoing work, please clearly label them "Save" if you have not done so already.

A chairman for the Building & Renovation Committee has been appointed (Paul Techau). The remainder of the committee is being formed, and some significant donations have already been received. Further information and our next steps will be publicized by early autumn. We are excited about the future of Immanuel. See you this weekend!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Daily Readings for July 15 - 21

Judges 15:1—16:3

Galatians 3:23—4:11

Judges 16:4–30
Galatians 4:12–31

1 Samuel 1:1–20
Galatians 5:1–26

1 Samuel 1:21—2:17
Galatians 6:1–18

1 Samuel 2:18–36
Acts 15:22–41

1 Samuel 3:1–21
Acts 16:1–22

1 Samuel 4:1–22
Acts 16:23–40

Bible Verse for Memorizing – Trinity VI (July 15)

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:11)

Small Catechism for Memorizing – Trinity VI (July 15)

The Close of the Commandments

What does God say about all these commandments? He says: “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

What does this mean? God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore, we should fear His wrath and not do anything against them. But He promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore, we should also love and trust in Him and gladly do what He commands.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Daily Readings: July 8 – 14

Judges 3:7–31
Acts 13:42–52

Judges 4:1–24
Acts 14:1–18

Judges 6:1–24
Acts 14:19—15:5

Judges 6:25–40
Acts 15:6–21

Judges 7:1–23
Galatians 1:1–24

Judges 13:1–25
Galatians 2:1–21

Judges 14:1–20
Galatians 3:1–22

Small Catechism for Memorizing – Trinity V (July 8)

The Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer: And lead us not into temptation.

What does this mean? God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory.

Bible Verse for Memorizing – Trinity V (July 8)

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15)