November 28, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Advent Begins this Weekend
A new Church Year is upon us as the season of Advent begins this weekend. Advent is one of two penitential seasons of the Church Year and is marked by practices designed to help us reflect on our need for forgiveness and to draw our hearts to our Savior. In addition to midweek Advent worship on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., we will also mark this solemn season with the following opportunities for reflection.

Daily Devotions – This year we will be using an Advent devotional from Lutheran Hour Ministries entitled, “God with Us.” If you would like to receive this devotion as a daily email, please subscribe HERE.

Morning Prayer – We will also be offering an opportunity for individual spiritual preparation by holding a Morning Prayer service on Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. This brief service will provide us with time in God’s Word and in prayer. Morning Prayer at Emmanuel will conclude around 7:45 a.m. The first day for Morning Prayer will be Monday, November 30.

Worship this Weekend
This weekend, Holy Communion will be served in the Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. services. Our regular weekend worship schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday Evening Divine Service—This service offers a contemporary setting and is held on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Divine Services—These services are held on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and feature worship in a traditional liturgical setting.

We continue to practice social distancing and encourage mask-wearing during our worship services.

Special Communion Services on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 12:30 p.m.
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 offer a special service of Holy Communion on Wednesday mornings at 11:30 a.m. During the season of Advent, we will expand this opportunity by offering an additional Sunday service at 12:30 p.m. on November 29, December 6, 13, and 20. 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.


Mission Sunday: Washington Elementary School

For over a decade, we have been blessed to partner with Washington School in ways that have touched the lives of hundreds of children and their families. From purchasing school supplies and providing winter clothes, to Project Reads and our own PALS program, this partnership has grown into a major focus of our own Outreach Ministry. On Sunday, November 29, the principal of Washington Elementary will visit Emmanuel and serve as the speaker for our Mission Sunday. Principal Neff will address us at 9:15 a.m. in the ESM gym. If you are able, please plan to attend her presentation as we strengthen this partnership with which the Lord has blessed us.

2021 Stewardship Commitment
In a year of challenges, we have many reasons to be thankful. Emmanuel continues to be a place where the love and forgiveness of God is proclaimed, and the Lord is using the ministry of our congregation in powerful ways. I am thankful for your participation and partnership in this work.

This weekend, we will be asking our members to consider their stewardship commitments for 2021. I thank you in advance for joining me in this important process. The stewardship contributions of our members fund our annual ministry plan as we extend the Gospel of Jesus Christ into our congregation, school, community, and world. Stewardship is also an act of faith through which God keeps us dependent on Him and focused on His promises. I will pray for you as you prayerfully consider your commitment for the new year.

This year, stewardship commitments will be received in two ways. First, paper pledge cards will be handed out in the worship services this weekend and may be returned to the church by mail, or by simply placing the pledge card in the offering plate. You may also complete your pledge card online by simply going to THIS LINK, completing the corresponding form, and submitting it through our database. All commitment cards are confidential and will be tracked by our Financial Secretary, Dick Shively. 

God has provided incredible blessings to our congregation thus far, and He promises that He will be with us always as we continue in the grace of Jesus Christ to share His words of eternal life. I count it as a great joy to stand with you in this mission.  

Mobile App for Emmanuel
The Emmanuel App is a wonderful tool for ministry and will put access to worship resources, devotional helps, congregational information, video announcements, and our church calendar at your fingertips. The Emmanuel App can be accessed by going to your app store and searching for “Emmanuel Fort Wayne.” Search results will show you the app which features our logo. Once you download the app you can begin using it immediately.    

 

Together in Christ,

Pastor Eggold

 

 

 

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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