September 19, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Last weekend, we experienced a fantastic start to our education season. The building was buzzing with activity, worship services were full, and our Sunday school, confirmation, and Bible classes all met for the first time since March. Join me in thanking God for this blessing. Please know that if you were unable to attend last week, you can still jump into a class this weekend.

If you are still participating in worship online and would like to add a Bible class to your weekly routine, you can access video recordings of our current Sunday Bible class “Racial Justice and the Christian Life” by going to the homepage of our website and clicking on the link on the banner at the bottom of the page.

Worship Bulletins Available Online
Each weekend all three service worship bulletins are available online. You can find the links to these bulletins by going to the “Education” tab on our website.

Worship this Weekend
Holy Communion will be served in the 5:00 p.m and 10:30 a.m. services this weekend. 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 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.

Lutheran Home Educators
Emmanuel has a new group! Lutheran Home Educators is a Christ-centered group whose main purpose is to support, encourage, and share experiences together. If you educate your kids at home, we’d love to support you! If you are interested in homeschooling, or would like to learn more, let us answer your questions! Anyone is welcome. Our first meeting will be on September 30, at 8:00 p.m. in Ebenezer Hall.

Special Communion Services on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
We are glad 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 are offering a special service of Holy Communion on Wednesday mornings at 11:30. 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.

Financial Assistance
Emmanuel has received an abundance of special gifts designated to provide crisis support to those economically impacted by the pandemic. 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 the family of Ruth Bultemeyer, who was called to the presence of the Lord on Wednesday. Visitation for Ruth will be held today at Zwick and Jahn funeral home in Decatur from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The funeral service is scheduled for Sunday at noon.
  • Pray for Beverly Popov (sister of Joe and Denise Bruce), who is having surgery Tuesday to address a blockage in her brain.
  • Pray for healing for June McPheeters.
  • Pray for Logan Ryan, who was recently hospitalized.
  • Pray for healing for Julie Harper as she recovers from a recent hospitalization and anticipates a trip to the Mayo clinic.
  • Pray for Jim Rathge, Sue Maxson, Judy May, and Diane Beaman as they recover from surgery.
  • Pray for Beth Woodward Wilges, who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
  • Pray for Kristin Smith’s mother Judy Baumgartner as she anticipates surgery.
  • Pray for all who struggle with the ongoing impact of the pandemic.
  • 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 all who teach and all who learn in the schools of our community.
  • Pray for the Lord to bless the ministry of Christian education carried out by ESM and all Lutheran schools.

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

  • Bryan Locker
  • Christopher Locker
  • David and Carol Locker
  • Steve and Nina Locker
  • Connor and Aaliyah Loechner
  • Allen and Rachel Loechner, Eliot and Charlotte
  • Matt and Emily Logan
  • Jack and Tammy Lombard
  • Lindsay Lopez, Kasmira and Michael
  • Philip Lord

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


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Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged,
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wherever you go.” 
                                  Joshua 1:9