July 11, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Worship at Emmanuel

  • We have resumed in-person worship services at Emmanuel according to our regular weekend schedule.
  • We continue to use Governor Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan as a template for reopening and will practice social distancing and encourage mask-wearing.
  • This weekend, Holy Communion will be served in the 8:00 service.

Special Communion Services in July
We are glad to be able to offer online resources for worship and Bible study for those who remain safe at home, but we also recognize that the internet doesn’t provide an option for sacramental ministry. In order to meet this need, we will be offering a special service of Holy Communion on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 in the Sanctuary. This service will be led by our pastors and honor all social distancing recommendations. There will be no singing in the service. 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. We will offer these special sacramental services through July.

Sunday Bible Class to Resume This Weekend
Starting this Sunday, July 12, at 9:15 a.m., Pastor McFadden will lead a study of two amazing women from the Old Testament: Ruth and Esther. The class will meet in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall, where there is room to fit everybody at a safe, social distance.

Course description: Two outsiders, women living in a "man's world,” become two of the most unlikely high points in the Old Testament story of faith. Ruth, an ancestor of Jesus Christ, redeems one of the ugliest stories in Genesis, bringing a gracious end to the story of Lot. Esther shows us how great God's plan is even when everything seems to be going wrong. She shines a bright light on how God can use any one of us “for such a time as this.”

We are planning to resume our Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. Pastor’s Bible Class on August 5.

Save the Date for the Emmanuel Golf Outing
The annual Emmanuel Golf Outing will be held at Eel River Golf Course on Saturday, August 29. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks.

Financial Assistance
Emmanuel has received an abundance of special gifts designated to provide crisis support to those economically impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. If you need assistance, please contact our Director of Congregational Care, Lana Hille, or one of our pastors at 423-1369.

Counseling Assistance for Health Care Workers
Through their Serve Our Servants (SOS) fund, Cross Connections is offering free Biblical counseling to healthcare professionals and their immediate family members. If you have any questions about this gracious offer, please call Cross Connections at 373-0213.

Prayer Requests
Our congregation continues to care for one another through a faithful prayer ministry. Please pray for the following people this week:

  • Pray for healing for Marjorie Mead, who had surgery for breast cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
  • Pray for healing for Linda Burns as she struggles with chemotherapy treatments.
  • Pray for healing for Don Reese, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer and will undergo surgery in the coming days.
  • Pray for healing for June McPheeters, who is undergoing radiation treatments.
  • Pray for healing for Julie Harper, who has been hospitalized with double pneumonia.
  • Pray for Phyllis Urbine, Linda Barnes, and Tom Eggold Sr. as they recover from surgery.
  • Pray for healing for Amanda Baker, sister of Linda St. John.
  • Pray for God’s peace and healing for Eddie Krueckeberg's nephew Scott Krueckeberg, who is awaiting quadruple bypass surgery.
  • Randy Barron continues to struggle with pain. Pray that the doctors are able to find the source of Randy's pain and give him relief.
  • Pray for healing for Dick Alfeld, who is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
  • Pray for the family of Doris Prochnow, who was called home to be with the Lord on July 3. The obituary for Doris Prochnow is printed below.
  • Pray for Mary English and her family as they mourn the passing of her son Barry.
  • Pray for peace and provision for all who are unemployed.
  • Pray for all health care workers as they continue to care for patients and residents.
  • Pray for our Emmanuel family as members struggle with the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Join our staff in praying for the following families and individuals this week:

  • Henry Kelley
  • Anne Kelly
  • Margo Kelly
  • Kerry and Sue Kennell
  • Shirley Kern
  • Cory and Betsy Kausch
  • Alex and Dani Kiefer, Amelia and Becca
  • Kevin and Gale Kilcline
  • Joe and Amy Kissinger
  • Barbara Klaehn
  • Ed and Dawn Klaehn, Nicole

If you have a prayer request that you would like to make known to our Emmanuel family, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to join the Emmanuel Prayer Chain, please email Marsha Sappenfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Together in Christ,
Pastor Eggold


Doris Clara Prochnow

July 6, 1917 • July 3, 2020

Doris Clara Prochnow passed away peacefully on July 3, at the Kingston Retirement Center in Santa Fe, NM, at age 102. A lifelong resident of Ft. Wayne, IN, she moved to Santa Fe, NM, in 2012 to be with family. Born July 6, 1917, to Walter and Clara Mertz in Corunna, IN, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lutheran School Teacher, Adrian Prochnow; her sisters, Norma Hartman and Anna Jamison; and brother, Benjamin Mertz. She is survived by her daughters, Diane (Tom) Anderson of Las Vegas, NV; Jane (Bill Tunmer) of Nelson, New Zealand; and son, David Prochnow (Gail Reitenbach) of Santa Fe, NM; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Doris graduated from Manchester College in 1934, and began teaching in a one room school house in Fairfield Township, IN. She and Adrian married August 13, 1945, and moved to Ft. Wayne where she taught for two more years. She was a long-time member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and served in Altar Guild, quilting and craft groups, Ladies Aid, and the Sunday school program. She was also a gifted artist and devoted many years to her painting. She and Adrian traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. There will be an interment at a later date at Concordia Cemetery in Ft. Wayne, IN. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we invite you to join us in spirit by offering a prayer of gratitude for Doris' life. The family is thankful to the Kingston staff for the excellent and loving care given to her for the 7 years she lived there. The family requests that any memorials be given to Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School, Ft Wayne, IN.


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"Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you
wherever you go.” 
                                  Joshua 1:9