December 1, 2019

This week’s Sunday School lessons—December 1, “A King Forever”: This lesson looks forward to our forever King, Jesus. God sends Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel, with the reminder, “The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). God rejects each of Jesse’s sons, so Samuel sends for the youngest, David, whom God has chosen to become the greatest king of Israel. Surviving Saul’s insane jealousy, David becomes king and establishes Jerusalem as his stronghold. As a family, talk about how God used David to unite His people and how Jesus will unite all believers.

The Piece Makers will have some special homemade items for sale to help you complete your Christmas shopping.  They will be available in Ebenezer Hll after each service on December 7, 8, 14 and 15.

Visual Faith Ministry will meet Tuesday, December 3, 6-8pm. As we are near the end of 2019, supplies will be available to start a 2020 Gratitude-Prayers of the Month Journal.  You can continue this in your 2019 journal or start a new one.  If you need a wire bound journal, head to the local arts and crafts store with your coupon, or they are available on Amazon. The journal inserts we will supply are 8 ½ x 11. Supplies will also be available to finish your “Advent”urous Tags for your Advent project. If you do not have a project you are currently working on, come and make a prayer card for someone you know who might struggle through the holidays. Please RSVP by December 1, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 260-385-3038 so we will have enough supplies. A sign-up sheet will also be available at church. A free will donation will be taken at the gathering.

Senior Lunch Bunch – Tuesday, December 17 – Join us for our Christmas worship service followed by lunch.  We will begin in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. for our worship service with the celebration of Holy Communion. We are blessed to have music from our preschoolers at the beginning of the service.  Afterwards, we will move to the lower level of Ebenezer Hall for the rest of our time together. Reservations need to be made by Friday, December 13 by calling the receptionist at 423-1369 or by signing up in Ebenezer. Cost for lunch is $7.

SNA meets on December 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the Loft.

EYG Christmas party will be held at Old Engine House #5 (1405 Broadway) beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 20.  Youth, bring a snack to share.

Caregiver Support – Are you currently serving as a caregiver?  Do the needs of a spouse, parent, or child require much of your time and attention?  Would you like opportunities to talk with other caregivers?  Join others who are experiencing similar demands on time and energy to gain answers, perspective, and support.  We will meet in Ebenezer Hall on Monday, December 9, at 1:00 p.m.   For more information, call Lana Hille at the church office at 423-1369.

Food Pantry –Members may stop by for food any day when the office is open, and the food pantry will be available for those living in the 46802 zip code area on Thursday, December 19, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall.  If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Carolyn Beitz at 432-9189. 

Advent Devotional Booklet, Letter and Calendar – This year we will be using an Advent devotional booklet from Lutheran Hour Ministries entitled, “Call His Name Jesus”.  Also included with the booklet is a letter from our pastors and a complete Advent and Christmas schedule designed to provide you with a listing of all of our special Advent and Christmas activities.  May God bless you with His peace as together we prepare our hearts for the coming of His Son.

Christmas Giving Tree – We are in need of gift wrappers! If you are able to help wrap gifts, please come to the Brandt Hall Meeting Room on Friday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m.  If you have questions, please call Lana in the church office at 423-1369

Tour of Churches – Reserve your seat now for the “Bus Tour of Churches” on Friday, December 6.  The bus leaves Emmanuel on the Union St. side at 6:00 pm and will return at 10:00 pm.  You can sign-up on the sheet in Ebenezer or call Becki or Jen in the church office (423-1369) to make your reservation.  A freewill offering will be received on the bus.  First come...first serve.

Save the Date – ESM Kindergarten Information and Enrollment Sessions: Wednesday, January 22 OR Wednesday, February 19, 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Getz Road Campus - 2131 Getz Road.  Preschool Information and Enrollment Sessions: Thursday, January 16|Getz Road Campus - 2131 Getz Road OR Thursday, January 23 | Union Street Campus - 1123 Union Street 6:30pm - 7:30pm. For questions, contact Erin Clark, Director of Admissions, 260.422.6712 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |   

How Can You Help LSSI – Through a generous match from Thrivent, your gift to LSSI on Giving Tuesday, December 3, can have a bigger impact on LSSI families!  Thrivent will match $0.50 for every dollar donated online or in person on December 3, up to a $10,000 total donation. You can give online at, or if you prefer, you can give by check made payable to LSSI and mailed to 333 East Lewis Street, 46803.  All online giving must be made on December 3, and all checks must be dated December 3 to take advantage of the gift matching opportunity.  LSSI is also accepting diapers.  You can drop diapers off anytime at the church office or at LSSI on December 3 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Thank you for your support.

Cafeteria Assistant Needed – CLHS is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Cafeteria Assistant. This role is part time and is not eligible for benefits. The Cafeteria Assistant will have the minimum of a high school diploma and must be able to push/pull, lift and carry up to 50 pounds, stand for extended periods of time, kneel, reach overhead and bend on a regular basis. Responsibilities include preparing food, operating equipment, cleaning, and assisting in receipt, storage and supplies of food. To view the full position description and responsibilities and to apply, please visit Only applications with all materials, including the completed application, will be considered.


The Calendar of the Church

Monday, December 2

    6:45 a.m. Women’s Devotion Group at Mocha Lounge

    7:30 a.m. Advent Morning Prayer

    9:00 a.m. Women’s Bible Study

    6:00 p.m. Handbells

Tuesday, December 3

    7:30 a.m. Advent Morning Prayer

    6:00 p.m. Visual Faith

    6:00 p.m. Stephen Training in Ebenezer

Wednesday, December 4

    6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study

    7:30 a.m. Advent Morning Prayer

    8:30 a.m. ESM Chapel

    8:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study

    10:00 a.m. Bible Study in Ebenezer

    7:00 p.m. Advent Service

Thursday, December 5

    7:30 a.m. Advent Morning Prayer

    8:30 a.m. Thursday Guys

    9:00 a.m. Piece Makers

    1:00 p.m. LWML Service Project

    2:00 p.m. LWML Bible Study

    6:00 p.m. NewSong Choir

    6:30 p.m. Festival and Chancel Choir

Friday, December 6

    6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study – Mocha Lounge

    7:30 a.m. Advent Morning Prayer

    1:30 p.m. LLV Bible Class

Saturday, December 7

    3:30 p.m. Praise Team

    5:00 p.m. Divine Worship Service

Sunday, December 8

    8:00 a.m. Divine Worship Service with Communion

    9:00 a.m. Moveable Feast

    9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Classes

    10:30 a.m. Divine Worship Service – Adult Confirmation and Reception of New Members

    6:00 p.m. SNA in the Loft

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  non-perishable food, toiletries, paper products,
  cash/checks “for Food Pantry;”
  Contact Carolyn Beitz at 260-432-9189.