Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday Lenten Soup: 5 p.m. & Service: 6 p.m.
Maundy Thursday, March 28: Soup Supper 5 pm & Service 6 pm
Good Friday, March 29: Service 6 pm
Easter, March 31: Service 8 & 10 am; Easter Brunch 9-10 am
We are online Sunday starting at 9:55 a.m. on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/ImmanuelLutheranBaileysHarbor/. All are welcome!
You do NOT need to be a member of Facebook *or* Immanuel to watch!
At or near the top of our Facebook page, look for a box with a small red “LIVE” button in the top left. Click it, and you’ll be watching us.
This video is a one-way event. No one will be able to hear or see you; they only see comments you may type.
Once the worship service is completed, it is available on our Facebook page for anyone who missed the live event; look in the Video section at the top of our page.
Again, just go to our Facebook page and look for and click the red LIVE button at or after 9:55 a.m. Sunday: www.facebook.com/ImmanuelLutheranBaileysHarbor/
See you Sundays!
March 2024 Volume 1, Issue 75
A note from Pastor Gary…
“While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it
he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body’.”
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
During our Lenten journey we think about what God and Christ did for us so that we would always
have a relationship with God when we stay faithful. Lent is a time of repentance for us all. Especially
to reflect on that meal that took place the night before our Lord, Jesus Christ, was crucified on that
cross. Not for a sin that He committed, but for the sins that we have committed. Let us take a look at
“The Sacrament of Holy Communion” in the words of Martin Luther.
What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the
bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.
Where is this written? The holy evangelists, Matthew, Mark and Luke, and St. Paul write thus: In the
night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to
his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the
new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in
remembrance of me.
What is the benefit of such eating and drinking? The words “given for you” and “shed for you…for the
forgiveness of sin” show us that forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given to us in the sacrament
through these words, because where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.
How can bodily eating and drinking do such a great thing? Eating and drinking certainly do not do it,
but rather the words that are recorded: “given for you” and “shed for you…for the forgiveness of sin.”
These words, when accompanied by the physical eating and drinking, are the essential thing in the
sacrament, and whoever believes in these very words has what they declare and state, namely,
“forgiveness of sin.”
Who, then, receives this sacrament worthily? Fasting and bodily preparation are in fact a fine external
discipline, but a person who has faith in these words, “given for you” and “shed or you…for the
forgiveness of sin,” is really worthy and well prepared. However, a person who does not believe these
words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, because the words “for you” require truly believing
So as God’s beloved children let us not take this sacrament for granted. For God loves us so much
that He was willing to sacrifice His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
God’s Peace & Love,
Bible School and Confirmation Class Notes
On February 7th, we had our annual bowling
event at Apple Valley Lanes. The kids had a
great time as always. Thanks to Sarah Martin
for helping with transportation.
The Bible School and Confirmation kids hosted the Ash Wednesday
Soup Supper on February 14th. Our regular class was not held that day. Additionally, no class
on March 27th for Spring Break.
In February we are starting the Apostle’s Creed. In March we will continue to learn about the
Apostle’s Creed, One True God, and Easter.
Thanks for letting us teach your kids about Jesus.
Pastor Gary, Jeremy & Jolynn
The Noisy Offering for the month of
February collected $159.73 during
the church service.
January, February & March
offerings will be going to the Door
County Boys & Girls Club which
provides all young people with
opportunities to reach their full
potential as productive, caring,
The Outreach Committee
Please continue to save
your Tadych’s register
receipts and put them in
the box by the coat rack. They give us a
1% rebate on the total amount.
Snow Cancellation Information
If winter weather should cause a need to cancel worship or other church programs
and events, here are some things to remember:
On Sunday mornings a decision will be made by 7:30 am
Information will be posted on our website www.Immanuel-lutheran.org and our
Face Book page Immanuel Lutheran Baileys Harbor
TV channels 2, 5, 11 and 26 will be notified as well as Radio stations WDOR,
Wednesday Bible School and Confirmation classes will follow the school’s
decisions – no school or early dismissal means there will be No Bible School
or Confirmation classes.
If you would like to be notified by phone about cancellations, please contact the
We make every effort to get the word out early and quickly. Also, we generally
operate on the side of caution not wanting to put people at risk unnecessarily.
Briefs for Newsletter
February 20, 2024
Pastor’s Report: 1) Pastor Gary has been inundated with home and hospital visits since his return from vacation. In addition to 5+ home visits and 14 hospital visits, he has had 2+ office visits and made over 103 phone calls to check on members of the congregations as well members of our community members. 2) Two seasonal attendees were approved to join Immanuel as Associate Members; they are Steve & Patty Bell.
