Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
EASTER AT EMMANUEL
The Resurrection of Jesus is the heart of our faith and the center of the church year. It is also an annual hallmark of our life together at Emmanuel, and after being separated for this celebration in 2020, Easter 2021 will hold special meaning for our church family.
This year, Easter Sunday is on April 4, and our services will take place at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. We anticipate strong attendance as people continue to return to worship. In recent years, we have seen between 1,000–1,300 people on Easter. The 9:00 a.m. service has been the most popular option, with an average attendance of 553 since 2015.
In order to accommodate increased attendance on Easter Sunday, we will adjust our seating plans in the sanctuary by opening up all of the pews for use. Along with this change we request that family groups sit together in a manner that maximizes available seating, while continuing to honor social distancing guidelines between family groups. We also recommend the continued use of face coverings in the sanctuary.
For those who are unable to join us on Easter morning due to concerns about COVID-19, we will also have an Easter Eve service on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This service will be held without singing, and face coverings will be mandatory.
Finally, to help us prepare well for Easter, we request each family group to register for the service they plan to attend. We will not reserve seats, but registration will help us as we prepare the sanctuary for these special services. You may register for an Easter service HERE.
You can help beautify the altar on Easter Sunday, April 4, by placing an order for Easter flowers. Order forms can be found in Ebenezer Hall and the Welcome Center. If you would like one emailed or mailed to you, call the church office (423-1369) and ask for Becki or Jen. Please fill out the form completely and return it, along with your payment, to the church office. If paying by check, please make payable to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Your flowers will be available for pick-up following the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Easter morning. Deadline for ordering is this Sunday, March 7.
Join us on March 25 at 7:00 p.m. to dive into what makes Emmanuel—St. Michael the perfect place for your child's education. We believe excellence in education occurs through Christ-centered community, lifetime preparation, dynamic partnerships, and excellent instruction. At the event, parents and students can learn about academics, faith, and extracurriculars, as well as hear from staff and administrators at the school. REGISTER to attend in-person or via livestream HERE.
WORSHIP THIS WEEKEND
This weekend, Holy Communion will be offered in the 5:00 p.m. service on Saturday and the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. We continue to practice social distancing and encourage mask-wearing during our worship services.
ESM PRESCHOOL IS HIRING
Emmanuel—St. Michael Lutheran School is searching for qualified candidates to fill part-time lead teacher and teacher assistant positions in our Preschool Program.
SPECIAL COMMUNION SERVICES IN 2021
We are glad to offer online resources for worship and Bible study for those who continue to worship at home, but we also recognize that the internet doesn’t provide an option for sacramental ministry. In order to meet this need, we continue to offer a special service of Holy Communion on Wednesday mornings at 11:30 a.m. In the coming months, we anticipate a return to normalcy in our worship practices. Until that time, we will offer a communion service at 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month in addition to the Wednesday services at 11:30 a.m.
For all of these special services, social distancing recommendations will be followed, face coverings will be required, and there will be no singing. If you would like to attend one of these communion services, please register by calling the church office at 423-1369 by noon on the Tuesday before you plan to attend.
If you are unable to attend one of these special Communion services and desire to receive the Sacrament, please contact Pastor Eggold, Pastor Sheafer, or Lana Hille to schedule a communion visit.
Together in Christ,
Pastor Eggold and Pastor Sheafer