This week’s Sunday School lessons—November 17, “A Judge Leads”: God called Gideon to lead His chosen people against their Midianite enemies. God leads Gideon to reduce his army from 32,000 men to a mere 300. Reassured by the Lord, Gideon moves forward with God’s improbable plan. Armed with only torches and trumpets, Gideon’s mini army defeats the mighty Midianite force without lifting a sword. Discuss ways God can use even small groups of people to accomplish great things.
Thanksgiving Worship Service – “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34). We will hold our traditional Thanksgiving worship service on Thursday, November 28, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with music from our two choirs, Chancel and NewSong. Please join us as we give thanks to our Heavenly Father for the many blessings that He bestows on us each and every day.
The Lutheran Witness – If you would like to subscribe to The Lutheran Witness, please fill out the form in the November issue of the church newsletter, enclose it in an envelope along with your payment of $19, and return it to the church office by Sunday, November 24. Please make your check payable to Emmanuel Church. Any questions, please call Becki in the church office, 423-1369. Thank you.
Thanksgiving Greeting Cards are available for purchase at $.50 per card. They are located in the Greeting Card display located in the Welcome Center.
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.
Moveable Feast - The Moveable Feast welcomes guests and visitors each Sunday between services with a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. It is a time to gather together in fellowship before and after Bible Study. We need your help to keep the Moveable Feast a success! We are in need of breakfast items such as; sweet rolls, coffee cakes, hard boiled eggs, breakfast casseroles or anything else that sounds yummy for breakfast. Just label your items "Moveable Feast" and bring them to the kitchenette in Ebenezer Hall. Our hostess team will take it from there. We also need volunteers to serve on the clean-up team. The clean-up team starts around 10:25 am and takes about 15 minutes to complete their work. It would be a great way to serve together as a family. Please feel free to reach out to Sonya Eggold (414-5246) or Melissa Stout (348-2023).
Senior Lunch Bunch will meet on Tuesday, November 19, in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. Fellowship hour begins at 11:00 a.m. with lunch served at noon. Goeff Paddock, our District City Councilman, will join us to talk about phase two and three of the Promenade Park project and update us on the Electric Works project. Please make your reservation by calling the receptionist at 423-1469. Lunch is $7.
Grief Fellowship will meet Wednesday, November 20, at 12:30 p.m. at Pastor's Place, 1533 West Dupont Road. Please call Marsha Sappenfield at 260-616-0679 to make your reservation.
Food Pantry – To meet the needs of those who visit our food bank, we could use donations of cereal, canned vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, mac and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, deodorant, shampoo, dish and hand soap, toothpaste, and paper products, especially toilet paper and paper towels. Food donations can be placed in the “Food Pantry” box located in the Welcome Center. Cash donations may be placed in your church envelope and marked “food pantry” on the “other” line. 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, November 21, 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.
Emmanuel’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 21, at 7 p.m. at the home of Connie LaBrash. The book for discussion will be “The Fragrance of Mercy” by Donna Volmerding. Everyone is welcome to attend. For questions, or directions to Connie’s house, please contact Beth Igney at 203-9959.
Christmas Families – Please read the green insert enclosed in this month’s newsletter outlining the ways in which you can be involved in helping Emmanuel and Lutheran Social Services families this year. The tree is located in Ebenezer by the stairs that lead into church. If you have any questions, please contact Lana Hille in the church office at 423-1369.
A New Advent Opportunity – We are excited to share information on a new Advent Giving Project. Along with our Christmas Giving Tree Project we would like to encourage those families that are able, whether you are a family of one or of many, to take an Advent Food Bag from under the Giving Tree, check the Advent calendar that is attached to the bag, add the items listed for each day and bring the completed Advent Food Bag back to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Once the Advent Food Bag has been filled you can place it back under the Giving Tree and the food will then be distributed through our food bank. We suggest that you incorporate the Advent Food Bag project into your family devotions throughout the Advent season. Bags will be available under the Giving Tree.
Recycle your greeting cards - What do you do with the greeting cards, including Christmas cards, you have received? If you do not save them, Emmanuel’s Visual Faith Ministry would like to ask you to collect and save them. You may drop them off at the church office.
Prayer Chain Ministry – We can confidently approach our God in prayer as He has commanded us to pray and has promised to hear us. To submit a prayer request, call Marsha Sappenfield at 260.616.0679 or Jan Hoffman at 260.245.6604
Attention 8th grade parents: The Priority application period for Concordia Lutheran High School is October 18-December 16. Families that apply by this date will receive their financial aid package by mid-February, 2020. CLHS will still accept applications after December 16, but these families will not be sent their financial aid packages until next April.
The Cup of Kindness Box can be found in the Welcome Center. The money collected is used by Lutheran Social Services for families who have crisis needs.
Washington School, preschool through 5th grade, is in need of sweat pants (boys and girls) sizes 5-12, coats, gloves and boots. If you are able to donate such items, you can bring them to the church office and we will see that they get to Washington School. Thank you so much for your kindness.
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! Thanks to a partnership with Thrivent Financial, the first $20,000 raised becomes $30,000! You can give online at www.lssin.org/givingtuesday, 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 or by December 3, and all checks must be dated no later than 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.
The Calendar of the Church
Monday, November 18
6:45 a.m. Women’s Devotion Group at Mocha Lounge
6:15 p.m. Handbells
7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting
7:00 p.m. West Central Neighborhood Association Mtg. in the Lower Level
Tuesday, November 19
11:00 a.m. Senior Lunch Bunch
6:00 p.m. Stephen Training in Ebenezer
8:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study in the Loft
Wednesday, November 20
6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
8:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study
9:00 a.m. ESM Joint Chapel
10:00 a.m. Bible Study in Ebenezer
12:30 p.m. Grief Fellowship
6:00 p.m. NewSong Choir
6:30 p.m. Festival Choir and Chancel Choir
Thursday, November 21
8:30 a.m. Thursday Guys
9:00 a.m. The Piece Makers
3:30 p.m. Good Pantry
7:00 p.m. Book Club
Friday, November 22
6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study – Mocha Lounge
11:30 a.m. Early Childhood Chapel and Thanksgiving Celebration
1:30 p.m. LLV Bible Class
Saturday, November 23
3:30 p.m. Praise Team
5:00 p.m. Divine Worship Service
Sunday, November 24
8:00 a.m. Divine Worship Service with Communion
9:00 a.m. Moveable Feast
9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Classes
9:15 a.m. Blood Pressure Screening
10:30 a.m. Divine Service
3:00 p.m. Emmanuel Connections
6:00 p.m. SNA in the Loft