"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

Festival Choir for Easter – On Wednesday, February 22, at 6:30 pm in the choir room, the first rehearsal will be held for this year’s Festival Choir for Easter Sunday, April 16.  This choir will sing for all three services 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  We need all the singers possible this year as we look to sing for the first time in nearly 12 months with our new organ. After the first rehearsal, regular rehearsals will be held after our mid-week Lenten services each week, beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 1.  Rehearsals will be approximately an hour long beginning around 7:45 p.m. each Wednesday.  Please contact Craig Dahlkamp at elcmusic@icloud.com if you are interested in singing in this choir.

Wellspring Snacks – Emmanuel has been providing snacks for Wellspring programming each March for many years. This year, the opportunity has really increased with the significant growth in the after-school program. Wellspring now serves around 55 children every weekday and likes to provide a single-serving snack to each participant. Snacks might include granola bars of various kinds, bags of pretzels, trail mix, goldfish, nuts or something similar. The senior program has grown as well, and we have committed to provide fruit such as grapes, bananas, or tangerines (no apples), cheese and crackers or veggies each Friday morning in March for 50 seniors. A sign-up sheet with instructions on time and location is available in the Welcome Center. Cash donations are always welcome and can be listed on the “other line” of your envelope and marked Wellspring snacks. We will use the cash donations to buy in bulk from Gordons Food Service. For more information contact Lana Hille in the church office.

The Last Second Saturday Soup Supper will be held March 11 following Saturday worship. We invite you to join us for fellowship and a meal of soup and bread. If you would like to bring soup to share, please contact Sue Bredemeyer at 260-396-2349. We look forward to seeing you there!

Senior Lunch Bunch – Tuesday, February 21 – Join us and other members 50 and over for fellowship beginning at 11:00 in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. Lunch begins at 12:00 noon. After lunch we will have a unique opportunity to listen to and ask questions of a small crew from the Muller Organ Company. Luke, a tonal director and his work crew will be on site to tune the 2000 pipes that will be installed the first two weeks in February. We will take the elevator to the balcony of the Sanctuary and see firsthand how the installation of our organ is proceeding and possibly listen to any notes that are playable by that time. Please make reservations by calling the receptionist at 423-1369 or by signing up in the Welcome Center. Cost for lunch is $7.

Youth News…

Senior High Youth—9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Graders

EYG will sponsor a Euchre Tournament on Saturday, March 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the school gym. Registration is $10 per participant.

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.

Moveable FeastPlease join the fellowship on Sunday mornings between services in the gathering area of Ebenezer Hall.  You are always welcome to bring food items for the Moveable Feast through the week and refrigerate or freeze your item(s) in the kitchen on the main floor of Ebenezer Hall. If you have any questions, or if your group would like to adopt the feast, please call or text Michele Kausch at 804-1767 (kauschmichele@gmail.com), Sonya Eggold at 414-5246 (sreggold@gmail.com) or Melissa Stout at 348-2023 (stoutclan5@frontier.com).

Food Pantry – To meet the needs for those who visit our food bank in February we could use donations of 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. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Carolyn Beitz at 432-9189.

ESM Kindergarten Info Night - Join us this Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30pm for the Kindergarten Information and Enrollment Session at ESM! At Emmanuel – St. Michael Lutheran School’s Christ-centered community, students are engaged in a strong academic program to prepare them to be tomorrow’s Christian leaders.  Come to learn how ESM might serve you as you seek the best educational options for your family, visit classrooms, meet teachers and parents, and receive enrollment materials. 

  • Getz Road Campus - 2131 Getz Road, Fort Wayne
  • Bring your future student for a fun activity with teachers!
  • Free childcare for siblings
  • QUESTIONS? - Contact Erin Clark, Director of Admissions - 260.422.6712 / eclark@esmeagles.com / www.esmeagles.com.  

Free Screening of Martin Luther Movie – As part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, will host a free screening of Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World. The film will be shown on Sunday, March 19, at 4:00 p.m. in Sihler Auditorium on the CTSFW campus, 6600 N. Clinton St. Seating is limited, so free tickets must be reserved at CTSFW.NewLutherMovie.com. A preview of the movie is also available at this site. For those without Internet access, tickets may be reserved by calling 260.452.2204. The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, assistant professor of Historical Theology at CTSFW, will introduce the film and there will be a panel of professors to answer questions after the screening.

The Lutheran Heritage Foundation (presented on Jan. 29 for Mission Sunday) just announced a matching gift program running from January 1, 2017 until December 15, 2017 or when the matching goal of $190,000 is reached. New donor gifts along with lapsed donor gifts (12 months since last donation) will be matched on a 1 to 1 basis up to $5,000 per donation (excluding grants and bequests).  Gifts may be sent to 51474 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb, MI 48042.  Thrivent Choice Dollars can also be directed to Lutheran Heritage Foundation. Be sure to direct any 2016 Choice Dollars before they expire on March 31, 2017. In 2016 LHF received $22,816 in Thrivent Choice Dollars. 

Cross Connections' Grief Support Group will be starting back up Thursday, March 23 and going through May 4. This support group is for people going through any type grief such as loss of loved ones, divorce, job loss, relocation, etc. The group will meet each Thursday for 6 weeks at Cross Connections' main office at 4618 E. State Blvd, Suite 300, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. The meetings will start at 5:00 p.m. and go until 6:30 p.m. If interested, please contact Cross Connections at 260-373-0213 to register. You will be provided with materials. The cost when registering is $20 per person. Emmanuel member Carole Hill-Nelson is leading the group if you have any further questions. She can be reached at carolehill@aol.com.

Cross Connection Comedy Event - Need a night out? How about a ton of laughter? Join the Biblical counseling ministry of Cross Connections on Tuesday, February 28 for the 6th annual “It’s a Spring Thing – a Cross Connections Comedy Event” featuring the talented comedian Rick Reader! We will also have live music to drive home our “Mardi Gras” themed evening performed by New Orleans style jazz band, Farmland Jazz Band. The event will take place at the IPFW International Ballroom from 6pm-9:30pm. 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 - “What dwells and develops in pregnant wombs is no clump of cells, product of conception, parasite, piece of mother’s body, or potential anything. This little one is a full-fledged human being, made in the image of God and saved by the incarnation of Jesus Christ, to whom the Holy Spirit shows grace and in whom He creates faith. She is our neighbor and, God willing, His beloved child—a dear sister to us.” Rev. Michael W. Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans For Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org