"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..."

- Ephesians 2:8

Please Note:    There will be no Sunday school or Bible classes on Easter.

Pictorial Directory – All dates for the April photography sessions have been filled.  The webpage to sign-up has been disabled, but will be activated again the first week in June for you to make your appointment for the photography sessions that will take place Tuesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 30.  If you need help in setting up your appointment in June, please call Becki in the church office and she will be happy to assist you.  Thank you.

Music and Babies – Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your baby that will promote your child’s development and growth? On four consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 - 6:40 pm, Jill Hockemeyer will be offering free music lessons to babies, 12 months and younger, and their caregiver(s). This is the final portion of Jill’s training to become a licensed Kindermusik Instructor.  The class begins on May 23 and will conclude on June 13, with classes taking place at Emmanuel.  If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, or would like more information, please email Jill at jillhockemeyer1970@gmail.com.

Needed – We are in need of a volunteer to transport a member, living in the Maplecrest / 469 area, to and from church. Please call Lana in the church office at 423-1369 if you are able to help.

Needed – We are in need of a twin or full size bed frame and mattress for one of our Food Pantry clients. Please contact Lana in the church office at 423-1369.

VBS 2018 – Splash Canyon – Please save these dates: June 11-14. Keep these evenings free from 6-8:30pm!  As we get closer to the date more information will be shared, but until then please spread the word! If you have questions, please contact either Rachel Eckert (rachel.hodupp@frontier.com) or Pastor Sheafer (pastordan@emmanuellutheran.org).  

Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School engages students in a strong academic program to prepare them to be tomorrow’s Christian leaders. Come see how ESM might partner with you as you seek the best education for your family!  Now enrolling Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.  Open enrollment for grades 1-8 begins March 22.  Contact Erin Clark, Director of Admissions - 260.422.6712 / eclark@esmeagles.com / www.esmeagles.com

Preschool & Daycare for 2018-2019 – We are now enrolling for preschool and childcare for the 2018-2019 school year. You can find a list of classes in the March newsletter. Please note that due to returning students, some classes fill quickly, especially Prekindergarten.

Women in Mission – Join us on Saturday, April 7, 9-11:30 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 8811 St. Joe Road, Ft. Wayne, for the LWML Fort Wayne 3 Zone Spring Rally. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a $6 registration fee at the door which includes breakfast. This year’s theme is “In Green Pastures” based on Psalm 23:1-2, with guest speaker, Deaconess Rachel Jaseph, who will speak about her work at Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church here in Ft. Wayne and the Shepherd’s Hand Community Outreach Center. This ministry received a 2016-2018 LWML Indiana District Mission Grant. An ingathering will be collected. Needed are Citilink (Fort Wayne) bus cards – individual passes (usually $0.60 per ticket), paper towels and tissues, dish towels and dish cloths, standard size white printing paper, construction paper, and snack-sized packages of crackers or cookies. Please pre-register with Emmanuel’s LWML representative, Jan Werth, at 452-4769, by Sunday, April 1.

Growth Groups 2018 - Subscribe to the Monthly Newsletter! - Emmanuel's Growth Groups are resuming this summer.  Even if you can't participate right away, new Groups start every 3 months.  Stay connected and in the loop with the monthly Growth Group Newsletter.  A link to subscribe can be found on our website, www.emmanuellutheran.org.  You can also send your contact information or any questions you may have directly to John Martin at john.316.martin@icloud.com, or (260) 515-3826.

The Moveable Feast – All are welcome between worship services on Sunday mornings in Ebenezer Hall for food and fellowship!

Church Nursery – If you would like to volunteer in the nursery during worship, contact Angela Chamberlin at 260-710-2274 or angelamchamberlin@gmail.com.

Cup of Kindness boxes can be found in the Welcome Center. The money contributed in the boxes is distributed by Lutheran Social Services to local families who have crisis needs.

Wellspring Snacks – Once again Emmanuel members generously supplied over 275 snacks each week in March for the Wellspring after-school and senior programs. Great outreach to the neighborhood!

Caregiver Support – Are you currently serving as a caregiver? Do the needs of a spouse, parent or child require your 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, April 9, at 1:00 p.m.   For more information call Lana Hille at the church office at 423-1369.

Electronic Giving with Joyful Response – If automatic withdrawal giving from one of your existing bank accounts would be a helpful stewardship tool for you, please contact our Office Manager Becki Elonzae (423-1369) for information on setting up this free service through the “Joyful Response” program sponsored by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.  

LWML Stamps for Missions – The LWML is collecting cancelled stamps. These stamps are sold by the pound to a local stamp business with proceeds going toward funding its mission projects. You can deposit your cancelled stamps in the box in the Welcome Center. Please try to leave a half inch paper border around each stamp. Thank you for supporting this ministry.

Emmanuel’s LWML will meet Thursday, May 3 in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall, beginning at 1:00 p.m. to work for an hour making diapers for third world countries.  These will be made from used cotton t-shirts.  We are asking everyone to clean out their drawers and bring in the cotton t-shirts that are no longer being used. They can be put in the LWML box under our Mite Box in the Welcome Center.  From 2-3:00 p.m., we will continue our Bible study, taken from the LWML Quarterly.

Looking for Your Favorite Sermon?   All sermons are now posted using video to Vimeo.com.  Certain music that can be uploaded per our copyright license agreement is also on this same website.  To access our Emmanuel church account, please use the following web address: https://vimeo.com/emmanuellutheranfw.You can subscribe to follow this account and then be notified when new videos are uploaded.  If you have already subscribed as a follower, the videos are all still on the same service, just the web address has been changed to make it easier to remember and share with family and friends.

Food Pantry – The Food Pantry Ministry Team is thankful for the great storage closet constructed by the Thursday Guys located in the hallway between the new Nursery and the original basement.

Food Pantry – We are requesting donations of canned vegetables, soups, cake mixes, frosting, tooth brushes, cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter, mac and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, canned juice, 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, April 19, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. Servers are needed to help with the food distribution. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Carolyn Beitz at 432-9189.

Lutheran Men of Song - We’re not the Marines, but The Lutheran Men of Song are looking for a few good men who enjoy singing. We have openings for tenors, baritones, and bases.   We practice on the 4th Sunday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School.  Please contact Tim Mueller at (260)438-1149 for information about Lutheran Men of Song, practice room location, and to let him know that you'll attend. 

Need a night out? How about a ton of laughter? Join the Biblical counseling ministry of Cross Connections on Tuesday, April 17, for our 7th annual “It’s a Spring Thing – a Cross Connections Comedy Event” Fundraiser featuring the hilarious Christian comedian, Jeff Allen! The event will take place at the IPFW International Ballroom from 6pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $100 and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and comedy show. All ticket sales, sponsorships and donations will go toward the Biblical Counseling ministry of Cross Connections and our goal of providing affordable, Biblical counseling. To purchase tickets or to sponsor a table of 8, please call Jen Robb at 260-373-0213, ext. 101. You don’t want to miss this exciting event!

 

Lutherans for Life – “Jesus has really, truly, physically been raised from the dead! And God stakes His entire reputation on these historical Easter facts! Luke was no liar, the women were not delusional, and the angels are no myth. God proclaims His Easter truth to us so that we may know and believe that in Jesus all our sin is forgiven, death has gone to die, the devil has been defeated, and life lasts forever!” Pastor Jonathan Kruschel, St. John Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls, Minnesota – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org