Treasurer’s Report: 1) We received two significant memorial bequests. The first is one from an estate which included a request from the donor that it be tied to an endowment. Immanuel does not have an endowment fund. For the present, we have placed those funds into a CD for a year, at which time we will review the terms as well as projects and discuss options with the family member who delivered the gift to Immanuel. The other gift honored two members of the donor’s family and directed that the funds be used to improve the landscaping around the church. This money has been placed in the Maintenance Account while proposals are being requested for options on the project. Additional monies may be needed to complete this work. 2) A work session will be scheduled with a friend of the church who is skilled in QuickBooks to separate long-term investments and projects from our regular operating budget. This should give us a better understanding of our financial picture. 3) We identified a double-billing of our internet service. The Frontier billing was in error and has been adjusted. Our internet carrier is the successor to Door County Broadband. 4) We received a proposal from our copier supplier to upgrade our copier and sign a new lease agreement at a lower cost. Our “old” equipment costs had increased due to obsolescence and limited availability of replacement parts on the 5+ years of the existing equipment. The proposal approved the proposal, and we will receive a new copier soon.
Property/Maintenance: 1) The property committee has been busy with a number of projects: a new cabinet in the kitchen, a broken door closer has been replaced, heaters and furnace units were cleaned and serviced, a corroded fitting was replaced, dividers were installed in kitchen drawers, and the defibrillator was inspected and brought into compliance. 2) There will be a survey of the south end of the church property. We were approached late last year about a sale of a portion of the church property at the south end of the building. We did not accept the offer but decided that it would be good to have a survey as we are looking at other options for special parking needs and will need additional information. 3) Landscaping proposals are being requested. Few bidders are currently responding because of lack of employees and/or current workload. Additional companies are being sought. 4) Bob Jaeschke is looking into the option of adding a beverage refrigerator. This would involve the removal of the dishwasher and switching of a couple of cabinets in the kitchen. This needs further study.
Stewardship/Memorials/Scholarships: 1) Pat Hickey has two scholarship applicants who are eligible to receive church scholarships. Peyton Williams and Harrison Schwab will be contacted regarding submitting applications. 2) Statements have been sent to members for their annual giving and memorials. Another 99 memorial gifts were received from friends of church members we lost; these gifts were also acknowledged.
Worship/Music: 1) Although no longer on the council, Jim Marsho continued to support the committee by continuing to work to arrange for ushers. 2) Paula Eggert will investigate potential organ repairs. 3) .We need to be creative in locating and hiring additional organists / pianists to supplement what Paula and Roberta Burlo can do this summer. We may need to cut back to a single service. If you have friends and neighbors who might be able to play or young people in their household who are capable and are interested in playing, please contact Donna Rudolph, Pastor Gary or Cynthia Crock.
Christian Education: 1) Women’s Bible Study is focusing on the minor prophets, completing the early ones in the next week and continuing with the later ones in a couple of weeks. When those final 6 are completed, the studies of the past 2 years will conclude the Old Testament. 2) Men’s study is on the third Saturday of each month. 3) Thursday night study will be on Esther. 4) Youth Education is on Wednesdays after school and will focus on Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer. 5) The group of recent confirmands is meeting monthly on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.
Outreach: 1) Loaves and Fishes will start again in April. 2) Giving for the Noisy Offerings in 2024 be given on a quarterly basis. January, February, and March will go to the Boys and Girls Club, 3) If you know of anyone who should be added to the Easter Basket list, please let Jane Pluff or Donna Rudolph know. 4) Recycling Event will be May 4.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 20th so as not to conflict with Lenten services and Volunteer Fire Department meetings. The time is 6:00 PM.
Feed My People
During the year of 2024 the Outreach
Committee will be trying a new way of
collecting food donations for the food pantry.
The committee will have a bingo card setup in the Narthex
asking for certain items. When the poster card is full and we
reach BINGO (Bringing In Non-parishable Grocery
Offerings) we will have a celebration of sorts.
When dropping off an item, please initial the box under the
correct item on the card.
We hope this stirs up in you the excitement of a challenge and
a giving heart!
Monday 9 a.m. to Noon
Wednesday 9 a.m. to Noon
Thursday 9 a.m. to Noon
& by appointment
Snow Cancellation Information
If winter weather should cause a need to cancel worship or other church programs and events, here are some things to remember:
• On Sunday mornings a decision will be made by 7:30 am
• Information will be posted on our website www.Immanuel-
lutheran.org and our Face Book page Immanuel Lutheran Baileys Harbor
• TV channels 2, 5, 11 and 26 will be notified as well as Radio stations WDOR, WBDK
• Wednesday Bible School and Confirmation classes will follow the school’s decisions – no school or early dismissal means there will be No Bible School or Confirmation classes.
• If you would like to be notified by phone about cancellations, please contact the church office.
We make every effort to get the word out early and quickly.
Also, we generally operate on the side of caution not wanting to put people at risk unnecessarily.