Immanuel Lutheran Church


3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

Missouri Synod

Home Health Care and Caregiver Precautions

The home-based healthcare industry is a fast growing service driven by the large numbers of people who want to spend their final years at home, and by government policies intended to encourage home healthcare as an alternative to more costly hospital and nursing home care. Home healthcare agencies are focusing more on care management, skilled nursing services, while subcontracting the work of recruiting, training and supervising lower skilled and less regulated health care aides. Although the majority of home healthcare workers may be ethical and caring, reports of fraud, theft, forgery and physical and psychological abuse against elders by home-based healthcare aides are increasing. TIPS

LBT--A Message From Becky Grossman

….A message from Becky Grossman “Thank-you for your prayers and support for bible translation in Liberia. Reading through Exodus verse by verse with the language team revealed the temple in vivid detail. We will continue checking in November. Pleas continue to pray for God to raise up another translator for the Gola Team. Also pray for a training workshop scheduled for next July. …Blessings, Becky”

Thank-You Letter

Special thanks to all of you… ...from Robin Goff, Dolly’s daughter. “God bless you for loving and taking care of Dolly, my mom, and April, my sister. Thank-you very much. Bless you and much love!”

Letter to Congregation

Dear Pastor Sidwell and members of the congregation: “It has already been a long time away from my post as church secretary. I have been very busy in my new roles as HR Manager and Operations Manager at ServiceMaster (at the corner of Nichols and Ravine). At the same time I am thriving in these positions, I have been missing my place at Immanuel. My time there was a time of growth, blessing, service, and joy. From the start you treated me like a member of the family and showered me with love, friendship, grace, support, generosity, and thoughtfulness. I cherish each gift, card, flower, snack, prayer, smile, word of encouragement, and hug I received. I came to love you and your congrega

Congratulations Letter re: Maddy Baumgart

Letter from Ralph Sauers, Internship Coordinator, SIM (Serving in Mission) USA “Dear Pastor Sidwell: I am Ralph Sauers, a Selection Coordinator for SIM USA. I had the priviledge to work with Maddy Baumgart through her application, acceptance and placement process with SIM. It was a delight to walk that part of her journey of faith as she prepared for service in Paraguay. Maddy grew in her walk with the Lord while in Paraguay and she was a great blessing to those with whom she came in contact. Maddy adjusted well to her work in the school. Maddy’s supervisor made the following observations about her impactful ministry, especially through relationship-building: Maddy built friendships with

Acts of Mercy Missions in October

Immanuel Lutheran Church supports three “Acts of Mercy” Missions during the month of October, including St. Michael’s Scholarship Fund, Lutheran World Relief School Kits and Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes. St. Michael Lutheran School (SMLS) is the only Lutheran School in the Greater Kalamazoo area. SMLS offers Christ-centered, quality academic programs for preschool through eighth grade. In addition, it offers computer, art, gym, music, band, and Spanish classes along with after-school enrichment and athletic programs. Each program is open to all. In fact, 70% of our current student population is other than St. Michael members. Tuition assistance for qualifying low income families is availa

Lutheran Hour Sermon Schedule

October 16 "Know This Word -- Your Life Depends on It" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz The Bible provides a strategy for survival in an uncertain world. It can break hearts of stone and replace them with living hearts open to God's truth. (2 Timothy 3:16) October 23 "Running the Race of Faith" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz Because Christ has already won the victory for us, our race of faith is worth the struggle of the run. (2 Timothy 4:6-8) October 30 "The Best Bequest" Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus A legacy of faith is the best bequest, giving the gift of Jesus to those who come after you. (Luke 12:19-21)

LWML District Mite Box Project

Thanks to all of the faithful Mite Box project participants who continue to turn in your loose change contributions. We are far ahead of last year’s collection. Listed below are the Michigan District projects that are recipients for this biennium. Mission Grants for the 2016-18 Biennium $235,000 -Filling pulpits by providing scholarships for Michigan Men in Seminary. $25,000 -Bible storybooks for Muslim & 5,000 Arabic-speaking immigrant families -Financial assistance for Concordia 15,000 Theological Seminary Food Co-op -Scholarships for Michigan Female Students

Please remember in your prayers:

LONG TERM CONCERNS: Beverly Fisher, Mother of Sue Wagner Pastor and Caroline Barkow Christina, Daughter of Anne Lauer Dana Winchester, friend of Shelly Reynolds Debbie Hansen, friend of Nathan Mattson Dawn Hamrick family, requested by the Steuer family Dolly Bryan, requested by Dotty Smith Ellie Bosma, Sister of John Wagner Gwen DeYoung, requested by Amber Townsend John Blasko, requested by Elizabeth Blasko Kyle Reinbold Family, Sonya DeVary’s brother LaForne & Eugene Jones, friends of Dotty Smith Lauren Markel, requested by Annie Hecht Luke Lamson, requested by Dotty Smith Nancy Watson, friend of John & Sue Wagner Paul Lucke, Father of Sonya DeVary Peggy Cauchy, friend of Esther Cleason K

The Reformation Now

“The church is always to be Reformed.” (Ecclesia Semper Reformanda) Reform… Although this sounds like a quote from Luther or the early Lutheran church, it was actually only written in 1947 by the Swiss Reformed Theologian, Karl Barth. The irony of historical perspective is that the folks making history don’t have time to name themselves or think too much about their place in a future textbook— they are too busy. (The Impressionist painters spent their energy painting— their detractors named them so as an insult. And “Lutheran” was an insult as well; Luther considered himself both Catholic and evangelical and didn’t have spare time to stop reforming to name himself a reformer.) To finish my